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“Disapointed” 2 of 5 stars
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Cariblue Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica   |  
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Disapointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stayed 4 nights here, unfortunately prepaid. Maybe my standards are too high, but the place needs more than just a bit of love to regain some ground.

The room was clean but very basic, small and quite bomb-sheltery. The wifi did not work; there was signal, that is not the problem, but after they told me they would look into it, nothing. Well, we went in the lobby like everyone.

The gardens are very nice though. The pool was nice BUT cloudy. One afternoon, they weedwacked for hours, even with people a few meters from them. Very annoying.

We were out of water for 4-5 hours one evening and when it came back, it smelled like the pool. It was night, no water truck came ( called pipa there, you know when they are close because they are quite noisy ) and I went out to see after my shower. The staff was suspiciously working with a pump and pipes. Quite disgusting.

Restaurant is overpriced; breakfast is alright, coffee is AWFULL. To be so close to great coffee plantations, and drink such bad coffee. A shame!

Won't go back!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

People who give this hotel 5 stars have clearly not stayed in good hotels. Let's get a few things straight. It is one of the best hotels in Puerto Viejo but at best it is a 3 star property. Rooms are basic, beds, linen etc. old, worn and in some cases threadbare. Nice staff who do the best they can. I am not saying don't come here, but just be prepared.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

Spent 3 nights at this wonderful hotel in the jungle. Beautiful grounds with lots of birds to watch. Our cabin was very comfortable and clean, the pool is lovely, and the staff friendly. The breakfasts we had were delicious and we ate two dinners in the restaurant which were also excellent. We walked to town and also to the Jaguar Rescue Centre. If you don't like a long walk there are bikes to rent. The only recommendation I could make is to put a small iron and ironing board in the rooms. Would be happy to stay here again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Divide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Our room at the Totem was spacious and very comfortable. We had a private pool right outside our patio door and the beach was just a few steps away. The grounds are beautiful and the staff were very helpful. The breakfast was fresh with a lot of variety. I was very pleased with my stay and wished I stayed a few more nights.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Cariblue that just rescently combined with Totem Hotel. We ate at the Totem Beach Bar and just loved it. We were told that Cariblue is eventually going to eliminate the menu at Totem Beach Bar. BIG mistake and I hope the owners are listening. The menu has so many different things to pick from and the food was great. I feel give people more of a selection at the 2 restaurants. Leave Totem Beach Bar alone.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Darlene and I stayed here from March 8-15. It is a long day to get here but is WELL worth the trip. Hotel Cariblue is set in a jungle setting with Playa Cocles beach right across the street. I cannot say enough about how beautiful this place is. Totally different than an all inclusive although it did include breakfast. There is a great restaurant with a bar, pool and swim up bar. Very small and relaxing. We stayed in a bungalow. The one downside was the shower that we complained about but we were told that it is the dry season and they have problems then. There was enough pressure but it was either very hot or cold. We just could not mix it together. Some other people also complained about this. Then again you are in Costa Rica. That was the only problem otherwise it was amazing. There were monkeys in the trees and exotic birds flying over head. Food and drinks were excellent. The pool temp was perfect. The town of Puerto Viejo nearby is a GREAT party town. And yes we did. I love it when a place exceeds my expectations.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I really enjoyed this hotel. They seemed a little confused about our reservation when we checked in, but they gave us two beautiful rooms that were very spacious (would be super for a family travelling here)! We were next to the main road and had a beautiful swimming pool that was just like having a private pool right outside our back door! We could also go out our back door, through the back gate, cross the road and be at the beach which was very clean compared to the beaches closer to town. Breakfast is really good, actually all our breakfasts in Costa Rica were better than any continental breakfast elsewhere! We also ate dinner at the hotel restaurant and this was one of the best places we ate. You might also try Maxi's in Manzanillo. Rooms are clean and very comfortable.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cariblue Hotel

Address: Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#4 Family Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cariblue Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your Caribbean resort in Puerto Viejo, de Limon, Costa Rica.Hotel Cariblue is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the nature, the beaches and comfort.A leader among Costa Rica hotels and resorts, we offer luxurious hardwood bungalows nestled in exotic tropical gardens between the pristine white sand beach of Playa Cocles and lush natural jungle (more info about us). Enjoy our award-winning service and our full range of amenities and facilities in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. A paradise is waiting for you."Cariblue Hotel” “Your Caribbean resort", is a 3 star hotel and 3 green leaves (CST), is the ideal place to enjoy your vacation, Its located just steps away from beautiful pristine white sand beach, Playa Cocles and just a mile from typical village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (Old Harbor), where the Afro Caribbean, Indian and all over the world cultures are mixed in harmony and peace.Cariblue has 23 private and comfortable bungalows nestled in a gorgeous tropical garden of almost 5 acres (20.000 sqm). All the bungalows feature a private balcony overlooking the resort's tropical gardens. Impressive Gourmet Restaurant "Soleluna" with a gorgeous bar and in the pool with our happy hour every day in our pool bar. Spend a lazy day by the beautiful pool area, kid's pool and relax in the Jacuzzi while enjoying one of our selection of fine tropical cocktails. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cariblue Hotel Puerto Viejo
Cariblue Hotel Costa Rica/Limon

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