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Villas Rio Mar, Ballena

Family-friendly hotel in Ballena with outdoor pool and restaurant

  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
From
$122 CAD

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8.8.Fabulous.
  • Very nice staff. Good location

    Dec. 6, 2020

  • We have been to this property before In high season and even though the services were cut…

    Jun. 22, 2020

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours gap period enforced between guest stays
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Quiet
Safe
Easy parking
Walkable
Dining options
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 48 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor tennis court

For families

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate sitting area

What’s around

  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 5 mi / 8 km
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 13.4 mi / 21.6 km
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 25.6 mi / 41.2 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Superior Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Villa, Kitchen

Location

  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 5 mi / 8 km
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 13.4 mi / 21.6 km

What’s around

Landmarks

  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 5 mi / 8 km
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 13.4 mi / 21.6 km
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 25.6 mi / 41.2 km

Getting around

  • Quepos (XQP) - 32 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Hotel size

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

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • Up to 4 children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

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

Services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff

Facilities

  • Number of buildings/towers - 12
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Grab bar - near toilet

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

More

  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Dining

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.

Recreation

On Site

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

Nearby

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

Small print

Also known as

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

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)

Policies

Pool access available from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

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.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

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.

FAQs

  • Yes, Villas Rio Mar does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is noon.
  • Yes, El Rancho offers international cuisine and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Cafe Mono Congo (10-min walk), Dominical Sushi (11-min walk), and Café Delicias (11-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is CRC 33600 per person one-way.
  • Have fun with onsite activities such as hiking, and improve your game on the tennis courts. Additional recreation nearby includes game viewing and ecotours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include a fitness center and a garden.
8.8.Fabulous.
  • 6.0.Good

    The front desk has a very bad look And the food was not good specially for the prices they charge

    2 night romance trip, Feb. 12, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The grounds are beautuful. The staff were so posotive and helpful in the dining room frint desk etc. The food was very good and reasinabky priced. The pool was beautiful. Also the resort is so close to Dominical we loved the walk there too. Its a very peaceful natural setting and the grounds are beautifully maintained as well.

    Randall, 4 night romance trip, Nov. 28, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Nice and spacious, but weak wifi

    Overall stay was very good, but wifi was weak or non-existent in the rooms.

    Warren, 3 night trip, Sep. 10, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great staff, location and rooms. WiFi was down in rooms but working on property.

    1 night trip, Jan. 19, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Best choice to stay in Dominical

    Very happy with the hotel, a Caribean Resort look alike, with two nice swimming pools and well located in Dominical to visit the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Hacienda Baru. However, the food is average and the WiFi not that god. Also we had the sad encounter with a group of 50 or more American teenagers, but they were quiet after 10:00 pm.

    Christian, 3 night romance trip, Jan. 11, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very nice place, feels like a resort! Beautiful grounds all around with different trees like mangrove and Yllang Ylang, flowers and great dining too right on site!!

    2 night family trip, Jan. 7, 2019

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  • 6.0.Good

    Staff were very friendly and helpful. They food including breakfast wasn’t good. You are better off eating outside. They should make more efforts to provide better quality breakfast.

    4 night trip with friends, Dec. 25, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Hotel in the nature! Calm and relax! Great pool and at 1km from the beach so just perfect!

    Anny, 4 night trip, Jul. 26, 2018

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Very friendly staff, quiet, excellent pool. A little outdated, unreasonable penalties ($10 for taking towel to beach). Free tennis (very good court), free Minigolf. Food average Great for families.

    mike, 2 night trip, Jun. 29, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Nauyaca waterfalls is 30 minutos away driving

    The river view in from of the hotel is amazing beautiful. Clean room, good AC, confortable beds, beautiful tropical garden, you listen the birds singing all the time even from the pool. The seafood at the restaurant is fresh and very good, too. I had the catch of the Day, it was delicious.

    Alexandra, 1 night trip with friends, May 8, 2021

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