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The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel

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.


#4 of 23 hotels in Nosara
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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)
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Horseback riding
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
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
Neck massage
Open-air bath
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
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
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
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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Marcela Narvaez C wrote a review 11 Jul
Zurich, Switzerland19 contributions
We spend a few days in the Guilded Iguana, and the hotel is lovely, the location is excellent, but we were not so happy about the service, specially from the restaurant. The reception was ok, but not outstanding. It seems like the people there are not so informed ( I called to ask for information about covid and they just told me something which was not quite true), they dont go the extra mile (except for one of the staff which welcome us, he was very friendly and nice). The restaurant service was not good at all, we had to wait long for service even though there was not so many people, at the pool bar there was no attention to guests...only one person hanging out at the pool bar with nothing to do but not asking the guests if they would like something. In general the hotel was lovely but service could definitely improve.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your comments. Make sure we will take corrective action regarding the information we provide, the service hours and guest service, especially in the restaurant and bar. This is not the kind of service we wish to provide to our clients. I wish you could give us the opportunity to show you that we can do better. Please contact me for your next visit to Nosara and The Gilded Iguana and I will be happy to personally look after your requirements.
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Grace M wrote a review Jun 2021
Denver, Colorado4 contributions
Our family of four just spend four days here with friends; all of the kids are teens. The hotel is stylish, immaculate and the setting is ideal; close to everything. The staff are wonderful. The beach is a short walk away and absolutely breathtaking. We will definitely be coming back.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Nosara is a paradise for families, couples, retirement and more. Thank you for your review. We will make sure the staff knows.
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Olivia M wrote a review Jun 2021
3 contributions
My husband and I stayed here for a few days during our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing!!! Not only did they check off all of the big things (beautiful decor and landscaping, comfortable beds, EXCELLENT service) but the nailed all the 'little details' as well. I would receive weather updates and suggested activities in the area to my whats app, cleaned rooms daily, left us little homemade chocolates... We already can;t wait to come back!!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
We are proud of our staff and their sincere and well known costarican warmth. Thank you for your comments and we hope you can return soon.
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jjsmonaco wrote a review Jun 2021
Playa Potrero, Costa Rica242 contributions67 helpful votes
The place looks amazing with a lush garden in front of the restaurant that contrasts with the gravel road. Service is fine but food is very contrasted: from bad to good you should avoid pizzas: You don’t make pizza by simply using a pre cooked pizza bread, paint it in red and then poor cheese on top to melt it. Definitely to be avoided Then the fairly decent quinoa salad which filled our expectations but nothing more The good is the hamburger with a good quality meat patty cooked at wish and served with… fresh French fries,… not the usual frozen and pre cooked ones. So my question is: why do you spend time doing perfectly fine French fries but at the same time doing such a bad pizzas?
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid pizzas and go for burgers
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Response from Iveth Badilla, Sales at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 8 Jun 2021
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While I wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We hope you give us a chance to earn back your trust.
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shelby567 wrote a review May 2021
El Castillo, Costa Rica3 contributions1 helpful vote
The Spa is very clean and quiet. The shower/dressing area is very refined and private. The massage space has a full height glass opening wall that they opened during my massage to add a little "middle of the jungle" feel. Music was nice and soothing. Massage (Swedish) was firm where it needed to be (they knew where my sore travel spots were) and relaxing where a Swedish should be. It was a great massage and a clean, soothing facility. I reserved through WhatsApp without issue.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Donovan Garcia, General Manager at The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Responded 10 Jun 2021
Thank you for your comments about our SPA. We are proud of our team and location. We hope to see you soon.
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US$169 - US$373 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteNosara
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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 10Pies, La Brasa Guiones, and Pacifico Azul.
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 inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.