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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

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

Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway
700 meter west of national park Tenorio
Rio Celeste, 21502 Costa Rica


4.5 Very Good 887 Reviews
Stay at this Hideway
Reviewed 6 days ago

The guard at the gate takes your name and called ahead. Waiting for you at check in are cold towels and juice, very welcoming and a perfect refreshments after a long drive.

The room and location is beautiful. The area and hotel are very quite. There is a cacophony of sounds from nature as we sit on the terrace overlooking the forest. The hotel and rooms are surrounded by greenery; it’s wonderful; it's like staying in a tree house.

The beds are comfortable; we slept very well. There is plenty of room to hang your things and spread out. The indoor shower is nice; I appreciate the outdoor shower. I had an issue with the A/C which was quickly resolved by the staff.

The breakfast is plentiful and the food is very good (fresh fruits, sausage, eggs, beans & rice, breads, etc.). We ate dinner at the hotels’ Kantala Restaurant twice and it was excellent; the ceviche, heart of palm salad, filet, fish, steak, etc. were all well seasoned,cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. Each plate was a price of art

The staff are accommodating and professional.

After a day of hiking, the pool, hot tub, and swim up bar were a welcome sight. Another refreshing idea is to walk down to the Rio Celeste via the hotel's private trail and take a dip; it’s refreshing.

The hotel staff is very nice and they look out for you. The front desk manager noticed our tire looked to be low on air and they volunteered to check the pressure and add air if necessary. I hopped in the car and followed as they led me to the hotel maintenance area where they connected and started the compressor, check the tire pressure in all tires (including the spare) and added air as necessary. This is 5-star service; they look out for you, which we appreciate.

-If you hike the Aernal Volcano, be sure to take plenty of water; it can get hot and humid and it you take a long hike, you’ll appreciate the hydration.
-Sand shoes are good for walking the trail to the Rio Celeste and to get grip in the rio.
-Eat dinner at their restaurant

We recommend you stay at the Rio Celeste Hideaway hotel

Truly a magical gem!
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to say, I was really looking forward to staying here because of all the fantastic reviews I had read. Guess what? They are true! This hideaway is simply magical. Upon arrival, you are greeted with fresh cold towels and a delicious fruit beverage! The receptionist was warm and humble. We were escorted to our bungalow via a golf cart and chipper man who stopped to show us where a momma and baby sloth were hanging out! What can I say, the interior and location of our bungalow (as I would call it/ #23) was simply divine. The photos don't do it justice. Honestly, the finishes are impeccable-, the interior: spotless, huge, beautiful, well laid out, peaceful and cozy. The indoor shower and bathroom was like a palace! There was even a separate toilet room. The outdoor shower-well, let's just say..."inspiring" if you get my drift! Ha ha! I said to my boyfriend-"mark my words, this room will go for $500 or more soon enough. (I work at a 5 star luxury hotel in Sedona, AZ and believe me-I understand what level of quality the Rio is is truly worth). We immediately went down to the Rio Celeste River via their trail. We were able to swim in it because it was not within the park boundaries which was advantageous. We enjoyed dinner and breakfast. Both the service and food were very good. The pool and (3) hot tubs were lovely! We were fortunate enough to have them all to ourselves! We loved this place so much we stayed until the very last minute-exploring more of the trail, taking pictures of the beautiful grounds and admiring a sloth and a coati from our deck. Our next destination, a tree house hotel, was great but I have to say I would have much rather stayed another night here. Two other things: it was the only place we stayed at (5) that we found without any problems! Huge kudos for the hotel providing accurate coordinates to plug into your GPS. The smell, as mentioned in other reviews, is real. And here is why I mention it...this place is so spectacular that eventually you get used to the odor and never mind it! Oh-oh! and they have firefly lights in one of the tall trees next to the restaurant. It was like the 4th of July for me! I absolutely loved this hotel. I almost wanted to ask them if they would hire me as their yoga instructor just so I can be there every day! THANK YOU RCHH!!! Muh!

"Worth the Trip, Awesome Hotel, Unforgettable Experience"
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently stayed at The Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel after my brother & sister in law were there for their 10th Year Wedding Anniversary months before. They completely fell in love with The Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel, making it a must on our Costa Rica Trip for both of our families to visit. While it was both my 1st time visiting Costa Rica & staying at The Rio Celeste Hotel, I totally understand why my Brother would want to return. From the moment that we arrived at the Hotel after having some difficulties with the car rental place, we were treated like royalty with their Welcome Drink, (which we all fell in love with it finding it so refreshing and just perfect!) although, we arrived before our rooms were ready the Hotel personal was more than kind to take our luggage’s for 8 people to our room so that we can go on our 1st hiking stop to Parque Nacional Volan Tenerio. Once, we returned from our amazing hike & seeing the beautiful waterfall, it was great to find our luggage’s already in our rooms just waiting for us. Our room was the Frost View which was just perfect! Priceless outside feel & view to it as well, so nice to have so much walking space, the garden outside shower was just a great touch. We all wanted to relax and take it easy that we went to explore the evening in the hotel finding something for everyone to do. My teenage sons were thrilled with both the pool area (which was so nice to see at night) & the gaming area. While they were enjoying their time there, the adults headed to the Bar area. Once, at the Bar Area we just had to ask about the drink we were served upon our arrival after asking the Bartender Nelson, we learned it was called the “Welcome Drink”. He was more than happy to do the drink for us since we were so pleased with it since our arrival. The Bar area had a cozy relaxing feel to it that we stayed the remainder of the night there. Nelson was more than helpful in taking my boys their drinks to the game room. Since, we were there for a while he surprised us with making several drinks as we all talked to him about our plans while In Costa Rica as well his suggesting’s for places to visit on our next trip. After a long day ending it at the bar was just wonderful and with the Bartender Nelson was even more nice & relaxing way to end our night. The following morning we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast having some many choices to eat each station was just full of options. The view of having animals eating at nearby trees was so nice. We were all pleased to have Nelson the bartender as part of the breakfast crew and nice to see a familiar friendly face as we were leaving the hotel. Overall staying at Rio Celeste Hideaway was just amazing experience and great part of our Costa Rica Trip! That we will all be returning to make more family memories. I highly would recommend you make your way to a great Hotel! Pura Vida!! @-.-@.

Very Nice Hotel - Private Access To Rio Celeste is Cool
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall a very nice hotel with beautiful grounds, clean/spacious rooms, VERY comfortable bed and a great nights sleep! The pool and heated Jacuzzi are nice as well!

Pros: The staff are all very friendly and they greet you by name everyday - Ever was the main guys name and he was very nice. The hotel has a private trail leading down to Rio Celeste where you can swim in the beautiful water and enjoy the river (you can't even swim in the national park - stupid government rules!). We had a small issue concerning a massage we got that was not a fault of the masseuse but had something to do with construction on the spa building while having the massages that made it impossible to relax - after speaking with the front desk they resolved the issue ASAP better than I expected and because of that I have much respect for them.

Cons: While the rooms are beautiful, clean, and spacious they really need to do something about the musty smell in the rooms. I understand it is located in a humid cloud forest but this could be handled by them turning on the A/C and running it with the windows open for a few hours before our scheduled check in. By doing this the room would have been very welcoming and not smelly - this is just a suggestion. The free breakfast in the mornings was not very good - however all of the other meals lunch/dinner bought at the restaurant were very good!

I plan to go back to this hotel during the low season when prices are lower as it was a lovely place.

Awesome place
Reviewed 1 month ago

Beautiful, relaxing , unforgettable experience . Few minutes walking distance to river and hike in national park. Great service, facility . Relaxing atmosphere, private . I loved shower outside, that was my favorite thing in the accomodations . Hotel has a special place for Yoga practice, where you can have your own practice, mats are available at the front desk.