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The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel

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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good12%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
The landmark at the beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica. The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel & Restaurant is a historic town icon; over the last 40 years it has served as a gathering point where travelers and locals come together to share awesome stories, music, drinks, waves, and good times. The Iguana is located right in front of the main acces to Playa Guiones, one of the most consistent surf breaks in the world. The Hotel and all of the new rooms and facilities have been designed with surfers and outdoor lovers in mind. One of the most famous and well loved vacation destination hotels in Nosara the hotel for surfers, families, expats, and experiential travellers. **NEWS** - Gilded Iguana has been totally renovated and relaunch open March 15th, 2018 .
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
Air Conditioning
Accessible rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Centrally Located
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All reviews kids pool pool bar was not open beautiful bathroom central location pies spent nights front desk staff beautiful hotel free breakfast rooms are large comfortable beds the salt water pool costa rica short walk to the beach few minutes walk other hotels every morning
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This legendary property was completely converted from a raucous hostel to a lovely hotel over the last few years and this is their first full season. There were a few bumps in the booking and arrangement of airport pickup but once I got to the...More

Thank uwomba
Response from Manager-TheGI, Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf HotelResponded 1 week ago

We are glad to receive your review and your comments. Thank you for sharing. We hope you come back soon and continue enjoying paradise!

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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

positive points: gorgeous room —> stylish furniture —> beautiful bathroom beautiful & very clean pool very friendly & competent staff nice restaurant: breakfast, lunch & dinner —> huge variety —> every dish I tryed was delicious very practical Infrastructure for surfers —> surfboard lockers —>...More

1  Thank felipe_rt_21
Response from Manager-TheGI, Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf HotelResponded September 23, 2018

Our staff will be happy to know about your review and we hope you come back soon. Thank you for your comments!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here from November 16th to the 23rd. This should be a 5 start hotel that only gets a 3 start rating, I’m not sure why? We are not surfers, but we do enjoy and love some of the other beautiful things that Nosara...More

Thank NidiaZ1
Response from Manager-TheGI, Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf HotelResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jonh and Nidia. Thank you very much for your comments, make sure we will pass them to all the staff you mentioned. We are proud to receive such nice review and will continue looking for ways to improve and make more guests happy. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to this beautiful area of Nosara three times now and this is the first time I did not get eaten alive by bugs! This hotel has an incredible plant based mister that sprays a citronella smell around the perimeter of the property that...More

1  Thank Victoria G
Response from Manager-TheGI, Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf HotelResponded 3 weeks ago

We are very happy to receive such nice review. Thank you for your comments. We will continue working to improve our services and make more guests happy. We hope you come back soon to Nosara and the Gilded Iguana surf hotel.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very welcome, staff at the top attentive, parking, hotel renovated with taste and pool sublime. You are right next to the sea at 200 meters . Everything could have been perfect if a group of 14 children would not have arrived at the hotel with...More

1  Thank tony1383
Response from Manager-TheGI, Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf HotelResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments about our property. Regarding the large family visiting during your stay I would like to inform you that we addressed the noise factor with the adults responsible for the whole group and requested them to control kids in a proper...More

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July 6, 2017|
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Response from jgross123 | Property representative |
Probably feb 1 2018.
January 10, 2017|
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Response from jgross123 | Property representative |
Hotel feb 1 2018. Restaurant possibly earlier.
Room Tips
"great location, clean, free breakfast, free bike rental, friendly staff"
Sep 10, 2018
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"For quiet, ask for Jungle rooms. Near the pool & action, try the Surfers' rooms or Pool Rooms."
Jul 23, 2018
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"The double beds were a bit small, pick a king bed if you can."
Jul 10, 2018
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"We like Jungle Rooms."
Jun 5, 2018
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$199 - $352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteNosara
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