Hotel & Food:
This hotel was a pain to get to but such an amazing gem once you get there. We rented a car and would not have found this place without the GPS. If you're doing the same thing then hold on tight- lots of steep, unpaved roads. Once you get there you're welcomed at an open-air lobby and all of the staff members are very helpful. There is wifi in the main areas but not in the rooms, and board/card games in the lobby lounge area. The rooms are in individual huts/casitas. The room was absolutely gorgeous! The outdoor shower was incredible, the bedding was comfortable, and we loved that it was tucked away in the forest. This was exactly what we wanted from our trip to Costa Rica. The food at the restaurant was very good and the welcome drink was delicious (so we ordered it with rum). The included breakfast consists of LOTS of fresh fruit and a hot meal of your choice. It was delicious and so much food!
I wish I had known that the hiking trail on the property led to a swimming hole in the Rio Celeste river. I definitely encourage you to do that. Its an easy 5-10 minute walk, accessible by flip flops. Take your swim suit and a towel! We also hiked to the Rio Celeste waterfall. We chose to do this without a guide, which was perfectly fine. There is a $10 entry fee per person into the national park. (Take cash!) Make sure to walk all the way to the end of the trail, that's where you'll see the river water change colors. We walked through very deep mud, make sure to take hiking boots and prepare to get VERY dirty. It's well worth it! Lastly, we opted to do the kayaking trip offered through the hotel. We expected it to be a bit more rigorous but it ended up being a pretty quiet and relaxing paddle. Ohdir (spelling?) was our guide and he was very nice. We had lunch at Dona Ina's soda close to the hotel. It was really good! I definitely recommend that place if you want to eat typical tico food offsite.
We will definitely return to this hotel!
- 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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