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Lizard King Hotel Resort
Truckee, Ca
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“Great staff, food and room”
Reviewed June 19, 2008

We completely enjoyed our stay here. As another reviewer noted, this is a budget hotel. My husband and I checked out 13 hotels in Puerto Viejo before settling on this one. We were looking for the best value for our money and we certainly got it!

The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. We loved that use of the internet was included in the price of the stay. They made a wonderful hot breakfast each morning served with fresh juice and coffee. It was served in thier great bar that is both tropical and classy at the same time. It was a very relaxing and calming atmoshpere.

This was the cleanest budget hotel we stayed in. The rooms were spotless and they brought us fresh towels everyday. We were also very impressed that the windows were all well screened in and there was a mosquito net. Many budget hotels do not adequately protect guests from the risk of malaria and other diseases spread by mosquitos. The owners of this hotel clearly care about thier guests.

We thought the pool was awesome. It is a simple, square pool that is perfect for cooling off from the heat. I wouldn't want to lounge around it because the beach across the street was so lovely. It is a great pool for a swim.

The hotel was also close to town, so we were able to easily walk everywhere we wanted to go. It was also far enough from the clubs to not be loud at night.

Overall we had a fabulous stay at this hotel. It was quaint, romantic and wonderful. I don't think there are better budget accomodations in Puerto Viejo.

  • Liked — The wonderful staff and great rooms
  • Disliked — Pool is only for hotel guests, so friends in another hotel couldn't join us swimming
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2008

I was disappointed when I got to this hotel. Yet again I followed the advice of The Lonely Planet guidebook, which puts it in the "top end" category, and states that it cost $90 a night. So on this basis I was expecting comfort. I didn't find comfort. I certainly wouldn't describe it as "top end" (I dread to think what budget is like) and it was a mere $30.
I found it like sleeping in a bug filled, boiling hot shed. It had windows, but you couldn't really open the curtains due to privacy issues. Also the rail fell off when I tried!
If you are used to this kind of hotel it is probably fine for you. The bed was comfy, there was a fan, a manky towel, a soap dispenser, and even a television (I had to move rooms and pay a little extra to get one).
There wasn't a glass provided in the room, so I had to go and buy one from the shop in order to pour myself a drink. There was a scary looking Rottweiler dog skulking around, but at least that means your room is unlikely to get robbed I guess. The lady at reception seemed helpful, she let me stay in my room until 2.30pm on the day I checked out, for an extra $10. The bar/restaurant seemed to be getting refurbished when i was there, I saw no one drinking there. There is a pool, but no loungers.
I don't think there are any decent hotels in this town. It all seems to be backpacker style sheds with no A/C. It is a shame because it is a cute little town with a gorgeous beach, but I could only tolerate this accommodation for one night before heading off to San Jose to have a bath!

  • Liked — it is close to the beach
  • Disliked — the lack of air conditioning
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed May 28, 2007

The Lizard King Hotel is a great budget hotel. My girlfriend and I stayed here for $30 a night and really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is owned by a mother and her son, who are both incredibly friendly. It seemed like no matter what hour it was the owners were there to answer questions or just chat with. The rooms are basic, but very roomy and had powerful fans to keep the place cool most of the day. The rooms surround a pool, which is small but refreshingly cool. The place is stocked with plastic chairs if you want to relax by the pool. The hotel is also nicely located just outside of downtown on the main road and is within a stones throw of three pretty good places to eat. The place includes an internet cafe, which for reasonable price will give you about the fastest internet you'll find in puerto viejo. Although the hotel includes a "restaurant" I wouldn't recommend eating in with so many better options just a short walk away. The owners were telling me the most recent editions of Lonely Planet misquoted them on the prices, so don't be thrown off if your guide book doesn't match this review. I promise rooms aren't $80. All in all this was a great place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good budget option.

  • Liked — owners and the pool
  • Disliked — construction noise
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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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 #31 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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