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Hotel Iguanazul

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Junquillal, Santa Cruz 130-5150, Costa Rica
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Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014
Gary M Southern Shores, North Carolina
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

From the time of check-in this place was a disaster. The first room they had us in the air conditioner was not working, the second one we walked into the toilet was over-flowing (without even using it!). Not to mention the ants that we're crawling everywhere! Even on the pillows! When notifying the front desk they said "oh they're just... More

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Southern Shores, North Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean with beautiful views. Restaurant has excellent food and a well stocked bar. Service is great. One downside is several expats and the owner hang out in the bar daily,drinking and are often loud and rude.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The food was great, good attention and service. I love the view its magical! The manager really went out of his way to make us feel welcomed and gave us advice on fun activities to plan on our visit. I will definitely be coming back..

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Although this hotel is in need of a refresh after more than 20 years in business, it's commanding overlook on a cliff about the gorgeous, varied and isolated Playa Junquillal has it remain one of my favorite properties in Costa Rica. They also have a gorgeous swimming pool and robust A/C.

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Ocean Shores, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Happened on to Iguanazul, we were without reservations and found the hotel from a sign. The room was very basic, not even a refridgerator, but , the view, the pool, the beaches, it was one of the best places we stayed. Very "undone", food was okay, we had a car so we went to Lola's, to Villa Deevina, to Playa... More

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Strathmore, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Beautiful location , wonderful staff , good meals. The staff was extremely accommodating for our rather large group.... We wanted to watch the Gold Medal Hockey game between Canada & Sweden...... So at 6 am the bar & restaurant was fully occupied with guests . The bar tender & Roberto served drinks & breakfast as we cheered on Team Canada... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This hotel is set in a beautiful location with nice gardens and stunning views of the Pacific. The outside area is lovely and there is a very good pool. What a shame that the rooms and restaurant don't match up to the location. Luckily we were only here for 1 night - the rooms were at best basic and not... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

It's not easy to find Hotel Iguanazul near Playa Junquillal, but it's certainly worth the 90 minute drive from Liberia airport. Beautiful, comfortable hotel located on a 100' beach bluff amid lush cattle plains, with 22 duplex cottage style rooms. The grounds are wonderful, with palms, orchids and covered hammocks where you can doze overlooking the azure seas and coves.... More

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

After our 2nd visit to Iguanazul the place keeps its charm. No longer an All-Inclusive resort, this time we eat all our meals at the restaurant, an other than a little inconvenient with the shrimps, everything was very tasteful. The personal is one of a kind (and again, I never felt like I needed to place my wallet or laptop... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

My wife and I have been going to the "Iguana"since the early 90's,as it was always a favorite even as we watched CR become too "Americanized"for our taste(we live several months each year in Nicaragua),and just returned there after a 7 year absence .We were not disappointed!! David still the owner,Roberto still there,and desk manager William(very helpful,and best of all,he... More

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Address: Playa Junquillal, Santa Cruz 130-5150, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Iguanazul 3*
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The Iguanazul is located in the northern province of Guanacaste, on the Nicoya Peninsula at Playa Junquillal, 35km south of Tamarindo, over a cliff right in front of the Pacific Ocean, a quiet place where you can enjoy a white sand, almost deserted beach, world class surf breaks, great snorkling, spectacular sunsets and more! Our nearby beaches are all pristine and you can walk virtually undisturbed for hours and hours. ... more   less 
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