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“It was like staying with family”
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Hotel Bijagua
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“It was like staying with family”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights and had the best stay.

The hosts: David, Jorge and Cecilia made us feel like family. They never made anything feel like a hassle and always made sure we were having a great stay. Cecilia saw that we were soaked from our white water rafting trip and offered to put our runners in the dryer and also washed our clothes. David picked coconuts and gave them to all the guests to drink (the best coconut water EVER!!) and helped us book all our trips at a discount (vs. paying the companies). Jorge drove us to the Baldi hot springs since he so happened to be free. We adore this family and miss them very much :)

The hotel:
- The hotel is very clean and the villa we stayed in was very spacious. We loved having a kitchen to make breakfast in the morning (helped save $$ as food in Arenal definitely was not particularly cheap). The beds were comfortable too.
- Lots of seating area around the pool to help you unwind. Lots of hammocks too!
- There is a grocery store right next door and two little restaurants across the way.
- The hotel is a good 20 minute walk into town and it's a bit of a trek, especially at night when there's not a lot of light. Luckily the taxi ride is only $3USD.

Tips for Arenal:
- Mostly cash based society. If you book activities with the hotel, make sure you bring USD. The activities average $70-$100USD/day per person. We especially enjoyed the white water rafting and waterfall rappelling adventures.
- A car would have been nice to get into and back from town, but given the cost of a car rental, we were pretty happy to just walk/take a taxi when needed. All the tours generally include transportation anyways so don't think a car is particularly necessary.

Thank you David, Jorge and Cecilia for a truly wonderful stay!

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Villa" that had a kitchen. The kitchen had a great view of the beautiful...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

My 3 friends and I stayed here for our night in Arenal/La Fortuna area. David was really helpful during our trip planning process before and after we booked with him. He even made us coffee the morning we checked out at 6am. The hotel is a little outside of town so it's best for people who are renting their own car. There's two restaurants/sodas across the street and a super market right next door. Our room had an unobstructed view of the volcano, absolutely beautiful. We would have stayed a couple more nights if our trip was longer!

Thanks for everything David!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Leeds
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Staying here at the moment
On our last night if 4 with our two children
Rooms are perfect - 2 double beds and a single
Fridge and TV but we have not turned that on
Small kitchen area to make breakfast - spotless
Rooms clean and beds soooooo comfortable
David and his family are lovely and helpful
Everything is 5 star but I gave the location 4 star as it is a huge + to be out of town but it is a 20minute walk which is ok but maybe not for all - you could catch a taxi but there is a path that is reasonably lit all the way - we have walked every night
Supermarket next door is fab too
The hotel is very safe and the pool is just perfect
View wonderful
We would stay again
While here defn visit Los laureles hot springs if you have kids - cheaper than the rest $10 each and it had 9 pools and 3 slides - local CR families and very nice atmosphere too

  • Stayed August 2013
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Our stay at Hotel Bijagua was unlike any other during our trip throughout Costa Rica this summer. We stayed at there with our 2 boys and just loved everything about it. First and foremost, it is immaculate, gorgeous and affordable. But what makes this hotel stand heads above the rest are the people who own and operate it. David and his parents Cecilia and Jorge embody all that is good about Costa Rica. David recommended some fun activities to do while we were there, and even hung out with our two boys kayaking in the pool and playing “baby jaguar” so my husband and I could have a little rest ourselves. And what Cecilia has done to the gardens is a feast for the eyes. Each morning, I’d see her out planting a little flower here or little tree there. She’s truly created an unexpected little paradise there. Oh, and I almost forgot o mention how relaxing the sound of the waterfall was and the grand view of the volcano we had. Plus I loved having the Super next door and plenty of places to eat nearby. Hotel Bijagua is fantastic! Stay there. If you don’t love it, you’re just plain weird.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Villa with the kitchenette and saved lots of money by cooking in.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Rooms are clean and location is good outside of La Fortuna & close to Arenal volcano area. We recommend a car in this area but taxis are easily found. You can see the volcano from your patio and a small nice pool area below. David and his family are always smiling and go out of their way to make sure you do too. He even ran across the street and brought us an umbrella when we went for breakfast. This is no Hilton or Hyatt but you are not paying for one. Quaint, clean, friendly... We would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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austin,tx
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Hotel Bijagua is a beautifully-kept, intimate inn tucked away on the main road to the hot springs in the Arenal area. It is run by a lovely family who made sure we had everything we needed while there. We enjoyed the green tiled pool, the communal kitchen and our room which was quiet and very clean, including a spacious bath. The hotel is centrally located with a supermarket closeby, a very good breakfast restaurant, and the square a few blocks away. David helped us find our way to the waterfall in the morning followed by the hot springs in the afternoon. The other guests we met at the Bijagua invited a local sculptor to come and make pottery while we watched, infusing our stay with true local color!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We would go back to Arenal as much for this place as for the sites! here you will find a rare combination of immaculate rooms, fantastic location, beautiful grounds and most important the most gracious hosts that we met in Costa rica. David and his mother went out of their way to help us in every possible way. we stayed here with our 3 kids and had the bad luck of arriving in Arenal with 2 of us sick - we could not have expected the care and thought-fullness of these two -they even surprised us with home made soup - was really rare and saved the day. Don't forget to buy the tickets to Baldi and hanging bridges at the hotel - it is cheaper than at the sites themselves.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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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
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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