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Rancho Armadillo Estate
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Certificate of Excellence
letchworth garden city
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30 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Definitely a good place to stay”
Reviewed 4 May 2007

We spent five days at the Rancho Armodillo and Rick and Debbie made us very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble and Rick was full of advice and guidance to help us make the most of our time in Costa Rica. This included helping us with our itinerary after we left! The pool and its surroundings are sublime. The breakfast perfect! When we return to Costa Rica it will be difficut not to make our way to the Rancho Armodillo!

  • Liked — Communal areas, interaction with fellow guests
  • Disliked — No fan in second bedroom
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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2 Thank Carole H
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Newbury, Berkshire
1 review
Reviewed 12 March 2007

Stayed for 4 nights in January. Rick & Debbie were friendly and helpful hosts & helped us make the most of our stay in Coco.

Just like staying with a pretty cool relative.

Would love to return.

Thanks guys.

Stayed January 2007
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Thank Tonywin
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2007

Stayed in Playa del Coco for a week of beach, sun and diving. That's exactly what we got. The estate is fabulous, breakfast is great and staff is very helpful. Although it is beautiful it is expensive according to Costa Rican standards. A room for wo persons per night in the high season costed us 140 dollars. A three star hotel in the city would have costed us not more then 50 dollars. And our room was noisy. We could hear all sounds in the (only) room next to us when it was occupied which was not so comfortable.

We went diving with Rich Coast Diving (www.richcoastdiving.com) which was great. We had dinner in hotel restaurant Pato Loco Inn which was very funny. Food was good, at reasonable prices and the staff is just like the Fawlty Towers cast.
We already did lots of other activities in Costa Rica outside Playa del Coco so that's why we can't give you other good recommendations.

All in all, it's beautiful, it's pricey and can be a little bit noisy.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Noise and price
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Wil1968
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2007

We stayed at the Rancho Armadillo in late January. The owners are fantastic people and make the whole stay worthwhile. The small town nearby of Playa del Coco is nothing to speak of but that's not the reason you're in Costa Rica. The sidetrips are what it's all about. We used tours-your-way.com who's owner is Mainor Lara Bustos and he was fantastic!!! He made our whole stay in Costa Rica so enjoyable. We preferred Rancho Armadillo over Fiesta Premier which is an all inclusive nearby. Any questions, email me at saalfeldk@hotmail.com.

Stayed January 2007
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Thank saalfeldk
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Minneapolis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2007

We stayed at the Rancho Armadillo the last week of January, 2007. Rick and Debbie were great, and very helpful. Our room was great, and we personally loved the "rain shower." Rancho Armadillo is not quite a hotel, not quite a resort, not quite a bed and breakfast, and not quite home. But, it is a little bit of all those things. Very relaxing and no huslte bustle. We would stay there again, and I strongly recommend that anyone looking for something other than a typical hotel/resort experience, this is where you want to go. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank lakelot
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California
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2007

All the superlatives from previous reviews are true! We spent some of our honeymoon at Rancho Armadillo, and had an incredible time. One of the best things about it is the friendly atmosphere, which is all due to Rick, the owner. He spends time with and gets to know his guests, and helps the guests to get to know each other. He'll even help you plan your trip before you go, and gives great advice! He directed us to some less-touristy and very worthwhile activities. The grounds are very pretty, and the rooms comfortable. We'd go back in a second!

  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank CABayArea
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Washington, DC
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2007

Staying at Rancho Armadillo is like being invited by a friend of a friend who cannot wait to make sure you will have a terrific time. We spent Christmas week with our two young adult children and Rick went out of his way to make sure we had an enjoyable and interesting time. He made special enquiries to find out where we could join the locals for midnight mass and bull riding fiestas and recommended a number of tours that turned out to be fun and good value.
With only six rooms, and Ricks diligence in introducing all guests to eachother as well as his love and knowledge of the country, it felt intimate and not at all like a hotel.
The views and natural beauty of the estate only add to the intimate and lush atmosphere.

The Janka family,
Washington, DC.

  • Liked — intimacy, friendliness, beauty
  • Disliked — mattress sagged
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with family
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Thank Amerloque
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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
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