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“More than expected” 4 of 5 stars
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Blue Palm Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   350 mts Este de la Pops Ice Cream Store, Jaco 75548, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #40 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“More than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Much more than expected. After staying in hotels from 5 stars to -1 this was an unexpectedly good stay. Ok there is construction next store, but a short walk to the "strip" and beach made it good. The Aircon works well and what do you do on a holiday in your room that needs the lights on? Yes this is a little rough (to US standards) but still good. And there is a secluded pool to relax in after a long day.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Jose, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

First off, avoid Jaco at all costs. It is dirty, expensive, and unsafe (my backpack with my passport and phone in it were stolen out of our car there). That being said, Blue Palms is still not a nice hotel. The rooms are stale and have a horrible chemical smell, and the ground floor rooms have no windows, so you can't air the room out. The beds were uncomfortable, and with thin sheets and no comforter. Worst was the lighting: exposed flourescent bulbs. I said what you're saying: "Who cares about the decor as long as it is clean and cheap?" Then we spent a night here on an otherwise nice vacation, and it depressed the hell out of us. The hotel policies make you feel somewhat shady, how they have to inspect the room before you get your deposit slip back.

On the bright side the staff was friendly and helpful, and the electric heaters on the shower work. The room was only $49 with taxes. I don't think they are doing an awful job for being in Jaco, but until they can fix the smell and buy some light shades I can't rate them higher. Do yourself a favor and stay at one of the beaches a little further south, they are amazing and only 20 min from Jaco.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northvale, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

nothing really good to say.. the desk clerk was kinda rude.. no soap, shampoo and toilet paper. the clerks response was as I asked him for a pint of blood.. and then the girl who came to our room with soap and TP was just down right nasty.. like it was 'too much work: for her to give us these things.. AC will shut off in the middle of the night.. really bad sheets.. pool had drunk kids.. I will NEVER stay here again.. all the bad reviews are true.. that "good" one must have been written by the owner.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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québec
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

STILL construction next door...basic rooms, good price. Pool, small but does the job. A little further from the action and beach.....wouldn't want to walk back from a bar to this hotel on my own and I'm not the type to be very nervous.....Would pay a little more next time....

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

the A/C only works when you're in the room, you have to press a button when you get into the room to turn the electricity on, and our system glitched and turned off in the middle of the night! our window was mysteriously opened at some point in the night, we believe due to the not so ideal location. And we were sore the next morning from how terrible the beds were!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Hotel waas very affordable...staff was very helpful finding tours and taxis/rides to arenal as well as a good recommendation for places to stay and things to do...downside...major construction next door , but as one reviewer said I did not come to sleep...noise starts at 630 til 4 pm...I am an early riser so no problem....if you rise early I would recommend it...just down the street from a great food place...The Taco Bar...good breakfast great meal all the time...cold beer too

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jackson, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

best deal in town

so when i found myself back in jaco i did not hesitate to check back into the hotel blue palms ~ i found all the desk staff to speak excellent english as well as being a plethora of information on jaco & options in the area for activities & tours ~ i enjoyed the privacy of the pool area to enjoy the morning sun & there is a deck area for lounging anytime ~ my room was clean with daily maid service ~ hot water, a safe & even cable tv for folks who need it.... wireless internet works though out the complex ~ bicycles are available & are a great way to get around the not so big town ~ it does take a few minutes to walk back to the hotel from the beach which is nice as you are outside the main strip area which is prone to havoc at anytime of the day or night ~ there is currently construction of a multi million dollar condo complex next door which did not bother me as i did not go to costa rica to sleep they day away inside m air conditioned hotel room ~ elvis the night time security guard does as good a job as anyone can to keep us safe from the out~side world while we visit dreamland ~ just down the street is a small soda for breakfast & a small store as well ~ thanks to all at the hotel blue palms for helping to make my time in costa rica memorable

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: 350 mts Este de la Pops Ice Cream Store, Jaco 75548, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Palm Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Palms Hotel offers comfortable lodging at a reasonable price. New and fully equipped rooms. Clean, safe and friendly. All of our rooms are equipped with cable TV, a/c, private bathroom with hot water, comfortable beds, telephone, mini fridge and safe box. The hotel has a private pool on the back, security guard, parking, Wi-Fi for free, laundry service, tour desk at the reception. ... more   less 
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Blue Palm Hotel Costa Rica/Jaco

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