Fodor's Expert Review Villas Río Mar

Off main hwy. into town, 1 km (½ mile) west of Dominical, Dominical, Puntarenas, 11909, Costa Rica

This upscale yet very affordable resort hotel, with two pools, spa, and tennis courts is upriver from Dominical beach on exquisitely landscaped grounds filled with orchids, bougainvillea, and hibiscus. It's especially popular with families, with a playground, minigolf, and four family rooms with kitchens and two double bedrooms. Superior rooms all have a/c. The newer junior suites have king-size beds, cable TV, and air-conditioning—a must, because those cabinas bake in the sun. Every room has a private porch screened with mosquito netting and furnished with chairs or hammocks, a small fridge, and a sink. Plants and elegant table settings fill the thatch-roof restaurant, notable for its excellent seafood at reasonable prices. The outstanding breakfast buffet is also open to nonguests ($8). A huge, luxurious pool has a swim-up bar and handsome teak pool furniture.

PROS

  • huge pool
  • lovely grounds
  • excellent restaurant

CONS

  • some rooms lack air-conditioning and TV
  • 15-minute walk to the main beach
  • children can be noisy in pool
  • rate does not include tax

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
FamilyGreen
Casual
Near the beach
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2787–0052

HOTEL DETAILS

52 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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