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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.

Date of stay: October 2017
1  Thank Renee R
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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.

Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: 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...
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank genes252
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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!

Date of stay: September 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

My wife and I stayed here for six nights after a week in Manuel Antonio. If you are looking to truly unwind, this is the place to do it. The rooms are very comfortable. Ours had a small balcony which was perfect for viewing the gorgeous sunsets. The staff is impeccable, paying attention to every detail and providing great information about the area. Wonderful food in the onsite restaurant, great drinks from the bar, and every attempt is made to insure total relaxation. Thanks Scott and your staff for a very memorable time. Pura Vida!! Till next time.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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