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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2011

Absolutely couldn't have had a better experience. Title line above says it all. Would only add that Rick was a fountainhead of local knowledge and anecdotes about life in his part of Costa Rica. Would absolutely visit again and recommend unhesitatingly to any friend.

2 Thank Tetburyman
Southern California
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2011

You can read the other reviews about general stuff. We are experienced travellers. If you are flying into Liberia Airport and arriving at night, you can safely get to Rancho Armadillo in about a half hour. All roads are paved. It is really easy. In terms of the directions, if you arrive at night, follow them the directions that have... More 

6 Thank jwey
Richmond, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2011

Myself and my girlfriend returned to Rancho Armadillo for our second visit to this Guanacaste hotel/resort. Nothing much had changed in the last 2 ½ years. And that’s a good thing, because Rancho Armadillo feels just like coming home to a good and helpful friend, Rick Vogel. A friend who has the coolest house; with a beautiful ocean view, cozy... More 

3 Thank LUDWIG_Wayfarer
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2011

We were at Rancho Armadillo with a small group for a week, with our wedding smack in the middle. Rick helped us arrange everything via email, graciously answered hundreds of questions from our guests prior to arrival, and took care of every detail from arranging for a notary public to rose petals strewn in the pool. The property is beyond... More 

3 Thank Alison P
Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2011

We were looking for a nice place to rest for the end of our trip... and what we found was way beyond what we expected! The room was clean and comfy, the site was beautiful, the pool was appreciated, the place was well located, the breakfast was Mmmm, the host was sooo nice. Perfect getaway for a young family, we... More 

2 Thank Isabelle B
Columbus, OH
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2011

LIke others have stated, staying at Rancho Armadillo Estate is like staying with a long lost friend. Rick, the owner, provides such a unique and relaxing atmosphere. He is full of great advice and tips on activities in the area. He is also willing to go the extra mile and help you with any issues that might arise while on... More 

2 Thank fkmich999
San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2011

This estate was one of the best we visited during our recent trip to Costa Rica. The layout of the place was great and has fantastic views. The owner is very attentive and makes sure you have a relaxing time and provide little hints about must do's and should avoid things throughout the country. The breakfast is not to be... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2011

We just returned from a total of four nights at Rancho Armadillo. What started out as a simple visit turned into a wedding on the premises! Clearly, planning even a small, simple wedding like ours took some effort and Rick, the proprietor of Rancho Armadillo, really stepped up to the plate and proved to be an invaluable resource for us.... More 

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Upper Arlington, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2011

This may have been one of the best weeks that our family has had on a vacation. This part of Costa Rica is beautiful, and the Rancho Armadillo is well located for lots of different activities. Rick, the owner, is an excellent host, with lots of suggestions for day trips and adventures. The hotel operates like a bed and breakfast... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

Our family of four had a wonderful time staying here. Rick is a great host. Always there to help with maps, ideas, things to do. A truly great host that makes this place special

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Rancho Armadillo Estate, a small private mountainside estate overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. The estate is perfect for couples, families or groups. Our guests feel like they're coming to visit friends who have a really nice place to stay. Our knowledge of Costa Rica ensures our guests experience the best Costa Rica has to offer. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rancho Armadillo Estate

Address: Playas del Coco, Playas del Coco 5019, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playas del Coco
Price Range: $229 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
Rancho Armadillo Estate Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco
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“Great views, certain rooms easily accessible with others having quite a few stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles intuit09, 23 Jul 2016 | Read review
“The hotel only has 6 rooms. Don't go there to be in your room. Go there to enjoy the outdoors, Rick, and other travelers.”
 of 5 bubbles dz2d, 8 Feb 2016 | Read review
“If views are important, request rooms that are located the farthest away from the Owner's cottage.”
 of 5 bubbles mayerjack, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Not all the rooms have views. Ask for the ones furthest from the parking lot.”
 of 5 bubbles nickpap66, 9 Apr 2015 | Read review
“We had the dolphin/turtle/shark suites that all connect to each other. It was great for a group traveling together.”
 of 5 bubbles travelgirlEJ, 16 Mar 2015 | Read review
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