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“Laid back retreat a short way from centre of town”
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Hotel Blue Conga
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Laid back retreat a short way from centre of town”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

Blue Conga is a family run hotel within easy walking distance of the main town, but far enough out and off the mainroad to ensure a quiet relaxed stay. It has a plunge pool which is just right for cooling down, but the seating round the pool could do with upgrading. The pool is in a shady pleasant garden overlooked by the breakfast veranda, wher their is an honesty fridge with cold drinks and the owner is happy for the fridge to be used for your own drinks or fruit.
The owners of the hotel are very helpful and able to offe advise and recommendations on local attractions and restaurants.
Superior rooms (upstairs) have safes in the room, whereas standard rooms do not, but the hotel is pretty secur as it is secluded up a small track, where you can also safely park your car.
Breakfast is included and is a set plate of many varieties of fruit plus toast, some egg and ham fruit juice and fabulous Costa Rican coffee. Some reviewers have questioned the cost in terms of value for money, but in my personal opinion it is worth paying for the location and ambience.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Writing this review from the thatched roofed poolside pavilion on our last day at Blue Conga, it saddens me to go. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time here and Eric was a gracious and helpful host. This place is quaint and secluded but still very much in the center of things. Relaxation at its finest and excellent value. Be sure to check out the Jaguar Rescue Center which is only a few kilometers away. Hands down the best excursion of our trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

We only stayed for one night and thought it was overpriced. We had a room on the garden level and it was below average (not even a fan on the ceiling) the hotel did provide a stand alone fan but wasn't as effective. The bathroom was in need of some serious TLC and the shower didn't drain properly......the gentleman who checked us in was nice and they did pack us a breakfast despite our very early departure. If we had paid less it might have been ok but I've stayed at hostels in Costa Rica that were nicer and cheaper. The bed was hard and not terribly comfortable, maybe the upper balcony rooms are better but this one was in need of a renovation...good location but for the money I'd stay somewhere else . We won't book here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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blueconga, Propriétaire at Hotel Blue Conga, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Francesca thank you, your review will be very useful for us and for our customers.
Staying one night, you have an estimate of the delivery room "standard". It is true that they are the oldest part of the hotel and very different from the superior rooms. They need renovation but we can not repeat the architecture. We think. Blue Conga collects his reviews for its environment and atmosphere. We agree to accept the standard rooms are expensive for what they are. However, it is part of a whole must remain consistent with our customers.
Eric
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

This is paradise! My hunny and I just spent 5 nights at Blue Conga and it wasn't long enough. This is the perfect place to stay in Puerto Viejo. If you are like my husband and I and are looking for a place close to the sea with a comfortable bed, spacious and clean room, great breakfast, and relaxing pool area then this is the place to be. It's only a 2 minute bike ride out of the main part of Puerto Viejo (nice and quiet but still close to everything you need) and 3 minutes bike ride to the nearest beach, Playa Cocles, which is great for boogie boarding, surfing, or just lying on the lovely soft sand.
I'd highly recommend this hotel to anyone travelling in Puerto Viejo. The atmosphere is so chill, just like the owner, Eric, and it is very obvious how proud
he is of his little piece of paradise. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. The young man who made breakfast in the morning made FANTASTIC coffee! I looked forward to waking up early and having a coffee on my balcony, enjoying the scenery. It was a sad day having to leave Blue Conga! Stay here and try to get room #11 if you can!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

We spend two nights here and had a great time. We loved the enthusiasm of the French owner about the country and all it has to offer. Nice rooms, beautiful pool and garden and lovely breakfast and friendly staff. It's in a quite area of Puerto Viejo but still a short walk to the centre and the beaches.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Chicago
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Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

Very simple accommodations, however - it has all that you need. I would not mind the airconditioner, as a couple of nights were hot and humid, and the fan was not doing it...Overall great atmosphere, would not trade it off. The owner, Eric, was very accommodative, gave great recommendations, helped to make reservations. We were planning to go somewhere else after 3 nights, but decided to extend our stay - stayed a total of 5 nights. BlueConga really helpped to embrace Puerto Viejo!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

The Blue Conga was my favorite hotel of our entire stay in Costa Rica. My daughter and I booked all our vacation hotels online, so it was an adventure! We landed in a couple of really neat places and one sketchy place. Every place had one thing in common, we never knew where we were going and dirt roads were involved. So when our gps told us to turn right down yet another unpaved road after a long drive, we all got the giggles and said oh no, here we go again! Then we pulled into the Blue Conga driveway and Erik was there to greet us and we all did the fist pump thing and said YES!

The Blue Conga is a little piece of paradise in Puerto Viejo. The beautiful pool, thatched roofed common room for breakfast and hanging out, clean spacious room with mosquito netted beds and a hammock on our balcony, and a great location combined to make our last leg of our vacation perfect. It is located just south of town, an easy walk to all the action. Although there is no AC in the rooms, they are all screened and fanned and we had no problem sleeping at all. Besides, who is in their rooms in the middle of the day when there's a beautiful beach just down the road or a sweet little pool downstairs?

Room had a refrigerator to keep our water and beer cold, wifi, and a safe for passports and money. Bed was comfy and linens were fresh and nice. Bathroom was clean and nice. Erik, the owner, was so nice! We really enjoyed him.

If, no WHEN, we return to Puerto Viejo, we will definitely come back.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Blue Conga
Address: Puerto Viejo de Limon | 800 m south of dawntown, Cocles road, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Blue Conga 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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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