The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers

Overview of The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel

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The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel

4.0 star property

4.9/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
Playa Guiones, Nosara

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationNosara Beach4 min walk
  • Popular LocationPlaya Pelada11 min walk
  • Popular LocationSamara Beach52 min drive
  • AirportTamarindo (TNO)104 min drive

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About this area


Located in Nosara, The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel is near the airport and near the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Nosara Beach and Playa Pelada. Be sure not to miss outdoor adventures like mountain biking and hiking/biking trails.

What's nearby

  • Frog Pad - 1 min walk
  • Nosara Beach - 4 min walk
  • Playa Pelada - 11 min walk
  • Safari Surf School - 12 min walk
  • Samara Beach - 52 min drive

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 122 min drive


  • Cafe Fiore - 2 min walk
  • Pacifico Azul Guiones - 2 min walk
  • 10 Pies - 2 min walk
  • Sushi mar - 4 min walk
  • El Local - 8 min walk

About this property

The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel

4-star beach hotel with a full-service spa
At The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel, spend the day relaxing on the nearby beach or pampering yourself at the hotel's full-service spa. All 29 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and minibars. Guests will also find room service, Frette Italian sheets, and rainfall showerheads.
The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel offers 29 accommodations with minibars and safes. Beds feature Frette Italian sheets and premium bedding. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access.

Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads and hydromassage showerheads, slippers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; local and international calls are complimentary (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

The onsite spa has 2 treatment rooms including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs, and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

The spa is open daily.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • 24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available daily 6 AM–10 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Children's pool
  • Ecotours
  • Fitness center
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Yoga classes

Family friendly

  • Children's pool
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Soundproofed rooms


  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • No elevators
  • Reception hall

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Conference center
  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • 2 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Facials
  • Massages
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Reflexology
  • Spa open daily


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Beach towels
  • Renovated entire property - March 2018
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Ceiling fan
  • Frette Italian sheets
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Hydromassage showerhead
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Minibar


  • Connecting rooms available
  • Desk
  • Free international calls
  • Free local calls
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Soundproofing

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - midnight
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before noon

Special check-in instructions

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 49.0 per day
Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 20.0 per night

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 100
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 50 (from 6 to 12 years old)

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 150.00 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 20.0 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 49.0 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel Nosara
Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel
Gilded Iguana Surf Nosara
Gilded Iguana Surf
The Gilded Iguana Surf
The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel Hotel
The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel Nosara
The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel Hotel Nosara

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 226 out of 239 reviews
5 - Excellent 95%
Rating 4 - Good. 12 out of 239 reviews
4 - Good 5%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 239 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 239 reviews
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Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 239 reviews
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Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
If you are looking for that Nosara experience please stay here. It is right in the heart of the hustle and bustle but behind closed doors it's calm and inviting. I enjoyed my stay and wish I could have stayed longer.
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This is a beautifully and tastefully redesigned property. The staff are wonderfully nice, accommodating and always there to please the guest. I arrived on Mother’s Day and they left happy Mother’s Day flowers in my room. The architecture is fantastic and we would definitely come back. It was the tranquil escape needed.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
unique boutique hotel in a very cool community!
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
After a 16 hour travel day door to door, we were met with tart lime sorbet & hot towels. It was so nice! They showed us to our room and we fell asleep right away. The rooms are big and easy to live in! Great beds, very clean and super comfy. I was impressed. I’ve been to a lot of high end hotels- this hotel is on par! The staff was so kind and patient, we had booked a fishing trip the next day and wanted to cancel because we were so tired. The staff said ‘sleep tight and decide in the morning.’ Needless to say we felt amazing in the morning. After a healthy breakfast (We loved the Moringa bowl with fresh fruit. Everything was SO fresh. The banana bread is amazing too) we took off to fish with Sea Saw - the best deep sea fishing charter we have ever been on. Juri and Dori know their stuff. The ride out was so beautiful - we were greeted by flying fish, bottleneck dolphins and caught 4 yellow fin tuna and one enormous MAHI MAHI. When we returned that night we took an evening swim, and enjoyed the night Jasmine that filled the air. It was DREAMY! Next up was my wife’s 55th b day and they left us a nice card with a bottle of red! I mean- so sweet. Enjoy a 90 minute massage at the Gilded Iguana spa. We relaxed to sounds of the jungle. What a cool experience. Surf lessons were magical too, even though we kinda sucked. We cannot wait to go back, we found our happy place.
Stayed 5 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Hotel is beautiful and has wonderful staff!
Stayed 5 nights in Feb 2022