Casa Rio Blanco is a charming and comfortable paradise. When we were researching our trip, we carefully read the pro’s and con’s cited by others, and decided to take a gamble. It was delightful! GO THERE. It is a great place, with nice people and an incredible location. We often stay at B&Bs and small hotels and agree with most of the other reviewers on Casa Rio Blanco’s many positive attributes. The hosts, Annette and Herbie, made our 2 nights there wonderful. They are helpful, generous, and contributed to a great experience. All the cabins face into dense treetops overlooking the river below. You see trees, vines, ferns, and flowers from your bedroom. At night the only light as we peered into the trees from bed came from fireflies, and the sounds were a combination of rain, the rushing river and frog calls varying from little jingle bells to cell phone tones. Magical. Waking up to those sounds plus unusual bird calls was just as nice. Indescribable. The bed was the biggest we had in Costa Rica, and the bathroom was well designed with a good hot shower. No problem with bugs. Casa Rio Blanco is a great eco-lodge, better described as quaint than rustic, and a good compromise if you are looking for nice amenities in a location that feels far off the beaten path. It’s a safe, inviting place. We had a rental car and parked it inside the compound behind their gate. The location affords quick access to a decent restaurant, the Ponderosa, on the main highway, Route 32. There is also a small market there for whatever you need.
Casa Rio Blanco feels a world apart from the main road, and we enjoyed some beautiful hikes along trails through neighboring farmland and forests. We were in Cabin #1 and had some wifi, although reception is better in the main lounge and dining area.
As others have said, Annette and Herbie provide a good breakfast, and tasty, optional dinner. Keep in mind that payment is in cash, so plan ahead. Of all the places we stayed on our trips to Costa Rica, this had a uniquely relaxing environment. Even a rainstorm can be a magical experience here.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Rio Blanco Hotel Guapiles
- Casa Rio Blanco Costa Rica/Guapiles