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Gilded Iguana Hotel

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#18 of 23 Hotels in Nosara
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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Reviewed 11 August 2012

We stayed in the rooms above the restaurant in late June. Since it was pre-season, it was not loud (I can certainly see how it could be, though!!). It was so fun -- it felt like sleeping in a screened-in treehouse! And the proximity to food and the beach (and a pool with bar!) was great. Yes, the roads there...

Thank Wendy M
Plano, Texas
Reviewed 8 August 2012

We had a couple of fabulous days at the Gilded Iguana - this was our favorite location of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica. Even the several hour ride on bad roads was worth it! The staff and the food were both fantastic, and the room was clean and very comfortable (we had an AC room). We arrived...

Thank rumneyc
Reviewed 5 August 2012

I think i reviewed the hotel in the resuarant area - thats ok - they are almost one in the same. I so loved staying here. I felt like I was home. Everyone was so nice. I had plane problems and arrived very late. They stayed until I arrived and offered to fix me a meal. The rooms were simple...

Thank pamkat40
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Reviewed 24 June 2012

I stayed at the Gilded Iguana last year for ten days with my family. We were going through a hard time being part of a rescue search for my brother and needed a place to stay during this time. They not only provided a place to stay but went out of their way helping us make it our command center...

1Thank Margarita D
New Denver, Canada
Reviewed 4 June 2012

So worth finding your way to Nosara! The Guided Iguana is like the house on the block that all the kids (vacationers) want to go to after school. Seemed to be the hang out for people staying at other accommodations near by, if just for a drink, or for dinner as well... somehow never too busy though. Great live music...

Thank Adam M
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Reviewed 4 March 2012

I wouldn't say this was the best hotel, but not exactly the worst. It is in between a hostel and a resort/hotel. I chose the iguana from the great reviews and listed in a Costa Rica guide book (frommers?) I stayed 5 nights but it felt longer, maybe it dragged on a little. Nosara itself is a beautiful location, not...

3Thank JuneBug83
GildedIguanaNosara, General Manager at Gilded Iguana Hotel, responded to this review

Our apologies that your stay with us was not what you were hoping for. We do try and steer those with noise issues towards our quieter a/c rooms with a word of caution on our website. I didn't mention it in our correspondence before your arrival because we didn't have space in our a/c rooms, and it wasn't mentioned that...

North America
Reviewed 2 March 2012

I came to fish and to learn to surf. This review hotel only. Having experienced jungle environments in Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo and Africa, we had a preconcieved idea of what to expect. We could not have been less prepared for what we experienced in the 3 weeks we were there. The owners, Matt & Joellen, have assembled a staff that...

2Thank clpipeline
GildedIguanaNosara, Guest Relations Manager at Gilded Iguana Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your rave review, we always enjoy reading our reviews, and this one almost makes me blush. Our staff has been assembled over many years, and we are fortunate to have a team of real gems. They all do a great job and are well cut out for the tribulations the service industry can present. Occasionally...

Irvine, California, United States
Reviewed 25 February 2012

My fiance and I just returned from Nosara, Costa Rica on a scouting trip for our wedding in June. We stayed 3 nights at the Gilded Iguana and really enjoyed ourselves. The rooms were simple, clean, AIR CONDITIONED, and had nice, big bathrooms. The restaurant/bar had incredible food! We tried to go to as many different restaurants as we could...

1Thank Brian E
New York City, New York
Reviewed 30 January 2012

We stayed 2 weeks at the iguana. The food was excellent, and the service was 2nd to none. Our rooms were very clean and the air conditioning worked well. Joellen and her staff made us feel right at home, they could'nt do enough for us. I can say I highly recommend the iguana and will return next year. Oh and...

Thank yourpalal08
Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
Reviewed 19 January 2012

A great place to stay for surfers. The local beach, walking distance, is long and has great waves. Awesome sunset! The Hotel is nothing fancy, but clean and has a pool. The bar & restaurant is very good.

1Thank TheBoatBums

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
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
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Price Range: $71 - $143 (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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“Bring ear plugs if you get a room without a/c and windows”
 of 5 bubbles suentony2016, 3 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Other rooms were bungalows in the back, probably more private. We enjoyed the fridge and coffee pot in our room.”
 of 5 bubbles aliciachristopher, 1 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The A/C room was nice to have, though I'm not certain it was necessary.”
 of 5 bubbles johndX6379RL, 16 Nov 2015 | Read review
“I stayed upstairs for more breeze and was very comfortable without AC”
 of 5 bubbles 816marke, 29 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Rooms away of the pool are less noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles marymO663TB, 20 Apr 2015 | Read review
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