Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway
What We Love
- Plush canopy beds and flat-screen TVs
- Showering alfresco surrounded by tropical plants while breathing the fresh air of the Costa Rican highlands
- Private balconies overhanging the rain forest
- The spectacle of the aquamarine Rio Celeste running past the property
- Spacious luxury bungalows with bright, chic decor
- The hideaway has two handicap-accessible suites
- Free WiFi
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What To Know
- A 13 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The hotel is at the end of a two-mile dirt road (four-wheel-drive cars are recommended in the rain)
- The spa is not full service; at this time, treatments are offered in the spa pavilion
- This out-of-the-way retreat is far from restaurants, shopping and other amenities
- If it rains, the stunning blue of the Rio Celeste quickly turns to a muddy brown
- There are nature tours that leave from the Hideaway, but many are pricey and better accessed from tourist destinations farther south
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway in Rio Celeste, you’ll be on a river and convenient to Rio Celeste Waterfall. This 4-star resort is within the region of Miravalles Volcano.
Make yourself at home in one of the 26 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Your Select Comfort bed comes with down comforters. Rooms have private balconies. 23-inch plasma televisions with DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Treat yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 spa tubs, a lazy river, and bicycles to rent. This Art Deco resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a television in the lobby. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at the resort’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-in, and express check-out. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Rio Celeste Hideaway is an aptly named 4-5-star hotel that provides both resort relaxation and a jumping off point for exploring the natural attractions in the area. Not to mention the wildlife and the trails on property. We were lucky to have a 5-day stay to really get a feel for the place.
The casitas are well-appointed with coffee, refrigerator, extra seating, balcony and a nicely designed outdoor shower. Plenty of privacy and relaxing views of gardens and forests. The A/C unit does the job well and the remote control keeps it convenient for adjusting in the middle of the night. The low-point of the room is the mattress and linens which are more basic than typical for a 4-star. The mattress in our room would start out fine but by the middle of the night we had sunk into the middle.
The pool is beautiful. The constant temperature of the region combined with the generous pool hours and the pool adjacent jacuzzis —each covered by an umbrella— meant that we could enjoy the pool regardless of rain or our daily schedule. If you’re traveling during the low season, keep in mind the pool beverage service is a little sparse. No fault of the staff, they were eager to meet every order but some days they were assigned inside and had to come back out to the pool in turns and another day they had limited set-up at the pool bar and had to go back inside for ice anyway.
The restaurant and bar provided excellent food, beverages and service. There was enough variety to enjoy dinner there every night without boredom, but we also landed on a few favorites like the Tricolor Ceviche, Palm Salad and the Sirloin Medallion. Also enjoyed every dessert. The wine list is good if you’re buying by the bottle; by the glass was passable. Some have mentioned the high price of the restaurant. It’s true the prices are high for the area but still on par with most US cities. To be specific, on our trip the Palm Salad was $12USD and the Sirloin Medallion with Risotto was $26USD. Cocktails run around $9USD.
Every server in the restaurant and bar was excellent but Nelson is truly special. He was warm and personable on our first night and we enjoyed sharing stories with him.
The trail to the river provides plenty to explore and see. We happened to go when it was pouring rain so we didn’t see much bird or animal life but when it wasn’t raining we saw plenty of monkeys and birds in the forest surrounding the rooms and pool. And the little garden and bird feeder next to the restaurant provided us with a lot to see every breakfast and lunch!
Only one mishap as we departed. I asked the night before if bell service would be available at 6:15 am the next morning and the front desk clerk told me yes and that she’d be there at 6. But when we called the next morning for service we learned that it wasn’t available until 6:30, which is when we needed to be leaving. We normally wouldn’t mind taking our own luggage but given the rain and the distance from our room to the car, the bell service in the golf cart would have been very helpful.
Only thing we didn’t try was the spa.
We fully intend to visit again as a little “luxury” break during our next adventure to Costa Rica.
I stayed here for 3 nights and couldn't have asked for a better experience. The front desk and restaurant staff and were extremely friendly, responsive and helpful in recommending activities in the area. The pool, common areas and lobby (with games and a pool table, koi fish, etc.) are beautiful and well equipped. The room cleanliness was remarkable, particularly for being in the jungle. My room had a balcony that was basically in the jungle, and I got to see howler monkeys from the comfy chairs on the balcony. Also love the outdoor shower, but there's a really nice indoor one too if one so prefers. THANK YOU, Rio Celeste! I hope to visit again in the future!
The Rio Celeste Hideaway was sensational in every way. Beauty beyond words within this lux environment surrounded by breathtaking rainforest. We stayed 3 nights in a Forest View King bungalow. Everything about our stay from check-in to check-out was perfection. Our bungalow was huge, very private and spotless. Loved the souring bamboo ceiling, all the subtle artwork and the lovely blue moroccan light fixture that hung over the dreamy four-poster bed like a jewel. The bathroom was enormous with duel sinks and both indoor and outdoor shower options; SO cool! It is open concept so hopefully you are completely chummy with your traveling companion; luck would have it that I was :) The toilet is in a separate room with a door for privacy. We spent a lot of time on our private deck listening to the sounds of the forest; the critters are LOUD. Loved seeing the White Faced monkeys hanging out in the trees! WOW! All of the common area’s are beautiful and welcoming. The pool area is STUNNING and the gourmet restaurant did not disappoint. Impeccable service! Due to an injured knee I was not able to walk down the private trail to the beautiful blue Rio Celeste River (lots of stairs) but just a short 3 min drive from the main entrance you can park near the bridge for easy access to the river. Cannot say enough about this fantastic resort. It’s more beautiful than the pictures on TA and more beautiful that we could have imagined. We LOVED our time here.
Note: We arrived during the daylight from Playa Hermosa area. Personally we would NOT want to make the approximate 2 hour drive at night as once you leave Highway 1 the roads and the signage can be a bit tricky and its VERY dark. Just sayin…
If you want to stay in the rain forest and be completely surrounded by nature then this is the place to be. The rooms are huge (although poorly lit). I would have given a 5 star rating but the beds were horrible. I asked at the front desk if all the mattresses were the same in all the rooms and were told that all the rooms just received new mattresses. l can't believe how uncomfortable they were, very thin and extremely hard. The grounds were beautiful and the food was okay. Great place to just veg out. The outdoor shower was a pleasant surprise.
The name says it all. A beautifully landscaped smallish resort, consisting of just a couple dozen individual, elegant, private casitas, nicely spaced from one another among the trees. The public spaces are large, airy, and very well appointed, and the staff and service are excellent.
Food and drinks were first class, and portions very generous and beautifully presented. Among our other excellent meals we shared a NY steak that was one of the best we have ever had, perfectly fire grilled medium rare with chimichurri sauce on the side, yucca fries, and delicious grilled plantains. Followed by a coffee flan that was worth the trip on its own. Prices are very fair, too.
Everywhere you turn there are amazing tropical plants and flowers, and the property is home to countless bird varieties, howler and white faced monkeys, and myriad other small mammals and lizards. The pool was very peaceful and pleasant, with three adjacent hot tubs, each of which is kept at a different temperature so that you can slide from the pool into your choice of warm, toasty, or yow!
Totally great place in all respects.