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Gilded Iguana Hotel

Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
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Ranked #9 of 19 hotels in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014
Kevin K Tucson, Arizona
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We stayed here for two nights. Rooms are spacious and clean. The rooms above the restaurant are huge! but not so quiet. The rooms on the ground behind the pool are not as big, but much quieter. Restaurant is convenient and food is decent, if not inspired. Drinks (including batidos/naturales) are yummy. The grounds were very clean, and everyone was... More

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Linden, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I stayed here for a full week the third week of May. My friend and I stayed in an AC double room, the first one behind the pool. I thought it was clean, quiet, safe and overall a great value. The restaurant/bar was also very good (try a "Tropical Storm") and one of the things I liked the most was... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Good lower-cost place to stay while surfing in Nosara. The restaurant is delicious throughout the day, and the pool is great for relaxing. Location works well, both a short walk from the beach as well as close to a market, surf shops, and several other good restaurants. We chose one of the inexpensive non-AC rooms, it was perfect for our... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My family has stayed here over the years because the folks are friendly and helpful; the location is fantastic; the food is tasty; and the overall value is great. We have only stayed in the AC rooms and plan to return when we head back to Costa Rica.

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Huntington Station, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is a great place that is centrally located to happening part of town. Easy walk to food market and bank. Bring water and take the jungle path. straight walk to the beach to surf the north end to paddle down to the palm tree. Great food.

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The Gilded Iguana is an adorable little hotel, and we thoroughly enjoyed the 3 nights we stayed there. It looks even better in person than it does on the website! Our room was cozy, clean, and perfect for us. It was such a friendly atmosphere - Joellen and her staff really seem to do their best to make everyone feel... More

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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We stayed in an AC room It was nice no problems really aside from our fridge being unplugged while we were gone for the day.. but they do try to conserve as much energy here as possible eco friendly aka.. turn off your fan, ac, and lights when you leave or the room service will while youre gone.. They have... More

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Granada, Nicaragua
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My fiancee and I stayed at the Gilded Iguana for one night. The rooms were decent, and our room had AC. There's a pool and a smoothie bar at the hotel, as well as a restaurant. There's live music there twice per week (Tues and Fri, I think); we weren't there for the live music, but I imagine that it... More

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GildedIguanaNosara, Owner at Gilded Iguana Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review our hotel, we appreciate everyone's opinions and can only improve ourselves if we listen to what people have to say. I'm finding it difficult though to understand the rating you gave us given your comments. You describe the amenities we offer, and make a speculative comment on our music nights that you were... More

Brooklyn, New York, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The Iguana is at the center of all the 'action' in Nosara. I go with a group of 6 friends and we rent one of the suites above the bar/restaurant. It's a great value, I believe for a week we each end up paying $50-75 each in the fall season. The food is what you'd expect, and everything is fresh... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is a very cool a nice hotel/restaurang 5 minutes by foot from the surf beach in Playa Guiones. We stayed here with twi Children (8 and 11 yrs) and they loved both the pool and the food. The price was also affordable, eventhough peak season. We also appreciated the environmental friendly approach. We will come back!

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Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
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#5 Family Hotel in Nosara #7 On the Beach Hotel in Nosara
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A landmark at the beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica, The Gilded Iguana Hotel brings casual relaxation, comfort and excellent service to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. One of the most famous and well loved vacation destination hotels in Nosara for surfers, expats, families and adventure holidayers. ... more   less 
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