First, it is a cool looking ranch. It is still laid out along the lines of the original ranch and many of the rooms are converted bunkhouses. This adds a lot to the aesthetic charm -- but it also creates a problem. The ranch hands all lived next to the stables. The back wall of our room was a wall of the stable. Our room smelled pretty strongly of horse manure, and because there is no air-conditioning, you couldn't close the windows. In the morning, the horses woke us up at feeding time. Their wild neighing definitely added local flavor and we were not sleeping in anyway.
The food is truly, truly bad. The buffet (at both Dinner and Breakfast) was generally inedible and frequented by flies and bees. But there is no where else to eat in the area, so you just have to appreciate what you get.
Having said all of the above, it is a neat ranch. If you can accept it as a ranch then it's a good place to stay. Moreover, if you want to visit Rincon De La Vieja, then it is really the only game in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda Guachipelin is a comfortable hotel with 54 rooms, each with private bathroom and hot water. The best Costa Rican ecotourism lodge for adventure travel and nature lovers, located at the entrance of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. This is the most visited National Park in Guanacaste. For the adventurer, there are many activities like horseback riding, the Canyon canopy tour, Rio Negro Tubing, canyoneering, bird watching, as well as trekking to the crater of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Free transportation to the National Park and the hot springs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Guachipelin Hotel Rincon De La Vieja
- Hacienda Guachipelin Costa Rica/Rincon De La Vieja