The hotel is a true hideaway.It's off the key tourist tracks, requires either a SUV or a good driver willing to take a sedan up the gravel road. The hotel is 1500m from the entrance to the great Rio Celeste River National Park and even has it's own jungle path curved out to reach the river. BTW, there is a nice stand with towels next to the river so it's easy to take a swim.
One of the best things about the place are the room or should I say: huts. Very spacious, great bathroom inc. an outdoo shower. Loads of room for clothes and extra places to sit down.
The place is also v.clean altough the hot spring pools will soon require a refresh. The restuarant serves really good food but it's overpriced. You do not have too many alternatices outside the hotel (one soda and one other hotel restaurant). Having said that the quality was really good and portions big.
The service was ok, but I have seen better. For example I was surprised no one offered the melex to take our bags up to the hut... The guys in the restaurants on the other hand were really nice.
The biggest drawback from our point of view were the breakfasts. You had the standard american set, fruits and 1 dish to chose from 2... We have had better breakfast in 2 star hotels in Costa Rica. Big shame not to have even pankaces, omlettes as an alternative.
Spa prices were ok, a bit on the top end, but affordable.
The pool was nice, but do not expect attractions for the kids. It's not a pure family destination so we knew this before arrival. What was a surprise is a lack of even a small playground. There was actually a nice lot a bit away from the crowd that should make a great spot for one :)
To sum up: if the breakfast will be improved, the price tag lowered on the stay and in the menu card, the hotel should get more 5 stars votes. I give it 4 as t the rooms, the remote location in the jungle near the Celeste river still deserve a very good rating.
- 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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