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We were very lucky to choose El Castillo as our home away from home for our first trip to Costa Rica. It is probably one of the best small luxury hotels we've ever stayed in.
Everything from the little details in the hotels' interior to...More
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Response from Scott D, Manager at El Castillo HotelResponded 30 March 2017
Hosting your family was a true delight. Both times! And making your special event even more special was a pleasure. We look forward to your return. Our best to your family.
From the moment you walk through the front doors there is nothing, you are treated as the most important person. All the staff are simply incredible. Scott the manager of the 7 room boutique hotel will do anything for you and his staff is by...More
The chef came to our table, explained the menu to us. He was right on. The best dinner my wife and I had in Costa during our month long stay in CR. The chef new his stuff, the owner came by to say hello, and...More
We just returned from our second trip to El Castillo. My wife and I had such a great time last year that we had to return with the family this year. Scott, the hotel's General Manager and his staff (Herson, Carlos, Pablo, Daniella, Dariele, Gerald,...More
I just returned from a week long stay at El Castillo, and can't say enough positive things about this beautiful resort!! When we arrived on Friday night, we were immediately welcomed by the staff. Every day, we enjoyed the most delicious breakfast - highly recommend...More
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Refrigerator in room
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US$232 - US$541 (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.