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Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

I've lived in Costa Rica for 10 years and only just found out about this hidden jewel. The hotel and staff are wonderful, friendly and very attentive. The service was impeccable. And how delicious to be met with a cool towel and a tropical drink upon our arrival! Our suite was gorgeous with a private garden and sounds of a waterfall nearby...very soothing to the soul and for a good night's sleep.

The dirt road leading to it is part of the adventure and not that bad. But don't, I repeat don't, let it deter you from seeing Rio Celeste. This turquoise river is just a 700 meters from the hotel along a beautiful trail through the forest. There were a few but not many mosquitos, so bring some repellant if they like you. I'll be back with family and friends.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Evelyn G
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

If you are travelling to the Tenorio area - stay at this Hotel. Be aware that getting there is an adventure and a four by four is probably a good idea ! But once you get there this is a hidden gem. We had a great suite where the deck is almost in the rain forest and there is an outdoor shower (as well a a beautiful full modern bathroom inside) !
The staff were all GREAT -especially Grevin and Janette (not sure of the spelling) - Rio Celeste Hideaway - please thank them !.
The food was very good.
We took the hike down to the Rio Celeste river and they even have fresh towels there in case you decide to cool off in the river!

The only minor point - was that the bed was O.K. - but could have been more comfortable!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

A treasure in the middle of the forest is the best way to describe this enchanting hotel and spa. As soon as i entered the reception area i was greeted with a huge smile and welcoming words from the staff . The room we stayed in was absolutly magnificent, everything i expected and more. Our time there was spent talking long walks along the property, enjoying excelent food and coktails all served with lots of care and dedication from the staff. Defenetly an expirience that can be repeated again, since pampering is something you can never get enough of in life, and here in Rio Celeste they truly know how to make it happen

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank katherine w
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

This hotel is a long way from anywhere, its a long trip along a gravel road and I am so pleased we arranged private transport to get here. Once we arrived, we were greeted by staff, personally shown around the hotel by 'golf cart' and taken to our room. The room was large, with a king sized bed & a patio, outdoor shower (as well as indoor bath / shower), a large bathroom - what else could someone wish for. Meals were very nice, staff were very nice. I must make mention of one of the gentlemen (perhaps the bar manager) who was so very nice. Nothing was too much trouble, he happily spent time chatting with me about his glorious non alcoholic cocktails. There is a very nice pool - with 3 jacuzzi's - these are just glorious after a long walk in the National Park.
Without a vehicle, we walked up to the National Park entrance and spent several hours (5) wandering thru the park. From the hotel to the park it was about 3km. The river is glorious, we never swam in it however there was a track that lead to a part of the river where guests could swim.
The staff arranged a trip caving for us, we were collected and dropped back to the hotel at the end of the day. Another great experience.
On a negative, was the lost power: but what else can one expect in the wet season of Costa Rica: it is going to rain, there will be thunder & lightning and power going out is something we are accustomed to.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank paddyNewZealand
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

First of all I live in Costa Rica and travel all over the country. Rio Celeste Hideaway is just that. It is found on an isolated lastre 4x4 road that is hard to get too in the rainy season. The road to the hotel was un driveable and very dangerous to drive on at dusk into the
evenings in the rain. We got 5 kilo in and the bridge was washed out. Tried calling the hotel and got very little help. Elizabeth sent us on a 1 -2 hour round about when Oscar had just told us there was another entrance 5 kilo. down the road. The receptionist Elizabeth was extenely rude when we got to the hotel tired after such a long long drive. That was so dissapointing to be greeted in that manner with an attitude of that kind. The total trip was around 5-6 hours from Alajuela not 3.5 hours like they claim. The hotel should have better awareness for clients driving there about road conditions to get to the hotel. If we were tourists feom another country qith no cell phone and came across the river that formed over the bridge we would have been in big trouble. The fact that the hotel personel had no idea about thw road conditions to get there is dangerous for anyone driving to that hotel in the rain. One day some one qill try to cross thesw overgrown rivers and get seriously hurt.
The food is not good. The menu sounds good but once served it is very disapointing and expensive. Becuase the hotel is so out there it's your only option.
The river on the property is very nice . The hike to it is very pretty and easy. Unless you just want to stay in your room and walk to a river I would not reccomend this hotel for the prices they charge and the service they give.
I have always wanted to visit
this hotel but found it
disapointing once I got there. The attitude of the receptionist is just not acceptable and when talking with other guests they had the same problem. We stayed only one night and that was enough for us.


  • Stayed: November 2013
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2  Thank naturalrachel
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Gerencia de Rio... ., Gerente at Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2013

Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience; we appreciate your comments as they help us better understand where improvements may be necessary in order to meet the expectations of our guests, and maintain consistency in our standards.

We would like to address the specific issues you may have encountered in a detailed manner; it is important to note that despite being in a rainforest area, the amount of rain you experienced during your arrival at the hotel is not the usual at all and neither the overflowed rivers, that afternoon, we all were facing weather conditions beyond our control.
Also we regret that you found the quality of our food not up to our regular standards. However, please be certain that your comments will be handled in a Management Level and will seek improvements and training with our staff.

We appreciate your feedback and always take the opportunity to use guest comments on this important site as a way to improve both our service delivery and product. Hopefully you will give us the opportunity to serve you once more in the future.

Cordially,

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Starting with every member of the staff icluding the General Manager, the restaurant, the spa the rooms, the layout and the location of the hotel itself... there is no other word to describe this place better than heaven... Everything its so clean and organized; the decoration of the different areas its also very soothing and pleasant. If you are looking for true relax this is where you need to come.
Great swimming pool, nature all around it, that path to the turquoise water colored river, the food, the spa experience..are just out of this world.

Room Tip: Its a little rough little road (last 10 miles or so) but is 100% worth it once you get to the hotel...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Erick R
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Amazing hotel, friendly staff, and a truly relaxing stay! We loved everything about the hotel, it is a pretty tough road to get there, but totally worth it. Private rooms had great views of the rainforest and absolutely wonderful outdoor showers. Restaurant was delicious and great staff. Be sure to book a tour to Rio Celeste waterfall- Gorgeous! Perfect for any type of trip!

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Cher6713
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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 
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