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Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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Why Stay At Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

This Costa Rican escape set in Alajuela, 100 miles north of San Jose, offers easy access to Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano National Park.

The Scoop

Costa Rica is filled with rainforest retreats, but only this traditional Tico property, 60 miles north of the small city of La Fortuna, is set just outside the 31,000-acre Tenorio Volcano National Park, with easy access to the pale blue water of Rio Celeste. The hotel comprises 26 cane-roofed casitas, all with brightly colored walls, canopy beds, and folk-art masks. Glass doors open onto balconies and private backyards, each with a stone-walled outdoor shower. Days are spent adventuring in the country's northern reaches, or lounging beside the curvilinear pool with a fruit-and-ice refresco, looking up into the canopy to spot tropical birds and the country's famous howler monkeys.

Insider Tips

In Costa Rica's northern region, July is usually a respite from the rainy season. It's a great time to visit the area without the crowds.

A few key items to pack: hiking boots, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and binoculars.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) which is approximately 60 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 90 minutes of travel time.

1 km South of Tenorio Volcano National Park, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Tropical Gardens
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor Jacuzzis
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Tours + Excursions (fee)
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Backyards
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Private Front Balconies
  • Jacuzzis
  • Plasma Cable TV
  • DVD/CD Players
  • iPod Stands
  • Internet Access
  • In-room Safes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Stocked Mini Fridges
  • Coffee Makers
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Swim-up Bar
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  • Rates are based on 2 people sharing; up to two additional people may share for an additional $70 per person per night
  • Rates based on the MAP plan, which includes breakfast and choice of lunch OR dinner each day
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature takes center stage at this rainforest setting outside Guanacaste, where the Rio Celeste cuts a 22-mile blue ribbon through forests of Ceiba trees, and the Arenal volcano and hot springs are just 60 miles away.

Don't Miss

Outdoor Excursion: Hike the 4.3-mile trail through Tenorio Volcano National Park, and be sure to stop at Los Teñideros, where two clear-water streams merge to form the Rio Celeste. Don't miss the 90-foot waterfall.
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Where to Eat: Though the hotel's al fresco Costa Rican restaurant, Kantala, serves three meals a day, don't miss lunch at Bijagua de Upala, 10 miles west of the hotel, for the signature empanadas.
Centro SN.
(506) 2466-8114

Where to Drink: The hotel's Luna Azul swim-up bar is the place for refrescos (chilled fruit juice made from papaya, passion fruit, or local melon).

Best Day Trip: Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, among the country's best bird-watching preserves, is located about a two-hour drive north of Rio Celeste, near the Nicaraguan border. Heliconia arranges boat tours and more.
(506) 2471-2096
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Why Go Now

July 25, 2012
Annexation of Guanacaste Day
Tico-style bullfighting, parades, and cocktails to celebrate Guanacaste.

September 15, 2012
Independence Day
Join in the nationwide parties and parades that commemorate Costa Rica's independence from Spain.

October 12, 2012
Fiesta del Maiz (Corn Fiesta)
A fiesta to honor the corn crop, complete with a costumed parade.
Upala, Alajuela.

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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