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Gilded Iguana Hotel

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Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm at a loss seeing all the other positive reviews of this Hotel - normally our impressions are bang on with Tripadvisor ratings, but in this case I feel like we were staying at a different hotel! On the positive side, the grounds are gorgeous, and the rooms were very nice and clean for the price. The pool area was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Situated just a short stroll from the quiet end of the beach. Easy to rent surfboards from the shop outside and can still walk into town. Didn't find the staff very helpful. The main issue I had here was the resident dog. A lovely quiet dog lazing in the sunshine by day, but when the sun goes down he barks... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Don't come to Nosara if you expect luxe. This is a place of beautiful beaches, warm people and great surf breaks. No paved roads and little traffic. The Gilded Iguana is an easy 5 minute walk to spectacular Playa Guiones. The grounds are peaceful, the hammocks perfect for siestas, and the fresh water pool a respire from sand and waves.... More 

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Flanders, New Jersey
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Very nice place, averaged pricing, really good food. The ceviche was great, casado plates were amazing and all the other fish dishes were really good too. They are limited on non seafood dishes. Many specials to choose from daily. Friendly and clean. Loved it

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The hotel is in a great location, just a short stroll down the street to the north end of the beach. The room we stayed in was on the small side, but had everything we needed. The rooms and grounds are very well kept. The staff is friendly and helpful. The restaurant and bar are worth checking out, particularly for... More 

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2 Thank John D
Panama city beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This is for people who get costa rica! Rooms with and without a/c. New restaurant is very good. Exceptional pool and bar. Now again rooms are a little rustic but that is the real costa rica if you want silk sheets vacation somewhere else your to uptight. That is the real secret of Costa Rica/ Pura Vida...RELAX, don't sweat the... More 

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Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

I have stayed in plenty of hotels all around the world, different styles and sizes. This hotel was great. The level of cleanliness of the hotel was the same as any 5 star hotel. The food at the restaurant was amazing. My favorite was the Curry Snapper, Ceviche, Tuna Tartare, and the Mahi Steak. The location in Nosara was right... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We checked into the Gilded Iguana after the house we had been renting in Nosara was robbed. Despite the difficult circumstances that we were going through, the people there made us feel welcome and facilitated things we needed to do such as calling our credit card companies and the embassy. The rooms were large and impeccably clean. It's a small... More 

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2 Thank Kikunia M
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is a great budget hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the food good and the bar interesting. A short walk to Giones beach, surfboard rentals right down the street, I left my car parked the whole time I was there and walked to everything.

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1 Thank Mark E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The Gilded Iguana is simple but was perfect for us. One of the closest options to the beach, and on a quiet street. We will definitely recommend to friends. Loved the open air feel - waking up to birds & monkeys every morning. We saw several places that looked more modern, but we would definitely come back here because of... More 

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