I truly was looking forward to our stay in Casa Iguana. I had done lots of research, read up on it and looked at reviews. Unfortunately the idea that was portrayed is not what we received. Casa Iguana is a LOVELY resort, I do mean that. The grounds are beautifully manicured, the casitas are adorable and the location is superb. It was until about the second night when the rosiness of it all started to fade away.
First of all, you get to sleep in a DOUBLE bed, so for anyone over the size of 5´5´´ you may want to rethink that, and especially if you are planning on sharing the bed with someone. There are NO fans in the room and with a mosquito net over your bed you are absolutely suffocating. I did not sleep the entirety of our trip there and woke up every night to take a cold shower to cool off. I could barely breathe. (I had already been in the country for 10 days, so this was not me adapting to the climate either). In addition, the bedding was moldy, the pillows were completely covered in mould and the towels that were provided we absolutely disgusting, totally covered in mould, and were not replaced until the 2 last day of our stay- after we had gotten our own. I understand it’s a tropical climate but come on.
Second, the food was a rip off, dinner was ok, breakfast was ok, lunch-DON´T do it. It was definitely over priced in all, and the drinks as well were on the pricey side too.
Third, the beach. To actually hit some nice open clean beach, you have to walk down to another hotel....disappointing.
Fourth, the staff...aside for a select few-one American girl who let us use her flashlight and the local staff everyone was extremely rude and made us seem like complete outsiders. The people working there have a clique and they will not let you be apart of it. I´m not expecting a 5 star resort here, but a little courtesy and information about the island and what they think is fun to do and where to go would be nice. Thankfully the neighbor -captain whiskas- was more then willing to offer us some words of advice, even walking us to where we wanted to go. In fact, there´s a dog on the island who showed us more courtesy and attention, even walking us right to our room in the middle of the night. Extremely disappointing. Even upon check out where, word of advice, you are charged 5% extra to use your credit card, the guy working there told us that our next destination (Big corn) ¨sucked¨.
On a side note –MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FLASHLIGHT, No wifi, the tin roof when it rains is deafening, and its not a bomb that landed on your little casita, its a coconut.
All in all, this place is extremely over priced and over rated. I hardly ever listen to bad reviews, I go with the majority, which is what I did in this regard, but trust me, after our stay and speaking to others who were travelling around the island the same time as us there are better places. Ones the have queen sized beds and fans in the rooms. And are still bungalows, oh and are cheaper... and nicer. (Little Corn beach and Bungalow) Which is not mentioned in the Nicaragua travel book that everyone has because it was republished in 2009 when that place was being built.
Please, do yourself a favor and listen to this review. I don’t like pick apart a place but if you’re tall, and want a good night sleep and want to save a little dough, stay somewhere else. You wont get your moneys worth here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean as it used to be: An island, a culture, and a way of life that hasn't yet felt the impact of the 20th century. Opening its doors in 1994, CI became Nicaragua's first eco-lodge. Relax on its 40 acre reserve and explore its secret coves, jungle and farm. Whether or not you are a guest at Casa Iguana, we invite you to join us for our famous breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy cocktails and lounging in our lodge to take in the best view on the island and meet interesting people! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Iguana Hotel Little Corn Island
- Casa Iguana Little Corn Island, Corn Islands, Nicaragua