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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...

Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Reviewed 31 July 2013

I recently organized a 3 night yoga retreat at this hotel. There were 15 of us in total. The manager Mauro did a wonderful job responding to emails promptly and efficiently. We stayed in the Junior suites and all the group were very happy with the rooms. The staff were very warm and friendly and worked hard to ensure that...

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

Hi, Thank you for your kind work. We are very happy to hear you and your group were attended nicely and warm, this is part of our mission, our manager always try to make sure our guest get a promptly and efficiently services. We have also a lot of areas with beautiful garden too, special for yoga retreat, beside our...

Boynton Beach, Florida
Reviewed 16 July 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights on our 12 day driving tour of Costa Rica. The location was great as we were able to drive to many different local beaches and the 4x4 we rented could go through the small rivers to some of the best beaches I have ever seen. The food at the hotel was good, but the...

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

Hi, Thank you for your comment, we really appreciated. The area around Dominical has beautiful beaches, like Playa Uvita, Playa Linda, Playa Dominicalito or Playa Ballena. We also are located between the Manuel Antonio Park and Marino Ballena Park, at this time of the year you are able to see dolphin and whale and driving can be approximately 20 minutes...

Kingston, Canada
Reviewed 13 July 2013

I stayed there as part of a 2-week Costa rica Explorer group trip - This was towards the end of the trip and not a usual booking for this type of trip but due to Easter weekend, everything else was booked in town. So i m putting 4 stars because the food at the restaurant was nice - you could...

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

Hello, Thank you for your helpful review. We try to offer the best services as we can, we are happy to hear that the Spa was appreciated. We do have also Superior room and Junior Suite with A/C and TV, they are nice and comfort a bit difference of the standard, but we are working just to give some changes...

Great Falls, Montana
Reviewed 9 July 2013

This a beautiful place to stay with attentive and caring staff. Due to bad weather at our previous lodging we had to move our reservations up one night for 4 rooms. The staff accommodated us, met us at arrival with refreshments and made sure our needs were attended to including special diet changes for 2 on our trip. The grounds...

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

Hi, Thank you for your kind comments. We do our best to make your stay as pleasant as possible. All the rooms have a patio, but the standard room is the only one with a relaxing hammock and our pool is big and nice, hope you enjoyed. We are happy to hear your arrival was helpful and attended. We are...

West Newbury, Massachusetts
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Comfortable, quiet location in Dominical. Good for R&R, but not if you like sand beach (but great for surfing). Our villas were mostly clean but in need of some updating. Pool in great shape and clean. Restaurant food and service excellent.

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

Hello! Thank you for your great comments. We are located between in the Costanera South Highway, right next to San Isidro, and Palmar Norte also. Regarding Dominical town, are many things to do, is not sand but for surfing it is perfect , and you are able to sit under in the beautiful almond trees that are on the whole...

Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 4 July 2013

This has been an amazing experience for my husband and I. Before we even arrived to Costa Rica I contacted the staff at this hotel and they were all very helpful and went out of their way to accommodate our needs. The villas are great, the pool is big, everything is clean, I mean everything was more then what we...

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

Hi, Many thanks for your terrific and wonderful comment. Here in this area is a lot of thing to do as much amazing experience as you did. We are very proud to hear you and your husband were attending nicely by our staff this is part of job, make sure our guests get help and be happy. We just been...

South Tampa, Florida, United States
Reviewed 3 July 2013

This is a gem of a place just up the road from Dominical. One may miss it if they did not know it's location. Beautiful grounds. Very courteous, attentive staff. It was quite a surprise to see, as Dominical is known as a surfing type location but here is Villas Rio Mar across the road from the quietly moving river...

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

Hi!!! Thank you so much for your kind comments. We really appreciate the way you describe our hotel location, Dominical is about 15 to 20 minute walking and driving at least 5 minutes. Our hotel Villas Río Mar is located in the rain forest by the Baru River. Is not really near to the beach, but there are a lot...

Heredia, Costa Rica
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Beautiful grounds, great service, clean place with lots to do. Do not recommend if you are depending on public transportation because the street that leads to it is a bit of a walk on rough terrain. The beaches and waterfalls in the surrounding areas are truly amazing! El hotel es hermoso, buen servicio, muy limpio con muchas cosas que hacer....

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

Thank you for your review. The main road of Dominical is indeed not one of the best roads of Costa Rica! Dominical is very good connected through public transportation. There are multiple bus stops in Dominical. The buses that stop there go to Uvita, San Isidro de El General and Quepos. There are also taxi’s available at the hotel and...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Tennis Court
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  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • 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: $118 - $195 (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
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
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“Try to get room on backside of the property.”
smny, 23 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All lovely!”
AngelaG842, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Book together and get rooms in the same building!”
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“Rooms to the back of the property seem to have more wildlife”
45galef, 30 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Check you have a room with A/C”
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