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“Oasis in Dominical” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Domilocos
Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Dominical
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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“Oasis in Dominical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2008

I have stayed at this hotel now at least seven times over the last three years after having them recommended to me by a local business. Compared to their local competition, Domilocos is far better value for the money.
I particularly like the attached Italian Restaurant Confusione which has the best food south of the Central Valley and is very well priced considering the high quality of the dishes and the surrounding atmosphere.
I have business in the south of the country which is why I find myself driving past Dominical so frequently. Though there are hotels far closer to my destination, I choose to stay at Domilocos for a few reasons. The hotel is new and clean, the restaurant is great, the beach is close by, but the hotel is still quiet and the rooms have air-conditioning, which for me is an absolute necessity coming from Canada!!! The price is very reasonable as well especially when compared to the other hotels in the area.
Another big plus is the friendliness of the owners. Sit at a table for a few minutes in the restaurant and you can bet that the owners will personally show up to ensure everything is fine. Michael and Vivian are great hosts and though obviously quite busy running a hotel, they always take the time to say hello and to make me feel at home.
When I travel to the south, I no longer stay anywhere else.

  • Liked — The restaurant and the friendly staff and owners
  • Disliked — nothing to complain about!!!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Syracuse
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

My boyfriend and I just returned from staying a few days at Hotel Domilicos. Everything about this hotel was wonderful. The hotel is located right near the beach, rooms are air conditioned and very clean. If you wanted to walk to other restaurants, gift shops, etc, those were all located just steps away. In addition, the hotel's restaurant has the most amazing Italian food.

I also cannot speak highly enough about the owner, Michel. My boyfriend's surfboard did not make the flight, but he always let us use the phone to try to track it down, he gave us suggestions where else to visit in Costa Rica. He was so good to us and the staff as well were so accommodating.

I felt at home at Hotel Domilicos. I would recommend this hotel to anyone!!

  • Liked — Value, location, cleanliness, restaurant
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Voorburg, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2008

My wife and I really had a fantastic time in hotel Domilocos. When we arrived in the village Dominical we thought it would only be for one night because we were on our way to Corcovado.
But after a splendid evening in the Italian restaurant “Confusione” (by far the best food we had in Costa Rica!) and the first holiday-night we slept really good, we decided to stay longer; finally another ten days!
The rooms are comfortable, clean, have a good working A/C and a superb price/quality ratio!
We’ve even got a discount because we stayed so much longer than we had planned. It was a pity the Jacuzzi was not yet working, but hey, you can’t have it all.
The restaurant is part of the hotel and it is absolutely great; fantastic food and good wines. If you are in (or the neighbourhood of) Dominical looking for a place to have diner, you really should go there!

The owners are a Dutch guy and his Costa Rican wife, and they were great hosts. Whatever we asked for or needed, they had time for us. They arranged some great trips for us of which the early-morning fishing trip was perhaps the nicest experience. He let me use his fishing gear and I caught 7 mackerels and a rooster-fish. Wow, what a blast !!!
We felt so sorry we had to leave. One thing we know for sure, next year we’ll be back, hopefully with some friends of us.

  • Liked — good rooms and very good restaurant, close to the beach
  • Disliked — no remarks
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Toronto
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

We travel alot (my husband works for the airlines) - so don 't think I'm being picky, because I've seen everything - but I did not feel save at Domilocos - very weird environment - his own little Natzi camp?

I e-mailed the owner twice to book and phoned to confirm because Dominical is a 35 km drive down the worst dirt roads and bridges imaginable from Manuel Antonio - we totally shredded our rear tire on the SUV. When we got there, the girl at reception (nice enough but not a word of English) didn't have any reservation for us - but showed us rooms right next to the restaurant. We just drove from Puntarenus and were very tired, so asked if they had rooms away from the banging door of the restaurant, she said no - although there were around 10 rooms with the doors open. I asked her to call Michael thinking he may help translate - when the owner Michael stormed in, the girl had found 2 rooms 16 & 20, but then Michael said "No, you can't have 20 it's more expensive". I said, I reserved 2 rooms and just drove for 6 hours to get here, the least you could do is give us 2 quiet rooms. He just stormed off. Well, Dominical is very rustic with not much going for it except for the waves, so we decided to stay for 1 night.

The staff all stood around and glared at us the whole time, we thought that if we left our rooms they were going to steal our stuff. Even when we said hi or smiled, they glared. So weird, like the twilight zone. Hotel is okay for where it is, but that experience turned all 4 of us off.

We went down the dirt road to Sun Dancer, very rustic but clean and the staff were super nice, no fear they would steal from us there.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Staff
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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MiguelitoDominical, Owner at Hotel Domilocos, responded to this review, April 30, 2008
I´m sorry I can´t resist to write this response, but if I get a review, I want it to be fair, and this one isn´t fair.

I had email contact with the reviewer twice, once we spoke over the phone, and during this telephone conversation I accepted their reservation. As they didn´t want to give creditcard info, we agreed that I would keep the reservation (for the two quietest rooms we had available) until 3PM. Without them arriving before this time, or them calling us that they were on their way, I would remove the reservation after 3PM.
They came in at 5:30PM, were immediately annoyed by the fact that our receptionist didn´t speak Englsh very well, and more about the fact that they didn´t have a reservation any more. After three minutes the girl at the reception was almost crying, because they were very rude. I was at the beach at that moment, and another employee came to the beach to get me, to have me solve this big problem. So I went back to the hotel, and asked the receptionist what was the problem.
She didn´t get the chance to answer because the reviewer now started with me. How was it possible that there was no reservation, and the rooms that we had available (the same rooms that I had reserved for them, rooms behind the restaurant which are very quite), were completely unacceptable with all the noise from the restaurant etc etc. They wanted other rooms !!!!! The hotel was almost full, but there was one big room available, and another standard room. No problem, I said, but the big room is more expensive ($10 more). When I said this, the reviewer exploded more or less. Unacceptable, they shouldn´t have to pay more for a big room, because they had reservations, and she worked for a travel agency, and he worked for the airlines, and if I didn´t give the room for a lower price, she would put it on TripAdvisor immediately.
Realy nice. I gave the receptionist a sign that I didn´t want these people in the hotel, turned around and walked away to the beach.
What a pity that when I came back they were staying in the hotel, the receptionist was sick and tired of them and had just given them the rooms. But at least she paid the extra $10, and I was glad they left the next day.
We normally don´t have any problems with our guests, but arrogant people like this create their own problems.
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Southern California
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2008

Hotel Domilocos is an excellent hotel to stay at in Dominical. The hotel is newly built and has nice and clean spacious rooms, which even included air conditioning which was a huge plus. Not that it ever got too hot, but still it was nice having it. The beds are very comfortable and you get nice and hot showers, which is also another plus. My husband and I actually were driving around looking for a place to stay b/c we didn't have reservations and we were SO fortunate to come across this hotel. We stayed at various places in Costa Rica which included hostels and hotels, and this was by far one of the best in regards to the rooms. Addiitionally, I might add that the hostels in this area did not look too nice compared to the hostels that we stayed in in La Fortuna and Monteverde. This would be a place that I would want to spend a little more, which $40-50 is a GREAT PRICE for the added ammenities!!!! Another big plus was their Italian restaurant downstairs which has AMAZING food. I think I had the best lasangna that I have ever had. I also had a chance to take surfing lessons here which was a real treat, considering the beaches aren't as crowded as the beaches in Manuel Antonio. I WOULD HIGHLY recommend this hotel and would stay here again. :)

  • Liked — Clean spacious rooms/ AC/ hot H20, 3 min walk to beach
  • Disliked — NO COMPLAINTS---loved everything!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Minneapolis, MN
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2007

A beautiful hotel right in town at an amazing value. We stayed for four extra days we enjoyed it so much. The brand-new hotel is large, airy, and modern. The rooms are very tasteful and the bathrooms are huge and spotless. During low season, a double room is only $40 per night, much less than some of the dungeon-like rooms for rent right by the beach.
The owner, a warm Dutch man named Michael, made us feel right at home and his staff did the same.
If you'd like a nice (and kind of pricy) meal, there is Confusione, the Italian restaurant attached to the hotel. I'm not sure there's another restaurant in town with white linens.
I simply can't believe that people will stay anywhere else in Dominical within this price range. We loved the value, but stayed for the friendly, casual but elegant atmosphere. We'll be coming back to this hotel again and again.

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Additional Information about Hotel Domilocos

Address: Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 21 room hotel located at 50 meters from the beach, with a very popular Italian restaurant called ConFusione. The spacy, clean rooms are all equipped with A/C, private bathrooms and hot water. The standard rooms can accomodate up to 4 people, the big rooms up to 7 people. We have a huge jacuzzi, and end of may 2008 the lounge bar will be ready. ... more   less 
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