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“Spent a Whale Watch weekend with a group of Families with 16 kids”
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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
Costa Rica
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Spent a Whale Watch weekend with a group of Families with 16 kids”
Reviewed 10 September 2012 via mobile

Hotel facilities where super; but service to solve last mitlnute request where quite a bit dissapointed; no late check out allowed and food of restaurant was standard and expensive. Pool was very clean, rooms confortable with a small fridge and mezzanine outside to share

  • Stayed September 2012
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 13 September 2012
Thank you for your comment, we appreciate it and we are sorry if we didn´t allowed the late check. If there are new clients coming it is not possible for us to prolong it. But all guest are welcome to stay longer in our restaurant and pool. Nice to hear you liked the hotel and enjoy a nice trip to Marino Ballena.

We would like to see you back and prove we improve our service everyday.

Daniela Ceciliano
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

The rooms here were excellent. You had a big patio with a refrigerator, fan, table, chairs and hammock. Inside there was a spacious bedroom and a bathroom with shower (hot water), toilet and sink.

Excellent for kids as well because of the big swimming pool. Breakfast was good and fresh. The tours and services offered were plenty and the staff was friendly and helpful.

The hotel was located not far from some good restaurants and the beach. A bit pricey but worth it.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 12 September 2012
Thank you for your response, it is nice to hear that you liked the room. We do our best to make your vacation as good as possible, so we like to hear that you had a nice time in Villas Rio Mar!
We will more than happy to see you back !

Best regards

Daniela Ceciliano
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

OUTSTANDING property grounds located in Dominical. A bit pricey, but well worth it if sharing the cost. Very tropical with all kinds of different floral and fauna. What a nice place to wakeup and take an early morning stroll and observe the different flowers, bushes, and trees. Very peaceful and serene. Large swimming pool with breakfast included. A typical Costa Rican breakfast that was very good. Estella at the front desk was very helpful with regards to the local area. Highly recommend this hotel for your visit to Dominical. If visiting Dominical, you must go to tortilla flats restaurant at least once and try the cheese stuffed fish. Yummy mahi stuffed with cheese with a white sauce over the top.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 31 August 2012
Thank you so much for your comments that's what we are a tropical place with all kinds of different floral and fauna and we're glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your visit. We will be more than happy to see around here soon!
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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

The rooms are very basic and just functional with dated furniture etc. The gardens and pool are wonderful. It is located down a very rocky dirt road. Having a car to explore and get around is helpful. You can hire tours to pick you up from the hotel. It is a beautiful part of the country. The beach is too rocky at Dominical but there are great beaches about 20 minutes south of there. The staff was very friendly. The restaurant was great and the help very cheerful. It is a bit dark due to its location next to the river and mountains, but there are so many wonderful sounds of nature due to this location.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 28 August 2012
Thank you for let us know all your comments, that why we work everyday to improve our service and make your vacation an unforgettable trip. We hope to see back!

Best regards

Daniela Ceciliano
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Amarillo, Texas
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

This property was in a beautiful location, with lovely grounds and a great pool. Although we were traveling on business, we had a couple of days in between appointments to enjoy the coast. The property is meticulously maintained, and the bungalow was clean and attractive. We enjoyed dinner at the restaurant both nights, and it was tasty and reasonably priced. The only issue was the very hard mattress, but when we asked if they had a pad for it, they immediately changed our mattress to try to find one that was a bit softer (even though we were only staying for two nights). We booked a whale-watching trip through the hotel, and it was fabulous - saw lots of whales and there were only 11 people on our boat - other boats had people crammed in like sardines. So - all in all, a great stay, with a great staff, and we were sad to leave!

Room Tip: We loved being in Room 325 - up against the river; felt very private and away from the noise of the...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 28 August 2012
Thank you so much for writing such a nice comment, we are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We will be wating to see you back to this beautifull place our friendly staff will be happy to see you back very soon! and I am really sorry for the mattress but all our clients have different tastes and we are glad we could help you to find what do want. Thank once again for your visit!

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Daniela Ceciliano
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Siesta Key, Florida
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

Great Place - first found Rio Mar in June 2009 - and my visit this June 2012 was my 6th stay with them. It truly is like Home Sweet Home. The staff is tremendous - there is nothing they will not assist you with...and in my 6 stays, there has been nothing they have been unwilling or unable to help me with (lost car keys, translation, etc.). The location is perfect for exploring the beautiful Southern Pacific zone or heading out for the Osa Peninusula. They had me the 1st time I laid eyes on their pool - it's huge, plenty of chairs, sun and shade. Toucans can be heard daily and seen frequently - The lovely gardens surrounding the bungalows have such a peaceful effect and afford a lot of privacy. The outdoor porch with wet-bar/fridge in all units is a favorite spot.
Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant area and frequently in the bungalows though cell phone reception can be a little spotty - I'm heading back for my 7th stay later this month. It will be so nice to get in the flow of Costa Rica time and see the Rio Mar crew again - they are family now!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
What a nice comment, ;'home sweet home", that exactly what we want to make our guests feel. We're always happy to see our guests are back, we work everyday to improve our service and keep our quality.

Thank you and see you next time!

Daniela Ceciliano
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2012

The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are clean, the hotel is safe. I loved the staff especially. They were so pleasant and even helped me with my Spanish. The restaurant is awesome and the drinks are inexpensive. I loved it and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 4 August 2012
Thank you for share your nice experience, we are very glad you had such a great vacation with us, and very happy to hear you were able to learn some spanish words, even though our staff spoke both languages, English and Spanish, we are always happy to help all our clients..We also hope to see you back soon!

Best regards

Daniela Ceciliano
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Property: Villas Rio Mar
Address: 800 m north from the Dominical entrance along the Baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Rio Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dominical ***Eco-Hotel Resort near Uvita & Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Relax in true nature while enjoying a wide range of amenities! Villas Rio Mar is an internationally recognized 3 Star Eco hotel located in a stunning natural setting; an easy 10 minute walk from the fun and the beach of Dominical. Whether traveling as a couple or with family, Villas Rio Mar offers a wide range of amenities guaranteed to make your holiday worry-free and enjoyable. Our hotel includes 52 rooms and can also host medium-sized groups. Our spacious tropical gardens provide privacy and include many beautiful plants, flowers, and birds, which one can observe from outdoor patio areas located in front of the rooms. One of the best restaurants in the area, El Rancho, is located at Villas Rio Mar. The area offers a wide array of leisure and adventure activities including beautiful beaches, four National Parks, and many other nature & wildlife reserves. A wide range of amenities: spacious tropical gardens, jungle trails, large swimming pool with pool bar, quality restaurant & bar (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks), international sports programming, room service, billiard table, darts, foosball, kids’ play area, mini golf, outside gym, tennis court, tour & transport services, massage, nail studio, and other body treatments. 4 room types to choose from: 48 of the 52 rooms have an outdoor patio area with garden views, rooms with AC & TV available, family-sized rooms available (limited), rooms with kitchenette available, mini-fridge and ceiling fans in every room Great price for an excellent service: professional staff, free wi-fi throughout the hotel, complimentary parking, free rental car drop-off (airport & Villas Rio Mar), group discounts available, seasonal discounts; May>Dec. 15th, book now & pay later! Beautiful, easily accessible, with lots to do: - Stunning natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, and nearby tropical jungle teeming with exotic wildlife - Many beaches, national parks, and adventure tours - Easily accessible from SJO International Airport via newly paved roads (<3 hours) - 10 min. walk to Dominical - 15 min. walk to the beach - Relaxing natural setting - Private and secure Meetings & Events: conference room & event planning services for businesses, weddings & private events ... more   less 
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