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“Fabulous little hotel”
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Hotel Bijagua
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Calgary, Canada
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“Fabulous little hotel”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

This place was fabulous. David truly went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He was friendly and totally flexible with us. This place has a great view of Arenal volcano, clean rooms, a great pool and fabulous value. Would recommend this to anyone traveling to the La Fortuna area. One of the best places we stayed in all of Costa Rica

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights during our 8 day trip to Costa Rica this March. It was our first accommodation in the country. While the volcano is what brought us to LaFortuna we couldn't see it at all for the low clouds and rain. That being said, the hotel was perfect and David (manager/owner) was amazing.
The hotel is not right in town but walking distance if you chose to. It has a very tropical, rainforest vibe to it and a cute little pool (although it was too cold to swim). David was super sweet and helpful. He booked all our excursions - Canyoning, Zip lining, Baldi hot springs and also recommended we take a swim at the waterfall. All great suggestions.
The room we stayed in had a balcony facing the pool, a fridge, 2 double queen and full bathroom. They have an outdoor covered kitchen area where you can prepare coffee or breakfast. There is a supermarket right beside the hotel if you need anything.
Very cute and quaint.
I would highly recommend to stay here while visiting LaFortuna and the Arenal area.
PS- I only rate the sleep quality average because there is a rooster next door that must be blind. It crows every hour during the night.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

It was great nice and cozy just what you needed after a crazy adventure day
We didn't to see mountain as rained and clouds the whole time ...
Mamma and David was amazing they helped us with anything we needed would forsure stay there when we go back
Elise and Liz

  • Stayed January 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We stayed here overnight on February 20th, 2013. We were very impressed with all aspects of this hotel. Location, rooms, cleanliness, value and particularly the service, are all excellent. The grounds are well maintained and the pool and other common areas are very nice. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone staying in La Fortuna!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

After only one night's stay, I wish I would not have had a cancellation penalty for my other Arenal hotel. Location, price, and service were top notch here.
I wish I had seen reviews talking more location detail in previous reviews as this would helped plan better, so I hope this helps you.
Location - Only about 2km away from Ecoglides ziplining and Baldi Hot Springs, close to La Fortuna Waterfall, and about a $4 cab ride from La Fortuna (prob a 10-15 walk but there's not really street lights/a safe sidewalk). We actually did the Skytrek, Cerro Chato trail, then La Fortuna Waterfall (not recommended for the avg person, as this was a ridiculously physically exhausting day and thus we can not confirm the supposedly 10-15min walk time from waterfall to hotel, but it was again about a $4 cab ride).,

David was WONDERFUL in offering his planning help and organizing our activities/transportation. Even though we only stayed one night, he offered his help to do the same for the rest of our trip, and I did reach out to him again about transportation. Somehow, it seems he has a slightly better rate for Interbus than what we found otherwise (~ $4 cheaper).
The room itself was nice, not fancy or anything, but being so close to numerous activities, if you plan to spend minimal time in your room, this is more than fine. There were some ants in the bathroom since the window screen was open, but we didn't have a major issue in the bedroom itself. I'm used to sleeping on an old hard bed at home, so this actually felt fine, but I could see those used to luxury mattresses not liking it. No breakfast, but there are two very simple places for breakfast across the street (somewhat expensive for what you get, but still only about $6 pp). Also, yes, it looked touristy when we pulled up, but once we were inside, it was quite different (in a good way).

Overall, I highly recommend Hotel Bijagua, esp if you plan on filling your day with activities and want/need some guidance. Hope this helps!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kimberly, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

You will not find a warmer welcome or a cleaner place. Staying there is like being welcomed into the home of an old friend. We had a first floor room with two double beds, a TV and mini fridge. We also had a small patio next to the pool, accessible via patio door. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and very large for a small hotel. There is a good view of Arenal Volcano from the hotel, although the top was cloud covered during our stay. David has multiple bird feeders to attract a large number of birds - to entertain you in the morning. There are hammocks and chairs to relax in and a common area for meals if you'd like to get groceries at the full market next-door. Or you can cross the road and get food from one of the two sodas. (There are other food places within a short walk as well.) I would recommend eating back on the grounds of the hotel though, as the sodas are very close to the road. The beauty and tranquility of the hotel grounds is much more pleasant than traffic noises and diesel. The transport to our next destination would not be arriving until a couple of hours after check-out time. David graciously insisted that we have use of the room until we were to disembark. The WIFI reception was good, and free. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Thank you to Sra. Cecilia and son David, the owners of Hotel Bijagua, a little and super cozy hotel. We loved it. Great location, price, nice pool, nice rooms with everything we could possible need. They let us had a super late check out, since our tour ended much later than expected.
I recommend it highly and definetely, will try to return some day.
PURA VIDA!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bijagua
Address: 1 1/2 km La Fortuna Center Hwy 142 | Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bijagua 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This cozy family hotel offers the perfect combination of personalized service and comfort in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica.We have 7 rooms equipped with different features to satisfy all your needs. In addition, it is perfectly located near the spring waters and Arenal Lake so you can live the most unforgettable times.You are going to enjoy the most spectacular view of Arenal volcano which amazes and thrills whoever looks at it. It is just the powerful grandness of nature.gps:10.46852,-84.66245Besides, you will have the chance to choose from our diverse list of tours in our tour office located in our lobby. Nature lovers will know that Hotel Bijagua is the best choice. ... more   less 
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