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“Beautiful place to stay/ Hermoso lugar de hospedaje”
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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Beautiful grounds, great service, clean place with lots to do. Do not recommend if you are depending on public transportation because the street that leads to it is a bit of a walk on rough terrain. The beaches and waterfalls in the surrounding areas are truly amazing!
El hotel es hermoso, buen servicio, muy limpio con muchas cosas que hacer. No lo recomendó si esta dependido del transporte publico porque el camino al hotel es un poco largo y duro para andar de pie. Las playas y cataratas en la área son increíbles!

Room Tip: Rooms are well taken care of, clean and have great amenities. They are a bit snug, but we fit 3 peop...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Thank you for your review.

The main road of Dominical is indeed not one of the best roads of Costa Rica! Dominical is very good connected through public transportation. There are multiple bus stops in Dominical.

The buses that stop there go to Uvita, San Isidro de El General and Quepos. There are also taxi’s available at the hotel and you have the option to rent a car at the activities office present at our hotel. Did you know that we have 6 waterfalls in the area? We have tours to two of those waterfalls. We have the horseback riding trip to the Nauyaca Waterfall and we have a tour that goes to the Diamante Waterfall. You can do the Rapelling tour through the waterfall! And you also have the option for the hiking tour to the Diamante Waterfall.

Thank you again for your comment and we hope to see you again!

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Most of the options in Dominical are very minimal and cheap cabins or hostels. This is the only "resort" in the area in that it has a pool, full restaurant and bar and the accommodations are really nice. It's about a 10 minute walk to the main street or 15 to the beach. The service and staff are wonderful and the grounds are gorgeous, full of tropic plants and animals. The breakfast was included and excellent - the other meals are good but a bit expensive for the quality. The daily specials are better deals. Overall, if you want to visit Dominical but are looking for something a little more upscale than the other options, this is for you.

Room Tip: Ask to see the rooms. They have several options to choose from.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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MEsquivel, Public Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Thank you for your time to write this review!
You seemed like you put a lot of thought in how to choose your hotel! TripAdvisor is the way to do this and also contribute so that other people can do the same.
Our restaurant El Rancho also has a TripAdvisor page. I would like to ask everybody to put reviews and comments also on there.

Thank you again!

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

I just want to share that we stayed at the Rio Mar for 7 nights and loved it. The rooms were nice, the grounds were immaculate and the food at the restaurant was incredibly tasty.
We spent a bit of time at the pool and have no complaints whatsoever. It is a family hotel and we expected to see children having fun.
All the staff, including the restaurant staff, were incredibly friendly and catered to our every need.
My two favorite things - the breakfast buffet and Estela.

Our family absolutely loved Dominical and the Rio Mar. We would go back in a heartbeat.

La Uruguaya Sandra y mi familia!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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MEsquivel, Front Office Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2013

Thank you for your wonderful comment!

We indeed have a special children’s pool with 'noodles' that the kids can play with in the water. We also have a jungle where the kids can play and a lot of activities that are also appropriate for children.

Thank you for your comment and we hope to see you again?!

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

A great friendly place to stay, a 5 star in its own right!! All of the staff, housekeeping and waiters were more then accommodating. The food was great, from the excellent breakfast buffet (included) and the great daily dinner specials. Even a request for take out to the picnic table by the tennis court was met with a quick reply "we will gladly bring it out to you" That's what we call friendly great service. At times, we felt like we were in Disney World with how clean the resort was and the friendliness of the staff. And must comment about what a big pool, that was always clean. Not much more that we can say, except we will be back and will tell our friends.

Jerry & Linda Phoenix, Az

Room Tip: we stayed in two different rooms as we left for San Jose to return to the US but had to come back a...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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MEsquivel, Front Office Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2013

Thank you for your great review!

Hospitality is all what our hotel is about! We also have room service. You can just call our restaurant for an order and we are happy to come and bring it.

Did you know that we also have a mini golf course?! 10 holes and you can borrow the equipment right at our reception desk.

Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you again?!

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This is a middle size hotel, with all amenities, very good food a nice breakfast and few options of room types for all budgets. There are rooms with no a/c (just fan), and others with a/c and TV, plus the suites. There are both, a tennis court and beautiful gardens, where birdwatchers could really enjoy the early morning with these amazing creatures. The river is very close and the town too. This is definitely a good option to stay in Dominical.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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MEsquivel, Public Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2013

Thank you for your review.

We really appreciate the way you describe our hotel as you explain we have indeed 3 types of rooms. 2 of them contain air conditioning and TV and one selling fan. All of them have their own terrace where you can relax seeing the tropical gardens.

Dominical is about a 15 to 20 minute walk. And contains all of the basic needs. We have a special bird watching tour and if you’re interested in this you can ask our activity center or our reception desk.

Thanks again for your review and we hope to see you again!!

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Villas Rio Mar is located in Dominical close to the the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and is a good stopover option on the way to the southern areas of Golfito or the Osa Peninsula. It is situated off the main road, there are no views of the ocean. The tropical garden is colorful and attracts many birds. The whole complex is overdimensional and unpersonal and mainly caters to foreign groups and Costa Rican families, who enjoy the very large pool (making the surroundings very noisy with many children splashing and screaming). The rooms are OK and have a nice covered terrace with a hammock, although humidity is taking it's toll on the walls. The restaurant is very expensive, the portions small, service very slow and the quality average; if guests have a car, it may be better to eat at one of the small restaurants in Dominical. We would never stay more than one night.

Room Tip: Try to get a room as far away from the pool as possible!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Public Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2013

Thank you for your comment. It is always nice to have some feedback on our venue, location and services.

There is indeed a increase in the local Costa Rican families. We are the only big
swimming pool around, so a lot of families would want to enjoy this.

Villas Rio Mar is located in the rain forest. There are a lot of positive things about this location but also some negative. The animals and the nature are definitely a very positive thing and we are very proud of all of these factors present at our hotel. But on the negative side, it is very hard to protect everything from the continues presence of moisture. It not only affects the furniture and rooms, but also the electronics. We of course do everything we can to keep our rooms clean and moisture free.

Again, thank you for your comment and we will take your comments into consideration.

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is a real gem of a place. Small, hospitable, beautiful surroundings, very convenient to the beach. Loved the bungalow-style accommodations, the pool and bar were lovely and welcoming, the restaurant tasty, everything was just right for us. We swam in the river, walked to the beach, enjoyed dinners out in Dominical... The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and we really had a wonderful time, can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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MEsquivel, Public Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2013

Thank you for your response.

We are so happy that people take the time to give their opinion on our hotel.

It seems that you enjoyed a lot of the events that Dominical has to offer! We believe you also enjoyed the beautiful sunset in Dominical. In Costa Rica the sunset is always between 5 and 6.

We hope to see you again!

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Additional Information about 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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Dominical
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
Price Range: $74 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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