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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 February 2014

I recently stayed at Villas Rio Mar with a large group and the hotel bent over backwards to meet our needs. Everyone at the hotel was exceptionally kind and efficient. The kitchen went out of its way to cater for members of our group who had food allergies.

This is a great place to take teenagers because the grounds are very contained and it is next to impossible for them to get into trouble, yet there is a lot for them to do from swimming to tennis to miniature golf.

Waterfalls, freshwater swimming holes, zip lining, a nature preserve, and horseback riding are less that 15 minutes away by car. Going to the beach is easily walkable.

The rooms are smallish, but the curtained verandas for each villa greatly enlarges the living space. I had a room without air-conditioning, but opening the windows and using the ceiling fan made the room very comfortable at night.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Hi,

Thank you for your kind works. We are more than happy to know you enjoyed and we really appreciate to hear you spend a wonderful stay and had a good experience here in our Hotel with your group! We work and do the best as much as we can be were attended nicely and warm, this is part of our work, we always try to make sure our guest get a promptly and efficiently services.

Great to hear you enjoy our grounds witch are very contained and the areas are beautiful with nice gardens, the pool area, and our restaurant too, and the daily activities you did were amazing! Costa Rica especially in the South Pacific is very special and peaceful.

All rooms have verandas and are very spacious, the difference between the standard without AC and TV, is that they have a comfortable hammock, which makes it different from all the rest.
One more time thank you so much. We are looking forward to welcome you back to Villas Rio Mar.

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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Stayed here during a tour with G Adventures. Beautiful grounds. Rooms come with outdoor kitchenette, lounge and hammock. Room was clean and spacious. Only wifi in the lobby and restaurant. Breakfast was ok, not fabulous.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank BennysMomOttawa
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Hi,

Many thanks for your kind work, we really appreciate your comment, we are locate from the beach just for about 850 mts, walking, our standard rooms are very comfortable, and do you know we do have also a superior and junior suite with AC and TV with a nice terrace lounge.

We are very happy to know you enjoy our beautiful resort , also we would like to mention we do have WI-FI in all of our room, and our breakfast is buffet witch is include in our rate for two people.

Thanks once again for you comment, hope to see you in the future.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

The hotel grounds are beautiful and very well kept with great sightings of many birds & butterflies etc. Stella at the reception desk is excellent, very helpful and friendly. The pool is a good size but there were not enough sun beds or chairs when we arrived as there are only a handful & several were broken. Nice looking restaurant serving decent breakfast. However the service in the evenings was slow at times and the steaks we both had one evening were terrible and inedible. The staff were very nice though. We had a standard room which had a nice outside sitting area with a fridge, which was a bonus. However the bedrooms are in need of redecoration and the bathrooms need completely gutting and replacing. The bed was so uncomfortable and the 1 pillow each a waste of time. The room wasn't as clean as it should be - the light switches and sockets were filthy from years of use & non cleaning. There was only a ceiling fan which was not particularly effective. The wi-fi in our room was non-existent and in the public areas wi-fi was hit and miss and painfully slow when it was working. We always look for wi-fi in all hotels as we have a business that is entirely reliant on the internet, so this was very frustrating for us. We were disappointed over-all with this hotel - we are very well travelled throughout the world. We have stayed in cheaper priced hotels during our 5 weeks in Costa Rica which have been much better, despite some not having a pool. Attention to details is lacking and the bedrooms & bathrooms seem to be sliding for lack of maintenance. We had only booked for 2 nights with plans to extend by another 4 nights but changed our minds the first evening. Our next hotel just down the road is half the price and although it has no pool, the rooms are cleaner, it has TV and a/c, ceiling fan and high speed internet everywhere & most importantly very comfortable mattresses and pillows and is still set in b beautiful gardens.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We spent 4 nights in Jan 2014. Our rooms were large and comfortable. Junior suites with 2 kings. We were pleased with the beds, hot water, cleanliness, and linens. Our rooms had fans and air conditioning, but usually the fan was adequate. I loved the efforts made by management with recycling, water conservation, solar panels, and general reminders about electricity use. We ate in the restaurant often. Carol is a treasure, and Samantha also provided excellent service. The food is generally good, and several of the dishes are wonderful. Recommend the Caprese salad, the quesadillas, the shrimp/pineapple dinner, and the Pura Vida cocktail. While there, we booked a kayak trip through the mangroves and a boating/ hiking trip to Corcovado.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank deannabowden
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2014
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Estimado cliente,

Hola muchas gracias por sus lindas palabras, nos da mucha satisfacción saber que nuestros clientes disfrutan de su estadía en nuestras instalaciones. Las habitaciones junior suite son unas de las más grandes que dispone el hotel y tienen capacidad para familias grandes. (1 a 4) y si son niños pequeños puede ir uno mas en la habitación).

Nuestro propósito este año es obtener la 5ta. Hojita, ahorita tenemos 4 hojas de sostenibilidad turística, es un esfuerzo muy grande y gracias a todos nuestros clientes también que nos colaboran con este proyecto.

Nos sentimos satisfechos también que le haya gustado el servicio en el restaurante, le haremos saber a nuestras compañeras sus comentarios, es parte de nuestra motivación brindarles un servicio el cual nos hace crecer día a día.

Esperamos verlos por acá en el futuro, una vez más muchas gracias por sus comentarios.

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

Villas Rio Mar is a beautiful and accommodating place to stay. The grounds are well manicured, the pool is awesome, the adjoining bar has a tropical tiki style to it, the room was very nice, and felt completely safe. But the best aspect of Villa Rio Mar was the friendly staff. I truly enjoyed waking up to the sounds of tropical birds, drinking good coffee and eating fresh fruit. I will certainly return to this resort when staying in Dominical. The daily activities were amazing. Whitewater kayaking on Rio Savagre, Sea kayaking in the Waves and Caves tour, Canopy zip line tour, Surf lessons, and flying along the coast in an Ultralight plane are just a few of the highlights. The guides and coordinator were very knowledgable and friendly. It is true, Costa Rica is the friendliest place in the world. From the resort a very scenic and peaceful walk along the turquoise colored Baru river into the town of Dominical took 10 minutes. I recommend getting a chilled coconut from the stand in town. The Sushi place in Dominical is highly recommended as well. The food at Villa Rio Mar is at the top too.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank BCOShea
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

Hi Mr. Oshea

Thank you for your kind works. And very nice to hear you enjoyed and great to know you have has a wonderful stay and good experience here in our Hotel! We are very happy to hear, you were attended nicely and warm, this is part of our mission, we always try to make sure our guest get a promptly and efficiently services.

We love to hear you enjoy our areas with the beautiful garden, the pool, our restaurant too, and the daily activities you did were amazing! Costa Rica especially in the South Pacific is very special and peaceful.

One more time thanks you so much. We are looking forward to welcome you back to Villas Rio Mar.

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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Everything was PERFECT!!!
Especially the service by the ladies at the front desk. Very warm and kind!!!!
Not to forget the lady of the tour information, she made our stay unforgetable with the tours she suggested.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tico M
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

Dear Mr. Tico M.

Many thank you for your kind comments. We do our best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible we can, really appreciated, and make us happy to hear your arrival was helpful and attended.

We are looking forward to welcome you back to Villas Rio Mar once again.

The Rio Mar staff!!!

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We have been in this resort for 8 nights. We stayed in lodge 330; a good bed- and bathroom and a nice outdoor livingroom with a small refrigerator and a sink, also a hammock. The resort itself was very beautifull with a lot of different plants, trees and animals. We also loved the swimmingpool and restaurant. The staff is very friendly. Dominical is a 10-15 minutes walk.
We recommend this place to other people, because we had a great time!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PaulaSchouw
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking time to write this kind comments, we also have a Superior and Junior Suite very comfort for families, in case you will visit us again with your family. Very glad you enjoyed a relaxing time in our hotel and hope to see you back soon.

Kind regards,

Villas Río Mar staff.

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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: £69 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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