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Blue Dream Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in La Cruz
Calgary, Canada
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“Home away from home!”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Loved this place! When I arrived at Blue Dream I instantly felt at home. Nicola, Ameriga, Miguel, Tim and the rest of the staff are incredible. My goal this year when I turned 30 was to learn to Kiteboard and I couldn't have been happier with my Blue Dream choice. Tim, Miguel, and Nicola are great instructors and I got up on my 3rd (ish) water start try! I planned on staying for 5 days but ended up staying for 10! Theres no kitchen to cook your own food, but Marco the chef is awesome at cooking up anything from real fire cooked Italian pizza , yummy pasta dishes to locally caught fish dishes. He actually only buys meat from farmers in a 1km radius (this includes cheese!). Go check this place out! You'll be happy that you did!!

Room Tip: The single rooms have an awesome view!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Geneva, Switzerland
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650 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2013

I came here for a week of kite boarding in the low season. Nicola (the owner) of the place told me that the wind conditions are not always great in July/August.
Obviously I was very lucky - we had wind every day except one afternoon. The first two days teaching by Nicola was very helpful. Bahia Salinas is a dream place if you want to have your peace of mind and you are looking for a place for relaxing and kite surfing.
There is no negative point to mention except the rental gear which is pretty old.
Blue Dream has a proper Italian pizza oven and the pizzay are of best quality. Highly recommended this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Stayed at Blue Dream in November, had wind EVERY day... amazing. One day gust were in the range of 50 knots! We stayed in the "suite" which is simply the only room with A/C. Yes, the whole once a day to the beach and once a day back puts you on their schedule, renting a car might help. There isn't much around the hotel, so pray for wind. Wasn't an issue for us as we kited all day every day and upon returning were simply in the mood for beer and food then bed. Showers tend to be schizoprenic at best, hot then cold, etc. There are bugs, it's Costa Rica. No one should expect this to be a luxury hotel more hostel in nature, but for kiting it's ideally located if that's what you want to do. Take pain pills if you plan to kite, we ran out and after so much kiting were in desperate need of more! The conditions are not what I would call beginner friendly, though there are "beach boys" you can pay, you will quickly end up down wind if you can't stay upwind in strong straight side shore conditions. Expect chop. BEWARE of sea urchins and stingrays, essentially you should kite onto the beach to avoid stepping on them. Do not plan to walk on the bottom even though is possible close to shore. Do not kite up into the pond area near the river mouth, you might see a salt water croc lol. The strong winds, almost too much, dangerous creatures, and wind direction make this spot a good spot for an intermediate rider and above. Not a clear setup for help either if something goes wrong. I had to swim about 1/2 mile out to retrieve my board as other simply rode by it after the wind dropped out. Best to know you are self-sufficient and bring someone else to kite with to launch/land you. Food is acceptable, but would be better if service were more prompt... when you come back from kiting all day, food immediately would be nice :) ahhh patience.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

The food was awesome and the stay was great. my only issue was the large number of bugs in the room but i guess that is unavoidable in such climates.
The staff is great and helpful and the kiteboarding was very good, lots of wind.

Room Tip: take one that is near the restaurant otherwise you will have to do a hike up the hill everytime
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Recently came back form Costa Rica, spending 5 days in the Blue Dream Hotel.
The place is really nice! Quiet, great view, clean, and the food is absolutely great!

We loved the warm hospitality and the people.

Very much recommended!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

The hostel has nice and clean rooms and a very friendly staff. The dorms are a little bit to small but have their own bathroom.
The only thing we missed was a community kitchen. But they have a restaurant there.
The walking-distance to the beach is about 20 minutes but the hostel offers a shuttle twice a day.
The town is very far away and theres no supermarket around.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

If you are around Playa Rajada, Jobo, Manzanillo, Isla Bolanos, Salinas Bay, this is the place to stay and to eat. It is charm, I think it could be a good word to describe, because all around is the dry forrest of the northern Guanacaste, and this little hotel is strategic to get into and out to the beaches.
To get there, is easy, just cross the town of La Cruz, is very little, and go ahead to Puerto Soley route, in around ten minutes you'll see on left side the only one structure with lights if it at night...
So recommended to nice time with friends

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Blue Dream Hotel
Address: Mt. West From Plata Papaturro Entrance 60 | Bahia Salinas, La Cruz 51001, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > La Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in La Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The undiscovered refuge of peace and quiet, with the touch of Italian heart and style. Experience the last unknown beauty of Costa Rica in privacy, comfort, security and a lot of fun. Combine relaxation and adrenaline sports as kitesurfing with personalized service and healthy food surrounded by the nature. ... more   less 
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