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Gilded Iguana Hotel
Ranked #19 of 24 Hotels in Nosara
Reviewed 11 February 2014

This is a very cool a nice hotel/restaurang 5 minutes by foot from the surf beach in Playa Guiones. We stayed here with twi Children (8 and 11 yrs) and they loved both the pool and the food.
The price was also affordable, eventhough peak season.
We also appreciated the environmental friendly approach.
We will come back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here after booking by phone the day before. Our first night was spent in a room above the bar area - the room was huge for the two of us but was the only one available so we decided to take it. Unfortunately if you stay above the bar you can hear noise all night which wasn't great. Our second two nights were spent in a much better room which was quiet and in a great location. This hotel was one of the more expensive ones we stayed at without breakfast. The hotel is in a great location by the beach and we hired a surf board from the shop just behind the hotel which was very useful. The pool area was very nice and we even had a game of boules on the pitch by the pool!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Anna W
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Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the non-AC rooms and with plenty of breeze there's really no worry about it being too warm. The service here was top notch. Better yet, the proximity to the beach and other bars/restaurants makes this a great place to stay on budget. We opted to eat mostly at other places to explore the area, and we found really great food and better selection elsewhere for our tastes, but the food here is definitely accessible for a North American diet. The only complaint we had might be the cleanliness of our washroom every day - could have been better but for $60/night you get what you pay for ;-)

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank MeagAlayne
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

My boyfriend and I went on a spur of the moment beach trip throughout Guanacaste and the Gilded Iguana Hotel was definitely one of our favorite spots! It is a great budget price, you get so much at such a great price. We love Playa Guiones and this hotel will be our go-to for our future visits. The location is perfect, you are a quick walk from the beach (about 200 meters) as well as close to delicious restaurants and cute shops. The rooms are pretty simple, but the bathrooms are to die for! Spacious with wonderful showers - and plenty of heat for those who like their showers hot. The restaurant is definitely a hot spot and they even had live music one of the nights we stayed. There's also a nice pool for when you want a break from the beach. We noticed a lot of families here as well so its definitely family friendly without being too jampacked with kids. Definitely coming back!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 661ariannaw
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Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

Very nice set up in the quieter more laid back north end up Guiones. Food is top notch and seems to be very well thought out to incorporate both local and international fare. Rooms are comfortable with options close to restaurant or away from the hive. Would recommend for anyone from the solo surfer to family groups looking to stay in a safe, reliable place. Staff are always helpful and seem to thoroughly enjoy where they work. Make sure to polish your dance shoes for live music night on Tuesdays.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
1  Thank Nick F
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Overall this is a great spot if you're looking for what I was recently...
Short walk to beach / surf
Clean, open, light filled rooms (w/ fans)
Stocked with soap, shampoos, and cleaned daily.
Nice helpful managment and staff
Bar / resturaunt is a popular local hang with live music twice a week and good food.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Jason C
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

What a fun place to have Sunday brunch! The kids loved the pancakes and running in the garden. The parents were overjoyed with the Eggs Benny and the best Bloody Caesars outside if Canada. The staff were amazing and gave us great ideas of places to see around Nosara and surrounding beach towns. It was nice to see a lot of families out for brunch and our kids made a lot of new friends. This is a MUST to try in Nosara!

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
Thank L H
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Additional Information about Gilded Iguana Hotel

Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
Region: 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:
#5 Family Hotel in Nosara
#7 Romantic Hotel in Nosara
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Nosara
Price Range: £94 - £265 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gilded Iguana Hotel 3*
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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Gilded Iguana Hotel Costa Rica/Nosara

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