We will return to Costa Paraiso, with its fantastic location complete with crashing waves, green and grey iguanas rooming the grounds, and friendly, easygoing staff.
The hotel is small and intimate with just a handful of rooms (4-5) with basic kitchens, air-conditioning, some with new decor (in some rooms) and a nice beachside pool. All the things a young family can really enjoy! Many upgrades have recently been made (by new owners) and the grounds are in wonderful shape with a gardener working 24-7 to keep things beautiful.
The restaurant kitchen was basic, but the cook produced fantastic pizza (it was a fun pizza night, which we were grateful not to have to leave since rainy season started to hit while we were there) and the banana pancakes were lovely. We will stay here again if we come to town.
We stayed in the Dolphin Suite, and our only major reservation with the Dolphin Suites is that it appears to be one of the "older" apartments on the property (the 2 other newer apartments been recently redone and look fantastic!) and we noticed the peaked roof of our condo was covered with a light layer of powdery green mold or mildew.
To be fair, we didn't mention this to the staff because we didn't notice it until our final night (we booked 4 nights) but its something they should try to address immediately. I was having breathing issues (recently found out I have asthma) and I couldn't figure out why I was coughing uncontrollably during my stay. I figured it out the last night as I lay in bed and looked up to notice the light highlighting a powdery mildew/mold covering about 20% of our ceiling. Uggh.
Still, don't take away from this that the place wasn't clean. Maid service came every day and great care was taken to make up the rooms and keep the ground immaculate. Costa Rica is a fairly humid locale and it was hot season --still, the mold issue needs to be addressed asap. It is a health concern.
The setting is incredible (right on the ocean) but the coastal freeway is right behind the hotel. You won't hear much traffic on this coastal freeway, but when a truck does go by, it is quite loud. Still, the setting and light traffic flow offsets periodic traffic noise, in my opinion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Costa Paraiso is an oceanside boutique hotel located near Dominical on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you will find several hideaways to relax along with a refreshing swimming pool. The onsite restaurant Por Que No serves delicious Tican-fusion dishes along with a Chef's Daily Special.On the beach, the hotel backs onto the north entrance to Playa Dominicalito. Only a 5 minute drive to Dominical, you have access to all the adventure tourism the region has to offer...surfing, kayaking, scuba, stand up paddleboards, canyoning, ziplining, atv, horseback riding and yoga. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Costa Paraiso Dominical
- Costa Paraiso Hotel Dominical
- Costa Paraiso Costa Rica/Dominical