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“Greatly enjoyed the stay!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Villas Rio Mar

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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
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Amarillo, Texas
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Greatly enjoyed the stay!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

This property was in a beautiful location, with lovely grounds and a great pool. Although we were traveling on business, we had a couple of days in between appointments to enjoy the coast. The property is meticulously maintained, and the bungalow was clean and attractive. We enjoyed dinner at the restaurant both nights, and it was tasty and reasonably priced. The only issue was the very hard mattress, but when we asked if they had a pad for it, they immediately changed our mattress to try to find one that was a bit softer (even though we were only staying for two nights). We booked a whale-watching trip through the hotel, and it was fabulous - saw lots of whales and there were only 11 people on our boat - other boats had people crammed in like sardines. So - all in all, a great stay, with a great staff, and we were sad to leave!

Room Tip: We loved being in Room 325 - up against the river; felt very private and away from the noise of the...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Thank you so much for writing such a nice comment, we are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We will be wating to see you back to this beautifull place our friendly staff will be happy to see you back very soon! and I am really sorry for the mattress but all our clients have different tastes and we are glad we could help you to find what do want. Thank once again for your visit!

Best regards

Daniela Ceciliano
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Siesta Key, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

Great Place - first found Rio Mar in June 2009 - and my visit this June 2012 was my 6th stay with them. It truly is like Home Sweet Home. The staff is tremendous - there is nothing they will not assist you with...and in my 6 stays, there has been nothing they have been unwilling or unable to help me with (lost car keys, translation, etc.). The location is perfect for exploring the beautiful Southern Pacific zone or heading out for the Osa Peninusula. They had me the 1st time I laid eyes on their pool - it's huge, plenty of chairs, sun and shade. Toucans can be heard daily and seen frequently - The lovely gardens surrounding the bungalows have such a peaceful effect and afford a lot of privacy. The outdoor porch with wet-bar/fridge in all units is a favorite spot.
Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant area and frequently in the bungalows though cell phone reception can be a little spotty - I'm heading back for my 7th stay later this month. It will be so nice to get in the flow of Costa Rica time and see the Rio Mar crew again - they are family now!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
What a nice comment, ;'home sweet home", that exactly what we want to make our guests feel. We're always happy to see our guests are back, we work everyday to improve our service and keep our quality.

Thank you and see you next time!

Daniela Ceciliano
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are clean, the hotel is safe. I loved the staff especially. They were so pleasant and even helped me with my Spanish. The restaurant is awesome and the drinks are inexpensive. I loved it and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, August 4, 2012
Thank you for share your nice experience, we are very glad you had such a great vacation with us, and very happy to hear you were able to learn some spanish words, even though our staff spoke both languages, English and Spanish, we are always happy to help all our clients..We also hope to see you back soon!

Best regards

Daniela Ceciliano
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San Ramon, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

This was our first visit at Villas Rio Mar and we had family that also joined us in 2 separate rooms. The rooms are clean, the grounds and pool area outside were beautiful and well maintained. The restaurant's buffet breakfast had a good selection and was tasty---a really good way to get the day started. The staff was very attentive and helpful. One room had a problem with the A/C unit not working, but the staff was quick about moving us into another room on the 2nd nite (we should have asked to be moved the first night, but were too tired to move!). The rates were in line with other similar hotels in the area and we enjoyed our stay. We will book this hotel again, for sure.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, July 20, 2012
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

We are glad you enjoyed the hotel services, this how we like to see our client start their vacation with us, with a warm welcome and a good breakfasts to get started the day .

I apologize for the inconvenience with air conditioning, I personally checked the rooms before our clients came to the hotel but unfortunately, these things could be happen in any moment even if we are giving a good maintenance, that´s why we have one profesional person working on it. We are more than happy to assiting our clients during their stay. Thanks once again for your visit and for all your comments.

Hope to see your family around here soon!

Daniela Ceciliano
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

Just as before, this second time around was as nice as the first. The rooms are clean, the area outside is beautiful and peaceful. The restaurant was above normal! I will feel secure to suggest such place to any of my friends or family. We will return for sure.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, July 16, 2012
Dear Olga.

Thank you so much for your visit! You and your family will be welcome anytime. It was very nice to meeting you.
Hope you can stay longer next time.

Best regards

Daniela Ceciliano
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

Villas Rio Mar is a great place to visit, i was there with my Girlfriend for the weekend, she loved it, when we had to go she didn want to leave :),We stayed at the Junior Suite which for me is the best to stay at. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the food was great, breakfast is not just a toast like some people mentioned, it was actually a buffet, had plenty to choose from.

Room Tip: Junior Suites have less traffic and are much more comfortable...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
It is very exciting to hear this kind of comments we really appreciate you have shared your experience with us, we will be waiting to see you back.

Definitely junior suite is one of the best room we have!

Daniela Ceciliano
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

Villas Rio Mar is a wonderful place to stay in Domincal. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The Villas have alot to offer...the pool, restaurant,and the location. The outside porch is a special touch, with the curtains. One of the things that I mentioned to the manager, being a hotel owner, in Puerto Jimenez, was the pillows in the bed. They need to be replaced by quality ones...but other than that, I highly recomend Villas Del Mar .

Room Tip: Pick a room that doesn't have much traffic going by your room
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank jjpodson
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, June 18, 2012
Dear client

Thank you so much for your comment it's help us a lot to improve our service, as a soon is possible we are going to change the pillows in this kind of room, some months ago we changed them in the other of rooms but we are going to replace them for sure!

You are welcome to come to the hotel anytime, we want to prove we are working everyday to make the rooms looks better and that's why our clients comments are important.

Our friendly staff will be waiting to see you back soon.

Best regards,

Daniela Ceciliano
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Additional Information about Villas Rio Mar

Property: Villas Rio Mar
Address: 800 m north from the Dominical entrance along the Baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Rio Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dominical ***Eco-Hotel Resort near Uvita & Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Relax in true nature while enjoying a wide range of amenities! Villas Rio Mar is an internationally recognized 3 Star Eco hotel located in a stunning natural setting; an easy 10 minute walk from the fun and the beach of Dominical. Whether traveling as a couple or with family, Villas Rio Mar offers a wide range of amenities guaranteed to make your holiday worry-free and enjoyable. Our hotel includes 52 rooms and can also host medium-sized groups. Our spacious tropical gardens provide privacy and include many beautiful plants, flowers, and birds, which one can observe from outdoor patio areas located in front of the rooms. One of the best restaurants in the area, El Rancho, is located at Villas Rio Mar. The area offers a wide array of leisure and adventure activities including beautiful beaches, four National Parks, and many other nature & wildlife reserves. A wide range of amenities: spacious tropical gardens, jungle trails, large swimming pool with pool bar, quality restaurant & bar (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks), international sports programming, room service, billiard table, darts, foosball, kids’ play area, mini golf, outside gym, tennis court, tour & transport services, massage, nail studio, and other body treatments. 4 room types to choose from: 48 of the 52 rooms have an outdoor patio area with garden views, rooms with AC & TV available, family-sized rooms available (limited), rooms with kitchenette available, mini-fridge and ceiling fans in every room Great price for an excellent service: professional staff, free wi-fi throughout the hotel, complimentary parking, free rental car drop-off (airport & Villas Rio Mar), group discounts available, seasonal discounts; May>Dec. 15th, book now & pay later! Beautiful, easily accessible, with lots to do: - Stunning natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, and nearby tropical jungle teeming with exotic wildlife - Many beaches, national parks, and adventure tours - Easily accessible from SJO International Airport via newly paved roads (<3 hours) - 10 min. walk to Dominical - 15 min. walk to the beach - Relaxing natural setting - Private and secure Meetings & Events: conference room & event planning services for businesses, weddings & private events ... more   less 
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