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Villas Rio Mar, Dominical

3-star3 stars
Dominical Beach, Dominical, Puntarenas, 1350, Costa Rica

Riverfront hotel in Ballena with outdoor pool, restaurant
  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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Great pool
Great location
Tasty breakfast
Great room
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From 766 reviews

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Villas Rio Mar, Dominical

from $143
  • Superior Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Villa, Kitchen

What’s around Villas Rio Mar, Dominical

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Nauyaca Waterfalls (42-minute walk)
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Marino Ballena National Park (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Manuel Antonio National Park (20.7 mi / 33.3 km)

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 173 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 48 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 1 floor


  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Swim-up bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Playground on site
  • Tennis lessons on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
Working away
  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) - 947
  • Conference space size (meters) - 88
  • One meeting room
  • Conference center
  • Computer station
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 12
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Things to enjoy
  • Separate sitting area
  • Furnished patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Pay movies
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


El Rancho - Overlooking the pool and garden, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.


On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Playground on site
  • Tennis lessons on site


  • Ecotours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby

Villas Rio Mar, Dominical’s small print

Also known as

  • Rio Mar Villas
  • Villas Rio Mar
  • Villas Rio Mar Dominical
  • Villas Rio Mar Costa Rica/Dominical
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel Dominical
  • Hotel Rio Mar
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel


For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of CRC 33600 per person (one-way)

Airport shuttle service for children up to age 4 costs CRC 0 (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

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Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 83 reviews

Villas Rio Mar, Dominical
Always good.
This is our third time here. Lovely setting, nice rooms with tv and air conditioning working nicely. Internet is very spotty. Hotel caters to tour groups, so pool and breakfast can be crowded. Breakfast is sufficient, but not outstanding. It is buffet and if you get there after the group, items are not replenished for a long time. Staff is friendly and helpful. Nice walks along river, and good surfing at beach.
Ronnie E, us1 night romance trip
Villas Rio Mar, Dominical
Very Good8.0
Awesome place, needs just a little love
We enjoyed staying here for the few nights we had! The place was no Marriott, but we were in the middle of the jungle and it was beautiful. Breakfast was free and delicious. The grounds were well kept, clean, and full of wildlife! The rooms had enough space and the A/C unit worked like a charm! The rooms could use some TLC and a little updating, but nothing that was disgusting. The beds are hard and kind of uncomfortable. I found myself several times having to roll over to another side since my arms or legs would fall asleep in the middle of the night. We never had an issue with dirty creatures entering and living in the rooms. The only complaint that I do have is it seemed like the glassware was not replaced with fresh clean ones daily, but just poorly rinsed out. Make sure you clean your glass before using! The hot tub (??) was cold and looked like it could use some work. The pool does not have a way to get into it expect ladders, so no gradual steps into it. The location was perfect! The main street of Dominical is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. It was a very safe and easy walk. Everyone was very nice at this location and we would stay there again!
A Traveler, us4 night romance trip
Villas Rio Mar, Dominical
It is an excellent hotel if you do not like cleanliness, warm water, wifi or friendly service. If you enjoy the scent of mildew, mattress springs in your back and sand-paper-like sheets, this is the place for you. The positive reviews must be fakes. It’s a dive.
Jessica, usOther trip
Villas Rio Mar, Dominical
The bathrooms need an update urgently. The hotel restaurant was very expensive for the size and type of food.
A Traveler, us4 night family trip
Villas Rio Mar, Dominical
Just OK...
Be aware that the bathroom is in a desperate need of a remodel. Found a few spiders in the bathroom and other small critters but none of them were on the bed luckily. During my trip I bought a can of Raid which is a must do if you don't want creepy crawlies on you in the middle of the night. The breakfast choices were OK at the open buffet. Overall, it was OK to stay at though I don't know if I'd stay again since the walkways were not always accessible.
Jacqueline, us1 night trip with friends

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