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Boynton Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights on our 12 day driving tour of Costa Rica. The location was great as we were able to drive to many different local beaches and the 4x4 we rented could go through the small rivers to some of the best beaches I have ever seen. The food at the hotel was good, but the... More 

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Thank Mark F
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your comment, we really appreciated. The area around Dominical has beautiful beaches, like Playa Uvita, Playa Linda, Playa Dominicalito or Playa Ballena. We also are located between the Manuel Antonio Park and Marino Ballena Park, at this time of the year you are able to see dolphin and whale and driving can be approximately 20 minutes... More 

Kingston, Canada
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96 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2013

I stayed there as part of a 2-week Costa rica Explorer group trip - This was towards the end of the trip and not a usual booking for this type of trip but due to Easter weekend, everything else was booked in town. So i m putting 4 stars because the food at the restaurant was nice - you could... More 

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Thank J L
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your helpful review. We try to offer the best services as we can, we are happy to hear that the Spa was appreciated. We do have also Superior room and Junior Suite with A/C and TV, they are nice and comfort a bit difference of the standard, but we are working just to give some changes... More 

Great Falls, Montana
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2013

This a beautiful place to stay with attentive and caring staff. Due to bad weather at our previous lodging we had to move our reservations up one night for 4 rooms. The staff accommodated us, met us at arrival with refreshments and made sure our needs were attended to including special diet changes for 2 on our trip. The grounds... More 

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Thank Teddy2Eva
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your kind comments. We do our best to make your stay as pleasant as possible. All the rooms have a patio, but the standard room is the only one with a relaxing hammock and our pool is big and nice, hope you enjoyed. We are happy to hear your arrival was helpful and attended. We are... More 

West Newbury, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Comfortable, quiet location in Dominical. Good for R&R, but not if you like sand beach (but great for surfing). Our villas were mostly clean but in need of some updating. Pool in great shape and clean. Restaurant food and service excellent.

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Thank Chris J
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your great comments. We are located between in the Costanera South Highway, right next to San Isidro, and Palmar Norte also. Regarding Dominical town, are many things to do, is not sand but for surfing it is perfect , and you are able to sit under in the beautiful almond trees that are on the whole... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2013

This has been an amazing experience for my husband and I. Before we even arrived to Costa Rica I contacted the staff at this hotel and they were all very helpful and went out of their way to accommodate our needs. The villas are great, the pool is big, everything is clean, I mean everything was more then what we... More 

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Thank Ylamde
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hi, Many thanks for your terrific and wonderful comment. Here in this area is a lot of thing to do as much amazing experience as you did. We are very proud to hear you and your husband were attending nicely by our staff this is part of job, make sure our guests get help and be happy. We just been... More 

South Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2013

This is a gem of a place just up the road from Dominical. One may miss it if they did not know it's location. Beautiful grounds. Very courteous, attentive staff. It was quite a surprise to see, as Dominical is known as a surfing type location but here is Villas Rio Mar across the road from the quietly moving river... More 

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Thank Robert M
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Hi!!! Thank you so much for your kind comments. We really appreciate the way you describe our hotel location, Dominical is about 15 to 20 minute walking and driving at least 5 minutes. Our hotel Villas Río Mar is located in the rain forest by the Baru River. Is not really near to the beach, but there are a lot... More 

Heredia, Costa Rica
1 review
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Beautiful grounds, great service, clean place with lots to do. Do not recommend if you are depending on public transportation because the street that leads to it is a bit of a walk on rough terrain. The beaches and waterfalls in the surrounding areas are truly amazing! El hotel es hermoso, buen servicio, muy limpio con muchas cosas que hacer.... More 

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Thank Tanya H
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The main road of Dominical is indeed not one of the best roads of Costa Rica! Dominical is very good connected through public transportation. There are multiple bus stops in Dominical. The buses that stop there go to Uvita, San Isidro de El General and Quepos. There are also taxi’s available at the hotel and... More 

Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2013

Most of the options in Dominical are very minimal and cheap cabins or hostels. This is the only "resort" in the area in that it has a pool, full restaurant and bar and the accommodations are really nice. It's about a 10 minute walk to the main street or 15 to the beach. The service and staff are wonderful and... More 

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MEsquivel, Public Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to write this review! You seemed like you put a lot of thought in how to choose your hotel! TripAdvisor is the way to do this and also contribute so that other people can do the same. Our restaurant El Rancho also has a TripAdvisor page. I would like to ask everybody to put reviews... More 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2013

I just want to share that we stayed at the Rio Mar for 7 nights and loved it. The rooms were nice, the grounds were immaculate and the food at the restaurant was incredibly tasty. We spent a bit of time at the pool and have no complaints whatsoever. It is a family hotel and we expected to see children... More 

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MEsquivel, Front Office Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful comment! We indeed have a special children’s pool with 'noodles' that the kids can play with in the water. We also have a jungle where the kids can play and a lot of activities that are also appropriate for children. Thank you for your comment and we hope to see you again?! The staff of... More 

Tarcoles, Costa Rica
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40 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2013

A great friendly place to stay, a 5 star in its own right!! All of the staff, housekeeping and waiters were more then accommodating. The food was great, from the excellent breakfast buffet (included) and the great daily dinner specials. Even a request for take out to the picnic table by the tennis court was met with a quick reply... More 

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MEsquivel, Front Office Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! Hospitality is all what our hotel is about! We also have room service. You can just call our restaurant for an order and we are happy to come and bring it. Did you know that we also have a mini golf course?! 10 holes and you can borrow the equipment right at our reception... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Smoking rooms available
  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Dominical ***Eco-Hotel Resort near Uvita & Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Relax in true nature while enjoying a wide range of amenities! Villas Rio Mar is an internationally recognized 3 Star Eco hotel located in a stunning natural setting; an easy 10 minute walk from the fun and the beach of Dominical. Whether traveling as a couple or with family, Villas Rio Mar offers a wide range of amenities guaranteed to make your holiday worry-free and enjoyable. Our hotel includes 52 rooms and can also host medium-sized groups. Our spacious tropical gardens provide privacy and include many beautiful plants, flowers, and birds, which one can observe from outdoor patio areas located in front of the rooms. One of the best restaurants in the area, El Rancho, is located at Villas Rio Mar. The area offers a wide array of leisure and adventure activities including beautiful beaches, four National Parks, and many other nature & wildlife reserves. A wide range of amenities: spacious tropical gardens, jungle trails, large swimming pool with pool bar, quality restaurant & bar (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks), international sports programming, room service, billiard table, darts, foosball, kids’ play area, mini golf, outside gym, tennis court, tour & transport services, massage, nail studio, and other body treatments. 4 room types to choose from: 48 of the 52 rooms have an outdoor patio area with garden views, rooms with AC & TV available, family-sized rooms available (limited), rooms with kitchenette available, mini-fridge and ceiling fans in every room Great price for an excellent service: professional staff, free wi-fi throughout the hotel, complimentary parking, free rental car drop-off (airport & Villas Rio Mar), group discounts available, seasonal discounts; May>Dec. 15th, book now & pay later! Beautiful, easily accessible, with lots to do: - Stunning natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, and nearby tropical jungle teeming with exotic wildlife - Many beaches, national parks, and adventure tours - Easily accessible from SJO International Airport via newly paved roads (<3 hours) - 10 min. walk to Dominical - 15 min. walk to the beach - Relaxing natural setting - Private and secure Meetings & Events: conference room & event planning services for businesses, weddings & private events ... more   less 

Additional Information about Villas Rio Mar

Address: 800 m north from the Dominical entrance along the Baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Price Range: $132 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Rio Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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Also Known As:
Villas Rio Mar Hotel Dominical
Hotel Rio Mar
Rio Mar Hotel
Villas Rio Mar Costa Rica/Dominical
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
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“Check you have a room with A/C”
 of 5 bubbles H4755LOsteved, 13 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Wifi is weak but best in the bar and pool areas.”
 of 5 bubbles MRBeachgirl, 16 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Definitely get a room with AC”
 of 5 bubbles wishicudtravelmore, 12 May 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms looked fabulous!”
 of 5 bubbles KLMercer, 28 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Cabina's throughout walking path. All seemed to be the same. AC in all rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles 917NicoleG917, 26 Apr 2016 | Read review
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