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Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River

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RIO PERDIDO is in Guanacaste, 60 minutes southeast of Liberia's international airport, near the base of the Miravalles Volcano. Regional attractions include Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Palo Verde National Park. The centerpiece of the 600-acre private reserve is a unique THERMAL RIVER that runs for over a mile along the base of a rocky gorge. Visitors access the hot river by descending stone stairwells and trails. There are a couple of dozen untouched river pools to swim in. The ARCHITECTURALLY AWARDED restaurant has sweeping terraces that afford views of the canyons, volcanoes and the Miravalles dwarf forest. There is a full-service spa, a bar/lounge, and 3 hot mineral pools with floating sun decks and wet bar. There are 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. Breakfast, wireless internet and guest parking are complimentary. The staff can provide 24 hours concierge services, tour/ticket assistance and wedding services.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free parking
Breakfast included
Airport transportation
Breakfast Available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Wheelchair access
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Accessible rooms
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Non-smoking rooms
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San Bernardo de Bagaces, Bagaces 50401 Costa Rica
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We loved the Zip Line tour with Juan Diego and Marvin. Highly recommend it. Juan Diego and Marvin made it simple and fun. Perfect way to spend the morning. Love Rio Perdido so far. Now off to the thermal river/hot springs.
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Response from Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hey Coach! Thanks for the review. We're thrilled that at the time of writing, it had been a good visit... and we hope that it simply got better as the day progressed! It seems that you were a day visitor and not a hotel guest. We'll kindly ask TripAdvisor to place the review under the attraction listing (yes, we have two listings; one if for hotel guests and the other is for our day visitors), as the experiences are differentiated. Cheers- Gabriel
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I can’t say enough about Rio Perdido! My husband and I stayed in Bungalo 10 and had an amazing view of Howler monkeys every morning in Capuchin by the pool in the afternoon! The property is just breathtaking, feels like you’re in the treetops! Lush, green in perfectly humid. Two
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Response from Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Neicy, what a warm review! You have mentioned very special members of our all-star team. These are wonderful individuals that serve you, our conscious-minded guests, with a perfect combination of attentiveness and "from the heart" TLC. This is the main formula behind the Rio Perdido concept. Add this to the 600-acre reserve, the "unique in the world" thermal gorge, with its dozens of completely natural warm river pools... and well, it is "truly amazing". Bungalow 10, and all of the other "blue East Bungalows" have access to that special, permanent sound of rushing water. It's great, indeed. Neicy, it's great to know that you'll be back; hopefully in the near future! Please let us know ahead of time, as we always go the extra mile for our repeat guests, and insure a completely fresh experience, guaranteeing new sights and activities. PURA VIDA. Gabriel
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We stayed two nights at this spectacular hotel that features great pools, a nice spa, zip lining, a thermal river and wonderful walks in the forest...all in one single property. The rooms are cottage like, simple but clean and ok. Maybe a bit far off from the main building
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Response from Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi there! First off, I wanted to thank you for posting your review. I do wish that you would have gone into a bit more detail. We always hope that all feedback - especially that which is negative - offers us concrete ways to improve. Otherwise, it's just a complaint, really. Regarding the distance from the bungalows to the reception: I am on Google Earth right now, corroborating that the distances oscillate from 150 to 250m, depending on which room was assigned to you. Guests can always call reception and ask for pickup, as our electric cars run 24hrs a day. There is rarely any waiting as we always have at least 2 cars available and only 30 bungalows on the property. It is worth mentioning that the vast majority of visitors to Rio Perdido are active people whom enjoy the scenic walks. There are always several paths and trails to chose from, which makes getting around a beautiful adventure, in and of itself. Everyday you are guaranteed to see amazing fauna that you are unlikely to see elsewhere. TTP: based on this particular comment regarding the walking distances, I feel that you may have not read up on Rio Perdido prior to making the decision to visit. Regarding you disappointing food experience: we all regret this. We make a serious and permanent effort to provide delicious and healthy cuisine for our valued guests. The majority of dishes are based on either local recipes or on our chef's creativity, incorporating typical (usually organic) produce of the region. The majority of our guests love the Rio Perdido gastronomy. Occasionally, some folks may have trouble clicking with the locally rooted concept. That being said, Chef Chudler has been working for many weeks now on a new menu which will be launched in the next few months. It still relies on the tenets of local cuisine, but it also takes into consideration years of notes from our guests, particularly those that have worked in the food and bev industry. Our goal is to provide all RP visitors with the best eating experience of the region. Be well, Gabriel
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We have been staying at a great place in Playa Ocotal (see a different review for Bahia Pez Vela) and decided to take a day trip to Rio Perdido. When I looked online, I couldn’t find a rate for the day pass, but as of the time that I am writing this it is $65US per person.
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Response from Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Andrew, WOW... this play by play review is easily the most complete writing ever posted by a day visitor. That being said, it would have been ideal to get this up on our attractions listing, rather than the hotel listing, as the experiences are differentiated, of course. The size property is actually over 600 acres (about 250 hectares). This is part of the reason why hotel stays are unique; you simply can't have the full experience in one, two, or even three days. Whatever the case, we all love your review and we do hope that many people will read it. I will further clarify by adding that: 1. guests are guaranteed to see a couple of species of monkeys, at the very least; 2. Fortunately, you were able to experience a couple of the totally natural, thermal river pools. Actually, there are DOZENS of pools, which is why you are unlikely to have to share them with other people. And yes, you may have to share them with a monkey of two! 3. Welcome beverages change daily, they are always made with fresh and local ingredients, they are always delicious... indeed, the hibiscus medley is well-liked! Andrew: thank you for having come out here to experience Rio Perdido. Have a great week!
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We spent 3 nights at Rio Perdido and had an unique experience. We are from Los Angeles and my husband described it a “glamping”. The hotel offers complementary breakfast if you make it to the restaurant by 9:30 am. I most enjoyed the local/traditional food menu offers in between
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Response from Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River
Responded Apr 29, 2019
Dear "inspired traveler", Thanks for having written and posted this review. I wanted to take a moment to respond to your feedback in a short list: 1. I've often seen guests arrive to the restaurant well after 9:30am (once the buffet has been dismantled) and freely order their a-la-carte breakfast, without being charged. Of course, we have operational rules and we ask that guests do their best to go with the flow. But... we are quite flexible and, in the end, our goal is to insure that all guests are properly pampered, and that no one ever feels rushed. 2. April is the warmest month of the year, throughout CR. This is why we recommend that guests coordinate most of their activities prior to 10am or after 3pm. At dawn, the temp is usually in the 70's. But at 2pm it can easily get into the 90's. 3. Thanks for mentioning several of our mates. We do our best to hire people with warm hearts and sharp minds, and we all train consistently. 4. Thanks for your positive and illustrative closing statement. Indeed, the river is very special, the mud (which we bring from the very base of the Miravalles Volcano) is odorous and undoubtedly medicinal (and free, for our guests), and... RP is ideal for people who enjoy being active. Warmest regards-! Gabriel
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Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteBagaces
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