This hotel is incredible, especially considering the price. My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights when we first arrived in Costa Rica and were blown away by the hotel's beauty. Though the road to get there is rough if you come from Bijuaga (TIP: If you're coming from the south or west, drive the extra distance to Upala! We had a 4 wheel drive, and were still slipping and sliding down sheer mud and sand hillls on the Bijuaga road) the destination is well worth the trip.
Each "room" is really its own little cabana which is somehow designed in such a way as to never see any neighbors, or really much of the path. You feel secluded. And they are incredibly spacious.
We also booked a massage, and this was the best massage of our lives. Extremely professional and the setting was beautiful.
The food in the restaurant is superb (I recommend the salmon). Many many hotel restaurants leave something to be desired, but this one was incredible.
The private hotel hike down to the river is quite nice too, especially if you want to take a dip in the insanely blue water (the national park has rules against it.....). Quite fun to go whooshing down the rapids on your back.
All in all, this was an incredible hotel, extremely well designed, and the staff was unbelievably friendly. I strongly recommend it.
- 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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