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“Not your best Costa Rican Experience” 2 of 5 stars
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Blue Jay Lodge
800 sur Banco de costa rica Playa Carmen Mal Pais, Mal Pais, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 hotels in Mal Pais
Post Falls, Idaho
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Not your best Costa Rican Experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

This end of the road location might as well be the end of the earth! Facilities are run down and the general condition of the property is a cut below most remote Tico owned facilities in this price range. Condo-type rooms have noisy A/C that didn't quite keep up with the March heat, no trail lighting from rooms to pool and the pool is a long trek from any room. We can not recommend this property to any traveler.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles
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9 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Blue Jay is a bit run down. These are local owners who don't need much, but provide a very cordial experience. The rooms are $69 including tax and breakfast, which is a great deal for the area. Each is a stand-alone bungalow and any neighbor is at least 15-20 meters away so no shared walls, etc. There are few walls, mostly screens that let in the natural breeze and jungle noise. Yes, you'll hear all kinds of sounds throughout the night, including howler monkeys that can sound like lions sometimes. Each bungalow has a large shower and spacious sink area, but the facets, cabinets, etc. are aging. The shower is big and open air and it is never too cold so it's refreshing and semi-outdoorsy. The beds are kind of small and the mattress springy - you get what you pay for. There were 3 beds in ours, so a family could easily enjoy. We never used the balcony because there wasn't much to see, but there are a few bungalows up in the hill with ocean views and those would be the ones to stay in, and perhaps utilize the hammocks. Beware that you will see bugs and other creatures rooming around the room, it's their turf. There are nice big strong safes in the rooms that you can store valuables in - nice touch. A good value for basic rooms.

The highlights were the breakfasts. I usually got the fruit plate but the eggs, beans and rice were hearty and the coffee very costa rican, so you'll start off on the right foot each and every day. The OJ is of the extra sugar type and the toast is pure white, bummer. We stayed for 4 days and I used the wi-fi each day with great success, super fast and reliable. The location is a bit removed from the nice beaches and you really need transportation. The road is dirt and very dusty so beware. We never sat by the pool, what for? The reason to go there are the beaches and surf. This is not a resort. Stay here if you don't spend much time in the crib and you do what we do - sleep and shower only at a good price. It's basic, but can be worth it only if you can get around i.e. Quads, car, motorcycle, etc.

All in all a good value. You can spend $50-$75 more and get on or near the beach, but then you've got to deal with musty rooms, rooms and pillows if they aren't cared for. In the end, we were happy we stayed here given the alternatives (yes, we had a car).

Room Tip: Call before and ask if you can get a bungalow up high. Otherwise, it is nothing special.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Olympia, Washington
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157 reviews 157 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

If you are looking for a fancy hotel, this is NOT it! But, if you are looking for an interesting Costa Rican treat, this is it! The huts, basic but clean and authentically charming, are in the middle of the jungle so the sounds of howler monkeys and other wildlife will delight you. We stayed for four nights and enjoyed it immensely. We made good use of the hammocks on our private porch during the day. The breakfast, served in the terrace below, was quite good. The staff is very nice and accommodating. The Bluejay is best enjoyed if you have a vehicle, but you could do this by foot if you are a good walker and don't mind the dusty road. There are wonderful restaurants in Santa Teresa, Carmen, and Mal Pais...which are geographically difficult to distinguish.

Room Tip: All the rooms are located uphill from the reception area, one is at the top of a very steep climb so...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Bit run down, hardly any service, no drinks etc., nice bungalows, big, nice terrace with two hammocks, bit too expensive for a family of 4.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

These Bungalows are pretty cool. They are all on the side of a pretty steep hill and are well set out in a basic, rustic style. The walk up to them can be painful dependent on the evenings activities ;), but is worth it when you get there! There are hammocks on the verandas to enjoy the view and a large safe box to put your valuables in. The breakfast is basic but fine. It is a little out of Mal Pais so probably best for those with transportation.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Clean basic huts located on the side of a hill overlooking the beach. Each has hammocks on a personal balcony and a good basic breakfast. Some of the upper bungalow require a walk up hill as yu would expect but worth it. Wifi is good and the little pool is great for a dip at the end of the day. The owner is friendly Andy helpful with taxi and other info. We enjoyed our stay her for 5 nights. It is a ten minute walk out of town which is worth the taxi ride at night. During the day walk along the beach which is much nicer than the dusty road.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed in this hotel for 5 nights in December and loved it. The tree house bungalows are awesome and a great experience. The rooms are nice, spacious, and clean and ours had a balcony with two hammocks and an ocean view (sunsets were amazing to see from here!). The rooms also include a safe that is bolted to the wall. The property is big with lots of animals (monkeys, iguanas, and lizards). The pool is nice and refreshing on a hot day, and breakfast is included and good -- eggs with rice/beans or ham/sausage, juice, coffee and tea. The staff is very friendly and helpful as well - Hilicia was very kind. It can be a bit of a hike to get to the bungalow rooms since they are on a hill; to get to town its about a 20-25 minute walk or a short cab ride; to the beaches it's about a 10 minute walk, but if you enjoy the outdoors and hiking and walking, you will enjoy this type of lodging. It's a little rustic so it's not for everyone but we enjoyed it very much!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 800 sur Banco de costa rica Playa Carmen Mal Pais, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Blue Jay Hotel Mal Pais
Blue Jay Lodge Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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