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Villas Rio Mar

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   800 meters northeast of the Dominical entrance | along the Baru river side, Dominical 1645-2050, Costa Rica
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Ranked #3 of 10 hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel is a combination of nature, calm, privacy and near the beach and a river. Its rooms are separately in a green area. In "houses" of 4 rooms. Very private and confortable. Nice pool and service in general. They just need to give you more towels.

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words. We are happy you were comfortable with your stay here at Villas Río Mar, along with the nature, atmosphere, and peace and quiet. It's great to hear you liked the swimming pool and the service. We've taken note about the towel situation! Once again, thank you for your lovely commentary. We hope... More

Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights. The grounds are beautiful but the room we had was not great. There were missing tiles on the bathroom floor, tiles in the shower were cracked and stained. The bed was not comfortable had no mattress protection and cheap sheets that meant that you ended up lying on the mattress. On the plus side... More

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your commentary. We take everyone’s opinions to heart. We are sorry that the rooms didn’t meet up to your expectation and have taken note to maintain them better, and about the beds. We are happy, though, that you loved the grounds and terraces, and that the staff gave you a wonderful service! Thank you again... More

Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Villas Rio Mar is located just a short walk or very short drive from "downtown" Dominical-- which is really just two roads (one leading to the beach and one that goes along it). It's an adorable little town with a few great restaurants and some fun bars. It still has a large local population and Costa Rican feel but it's... More

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hi dear, Thank you so much for your lengthy commentary and kind words. We are happy you enjoyed your stay here at Villas Rio Mar, were comfortable and felt incredibly safe. We are more than glad you enjoyed the Dominical area, with the locals and surfers, and the many beaches Dominical has to offer. Hope you enjoyed Dominicalito beach is... More

Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This place is beautiful, well managed, and relaxing. Whether you just want to relax by the pool or use it as a base for day trip adventures, it is THE best place to stay in walking distance of Dominical without being IN town.

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your lovely commentary! We are happy you enjoyed your stay here at Rio Mar and the environment and atmosphere around you. We’re glad you managed to relax by the pool! We’re also glad you liked the location, it’s isolation and proximity to town. Once again, thanks for your kind words. We hope to see you... More

Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at the Villas Rio Mar for 10 days at the end of February. All the suites have a spacious patio/bar area that is great to relax in, plus beautiful and lush jungle views. The staff was incredible - so helpful and friendly. Enjoyed several great drinks and meals at the bar/restaurant. Daily breakfast is delicious - we looked... More

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed your stay here at Villas Rio Mar, and admired the nature and views around you. We are glad you had a relaxing time on the patio of your villa, and that you enjoyed the service the hotel had to offer! We are really happy you enjoyed the... More

Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great hotel just off the main street in Dominical. It's well maintained with great staff. The grounds are very beautiful. The prices are extremely reasonable for a higher class of hotel. The food is great although Costa Rican cooks (not just this hotel) seem to put ketchup on top of things that have tomato slices (like a BLT). Make sure... More

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your lovely comments! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay here at Villas Rio Mar, and admired the scenery around you. We are glad you enjoyed the food and fruity drinks in the restaurant and are taking note of the tomato slices and ketchup. We are happy you enjoyed the pool and that the overall... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

The place is beautiful but you need a car to move around, has a river in front, the reception staff is totally clueless of what goes on in the hotel and in town. The restaurant staff is split in 2 shifts, I was there on march 1 st and the morning staff that day really sucked terrible terrible service. To... More

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your commentary. We value everyone’s opinions. We are happy you found the place beautiful, and to go outside Dominical, you do need a car, but you also have bus options and taxis. We are sorry to hear you didn’t receive the best service at the reception and first shift in the restaurant. The reception staff,... More

Madison, Wisconsin
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I chose Villas Rio Mar as the location for my 70+ guests to stay for my wedding in Costa Rica in February 2014 and I am SO GLAD THAT I DID!!! The guests were all THRILLED with the hotel!!! I chose Villas Rio Mar because it served as the perfect location since guests didn't HAVE to get a car in... More

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MEsquivel, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful pictures! We are really happy to hear you enjoyed your wedding here at Villas Rio Mar. It was a pleasure helping set up your wedding on the beautiful beach, and we hope you and your guest will remember it for a lifetime. It’s nice to hear you enjoyed... More

Cooperstown, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I spent 5 nights here and it was amazing!- along with about 30 other friends! and we had a blast! Town is awesome but a little busy- especially s/p music fest! Rio Mar is a perfect, SAFE, little walk away from all that Dominical has to offer-but also gets you out of all the hustle and bustle. IF you are... More

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

.Hi, Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s great to hear you and your friends had an amazing time here at Villas Rio Mar. We are happy you felt safe and that the walk to town wasn’t off-putting. We are also pleased to hear you enjoyed eating at the restaurant and that the staff were friendly and accommodating.... More

Fort Worth, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We spent the last week at Rio Mar and will never forget the wonderful time we had there. The surrounding area is full of amazing plants, trees, birds and butterflies. And quite a few iguanas. We had a non-air conditioned room which was totally comfortable with the room fans. Great pool. Good breakfast. Staff is friendly and go out of... More

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MEsquivel, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for your comments! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay here at Villas Río Mar. We are very happy you enjoyed the nature and atmosphere. We are also glad you enjoyed the rooms and had a blast in the pool! It’s nice to hear you had a good breakfast and liked the people around you.... More

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Additional Information about Villas Rio Mar

Also Known As:
Villas Rio Mar Hotel Dominical
Villas Rio Mar Hotel
Hotel Rio Mar
Rio Mar Hotel
Villas Rio Mar Costa Rica/Dominical
Address: 800 meters northeast of the Dominical entrance | along the Baru river side, Dominical 1645-2050, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 hotels in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Rio Mar 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This unique style 3 star hotel is set on the banks of the Barú river, located 800 mtrs from the beach and surrounded by impressive tropical forests, the jungle resort Villas Rio Mar awaits you with the traditional Costa Rican friendly hospitality. ... more   less 
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