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The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel

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Playa Guiones Del super Las Delicias del Mundo 100 metros Sur, Nosara 5233 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 30/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#4 of 23 hotels in Nosara
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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)
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga room
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Table tennis
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Banquet room
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish

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Grade: 72 out of 100
24Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
1Attractionwithin 0.5 km
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Potomac wrote a review Mar 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia89 contributions56 helpful votes
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I loved this hotel. This has been one of the best visits ever. All was simply amazing. The hotel is located in the very center of Playa Guiones and integrated within it -the gardens make somehow part of the village and its very nice. Rooms are fresh, very nicely decorated and modern while having charm. Staff is attentive. Breakfast is great with quality food. Hotel is not to big so is very easy and convenient -like arriving from the beach have a quick shower at the room, eat breakfast and have a splash at the pool. All in all, a wonderful experience. 100% recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
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Thank you very much for your review and such nice comments. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you again.
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Mrstewart wrote a review Feb 2021
Richfield, Minnesota308 contributions12 helpful votes
Lovely, higher end establishment. The greek salad, chips and guacamole and Voigner white wine was fantastic. Great outdoor seating and delicious smoothie options! Service was lovely! Very short walk to the beach!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 24 Feb 2021
We are so proud of our restaurant and our chef's selections. Thank you for sharing your review and we hope you come back soon.
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Holden N wrote a review Feb 2021
3 contributions5 helpful votes
Can't recommend this hotel highly enough. Check in process was fantastic and the pool area and room were both incredible. Right next to one of the beach entrances and in the best area of Guiones. The restaurant was great, but there are tons of other places to eat within a 2 minute walk.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 5 Feb 2021
Thank you very much for your review and for your preference. We are happy you liked our facilities and location. We hope you come back soon to Nosara and The Gilded Iguana.
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Elsa wrote a review Dec 2020
12 contributions8 helpful votes
The hotel is totally amazing! The surf teachers are nice and very helpful. We enjoyed our holidays in nosara! The rooms, the people, the service, the pool, the outdoor activities are 5 stars! congrats to the very dedicated team and management. we’ll come back
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 29 Dec 2020
Our vintage/surf style rooms are designed with passion and focused on ample spaces & comfort. We are happy that you have enjoyed your vacation and we will be looking forward to welcome you soon.
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Janelle M. wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions3 helpful votes
We were blown away by our week long stay at Gilded Iguana in early December that we came back for another week long stay at the end of December! They have created the perfect enviroment for making the surf accessible and having everything you need within 200 yards - great pool, bar, gym, mountain biking, restaurant, surf club, smoothie bar and beach access. We are a young couple that were in search of a spot where we could work and surf and this is was the place! It has speed internet that is up to par with the wifi back in the States. But the most amazing thing about this place is the incredibly attentive staff and concierge. They went the whole nine yards and more to ensure we had the best stay. We will absolutely be back again and cannot recommend this place more highly!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 27 Dec 2020
We are glad to know our staff has fulfill your expectations and our facilities too. We will be super happy to welcome you again soon.
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PRICE RANGE
US$169 - US$373 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteNosara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Bar El Zarpe (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, an additional bathroom, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rosi's Soda Tica, 10Pies, and La Brasa Guiones.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, fitness classes, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Is The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.