Blue Conga is a small and welcoming hotel a short walk from the town center. The hotel opened about a year and a half ago and the two European couples who created it really seemed to have gotten the recipe right, creating a delightful, uncomplicated retreat in this under-appreciated area of Costa Rica.
The rooms are simple - no televisions, clocks or air conditioning. Instead the provide all you really need if you want to appreciate what's naturally around you. Each has a comfortable bed with mosquito netting and a charming patio or balcony complete with hammock. It was delightful to simply sit outside at the end of our days and appreciate the stars and the sound of the frogs and insects as well as to get up early to spot so many birds. (BTW, there is WiFi - always helpful in figuring out exactly what kind of birds you are seeing each morning.)
Our incredibly welcoming and helpful host for a five days at Blue Conga was Guy, one of the owners. Each morning he served us a light and wonderful breakfast in the open air pavilion next to the hotel building, chatted with us and offered advice about the area. After breakfast we were generally off for the day either by bike (the hotel rents for a very modest price) or by walking five minutes to town to catch a bus. In the evening we would appreciate leaving the noise of the many bars and restaurants in the town center and returning to what seemed like our little peaceful discovery.
The location of the hotel is very, very convenient as well. In addition to being close to town and its restaurants, bars, bakeries and supermarkets, it is also 200 yards away from the sea. Across from the hotel is a simple path running parallel to the sea leading to some lovely beaches with gorgeous surf. The location is also ideal for day trips to the Sloth Sanctuary (highly, highly recommended!) and to national parks both to the north and south of Puerto Viejo.
The only thing I would change about Blue Conga is the towels! Those of you out there with long hair will likely agree there needs to be at least two bath towels per guest (-:
- 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