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El Sol Verde Lodge & Campground
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

We stayed at El Sol Verde for 3 nights, one night in a room and 2 nights in the tent cabin; both were very clean and we loved staying in the tent cabin! Gerard and Ingrid were extremely welcoming and sat down with us to explain the area and answer any questions we had. They really go above and beyond to not only make guests feel welcome, but to help their guests get the most out of the area by giving recommendations for food, directions, or recommendations for hikes, etc. The campground itself is very quiet and relaxing with beautiful plants and flowers. We also loved the breakfast, which consisted of amazing dark coffee, eggs cooked however you like, from Gerard and Ingrid's chickens, and wonderfully fresh fruit. I wish we could have stayed here longer, but it was a great experience, highly recommend!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

El Sol Verde is a simple place. As far as I understood, it offers 3 rooms (and some additional huts and campground). The rooms are basic and have everything you need. Accordingly, the owners charge a reasonably basic price, making this a very good price/quality tradeoff. The hotel is located on the road to Rincón de la Vieja, and there are a couple of other hotels on this road. However, at the time of our booking, all these hotels appeared to be much more expensive. As explained on their website, breakfast is available at a charge, but we did not try it.

The owners of the place are very friendly, and are doing pretty well in creating a hospitile environment. Upon arrival, Ingrid explained a lot on the town of Curubandé and the Rincón de la Vieja national park.

The hotel offers free wifi, but only at limited times (in the morning and in the evening). I initially considered this a bit strange, 'till I learned that due to its remote location, the hotel has to offer wifi over a 3G dongle. Having this in mind, the owners' choice makes perfect sense. Nevertheless, this could be a disadvantage if you want to spend your entire holiday online 24/7.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

Loved the local location, wonderful hosts and great accommodations. It was my favorite part of our 2 weeks backpacking trip. Ofi was awesome for local transportation and their dog was so cute, he followed us wherever we went. Beautiful place overall.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

I stayed at El Sol Verde with my boyfriend in January. We stayed in a tent house and it was very comfortable. Time there was relaxing and quiet... just what you are looking for in a "nature" holiday.
Gerard and Ingrid are great hosts. They take good care of you in all senses: nice breakfast, good indications and recommendations. Social areas are well-kept and clean as well as the camping facilities.
It is definitely an excellent price-value option in Rincon de la Vieja.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Burlington, Vermont
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

El sol Verde is really a campground and not a lodge. It has space for campers and also has tent houses for those who want to camp but are not carrying a tent. It advertises itself also as a lodge, but the "lodge" area does not have any accommodations which one expects from a lodge. Our room was very small, containing only a bed. There was a basement style window just below the ceiling, thus no window to look out of giving a very shut in feeling. There was no door to the bathroom, only a curtain. There was no chair to sit in the room and no closet for hanging clothes. The mattress was very uncomfortable. Outside was a small patio shared with the other two rooms. There were 4 plastic chairs and 2 tables on the patio. If you sat there, you were intruding on the privacy of the 2 neighboring rooms, as their window and doors opened to this patio. it was unavoidable to look in, so close was the proximity. There was no comfortable quiet area to sit and read. The only sitting area is the common area where breakfast is served for those who wish it, with picnic tables and benches. The owners have wifi, but do not make it available to their guests except for 2 hours in the morning after breakfast and 2 hours in the evening. This is an inconvenience for their guests who need to schedule around the owners' schedule.
As for Curubande, it is a small village with 2 local restaurants.
Though one can arrive in Curubande by bus, one must have a vehicle to get to Rincon de la Vieja, the only national park within the vicinity of El Sol Verde. There is no public transport to get to the park. National Parks Santa Rosa and Palo Verde, mentioned in their webiste, are not close by, both each at least an hour traveling by car.
So, if you are camping and plan to visit Rincon de la Vieja, this might be OK for you, but a lodge it is not.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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ElSolVerde, Owner at El Sol Verde Lodge & Campground, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
We were expecting your review.

A pity that you did not mention here on tripadvisor, what you told us, that you liked our place and also our hospitality. Also you didn't mention you booked a room for 8 nights a couple of months in advance and after staying two nights you cancelled the other 6 nights. Not because you didn't like our place, but because you really wanted to stay near a beach.
We only charged you 2 nights of the 6 nights you cancelled. Probably you thought this was not fair and now is payback time. So we won't take your comments too seriously.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

We came from Nicaragua together With an american couple. They had already booked here and we joined them to this place. It was the best start for Costa Rica we had ever could imagine. The lovely couple helped us With planning our trip within Costa Rica with good tips and they even helped us rent a car to save time. The stay itself was rather pleasant with clean rooms and very good breakfast. They made us feel at home on the other side of the world!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Stumbled upon this randomly looking for a place to stay for the night near Rincon de la Vieja. Beautiful, simple room looking over the valley and adjacent ridgeline. Lovely flowers and landscaping on the grounds. Room was super simple and basic, but that was all we wanted. Ingrid and Gerard were by far the standouts though. Super nice, super friendly, super helpful. Told us about a great little walk to a nearby pretty stream and wading pool. Gave great tips about hiking in the volcano park. And overall were just great to talk with.

Totally recommend this for someone looking for a simple, easy place to stay with really wonderful hosts.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Sol Verde Lodge & Campground
Address: Curubande, Liberia, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Liberia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Liberia
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
'El Sol Verde' (the Green Sun) is a combination of a lodge and a campground, located at the boundary of Curubande,15 km. northeast of Liberia. It has a small-scale setting with a pleasant atmosphere and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. It is only 8km to the entrance of National Park Rincon de la Vieja. 'EL Sol Verde' therefore is a good starting point to make excursions to this magnificent piece of nature. ... more   less 
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