Fodor's Expert Review Villa Deevena

25 m off main road that runs through Playa Negra; watch for Villa Deevena sign, Playa Negra, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Although most travelers visit this out-of-the-way spot for its famed French restaurant by the same name, Deevena is equally gaining renown for its hospitable staff and elegant rooms that surround a pool. Under exposed-beam ceilings, king-size beds rest on polished cement floors with L-shaped lounges large enough for two extra beds on request. Double glass doors open onto front patios with Adirondack chairs overlooking a saltwater pool. Outdoor showers add a touch of luxury, as do the welcome cocktails, in-room massages (by reservation), and gourmet meals prepared by chef Patrick Jamon. Rates are reasonable and service is outstanding at this family-run hotel named for the child the owners have sponsored for years. Rooms are void of TVs so bring a book and prepare to unplug.

PROS

  • excellent restaurant
  • saltwater pool
  • family-run business

CONS

  • outdoor showers attract bugs
  • not on the beach
  • breakfast not included

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Romantic
Intimate
Near the beach
Casual Chic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2653–2328

HOTEL DETAILS

6 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Sept. and Oct., No meals

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