The Truly Authentic Rainforest Experience

Río Celeste Hideaway is a small resort-style and ecologically-conscious hotel that provides a truly unique experience. We’re located just an hour’s drive from the Arenal Volcano area and 90 minutes from the Liberia International airport (LIR), next to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where the amazing Rio Celeste gains its sky-blue color. We offer spacious comfort, a wonderful restaurant and amenities, surrounded by a natural paradise. Be prepared to experience a lush tropical rainforest and spot exotic animals during your stay!

Rio Celeste Hideaway Experience

Our location provides an ideal place to enjoy all kinds of outdoor adventures such as horseback riding along the river, white water rafting only 40 minutes away, tubing in the Celeste river and Arenal’s attractions less than an hour away. Each one of our 26 spacious casitas, or bungalows, provides an exclusive retreat so you, our dear guests, can relax amidst the breathtaking views.

Tripadvisor Best of the Best 2021

We have been recently awarded Best of The Best by TripAdvisor on the 1% Best Hotels in The World, Best 25 Safari Stays Worldwide, and 25 Best Small Hotels in Costa Rica Categories. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the rainforest and its wonders at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel!

Amongst other natural wonders in our area, our Tapir Nature Reserve is home to several flagship and endangered species, including the largest Neotropical Mammal: the Baird’s Tapir. Due its key role in forest restoration, this forest giant is considered the gardener of the forest. To monitor and secure the conservation of Tapirs and other endangered species, we have teamed up with @crwildlife and @naiconservation.

This is just one of the many emblematic animal species you can watch in our property. We will be happy to have you at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel and provide our world-class service to you!

Each one of our 26 spacious casitas, or bungalows, provides an exclusive retreat so you, our dear guests, can relax amidst the breathtaking views. What better way to start and end your day of enjoying the lovely rainforest setting and abundant activities nearby?

Patio in Suite


Our Casitas Deluxe Forest View provide guests with maximum privacy and feature decks with direct views of the rainforest.

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Room with Sitting Area


Our spacious Casitas Deluxe - Garden View are conveniently located close to all the hotel amenities and have stunning lush garden views.

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Breakfast Served

Breakfast Included

Not only is daily breakfast included, but we ensure that it is always truly exceptional. The delicious yogurt, jams and pastries served at breakfast are prepared by women entrepreneurs from the towns of La Paz and El Pilon.

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Outdoor Pool & Jacuzzis

Sip tropical drinks at our swim-up bar attached to the freeform outdoor swimming pool, providing an ideal place to cool off during the day or enjoy a refreshing morning or evening swim. Enjoy any of our three hot Jacuzzis providing well-deserved relaxation following your daily activities.

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Horseback Riding by the River

Adventure Attractions

Within the immediate area, you will be able to experience adventure activities including horseback riding along the river, tubing down-river from us, whitewater rafting, Caño Negro bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve, and many others.

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Guided Tours

Be prepared to experience a lush tropical rainforest with mile-long paths along the majestic river, with plenty of opportunities to spot exotic animals during your stay! Bring your hiking shoes and water gear, and book one of many unforgettable adventures.

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Satisfy your appetite after an invigorating trek or a morning spent relaxing next to our sparkling freeform pool. Río Celeste Hideaway Hotel offers you the option for a poolside snack, a casual cocktail or an exclusive dining experience.

Our special offers

Find the best prices and offers booking on our website! Booking with us you can also enjoy 20%off in our spa, 15% off on lunches at our restaurant, and our free night walk tour at the property



Your adventure begins here

Nestled within one of the untouched rainforests of Costa Rica, Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel offers sophisticated comfort and style amidst lush natural beauty. The hotel is in a secluded rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, which boasts the breathtaking Rio Celeste River, the jewel of Northern Costa Rica. Tours and activities nearby provide an astounding array of experiences.



Rio Celeste Hideaway - The wildlife experience

Hidden in Northern Costa Rica, on the footsteps of volcanos besides a turquoise river is a place where the wonders of nature can thrive. With species found nowhere else on earth and others globally threatened in a landscape of awe-inspiring beauty. We are not just here to experience it, we are here to preserve it. With our own protected forest and as a proud supporter of the Costa Rica Wildlife Foundation, protecting nature is at our core while sharing it is our passion. Join us!

Best experience in Costa Rica!

We had the best stay at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel! It was very close to the beautiful waterfall hike (highly recommend!) and we also went horseback riding as well!

The entire staff was friendly and welcoming and the food was delicious (the best “Costa Rican traditional” lunch we had in all of Costa Rica!). The rooms are a dream, completely surrounded with flowers and greenery and there was an amazing outdoor shower which was amazing. Everything was well sanitized during Covid and they truly had the best customer service.This hotel has our highest recommendation if you’re looking for a place to stay in Rio Celeste/Tenorio National park area!

Morgan, November 2020 - United States

What a gem of a property!

We stayed 2 nights here in May 2021 in order to visit the Rio Celeste Waterfall and the trails around Rincon de la Vieja. What we didn’t know beforehand is what a gem of a property this is. I mean this is like 4-Seasons level quality! OMG the bungalows we had were well appointed, huge and spacious, luxurious, with big comfy beds and sparkling clean everything. They have these outdoor showers which were amazing, so functional yet beautiful & natural at the same time. The pool area was gorgeous. The restaurant food was excellent. And one more note about service: the reception desk had the most wonderful customer-oriented and caring person I have ever had in my hotel experiences, and I have travelled globally for many years.

Arlene, May 2021 - United States


We had a wonderful time here. First the staff get the highest compliments. They are so friendly warm and eager to please. The hotel is sparkling! Everywhere. They also take great care with covid distancing and cleanliness.
The food is very good, we had all our meals there! Our special thanks to Nelson from the dining area. Such a wonderful guy. Professional, caring and so gentle.
We highly recommend this hotel and will come back here soon Thank you so much for making our stay so worth while

Irit, March 2021 - United States

A hidden gem!

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed. Everything from the hotel restaurant, the pool, and our gorgeous room with an outdoor shower was perfection. The best part of the hotel is the private pathways and small hikes to Rio Celeste-- they were majestic. We traveled in March 2021 and this hotel took every safety precaution to make sure their guests and staff were safe and healthy.

Laura, March 2021 - United States

Una estancia impecable! Pura Vida!

Un hotel con mucho encanto, las habitaciones super amplias, el baño y la ducha exterior son impresionantes...
El restaurante tiene una cocina de muy alta calidad y la amabilidad de la gente del hotel es de lo mejor...poder hacer caminata nocturna con Joser no tiene esmera en que disfrutemos y la verdad es que lo consigue !!
Su ubicación cercana al Rio Celeste así como sus senderos particulares del Tapir que te llevan al rio directamente lo hacen aún , si cabe, más especial .
Pura Vida! con cariño, una familia de Valencia, España

Chihiro, Noviembre 2019 - España

Un lugar para escaparse de la ciudad!

Pasamos un bellísimo fin de semana en familia en este hotel eco friendly, rodeados de bellísima naturaleza y excelente atención. Los senderos hermosos. Hicimos 2 tours fantástico, divertidos, con excelentes guías y muy interesantes.

Tamara, Marzo 2021 - Costa Rica

Excellent je recommande

Accueilli avec un très bon cocktail. Découverte de cette hôtel vraiment merveilleuse. Chambre très grande et luxueuse , très propre. Restaurant de bonne qualité. Petit déjeuner simple mais convenable. Personnel très accueillant

Kevin, June 2019 - France