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“Great hotel to stay!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gilded Iguana Hotel

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Gilded Iguana Hotel
Ranked #18 of 23 Hotels in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence
San Jose, Costa Rica
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29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great hotel to stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

I stayed with a couple of friends at the hotel and enjoyed it very very much.

To start with, the beach is literally at a 2 minute walk straight up, also the price we got charged for the room was more tan reasonable for what it had to offer to us... The pool area is somehow small but enough to chill and it´s actually good to meet other people.

The pool bar is nice to chill during the afternoon or just after a cool surf session. The room is well set up with surfboard holders, small fridge, water glasses and other facilities. The hotel has a nice approach towards water conservation and Joellen, the owner is one of the nicest persons to deal with.

The staff members are helpful and friendly, food at the restaurant is delicious and you get free coffee too. No complaints at all.

The reservation process was somehow slow for me as I had to do it over email but it was not an issue honestly,

Room Tip: The rooms at the back of the pool are nice, # 11 is the one I stayed at, it´s big and has A/C too wh...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Feds-Vargas
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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los angeles, ca
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

This hotel was really great. The staff is super nice and welcoming. Prices were totally fair. Nice clean rooms, spacious and comfortable. the grounds are pretty and the pool is just the right size, very close to the beach. Good food and drinks. Overall awesome

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lagirl23
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Fodor's review was accurate. Welcoming place, whether you're staying there or stopping by for drink. Central location, close to beach. Basic pool, but hit the spot during the heat of the day. Staff was helpful.
We did the less expensive $50 no A/C room. Great bargain. Gilded Iguana clearly warned that these rooms were close to the action, so could be tougher to sleep, and they were right. But we prefer the open air type room in Costa Rica to hear the birds and Howler Monkies, so that was fine.
Bed was a little too firm for me, and room had some ants (most hotels do here), but otherwise the room was quite nice. We had a great time at Gilded Iguana, and would strongly recommend, at least for a few days.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Northerns43323
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Ennis, Ireland
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here. The room was basic but we felt very safe. The pool was great for the children and we were just a few minutes walk to the beach. Nosara Surf Academy was just on site also and the Instructers were very professional and nice. The restaurant was great with a big menu to choose from. The staff were very nice and the management were very helpful and willing to help us make our stay as good as possible. I celebrated my birthday here and my meal of Thai Shrimp was devine!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SurfFamilyTravel
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Vienna, Virginia
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

The hotel was very relaxed, the room large and clean, the pool small but sufficient for what we needed, but the main pluses of the hotel were the people we met, the staff and the food. We stayed at the Gilded Iguana for 3 nights after a rather adventurous and active stay in the Arenal area and we were just looking for relaxation. For that it was absolutely perfect. The beach was in walking distance and was absolutely gorgeous. The hotel pool was fun for hanging out during happy hour. Great value for our money and nice change of pace from larger (and much more expensive) hotels.
We must have eaten almost everything on the menu and all was exceptional - with the exception of the fish tacos and the calamari - those were heavenly!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ikebobike
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Golden, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

Excellent food, the beverage selection is incredible, great staff, fun times. The music nights are excellent as well. An awesome place centrally located with a staff that really cares. During the high season make sure you book early. Food is always fresh and tasty.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Bruce K
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GildedIguanaNosara, Owner at Gilded Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Hi Bruce,
Thank you for the great review, we aim to ensure our guests an enjoyable holiday, so it's always nice to have the hard work everyone puts in recognized. I noticed your very kind comments on our food and drinks as well and wanted to let you know that there is a separate site that you can share your comments about our restaurant on. Thanks again, and hope to see you back again soon!
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Arlington, VA
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111 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

So, The Gilded Iguana.

Been around since 1989. Staff is very pleasant & professional, esp those that work in the bar / restaurant & housekeeping area.

Rooms are varied. There are the 2nd story rooms over the restaurant with nice balconies.

There are rooms in a 2-story bldg over to the right of the restaurant.

There are the rooms behind & to the side of the pool. These rooms behind the restaurant & behind the pool are your best bet: AC, quiet, big veranda to sit out on in the evening. You might want to stay away from room #7 because in windy weather the drain pipe chain (literally) makes a huge racket, as do the large palm trees which jam up against that room's windows & side wall (very loud inside at night when the palm fronds start scraping the side of the bldg.

Water pressure very good & always has hot water.

Great location: 5 mins walk to the beach. Everything needed is close by to The Gilded Iguana.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank fawlcon
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GildedIguanaNosara, Owner at Gilded Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
HI There,
Thank you so much for your kind review and for alerting us to the noise issue in room 7. Having not stayed in the room myself, I had no idea! We have trimmed back the trees and are thinking of a solution for the drain pipe chain. This has been a great example of how Trip Advisor can help a place improve. We hope you can come back again soon for another visit.
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Additional Information about Gilded Iguana Hotel

Property: Gilded Iguana Hotel
Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 23 Hotels in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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 

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