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first, this is not my first time at el castillo, but my first time in a long while!
mine is a short trip and i will always check in with scott, the owner/manager to find out the latest in menu etc.
we decided on a...More
Wow, we returned to El Castillo after exactly one year and we have to say it even was more perfect than it already was last time. The view from the pool down to the ocean and the small island is spectacular. The team of the...More
Everything about El Castillo rang of 'fairytale' from the moment my family and I entered the premises. Clean, fresh, homey, friendly and compact—it is one of the most outstanding boutique hotels that I have ever had the pleasure of staying at. The rooms were cozy...More
I had a great time at this hotel, the service was superb, from day one I enjoyed meeting all the staff and they were very helpful with finding things to do in Costa Rica, especially since it was our first time there. Thank you Scott...More
El Castillo is truly an oasis--you will walk into a gorgeous looking home with open doors that showcase an infinity pool that overlooks an impressive peninsula and expansive ocean. Needless to say, the view is out of this world!
The service was exceptionally good (especially...More
Response from Scott D, Manager at El Castillo HotelResponded 4 weeks ago
Hello and thanks for the great feedback. Castillo is a small intimate hotel, so we don't have all the things you expect to find in a large chain hotel. That said, we are aware of our signage and the sign you mentioned at the entrance...More
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Refrigerator in room
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US$231 - US$440 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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We landed in San Jose and then rented a car for the 3 1/2 hour trip. It is a scenic drive but slow at times. You will drive through many small towns and it gives you a good idea of what the non-tourist part of Costa Rica... More
We landed in San Jose and then rented a car for the 3 1/2 hour trip. It is a scenic drive but slow at times. You will drive through many small towns and it gives you a good idea of what the non-tourist part of Costa Rica is like. There are also propeller flights lasting about 20 minutes (that will also take you to about 10 miles north of the hotel) and you can rent a car there. I think the other airport-Liberia- would be a much longer drive . One issue with renting a car was that we are told you have to buy personal liability insurance in case you kill or injure someone. We were told that NO credit card company covered this fee so we paid it ( about $100) I suggest you research this issue too. Best Wishes
Ojochal is the perfect jumping off point!
Tours around Ojochal can include snorkeling at Cano Island, hiking Corcovado Park or Hacienda Baru, horses to Nauyaka Falls or just laying on the beach, ATVs, surf lessons, walking... More
Ojochal is the perfect jumping off point!
Tours around Ojochal can include snorkeling at Cano Island, hiking Corcovado Park or Hacienda Baru, horses to Nauyaka Falls or just laying on the beach, ATVs, surf lessons, walking out on the famous Ballena Whale's Tail, white water rafting, sportfishing, ziplining at OSA Mountain, kayaking in some of the world's largest mangroves or cayoning down a waterfall. After a short drive to the river town of Sierpe you can take a panga style boat into the mangroves. Comfortably you will see all types of wildlife including birds, snakes, crocs, monkeys, etc. Then off to Drake's Bay for a nice lunch overlooking the bay. After a short hike to see the other side of the peninsula you can stop by a beautiful beach at the mouth of the river and swim with no tides. Then back to Sierpe. One of my favorite days.
The Costa Ballena area contains one beach after the other. In front of Ojochal is Tortuga Beach with its caves in the northern end. Next Ventanas with its nice bay for swimming and caves for exploring. After Pinuela Beach is the famous Ballena Beach, then Hermosa and Dominicalito/Dominical. All are special in their own way. On Sundays you can go to Villas Leonor for their Sunday BBQ. A restaurant on the beach. Makes for a great day. Garza Island sits in the view of both our hotels and provides a great excursion. We can have you taken over on a boat and you can spend the day on its beach.
We have three waterfalls in our area which are easily accessible at no cost. Just to the south of Ojochal is Pavon. Really cool looking waterfall with a Talapia farm restaurant above. You can swim in the waterfall pool, lay on the rocks on the river and end the experience by catching your own lunch!
Excursions further away, but doable in a day include exploring the Wilson Botanical Gardens at San Vito. Venture up to indian village of Baruca and watching them carve their colorful masks and weave. The drive alone to this place is worth it. To the north you can drive to San Gerardo de Dota and see the famous Quetzal. After driving along the Continental Divide, you drop into a beautiful gorge that is the birthplace of the Savegre River. Hike along the river to grand waterfalls. One of my favorite places.
We can provide different types of spa treatments, but usually our guests just want a really good massage.
Ojochal is home to over 14 great restaurants. In El Castillo, we have Azul which is a Mediterranean restaurant. Chef Eisman offers a great fare including hummus, homemade pastas/breads and seafood. Also, his popular Thursday Pizza Night. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Exotica, owned by Lucy and Robert, is a long term legend in the area with a french fusion cuisine. Marcella owns Citrus with its new world cuisine. We also have Mamma y Papa which is Italian, Hans and Caroline's Ylang Ylang is Indonesian, Le Bistro is International Cuisine and a great lunch stop, Steven elevates Costa Rican cuisine at his casual riverside cafe called Boca Coronado and Pancito Bakery which is great for breakfast or lunch.
So let me know what you think. I am happy to help.