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Casa Rural Aroma de Campo
Ranked #1 of 1 Curubande B&B and Inns
Washington
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“Great location for access to Rincon de la Vieja”
Reviewed August 16, 2010

The staff was great...friendly, helpful, and arranged all tours for us. The food was really good too and this is a plus since there's not much around unless you want to make the 25 km trek back to Liberia for dinner and meals. Breakfast is included and it is quite filling. The only thing to keep in mind is that it is cash only. Don't expect to be able to pay with credit. I learned that the hard way and had to trek back to Liberia to go to an ATM. Ughhh! :-)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

We had a very pleasant time during our 2 days stay. Rooms are basic but very lovely and nice as well as the whole of the B&B. Breakfast (included) and dinner (optional 16 $) are served on a large table together with the other guests. Fine quality food and nice to communicate with the other guests. A place to recommend !

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed December 28, 2009

My wife and I stayed for Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day and had a fantastic time, including a lovely 4 course Christmas dinner. The location is great, a few hundred metres from the first entrance to the Rincon de la Vieja national park, 15 k or so up an an okay unpaved road off the InterAmericana a few kms north of Liberia. No need for a 4X4 for the main drive, but to get up the drive of the hotel it is probably necessary (and also to explore some of the park the lazy way). The hotel is set in a few acres of land, and has 6 or so rooms on a hillside overlooking the countryside - great views. Guests eat around a big communal table in the courtyard, which can be hit or miss depending on the other folk there. We had a Christmas meal with 10 or so lovely people, the guests were from all over the world. There is a small natural pool in the grounds (for lazing after a days hiking in the park rather than laps).

Our room was lovely and quiet, with a huge bathroom, hot shower and lots of nice furniture - the whole house had lovely furniture. All of the rooms were painted in bright colours. The owners were around and very friendly. Whilst we were there it was being run by a Belgian guy, who gave us loads of help with the local area and showing us the best routes in the park and even some free walks (you have tp pay $10 to get into the park although well worth it). The national park itself is also fantastic, waterfalls with pools to swim in and the volcano itself. The inclusive breakfast was a buffet of fresh fruit (pineapple, melon etc), gallo pinto and eggs, with teas and coffee and cereals. They also offer dinner (1 choice) every night which was $16, a 3 course meal that was homecooked and delicious, good sized portions as well. Beer and soft drinks were self service from a fridge with an honesty system, which I like, nice laid back atmosphere, added to by the pets wandering around as well; two friendly (and quiet) dogs, a cat and a wake up call in the form of a parrot.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

I wish I could remember the name of the woman who ran this bed and breakfast style accommodation. She truly made us feel at home immediately. My one recommendation (outside of that you definitely need your own car in this area), is to call ahead. We made that mistake and they were out of rooms for the night. She did, however, offer us a tent for $7pp/per day. That wound up being great. We told her that it was our honeymoon and she decorated the aerobed with flowers found in her garden. The pool (I believe there were pictures in someone else's rating) was gorgeous and overlooked the stunning mountainside.
The rooms looked very cute. The dinner was $16, but worth every penny. I think it was the best dinner I had in all of Costa Rica.
My cleanliness rating can be attributed to the shared shower that we were using because we were in the tent. It could use a big scrub down. However, it seemed to me like the rooms may have their own shower. Besides that, everything else was perfectly sanitary and I would not let that stop me from recommending it to anyone or visiting the area again myself.
My only other recommendation is that if you are into zip lining...do the one through Adventure Tours at Rincon de la Vieja. It was amazing. There was a 10 year old girl who said this was her third zip lining in Costa Rica and that this one was the best.
Enjoy! Go to Aroma, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Strasbourg
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

Very nice house, a nice set up, it ought to be more tidier and fresher. The set up of the breakfast is nice, but is quality is poor and the quantity is a shame. Diner however was good . It is very close to the entrance of the National Park Rincon de la Vieja, but you better come with your own car.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 30, 2008

This hacienda has only 5 or 6 rooms around a pleasant courtyard. Guests use their meals at a giant table (see pictures). Very pleasant when you are with (new) friends. Several seating area's around the courtyard.
Friendly Belgian owner who lives in San Jose. Sylvia, the German manager runs the place well.
Rooms are basic but OK. No airconditioning. No bug screens. A lot of bugs, spiders and other creatures outside. It may be hot in your room.
Pool is being build (?), but was not available in March 2008.
Meals are good but you have to be on time. Non alcoholic drinks self service. You may want to bring your own bottle of wine or beer.
The National Park is about 10km North on a road that is hard to master. It will take a half hour or more in a 4WD. everything else is also at least a 10km drive.
Beautiful swimmable waterfall close to the park and 2 hour walk in the park itself. Recommend the horseback tour that can be arranged by the hotel.

  • Liked — Courtyard and table d'hotes
  • Disliked — Insects
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Sittard, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 23, 2007

Not much accomodation to find nearby Rincon de la Vieja. But If you want to avoid the big lodges like Guachipelin (incl big buffet dinner...) and sleep at a more personal place try Casa Rural Aroma del Campo. ([--]) It's set on a hillside at the end of Curubande and a few kilometres from the parc. Run by a nice Belgian couple, Charly and Maureen, their two sons an a LOT of pets: dogs, cats, parakeets, boas and a parrot called Coco.
(if you're afraid of dogs they 'll have 'm on a leash by the way).
The rooms (only 4 at the moment) are basic but very nice.
A couple of hammocks and rocking chairs, a cat on your lap, great views, aaah...Breakfast (fresh fruit toast and eggs) included. For 12 $ you can have a lovely dinner cooked by Maureen or Carmen (just pass on inadvance if you're a vegetarian). Dinner is served at a big table you share with the other guests, which at our stay led to interesting and hilarious conversations. Vera, the German lady sleeping in the room next to ours for instance ran outside early morning, thinking there was a desperate child crying for dad in front of her door. Yes, Coco fools everybody. You won't have to bring your alarmclock, Coco's awake at 06.00 am.
Charly also guides: he can take you to the top of a vulcano (quite an adventure with windy wheather we've been told)or show you a hidden swimming spot. Or just go on your own: Las Pailas is a nice trail and arriving early at the park you get to see animals. The trail to the waterfall is steep and hot: be sure to bring a lot of water (you can buy water at the restaurant just outside the park but not at the parkoffice itself.

Stayed January 2007
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Property: Casa Rural Aroma de Campo
Address: East And 2 km, Curubande 50105, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Curubande
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Curubande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa Rural Aroma de Campo 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La casa rural Aroma de Campo is a charming hacienda style B&B located on the edge of the National Park Rincon de la Vieja, near the village of Curubanda with a perfect location to observe local flora and fauna. There is no better place to hear the peaceful sound of singing birds and trees. Casa rural Aroma de Campo offers you, with its pleasant climate, an exciting and at the same time relaxing and personalized vacation. We have 6 standard rooms and 6 superior rooms which are transformed shippingocontainers with an interesting design. ... more   less 
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