Driving from Monteverde to this hotel took almost the whole day due to unpaved roads and wacky GPS directions. We had to drive through 2 sketchy bridges to get to this hotel but once you get there, it is well worth the drive. We were welcomed with cold, fresh hand towels which were definitely needed. The hotel grounds are secure and very well kept. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Our car rental had some trouble before heading out to Arenal Volcano. Sebastian, the hotel manager, gladly helped us by lending us his own jumper cables to start the car and even let us take it for the day since we might have battery problems while out. That was well beyond great customer service. He was VERY friendly and the last day we were there, he showed us the "Arbol de la Paz", a 400+ year old tree (like the tree in the Avatar movie).
We used a groupon so we had a $50 spa credit. I'm not sure if breakfast was free for everyone but we had free breakfast every morning which was pretty good. 1st breakfast was a good buffet which everyone filled up on. Staff was VERY FRIENDLY and helpful. 1st day was the hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall. (Just FYI- you're not allowed to swim in the waterfall since January 2012). Our tour guide ended up being one of the hotel staff (Ivan) and he was very fun and knowledgeable. We spent a great day of hiking to the falls and the surrounding areas. Dinner the 1st night was expensive but good. It was like eating at a high end restaurant. Luckily we found the "tapas" menu which was a little bit cheaper for the rest of our stay. Burgers and fries kind of menu even though we were in the Kantala Restaurant. But PLEASE don't get the calamari. One of my friends ordered it and it came with like only 8 pieces which were all bite size. This was the ONLY disappointment from our stay.
The rooms were LARGE. Beds were COMFORTABLE. Bathrooms VERY CLEAN. My boyfriend and BFF's husband went into the pool and jacuzzi for about an hour while my BFF and I took advantage of the spa credit from groupon (along with the extra discount included with each room). The pool was very nice even though I didn't get to use it. Massages were VERY good.
It was well worth the stay. I would definitely would recommend this place to anyone who is planning to visit the Rio Celeste Waterfall..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rio Celeste Hideaway is a boutique, gourmet and ecologically orientated hotel. It provides a world of comfort and style surrounded by an untouched natural paradise. This hidden hotel is located in the middle of the Rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park where the amazing Rio Celeste lies. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 26 spacious casitas (bungalows) provides an exclusive retreat in which guests can relax amidst the breathtaking rainforest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel Costa Rica/Tenorio Volcano National Park