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Lizard King Hotel Resort
San Diego, California, United States
2 reviews
“Great Experience”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

My sister and I stayed here as we were traveling through Costa Rica to Panama and absolutely loved Puerto Viejo. We had a great experience at Lizzard King. It wasn't in our guide book and we just stumbled upon it, but found it the perfect balance of cute and comfortable, friendly and yet affordable. The owners were very helpful, warm, easy going and non intrusive. They were there when we needed them and yet not overbearing in anyway. The open space which can be used as a breakfast/coffee/wine area also doubles as an inviting area to just hang out when the weather is icky. The rooms were comfortable and pool was pretty. We had a great experience here and highly recommend it to couples, families, whomever traveling through.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Hi Holly,

Thank you for writing a review. It's reviews like yours that fuels the moral of the team and helps provide a better guest experience. Thank you very much for your input and we look forward to your future stay at the Lizard King Hotel.
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We just came back from a wonderful vacation in Puerto Viejo. We stayed at the Lizard King for 10 days and we loved every minute of it.
The location is amazing (on Puerto Viejo's main road, 2 minutes walk to the beach, forest, many restaurants and bars), the room was very clean and comfortable, the pool was a hit with our two little girls and above all the attentive care Bethany, Luis and their staff provide to their guests is making you feel at home!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Hi Shlomit and Family! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I hope everyone in the family is doing great. We hope to have you back soon and many thanks for being wonderful guests.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

The customer service here was fantastic. When we first arrived, during a rain storm, there was a small leak in our room. They immediately moved our items to a bigger room and carried in a fridge when we asked for one. They then proceeded to fix the leak within 20 minutes of us reporting it.
The workers are really sweet and made conversation with us everyday, providing us with travelling advice including maps, great sights, cheap places to eat and even advice on where to go and how to travel around the rest of Costa Rica.
The food is amazing and all homemade fresh in the morning. The pancakes are the best I've ever tasted.
Conveniently located about 2 mintues from the beach and 4 minutes from the hub. There is a bakery next door and a soda just opposite.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, 16 August 2013
Hi Remi,

Thank you very much for you review. Bethany and I have missed having you and Tiggy as guests. We hope to see you during your next visit to Puerto Viejo. We hope you have had a safe and sound trip back. Thanks again and pura vida!
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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

If you are looking for an expensive five-star resort, keep looking. What you will find here is more a very comfortable and modest hotel for a great price. I myself enjoy more humble hotel choices. In the past I have experienced several overdone and overpriced hotels where the atmosphere borders on smug. You won't find that here and its such a blessing.

The room we originally reserved was no longer available due to renovations, so the owners upgraded us for no charge. The upgrade consisted of a room downstairs, with ac, 2 queen beds, a kitchen, private bath, tv and jacuzzi. We were most appreciative, yet I believe even without the free upgrade we would have had an equally pleasant stay. The beds were comfortable and the room was very clean. The decor is warm and simple.

The owners, Luis and Bethany, were so kind. They weren't at all overbearing. You knew they were there if you needed them, yet give you privacy and respect as well. This is a terrific quality as I have been to several hotels where the staff or owners were much too involved making you feel as a prisoner rather than a guest.

The hotel is a great find and as an added bonus, there is a quaint cafe attached offering a covered patio. I really liked that it is open and lets the Caribbean coast air glide through as well as offer a view to different types of wildlife mostly including lizards, thus earning it the name, the Lizard King Hotel.

The breakfast is very good. Bethany bakes and has many delicious cafe options such as breakfast, brunch, lunch and desserts. Decent variety of coffees and teas as well. My boyfriend had her banana pancakes and they were so delicious! Warm and buttery, with the taste of fresh cooked bananas. The pancakes were delightfully fluffy and practically melt in your mouth. I had the traditional Costa Rican breakfast which consisted of scrambled or fried egg, gallo pinto, toast and fried plantains. It was very tasty. I love the fried plantain as it is somewhat sweet and carmelized and is such a nice compliment to the egg and gallo pinto which was traditionally flavored and much enjoyed. One afternoon Bethany was exploring new recipes and made macaroons. She gave us two as to obtain our feedback for this item. I have never liked coconut, but I admit I ate my entire piece. It was fresh out of the oven and had a wonderfully light texture flavored of warm and sugary coconut with just a hint of butter. Indeed a great item to add!

Located on the edge of town farthest from the bus stop, off the main road. The Lizard King Hotel Resort is only steps away from exploring the restaurants, bars and tourist shops. Also only a 30 second walk to the beach. Very private, yet very accessible, we would stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Thank you Jackie for you beautifully written review. We really appreciate it!!
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Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for 4 nights and found it was okay. Not great but not poor. Very helpful and friendly staff, nice breakfast, and located on the main rd through the town but at the edge, only a short walk to where the bars where. Lots of drug dealers in the bars and streets but not too pushy, try to befriend you then ask if you need any. It did get a bit annoying after a while though. Really a surfers town really and not for me.
You could probably get a cheaper hotel if you just turned up in viejo, but I like to pre-book.

  • Stayed June 2013
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Bigneilo, we sorry to learn that we only received three stars out of five. We are always working on improving our service, guest comfort and facilities. Since your posting, we've remodelled an entire new bathroom and added a new queen size-bed, plus two new 32" flat-panel TV's and thus setting forth our focus to providing a better guest experience. Should you decide to visit Puerto Viejo again, we hope you come visit us and enjoy our new amenities.
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Mayrhofen, Austria
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

it was our last stay of 3 weeks costa rica and it was one of the best hotels for us.
the rooms are simple but very clean.
bethany did the best breakfast we had in the whole time;-)
we loved the atmosphere in puerte viejo!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Thank you Theresa for your review. We appreciate it!
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

We were contemplating hotels before choosing this one. Out of the three we decided to pick the Lizard King and never looked back. The location is perfect, we had the town at our disposal when needed, our room was clean and smelled good, the bed was comfortable, employees were nice and the breakfast was the best I've had in a long time. We give it thumbs up!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Thank you Kumar for your review. We appreciate it very much. These reviews help us gauge our strengths and weaknesses. We look forward to your next visit. Thanks again!
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Property: Lizard King Hotel Resort
Address: Calle Principal - 600 metros sur del Banco | Costa Rica (On the main road of Puerto Viejo), 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 #35 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lizard King Hotel Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lizard King Hotel & Resort for its great location, friendly service, fun amenities, beautiful wooden rooms and building structure.Free WiFi, BreakfastFree, ParkingFree Swimming Pool Access - 24 hours, 7 days a weekFree 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, RestaurantBakery and PastriesTours and Attractions Appointment ManagementOnsite. Massage Service ... more   less 
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