We had an unbelievable experience staying at the Hotel Blue Conga! The true stars of the show were our hotel managers, Marise and Pierre, who went above and beyond our expectations to ensure that our vacation was one we would remember for a lifetime.
The hotel itself was lovely and clean, exactly as pictured on its website. We stayed in the King Floral room on the second floor. The rooms were screened at the top to provide venting and kept out pesky bugs and mosquitos. An unexpected perk we learned upon arriving is that the water from the hotel faucets is drinkable, since it comes from their own well. We always had plenty of hot water for our showers. Though the rooms are not air-conditioned, an overhead fan helps circulate air in the evenings. Our balcony overlooked their beautiful garden containing a variety of native plants. It was wonderful to watch hummingbirds sip nectar from the red flowers growing right outside our room in the mornings. Or lie in the hammock and blissfully listen to the occasional afternoon thunderstorm while the scent of Ylang Ylang gently wafted in the air. The hotel location could not have been better. It was about a 5 minute walk before you reached the edge of town, and slightly over 10 minutes walk to the nearest beach, Playa Cochles. We walked nearly everywhere, although biking to farther locations such as Punta Uva was also easy and enjoyable given the flat terrain (and for reference, we are not athletes or cyclists). The atmosphere was very quiet and peaceful, a nice haven away from the noise and excitement of town.
Marise served as our home base at the hotel, always there to answer our questions or schedule us for the activities we requested. The tours she booked for us were all fantastic, and included the Jaguar Rescue Center, zipline canopy tour, chocolate tour and snorkeling. Her restaurant recommendations were spot on, as well!
Pierre was our adventure guide! He drove us to Punta Uva (a gorgeous beach nearby) and Cahuita National Park, where he showed us how to look for the animals in their native habitats. While there, we saw howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, a toucan, white-faced monkeys and bats. On another excursion he took us on a remote waterfall hike located in the BriBri community, explaining the culture and history of the BriBri on the way. Pierre did all of this out of the goodness of his heart, and was an absolutely amazing guide for the different aspects of the town and jungle.
Each morning we awoke to a delicious breakfast that they had made. To give you some examples, on one day we had crepes with bananas and nutella, fresh fruit, and a piece of cheese. On another, a vegetable omelet, bacon, toast with butter and jam, and more delicious fresh fruit. Orange juice and coffee accompanied each meal.
In short, we made friends with several other tourists in Puerto Viejo, and their jaws all dropped when we described the measures our hotel managers had taken to make our stay memorable. Someday, when they have their own hotel, we will plan another adventure back. Thank you again for everything, Marise and Pierre! Pura Vida!
Traveler's Note: We read a lot of different opinions before we came about crime and safety in Puerto Viejo. While you should always use common sense and keep your valuables safe, not once did we ever feel threatened or unsafe (including when we would walk back to the Blue Conga at night).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small Caribbean style boutique hotel situated between Puerto Viejo center and the beach of Cocles. Without claiming to luxury,its comfort is appreciated in this area where it is sometimes difficult to find a quality / fair value.The welcome is personal and organization activities and discoveries upon request.Its philosophy is based on the environment, serenity and openness to the world. Place for sharing and good waves, it is like the a delicious exuberant garden that welcomes it.You will feel in a cocoon of paradise close to hectic activities of Puerto Viejo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Blue Conga Costa Rica/Limon