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Blue Iguana

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Economy Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm | Exterior
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Outdoor pool

Overview of Blue Iguana

Blue Iguana

2.5 star property

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Bar
West side of the soccer field, Samara, Guanacaste, 50205

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSamara Beach6 min walk
  • Popular LocationCarrillo Beach8 min drive
  • Popular LocationBuena Vista Beach10 min drive
  • AirportNosara (NOB)69 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Samara, Blue Iguana is near the beach. Travelers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Museo Islita, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Nicoya Peninsula and Samara Beach.

What's nearby

  • Samara Beach - 6 min walk
  • Carrillo Beach - 8 min drive
  • Buena Vista Beach - 10 min drive
  • Playa Barrigona - 22 min drive
  • Playa Barco Quebrado - 32 min drive

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 135 min drive


  • Pizza Paraiso - 3 min walk
  • Sports Bar Arriba - 4 min walk
  • Media Luna - 4 min walk
  • Coco's Mexican Restaurant - 4 min walk
  • Maná - 4 min walk

About this property

Blue Iguana

Property highlights
At Blue Iguana, you can look forward to a roundtrip airport shuttle, a terrace, and a garden. In addition to laundry facilities and a bar, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Additional perks include:
  • An outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Bike rentals, barbecue grills, and a 24-hour front desk
  • A reception hall, luggage storage, and tour/ticket assistance
  • Guest reviews say good things about the helpful staff
Room features
All 40 rooms have amenities such as free WiFi.
Other amenities include:
  • Showers and free toiletries
  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Communal kitchens, ceiling fans, and daily housekeeping


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
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • A bar/lounge
  • A restaurant
  • Snack bar/deli

Things to do

  • Bicycle rentals
  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Snack bar/deli


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tour and ticket assistance


  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • No elevator
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Reception hall

Room amenities


  • Bedsheets provided


  • Free toiletries
  • Shower only
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV with cable channels

Food and drink

  • Limited room service
  • Shared kitchen access


  • Ceiling fan

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Check-in from 2 PM - 10 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

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

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
There is no hot water on site

Property is also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Blue Iguana have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Blue Iguana?

As of Feb 1, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Blue Iguana on Feb 3, 2023 start from $45.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Blue Iguana pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much is parking at Blue Iguana?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Blue Iguana?

Check-in is from 2 PM - 10 PM. After-hours check-in is not available.

What time is check-out at Blue Iguana?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Does Blue Iguana provide a shuttle to the airport?

Yes, there's an airport shuttle.

Where is Blue Iguana located?

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicoya Peninsula and Samara Beach. Buena Vista Beach and Carrillo Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).


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Rating 2 - Terrible. 9 out of 56 reviews" "
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Property conditions & facilities




4/10 Poor


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Disliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities
Bathroom was tiny. Very tiny. No hot water which is to be expected here. Hotel was very loud with other guests and security was lacking. Good for a quick bed on your travels.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2023

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 3 nights in Apr 2022

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Staff & service
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 .
Stayed 7 nights in Mar 2022

2/10 Terrible


Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The hotel when arrived was closed. Not a soul. No place to sleep!!! Thanks.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2022

2/10 Terrible


Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2022

2/10 Terrible


Stayed 1 night in Nov 2021

6/10 Okay


Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities
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.
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2021

6/10 Okay


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
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2021

10/10 Excellent

Verified traveler

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
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.
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021