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“Beautiful view” 4 of 5 stars
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2km South of Dominical | Rocas de Amancio Rd, Dominical 12345, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Dominical
Monteverde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

The location is great, with views of the waves crashing over the rocks below. A wonderful place to have a meal or sit by the pool. We were very pleased with the room as well (the Monkey room), which was plenty big enough for our family of five even with the extra bed. The restaurant was okay, but perhaps a little expensive for what we got. Our only real complaint was that on the one night we were there, the hotel also hosted a wedding party. The party goers certainly had a right to celebrate and have a good time, but I wish we had been told about the wedding when we booked the room.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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CPManagement, Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
Thanks for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed the room and view, and hotel relaxation areas. Regarding the wedding party we believed that this would have finished by 9pm, as we only had an arrangement for dinner with the party. But clearly this had not been specific in the booking, hence the late finish. We apologize to you for this. We will correct this in the future especially with wedding parties. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to continue to improve our service and review our menu prices.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

We went there on a weekend and we have a great time in the hotel. The view of the seashore, sea and the nature was amazing. I highly recommend to try the food of restaurant in this hotel; we ate pizza, choco chip cookies and some cinnamon roles and everything was really good and fresh.

We had a really nice time in there and I think without a doubt that we will go again soon : )

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
We are very glad that you had a pleasant stay at Costa Paraiso, thank you for your comments; we hope to see you again soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Just off the coastal highway and fronts onto the ocean with beautiful gardens. Bars and eateries of Dominical are a 5 minute drive. We had the Pelican cabin which is plenty big enough for a family of four and liveable for five with the extra bed we had requested in advance. Make no mistake this is a classy spot by Costa Rican (or any other) standards and you will probably love the setting and ambience - we certainly did. Unfortunately my rating of only Average is due to the 'quirky' service. The first evening we were assured (twice) the restaurant would be open, to find when we showed up at 8pm that they had taken what seemed to be an on-the-fly decision to close it for the evening. Another guest we spoke to, who had managed to eat there the previous evening, said the pizzas were big in size but even bigger in price and not good value. Unfortunately we also failed to get breakfast as they don't do it on Mondays. When we checked out, they tried to charge us extra for the fifth bed despite having quoted and taken our deposit on that basis when we pre-booked. When we stood firm they accepted it only with ill grace. A shame not be be able to give the Costa Paraiso a better rating, it's a lovely property, but the management really need to rethink their attitude a bit.

Room Tip: Only five cabins I think and all are very well located.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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CPManagement, Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
We believe that our rooms are very good value for the price and that client will assume there is an extra cost for an additional bed. However, we apologize that this is not clearer on our website, and this will be rectified as soon as possible – thank you for this useful feedback. This is also usually made clear when booking and when taking the deposit. In this case it appears our standards fell below what we would normally provide – however the client was not charged and we feel that this is an acceptable redress for the situation they encountered. Regarding the restaurant being closed on the evening, this was an unfortunate situation due to staff illness and due to the holiday period some additional staff were unavailable. Once again we apologize. The restaurant is always closed on a Monday but this is made clear to guests. We do welcome the feedback and we do review our menu on an ongoing basis.
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Orlando, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Loved every minute of our 4 night stay here. We stayed in the Toucan nest and it was even better than I thought it was going to be. All of the staff were very friendly and just nice to be around. The grounds keeper did an amazing job keeping Costa Paraiso looking so beautiful. Goose was our waiter and was great helping us to learn our way around. Kate in the kitchen was great. On our last morning we had to get up very early to drive back to San Jose and she got up early to make us breakfast for the road. :) The location on the beach was perfect. With the rocky shore right in front of the hotel and the sandy beaches a few steps away. And Sandra...who helped us book a zipline tour last minute to chopping down fresh coconuts out of the palms for us to try the coconut water. This lovely place more than exceeded our expectations and we can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights in the Toucan's Nest. Costa Paraiso is my favorite place I have ever stayed on vacation. The Toucan's nest is perfect for a couple. The porch and view is amazing, the shower is really nice, it gets hot, the pressure is good and the bathroom is the most upgraded design and amenity wise of all the hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica. The bed was very comfortable and had soft, colorful sheets. We liked the individual character of the cabin and appreciated all the special touches.

The restaurant was very good. We had breakfast every day and tried pretty much everything on the menu. The pizza is very good as were the fish tacos. The view was great, the service was great, Goose was our waiter most of the time and we left feeling like we had made a great friend. In fact, the entire staff was friendly, attentive and you could tell the really enjoyed their work.

We cannot wait to come back next year.

Room Tip: Toucan's next has the best view. If you only need 1 bed this would be my choice.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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El Cajon, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This hotel more than lives up to the excellent reviews. The room was perfect and all the staff was very friendly and helpful. We had both breakfast and dinner there and they were both great. Kate, the chef, is so much more than that as she shared her experiences with and and couldn't have been more helpful.

We were only able to stay two nights but wished we could stay longer. Even if you are unable to stay there I recommend stopping by for breakfast or dinner as anyone can eat at the restaurant and enjoy the views over the local beach.

We enjoyed sitting in both the restaurant and out patio outside our room and enjoying the views and listening to the pouring rain.

we especially loved that this was out of the way of the more touristy areas.

Room Tip: There are only five rooms here and we stayed in the Dolphin Room which we loved but I think all the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Location was perfect. Nice long beach. The property ground was amazing (flowers). The food was very good (breakfast and pizza). This place have wine and beer only, no cocktail. We all missed our Margarita, martini, etc. that we normally have around the pool and before dinner. Rooms were great, no problem with hot water. I would not stay there for more then 2 nights though. There is only some different types of pizza on the menu for dinner but plenty of restaurants near by ( by car). Room, pool was very clean.

Andree

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 2km South of Dominical | Rocas de Amancio Rd, Dominical 12345, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Dominical
#1 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
#2 Family Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Costa Paraiso is an oceanside boutique hotel located near Dominical on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you will find several hideaways to relax along with a refreshing swimming pool. The onsite restaurant Por Que No serves delicious Tican-fusion dishes along with a Chef's Daily Special.On the beach, the hotel backs onto the north entrance to Playa Dominicalito. Only a 5 minute drive to Dominical, you have access to all the adventure tourism the region has to offer...surfing, kayaking, scuba, stand up paddleboards, canyoning, ziplining, atv, horseback riding and yoga. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Costa Paraiso Dominical
Costa Paraiso Hotel Dominical
Costa Paraiso Costa Rica/Dominical

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