Rancho Armadillo is everything wonderful that all the other reviewers have said about it. It's all a result, I believe, of the relationships that Rick has with his guests, his employees, and the Playa del Coco community. Rooms are spotless because he treats those who work with him with great respect. Guests benefit from his knowledge of restaurants and sightseeing spots and his connections with the people who run them. For example, our family, totaling 8 ranging in age from 10 months to over 70, was planning to head to a beach restaurant one day but Rick received an email from the owner saying it was closed for a private party, so we were able to avoid the useless trip there and go the following day. An adventuresome guest traveling by herself ended up chaperoning a school trip at Rick's suggestion, and during it she went zip-lining, which she had previously said she absolutely wouldn't do. One thing to keep in mind is that Rancho Armadillo is not, nor does it claim to be, a beach vacation. There are certainly beaches nearby, but that is not the primary focus, it's not a step-out-your-door-onto-the-sand place. It is, however, a wake-up-to-the calls-of-the-howler-monkeys vacation. The pool is relaxing, the sun is intense, the restaurants are good, the town an interesting mix of bicyclists, pedestrians and dogs all wandering about in the middle of the streets, tourist shops, ex-pats and locals, American-style and Costa-Rican style stores. The only downside was leaving!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Armadillo Estate, a small private mountainside estate overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. The estate is perfect for couples, families or groups. Our guests feel like they're coming to visit friends who have a really nice place to stay. Our knowledge of Costa Rica ensures our guests experience the best Costa Rica has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco