What We Love
- Therapeutic thermal river and three toasty resort pools with swim-up bars
- Sustainable modern architecture blends local hardwood, caña brava and steel
- Thoughtful staff members drop off homemade cookies at turn-down time
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What To Know
- Bungalows are small and somewhat close together, in keeping with nature reserve regulations
- The spa and restaurant complex opened in August 2012, the cabins in December 2013
- In rainy season the property is lush. Come January, trees go bare and the canyon appears
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
To arrive at Rio Perdido is to confront prickly cacti, curious volcanic rock formations and vibrant native trees with delicate red flowers. These natural elements are embraced by the towering, open-air welcome rotunda, which doubles as the spa and restaurant complex and frames the landscape in glistening steel and teak. Cowhide stools, colorful statuettes and avant-garde booths resembling pipe organs lend some flair to an otherwise understated scene.
Bed and Bath
A short walk from the main building, 20 posh little bungalows are huddled together, each propped on stilts to preserve the foliage. Each one features a large balcony with a hammock, a bright accent wall (to match the splash of color on the exterior walls) and colorful throw pillows. The plush white beds are divine, and trundle beds can accommodate a third person. On the walls, framed photographs of trees hang alongside 42-inch TVs and powerful air-conditioning units. The bathrooms are small but adequate, though the hot water is sometimes delayed.
The new chef at Rio Perdido is young and likes to experiment, but you’d never guess it from sampling his mouthwatering pineapple surf-and-turf dish. The ever-expanding menu also includes free breakfast, a wide selection of cocktails (try the mojito with fresh mint) and lots of protein-heavy dishes to satiate après-adventure appetites. The mountain-biking trails are a rush as long as you aren’t a beginner (in which case don’t even think about it). The less extreme canopy tour involves ziplining, canyoning and a Tarzan swing finale, and there are lovely hiking trails, a hanging bridge and a lookout platform. Days conclude with a soak in the toasty, secluded river and a treatment at the spa, which offers five well-practiced massages.
In the Area
Rio Perdido is tucked into a region that is as undiscovered as it gets in Costa Rica. Despite the lack of infrastructure, guests who wander are rewarded. Nearby Las Hornillas offers mud baths and tours of volcanic craters and fumarole sites. About an hour north, the provincial capital of Liberia features colonial architecture and some excellent new restaurants, including the Liberia Café. And between Rio Perdido and Liberia, intrepid travelers may stumble on the dirt road leading to the Llanos de Cortez waterfall, a dramatic cascade and an ideal spot for picnicking and swimming. For those looking for something totally off the wall, there’s Africa Mia, a unique safari experience just south of the capital.
How to Get There
We spent 4 days at Rio Perdido Hotel and it was short! We stayed in a bungalow with a large modern room , 2 double queen confy-beds, and the best feature : an outdoor rain shower with great amount of pressure! We were surprised that the walls and curtains were black , but the magic started when we opened the curtains and the windows, from the ceiling through the floor, offered us an amazing view from the rainforest. We felt as being inside the rainforest with A/C! Food was delicious ...we could also had launch by the pool ...and the complementary breakfast buffet was magnificent, specially the selection of fresh fruit. The hotel offered us walks to a river with thermal waters, hiking trails , a suspension bridge and zip-line adventure. Three pools with different temperatures at the hotel were great, special mention that we could see several monkeys playing in the trees. The views are outstanding! The staff was friendly and helpful, and make sure to treat yourself with a spa massage...it was amazing! We would highly recommend Rio Perdido Hotel in Costa Rica!
Having just spend three nights in Rio perdido the hotel is not quite the finished article.
The food is excellent, location beautiful and the concept original.
To turn itself into a truely great hotel there are some basic improvements:
- Produce a detailed map of the trails, none of the staff could advise us where route 16 goes!
- improve the initial greeting, we were greated and checked out by a quite obnoxious individual. He told us nothing about the resort and kept us waiting while he was on his phone
- have a happy hour or a an opportunity to purchase alcohol at a reasonable price. $8 dollars for half a pint is too much. As there is no option to go elsewhere you are at the mercy of the hotel prices. Btw the bar staff where all great fun especially alexandro
- entertainment in the evening is non existent
- $60 to hire a mountain bike is way too much.
There is much to love about this hotel and at £170 per night can you expect everything to be spot on?
Having just come from el Silencio lodge and spa at £230 per night the difference was vast
My wife and I are seasoned travelers to Costa Rica, on this last trip me stayed at Rio Perdido, definitely the best hotel-resort we have been at in CR. The accommodations were fantastic, the views from our room were breath taking. The staff was extremely helpful and attentive to our needs. We enjoyed the guided walks and hikes as well as the Spa and massages.
The food was consistently delicious ans well presented.
We will not hesitate in going back, hopefully soon.