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Gilded Iguana Hotel

#11 of 21 Hotels in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence
Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
Gilded Iguana Hotel
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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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Los Osos, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Tacoma, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My partner and I have stayed at the Iguana numerous times over the past few years. The rooms are clean, comfortable and provide all you need for a low key stay near the beach. (Don't expect tv in the room, you really don't need it). Housekeeping staff are lovely, trustworthy and clean the rooms daily. A/c rooms are definitely quieter... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
22 helpful votes 22 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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Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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
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4 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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