This is one of two resorts we stayed at in Costa Rica as a young honeymooning couple from Houston, Texas. We chose this hotel based on phenomenal reviews and a personal recommendation from a friend, but it fell well short of our expectations. We stayed 4 nights in January 2013.
The pros were:
- Good service
- Delicious food (yummy chocolate soufflé)
- Complimentary breakfast (toast, eggs, bacon, fruit, muffins, yogurt, beans and rice)
- Full bar with good juices and tropical drinks
- Beautiful landscaping
- Relaxing spa - great couples massage
- Nice outdoor shower
- Very close proximity to Rio Celeste hiking
The cons were:
- The room was insufferably humid. Coming from Houston, we are familiar with humidity and this was over the top. The a/c is wired to shut off when you leave the room and even overnight is ineffective at dehumidifying the room. The sheets and pillows constantly felt damp and had a foul odor. A slightly damp swimsuit from our previous hotel did not dry in the 4 days we were there. This doesn't sound like a big deal, but constantly feeling dirty and wet really ruined our experience and got more frustrating with each passing day.
- No wifi in individual rooms; wifi in lobby was spotty at best (tried multiple devices)
- We felt excursions were falsely advertised - most excursions are in La Fortuna which is 2 hours away (with 30+ minutes on a very rough dirt road). We took the white water rafting excursion for $155/person. We assumed it was on a river near the resort, but instead were driven to La Fortuna to a Wave Expeditions trip (which was great and highly recommended) but would have cost $70/person if we booked directly.
- Location is very remote and is not well suited for any activities other than hiking to Rio Celeste. Be prepared for a VERY rocky and steep route to the hotel (30+ min of getting beat to hell every time you come or go)
- No gym
- Nice pool but weather is not conducive to its use due to clouds and rain.
- Bring bug spray - lots of bugs inside and out. Room is not sealed to keep bugs out.
- Poorly designed shower surround (and constant moisture) resulted in moldy if not missing caulking/grout. Does not make the jacuzzi look so welcoming.
- Roof leaked water one night
In summary, the Rio Celeste Hideaway might be suitable for a 1 night stay if you want to be one with nature, but I could not recommend it to anyone. Had we not prepaid in advance, we definitely would have left. Do NOT consider this place if you plan on doing any excursions other than hiking. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and lots of fun; unfortunately the issues noted above soured the last half of our visit.
- 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