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Blue Palm Hotel
Ranked #33 of 42 Hotels in Jaco
Laval, Canada
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10 reviews
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“Small”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

We book a night a blue palm hotel and that was enough. The room are very small, may be there is bigger room but the one we had was tinny. Also, there is a pool but the sidewalk around it it not large enough.

As other say all electricity on the room is tied to a motion sensor so after 10 min all power goes down including the AC.

The review of "Adam C"(You get what you pay for...) is all true.

Be careful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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bluepalm99, Owner at Blue Palm Hotel, responded to this review, February 21, 2012
Please do not expect anything like North American Standards here in Costa Rica, you will be greatly disappointed.

The sizes of the rooms are visible on the website in detail. We also manage and rent condominiums here in Jaco. Beachfront included. If you want something larger or situated on the beach we can accommodate that, not for the same price of course.

We offer a good value for Jaco with telephone service, AC, Cable TV, WiFi, safe, Hot Showers, a nice pool, and walking distance to the center of Jaco at a reasonable price.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

The Blue Palms hotel is a fantastic place to stay if you're visiting Jaco. The rooms are clean, have 24 hour service, and also include towels, soap, shampoo, and hot water. This cannot be said for other hotels in the region. There is also a beautiful swimming pool that families can enjoy. Speaking of families, the upper half of the hotel includes many rooms with 3-4 queen sized beds that are perfect for folks traveling with kids. The location is great, it's right next to a "tienda" where you can buy coca-cola, bottles of water, beer, etc. Next door to that is a "soda" which is a very affordable and great place to eat breakfast lunch or dinner. Finally, there is a fresh fruit stand right next to the "soda" where you can buy bananas, papayas, pineapples, lemons, limes, etc. About a 10 minute walk to the beach. About a 10 minute walk to the main strip, which includes banks for your cash needs, restaurants, and bars. Good value here too. Rolf is a hands-on host who will take care of your requests. Overall a great spot if you are visiting Jaco.

Room Tip: Wifi access is best in rooms 1, 2 or 3.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

There are a lot of good reviews on here, so maybe it was just a single bad experience from an otherwise good hotel, but there are several things one should consider before staying at Blue Palm. We reserved three beds via email, but were given a room with only two. They had no other rooms, so one of us had to sleep on an air mattress (more like a pool toy). Worse than that, we had no hot water for showers while there. The shower was dirty and used a plastic ball to cover the drain (see picture). The walls are paper thin. We were in a room at the front of the hotel facing the street and the traffic noise sounded like it was in the room with us. There was actually a hole in the wall with a sock plugging it (see picture).

The electricity is tied to a motion censor. In order to keep the A/C (and refrigerator) on at night we actually had to tie a shirt to the ceiling fan to trip the censor. Otherwise, the A/C turns off after about 10 minutes and you wake up in a sauna (see picture). I'm all for saving electricity, but that's ridiculous.

The price is good, but you get what you pay for. Other reviewers are correct when saying that Rolph is very nice and will help you set up tours, but the hotel was certainly well below what we were expecting. There are numerous other places to stay in Jaco and I would recommend looking elsewhere...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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bluepalm99, Owner at Blue Palm Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2012
Please do not expect anything like North American Standards here in Costa Rica, you will be greatly disappointed.

If not happy these fellows could have left without charge, we have no problem with that. We were full and had no space available to change rooms on the first night. Three people and three beds are different booking types and there was some confusion over this. We charged for two people, not three. Secondly we offered the next day to change the room to a larger room with three beds and they did not want to.

All the rooms have hot water showers, not like the North American version, demand water heater shower heads, more water volume less heat. Less volume warmer water, exact opposite of North America, I still am not used to it, welcome Costa Rica. No one mentioned to us at any time the hot water did not work that I am aware of, I checked after and the Hot water is working fine in the room.

Same as with the demand hot water heaters, the plumbing here is not North American standard either, hence the plastic ball in the drain to stop sewer gas from entering the room from the shower drain. They do not have roof vents or traps in the drains here, go figure.… We have now installed a new design of floor drain to correct this standard Costa Rica plumbing issue, :)

As with the energy conservation system, it is only connected to the AC units and some lights, not the refrigerators in the rooms. Electricity in Costa Rica is the most expensive in the world at 36 cents per Kilowatt hour, and a peak usage surcharge to boot. A quick Google check will confirm this. I myself slept overnight in this same room to see if the power system was malfunctioning. It stayed on all night for me and did not shut off once. If the door or window is left open the AC unit will shut down automatically, as well if no one is present in the room. No sock on the fan blades is required; trying to circumvent the energy system will not work and will not be tolerated. Running the AC with the doors and windows open will not work here, sorry.

In order to keep the rooms affordable and comfortable with AC, we installed this system last year and are refining it for a comfort efficiency balance. We also installed all LED out-door lighting and CFL lights inside the rooms. We also converted to solar powered clothes drying, and high efficiency washers, and low flush toilets. We are very serious about energy conservation here. We are the only ones with the lights on at night, LEDs of course, ultra low consumption. Better security too, it gets dark here with no lights on in town…

Yes, the rooms at the front are noisier because of the road noise. The Macaws and flocks of parrots are very loud in the morning too. It can get very noisy in central Jaco on the weekends but we are close enough to walk there and just far enough away from it to be content. Many guests stay here because of this distance and proximity balance. The construction standards here could use better sound proofing; we are working on it and will come up with a solution to the front room noise. If you want real quiet 5-8 are the best choices, and A-B for multiple guests, four separate beds.

I have had the hotel for a year and a half and am making numerous improvements all the time. I like comforts too. It is a slow process but we are definitely making progress.

Please do not expect anything like North American Standards here in Costa Rica, you will be greatly disappointed. Simple things like addresses, postal service, quick service, good roads, parts or supplies availability, any sort of selection, constant electricity, common sense, etc, these are all in short supply here in Costa Rica. Things are definitely different, in comparison to Europe or North America. It is more simple and basic living, harder at times for sure, but less demanding. Step back in time to different era.

This is a developing country and people live very simple here, without all the North American selection and conveniences. They are available here but you will pay dearly for them, double or triple price is conservative. If you want that sort of comfort and convenience the Los Suenos Marriot is your place, but then again some of their guests came here to stay to get more bang for the buck, the real Costa Rica….

At the Hotel we keep it clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy. I really do miss my medium rare Alberta Beef BBQ T-bone Steaks, loaded baked potatoes, 60” LED 500 channel TV, and lazy boy recliner easy chair…..

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Prevost, Canada
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

We were in vacations on the 21 december 2011 till 5 january 2012 at the blue palm hotel in jaco beach it was wonderfull.The owner of the hotel Rolf is very professional he help us to book some nice tours and fishing trip.Rolf show us somes very nices places to see near the hotel like a mountain trail and also some nices beachs.All his staff are very very nice and helpfull The room was perfect whit is little kitchen great air conditionning very very clean.The pool is beautifull and very private.We are able to walk every where in jaco beach from the hotel.Lots of thanks to Edele,Georgina,Rolf, Raoul and Nicolas
very very good hotel to stay in Jaco beach il recommend it.

The Roy familly

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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venice, ca
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

Me and my buddy stayed everywhere from Jaco Beach to Quepos to Manuel Antonia to Dominical. The Blue Palm Hotel had the nicest accommodations, nicest rooms, and by far the best staff. Not only was it a great deal, the rooms were clean, the hotel has a pool, they have bike rentals and are more than happy to help guide you through your stay in Jaco. Rolph, the owner is a great resource. Ask him anything about the town - He'll help you out. Totally made our stay!

Milo

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are larger and can accommodate more people
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

Travelling on my own to Jaco for 6 nights, my stay at the Blue Palms was very pleasant. Rolph the owner was very helpful suggesting trips and places to eat etc and he was always there to answer any queries. Georgina on Reception kindly took me for a hiking trip to the top of the hill overlooking Jaco beach early in the morning, which is worth doing. A good start to the day! The room I had was huge and the bed comfortable and I even had a kettle to make myself a morning cup of tea! The small pool was very clean. Visit Tortugero and Puntas Leonas is worth it for the yellow beaches. All in all a very friendly place with friendly staff.

Room Tip: Room A had 3 double beds, very comfortable
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Long Beach
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

After looking around for a place to stay, we decided to stay at tge blue palm because it looked really nice and the rates were reseanable. Rooms are modern and clean. The receptionist was really nice and helpful. The hotel is really well located, steps from beach and tons of restaurants, supermarkets and stores but yet far enough from the craziness of the main road. The pool was nice and the whole place was well maintained and well run. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Blue Palm Hotel
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
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Ranked #33 of 42 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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