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El Castillo Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Ojochal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Not sure where to start. From the welcome to the view, everything was breathtaking. Scott made us feel like family, a very, very pampered family. We only stayed one night but we will never forget it. I cannot wait to go back. The food was absolutely fabulous, five stars! Beautifully quiet and romantic, this is the place for a special occasion. Our suite was lovely with a wonderful shower. As we sat sipping cocktails several Scarlet Macaws flew by. Stunning. Everything about this place is special.

Room Tip: Since there are only seven rooms, you can't go wrong. We had a suite. Lovely.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

We loved this hotel! Small, unique, friendly, luxurious. What's not to like?
The staff were excellent, led by manager Scott Dinsmore. Everyone was incredibly caring and dedicated. Nothing was too much trouble. Arrange a canopy zip-lining tour? No problem! Call to see when a turtle release at the local beach is happening? Of course! Make a special dessert that involves throwing lots of fire from one hand to the other? Why yes, por qué no? Pablo, El Castillo's Creative and Enthusiastic Chef made us many dinners "off the menu" and we trusted him completely. He obviously loves what he does and it was fun to see what he would come up with next. He uses all fresh ingredients and describes his dishes in both Spanish and English. The dining ambiance is very cool. On one of the nights we sat outside under cover watching the lightning and rain and listening to thunder as a storm blew through. Another night Scott had a French Canadian singer and her band come and sing in French, Spanish and English. Great to drink cocktails while looking over the edge of the infinity pool out onto the vast expanse that is the Osa Peninsula. Everything was top-notch, from the Las Dueñas café in our room in the morning to the simple, stylish decor throughout. High-quality and excellent customer service. Can't recommend it enough! I recommend doing the Canopy Tour, going to Corcovado Park (skip Cano Island--too far for not great snorkeling), and the Pavon waterfall and restaurant nearby where they grow their own fish in about 30 ponds. Otherwise, we hung out at the hotel and chilled. Awesome, welcoming place. We've already reserved the Honeymoon Suite (that is just now being built) for 2020.

Stayed: October 2017
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We live in the area and have visited El Castillo for sunset, cocktails and dinner many times. Using a special occasion and the quiet of Green Season as an excuse, we treated ourselves to an overnight stay and got to experience the beauty of the accommodation and setting in a deeper way. The gorgeous rooms, infinity pool and restaurant all soak in the dramatic and mesmerizing ocean view and as a paying guest, we were greeted and looked after warmly by the friendly and helpful staff. Owner Scott Dinsmore couldn't have been more helpful setting up some details for our stay. A truly romantic place that aims to honor and live up to the beauty of its location.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

A beautiful location with a breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean in Southern Costa Rica.

The lobby bar and furnishing accent the surroundings with style and the Edgeless Pool with it's Blue coloring adds tremendously to the visual experience.

The room was a perfect size with a balcony view of the Pacific Ocean, a spotless bathroom. All the Service Staff were outstanding.

Restaurant was terrific with a great selection of local Fresh Fish and magnificent deserts and a very good Wine Selection.

Room Tip: There are only seven (7) rooms and two (2) are luxury suites...
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

This place is spectacular! When you stay here, it is all about you. The attention to detail is unmatched. Scott, the general manager, is the best. He and the guys go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect. Pablo, the chef, is world class! You could have every meal on the property and would never be disappointed. We will be back!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle Perezoso | 300 Mtrs Este de Costanera, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Ojochal
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Ojochal
Price Range: $368 - $677 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Castillo Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Castillo is an adults-only, luxury boutique hotel known for its incredible staff, over-the-top service, free gourmet breakfast, and exclusive beach on a nearby private island. Perched 600 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the magnificent structure has arguably the most dramatic view in all of Costa Rica. Enjoy the infinity pool on the main level or relax in a cabana on the ocean-view deck below, which features a bar, Jacuzzi pool, and a full menu of in-cabana spa treatments. The fabulous Azul Restaurant & Bar, located inside the hotel, specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. El Castillo is a special place - stay as our guests or rent the entire hotel and let our staff spoil you. ... more   less 
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