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Gilded Iguana Hotel

Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We were not staying here however ate dinner and breakfast here over the course of our stay in Nosara. We visited this place towards the end of our stay in Costa Rica and by that stage I had my fill of rice, beans and plantains so I went for the hamburger and fries which really hit the spot. For breakfast... More 

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Roanoke, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We did not stay here but ate dinner and lunch at the restaurant. The prices were good. Pay with your debit card and you will get a better exchange rate than you do if you pay in dollars. Food was fresh. Desserts were delightful. And they had choices for picky kids. Don't be in a hurry - they are on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I spend 4 days in this hotel, 1 room for 2 near to the restaurant, and it was a nice experience. It's like 5 min away from a gas station and a bank, near to Guiones beach and 5 km away of Playa Pelada. The room was average, no AC but fans were alright, refrigerator, friendly environment, clean facilities. If... More 

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Los Osos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I booked this small old hotel for a few days before a retreat at a more posh resort and I'm so glad I did! My room, number 2, was behind the restaurant, and since I ate all my meals here, it was perfect. Not lavish, no air conditioning, but the fans were just right. Low key, kicked back staff made... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I stayed 5 days in the non-AC rooms which are quite spacious and clean. The people are friendly. The hotel is in front of a great surf school and 200m from the amazing Guiones beach break. Breakfast starts later than in other places (7h30) so I never tried and always went somewhere else (time is different there, you will see!).... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was a great experience and exactly what we wanted. Perfect location near the beach and great hotel service. Didn't find the reception to be that warm or informative. Restaurants/bars are pricey but that was expected at the beach. The room was without AC but the fan was great. It was noisy at times but mostly okay! The live music... More 

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