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Hotel El Bambu

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alicante, spain
Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

This place is ok: the rooms sprawl around a large complex with a pool, all surrounded by rain forest (well, OK, the bus station is on one side, but you shouldn't hear it). As the rain forest is so near, rooms tend to be a bit gloomy, an impression not helped by the low-wattage bulbs in the lights. However the...

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 12 January 2016

The Staff was really great and accomodating and the rooms were spacious and clean with balconies - they did smell a bit moldy if AC was not running but considering you are in a rain forest environment - probably quite normal and a big bonus in Costa Rica the shower had constant hot water. This hotel could use a facelift...

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were pleased with the amenities! We ate at the restaurant breakfast and dinner for two days and were offered variety as well as wonderful customer service. The front desk arranged an ideal zip line canopy tour for us at Pozo Azul that we really enjoyed. We also enjoyed the pool and surroundings. Highly recommend this hotel...

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Thank Doug D
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

We were just passing by and checking the Rates. Starting around 85 dollars a doubleroom. They asked us about our "limit" and reduced the rate to 50 dollars. Which was our limit. The reason was like 85usd room includes breakfast. The 50usd room not. Thats a quiet expensive breakfast for Costa rice... We went in an stayed at cabinas Laura...

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mgonzalezfonseca, General Manager at Hotel El Bambu, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. We want just to explain the reason why the staff in reception did give you a different rate. Like most hotels we have different rates depending on type of room and location. We have standard with a/c or fan, in 2 floor or in front of the pool and we have also superior...

Antwerp, Belgium
Reviewed 2 December 2015

We Just stay here for one night, Very good service, breakfast could be better. Dinner in the restaurant is ok (not included) Private parking and swimming pool. Great shower. Older furniture in the rooms by the pool, but for one night is okay

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1Thank Ron307
Roskilde, Denmark
Reviewed 11 November 2015

On an excursion to northern Costa Rica with a group of people working for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, we stopped at El Bambu for lunch. I wish I had read the reviews before arriving as I might have taken time to look at the rainforest behind the hotel. Our group didn't stay for the night, but we...

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Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands
Reviewed 29 August 2015

Although there is absolutely nothing to do in Sarapiqui (I mean: .....nothing!), this place is more than ok. The pool is big, an service is just great. Rooms were clean, and be sure to have a room in the new part (room number 38 is the best, all the way in the end - very quiet). The back part of...

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1Thank Frans K
Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

Prepare to see sloths hanging around this hotel as well as miniature armadillos, iguanas and birds. The hotel doesn't look like much from the street, but the rooms are at the back in a tropical forest near a stream. It flooded while we were visiting, but the rooms are on stilts, so we were high and dry. Nice restaurant and...

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Melsele, Belgium
Reviewed 1 May 2015

What can I say about Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí other than the small town itself is not exactly the most inspiring place I have ever seen, and certainly not under grey skies and rain showers... But aside from the kaleidoscope of shops, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a pharmacy and some sodas mainly lined up in the main street, there...

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19Thank BobVandenLangenbergh
Warrington, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 30 March 2015

The hotel is right in the middle of the lovely town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.It is a good location for a nights stop over. The rooms are okay, very basic. The staff is great and very helpful. I had email in advance to set up a river safari and it was all set to go when we arrived. We...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Enjoy the tropic rainforest in a small and welcoming hotel operated by a Costa Rican family just 82 km from San José. At the same time learn about our natural sustainable project, taste our delightful variety of plates in our menu restaurant, rest in superior rooms with queen size beds, air conditioning and terrace. Also take advantage of our safari tour on the Sarapiquí River or enjoy our adventure tours in the area. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel El Bambu

Address: | En frente plaza deportes, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui 3069, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Price Range: RM394 - RM571 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel El Bambu 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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“Corner room big, big balcony and bath”
 of 5 bubbles Chrizzy020, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“I had a superior room”
 of 5 bubbles marsilva, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The rooms nearer to the reception seemed to be cleaner, less moldy.”
 of 5 bubbles trvldddy, 5 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Some rooms are really far from reception, so ask before accepting the key.”
 of 5 bubbles mauriciog106, 3 May 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the back wing are worth extra money.”
 of 5 bubbles SheilaG68, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
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