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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Bungalows Calalu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Cartago, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have stayed twice in Calalu Bungalows. The place is beautiful. No mosquitos, always clean, beautiful and rustic beds and furniture hand-made. The swimming pool is great. 2 min walking from the beach. They should work a lot more in customer service since the people who attended, not the lovely ladies who clean up the rooms, they are not so... More

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The owner, a Frenchman, was very friendly and helpful. The place was very clean, no odors, and very comfortable. I rented the standard bungalow and it was just the right size with a closet and a safe for my valuables. The bungalow was equipped with a new mini refrigerator, and an oscillating fan that worked great. The windows were covered... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

First I was a little worried because of some of the reviews here on tripadvisor, but I decided to book this place because of the good prices. Once I arrived with my friends, I realized that the service at the front desk was very good (a kind Spanish woman was in charge), the pool had a good size (is not... More

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Gorham, Maine, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Not only was the couple who runs Bungalows Calalu incredibly short, rude and unhospitable, but boy, were the photos on the website deceiving! The rooms and pool looked spacious and the poolside bar enticing... don't be fooled! A wide-angle lens was used to shoot these photos. The "bungalows," located just off the main road in Puerto Viejo in the downtown... More

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San Jose
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

It’s a shame the owners don’t have a hint of what Customer service means. I arrived very tired from my trip and far from feeling welcome I had to deal with the owner, a very rude lady. My friends arrived a day later and ran into the same luck I did. I go to Puerto Viejo a lot, and I... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

The Bungalow was exactly as the pictures shows there were no surprises. I was travelling with my 13 month old daughter and the option for a kitchen was a good choice. I was able to make her bottles and brew a few cups of coffee each morning. Added bonus is that its in near to town.. A bakery and lots... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

Private, super nice bungalows, cozy pool, no wifi in our room - the one with a/c, terrace and kitchen-, no fresh towels, toilet paper or soap if you dont ask for it. Super affordable, if we had actually liked Puerto Viejo Limon, we'd come back to stay here.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

I stayed only 2 days, 1 night ...love the rooms, excellent service, very clean place, the swimming pool was delicious..The environment was exactly what i was looking for, a lot birds, no mosquitoes , lovely gardens. We didn't have any problem with the service since the kitchen was fully equipped just ready to cook... Markets very close and also a... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

There are a lot of good things about this place; its quiet, nearby town (10 minute walk), has a swimming pool and is not too expensive for what you get. There's also a gate that closes at night, so you feel safe. The garden is beautiful with al the flowers and we saw some hummingbirds. Unfortunately they don't have breakfast... More

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Costa Rica
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2010

It is 100% true, the owners of this hotel are EXTREMELY rude!! They got wrong our reservation dates, room type and rate. When we checked in and asked for the proper room we were told we never booked that room and everything was "our" mistake. The woman's attitude was aggressive, abrasive and just plain mean. She refused to listen to... More

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Address: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Also Known As:
Calalu Hotel Puerto Viejo
Bungalows Calalu Costa Rica/Limon

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