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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Uvita, Province of Puntarenas

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Jennifer...
Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A magic little nature-filled valley”
Reviewed October 8, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We had a wonderful time at Casitas Del Rio! It was the "green season" while we were there, and we were treated to an amazing nature show, including an owl checking us out at night while we sat out on the porch, toucans, humming birds, butterflies of all shapes, colors, and sizes, tortoises, and more. Steve, Rachel, and pup Rio are gracious hosts, and the casitas elegant and thoughtfully designed, and nestled in a private little valley just 5 minutes from town and the beach. Each casita features a porch overlooking the river Morete, perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring the surf breaks and other attractions in the area. We are already looking forward to our next visit!

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Liked best: The hosts and the nature.
Liked least: A storm knocked out WiFi for a day or so, but the host got it repaired quickly.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Feb 28, 2015
We also love the “green season” and all its lushness. Glad that you are coming to stay with us again to enjoy the nature show at a different time of year. You will see different plants blooming, and different birds around the gardens - a great show at any time of year.
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Catharina...
Uvita, Costa Rica
1 review
“I did not want to leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Reviewed September 7, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

I originally booked for 1 week but ended up staying 2! I did not want to leave, this place is so peaceful and I cannot wait to return in the very near future. Rachel and Steve are wonderful hosts and really look after all their guests. Thank you for a wonderful vacation I will be back soon!

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Liked best: The river on the property
Liked least: Leaving!
Traveling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 12, 2014
Thank you very much, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Janet525
West Midlands, United Kingdom
1 review
“An abslutely fantastica back to nature holiday”
Reviewed August 12, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Our jungalow was amazing. It was so comfortable; beatutifully furnished. We opened our door to a beautiful view, which included the river, where we bathed in the natural 'spa' every morning before starting our day. It was soooo peaceful and relaxing....at one with nature. Our holiday was how we made it. We did relax but we also surfed, ziplined, river tubed, ate at some fantastic places, and picnicked at the nearby beach too.

If there is anything you want to do, or need speak to Rachel and Steve. They are lovely hosts and made sure we were settled and had everything we needed.

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Liked best: the tranquility
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2014
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed our natural spa!
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Coral Gables, Florida
Reviewed July 5, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Liked best: The tranquil, peaceful, and beautiful location.
Traveling group: Solo
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Jul 11, 2014
Ramona it was a pleasure having you stay here, and we are glad that you enjoyed your time at Casitas Del Rio. Rachel and Steve
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Isabelljo...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Wonderful calm paradise”
Reviewed June 29, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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This place is paradise. The garden is full of flowers, fruit and beautiful birds. The river is just a few steps away from the casita and have natural pools where you can sit and just listen to the sounds of the monkeys and look around at the beautiful nature. The casita was so fresh and clean and the porch was perfect to read a book and take a snack on. The host are truly helpful, we got picked up by the bus and a ride to the grocerystore. They are just kind and funny and did everything to make our stay as good as possible. If you want a peaceful stay in a beautiful environment where you can hike and do horseback riding, this is the place!

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Management Response
Jul 11, 2014
We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Uvita and appreciated the beautiful surroundings at Casitas Del Rio. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review (and finding our jokes funny).
Kind Regards
Rachel and Steve
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DharmaMtn
Asheville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A True Oasis”
Reviewed March 28, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

As I write this review on day #3 of our stay here at the beautiful casita my DH has just handed me a banana freshly picked from one of Axel and Karen's trees on the property! We spent our morning enjoying the veritable cacophony from the river, the howler monkeys, hummingbirds and other beautiful birds we have yet to identify. We saw 4 toucan's in the tree just outside our window. Our hosts have transformed their property into an idyllic garden sanctuary surrounded by forest on the banks of a river. For anyone who wants a romantic getaway and for those who need a restful retreat at the end of an active day, you won't be disappointed.

Sit on the private balcony and enjoy the breeze as the flora and fauna draw in the wildlife, go rock-hopping in the river, do some early morning birding in the garden or just sit in the river pool and let the water refresh and rejuvenate.

We found everything to be as described including coffee supplies, a bottle of wine, vases of fresh, exotic flowers and a bowl of fresh fruit. After a long day of air and road travel we could not have felt more welcomed. There were many dining and activity suggestions, some of which we followed and they were spot on. (You MUST brave the bumpy road up to Ranchos Remo for a spectacular view and a wonderful meal.) This has been the perfect home base from which to explore the area.

Axel and Karen are here on the property for whatever you need or if you want someone interesting to chat with. You can also have all the privacy you want.

Thank you, Axel and Karen for everything. We especially enjoyed getting to know you and lounging in the river pool during happy hour!

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Liked best: The hosts, the gardens, the river. Our casita was perfect!
Liked least: Leaving!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children People with pets
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Desiree R
Spokane, Washington
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“We hit the Jackpot”
Reviewed March 26, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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My husband and I stayed at the Casitas del Rio in January 2014 for a week. After doing a ton of research we felt torn on where to stay, not sure if we wanted an ocean view and if we wanted a pool. However, after seeing the pictures, reading the great reviews on trip advisor and comparing prices the Casitas del Rio seemed like a steal so we made our decision!

Karen and Axel, the property owners are full of knowledge and advice on how to make your trip as convenient and enjoyable as possible. They are there to greet you with a cold cocktail when you arrive and help get you settled into your Casita quickly. The Casita was beautiful and clean stocked with fresh cut flowers and a yummy bottle of red wine for us to enjoy upon arrival. They are a blast to spend time with. Axel will keep you entertained for days.

Casitas del Rio's grounds are impeccably landscaped with fruit trees and exotic plants, and you are completely immersed with the local wildlife; such as the Jesus Lizard, sloths, Howler Monkeys, and an endless variety of birds. Although these casitas do not have an ocean view or a pool we never once felt like we missed out. The beaches were incredibly hot and the ocean was very warm (not very refreshing.) After our daily excursions, we found ourselves craving the cool and refreshing water of the Morete River. The river itself is more or less a pathway for the freshwater runoff from the mountains above, and therefore is extremely clean. The rocks in it are rounded and if you enjoy building pools or rock balancing, you will have an endless amount of entertainment. Just ask Karen, my husband got a little obsessed with it and earned the nickname, "Fred Flintstone". There is a beautiful waterfall directly up the river only a 20-30 min walk, completely secluded from anyone's view from below. Perfect for a little skinny dip :)

Uvita, the town the Casitas del Rio is located next to is a quaint friendly little place that we absolutely fell in love with. There are so many friendly locals, amazing restaurants and adventure companies near by. Karen and Axel provide incredible recommendations on food and activities. We consider ourselves quite particular and honestly felt like we hit the jackpot with this vacation. We will return to the Casitas del Rio for sure. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

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Liked best: Location and Karen and Axel
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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