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“Rancho Amaze-a-dillo!”

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Rancho Armadillo Estate
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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“Rancho Amaze-a-dillo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

My fiance and I stayed at Rancho Armadillo for five nights in January 2014. This was our first trip to Costa Rica together, and we were very excited to combine daily activities with romantic evenings. Rancho Armadillo proved to be a scenic and serene location. Each morning breakfast awaited us - hot coffee, smoothies, fresh fruit and juice, a waffle bar, cereal options, and an assortment of breads.

The room was spacious. And the bed was super comfy. Not that we spent much time in our room, but there were also plenty of English-speaking channels on the television. The free WIFI was an added bonus.

Rick, the proprietor, proved to be a knowledgable and considerate host. He had no shortage of recommendations of restaurants, beaches, and activities. (He even shared interesting details about the local wildlife.) It was such a treat to have him as a friendly and willing resource.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Enfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

I can only reaffirm what has already been said. We stayed for 5 nights at Rancho Armadillo and would highly recommend it. It has an amazing view, gorgeous grounds and has lots of activities close by but the main reason the experience of staying here is such a great one is because of Rick. He could not be more knowledgeable or helpful. He gave us such good advice for our whole trip months ahead while we were still in the planning stages.He truly goes above and beyond, arranging activities we were interested in (and at a discount!), printing off maps and directions, calling ahead for us, etc.
We had one of his famous meals one beautiful evening as the sun was setting and it could not have been better! He always made sure I had gluten-free, vegetarian options. After this amazing meal, we vowed we would never eat again but there we were the next morning at the waffle bar!
Wi-fi was very reliable and accessible all over the property if that is important to anyone.
The only minor negative which did not impact us in any way was that some things.. lounge chairs, etc. were a little tired, showing the effects of that relentless sun that we loved! And if you are intending to use Rick's kitchen to prepare your meals be aware that if Rick is cooking for guests that evening, it is not easy to do but we just took advantage of this to go try out the restaurants that Rick recommends (in all price ranges). I guarantee that if you notice this, you will soon forget it as you take in the view and the gardens.
You will not be sorry if you choose to stay at Rancho Armadillo during your stay in Costa Rica!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Donna M
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

My husband and I stayed at Rancho Armadillo for the first 6 days of our trip to Costa Rica (our honeymoon) and we absolutely loved it. We had chosen Rancho Armadillo based on the reviews we'd read on trip advisor (which is why I'm now making it a point to review as well - this is my first one on the site). It's a very comfortable set up. The property is very peaceful, there is a common area which is I guess a terrace with a beautiful view. Lovely place to just lie in a hammock and relax, watch views. The owner Rick is very knowledgeable about the area and very helpful at arranging visits and suggestions throughout the area and in other parts of Costa Rica. It's very close to the beach, but I definitely recommend renting a car as it gives you more flexibility as well to check out some of the more secluded beaches (and a 4 X 4 is very important, we didn't get one and it was definitely a mistake).
Breakfast is included and is very nice. I saw a monkey on his property and some beautiful birds. He has a lovely pool which we meant to take advantage of but kept ourselves busy exploring the area instead. We had planned the rest of our trip in another city and were going to stay in another area and hotel before our flight out of Costa Rica (from Liberia) and loved Rancho Armadillo and The Rick Experience so much that we came back to the hotel before we flew out for another couple days.
He is also an amazing chef. My husband surprised me one day by arranging a meal by Rick - and with me being an immensely picky eater he was a bit concerned how I would enjoy it. Basically, my husband gave Rick an idea of my food preferences and then Rick created the menu and both of us were surprised by it on the day of. I absolutely loved it. I've since been on a cruise and while the food there was amazing as well, I can say without doubt, that I most definitely enjoyed his more.

This isn't a typical hotel - it doesn't have a restaurant on site (again, you can arrange a meal through Rick though), or a gym - it does have a pool which is why I'll still give the fitness centre an average rating, it doesn't have a spa on site, but you can arrange for a massage or a manicure/pedicure in advance (we did a couples massage one night) and to be honest you really can't understand the feel and experience of this place until you get there yourself. There's lots of activities to do closeby (scuba diving, snorkeling, zip lining, we went to Nicaragua for a day) but the real charm of Rancho Armadillo is Rick. He's full of helpful advice to ensure your trip goes well and he makes you feel very comfortable and as if you're a part of the family. Rustic, charming, with character and stunning views - Rancho Armadillo was a wonderful experience for us.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank mqasmi
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

My family of four had the pleasure to visit CR for the first time and spend 8 days at Rancho back in July. There aren’t enough great words to describe our experience. Gretchen P’s review below paints a 100% true and accurate detailed picture of Rick’s treasure. The property is peacefully isolated and perched perfectly on a mountain overlook of the ocean. Before we discovered Rancho on Trip Advisor, we researched other ways to tour CR, which included beach resorts, tour buses or flying into San Jose and renting a car. We just couldn’t get excited about crowded resorts, bouncing across the country in a tour bus, or bearing the thought of navigating in and out of San Jose. Then I discovered and contacted Rick, and he immediately soothed all of the worries with his amazing personal style. Rick genuinely makes every effort humanly possible to cater to his guests as well as take care of his staff, and appears to spend every waking moment doing so. We took his advice on the car rental and most of the activities on his website and the result was an enjoyable, seamless, zero-hassle, event-free vacation – wow!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Mark G
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seattle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

Rick is the real deal-- the kind of innkeeper that you read about and never experience. This is a welcoming, quiet and lovely bit of paradise, perfectly located close to the beach and restaurants, but tranquil and restful. We saw exotic birds and the raccoon like animal native to Costa Rica there. Rick has wonderful and spot-on recommendations for everything from adventures to restaurants and car rentals. Super helpful and a terrific place to stay for several days in the area.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013 via mobile

We started our honeymoon here and it was wonderful. The ranch is rustic and beautiful with plenty of animals and birds to see. A quick drive to town and beautiful beaches. Rick is so welcoming, full of great ideas for trips, places to eat and things to do. Great breakfasts. Excellet directions and wildlife books. Rick cooked dinner one night and it was lovely. We are so glad we came here and would love to return one day for longer.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank sam s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

This place is awesome. If you are looking for a place to meditate or relax your mind, chill in the pool with some beers, to cook your own food in the kitchen, to have your own fridge, to have a safe parking, to hear the birds and monkeys, get recommendations from Rick and take a nap in the hammock at the roof top. This place have everything that you need. Perfect.!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rancho Armadillo Estate
Address: Playas del Coco, Playas del Coco 5019, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playas del Coco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
Rancho Armadillo Estate Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco

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