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Hacienda Guachipelin
Reviewed 29 January 2006

We recently stayed at Hacienda Guachipelin just below the Rincon de la Vieja national park and had a wonderful time.

As others have said the rooms are basic but clean and well presented. We stayed in the original row of rooms which is just between the lodge and the dining area, so didn't have to contend with any 'farm noises'. Anyway, we were too tired after the various outings to do anything other than have a full and deep sleep.

Everything about the area is beatiful and the hotel staff are very helpful and ready to please.

Be aware though that you are isolated in this part of the world and you have no choice on where or what to eat other than the hotel's restaurant - new building with wonderful views and the buffets. Having said that the food is just varied enough between the lunch and dinner (we stayed 3 nights) to be 'different' and at $12 for lunch & dinner, and $6 for breakfast they were very reasonably priced considering the monopoly position.

How to spend time? Well the hotel organises a full adventure activity day including canopy tour (zipping, absailing, tazan swinging, wall climbing etc) which is tremendous fun. The crew are helpful and very safety conscious. We're over 50, relatively fit and rediscovered 'fun'! Also included in the day was tubing on scale 3 rapids which is if you don't mind a few spills and knocks is also funtastic. The crew quickly attach themselves to the less able and guide them through the worst of the rapids and are very helpful. ONE WORD of warning - the water is powerful enough - even in the dry season - to 'rip' the wedding ring off my finger, so give your personals like that to the guides who stayt on the shore. They can also take great photos of you coming through the rapids! You have a choice of mechanised transport to the rapids or horse ride. Take the horse every time! Even if you haven't ridden for some years (we've not since being teens) the horses are docile and gentle and the track down to the rapids is very scenic.
In the afternoon we did the mud baths and again took the horses to get there (we spent 3 hours 'in the saddle' and only a little sore at the end). The mud baths are OK but nothing really special.

The following day explore the park - there are a number of trails there including an easy 3km 'mini volcano experience' if you don't want to hike right up to the rim as well as some trails in the area of the hotel leading to waterfalls for a cooling dip.

In the evenings there's sometimes a marimba band providing a little entertainment and the pool side bar is great to meet up and chat over your experiences with other guests.

If you're going to Costa Rica make sure you spend a couple of days at Hacienda Guachipelin

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed 4 January 2006

Similar to earlier posting below from Calgary.
We stayed at the hacienda for 2 nights during the first week of Dec. 05. Our first night we arrived just in time to witness the sunset from the lookout. There was majestic colour against the mountain backdrop -- fantastic.
The room was a little small in area,likewise was the bed and not super comfortable. Just adequate. The dining area offered a great view , the buffet meals were delicious and the service very good. The hacienda boss and all the staff were very approachable and friendly.
We signed up for the day adventure which had enough options to match our interests. Our guide the next morning was Albeenos (spell?), hardly any english but was just wonderful company and we learned much about park anyway. If you're past 40, take
the river tubing option only if you're adventurous and young at heart -- it's big fun with major bumps to rock you around.
There were only two negatives to our experience with this place. Even after confirmation, their van didn't meet us at the airport to shuttle us there. And the second night was a difficult sleep due to their noisy livestock.
However, the many positive discoveries in between far outweighed those inconveniences for us. A delightful place.

5  Thank Holidevil
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Reviewed 6 July 2005

We spent two nights at Hacienda Guachipelin and it was one of the best travel experiences that we have ever had. The grounds are beautiful. The food is good, but what made our stay here most memorable were the guides. Our first day we did the $70 a day--pick your own adventures package. We did the canyon canapy tour. It was great. The guides were outstanding. You can tell that they geniunely love their job and that thier number one concern is your safety. After our canopy tour we went horseback riding and hiking in the park. Although our guide did not speak English and we speak no Spanish, we had a great day with him. The buffet was very good. The next morning we did the tubing! That was quite the adventure. Again, the guides were outstanding. I really had no idea that this was as adventurous as it was and the guides did a fantastic job of keeping us all safe and ensuring that we had a great time. The park is beautiful and the hotel has several hiking trails close by. If you are looking for a bit of an adventure, an authentic setting, and beautiful surroundings, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed 6 May 2005

We began our Costa Rica vacation with two nights/one day at Guachipelin and enjoyed our time there.
They picked us up at the Liberia airport and found the staff and the overall hotel a nice place to stay. My wife and I were the only people on their one day $70 tour (canyon zip lines, horseback and hike into Rincon de la Vieja, mud bath and water falls) and found it very enjoyable. Even though our guide, Rene, didn't speak english and my spanish is not that strong we had a great day with him.
The only caveat that I would offer to others is if you are not renting a vehicle make sure that you have transportation arranged to get onto your next destination.
We booked on line with Interbus and found out the morning they were supposed to pick us up that they had bumped us and not notified us that they wouldn't pick us up. We had to scramble to get one of the lodge employees to take us to Liberia where we had to meet another driver to take us to Monteverde. Overall, a $150 last minute 5 hour trip. Oh well, live and learn.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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6  Thank Slish
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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
6  Thank susadams
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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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Address: Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, Rincon de La Vieja 208-5010, 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 #4 of 7 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range: £51 - £143 (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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