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“Nice Place (You'll need a car to get there)” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
Barrie, Canada
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27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nice Place (You'll need a car to get there)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

This is a hidden gem but if you don't have a car or you're not travelling with a group, this hotel is out of the way. If you have a car or are adventurous enough to bus it to Dominical and then take a taxi (short drive about 5 minutes on a rocky road cost is about 1500 colones or $3US) you will not be disappointed by this hotel! It is clean, spacious, quiet, beautifully landscaped, staff is friendly and helpful, there's service around the pool, abundant wildlife but not a nuisance.... I could go on. The rooms are in "bungalows" scattered throughout the property - 4 rooms to a bungalow with easy (cemented) pathways connecting you to various areas around the 'resort'. I won't comment on the rooms as others have done so in detail. The restaurant has a full menu (a bit pricey -- e.g. $10 US for a burger -- but then you don't have to walk into town) and drinks. The staff is absolutely wonderful and don't worry if you don't speak Spanish because most speak proficient English. This hotel has a good mix of visitors from Canada, US, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Costa Rica etc. The pool is spacious and nicely landscaped and plenty of lounge chairs to go around. Free WiFi in all parts of the resort (including the pool). There's a bar at the pool so you can order there or the staff comes around so you can order from them (not just drinks but food as well). The Macaws usually make their entry in the afternoon and you can bird watch right from the side of the pool. There is a surf school located at the hotel (The Green Iguana - ask for Bob - he had me up and surfing within the first hour -- first time ever! He's a former pro from California) and Tour Operator. There's also a Spa for massage and other services: a very professional and highly qualified massage therapist -- contact me for details if need be. The grounds are clean and well maintained. The atmosphere is very inviting. This resort makes an effort to recycle and have labelled bins around the resort, especially to sort glass containers. It is situated along the Baru river and you can take a leisurely walk along the road to a beautiful little waterfall or head down into the river at low tide (b/c high tide you can't look for crocodiles). All in all, I found this hotel very relaxing and a great place to stay and explore the Dominical, Uvita and Ballena area in the Oso peninsula in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Upland, CA
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

Very pretty grounds around cottages. Peaceful place to stay to get away from it all. Saw black squirrels, toucans and various other wild life. Nice walk into town along the river bank. The have a book case that you can trade or leave your books for others to do the same. No television or air conditioning in the rooms, wifi is available. The worst thing that can be said about the place is the mattresses, a little too hard for my taste.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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NYC
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

This hotel allows you to experience the true nature of Costa Rica. We had a very adequate room with an outdoor living area. The kitchen and dining were in our outdoor living room, with a sofa and chairs. It was "perfect" for viewing the natural environment that is so special in Costa Rica. Birds singing, amazing treees. A lovely pool area, nice dining. It was a great hotel in this part of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NYCStephanie
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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

This place looks like it's been around more than 18 years. It was perfectly acceptable as a place to stay in Dominical area. AC took time to cool down the room. Very nice grounds and a nice pool. All the chairs around the pool were in use so I couldn't hang out there when I wanted to. A decent breakfast included with room - nice area for breakfast. Prices are a bit high for what you get compared to other places we stayed in well travelled tourist areas. We were glad we were only staying for one night. We really liked Dominical, although we didn't spend much time in the area. Neat little funky town.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank snorkelerNan
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clevland, ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

the hotel is sited on a large river, consists of about 50 or 60 cottages, all renonovated recently. It has, for the southern pacific, a very large and well maintained pool w/ adjacent restaurant and bar. The hotel is walking distance to the town of dominical and the beach. ...to the south 10 minutes. I you walk to the north , along the road next to the river it is jungle , but safe....an actual costa rican experience. The river is high and rushing in the rainy season and a bed of stone like creek in january /february.
The people that work in this hotel are the best and most helpful. They have a full time peron to help w/ any excursions or sidetrips you wish to take. And can rent a car as well. The people are what makes this a special resort.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank t david h
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Additional Information about Villas Rio Mar

Property: Villas Rio Mar
Address: 800 m north from the Dominical entrance along the Baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
Price range (per night): $113 - $197
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Rio Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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 
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Villas Rio Mar Hotel Dominical
Hotel Rio Mar
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