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Rio Celeste Hideaway

Liberia, CC, Costa Rica (LIR)

Room rates from:
$99 $58
Per Adult Nightly
Hotel + Flight from
Starting from:
$1,349 $1,089
Per Guest for 5 Nights
Based on 711 reviews
Hideaway Resort in the Secluded Rain Forest!
Style: Authentic Rainforest Experience!
Room & Rates
Casitas Standard - Rio Celeste Hideaway - 2

Casitas Standard

Starting from
$99 $58
Per Adult Nightly
Equipped for up to 3 people with two queen beds, balcony and private patio with outdoor shower. There is a choice of 1 king size bed or 2 Queen size bed.
Fantastic Accommodations
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Daily Continental Breakfast included in rate
  • Jacuzzi
  • Cable, LCD TV, DVD/CD Player
  • iPod Dock
  • Safe- Laptop Capacity
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Bathroom with Hot Water
  • Minibar
  • Coffee Maker
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Casitas Suite - Rio Celeste Hideaway - 1

Casitas Suite

Starting from
$124 $73
Per Adult Nightly
Equipped for up to 2 people with a King size bed. Two Queen beds are also available where 3 people can stay. The room has a balcony and private patio with outdoor shower.
Fantastic Accommodations
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Jacuzzi
  • Cable, LCD TV, DVD/CD Player
  • iPod Dock
  • Safe -Laptop Capacity
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Bathroom with Hot Water
  • Minibar
  • Coffee Maker
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Rio Celeste Hideaway
700m After the entrance to Tenorio Volcano National Park and Rio Celeste Waterfall, Liberia, Costa Rica Guanacaste


Rio Celeste Hideaway is a small resort-style and ecologically-oriented hotel that supplies a truly unique Rainforest experience, situated next to the Volcan Tenorio National Park.

Why Stay Here

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Concierge Service
  • 24-Hour Front Desk 

Resort Details

In a hidden rain forest, next to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste Hideaway Resort has opulent bungalows with a hot tub and a plasma TV. This resort also includes an outdoor pool.

Accommodation Details

The air-conditioned bungalows of Rio Celeste Hideaway are decorated with warm colors, parquet floors, and elegant wood furniture. All bungalows have an iPod stand, free Wi-Fi, and a private backyard with an outdoor shower.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Kantala has been created to offer an  exclusionary dining experience with open walls enclosed by lavish tropical plants and flowers. Kantala Restaurant provides three meals each day and treats you with delicious flavor fusing Costa Rican classic ingredients with an International flair. The restaurant provides a la carte International and National cuisine along with wonderful service characterized by the curteousness and helpfulness of the best of their staff.

For the Family

Rio Celeste`s Hideaway Resort offers a tour desk that organizes various activities, such as horseback riding, bird watching, rafting, biking, and hiking. Guests can also visit the Palo Verde National Park, the Rio Celeste waterfall, and the Arenal Volcano.

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Breakfast Room
  • Cafe
  • Coin Operated Laundry (+)
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Complimentary Use of Bathrobe
  • Concierge Desk
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Currency Exchange
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Movie Rentals
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Breakfast
  • Guest Activity Desk
  • Handicap Services
  • Horseback Riding (nearby) (+)
  • Kiddie Pool
  • Kids Stay Free (Based on Age)
  • Lounge/Bar (+)
  • Massage Services (+)
  • Medical Services (+)
  • Mountain View
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Public Internet Access
  • Restaurant (+)
  • Room Service (+)
  • Safe Deposit at Front Desk
  • Secured Parking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Wedding Services (+)
  • Widescreen TV
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 711 reviews
from Bristol, United Kingdom
Submitted on 13-05-2016
After long trek to the amazing Rio Celeste and its waterfall we arrived at his haven of peace and tranquillity. We were greated by refreshing mint infused cold towels and a delicious cocktail as Felix checked us in with the typical Costa Rican warmth and hospitality. The lodge we stayed in (number 17 of 26) was amazing, spacious clean, tastefully furnished with a veranda which faced the rainforest at just above ground level so we could watch the wildlife - including a cute white faced coati who ... Read more
from Portland, Oregon
Submitted on 14-05-2016
The hotel was comfortable, clean, lush grounds. Felt like staying in a little piece of paradise. Close to national park. Fun to swim in the river nearby. Fantastic pool. Food was good although as expensive as any resort in Hawaii.
from Salt Lake City, Utah
Submitted on 22-05-2016
This place is FANTASTIC. My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights so we could hike the Rio Celeste (beautiful!!) and visit Arenal. The staff is super helpful and over the top courteous. It's almost a little freaky how good the service is at this hotel. The rooms are very nice and clean. They are all bungalos which is a very nice touch. Our room had a porch that opened up into the forest where we watched for monkeys (yes, they are there!). It also had a cool outdoor shower (and an indoor o... Read more
from Elkton, Maryland
Submitted on 23-05-2016
This is our first , hopefully not the last , trip to COSTA RICA. We started in the QUARANCASTE region . By staying in the RIO CELESTE than moving to the LOS PINOS and , finally , finishing our adventure in the BOSQUE DEL MAR. HOT and HUMID but we loved every minute of it. We stayed with the best in laws anyone could hope for. We tried so many different things that we literally fell in bed by 900pm each nite. The nite trip into the jungle was really neat. We hiked the mountains by day and the ... Read more
Submitted on 25-05-2016
Getting to the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel was an adventure, but once we arrived, we were enchanted. We received a green-season discount of 50% and took one of their suites, with polished mahogany furniture and floors, an outdoor garden shower, and a private balcony in the jungle. We took advantage of the guided tour of Rio Celeste and the spa treatments, as well as the pool and restaurant. The resort was quiet and a little understaffed, which meant that one bartender was trying to cover the lo... Read more
Submitted on 27-05-2016
Had a wonderful stay at Rio Celeste, this hotel knows what customer service means and makes everyone feel welcome. The location is less than a mile from the Tenorio national park, and they have their own small hiking train on the premise which is really the cherry on top. You are required to drive through a dirt road to get to this place, but well worth it. Will def be coming back, one of my favorite spots in all of Costa Rica!!!
from Tampa, Florida
Submitted on 01-06-2016
This hotel is worth all of the bumps once you arrive!! The drive to get here is one of the bumpiest we've ever experienced. The setting is gorgeous, the bungalows are huge and comfy. Nice, plentiful included breakfast. Dinner was good, too. Staff are very nice and accommodating. We hiked to the Rio Celeste entrance from the hotel. FYI, If it's been raining, the trail within the park will be very muddy. Don't miss the hotels' trek on property....easy to do on your own, is quiet and not crowde... Read more
from Saint Louis, Missouri
Submitted on 01-06-2016
Beautiful lobby, grounds, and room. Cannot say enough about the atmosphere. They have a path to Rio Celeste that is very convenient. Only complaint is that the food was very disappointing. It was quite expensive for CR prices. Our dinner was $140 and the only things that tasted good were the beer and the coffee. The fish was not fresh (I mean VERY not fresh), and the steak was completely charred (we requested medium). I am hopeful that the poor food quality is due to our being there during... Read more
from Canada
Submitted on 06-06-2016
Well if you made it here safely then kudos. The road coming in makes you question the area, but we can tell you it's worth the hassle! The room was clean and the bathroom was really beautiful and big. We had a giant tub in our room and an outdoor shower which was amazing. One of our favourite things about our room was the walk out balcony with views of the rainforest. The hotel staff said that sometimes monkeys will come right to the porch which we were excited about. If you came here for the Ri... Read more
Submitted on 07-06-2016
Where do I start?... The road that leads to this hotel is a complete disaster! to say the least, but I will admit that it lends itself to the Costa Rican nature experience. My strongest suggestion to anyone visiting any part of Costa Rica is "rent a 4x4 vehicle" and if you pick a SUV make sure it has a diesel engine as diesel is much better on gas and cheaper in Costa Rica. I could not imagine driving to this hotel without my Toyota Prado rental from Budget, which gave me a 6 day rental for $193... Read more
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 14-06-2016
After an interesting drive, we arrived! We were staying in Guanacaste at an all-inclusive resort and decided to stay here one night for its location. I stumbled upon the hotel on Google and it was the best decision of our trip! As others have mentioned, the roads getting to the hotel are certainly not something we were used to, but that made for a fun adventure (and seeing some great views)! I would certainly advise you to use a vehicle with 4x4 to get there. Upon arrival, the gentleman at t... Read more
from Huntington, New York
Submitted on 20-06-2016
We stayed here for two nights and really enjoyed our experience. The rooms are huge with an amazing outdoor shower. The pool area is beautiful. I recommend walking down the path to the river - it is really lovely down there. We did the hike to the waterfall and were lucky that the rain stayed away so that the river was bright blue. The food is pricey but is well-prepared. As other reviewers have noted, the road in from Bijagua is really rough - you need to allow at least 1/2 hour to get to... Read more
Submitted on 27-06-2016
What a breathtaking place. This hotel will take your breath away. The staff are amazing and friendly, the grounds are perfectly manicured, and the suites are clean and beautiful. By far one of the nicest places I've every stayed. And this doesn't even begin to capture the beauty of Rio Celeste and the waterfall...
from San Jose, Costa Rica
Submitted on 29-06-2016
The hotel and staff are amazing. The rooms are super big and confortable, it has everything that you will need and a very nice swimming pool. Also it has a small trail that will take you to the river and it is very well maintained. The national park is just minutes away.
from Michigan
Submitted on 30-06-2016
We stayed here for 2 nights last week. I was very excited to arrive because of the excellent reviews. The last few miles of the road are rough, but not prohibitive. Just go slow and you will be fine. The hotel itself is lovely, just like the pictures. The grounds are beautiful and the path to the river is gorgeous. Upon arrival, we were given a welcome drink and sat down at the desk. The young woman handed us a paper with a list of tours, passed over our paperwork and said basically 'initial her... Read more
from houston
Submitted on 06-07-2016
This hotel is off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. The hotel grounds are beautiful and full of flower gardens. As soon as you walk into the hotel lobby, you see a huge Koi pond with a waterfall. The rooms are large and comes with an outdoor shower which was awesome. We had a monkey visit our balcony one morning. You can hike to the Rio Celeste river directly from the property....about 20-30 minutes. The restaurant staff were wonderful and the breakfast was incredible. Very nice a... Read more
from Escazu, Costa Rica
Submitted on 18-07-2016
My children and I stayed at this amazing hotel during the 'green season' for a mid week get away! It is about 1km from the rio Celeste waterfall in the Tenorio national park. It is true that the road to the hotel is a bit rough, but we did see many regular cars making their way up -- our 4x4 was a nice to have though. I think it would be necessary to have to get to the falls though! The hotel was very nice as was the staff. The river trail at the hotel is a perfect short hike to do with kids. Ev... Read more
Submitted on 21-07-2016
Just under two hours from Arenal. We made the effort to see Rio Celeste waterfall and booked one night at the Hideaway Hotel. The last 12 km of the road up to the hotel were rough but worth every bit of the way. Although we are traveling as a family we would include this as one of the most romantic places ! The hotel has a private trail (20 min walk) to the Celeste river where you can swim and enjoy this unbelievable place up in the mountains. It also has a great pool with three hot tubs (ea... Read more
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 24-07-2016
The rooms, peaceful and remote location, and genuinely friendly and accommodating staff make this worth the trek. And the road will be done soon! Come here, stay here- take it all in. While we were there everyone became like family. A four night stay turned into nine because my daughter with a unique medical condition got a classic toddler throat infection and everyone went above and beyond. And say hello to Marilyn when you are there- she is absolutely lovely and the best front-desk employe... Read more
from Tucson, Arizona
Submitted on 09-08-2016
This was our last stop after having been to Tamarindo and La Fortuna. It was amazing. The road is a little rough but that makes it an adventure. The staff and grounds are beautiful and well kept. The room, however, was our favorite. It was extremely large for just the two of us and the balcony literally is in the middle of the rain forest. The first day we arrived it was sunny so we headed down to the hotel's private trail to the river. It was absolutely amazing! We couldn't take enough pictures... Read more
from Santa Cruz, California
Submitted on 10-08-2016
A wonderful place to stay! Excellent rooms, great location, surrounded by nature, the staff was most helpful and graceful. Do not miss the hike to Teñidero in the Tenorio National Park and do jump in the Rio Celeste trail on the Hideaway property. Rooms were quite the treat. We are coming back!
Submitted on 13-08-2016
********this is important******** I could write a review about how amazing the room was, or the grounds, or the staff, or even the food but after countless paragraphs of compliments to ever single aspect of our stay you would probably stop reading after the first paragraph. So, for both of our sakes... Stay here! It is the most gorgeous, private, hidden gem of a resort (it's no boutique hotel as advertised) in all of Costa Rica. Okay, to be completely "nit picky" the roads getting to it are in... Read more
from Hicksville, New York
Submitted on 01-09-2016
this is a very small hotel that affords world class service. The entire staff is very welcoming and they take pride in their service. The hotel grounds itself are very nice, draped with lush plant vegetation. The rooms themselves are spacious and have all amenities like safe, laundry service, a balcony, and an outdoor shower. The beds are not very comfortable to be honest. The mattress is thin and firm. Also, it is no fault of the hotel, but be prepared for incredibly humid feeling in the... Read more
Submitted on 05-09-2016
We stayed at the hotel for one night so we could hike up to Rio Celeste. I would recommend staying here at least 2+ days and taking the guided hike to Rio Celeste. The staff here is very very friendly and welcoming... we absolutely loved Gustavo. The rooms were very clean, the jungle shower was cool and the food was great. Most definitely going back and taking the kids to see all the nature.
from USA
Submitted on 06-09-2016
Getting there: We took the challenging path, through 7 miles or so of rough roads. It's doable with an SUV and I've seen a couple of normal cars attempt. What's challenging is not so much the steepness of the road but rather there are a lot of large rocks sticking out. I wouldn't attempt this road in a normal car, but I think technically it's probably doable. There's also a longer and easier path to get to the hotel (check the hotel website for directions.) The river: We went to the park first... Read more
from Calexico, California
Submitted on 07-09-2016
I was very happy with our stay at Rio Celeste Hideaway. The service was great, the staff was friendly and very helpful. I would definetly recommend this great and beautiful hotel. We had the oppurtunity to reserve a hotel personnel to pick us up at the airport who was very friendly and out going (Eddy). He took us to the hotel and even though it was a long drive he made it short with his knowlegde of the area and his positive and outgoing attitude. Once we arrived the hotel was beautiful. Right ... Read more
Submitted on 08-09-2016
All of the hotel staff were very attentive and friendly. Romantically tucked away in the rainforest, including a private walkway to Rio Celeste, and free amazing breakfast made this one of our top picks to return to.
from San Jose, California
Submitted on 28-09-2016
Really close to the park entrance, with a private trail to the famous light-blue river, and with fabulous facilities, this is the place to spoil yourself when visiting the area. Rooms are spacious and nicely decorated, with an outdoor shower and a hot tub, and the pool area is really nice. Staff is very attentive and food is good, though a bit on the expensive side. Totally worth the rough drive there.
from Denver, Colorado
Submitted on 07-10-2016
The only reason for 4 stars is the price of the drinks. I think they could be a little cheaper. Most expensive beers i paid for in Costa Rica. The food was great and the rooms were very nice. I enjoyed the pool also. All of the servers were very good. Very close to park and also has a nice easy hike to the blue river water on property.
Submitted on 09-10-2016
We spend two nights at this hotel, and enjoyed very much. The plus that it is secluded and quiet, very close to nature, with great facilities - a big swimming pool with 3 hot pools attached to it, a spacious room with an outside shower (very cool) and a mini bar. The hotel has a main area where you can sit, enjoy a cup of coffee and read a book). I think what really stood out was the quality of the service and the amazing food they serve at the restaurant there - they offer a la carte menu for... Read more
Submitted on 09-10-2016
We recently spent 3 nights at Rio Celeste Hideaway because I am planning on having my wedding there next June and wanted to scope it out before committing. This place is gorgeous from the second you pull up to the front guarded gate! They meet you with towels and a fresh welcome drink before shuttling you to your amazing room. The rooms are huge not just big but huge. I admit they do smell a little musty t first but it fades fast. There is a pool with 3 hot tubs. They offer massage which I... Read more
from New Brunswick, Canada
Submitted on 10-10-2016
We arrived late at night at the Hideaway Lodge - don't recommend a late arrival as the roads are pretty rough, but the welcome we received was worth every minute of every bump! The lodges were superbly equipped and very comfortable and roomy. Unfortunately for us we only booked one night just to see the Rio Celeste, if we had had more time we would have definitely booked more. The lodge had super grounds to walk round and its own hike down to the river. The food was amazing and it would be diff... Read more
from San Jose, Costa Rica
Submitted on 13-10-2016
This place is amazing!! From San Jose the trip is about 4 hours and the roads are very curvy. My girlfriend felt a bit sick on the way, it's not an easy drive, but it's worth it. Also, I recommend a 4WD car. The last section of road to the hotel is not paved and I imagine in rainy season it might be a bit tough. You can do it with 2WD, but definitely need an SUV. You'll punish a car with lower clearance. The first thing you notice as soon as you pull-in and park your car is the level of attentio... Read more
from Colon, Panama
Submitted on 24-10-2016
Everything was very nice about this place except no WIFI in our room. The place was gorgeous The staff was excellent. Google maps took us down the 11k VERY, VERY rocky road. There is a much better way (only 4k of much less rocks). Take route 6 all the way to the town of Upala and head south on Route 4. You come to an intersection (road not on Gooogle maps) next to a soccer field on your left. Turn R at the intersection and drive the 4 K to the hotel. Although a longer distance the time is... Read more
from Paignton
Submitted on 31-10-2016
The rooms were unbelievable (in a very good way). The staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities spotlessly clean. We were part of a small tour, and I believe everyone enjoyed their stay at Rio Celeste Hideaway. We really enjoyed the night chorus of frogs on the way back to our casita from the restaurant.
from Wilton Manors, Florida
Submitted on 12-11-2016
I found this place through a groupon and booked it almost immediately. I did my research and read the reviews and found everything to be very true. The staff was excellent, extremely accommodating and make you feel like family. The grounds are incredible, you can't ask for a better hideaway around, nothing else compares. It is about 3.5-4 hours from San Jose with multiple routes. We had a bridge closed on our trip and had to find another route. Our car had a portable wi-fi in it so we were abl... Read more
Submitted on 15-11-2016
The Rio is as blue as it looks you won't be disappointed!! The hotel rooms as just wonderful and we found the 'outdoor' shower an experience. We stayed here during the Easter hols and it was a quiet week for them but all the better for us! Food was amazing tasty local spicy or plain. Service was fantastic especially our waiter Graby The tour of the volcano as organidb sed by Pura Aventura was perfect. Just our family and a very friendly and knowledgeable young guide who went at our pace and t... Read more
from Vancouver, Canada
Submitted on 15-11-2016
Good hotel, good food (expensive), good pool, room just ok needs work, bed below average but looks nice, view sub par for area, Rio Celeste just ok hotel didn't utilize a view in that direction, restaurant had no view. Hotel provided transportation service was a crappy old Van, Good relaxing spot in the jungle to view wildlife we saw lots of toucans and monkeys.
from Boerne, Texas
Submitted on 16-11-2016
My husband and I came here for our anniversary trip and were very impressed. We had a suite in our room was enormous. Gorgeous bright colors and dark wooden furniture, a balcony overlooking the jungle and an unbelievably awesome outdoor shower. The AC worked great, the hot and cold water never had issues, room service and staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I had a massage at the spa and enjoy that thoroughly, my husband and I had drinks at the pool one evening and that was relaxing. We di... Read more
from Vienna, Virginia
Submitted on 17-11-2016
This charm of a "Hideaway" is wonderful. I booked 2 rooms for my husband and I and our friend who was visiting us from the US. It was charming. The staff was fantastic & the food in the restaurant was amazing for both breakfast and dinner. Our rooms were very romantic and very peaceful. The swim up bar was not open as it was the rainy season but they did come to the pool to serve us drinks and appetizers ??? My husband and I will definitely go back for a romantic weekend sometime ??? or plan t... Read more
from Beaumont, California
Submitted on 18-11-2016
If you love the outdoors, are into the small details, and want a place to relax in the heart of adventure - this is YOUR spot! My husband and I stayed in a suite, with a balcony that overlooks the rainforest. The balcony was sufficiently covered to give us a spot to work with laptops, even when it rained. Wireless signals allowed us to both have video calls at the same time - great bandwidth. Breakfast is delicious in a beautiful restaurant with a central pond and lovely gardens surrounding ... Read more
Submitted on 19-11-2016
This hotel is amazing and provides a great and relaxing experience. I especially enjoyed to swim in Rio Celeste river just behind the hotel. the rooms are beatifully decorated and the open Sky showers are incredible. I recommend this hotel.
from Mountain View, California
Submitted on 19-11-2016
We reserved the Romance Package for a mini-moon after our wedding. Rio Celeste Hideaway was a complete contrast to the beach setting where we got married. It was up in the cloud forest, lush, and green. You can hear dozens of different birds singing at any moment, and two white-faced capuchins . The rooms are stand alone bungalows that include everything you could want, including an outdoor shower in its own little garden. Our package came with a hike through Volcan Tenorio National Park. Our gu... Read more
from San Francisco
Submitted on 23-11-2016
We loved this hotel, despite the difficulties getting to it. There is a post on the Rio Celeste water fall where someone gives specific directions on taking a paved road. We found this extremely helpful and took this way back. The road to get there is very rough with lots of large rocks and boulders. The hotel itself was great. The rooms are very large and you are in your own cabin with a deck. We had a monkey come up on our deck and saw plenty of wildlife. They only have showers, but thi... Read more
from Reykjavik, Iceland
Submitted on 28-11-2016
The room is very spacious. Loved the seat facing the balcony where monkeys would occasionally come visit (make sure you have the door locked though). There is a nice walk path from the hotel that would lead you to downstream of Rio Celest (the blue river that run off the water fall) where you can actually have a dip in since it is outside of the national park area. The receptionist were super helpful in making sure we know this. The Tenorio Volcano National Parkis only opens from 8am - 2pm, this... Read more
from Yorkshire
Submitted on 28-11-2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights/ three days at Rio Celeste. The hotel is small and friendly with good facilities in a stunning location a short walk from the magnificent blue Rion Celeste. We enjoyed our room (26) and made good use of the pool and the 3 hot tubs of different temperatures. The night walk with Anderson was great...saw two snakes...only small...and lots of interesting nocturnal creatures. We also,used the hotel,as a base for visiting Cano Negro reserve which is mind blowing if... Read more