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Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The property is 7000 acres of paradise, Heaven on earth. The staff are all very accommodating. It is a lot of hills and walking but they have golf carts to pick you up. The only recommendation we would have is, the option to have your own golf cart. A tropical storm came through 2 weeks before our visit and the phones were not working and we couldn't call for rides, so we had to walk everywhere which was very tiresome. Breakfast for the most part included and incredible. Lunch was good, with reasonable prices. The prices for the dinner did not match the quality however. Highly recommend going in October, which is low tourist season and everything is lush green. The tropical rainforest feel is in this part of the volcano is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Go, Go, Go!!!

Room Tip: Mountain view bungalow
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Fernando was an excellent ATV guide. He and the trip were a highlight of our trip! He was very considerate and cautious of our six and four year old and they loved the outing! The area is very quiet and the restaurant selection is minimal. The staff attitude is second to none.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

This resort has beautiful grounds and rooms, but they totally missed the mark on a few VERY important things. We live in Costa Rica and came here for my birthday during the slow season specifically to relax in the HOT spring pools. So we were extremely disappointed upon discovering that the pools were lukewarm at best. Especially since you can see the natural hot spring just meters away boiling and steaming out of the earth. We told the receptionist and he had someone "flush out the pipes" to get more hot water in the tubs, but that did absolutely nothing. We've been to the hot springs in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park many times and those are sometimes so hot you can't stay in them. So we knew something was wrong here, were pissed no one addressed it, but tried our best to enjoy what felt like three hour old bath water.
The sauna was nice (and actually hot!), and the natural surrounding were amazing - the saving grace! We saw toucans, howler and capuchin monkeys, agouti (large rodents native to Central America), and many other tropical birds right from the hot spring area. We also walked the nature trail behind the pool area which was pretty and loops around to the sauna. Thankfully the suite we rented had a jacuzzi tub, so we filled that up with actual hot water and at least were able to soak in there.
Disappointment number two was the food. They try hard to make the restaurant look fancy at dinner, but the food is overpriced and below average (like most food in this country). My vegetarian entree was the size of an appetizer, and my boyfriend's meal was just average (not worth the $24 price tag). The real kicker though, was at breakfast the next day, when we were served OLD, 10-times refried, tooth-breaking gallo pinto, with what looked like microwaved rubbery plantains, greasy eggs, queso fresco and a piece of mystery lunch meat. DISGUSTING!! I don't even eat real meat, so that thing they added almost made me lose my stomach, and I could really only force down some of the eggs and cheese. We have eaten gallo pinto countless times all around Costa Rica, and this was hands down THE WORST. It's an insult that the cooks and waitresses can even look you in the eye and serve you that, expecting you to eat it. This place is not a crusty corner soda, where you'd expect that kind of meal. This is a resort that charges more than enough for their rooms to cook some fresh rice and beans for their guests, especially since that is the ONLY food option onsite, or for miles around!!
Get it together Borinquen! Your resort could be amazing if you just tried to fix these obvious failures on your part.

Room Tip: Junior suites were great!
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

The drive up to the resort was long, yet beautiful through some lush scenery. The resort is blessed by an ideal location with great views, and some amazing hot springs. We booked a room, but when we arrived it was not ready due to some heavy rain damage the night before so they upgraded us to a bigger room!

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

As a solo traveler, this place was perfect as a location to relax and explore the surrounding area. The rooms are more like cabins, the mud baths are perfect as well as the horseback riding and zipline. no wifi in the rooms, but it's in the common areas.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled solo
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Address: P.O. Box 108, Rincon de La Vieja 5000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range: €94 - €207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hot Springs Spa at Borinquen Mountain Resort is your exclusive vacation spot located in Guanacaste in the North Pacific Region of Costa Rica.The Hotel was designed and created in 1999 with the sole purpose of unlocking the exceptional beauty of the Rincon de la Vieja countryside and bringing it to the world. When you visit Hotel Borinquen you are literally stepping into a world apart. ... more   less 
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