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“Decent place on your way to Rincon de la Vieja, that's all”

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Canon de la Vieja Lodge
Paris, France
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“Decent place on your way to Rincon de la Vieja, that's all”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this place, the wooden cabins are clean and the bed comfortable, but very dark with a permanent and strong smell. There were no safe nor TV, which isn't a big issue, but there were tea/coffee facilities, A/C and a (basic) wardrobe. The domain is vast, however, the cabins are next to each other so you have to share the patio with your neighbours, there are also some independent bungalows, not sure whether the tarif is the same.
The parc itself gave me the feeling like it was neglected and unfinished, with rough grounds, lots of stones and dust but few plantings, there is no night lighting so bring a torch, otherwise you will get lost, I managed to get lost during the day, so at night...
There is a pool in the middle of the parc which I didn't have the opportunity to try, well, the colour of the water put me off to be honest!
Breakfast was okay in quantities but not appetizing, the bread and fruits didn't look fresh, the sausages fatty and/or overcooked, the coffee looked more like a strong tea than the tasty, traditional Costa Rican coffee.
The staff were neither friendly nor bad, just neutral, providing you with the bare minimum, for sure they remain at your disposal for any question, but I really didn't feel like it!
What else? The good thing is that there is a river down the restaurant with a suspended bridge, and a wall for rock-climbing, the place is suitable for rafting, a little bit further there are also here and there along the river areas of calm waters where you can swim, but here again the water was not very engaging...
All in all, this lodge looks outdated and not well maintained, what a contrast with the natural beauty of the area, it is a pity.
As a side note, if you are in the area, besides the Rincon de la Vieja parc, I recommend you the mud pools, it is an experience!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

Stayed here for one night as part of tour . Arrived in time for a dip in the pool.............2 sun beds for a 50 room hotel ??? No towels either. So forget that!!

Rooms a dark wooden chalet. Ours was not too far from the restaurant but a torch was useful.

Dinner was a set time and was a buffet , it was off putting to see ants crawling around on the table though.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

A breakfast you can hardly call one. The toast and fruit were frome the day before.
The scrambled eggs were still fluid. Turned out we were bitten by bed bugs too.... And a lot!
Anyway, this is what you call: a place to avoid!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

We stayed here one night on a tour arranged by a supposedly top range agency. Our bungalow was stuck out in the middle of a desert 300 yards from the dining facilities, the distance having to be traversed at night with the aid of a powerful torch. The furnishings were extremely basic: two beds, one side table, a desk and a wooden chair but there was a stand on which to place suitcases. Coffee making machine did not work. Poor energy saving lighting and badly placed. No TV, no telephone nor wi-fi in room. Bathroom (shower) fairly large but no courtesy toiletries, not even soap which was supplied through a dispenser. Bedroom and bathroom rather tired. Dinner was a not very exciting buffet priced at US$ 15. One kind of red wine, one of white but served only by the glass (rather small, US$ 4). Breakfast buffet also a long way to go: very limited choice of fruit/cereal and of hot dishes. Good coffee (this is Csta Rica). Try another place!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

Our cabin was fine, AC, nice bed and a outdated but clean bathroom. The pool was not clean at all (we saw the oily film on the water), which made us worry for the 19 month child we had with us. The food was basic, but not more than that. Our Silvesters day diner was not good, the meat was totally overcooked. We arrived well on time for breakfast to find a lot of things out of stock, which disappointed us. Besides this, the location is well near the national parque. If you only use the resort to sleep, it is a good option.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Brockville, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is an outstanding location to launch your adventure in the Ricon de le Vieja area. On site they have white water rafting, tubing, rappelling, rock climbing, zip lining and horse back riding. The volcano is a short 30-minute drive away and the front desk will arrange a top guide to hike with you. The restaurant is slightly disorganized, with many of the tables designed to hold large groups, resulting in one occasionally eating dinner with another family. The food is quite good and the price is very reasonable. The rooms are moderate with few amenities; do not book this location if you want to stay in your room and watch television. This is not a negative comment about the location; this is a location very suitable for families who are looking for outside activities. I look forward to visiting this adventure lodge again in the future.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

Very poor hotel. The smell in the room is awful. The reception told it's wood! And they are right it's wood! The problem is poor care! And I've the prove right on the swimming pool area! See the pictures! It's much better than explanation!!!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Canon de la Vieja Lodge

Property: Canon de la Vieja Lodge
Address: Carretera al Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, Rincon de La Vieja 0000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Canon de la Vieja Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by beautiful gardens just 8 kms from Liberia, we offer a different way to enjoy the natural beauties that surround the Guanacaste National Parks as Santa Rosa, Rincon de la Vieja and Palo Verde.Canyon de la Vieja Lodge offers 50 rooms of which two have access for people with special needs, each has a small front terrace, equipped with double beds, air conditioning, private bathroom, hot water and amenities. ... more   less 
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