Blue Iguana

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Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Beach nearby

Overview of Blue Iguana

Blue Iguana

2.5 star property
Samara hotel with restaurant and bar/lounge

6.8/10 Good

51 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Shared kitchen
  • Restaurant
The price is €44
Price available on 09/08/2022
West side of the soccer field, Samara, Guanacaste, 50205
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
For families
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • BBQ(s)
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Samara Beach - 1 min drive

Getting around

  • Nosara (NOB) - 67 min drive
  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.) - 135 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Blue Iguana

A great choice for a stay in Samara, Blue Iguana features an airport shuttle. You can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge, and the restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. Other highlights include a snack bar/deli, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the helpful staff.


Dutch, English, German, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
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At a glance

Hotel size

  • 40 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 10 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • BBQs
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Bike hire


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower


  • Dutch
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


On-site venue – sushi bar.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place and staff at the property wear personal protective equipment.


There is no hot water on site.

This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Hotel Playa Samara
Playa Samara
Blue Iguana Hotel
Blue Iguana Samara
Hotel Playa Samara
Blue Iguana Hotel Samara

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Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Radhi, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Overall daytime was great nighttime too loud at this hostel this site is not advertised as hostel if we had known would not have booked here rooms very small .
Hedvig, 7-night trip
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2/10 Poor

The hotel when arrived was closed. Not a soul. No place to sleep!!! Thanks.
Alonso, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Do yourself a favour and avoid this place. Room is dark, dingy and ugly. Mattress is thin, TERRIBLE, springy thing and doesn’t even fit the bed properly. You can see the bed boards. For the price, not worth it. No blankets provided, just a sheet. No towels in room and no TV either (contrary to room details on Cleanliness is poor, wall fan rusty. The night we spent here there was a MASSIVE party in the pool area, breaking every COVID rule in place. Looked more like a sleazy high-school prom after party. The teens then spent the next hour just walking up and down the corridor of rooms making all sorts of noise. Not the Sámara experience I was expecting.
Valentina, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Jessica, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

You simply pay for what you get. Great location in town and close to basically everything. Rooms 77-81 are directly behind the bar so you'll be up late every night as there is something happening all the time. Plus side is the owner of the property is a great man, but his hotel or hustle is in really bad shape.
Salman, 4-night trip
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6/10 Good

This place is also known as "The Blue Iguana" and is a mix of hostel and hotel, my room was old, outdated Nice common areas by the pool and in the courtyard Close to the beach and restaurants
Jeff, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice little hostel looking hotel, at the beach!
The hotel couldn’t see our reservation with but let us stay anyway. It is really close to the beach and the management seems quite relaxed! Good beach vibe. The rooms are away from the pool that has music etc which is enjoyable too. Actually the entire place looks way more like a hostel, but we liked it! Only issue is the breakfast, we waited for 45 min for a very simple 2 toasts-one fried egg, as there were many people and the kitchen had absolutely no system about how to manage that. Writing nothing down, they forgot orders.
Pierre, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Close to the beach
There is a night club on the property, making it a lot of fun. You can sit by the pool and get drinks from the bar. It was too bad the guests from the bar left trash everywhere around the hotel grounds. The center courtyard has nice tables and is wonderful spot to sit and hang out. The pool did not look especially inviting, it needs some extra filtration and circulation. The pool area is ok, nice with the bar there. The breakfast didnt look great and there was no milk for the coffee, I didnt eat it. There was a sitting area with couches, but it had bird droppings all over it. A little more care is needed in cleaning, sweeping and dusting. It was very close to the beach and the town center. It had a huge fan in the room, keeping it nice and cool. The staff was amazing and kept a close eye on the car. It is a good hostel feel and very low maintenance. Definitely worth the stay if you get the room for a good price. The staff work hard to make sure you are comfortable.
1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Cute space, but there was no cooling off the room, and the little pool closed early and wasn't open at all the next morning. Very limited breakfast options, and nothing really if you're vegan.
1-night trip with friends
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