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Blue Jay Lodge
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence
Germany
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50 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We were in Santa Teresa and were looking for a nice and inexpensive lodge. Blue Jay Lodge was perfect. Located in Mal Pais, quiet, huge rooms, clean and cheap. Great value, great price. Breakfast included and perfect: Eggs, Bread, Coffe ... all you need in the morning! We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We spent Thanksgiving Break here ready for a relaxing vacation. My wife and I are graduate students so needed to stay somewhere within in our budget and Blue Jay Lodge met our budget but didn't feel like a budget hotel. The view from our porch was amazing, especially the sun set.

It's true that you are sharing the jungle with its wildlife, as even with the screen, some bugs and such will get in. We left a peach out the first night and something crept under the porch door to snack on it. From then we left all such food in a cooler we borrowed from the front desk or in the large safe.

Breakfast was simple, but delicious with enough choices and variety to keep us satisfied. The lodge is a walk from most bars and restaurants. Some nights we negotiated a taxi ride home from a bar, but a renting a bike or ATV is another possibility. The owner can help arrange rentals and excursions though it easy enough to do that in town as well.

If I would return, I would take a pair of slippers or sandles to wear in the bungalow as our floor had some kind of red powder/dust that coated socks and bare feet.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the bungalows higher up the hill for the best view of the ocean from your porch.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

set in a delightful tropical garden, the blue jay lodge was way better than other hotels we saw in the area. my wife and I and our two young children shared a bungalow for four nights just before Christmas and it was a lovely experience. it had an excellent location just off the beaten track of mal pais and was rustic without being unsophisticated. very mellow and peaceful surroundings with hammocks on the veranda. wonderfully hospitable owner David was always there for questions so thanks for that David and we wish we were still there. although we travelled with our kids, it would have been a very romantic spot as well as each bungalow is quite private. highly recommended

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Kennewick, Washington, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We got a comfortable bungalow with two Queen sz beds, a big bathroom with hot water and lots of storage space. TV and A/C. Everything was clean and nice, there was a sink outside in the front with a gas kitchen and plates and kitchen supplies included.
There's also a pool and breakfast is included. You will be surrounded by lots of trees, so you get enjoy the birds and TONS of howler monkeys! Pretty cool!
You can walk to Playa Carmen (cross street) and if you don't mind a 10-15 min walk you can also do it to the little town of Malpaís and Santa Teresa Beach.
If you are looking for the basics and having fun in one of the most beautiful places in CR, I totally recommend it!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Karen P
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in this green lodge. Looks like a jungle with iguanas walking aroung, giant spiders and even monkeys once on a roof. We had a bungalow with 2 hammocks outside, warm shower and 3 big beds inside. In a warm amd humid nights I wish wehad A/C. Nice swimming pool! Breakfast was fresh, but not too big cjoice- fruits, eggs or toast. Walking distance to a clean and calm beaches. Easy surfing for begginers and the owner was very friendly and gave us advie how to find best tide-pols.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank IrinaBr
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San Jose
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This Hotel is located in one of the most beautiful beach area in Costa Rica. The bungalows are located in the middle of a garden which allows you to to some bird watch or MONKEY watch. You don't need any luck they'll be there. You will be near one of the most beautiful breaks in Costa Rica in Santa Teresa so take your surfboard and get stoked with the waves.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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235 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Well worth the money, I believe we paid $80 a night? perhaps less?
Includes Breakfast as well. has pool.

Villas were actually pretty big. they are like being in a tree house. The property is surrounded by thick forest with tones of birds. Through out of 3 1/2 week stay in Mal Pais & Santa Teresa we stayed at 7 different hotels. This one by far had the most variety of birds.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Blue Jay Lodge
Address: 800 sur Banco de costa rica Playa Carmen Mal Pais, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
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): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Jay Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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