by Courtney Elko
Located about two hours outside of San Jose in the middle of the rainforest, families will love the adventure and the pool at Hotel Hacienda Sueno Azul. The natural pool with a water slide will keep kids splashing around for hours and the family pool overlooks the Sarapiqui River. Air conditioning, hammocks and rocking chairs can be found in the guestrooms and the onsite, on-air restaurant makes meals convenient for families.
Our Editor Loves
- Pools with waterslide
- Adventure awaits
- Onsite restaurant
- Water Sports
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
We stayed here for four nights and our travel agent had booked us on a package with all meals included. BUT the menu is a cut down version of the full menu so we felt like second rate guests that were only allowed the cheap meals. Also the menu was the same for lunch and dinner so you can imagine by the third day we'd had enough of the menu. Spoke to the reception staff and we told them we were going out for dinner so they said we could eat off the full menu and for some strange reason the food was much better!!
Room was clean but rundown and the bed was uncomfortable. Place was also deserted, with probably four other rooms occupied in what looks to be a large hotel. The gym was closed down. It had a grotesque museum. And a rodeo that only opens when there are a lot of guess (never?)
There were also a few walking trails but very easy to get lost as they are poorly marked.
I should also mention the entrance. To get to the hotel we had to drive over two old suspension bridges, with wooden floors and bit of rusty metal you could here the groans as you drove over. It stopped us going out in the evening as with the dark it didn't feel comfortable.
Wouldn't want to stay there again.
I've been staying here for years. Sometimes the place seem a bit run down, but then there are always improvements. This year there were new (and really good) shower heads, and rooms were painted. Another set of rooms were being totally renovated. On the other hand, my mattress had a sprung spring on the edge, as if someone had sat hard on it too much, but it didn't affect my sleep in the middle of the mattress. Much of the staff is the same as previous years, so the owners are doing something right. Best of all is their extensive property with some very nice forest and marsh habitats.