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“Absolutely Amazing, a trip of a lifetime!” 5 of 5 stars
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Castillo de Pavones
1 Pavones Dr., Pavones 10000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Pavones B&B and Inns
Tampa, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Absolutely Amazing, a trip of a lifetime!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is my second trip back to the Castillo. I had been there three years ago, before the fire, so I was unsure of what to expect. I was totally amazed, not only was the hotel rebuilt perfectly, but it is larger and offers modern amenities including a Dj booth, full bar and a beautiful restaurant.

We had an intimate birthday party for 15 with no problem, enjoyed the most fabulous food and everyone at the hotel made us feel welcome. I would highly recommend this hotel for large groups up to 20 people. Not only do you have the place to yourself, you also have a full staff, meals, full bar along with personal guides for excursions, laundry and a land rover with a driver. I had inquired as to whether we could rent the hotel for a month and they said, yes, if their was availability. I am definitely planning a family and friend event in the near future. A trip of a lifetime!

Room Tip: All rooms have great views of the ocean
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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English first
Denver, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed at the Castillo de Pavones hotel last month for two weeks, and it was quite possibly the best vacation I have taken in my entire life. Normally our family visits more touristy spots like Cabo or Cancun, but we decided to give this place a try because it looks so awesome in pictures online.

We decided to make the drive from San Jose, which Brad the owner warned us was a long drive, but it was definitely worth it! We made some stops along the way, and Hadia, the manager, checked in with us to make sure everything was alright during the trip (she is so nice!). We arrived that night to the Castle, which was all lit up, and the manager and employees were waiting for us! They brought down mango margaritas immediately, and Arnon helped us with our bags. Hadia gave us a cute velvet bag that had our AC remotes, TV remotes, and room keys, and we were served dinner in the restaurant. The food was to die for!! Cindy, one of the chefs, is the sweetest girl ever, and she prepared whatever we wanted. There is also a brand new bar upstairs where we could sip drinks and look out at the ocean during the day, and we watched the sunset from the tower at night.

We did different activities like deep sea fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and a river tubing tour. All of which were reasonably priced, and we actually had a guide for each one (Arnon or Henry) because as you know, you are in the jungle in a Spanish Speaking country, so most activities people didn't speak English. I find it funny when people complain about things like people not speaking English when you go to a spanish speaking country!! Arnon and Henry were awesome, and they took us around town, showed us where to buy souvenirs, took us to eat, etc.

Hadia took us to the Panama border with her to shop in their pretty awesome Land Rover that looked like something right out of an African safari! We were impressed... Basically, I can't say enough good things about this place. The staff was so accommodating, friendly, and helpful.

So about our rooms... The Mezzanine room is the best by far, and all of the rooms have been redone. They all have teak ceilings Hadia said, new furniture (there is a white couch in the restaurant that is so cool!), and everything is new. The outside actually looks new too! We are going to be back for sure, and we loved everything about Pavones and the castle. No bugs, but HOT! But I guess that's what the AC is for.

Hopefully this helps you out if you are contemplating going to the Castillo!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Dungeon, Mezzanine, and Calle, all of which we extraordinary! Oceans views from eac...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Bend, Indiana, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My husband and I booked our trip (taken mid-January 2013) through a Groupon deal. We stayed in the Mezzanine suite, which was beautiful, however not very private for couples. (The owner Brad, did make a different recommendation, but the photos online were so beautiful that we had to have the Mezzanine anyway...) Our room was clean, and someone came in to clean every morning while we were at breakfast. There were several times that we left valuables (money, an Ipad) in the room while we were out, and nothing was ever touched or missing. The view from the restaurant was beautiful...looking out over the jungle, followed by the ocean, followed by mountains. We woke up every morning to the sounds of birds, chickens, and monkeys. Noisy, but far different from the city noise we are used to!

We were a little surprised at first about the restaurant, as it was not what was described on the website, and there was no buffet or even meal choice. There was one dish every night. HOWEVER, I will say that the food was AMAZING and there was not 1 meal out of the 5 nights that we stayed that didn't blow us away, nor did we ever walk away hungry.

Henry, Arnon, and Kenny were great guides, they showed us around town and joined us on our excursions so that we would have a translator. We honestly felt that we were among friends at the hotel, and within the town. Everyone was SO nice, we never felt unwelcome or unsafe. (A fear for us spoiled Americans traveling in a 3rd world country.)

I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel for anyone looking for an "off the beaten path" experience. My husband and I love the outdoors and enjoyed the smallness of the Castillo and the town far better than if we had gone to a major resort in a big city. We are hoping to go back in a couple of years because Pavones was just unlike any other place on Earth!!

Sidenote: I wouldn't recommend for small children...a lot of walking and not many kid-friendly foods if your kids are picky like mine. Also, although we felt very safe, we did break the number 1 tourist rule and left our bag unattended on the beach for about 10 minutes while we went swimming in the ocean. When we came back our camera and about $40-60 was gone. We let our guard down because of how nice everyone was, but you still have to remember where you are and that people will take advantage of tourists. :-( That was probably the ONLY downside to our trip, and as I said, was our own fault because we knew better.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We finally found Paradise! My husband and I have traveled all over Costa Rica. He visited Pavones 15 years ago but in our previous trips down together we never made it that far south. Last March I saw the Castillo featured on Groupon and rallied to troops (friends and family) to make a trip out of it.

After many months of counting down we finally made in January. We had no idea what to expect and had a group ranging in age from 63 to 13 years old. The Castillo is amazing and we were all in awe when we arrived. But what really makes it, is the staff! From the second we got there we felt like Arnon, Hadyia, Kenny, Henry and all the rest of the staff were family. We never had to ask for anything. By the time we thought of something they were already on top of it. Especially Arnon, he really went above and beyond (hanging out until the early morning hours with us and then was waiting for the guys to go surfing at 6am). I really don't think he ever slept.

I am sure you only here when there is a problem and I wanted to share with you our really great experience. I have no idea what anyone could find wrong with this place! From here on out, the Castillo will forever be what we compare other places to. We made, what i hope, are lifetime friends and we cannot wait to come back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Our room, the Mezzanine was beautiful and the beds and linens and towels were plush. In bathrooms signs to put toilet paper in trash instead of flush which was pretty gross but I guess issue with the plumbing. When we got there there was no remote for the air conditioner all day (and no one to find it for us) and it was so hotttt! Also nice big screen TV but no cable all week. Activities director said he would lend us a DVD/VCR player but never did. Really enjoyed a guide who took us around the local area, showed us good restaurants and wildlife and was the surfing instructor. Our boys loved surfing with him but he got injured so no more surfing. Food was excellent at the Castillo but one particular meal was served, no menu to order off of just so you know which we didn't. Son and I are vegetarian and they did accomodate us well. Also the concept of time and schedule there is pretty foreign. We were always told dinner was at 6:30 but never got until 7:30ish. Need to really go with the flow there as times and activities can change often. Roads to and from Castillo are TERRIBLE-imagine going over nothing but pot holes for an hour and a half (time from Golfito). Beaches are black sand which is nice but not what I expected. Really wanted to go scuba or snokeling but weren't told until there that is was the wrong season (water too murky)- really bummed! Recommend zip-lining and jungle tour (need to wear close toed shoes). Caught lots of fish deep sea fishing but never offered for us to keep any. Boat was pretty rough and a couple flat life jackets, fine for us but likely not what you expect. Captain spoke No english. All in all we really enjoyed our trip but definitely not perfect.

Room Tip: Mezzanine large room, beautiful wood trim, nice fixtures in bathroom (though dark lighting), all gla...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed at the VILLA not the hotel. The villa had burned down and was being redone.

This is NOT like a five star hotel. This place is all about nature, simple, clean, basic living and relaxation. We stayed here with our very large party of 9 people. mom, dad, 5 kids 8,7,6,4,2 , the sitter and his girlfriend. OMG we had such a relaxing time. The staff were amazingly helpful and accommodating. No mosquitoes!!!! The trek to the villa (which was uphill) was a good challenge that we tackled everyday with determination!!! :) Talk about a butt work out!!

The view is just amazing from the villa. The AWESOME LOUD tropical rain in the afternoon!! The amazing river 1min below the villa and the slow languid 10min walk to where the river runs into the ocean were simplicity of life at it's best. We got all kinds of bugs, tree toads in the house and one baby scorpion. Monkeys swinging in the trees and couldn't care less if you stare. The gorgeous paired Macaw birds flying and cracking almonds infront of you. This place is not for you if you are squirmish about nature and simple living. I am from jamaica so all this was normal and blissfully familiar of home for me.

The kids LOVED it!. We went for a 30min walk up river, where a fat 10" in diameter spider crawled on my sons leg :) That was the only down part of the trip. Tons of places to eat if you don't want them to cook for you at the villa. OMG the food at the restaurant down the road is AWESOME!!! Fresh fruit every morning with breakfast and again the amazing staff.

We hope to go back next year!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

If you are not one for adventure, this is not your place. This hotel is in Pavones, a small little surfing town. The people who live there were super friendly. Zip lining, white water rafting, surfing, horseback riding on the beach, 4-wheeling along the coast... There was so much to do. The Castle is newly renovated and pretty much brand new! I liked the jacuzzi that had an ocean view. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Castillo de Pavones

Address: 1 Pavones Dr., Pavones 10000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Pavones
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Pavones
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Castillo de Pavones is the Costa Rica of your dreams! Located in SW Costa Rica near the Panamanian border, the Castillo is located in the quiet town of Pavones. We are a jungle castle with 5-star amenities, offering massive luxury suites, all of which have spectacular ocean views. Here, you can enjoy fantastic ocean views from your 2-person jacuzzi tub and king size orthopedic bed. Enjoy our glass-enclosed restaurant and lounge, offering world cuisine restaurant/room service. At night, bask in our imported fine linens while watching HBO on our satellite TVs. A five-minute walk down the hill brings you to the ocean, river, and directly in front of the beginning of the famous point break wave. A ten-minute walk brings you to the center of town. We can book your boat trip to Matapalo for surfing, fishing, snorkeling or scuba diving. Horseback riding, private guided hikes and canopy tours can also be arranged through the Castillo. We are also happy to book your organic spa treatments at the nearby salon. Walk to the river, or just relax all day at the Castillo, wandering from window to window, taking in the breathtaking 360 degree views from our 3rd, 4th, and 5th level restaurant, bar and lounge. Castillo de Pavones ofers the Guyymi Indian Reserve, and the famous Tiskiki Jungle Lodge. Castillo de Pavones is an exclusive, 5-star resort with four large, private luxury suites for rent daily/weekly/monthly. We are service-oriented, and pride ourselves on paying attention you every detail of your Costa Rican adventure vacation. Sea-Earth provides transportation to and from any airport. Full made to order all you can eat breakfast and drinks in the morning delivered to your suite or enjoyed up in our famous 360° ocean view "Blue Morpho Grill & Lounge." ... more   less 

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