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Lizard King Hotel Resort
Reviewed 30 July 2012

I just spent two weeks at the Lizard King Hotel while visiting Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It was sad leaving - I really grew to love the place and the nice owners Lillie and Louie - who not only provide the best breakfast in town, but also gave me great advice on eating-out, exploring and other things. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Bradford Duplisea
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http://duplisea.ca/

Room Tip: All good. I guess if you want to be close to the pool you'd stay on the bottom level.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

We were disappointed with our room. It was incredibily small with no storage space or anything else - very very basic. We have stayed in several places in Costa Rica for the same price or less (we paid $55 per night for a basic room with no aircon) and expected slightly more for the price. We were on the ground level by the pool and it wasn't very private at all, people walked past our room at all times and we were woken up by people standing and talking loudly outside our room in the morning. Rooms on the upper level look like they have more privacy. The pool seemed nice and clean and quite big but there is no room around it for sunbathing.The shower only seemed to operate on a lukewarm temperature and gave me a mild electric shock when I tried to turn the temperature up. There was also only one, very thin, sheet on the beds.

On the plus side the location is very good, right in the town and it's set back off the main street so you don't get noise from there. It's also right next door to a brilliant bakery. The breakfast was very big and tasty with a good choice and the owners were very helpful and friendly, coming down from their room when they heard us having trouble locking our door. They also refunded us for a night that we had already paid for when we decided to leave Puerto Viejo a day before we had orginally planned to.
This could be a good base for a few days in Puerto Viejo but after being there and seeing the amount of different places there are in town I personally think you could probably find somewhere a bit nicer for the money with a bit of research. Having said that, I'm sure you could find a lot that are worse too.

Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

We found this place after walking around to a few other hotels/hostels in the area. 5 minute walk into the city on the main road.

Pros: good location (close to city but quiet), clean pool, big rooms, breakfast, friendly/helpful staff

Cons: shower head was spraying in 4 different directions, WIFI signal very poor in rooms

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank IK1980
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

Lizard King was a good hotel though nothing special. The rooms were basic (very small mirror and almost no storage space), but clean and well maintained. The pool was nice and a great way to cool down after the heat of the streets though not big on sunbathing space. The staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast was good. There are similar hotels very close that are cheaper and pffer much the same facilities.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

We found this hotel online. The reviews were right, the breakfast is really yummy. The owners were a sweet couple who even bargained with us towards the end when we were low on money. There is also another woman who speaks English, or is from the US and is very helpful. The older Costa Rican woman who owns it with her husband is so sweet, she was telling us about her parrot who was crying because he lost his friend recently. This hotel is safe and clean. It depends on your necessities, it is not luxurious but definitely comfortable and away from noise. The rooms were all very clean. There is also internet onsite but sit in the front area to get the best reception. Have a great trip!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle Principal - 600 metros sur del Banco Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: RM 269 - RM 491 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lizard King Hotel Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lizard King Hotel & Suites is in a great location, friendly service, fun amenities, beautiful wooden rooms and building structure. Free WiFi, Free Coffee and Snacks, Parking, Free Swimming Pool Access - Bus-stop Shuttle to Hotel,Great Location - Next to Everything & across the Street from the Beach, LaundryService, Orthopedic Mattresses, Air Condition or fan, Mini refrigerator, Mini Bar, Cable Television, Coffee, and Tours and Attractions Appointment Management Onsite. Massage Service ... more   less 
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