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“Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue River Resort & Hot Springs
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   600 metros Oeste del puente del Rio Azul, Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica   |  
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Newark,Delaware
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184 reviews 184 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 92 cities Reviews in 92 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

We ventured out to this place on our anniversary thinking that we would soak in their hot springs & return to our time share. After the awesome adventure of getting there, we fell in love with the place & even though we weren't prepared, we just had to stay the night.
The setting was like paradise. The rooms were new, clean & beautiful as well as quite spacious. They were fully equipped with a large flat screen tv, sporting Sky TV, refrigerator, alarm clock, extra large shower, blow dryer & very comfortable beds.
They had several hot spring fed pools with temperatures of varying degrees. A botanical garden, a butterfly garden & a restaurant on site.
The place is only a year & a half old, & is off the beaten path. I highly recommend getting there before the rest of the world finds out!

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  • Stayed May 2011, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

My husband and I just stayed at this hotel near Rincon de la Vieja national park. First, the drive there was a little nerve-racking on the unpaved portion of the road, but I guess this is to be expected in Costa Rica. The entrance to the resort is pretty nondescript, but once you get back to the cabins, the grounds are beautiful!

When we first arrived at our room, we realized we had no water. Although it seemed that we were not getting the issue across clearly to the staff, we were finally moved to another room. In our new room, the smoke detector went off both mornings we were there. It had stopped by the time we returned from our day, but then went off again the next morning.

We soon learned that we were the only guests at the resort and had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort restaurant. The food was pretty good, but the waiter, Jonathan, was great! He was very friendly and helpful. The hot springs were also very nice to have after a long day of adventure.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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3 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

This is the first time I have ever written a review on a hotel and this resort is worth the effort. After moving here from the US last December and exploring Costa Rica since then, I would rate the 2 day stay at the Blue River Resort the most interesting and relaxing experience we have encountered . This includes other trips to the rain forest, cloud forest, hot springs and volcanoes. Others visitors have described the excellent service and food and I agree. The "included" breakfast was an unexpected excellent experience. Normally you expect a tray of dried scrambled eggs, bacon the was cooked the night before, etc.-you get the idea! This food was an "off the menu" delight with large serving portions.

The excellent service was topped when we volunteered to give one of their employees a ride to town when we checked out. After we left the resort we had a flat tire and he CHANGED THE TIRE for us and would not take a tip. The resort would have never known if I had not written it here. This says much about the training of their staff. Hows that for service!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

We decided to stay here for the last night of our holiday before flying home. All I can say is highly recommended! Hot springs, spa and location are amazing, restaurante ok with very good value meals/drinks.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

This was the first night's stay back in Costa Rica after 15 years - this time with our 7-year-old daughter. The road from Liberia is an adventure until you reacclimate, but seemingly "in the middle of nowhere", here is this lovely oasis. We stayed in a spacious new room (so new that the only negative comment about our stay was the need to air out the paint/finish smells). The staff quickly got our flat tire fixed and we enjoyed two days of riding and swimming in the marvelous pools and natural springs/rivers. The butterfly garden is magical - not huge, but more butterflies that I've ever seen anywhere. Absolutely gorgeous gardens, good food, fun water slide, helpful staff (especially with a young one on horseback), and a couple of great dogs that are happy to take walks with you. Truly a pleasure!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakewood, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2011

Amazing,Relaxing,Tantalizing,,Mezmerizing,Total escape from the craziness of the busy world! ! THIS IS MY DESCRIPTION OF THIS SMALL "GARDEN OF EDEN". Friendly people,beautiful, colorful,place to enjoy nature. Go here with no kids, or if you plan to bring them,warn them to be peaceful and quiet! No abnoxious kids allowed! JUST ENJOY THE TRANQUILITY AND PEACE..

Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cook, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

Our stay at Blue River Resort came at the end of our trip to Costa Rica and it couldn't have been a better ending. The cabins were very spacious and comfortable, the food was excellent, and the gardens were stunning. Above all, however, was the hospitality of the staff. They were genuinely warm and welcoming and eager to please. Magdalena, our hostess, and Walter, our tour guide, helped us to have the best stay possible. My only negative comment is that only 2 of the 4 thermal pools were in operation at any given time. Even so, we would happily stay there again.

Room Tip: Cabin 7 offers more privacy than the others
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: 600 metros Oeste del puente del Rio Azul, Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue River Resort & Hot Springs 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue River Resort and Hot Springs is an authentic Costa Rica experience in the rainforests of Rincon de la Vieja. Our jewel is the spectacular natural mineral "green" hot spring pools – but that’s just the beginning. There is a large fresh water pool & bullet slide, the spa, botanical gardens, butterfly farm, iguana and frog pond and much more. Set out on several authentic eco Costa Rica adventure tours, all nearby. Eco-tours include visits to gorgeous blue volcanic rivers and waterfalls by horseback, nature walks, volcano hike, zip-lining across waterfalls and much more. The breadth of eco-nature tours will amaze you. Blue River Resort & Hot Springs offers luxury accommodation in new, spacious 720 square foot cabanas. Book your dream Costa Rica vacation! ... more   less 
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Blue River Resort & Hot Springs Hotel Rincon De La Vieja
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