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Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Exceptional attention by the staff. A great place simply for R&R or an escapade. The place is great, very close to Dominical and very cool acommodations. I want to go back there, for sure! The environment is very nice with indoor/outdoor spaces and beautiful gardening spaces that surround the whole complex.

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

Hi, Thank you very much for your nice words, we really appreciate your feedback, we hope to see you back around here, actually our hotel is very close to many places, very beautiful and worth to visiting. We are very pleased that you liked our attention of our staff, we are here to serve you, as far as possible, then...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 October 2013

This is truly a beautiful property. The Villas are modern and clean with a fantastic patio to relax outside day or night. The pool is quite large which I love to swim laps. The food was fantastic. We found this place by accident while on a road trip to Panama and sure glad we did. I loved it! We will...

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

Dear Catty, Thank you very much for your sweet comments, initially were 40 rooms now we do have 52, with time by time we do a remodel and give them up grade, just to give more comfort to our customers. We are glad that you enjoyed our property, the pool and the food has been fantastic. Hopefully we would like...

Reviewed 2 September 2013

We called a couple of times to inquire about the lodge, but their response was unenthusiastic and gave us the feeling that they did not care much. When we arrived, we were greeted with the same cold treatment from before. We were not allowed to keep the remote control for the air conditioning and were told to call them every...

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

Dear Client Thank you for let us know your comments, our management and HR department work every day to improve our service. I would like to apologize for all the inconvenience. Villas Rio Mar is a sustainable eco lodge, and we do have some sustainable polices to save energy, that´s why our rooms have a button, where our guest can...

San Francisco, Heredia, Costa Rica
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Today we left the Rio Mar Resort after spending one night there. Great hotel situated on the bank of the Barù River near the town of Dominical. The hotel has a helpful bilingual staff and good restaurant. The breakfast buffet is excellent. Second day of my Relocation/Retirement tour

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

Dear Christophe H. Thank you for taking time to write this comment. We are very happy to see you once again. Very glad you enjoyed a relaxing time in our hotel. See you next time! Villas Rio Mar staff

San Vito, Costa Rica
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Thanks alot to the staff of Villas Rio Mar Hotel, for the excellent service, the food was delicious, beautiful rooms and finally a landscape to relax. Our weekend was unforgettable An excellent option to share with family and friends, is a safe and quiet place, surrounded by nature.

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

Dear guest Thank you for sharing such a nice comments. We are very happy to hear that your family and friends had an unforgotten weekend in Villas Rio Mar. We hope to see back soon. Best regards, Villas Rio Mar staff

New York City, New York
Reviewed 20 August 2013 via mobile

Nice place on a beautiful surf town. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Loved the outdoor kitchenette/living room outside every room. Breakfast was good but can definitely be better. We weren't introduce to any of the typico breakfast from Costa Rica.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your comment. We are happy to hear that you liked our place. Normally we serve breakfast buffet (only a few times a year we do not, because the occupation is extremely low) with many options and amongst them ´´gallo pinto´´ the typical Tico breakfast. We will make sure that once you come back...

Huntington Beach, California
Reviewed 17 August 2013

We stayed for two nights in the middle of August. I was traveling with my wife and five children ages 6 to 17. We rented two junior suites which were located near the rear of the complex. Before booking I had read other trip advisor reports regarding a musty smell in the bathroom, I was a little concerned about this...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your warm and extensive comments and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in Villas Rio Mar. For families our Junior suites are of course the best options, but – though smaller - the other room types are comfortable as well. For example the standard rooms have a bigger porch with a comfy...

Reviewed 11 August 2013

Stayed here for a couple of nights at the beginning of February 2013 on our return from Corcovado. Considering its a little off the beaten track the facilities are excellent. The room was clean, comfortable and most importantly, after 4 days in the rainforest, refreshingly cool. The restaurant is excellent and the pool and grounds are just beautiful.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your nice comment. Though surrounded by nature we are not of the beaten track. The hotel is on walking distance to the highway (costanera), the beach, and to the village. It’s a rough road to walk on, but it will get you there. We appreciate you liked your stay and hope to see you back...

Mountain Grove, Missouri
Reviewed 7 August 2013

Here is what I did like. The ladies at the front desk were nice and the woman who works in the tours information office was really helpful. The grounds are lovely and the house keeping does a nice job. I enjoyed a nice massage from the spa. Here is what I didn't like. Our A/C started making a clicking noise...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments. We try to provide the best services. We are happy to hear that the receptionists and the tour office did a good job. We understand everything was good except the Ravioli. Our staff is trained in flexibility, and in your case they offered you another plate without any charge, because our ravioli was...

San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 6 August 2013

We stayed at Villas Rio Mar end of July, 2013. Our room was a bit of a walk from the main facilities but very quiet, comfortable and clean. The grounds were well kept, dining was good and staff were excellent. My only issues for us were that there were a couple of large groups visiting and it got a bit...

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

Hi, Thank you so much for your nice work. We do have 52 room, Standard, Superior and Junior Suite and they are located and distributed by 13 bungalow, between beautiful and green garden, so glad was comfortable and clean, sorry about the inconveniences to bit of a walk from our main facilities, but we are very happy to hear our...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Tennis Court
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  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • 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: RM437 - RM713 (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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“Book together and get rooms in the same building!”
 of 5 bubbles sayshar2016, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms to the back of the property seem to have more wildlife”
 of 5 bubbles 45galef, 30 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Check you have a room with A/C”
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“Wifi is weak but best in the bar and pool areas.”
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“Definitely get a room with AC”
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