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Hacienda Guachipelin
portland, oregon
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“Great Place next to the National Park”
Reviewed 21 March 2012

Rooms are very spacious, clean and comfortable. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with plenty of trees for shade near the rooms. There are some great hikes to take in the National Park or you can partake of all the hotel has to offer - horseback riding, tubing, zip lining etc. The hot springs are fun after a hike. we went to one that was free for people staying at the hotel. It had changing rooms, restrooms and several pools to choose from. We had fun painting mud on each other - supposed to be beneficial. I know the laughing was! The food is buffet style but several stations with some good choices. We also visited Santa Rosa National Park before we moved on. I found most of the staff to be friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

Visited the Rincón de la Vieja National Park and Hacienda with my four "almost" adult children.
Wonderful visit!! Highly recommend!! Reservations were made online through the Hacienda's web site for the activities that we wished to enjoy. Upon arrival the process went amazingly smooth everything was set. We got checked in and within minutes we were mounting our horses and heading out to visit the National Park. We visited the national park and hiked the Las Pailas trail with Cesar (was just our family and guide) . The park was amazing-saw lots of wildlife, along with the waterfalls, mud pots, mini volcano, steam vents, etc. Had the buffet lunch--which all enjoyed. There were two meat choices, rice, potato, veggies, salad bar, fruits, soft drinks etc. Plenty of variety. Then it was off to the white water rapids via intertubes!! What a blast...Again it was a very small group of guests (our family + one other couple) with almost as many guides as guests. They ensured our safety and enjoyment!! After completing this activity we went to the natural springs/volcanic mud bath. Very relaxing!! Staff were all really nice and helpful. We really enjoyed the day!

Room Tip: Hint: The national park does not take $50 or $100 bills for the entrance fee--make plans ahead.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Hello, thanks for so many nice comments, this is our motivation, I´ll pass this to the staff, like I always do for them to know we are doing something right, we work hard trying to satisfy most of the people most of the time. Hope to see you soon back with us.
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

1. It was next to the national park
2. the rooms were very comfortable and clean
3. the gardens were beautiful
4. Welcome cocktails!
5. Really nice staff and help
6. Awesome staff
7. Great restaurant and breakfast
8. Just Pura vida!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Thank you friend from Montreal, you said it all, those are strong remarks. We feel glad you could experience them, come back and enjoy with us again.
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

The Hacienda Guachipelin is a great destination for nature lovers. Can be very active with hikes and horseback riding, and can also find peace and relaxation. My son and I arrived w/o a vehicle; the Hacienda provides transportation to various parts of the park for hikes as well as to their own hot springs on the Rio Negro, and to the Symbiosis Spa. Massages are available at the hot springs and the Spa and can be arranged in your room, too. Bring US cash with you - you'll need it for Park admission (kids pay less) and if you want a massage or to get into the Symbiosis Spa. Wish we could have stayed longer and taken advantage of their guided hikes/horseback rides. Enjoyed the all-day 'adventure' deal - TONS of fun, with time for getting changed as needed (horseback riding to tubing, for ex) and free lockers. Grounds and rooms are lovely. With all the windows (with screens!) we never needed the AC, just the ceiling fan. The buffet was good, but rather forces you to pay more than most places - but then again, the level of staffing required for everything to be as lovely and as well-maintained as it is does take $$. Don't miss seeing the volcanic 'action' in the Park!!

Room Tip: Were happy to have a longer walk to the 'action', but all the rooms had their advantages (vi...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Hello, thanks very much for your comments, we feel glad you enjoyed all our activities, we try to satisfy people from all ages and likes. For us is very nice to hear that you had a good time, please come back soon, it will be a pleasure for us.
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Levis, Canada
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

very conveniently located, this hacienda is a must for exploring Rincon de la Vieja and the surroundings. clean, wll organized, with amazing fauna and flora around. Recommended.

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jose b, Manager at Hacienda Guachipelin, responded to this review, 17 March 2012
Thank you very much for your comments the staff of the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin feels very proud in making costumers happy. And yes the location to visit the park is very convenient. Hope to see you and your family soon back with us.
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Property: Hacienda Guachipelin
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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
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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