We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The paradise really exist. El paraìso realmente existe”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 March 2012

It's amazing that you can find a place so beautiful as Rìo Celeste Hideaway in the middle of the jungle. Big luxury rooms, comfortable beds, private decks and an amazing outdoor shower.
We stay only one night but we will remember it forever... Excellent service and friendly staff.
Es increìble poder encontrar un hotel tan hermoso como Rìo Celeste Hideaway en medio de la selva. Habitaciones grandes y lujosas, camas confortables, decks privados y una increìble ducha al aire libre. Pasamos solo una noche pero lo recordaremos por siempre. Excelente servicio y personal muy amigable.

  • Stayed: March 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank SusanaJG
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (841)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

473 - 479 of 841 reviews

Reviewed 4 March 2012

Last November, my boyfriend and I visited the Rio Celeste Hideaway for 2 days and the hotel was beautiful. It was a long trip to the hideaway and we drove at night over the mountains. Luckily I read some of the traveling descriptions on this website prior to traveling. If I hadn't, it would have been scarier as we traveled at night through high elevations and very winding roads. My advice would be to travel during daylight if at all possible, get an SUV, GPS and full car insurance.

During the trip through the mountains, the roads were very, very windy and occasionally the GPS warned of a sharp turn, dangerous bridge or even sinking road. Looking back, it just added to the adventure of the trip. The last 30-45 minutes getting to the hideaway was the most rough as we had to cross about 2 bridges that were practically plank bridges. The road seemed to be made of large rocks and parts of the journey to the Hideaway were very steep--it helped having an SUV, if not necessary.

When we got to the Hideaway, all was quiet and there was a gate to enter the Hideaway.After entering through the gate, we got out of the car and were greeted to the checkin counter with unbelievable fresh smoothie drinks (with starfruits for decor)--refreshing after a long journey. My boyfriend got two of them because they were so good!

After checkin we were taken to our rooms via golf cart. The room was beautiful, albeit musty from not being ventilated for a while. After turning on the air conditioner, the mustiness dissipated a little. Overall, I never stayed in my own casita with such beautiful furniture and decor. There was even an outdoor shower that I would love to have installed in my own home. The part that I absolutely loved was the french doors leading to the outside deck. The deck was beautiful and the furniture was luxurious. Every morning I brewed coffee and we went out to the deck to enjoy the beautiful view of the rainforest. One hint that I took from previous posts was to ask for a rainforest room--I did that and was very happy that I asked for this.

Every morning we would start our day with breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. Food was really good--we generally got the included pastries and fruits (which I loved) and shared a costa rican breakfast. That was enough for both of us - didn't want to get too full.

On the first morning of our stay, we visited the Rio Celeste which was an adventure that I'll never forget. The best part about this adventure was that it was pretty secluded (not touristy) and I got the feeling that not many people actually made the trip to the Rio Celeste. My boyfriend and I made the hike up the Rio Celeste with some worries of getting chased by wild animals (we have been accustomed to city life in the U.S.) letting our imagination get the better of us. Prior to going on the hike, we asked Carlos about whether there were any wild animals that we should worry about - like monkeys, snakes, jungle cats (like jaguars and panthers). At that point, I think Carlos was laughing to himself and asking himself quietly "where in the world did these people come from?" He was polite, but laughed a little and from that, I felt safe and silly thinking that we were over reacting.

So we made our way up the Rio Celeste and got to see things that I don't think many people get to see, which made the trip all the more special. The hike to the waterfall was adventurous--we were the only people at the waterfall. The trail and stairs down to the water fall were pretty steep with large steps without railings in many of the areas. We are in our thirties so it wasn't that bad of a hike. We then made our way to the blue lagoon area and finally the hot spring. The blue lagoon area was also magical as the chemical reaction with the substances in the water seemed to make a beautiful aqua blue precipitate - the kind that you make in high school chemistry class.

The absolute best part of perhaps the entire trip was taking a dip in the hot spring. When we soaked in the hot spring, again, we were the only ones there. It was peaceful and you could get a full view of the water streaming from one side to another. The scene was unbelievable!

When we got back to the hotel, we cleaned up and had dinner. Dinner was pretty good and as always, the hospitality was great. We were even going to share a dish and they actually split the dish up for us on separate plates--good thing we didn't order two dishes because even when they split up the dishes, the portions were pretty big! They even gave us some appetizers to try on the house--can't get any better than that!

Overall, the hotel was beautiful and the hosts were spectacular--all very friendly and trying to accommodate us in every way possible. We even met the owner who spoke with us for a long time. He was very genuine, kind and inviting. He even walked to our car when we left.

Pros: Beautiful hotel, great staff who are very friendly, beautiful set up with an outdoor shower and outdoor deck overlooking the rainforest, access to the rio celeste, quiet with a break away from city life.

Cons: Room was musty; however, you should really expect that in the rainforest. I think the hotel could resolve this issue by getting a dehumidifier.

Conclusion/Recommendation: I would definitely recommend my family and friends visit this hotel and the Rio Celeste. The hospitality was great and the accommodations were beautiful! It felt even more special realizing that not many people have ventured this way - either to the hideaway or Rio Celeste. It really was a getaway from hectic city-life in the US. The hotel was quiet, beautiful and peaceful - a bit of paradise!

Room Tip: Ask for room over looking rainforest. Having your coffee on the porch every morning and seeing the...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank ktk155
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 February 2012

After the bumpy road to get there, the hotel is beautiful and the rooms and balconies delightful. The food was ok but could be better. The staff were excellent and friendly.
We were lucky with the weather and made the walk to the Rio Celeste which was great - saw lots of wildlife and volcanic vents, etc.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank SomersetReporter
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Everything is best here. The only one thing that bothered us was the transportation from SJO airport to this place which costs nearly $500 to and fro. That is quite expensive. But that is nothing to do with this hotel. This hotel is a must visit place and Rio celeste waterfall is one of the best!

Room Tip: ask for an exterior casita with the view of the jungle!
See more room tips
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank L0rry
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 February 2012

It was a long, hard drive to get to this place, but we really liked it, although a couple of things can be improved. This is a perfect place for a romantic getaway -- the rooms are huge and beautiful and the outdoor showers are gorgeous. (Too bad they didn't think to set the rooms off a bit from each other, because some of the showers are right next to the walking path and close to other rooms, but still it they are gorgeous.) It rained like crazy most of the time, so it was good to have a nice room. We were able to go on the trail near the hotel to see the blue river, but we were not able to go on the hike to the waterfall as the rain was torrential. The dining room is beautiful, but I have to say that the food was OK at best and downright awful at lunch time. Salads were good. I would recommend that they improve the food since there isn't much to do in the area and people will likely spend a lot of time in the hotel. The service was great -- everyone we came into contact with was very helpful and kind. The drinks at the bar were excellent!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Service
2  Thank travelingyogi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
LGtravel, Public Relations Manager at Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2012

Thank you for your kind feedback. Despite the weather, which unfortunately is sometimes quite common in the rainforest, we are glad to hear you were still able to enjoy the property and appreciate the spacious casitas. I will share your comments and concerns regarding the food with the staff and chef immediately and take steps to improve both lunch and dinner. Thank you again and we hope you find a reason to return soon!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 February 2012

After traveling all day, including 45 minutes off the main road on a rocky & dirt road we really didn't know what to expect upon reaching the hotel but "WOW" was all we thought when we turned onto the hotel property!! It is a beautiful hotel! Individual casistas, private outdoor showers, robes, friendly staff, great tours offered, private shuttles between the airport & other hotels...a dream vacation!

Our favorite tour we did was the 5-hour hike into the Tennorio Volcano area to the Rio Celeste waterfall & river. Words can't describe the beauty! It was a somewhat challenging hike considering it was muddy & the path undefined, but worth the effort!

Highly recommend this hotel to travelers who want to get out of the tourist trap hotels! Challening location but so worth it! We will visit again!

Room Tip: Choose a casita facing the rainforest. You will have monkeys waking you, but worth it!
See more room tips
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank 320Carol
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 February 2012

Date of stay: Feb 6-9th
Daily Weather: very cloudy/foggy with scattered showers plus an hour of sun

Overall, I give the resort a 4 out of 5 due to the okay and cons below.
Pros: casitas(very spacious with a great outdoor rain shower), food(quantity, quality, and prices), pool plus 3 hot tubs(different temps), serene landscaping and views, and cleaning staff

Tolerable: some dining and front desk staff - there were communications issues since I did not speak Spanish. They were very friendly!

Cons: The resort has no adequate signs to find them. Our direction was turn right at the blue bus stop, seriously? Can't they put a sign at the bus stop so we are completely sure this is the correct blue bus stop - frustrating!

The river/waterfall hike can be very challenging if it is raining - steep incline and decline through inches of mud. The hotel staff should have warned us prior to the hike. One of the couples decided to turn back and not risk it. Elias our guide was underwhelming - no information and very fast pace. Only good thing he did was make sure we did not get lost.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank lilfletch11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Tenorio Volcano National Park
3.2 mi away
Celeste Mountain Lodge
Celeste Mountain Lodge
#1 of 5 in Bijagua de Upala
738 reviews
4.2 mi away
Heliconias Rainforest Lodge
Heliconias Rainforest Lodge
#4 of 5 in Bijagua de Upala
100 reviews
6 mi away
Tenorio Lodge
Tenorio Lodge
#3 of 5 in Bijagua de Upala
332 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
24.9 mi away
Arenal Manoa Hotel
Arenal Manoa Hotel
#11 of 59 in La Fortuna de San Carlos
1,906 reviews
23.7 mi away
The Springs Resort and Spa
The Springs Resort and Spa
#6 of 65 in Arenal Volcano National Park
2,494 reviews
17.1 mi away
Rio Perdido
Rio Perdido
#1 of 1 in Bagaces
807 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

Address: La Paz de Rio Celeste | 1 kilometer southeast of the Tenorio Volcano National Park., Tenorio Volcano National Park 21304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tenorio Volcano National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tenorio Volcano National Park
Price Range: £111 - £241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Ebookers, Booking.com, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, HotelsClick, HotelQuickly, 5viajes2012 S.L., getaroom.com and Cancelon so you can book your Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing