Fodor's Expert Review El Castillo

C. Perezoso, off Costanera Hwy., Ojochal, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

With one of the most spectacular ocean views on the Costa Ballena, this modern "castle" is a luxury boutique hotel with nine ultrachic guest quarters with private terraces. Along with a million-dollar view of a shimmering infinity pool melding into the ocean from the lounge terrace, there are exquisite design touches everywhere in this modern, honey-color castle. Three 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. Smaller double rooms sport the same design touches, three with ocean views and one tucked away in the hotel garden. "Spa Suites" 8 and 9 have ocean views, Jacuzzi tubs, and more privacy than the other suites. The restaurant is breezy by day and romantic at night. 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
  • luxury accommodation
  • scenic pool with room to swim laps


  • some noise from trucks on nearby Costanera
  • no children under 16
  • overpriced restaurant


Near the beach


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


9 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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