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“Comfortable Modesty, A Fabulous Stay.”

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Lizard King Hotel Resort
Austin, Texas, United States
1 review
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“Comfortable Modesty, A Fabulous Stay.”
Reviewed July 12, 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.

Room Tip: First room is fantastic.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank you Jackie for you beautifully written review. We really appreciate it!!
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Reviewed June 26, 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, August 1, 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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Reviewed May 22, 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, traveled as a couple
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you Theresa for your review. We appreciate it!
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 16, 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!

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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, June 26, 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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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We stayed in many hotels during our month in Costa Rica and this was definately our favorite one! Our friends recomended us to stay here and we are so happy we did, and of course now we gladly recomend this hotel to everyone! We stayed in an airconditioned room with a fridge and a TV. The rooms are simple, nothing fancy, but clean and nice.The location of the hotel is wonderful- very close to the center but far away from the noise. The owners Bethany and Luis are SO nice, we really enjoyed talking to them and they were very helpful about the area. But for us, what made us absolutely fall in love with this hotel was the BEST breakfast ever! Bethany has golden hands as it comes to the kitchen. We adored her banana pancakes and mango crepes. The best we ever had, by far!!!! we can still feel their taste, even a month after...

Room Tip: second floor with a/c also, they just finished building a great suite on the first floor, with a ki...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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code333, Owner at Lizard King Hotel Resort, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Hi Guys, thanks for the review. We really appreciate it. How's the recipe working out? We hope all is well and await your next visit here at the Lizard King! Thanks again.
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

My stay at the Lizard King was very pleasant, The hotel sits across the street from the beach, The pancakes are delicious; Rooms were well kept, clean and cozy; Service was friendly, and last but not least the place has a swimming pool!! I recommend The Lizard King Hotel to all my friends/ family.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Initially we planned on staying only two nights and ended staying a total of four. The hotel is built with precious wood floors and posts. The rooms are comfy and clean. We stayed by the pool which came in handy during the hot sunny days. WiFi worked fine in our room, the bed was of an orthopedic type mattress and we slept comfortably on it, rooms were clean, and the breakfast was amazing!
The hotel is located at the center but closer towards the edge of town which makes it ideal if you want to get some peace but also want to be around everything that's going on. The beach is across the street. Nice and helpful employees/owners too.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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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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Location: 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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