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“Great little gem + base for surfing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Costa Paraiso

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Costa Paraiso
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
London
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great little gem + base for surfing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

General
- Great place and I will definitely recommend it to my friends
- This is a REALLY small hotel - it only has 5 separate "rooms" of different sizes, so you are almost guaranteed privacy and quiet (except for sounds of the jungle and waves breaking on the rocks in front of the hotel, which provides for a great view)
- There's a swimming pool, hammocks, lounging chairs and another deck with view on top of the restaurant
- DO CHECK what's included in your room price (in our case breakfasts were not, but not a problem)
- There's a restaurant on the spot which serves meals throughout the day, with an ocean view
- The place is c.40min walk from Dominical, so recommend taking a taxi, which is a couple USD one way (might consider this to do food shopping / check out other restaurants / etc.)
- Great base for surfing Dominical/Dominicalito and other beaches nearby (we used Dominical Surf Lessons, where Debbie and her husband Flaco were super helpful and gave us great lessons twice a day over a week)
- If you surf/swim - drying things may be an issue (although hotel machine dryers are available for a fee) and we used a combination of bungalow roof with direct sunlight and old-school chair use

Our room
- We stayed in Toucan room, which really is a separate bungalow a little on the side with own little veranda (with roof so no direct sunlight)
- Definitely recommend for a couple
- In terms of equipment, there's a safe, microwave oven, a set of dishes, toaster and coffee maker (+water) and a fridge, so you can be pretty independent of the restaurant if need be
- There's a set of mosquito nets on windows, so you can let the breeze in without getting eaten (there are some flying/biting insects, but not a disaster and what else can you expect in the tropical rainforest?)
- comfy bed with all sheets provided
- Shower with limited pressure and less so for hot water, but not an issue as it's warm enough that you'll be grateful for cool (not really cold) water most of the time

Other
- nice swimming pool area with lounge chairs
- the driveway to the hotel off the main road is pretty steep (c.45+ degrees incline) so watch out what you drive (I'm told it can get slippery immediately during/after rain)
- beach: the beach is a short walk down the hill / to the side from the hotel, also with great views. This means no random people walking through the property.
- only reason why this is a 4 rather than 5 stars in my view is the restaurant - very good most of the time, but needs to improve consistency of quality delivery.

Room Tip: Go for Toucan - this is a separate bungalow on the side with a veranda and ocean view, ideal for a c...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lukaszadam
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Thanks very much for your feedback it was positive and constructive, We do continue to review our restaurant evening menu and we will change things on the menu, We welcome our new chef Shelby, we sure it will be totally a new experience for the restaurant Por Que No? We’re glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back again soon with your friends Por Que No?
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Well thought out, well executed, perfectly situated, boutique hotel with post card quality rooms, excellent views, atmosphere and a great staff.

The food is excellent.

For all practicle purposes the adjacent beach is private.

This could be used as a base for visiting most of this part of Costa Rica inc..Manuel Antonio Park about 45 min north.

My only regret is that I only spent two nights.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chicag0Mark
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, 6 July 2013
We are absolutely happy that you had a great time and good memories of this beautiful area, thank you for stay with us!!! We hope to see you next time!
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Miami, Florida, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

That's my 2nd trip to C.R and I was looking for a nice place, walking distance from the ocean in Playa Dominical.
This is a 5 bedroom hotel, and I was amazed how well this place was maintained with only 5 rooms. They keep the place very clean, the pool is small and nice with an ocean view. The rooms are spacious with small kitchen.
You can walk to Dominicalito beach, but you'll need a car to get to Dominical. so if you are a surfer, you might want to spend your stay right on Dominical beach.
Little piece of paradise...

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shai Y
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, 19 June 2013
Thank you for your stay at Costa Paraiso, we are glad to be part of your 2nd great experience in Costa Rica, we look forward to seeing you next time.
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Hermosa Beach, California
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47 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

The place is great, just at the ocean with fantastic views.
We had the room "tucan nest" for 1 night and would have stayed more if we could...
The staff is very friendly, the pool is great (with view on the ocean) and internet worked well from our room. The room was nice too.
The only issue was that there were not really hot water for the shower... which happened in several hotels where we stayed in Costa Rica...

Room Tip: Try the Tucan Nest
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Clement R
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, 12 June 2013
Thank you for your review - we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the ocean view, the rocks where the waves were crashing, it is a view that you don’t get tired of, we look forward to seeing you next time.
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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

We've stayed at and even got married at very luxurious places in Costa Rica such as Villa Caletas and Marriott Los Suenos. This was our 4th trip to Costa Rica, and we decided to make it a short trip. We wanted to learn how to surf. The best place to learn is at Playa Dominical. Costa Paraiso is located by Playa Dominicalito (which has more advance waves for surfing) and 1 mile away from Playa Dominical. Our room was equipped with a kitchenette (microwave, dishes, utensil, kitchen sink, small fridge, drinking water tank, breakfast table), small A/C unit, and safe. There was no TV, but the WIFI was decent. The staff was friendly and nice. The small restaurant "Porque no" was very good and fresh. Service was slightly slow (but that's everywhere in Dominical). Take your time and enjoy the breath taking ocean view of the waves crashing onto the rocks as you eat.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank konagnocchi
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, 8 June 2013
Thanks for your review of Costa Paraiso, We look forward to welcoming you back again. NB Just to note the surf at Dominical is generally considered to be for advanced surfers only (except for the white water beginner lessons) whereas Dominicalito is for beginners and intermediate surfers.
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

Dominical is not large, so the choices are limited, unless you are the surfer type, young, and will sleep anywhere. Costa Paraiso is a very unique setting, as there a small number of cabinas set into a lush tropical forest, just up from the ocean. The accommodations are simple, and you get to hear the sounds of the surf as you go to sleep at night. The rooms are clean, and spacious with a small kitchen for making coffee, snacks, etc.

There is a restaurant on property, with a limited, and in our minds, somewhat pricey selection.
There are more dining options in the small beach community nearby that offer more variety and will give the opportunity to mingle with a very mixed crowd.

Be prepared for a damp environment, especially in the rainy season, as Dominical gets a fair share of precipitation and accompanying humidity, which can get pervasive. The shower is warmed by what is affectionately referred to as a "suicide shower head" (see pic) These shower heads are not uncommon here, but it takes a leap of faith that the installer knew what he was doing as you step into the shower stall!

Most of the accommodations in this small town are just off the highway, which is good for access, but you will probably hear trucks downshifting through the night. If you are a light sleeper, you might want to consider finding a place up the mountain, as virtually all the beach side accommodations are not far from the highway.

There is a definite charm to Costa Paraiso, and it is truly a lovely setting. With the setback regulations currently in place, this property could not have been built this close to the shore. A swimming pool is on the property, and this is useful as the shoreline is too rocky and and the surf too rough for sea-bathing.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RDG1233
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, 6 June 2013
Thank you for your review - we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Some of the things you mention are just part of life in Costa Rica / Dominical, but it is useful for travelers to know what to expect! We believe our restaurant offers reasonable prices for the premium view, but at Costa Paraiso we are constantly reviewing our services in order to improve where possible, and we will use your feedback to do so. We'd love to welcome you back to experience our privileged corner of paradise again, and see some of our planned changes!
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Atenas, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

We just got back from our stay at Costa Paraiso. What a gem! There are five villas on the property - four of them have two queen beds, and one (the Toucan Nest) is tucked back into a more private space and has a King bed. We rented two villas, the Toucan and Pelican. Both villas are immaculate and so well equipped. They have fans and airconditioning, beautiful furnishing and great porches with ocean views. The sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks in front of the property was dramatic, but soothing. The pool on the property is cute and pristine. It is semi-shaded, which was very nice for us. Hammocks are spread throughout the property, which is covered in beautiful iguanas and colorful birds. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the food at the restaurant was very good, with the exception of the pizza (bland and unseasoned). Nearby Dominicalito Beach is perfect for an early morning walk and shell collecting, though not great for swimming.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kyr13
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, 16 April 2013
Thank you for your stay at Costa Paraiso, we are glad to be part of your great experiences in Costa Rica, we look forward to seeing you next time.
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Property: Costa Paraiso
Address: 2km South of Dominical | Rocas de Amancio Rd, Dominical 12345, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Dominical
#2 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Costa Paraiso is an oceanside boutique hotel located near Dominical on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you will find several hideaways to relax along with a refreshing swimming pool. The onsite restaurant Por Que No serves delicious Tican-fusion dishes along with a Chef's Daily Special.On the beach, the hotel backs onto the north entrance to Playa Dominicalito. Only a 5 minute drive to Dominical, you have access to all the adventure tourism the region has to offer...surfing, kayaking, scuba, stand up paddleboards, canyoning, ziplining, atv, horseback riding and yoga. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Costa Paraiso Dominical
Costa Paraiso Hotel Dominical
Costa Paraiso Costa Rica/Dominical

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