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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 24 December 2014

Rancho Margot was an incredible place to stay. Self-sustaining with wonderful nature all around. The staff was phenomenal. Attentive, friendly and accommodating. Each of the meals was delicious and it made it even better the food was farm-to-table. Aurelio was more than happy to give us a tour of the ranch and we even ran a little over on time... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your incredibly kind and thoughtful review. It was such a pleasure to have you here with us in the rainforest and we sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Huge blessings to you and yours in the New Year. ¡PURA VIDA! More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 December 2014

My husband and I spent a week at Rancho Margot. We were immediately impressed by the gorgeous grounds, the friendly and informative staff and the excellent food -- made on the premises from their own gardens. This was our first stay in a self-sustainable ranch and we loved it. Every day, we did excursions: horseback riding, kayaking and hiking, all... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your incredibly thoughtful and kind feedback. It was such a pleasure to have you both here with us for such an extensive period of time (sorry about the rain!) and it means so much to read your genuinely beautiful review. Believe it or not, the receiver for our wifi is solar-powered, and so after days... More 

Pellston, Michigan
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2014

We stumbled upon Rancho Margot while staying in El Castillo. The young lady at the desk was so welcoming and showed us around the restaurant/bar area and explained their philosophy of organic farming. She offered us coffee and we fell in love with the place so much so that we came back that evening for dinner. It was wonderfully fresh... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

So glad to know that you enjoyed your visit to Rancho Margot and we sincerely hope that the rest of your travels were a huge delight. Best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season. ¡PURA VIDA! More 

San Diego, California
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Reviewed 5 December 2014

Pros: the staff are sincerely and incredibly friendly (always ready to smile, call you "amigo" and offer a wave or hi-5); the ranch owner and workers have rehabilitated the land the Ranch sits on in an authentic and beautiful fashion; the meals are FRESH and make you feel clean from the inside out; the yoga is held in such a... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Rancho Margot! It was such a pleasure to have you here and we are delighted to know you made such great friendships with our staff and enjoyed the many activities that we offer. Unfortunately, it appears that during your stay we were in the process of changing the... More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 20 November 2014

Hidden in the mountains beyond El Castillo, Rancho Margo offers a place to truly be and experience the beauty of costa rica. Basic but charming bungalows dot the hillside and are reached by winding jungle trails. The entire property is bio dynamic and self sufficient. The ranch produces all of its own food and electricity completely off grid. The kids... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

It was such an absolute pleasure to enjoy time with you and your family here in the rainforest. We are so appreciative of your kind words and know that we'll see you again in the future. Until then, may the rest of your time in Costa Rica and all those upcoming trips be absolutely amazing. ¡PURA VIDA! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2014

My husband and I visited Rancho Margot in August, 2014. The place is just amazing. Luxurious cabin rooms, tasty food, fun activities, good place to meet new international friends, but the best part was just to sit back on the cabin's balcony and relax and maybe go to yoga offered twice a day. Rancho Margo would have received 5 stars,... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your great photos and kind words about your experience at the Ranch! It was such a pleasure to have you here and we sincerely hope to see you again in the future. ¡PURA VIDA! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2014

Take the ranch tour (free) and learn about all the composting and cow milking and farming and water conservation that they do there. It's amazing. Exactly what they mean when someone says sustainable, and person-scale, and natural. Opt for one of the bungaloes, they're a little more expensive, but the privacy and walk through the jungle path is worth it.... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you for milking cows so we had milk for coffee and for playing with Ginger - she misses you! It is such a delight to read reviews that so beautifully encapsulate the Rancho Margot experience, and we are so thankful that you took the time to write about your time here. Until next time.... ¡PURA VIDA! More 

San Jose
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Reviewed 7 October 2014

I was needing vacations urgently, specifically a place where I could disconnect from work and the hectic nature of the city and I got what I was looking for at Rancho Margot. The place is kind or retired, at the very end of the road that connects Volcan Arenal with the town of El Castillo, before reaching a river that... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience with us at Rancho Margot - it means the world to read about "us" from the perspective of our guests. We are so glad to know that you enjoyed your time and we hope to see you again in the future. ¡PURA VIDA! More 

Washington DC
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

Rancho Margot is a fascinating experiment in sustainable living and reforestation. A complex of farming, dormitories for volunteers, lodging for tourists, bar and restaurant, we found it fascinating. The tour – approximately two hours – was fun and informative. We learned a tremendous amount about primary versus secondary forest, composting, organic gardening and so forth. We watched nursing sows with... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

GRACIAS for taking the time to write about your visit to Rancho Margot. We are glad you survived the bumpy road and enjoyed your experience here in the middle of the rainforest. :) ¡PURA VIDA! More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 30 August 2014

We stumbled upon this little magical ranch almost by accident. My aunt, Uncle, cousin and I were traveling from Quepos to Arenal and we decided to stop at a restaurant in Jaco, the name of which I don't remember. My aunt and uncle began to chat with the waitress(an American ex-patriate), who, when she she learned we were traveling to... More 

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Travis D, Public Relations Manager at Rancho Margot, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your incredibly thorough, kind and honest review. It was such a pleasure to have you here with us and Ginger was so sad to see you leave! Wishing you all the very best :) ¡PURA VIDA! More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
ALL RESERVATIONS AT RANCHO MARGOT INCLUDE DAILY BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER FROM OUR CHEMICAL-FREE GARDENS. ADDITIONALLY, 2-HOUR GUIDED RANCH TOUR AND TWICE DAILY YOGA CLASSES ARE INCLUDED WITH EVERY OVERNIGHT STAY.On the hills of Rancho Margot, you will find our 17 deluxe bungalows. The Caño Negro river whisper will guide you to the most peaceful rest possible, only to wake up the next day with the loud call of the howler monkeys. Hidden in our botanical gardens are bungalows, equipped to house couples or families of up to 4 people. Each bungalow has its own terrace on which you may enjoy the incredible view while relaxing on your hammock with a great book. Bungalows feature Orthopedic mattresses and are available with two queen beds or one queen bed and two singles. Additional amenities include mosquito netting, rocking chair, table & chairs, and handmade soaps. Each bungalow is equipped with a private bathroom with shower.Our vision is to protect our sustainable rainforest facility but also to make it an educational playground for adults and children alike, where we can inspire a new generation of global citizens to continue ‘closing the circle.’Rancho Margot is a family enterprise where everyone is welcome. We’re living our dream, and we invite you to join us. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rancho Margot

Address: 3km beyond El Castillo | La Fortuna de San Carlos, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Price Range: €146 - €305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rancho Margot 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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“Ask for one of the new bungalows, which are simply lovely.”
 of 5 bubbles NormaIsabelle, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
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“Take advantage of the horseback riding and don't miss the ranch tour!”
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