We liked Riu, the staff was great and the facilities were good We were however, disappointed in the quality of the food and the evening shows were second rate
Water sports staff was not very helpful and we missed out on activities due to this.
The pool and drinks are good. The beach is nice but not close to as nice as other beaches nearby. Most of the food is buffet only and extremely greasy. Even the non-buffet food is pre-prepared and not very good. They will not accommodate vegetarians. The beach is extremely rocky. Water activities are outsourced to another company, and doing anything requires reservations in advance and a walk away from the beach. Overall this is not a good value or experience as compared to staying in a non-all-inclusive somewhere else in Costa Rica with a better beach and eating out.
Breakfast and Lunch buffet offers a great variety and quality is good. A la carte restaurant was nice and service was good. Beautiful and well kept gardens. You have to book 24 hours in advanced for the special restaurants and for water activities (like using a kayak!) which is closed by 3pm. The pool area is loud and not very clean as MANY people seems to spend the whole time at the pool bar. Shows and night activities are poor.
Very clean and upgraded rooms, very quiet and peaceful. This is a great place for a tranquil stay.
Nice simple, elegant design. I liked our room with a balcony designed around a tree, and the room was very convenient. We had monkeys nearly every day all around us in the mornings and evenings and it was relatively quiet. Very relaxing and comfortable. Staff was very very nice. Great value for money, would come back if ever returning to north Guanacaste. Housekeeping was very late nearly each day, around 4pm. A bit later than would have liked. The hotel needs just a few simple touches to really amp it up - a simple potted cacti or flower on restaurant tables as well as a votive candle would significantly enhance the dining experience. Dinner quality was relatively poor, but breakfast was pretty good at a great value. After the first night we never ate in restaurant for lunch/dinner. Skimpy on coffee bags in room, had to ask for more.
We've stayed at BDS many times while building our house nearby. The hotel is great. The rooms are spacious, the grounds are welcoming and tropical, the restaurant is great and most of all the staff is friendly and so helpful. My personal favorites are traditional Costa Rican breakfast and watching the sunset from the beach while sipping a cocktail. Make BDS a stop on your CR travel plans.
Beautiful Resort/Food was excellent No gym
The grounds were impeccable. The staff was professional, amiable and well groomed. They treated every one like they owned the Casa Conde Del Mar.
We liked everything about our stay. Our only disappointment was that we did not stay longer. The property was perfectly maintained, the food was excellent and the service was fantastic. We would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family. Nice calm quiet beach and a beautiful large pool area. Perfect getaway! No complaints. Everything was perfect!
Comfortable beds, and great service. The air conditioning is loud, and the windows don't open.
Clean, adjustable firmness mattress. Good menu at restaurant with reasonable price. Free shuttle to airport. Convenience items for sale 24 hours, for that late night aloe, allergy meds, or upset stomach. English spoken by all staff I talked to. Nothing was bad about our stay.
Clean, nice pool, great food in the dining area The city is far from the hotel.
Staff was very nice and very helpful - far above and beyond expectations.
The beach was only a few minutes drive/walk away. The staff, especially the front desk guy, was very nice and helpful. Breakfast is pretty good as well.
Cate and I came here for our first few days of our 15 day Honeymoon in Costa Rica. Everything about Hotel Casa Villa Blanca was perfect for us!! Quaint and beautiful grounds within walking distance to the beach, incredibly helpful and happy Staff (Lis and Gabriel are the Best...felt like friends for Life), delicious and authentic breakfast (fresh fruit, hand blended juices, eggs, rice and beans, and coffee) to get your day off to a perfect start on their covered patio (which is also a magnificent place to have a couple drinks and watch the thunderstorms and rain during Green a season. We are so blessed to have found this place and would love to come back soon. Pura Vida
Nice oasis in the otherwise forgettable Liberia WiFi didn't work, need to go to McDonalds but no biggie
Restaurant was okay, close to bus station, central location Very noisy, rooms do not have carpet, no hot water in any rooms, hot at night, airport shuttle is a rip off at $25 when you can walk across the park and catch the public bus for $2
Nothing and om being dead honest. If I had to pick anything is pick the food. Rooms are a dump !! I cannot express this any stronger, I paid 70 and I got ripped. Blankets were non existent, no a/c, no service, front desk guy was rude. Laughing and joking on a personal phone call while I was trying go check in. Not to mention the music that goes till 10pm, than fireworks. Screaming and music again at 5 am. No thanks !!
Very good value for money. Good location, clean, helpful and friendly staff
The internal patio and The restaurant The room didn't have ventilation and it smell really bad. They tried to make The smell better with candles but it was really strong. They gave us a free breakfast after we complained
At the top of my list is the hotel staff. Warm smiles and generous service. Friendship. They responded quickly to meet my needs and expanded beyond what I asked for and made suggestions that enriched my experience. Suggestions for excursions came unprompted and they made arrangements for travel with taxi drivers they knew and had confidence in. I also greatly enjoyed the open air restaurant's cuisine. I wish I had some Aguacate de la Reina in from me right now. The whole experience left me with a permanent smile.
Excellent staff and great safe feel. Hot as hell, loud external city at night, no hot water in shower.