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Hacienda Guachipelin
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Reviewed 11 April 2005

We just returned from Costa Rica and stayed at the Hacienda Guachipelin with a tour group of 10. What we liked: good location with lots of fun activities to do including hiking near the volcano, horseback riding, mtn biking, zip-line/rappel/climb/swing in a nearby river gorge, and dancing to music from a live band (only 1 night though). What could be improved: the food (same selections over and over, all rather bland in taste), service in restaurant was extremely slow and not intuitive (every meal we always had to ask for extra water at least 4-5 times). Good to know before you go: rooms were a nice size but virtually no privacy - it was quite hot at night but if you wanted to let the breeze in through the windows, you would need to tieback the curtain allowing anyone to look right in. Also, showers are solar-powered so shower at a sunny time of day and bring earplugs so as not to be wakened by the loud geese on the property :) Would rate this a 3.5 if I could.

Stayed: April 2005
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Reviewed 23 March 2005

Our family of 5 (children ages 8, 7, and 2) recently spent two nights here. The rooms are clean, spacious, and basic (we asked for the "newer building"). The grounds are nicely kept. The staff arranged to have us picked up at the Liberia airport. Rincon de la Vieja national park is beautiful. We did a guided hike in the park, went to the mud pots, and my son and I did the Kazm canon canopy tour. All of these tours were arranged through the hotel and we were the only ones on the tour.

Stayed: March 2005
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Reviewed 9 March 2005

We had the misfortune of spending one night here in Feb 05. We originally booked 2 nights but upon arrival we were informed (just as being shown to our shed, ahem, I mean room) that they had over booked and we would be given alternative accomodation for the first night before getting our originally booked room. As a good will gesture they would throw in dinner gratis....

Well the room they took us to was absolutley dire. I'm pretty sure it was one of the original stables, and I'm not sure they'd done much to it since then! It had wood panelled walls painted in nicotine yellow decades ago and lit by a 20watt bulb. The bathroom was horrendous with cracked tiles and bare concrete all over the place. Of course there's no A/C here (which wouldn't normally be a problem) but the only fan was one of those ones you see on suction cups on truckers winshields! Tiny! To top things off nicely, this room backed on the staff's communal area where they all descend after their shifts so it was very noisy in the evening.

The staff were not particularly friendly once they realized we were there to follow our own tour and do our own thing rather than pay for theirs. The whole place had a very unfriendly atmosphere about it.

The food was the best thing about it. They do a buffet that wasn't too bad at all.

We managed to fit in everything we wanted to do in the 24 hours we were there, and checked out 24 hrs early.

The Rincon de la Vieja park is absolutely incredible and made the whole miserable Guachipelin experience worthwhile. It's also worth going to the waterfall on their estate and having a refreshing dip in the pool there. The mud baths are also worthwhile.....

I wouldn't recommend this place at all. It's more geared up to groups of people and tour buses than individuals who want to do their own thing. We bumped into some other travellers we'd met previously in Ocatel who were extremely happy with their B&B just before the turn off to Rincon de la Vieja on the IA highway.

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Reviewed 6 March 2005

We had a great time at Hacienda Guachepelin. We flew into Liberia and they picked us up at the airport - a very relaxing way to start our vacation. The road to the hacienda is a rough one so you might want to stay put while there - which was no problem since there was so much to do. The working ranch of approx 1000 acres bordes Rincon de la Vieja National Park - a beautiful place. The rivers, pools, hiking trails, and waterfalls were amazing. The rooms comfortable, the food great, the people friendly. It's very dry in this part of the country (unless you hike up to the higher elevations) but the wildlife was amazing - birds, pecaries, monkeys.... We did the white water tubing adventure and it was quite an adrenalin rush. We'd go back in a minute!

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Address: Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range: £60 - £145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Guachipelin 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hacienda Guachipelin is a comfortable hotel with 54 rooms, each with private bathroom and hot water. The best Costa Rican ecotourism lodge for adventure travel and nature lovers, located at the entrance of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. This is the most visited National Park in Guanacaste. For the adventurer, there are many activities like horseback riding, the Canyon canopy tour, Rio Negro Tubing, canyoneering, bird watching, as well as trekking to the crater of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Free transportation to the National Park and the hot springs. ... more   less 
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