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Blue River Resort & Hot Springs
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Bring your rain gear as you are in the rainforest. The rooms are large and homeywith a wonderful porch. I loved sitting on the porch to read and watch the world go by. My husband enjoyed napping in the hammock.
We spent time in several of the hotsprings, walked in the arboretum, which had a good variety of trees and shrubs, loved the butterfly hutch! The mud bath was even fun.
I thought the food in the restaurant was very good (no, it is not 4 star, but good) and breakfast has a good variety.
We did do the horseback ride and it was fun and reasonably priced. The horses also seemed well cared for and well behaved.
My only complaint was it rained almost the whole time we were there so we did everything in the rain however, it is the rainforest so what did I expect.
It was a very relaxing 3 days.
It was a nice blend of families and couples, young to old, staying during out visit.
The staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

To my delight, the room was incredibly spacious. We had a balcony, hammock and a great view of the volcano.
My kids loved hanging out at the pools - yes there are about 5 of them. They really liked the bullet water slide.
Great tours. We LOVED the river rafting tour, and had a lovely and very responsible babysitter for our younger kids. We all went horseback riding together to the Blue River and even tried ziplining. Although I was nervous at first about the tours with young kids, the guides were super safety conscious and made even me feel at ease. Plus they knew so much about nature, that my kids learned a ton.
My daughter especially loved the butterfly garden in the morning and was fascinated by the frog breeding centre.
We had great food experiences. My husband loved the chimichanga steak (as did my boys) and I loved the tilapia which was freshly caught each day. My kids feasted on burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, etc... thank goodness there was a big selection of kid foods since mine are horrible eaters. So - we were all happy.
All in all - wonderful memories and a great family vacation.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank StewM124
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

I just returned from a two night stay at this resort. The rooms, bathroom and closet are very large and clean. It also had a desk, mini fridge and coffee maker. The five pools were wonderful, one warmer than the next, all very relaxing. The restaurant on site had the best service anyone could ask for. They found a gem in our server Edwardo. I didn't have a chance to take in the spa services but others in our group did and enjoyed the massage. We all (11 of us) went horseback riding with a wonderful guide, very knowledgable. The tour was much longer than expected, but the hike in the rainforest was breath taking. The river really is blue! The zip lining was great if you can get past your fear( I barely did) But Eric and crew made me more comfortable. They were very professional and kind. They don't tell you ahead of time that there are 9 zips and once you start you have to go to the fourth to touch the ground. Price for zipping and horseback riding were very inexpensive, I would highly recommend. Great job all around. The only recommendations I would have would be that they need a gift shop! Sell tshirts, post cards and small trickets. I would have bought many, since souvenirs are no where to be found in the whole country!! Only at the airport, which is a total rip off (understatement!) I highly recommend the Blue River Resort! Don't forget your raincoat and an umbrella!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

we are a family of 5 we had the best time with the crew of blue river resort, they treated us like family, they knew us by fist names, the grounds are beautiful, relaxing. everyone was so kind, Dani, Alfredo,Ilan, Jose, Gabriella; Erick,Kevin, Orlando; Ronald, even the dog went with us everywhere.
take a rain jacket and an umbrella
you will love every minute of your stay, you dont have to worrie about a thing, all the activities are right from the hotel, very sall groups (sometimes its only you and your family) personal care.
highly recomemded!

Room Tip: only 20 rooms all the same
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

A very relaxing getaway that isn't too far from where we were staying (Bahia Salinas, near La Cruz) ... although the long dirt road did make you feel you were getting away! Mud bath and hot (& cold) pools were great. Easy walk to some fun rapids of the Blue River. We only stayed one night (our vacation was focused on kitesurfing 2 hours away) so this was a nice change of pace. They offer a number of activities if you want to do something other than lounge around.... or you can just lounge around and enjoy spa treatments!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

From the moment we got there the staff was very friendly. This is an absolutely beautiful place and it is very well maintained. It is private, quiet and laid back. The rooms are huge and spacious yet very simple. If the bed had better mattresses and pillows it would have been perfect!!!!! We did two tours the canopy and the tubing down the Blue River. Both were fantastic. We were the only 2 on both tours so it was very private.....no long waits like at more commercial places. We both got a massage at the spa and they were exceptional and well worth the money. After our massage we did the outdoor sauna and volcanic mud bath which was quite interesting. Definitely something we had not experienced and found it quite fun. The restaurant was just ok. The food wasn't bad but nothing special either. The only negative thing about the experience is that both mornings we awoke to the neighboring vacant cabin's alarm going off. Both times it took about 2 hours for someone to get it shut off. Other than that our stay was very very pleasant!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

You should expect the drive out to be bumpy - once you're on the gravel road it will take you nearly an hour to get to the resort. The gravel is very uneven and you will want four wheel drive. But its worth the trip! The site is beautiful - very well-maintained, very customer-service oriented, and very relaxing. The food at the one restaurant there isn't much to write home about, but you can ask for things that aren't on the menu. They are very eager to make sure you are satisfied! The hot springs are beautiful - very clean and well-maintained. The nature walks are fun and beautiful. The rooms and bathroom in the bungalows are HUGE. I slept better at this hotel than any other hotel while in Costa Rica. Quiet, dark, and peaceful.

The horseback ride took us to a fantastic waterfall that was breathtaking. A MUST DO if you visit this resort!

More than anything we were impressed with the customer service we received. We quickly made friends with many of the staff members at the resort and they were so polite, kind, and helpful. The night before we left we spent TWO HOURS talking with the staff at the front desk (Angelina and Ilan) about where we should go next. They helped us secure a hotel at our next destination, gave us candid feedback about places to visit in Costa Rica, etc. They were tremendously helpful and we are so grateful to them! They were truly costumer-serviced oriented and they ensured that we had the perfect visit.

An A+ for Blue River Resort! Thank you for the wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: | 600 m West of la Puente and Rio Azul, Rincon de La Vieja 21306, 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
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range: $88 - $197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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