Fodor's Expert Review El Castillo

Calle Perezoso, off Costanera Hwy,, Ojochal, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

With perhaps the most spectacular ocean view on the Costa Ballena, this modern "castle" is a luxury boutique hotel with six ultra-chic guest quarters with private terraces. Along with the million-dollar view of a shimmering infinity pool melding into ocean from the lounge terrace, there's a guests-only deck, cantilevered off the hotel's cliffside, with private cabanas, a whirlpool, and a stylish bar. There are exquisite design touches everywhere in this modern, honey-colored castle. The two palatial suites have huge contemporary bathrooms, king-size poster beds, and a tasteful smattering of one-of-a-kind side tables, chairs, bibelots, and art. Four smaller double rooms sport the same design touches, three with ocean views and one tucked away in the hotel garden. The restaurant is breezy by day and romantic at night. Apart from lounging and enjoying the views indoor and out, guests can swim laps in the long infinity pool. Keep binoculars handy since the birding in and around the hotel is excellent. Early in the morning and at sunset, pairs of scarlet macaws perform a fly-past.


  • million-dollar view
  • high design
  • luxury accommodation
  • scenic pool with room to swim laps


  • some noise from trucks on nearby Costanera
  • stairs to ocean-view rooms and guest deck


Near the beach


Phones: -2786–5543-hotel | 214-329–9866-U.S.


2 suites, 4 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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