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Gilded Iguana Hotel

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#17 of 23 Hotels in Nosara
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Room was very clean, comfortable, large! and affordable for Nosara. No a/c, but didn't miss it with screened windows open and fans on. Restaurant and bar onsite - very good food! Although a bit expensive, which is to be expected for Nosara.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

The gilded iguana was a great place to visit Costa Rica and enjoy it's jungles, be close to the beach and have a laid-back atmosphere. If nosara had historical sites to go to, the gilded iguana would be one of them, being built in the early 70s.

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Squamish, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

We stayed for 10 nights in January and never did get a good night of sleep during our stay. We stayed in unit 4 where we had stayed in years past. Since our stay years ago this unit has seen little, if anything, in terms of upkeep and maintenance. The slats are loose and some fall out of the windows... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

We had a room over the restaurant (#6), not at all noisy at night. The windows do not have glass (just wire mesh) and there is no air conditioning, but we had a nice breeze and our room temp was good. We had a coffee pot and a fridge which was great for food and drinks. We had a big... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

We stayed four nights here and it was a great location for the beach, which was just a five-minute walk away. The room was large with a balcony and the pool area was really relaxing with lovely trees and hammocks nearby. The restaurant served really nice cocktails and seafood pasta. Service wasn't great and we weren't welcomed with much information... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

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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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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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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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. **NEWS** - Gilded Iguana has been sold to new owners - but is sure to be better than ever for open Nov 2014. All reservations still valid! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gilded Iguana Hotel

Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Price Range: $50 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Nosara
#7 Romantic Hotel in Nosara
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Nosara
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