We stayed at the Castillo de Pavones hotel last month for two weeks, and it was quite possibly the best vacation I have taken in my entire life. Normally our family visits more touristy spots like Cabo or Cancun, but we decided to give this place a try because it looks so awesome in pictures online.
We decided to make the drive from San Jose, which Brad the owner warned us was a long drive, but it was definitely worth it! We made some stops along the way, and Hadia, the manager, checked in with us to make sure everything was alright during the trip (she is so nice!). We arrived that night to the Castle, which was all lit up, and the manager and employees were waiting for us! They brought down mango margaritas immediately, and Arnon helped us with our bags. Hadia gave us a cute velvet bag that had our AC remotes, TV remotes, and room keys, and we were served dinner in the restaurant. The food was to die for!! Cindy, one of the chefs, is the sweetest girl ever, and she prepared whatever we wanted. There is also a brand new bar upstairs where we could sip drinks and look out at the ocean during the day, and we watched the sunset from the tower at night.
We did different activities like deep sea fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and a river tubing tour. All of which were reasonably priced, and we actually had a guide for each one (Arnon or Henry) because as you know, you are in the jungle in a Spanish Speaking country, so most activities people didn't speak English. I find it funny when people complain about things like people not speaking English when you go to a spanish speaking country!! Arnon and Henry were awesome, and they took us around town, showed us where to buy souvenirs, took us to eat, etc.
Hadia took us to the Panama border with her to shop in their pretty awesome Land Rover that looked like something right out of an African safari! We were impressed... Basically, I can't say enough good things about this place. The staff was so accommodating, friendly, and helpful.
So about our rooms... The Mezzanine room is the best by far, and all of the rooms have been redone. They all have teak ceilings Hadia said, new furniture (there is a white couch in the restaurant that is so cool!), and everything is new. The outside actually looks new too! We are going to be back for sure, and we loved everything about Pavones and the castle. No bugs, but HOT! But I guess that's what the AC is for.
Hopefully this helps you out if you are contemplating going to the Castillo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Castillo de Pavones is the perfect place to be in Paradise. Located in SW Costa Rica near the Panamanian border, the Castillo is located in the quiet town of Pavones. We are a jungle castle offering massive suites, most of which have spectacular ocean views. Here, you can enjoy fantastic ocean views and your 2-person jacuzzi tub and king size orthopedic bed. Enjoy our glass-enclosed restaurant and lounge, offering world cuisine restaurant. A five-minute walk down the hill brings you to the ocean, river, and directly in front of the beginning of the longest left break wave in the world. A ten-minute walk brings you to the center of town. We can book your boat trip to Matapalo for surfing, fishing, snorkeling. Horseback riding, private guided hikes and canopy tours can also be arranged through the Castillo. Walk to the river, or just relax all day at the Castillo, wandering from window to window, taking in the breathtaking 360 degree views from our 3rd, 4th, and 5th level restaurant, bar and lounge. Castillo de Pavones offers the Guaymi Indian Reserve, and the famous Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Castillo de Pavones has four large, private luxury suites for rent daily/weekly/monthly. We are service-oriented, and pride ourselves on paying attention you every detail of your Costa Rican adventure vacation. Full made to order all you can eat breakfast and drinks in the morning delivered to your suite or enjoyed up in our famous 360° Leftbreak Lounge. ... more less
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