This is a two thumbs and one paw up review for the Apartotel & Suites Villas del Rio in Escazu, Costa Rica. We have stayed here perhaps eight times in the past two years and everytime the hotel staff has been extremely friendly and attentive. (Birthday wishes were recently received via e-mail). The hotel specializes in apartments/suites and it is wonderful to have multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and separate living room in additon to the bedroom(s). The hotel is well maintained with two beautiful swimming pools - the tropical plants are amazing. A nice breakfast is included in the price of the apartment/suite and the hotel provides free transportation to and from the San Jose (Santamaria) International Airport.
Beyond having very nice facilities, this hotel is extremely well situated for shopping at the stores in Escazu which is a huge plus for guests who live at least part time in Costa Rica and are seeking some upscale stores. It is also located very near CIMA Hospital.
But as the title of this review suggests, the biggest plus for us is that Villas Del Rio is pet friendly. Our dog Neemo loves Villas Del Rio. During our next to last visit, the hotel staff arranged a pet sitter for Neemo while we went sight seeing (day one) and visited a dentist in downtown San Jose (day two). The pet sitter more than met our expectations.
So why not an excellent rating? The one downside to Villas is that it is located on a busy street and there is considerable street noise (e.g. motorcycles) in some, if not all, of the rooms. There are many upsides to the location (shopping, restaurants, located across the street from the Country Club of Costa Rica) but the street noise cannot be overlooked and prevents us giving the very highest rating.
Despite the noise, we plan to return to Villas on August 1st.
Bill, Linda and Neemo Gossard
Arenal, Costa Rica; Miami, FL
- Also Known As:
- Apartotel & Suites Villas Del Rio Hotel
- Apartotel & Suites Villas Del Rio Hotel San Rafael De Escazu
- Apartotel And Suites Villas Del Rio
- Apartotel Hotel Del Rio
- Apartotel & Suites Villas Del Rio Costa Rica/Province Of San Jose
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You will find that at Villas del Ro, your stay will definitely feel a lot closer to home.The furnished apartments and fully equipped kitchens provide everything necessary to make your stay more pleasant and comfortable. With daily maid and laundry service, as well as a mini- market with a wide assortment of products.• Apartment-suites with one, two or three bedrooms• Cable TV, air conditioning, voice mail• Meeting room and a free 24 hour internet service• 2 swimming pools (1 heated), Jacuzzi and playground• Extensive gardens and designated pet areas• BarAt Villas del Río they take good care of the guest. The strict security measures and surveillance guarantee that your stay will be free of worries.• Spacious FREE private parking• 24 hours security• Electronic safe deposit boxesApartotel & Suites Villas del Río has an excellent strategic location for your next business or leisure trip. The elegant and ample apartments with all the modern amenities make you feel at home.• Friendly staff eager to help you 24 hours a day• Additional services and assistance upon request• Easy access to some of the most important shopping and entertainment centers, office buildings, restaurants and other services• Free shuttle service from and to the Airport (24 hours)The various lodging solutions, competitive rates as well as ideal facilities and outstanding services make Apartotel & Suites Villas del Ro one of your best choices in Costa Rica. ... more less
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