I've made three trips to Nosara (technially Guiones) prior to the one I just returned from and have stayed at another, slightly more expensive place. This trip we were there for a little over a week at the first of January. In the past, Nosara was just one of the stops on surf trips along the peninsula. But we liked the area so much we decided this time to just take Nosara Surf Shuttle from Liberia to Nosara and spend our whole time there. That is part of what made the Gilded Iguana such a good choice. They have an excellent bar and restaurant there at the hotel and there are other good choices nearby as well as Juan Surfo's Surf Shop, a internet cafe, and a small supermarket. The hotel is also a reasonably short walk from the beach. The accommodations are nice with clean rooms and comfortable beds. There's a nice pool right in the middle of things. The best part was the owners and staff. I had read the reviews here before choosing the Iguana and they are accurate. The owners and their staff are very friendly and accommodating. The place is also very secure and safe. Now, understand you will be staying in the middle of a jungle so there are going to be bugs outside and inside but they were not a problem for us. Also, we stayed over the restaurant for most of our stay. We stayed up late every night and were up by seven or so to surf each morning so the ambient noise from the location and open rooms (no A/C in these) didn't bother us. It was actually a good wake-up call each day to get us up and surfing. But if you're a early to bed or late to get up person I recommend you take a room with the A/C. They're a little further back, away from the restaurant/bar, and pretty quiet with windows closed and A/C running. Thank you to Joellen and Matt and your staff for being such good hosts!
- 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