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Bungalows Calalu

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Malmo, Sweden
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44 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at this place for 2 nights during our time in Puerto Viejo! The bungalow was nice and cool with a very good AC and a fridge, but the service was not more than okay. The owners speak hardly any english and are very unfriendly when it comes to communication. Furthermore, the desk hours are not really good and... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

It was really hard to get a place with swimming pool, but I'm glad we got Calalu. We were 3 adults and one year old baby. We decided to take the bungalow with kitchen, it has everything you need on it: kitchen that work with gas, sink, fridge. Two big beds and enough space for the crib. There is a... More 

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Thank eddietec
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I recently traveled to Puerto Viejo for a girls trip. We stayed in the Two Floor Bungalow. More than enough room for us to spread out with our stuff in our bags. The bathroom was a little tricky for 4 girls since it was small but we made it work. The bungalows are an easy walk to town. Seemed safe,... More 

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Newcastle, UK
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23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

To summarize the rustic, compact, bug-free bungalows (with fans/safes/fridges) are spotless and set amongst lovely landscaping and have a great little seating area outside - humming birds and butterflies were frequent visitors to the flowers outside our balcony. We also saw howler monkeys in the trees adjacent to the hotel. The hotel is away from the main drag but close... More 

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Thank remus128
Cartago, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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Thank Andrey M
San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 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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Thank Camp R
San Jose, Costa Rica
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105 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 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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Thank Will-cr
Gorham, Maine, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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1 Thank Becky N
San Jose
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 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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