There's not much I can say about this place that hasn't already been said, but I must add to the chorus of praise for Rio Celeste Hideaway. True, it rained almost the whole time we were there, and at any other place that would have been a huge bummer... but we seized the opportunity to slow down, relax, and enjoy this beautiful place. Even though the hotel was nearly full, we often felt like we had the place to ourselves. Our casita was really impressive (photos do not capture just how spacious and luxurious the casitas are!), as were the common spaces. The best part of Rio Celeste, however, was the outstanding staff (special shouts out to Oscar, Gustavo, Mauricio, and Gravan), who provided great, personalized service, and truly made our stay extraordinary. We had a great time getting to know everyone and conversing in Spanglish. We went on a couple of tours arranged by the hotel, and our guide (Alberto) was fantastic as well. We had planned to hike to the waterfall ourselves, and at the last minute decided to go with a guide, and we're so glad we did! A few notes: 1) food and drinks were great and totally reasonable... wasn't sure what to expect based on some earlier reviews, but it is evident that the management has listened and made improvements. 2) if you're keeping tabs on the weather from home before leaving, do not believe the forecast if it says zero percent chance of rain! Bring a rain jacket anyway! And 3) if you're driving, the bridge you've probably read about is now open!
Rio Celeste: we'll be back!
- 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