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Blue River Resort & Hot Springs

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Nice bungalows, paradise nature and views, we liked the botanical garden and butterflies, it was really magnificent! The pools with the hot mineral water they are really worth that 25 min travel by that dirt road. The amenities in gym are old and not the best. But restaurant is good, the food was delicious and prices were reasonable. We spent there 2 days, but I wish we spent there a week. But don't expect to find there

We really enjoyed our stay at the Blue River Resort. The rooms were very large and nice. Staff was very attentive and most spoke English. We drove a small car and the 25 kilometers in the unpaved road took almost 2 hours. ud recommend a 4x4 to get their faster. But the scenery was beautiful so it wasn't all bad. They only have wifi in the restaurant and front office area so that was a negative. But they do offer free calls to the US which came in handy when we needed to make some important calls. They had two cold water pools, one with a slide that our kids loved. The other pools were hot. They had a volcanic mud area that was kinda cool. Overall, we enjoyed our time here and would definitely recommend it to our friends.

The resort is great if you want to experience the jungle life. The staff was great and helpful. I liked how they have activities you can book. The hotel is about 2 hours away from the Guanacaste airport and the drive is bumpy. The water pressure in the shower was not that great but still had a great time here. Great value!

We enjoyed our stay. This is a beautiful, unique place. Very remote, but worth the trip for us to stay a couple days. Breakfast was good.

Extremely friendly staff. Scenery was great. Clean rooms. Excursions were fun, even in the rain. Only down side was length of travel time from airport.

Front desk staff was great! Watched the end of the World cup football game in the office.CR WINS! Wait staff not very friendly. They should be selling the hotel amenities and talking to guests. (Did you go tubing or horseback riding? You should go here...) Hotel is in the middle of nowhere so come prepared. Rooms are big and clean. Sauna was nice but could use a face lift. Mud bath was an experience. Overall a good stay.

We had a wonderful time. It is very remote, 30 minutes on paved road and 40-60 minutes on gravel from the airport. But, it is well worth the drive. Everyone there is very friendly and helpful. The grounds are small but beautiful. The hot springs pools are great. If your looking for a laid back, peaceful time, this is the place. Do the hike to the waterfall. It's beautiful.

The ride to the hotel was $100-110 and almost two hours away. Leaving, you will pay $100-110 also. If you would like to leave the resort, it will cost you more money for transportation. The staff was great with assisting in activity planning and recommending places. When we ordered food, the waiter got a few orders wrong and the menu prices were different. The manager only half way honored one of the mistakes. I would recommend paying in Costa Rica's currency. We did get to walk off the resort with a nice escort to the local store & gift shop. The people are very friendly at the local shops. As for ammenties, i recommend horseback riding and ziplining for the whole family. The muddbath is located outdoors and you apply it yourself from a muddstand (stand with a pot of mudd?). Fyi, the mudd smells and its hard to remove the odor. The natural sauna and natural springs are great. Sometimes the water looks dirty but, for the most part it was ok after it was cleaned. Although the sauna looks a little weird, it works wonders.

A great setting at the edge of the volcano. Extremely isolated with 20 KM on an unpaved road...

We got to the hotel which is very beautiful! But it is a long 25 Kms drive, takes you an hour to get there! Staff are top notch but owner should stay in the back ground! Your customers come first not the owner! The grounds are breath taking!

The room was amazing! The views stunning! I did not mind the long unpaved road because the scenery was spectacular. We did two different excursions while staying with Blue River. The first was the white water rafting and I can't express how fantastic the guides were and I would highly reccommend this excursion, our kids are 12 and 14 and they both loved it. The second excursion was the rafting, it was fun too but the river just a little shallow because of the dry season but still had a good time. The ladies at the front desk of Blue River have a difficult time understanding any concerns and were not always very helpful. They were polite but could not understand a simple question or request. The food for breakfast and dinner was good. We tried many different menu items and everything was good. The gentlemen(waiter ) in the restaurant was very friendly and helpful. We had an air condintioning problem and the maintance manager was more than helpful. The unit was leaking and unfortunately ruined my daughters ipod charger and they gave us a credit for the amount of the charger. The grounds were beautiful and it was an amazing experience.

The room was VERY large, great balcony w/hammock, large bathroom/shower and closet, safe in the room but felt very safe at this location and did not feel we needed to use the safe. The grounds were beautiful and the hot spring pools amazing! Mud bath included in your room rate and it feels great and refreshing. Butterfly garden, orchid and humming bird walk were beautiful! There is only one restaurant/bar and make sure if you arrive late you have snacks, drinks and water because the restaurant bar closes early. The roads are a bit rough getting to this location and highly recommend 4-whl drive. You can make it in a car but it would take a really long time and I can imagine would be very rough. Other than the resort, there is not much around in the way of restaurants, shops or bars....pretty much nothing else. So after a few nights we were a little tired of the same restaurant for every meal but they do offer a great selection and the food was tasty. The staff were very friendly especially in the restaurant/bar and the resort offered many different tours such as zip line, horses and hikes. This resort was very family/couples oriented and would not recommend for singles looking to party. We had a great time relaxing at this resort and would highly recommend it to others!

After a rough trip (lost taxi driver), stepping into our cabana was blissful. Suddenly, we were surrounded by lush landscaping, birds chirping and frogs croaking. Every cabin has a hammock on the porch along with 2 rocking chairs. The hot spring pools were delightful and so were the staff. Greta in reception and Victor in the restaurant were stand-outs. We met one of the owners Kevin during our stay and he appreciated our input and told us about their future plans. Overall we spent 3 nights there and revitalized ourselves immensely. The restaurant food was delicious and considering that you pretty much have to eat there, the prices were not over-priced but rather in an Applebee's price range. Just don't leave anything at home, it is a long trip to town.

600 m West of la Puente and Rio Azul Rincon de la Vieja Guanacaste

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Blue River Resort & Hot Springs is within the area of popular sights such as Rincon de la Vieja National Park. This 25-room, 3.5-star hotel has 5 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and free breakfast. It's on a river and also within the region of Miravalles Volcano and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.


Dining

Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 9 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Tiki Bar and Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant.


Rooms

42-inch LCD TVs offer entertainment. Pillowtop beds sport down comforters and bathrooms offer hair dryers. In-room massages are available.


Property features

Guests of Blue River Resort & Hot Springs have access to a full-service spa, 5 outdoor pools, and a fitness center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an area shuttle for a fee. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry and concierge services. Other amenities at this hot springs hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Cabin, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Blue River Resort & Hot Springs

Everyone (2) Couples (6) Family (5) Friends (1)
5

an amazing place if you want to enjoy nature

Everyone

Nice bungalows, paradise nature and views, we liked the botanical garden and butterflies, it was really magnificent! The pools with the hot mineral water they are really worth that 25 min travel by that dirt road. The amenities in gym are old and not the best. But restaurant is good, the food was delicious and prices were reasonable. We spent there 2 days, but I wish we spent there a week. But don't expect to find there

By , from ca on Apr 5, 2017

3

not pleasant hotel

Everyone

By , from Costa Rica on Nov 1, 2016

5

relaxing time

Families

We really enjoyed our stay at the Blue River Resort. The rooms were very large and nice. Staff was very attentive and most spoke English. We drove a small car and the 25 kilometers in the unpaved road took almost 2 hours. ud recommend a 4x4 to get their faster. But the scenery was beautiful so it wasn't all bad. They only have wifi in the restaurant and front office area so that was a negative. But they do offer free calls to the US which came in handy when we needed to make some important calls. They had two cold water pools, one with a slide that our kids loved. The other pools were hot. They had a volcanic mud area that was kinda cool. Overall, we enjoyed our time here and would definitely recommend it to our friends.

By on Jul 16, 2015

4

great vacation

Couples

The resort is great if you want to experience the jungle life. The staff was great and helpful. I liked how they have activities you can book. The hotel is about 2 hours away from the Guanacaste airport and the drive is bumpy. The water pressure in the shower was not that great but still had a great time here. Great value!

By on Jul 7, 2015

5

great experience

Families

We enjoyed our stay. This is a beautiful, unique place. Very remote, but worth the trip for us to stay a couple days. Breakfast was good.

By on Apr 6, 2015

4

costa rica experience

Families

Extremely friendly staff. Scenery was great. Clean rooms. Excursions were fun, even in the rain. Only down side was length of travel time from airport.

By on Mar 26, 2015

4

off the beaten path

Couples

Front desk staff was great! Watched the end of the World cup football game in the office.CR WINS! Wait staff not very friendly. They should be selling the hotel amenities and talking to guests. (Did you go tubing or horseback riding? You should go here...) Hotel is in the middle of nowhere so come prepared. Rooms are big and clean. Sauna was nice but could use a face lift. Mud bath was an experience. Overall a good stay.

By on Jun 30, 2014

4

40th anniversary at blue river resort

Couples

We had a wonderful time. It is very remote, 30 minutes on paved road and 40-60 minutes on gravel from the airport. But, it is well worth the drive. Everyone there is very friendly and helpful. The grounds are small but beautiful. The hot springs pools are great. If your looking for a laid back, peaceful time, this is the place. Do the hike to the waterfall. It's beautiful.

By on Jun 23, 2014

3

great secluded location but menus had pricing errors

GetawayWithFriends

The ride to the hotel was $100-110 and almost two hours away. Leaving, you will pay $100-110 also. If you would like to leave the resort, it will cost you more money for transportation. The staff was great with assisting in activity planning and recommending places. When we ordered food, the waiter got a few orders wrong and the menu prices were different. The manager only half way honored one of the mistakes. I would recommend paying in Costa Rica's currency. We did get to walk off the resort with a nice escort to the local store & gift shop. The people are very friendly at the local shops. As for ammenties, i recommend horseback riding and ziplining for the whole family. The muddbath is located outdoors and you apply it yourself from a muddstand (stand with a pot of mudd?). Fyi, the mudd smells and its hard to remove the odor. The natural sauna and natural springs are great. Sometimes the water looks dirty but, for the most part it was ok after it was cleaned. Although the sauna looks a little weird, it works wonders.

By on Apr 4, 2014

4

great place, worth the "rough" drive!

Families

A great setting at the edge of the volcano. Extremely isolated with 20 KM on an unpaved road...

By on Jan 21, 2014