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Hotel Rancho Corcovado
Ranked #10 of 18 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
Sacramento, California
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“shower curtain for a bathroom door...?”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

True, and it didn't fit the width of the door. For a family with kids, that was just too weirdly not private enough. We checked out another room with the fantastic views up above. The door into that bathroom was a sliding shower door. I actually thought that was a little creative, but still odd.
Good food, nice service.
We took a night walk with "Stephen". Super great, quiet, inspiring young man.
Snorkeling was better from the mainland as opposed to Cano Island, although we did get to see whales from the boat, up fairly close.
Hammock rocking at sunset was wonderful.
Corcovado is a gem.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed at Hotel Rancho Corcovado for a few days after having spent a week in Costa Rica with the rest of my husband's family. We wanted to do something a little more adventurous than what my inlaws had signed up for, and we heard Corcovado was the place to really see the best of the rainforests of Costa Rica. However, we aren't experienced campers and the descriptions of the forced marches in the burning sun along the beach on the way out of the the park for the camping tours through Corcovado didn't sound like how we would want to spend our last day of vacation. That prompted us to look at hotels in the Drake Bay area, as taking a boat to see the rainforest sounded like a better deal to us. We booked late so I was a little nervous about what we would get, though I was reassured by the descriptions of the outings. I have to say our stay here was the highlight of our trip. Mario made us feel like family, and the meals that are included are excellent quality home cooking. The setting and beach are beautiful, but we didn't spend much time at the resort itself. Instead, we did all the tours we could. Watching what we were seeing compared with other groups on similar tours, I have to say I think Albert is probably one of the best guides in Drake Bay. We saw all kinds of birds (macaws, toucans, currasaw), two sleeping tapirs, spider monkeys, and squirrel monkey as well as numerous interesting insects (orb spiders! butterflies! something called a dancer fly?), plants and amphibians when we ventured to La Serina station with him, and when we went snorkeling we managed to see a ton despite a day of relatively silty waters; two nurse sharks and a green sea turtle that swam right past me! Mario was great in terms of helping us arrange other trips like a night tour on one of the local properties (poison dart frogs!) and a horseback riding trip to a waterfall. A couple of warnings: Most rooms are VERY basic by most standards (fan but no air conditioner, running water and private shower but no hot water, a few outlets, electricity works most of the time) which is not what we were initially planning. However, the rooms are well kept, the staff is very quick to respond to problems or questions, and with the beautiful weather what we had was all we needed. Second warning: be prepared for a hike up concrete steps to get to your room, although I saw little old grandmothers making the trip, and the view was more than worth it (see below).

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Mario and his family have created an amazing place. Our room had no a/c and it was hot during the day but cooled down nicely at night. It was worth it to stay at such a lovely place. It is right on the beach and we loved sitting in the hammocks watching the kids play in the ocean. We took a tour to Cano Island and it was sooo cloudy we hardly saw anything but our guide took us to see dolphins and turtles instead.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

This place is located on the beach, providing clean rooms with excellent views surrounded by lovely gardens and they serve good food too. Roger who works there was very helpful.

While the rooms are simple the views are amazing and you can find the local grocery stores a ten minute walk away.
The beach at the front of the property is great for swimming. Plenty of hammocks and chairs to relax on too.

Room Tip: Room numbers 3,4,5,6 are less of a walk up the steps but they are ultimately all the same inside and...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Lovely family run hotel with all food provided and right on a beautiful beach with Scarlet Macaws in the surrounding trees. Really what more could you want, but there is more, as the head of the family Mario is so lovely and really makes you feel so welcome. We got the most lovely welcome from him and every day that we were there and a big hug when I left , he clearly loves the guests and cares about their safety and well being. We were lucky enough to stay for 8 days and had one of the lovely rooms at the very top, a bit of a climb but well worth it for the views over the garden and bay and the fantastic bird life. The kitchen staff were great and had to cater for several vegetarians, a vegan as well as meat eaters. They came up with some lovely meals and salads and lovely big plates of fruit every morning. The room was really clean with fresh towels daily and a hot shower, just perfect. This was the most relaxing 8 days I've ever had and we still manage to fit in 2 trips by boat to the ranger stations to walk in the forest with a brilliant guide Albert who with the aid of a telescope could show us all the life in the canopy as well as the smallest things on the ground. We would walk on our own for several hours along a good track running parallel to the coast and see Capuchin monkeys, Toucan and Scarlet Macaw with some well earned stops at several quiet beaches on the way and a fantastic rope bridge to cross over a lagoon. You can also swim in the sea just by the hotel or sit in a hammock watching the sea. A big thank you to Mario and his family for an amazing time in beautiful Drake Bay.

Room Tip: Go up its a bit of an effort but well worth it
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2013 via mobile

Arriving by boat from Sierpe we were warmy greeted on the beach by Mario and the warmth and friendliness continued throughout our stay. It's right on a beautiful beach, meals are served by wonderfully friendly staff in an open room by the beach - and with great bird watching opportunities. Our room was half way up the hill and had A/C which was v welcome. Roger was so helpful - organising some great tours for us and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. If you get chance to go out with guide called Alberto take it - he gave us a fantastic trip to San Pedrillo and the waterfall. We also enjoyed chilling out in the hammocks by the beach. Our 4 days went too quickly and it was sad to be waving goodbye to Roger and Mario when we left for the trip back to Sierpe. You must go here!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 2 February 2013 via mobile

The lodge was very nice and the family who runs it was incredible. The food was very good though I would have liked some more traditional tico food. The lodge is right on the beach and it is not too populated so you can go swimming or sunbathing whenever you like and not worry about the crowds. A little further down the beach where the light isn't so bright you can go night swimming and see bio-luminescence! While we were there I got sick and the owner was nice enough to go to town and get medicine for me for no charge!
The guide they use for their tours is very knowledgable and very cool. We spent 12 days traveling the Costa Rican parks and he was our favorite.
The only downside was that the room we stayed in was very rustic. The bathroom door was a glass sliding shower door that didn't slide and the hot water was only lukewarm at its best. But really, we spent minimal time in our rooms at all. We spent all our downtime in the hammocks looking at the ocean.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Rancho Corcovado
Address: Bahia Drake, Drake Bay 2110-1100 San José, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rancho Corcovado 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Rancho Corcovado a familiar and personalized hotel set in a private nature reserve in Drake Bay meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's notion of paradise. It is the ideal site to combine both relaxing and adventure in a pure and natural setting hosted by a Costa Rican Family native to the area, who take special care to show visitors the beauty of plant, animal and marine life of the region which is a gift of God. Hotel Rancho Corcovado is located on the OSA Peninsula in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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