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Prince George, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Aaahhhhh! My favourite place!! First time to Costa Rica and Playa Samara was our first stop outside the city. We stayed at the Fenix, and its literally 20 steps to the beach. Beautiful beach, community and people. The Fenix was perfect, had everything you needed, and the owners were there to help out with anything. A small hotel, perfect rooms,... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small and comfortable hotel is in a quiet location, but only a short and beautiful walk to town. The rooms (actually suites with a bedroom, a kitchen/living room, and bathroom) are comfortable and very well furnished--the kitchen even had a toaster and a blender, along with all dishes/pans/utensils. The grounds are beautiful and shady with several small and private... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at Fenix on the beach for 3 nights midway our honeymoon travelling around Costa Rica. We absolutely loved our time there and at Samara. I couldn't believe how close it really was to the beach, with it's own private hammocks, benches and sunbeds. Absolutely idyllic. A cute little pool and shower area too was very... More 

Thank OHonestOne
California Desert, California
1 review
Reviewed 14 October 2016

The property is small, charming & right on the beach which should be great but it was an uncomfortable stay. Here are the reasons why: -The owners are nice but they hover. -The jungle sounds like Howler monkeys and bugs are part of the experience and are fun but the LOUD roosters that are constantly crowing at all hours of... More 

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Fenix_Samara, Manager at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach, responded to this review

Update Oct 19. After we saw this review and the accusations, we sent JS three emails asking for more information. The emails were sent with a read request and high importance. This person has not responded yet, after three days. We asked for more details such as a description of the person, which day it was and to confirm the... More 

Caesarea, Isreael
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 October 2016

I stayed for a week at the Fenix Hotel in October. The chalets are clean and well serviced with efficient fans and large safe and well equipped kitchen. Nice touches like fresh flowers on your folded towels every morning. The chalets are a few steps from the ocean and there are plenty of sun loungers and hammocks where you can... More 

Thank Amutah
1 review
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We originally planned to stay 4 days but extended to 5. This hotel is in an idyllic location only a few steps away from the beach. We were impressed with the standard of cleanliness and the general upkeep of the rooms. Not much to do in the immediate vicinity but this suited us. Within walking distance of Samara along beach,... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

My family and I visited Fenix the last week of February. Phyllis, the owner, always goes out of her way to make sure you have a wonderful stay. The hotel is a quiet place and conveniently close to downtown, yet away from the noise of the town. The hotel grounds are wonderful. You can lay down for hours under the... More 

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67 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We stayed here for a week and had a great time. The room was good and the owner, Phyllis, was very helpful. Our room had a big, sturdy, new safe - which was a real plus. It didn't have aircon, but the 2 big ceiling fans worked very well and weren't that noisy. The shower was great. Town is about... More 

Thank AndyBInWiltshire
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Pool just in front of the rooms, can be observed from the kitchen. Beach very close. Waves perfect for small bodyboard surfers. Staff is friendly and helpfull. Trio to Belen water fall recommended, but not if rained in the 24 hours before.

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Oakland, CA
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Stayed at this hotel for 5 days with my husband and two boys--ages 9 &11. We really enjoyed being right on the beach. We could walk right out of our room and go boogie boarding every day! My kids took surf lessons just a 10 minute walk down the beach, and the town is just a 10-15 minute walk away.... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Six time winner of the Traveller's Choice Award for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2009! Thank you to all of our wonderful guests. We are a small (6 rooms), beach-front hotel just footsteps from the ocean. Our rooms are clean, colorful and comfortable. We are NOT an all-inclusive, luxury resort. More like your place at the beach, but with someone else doing the daily cleaning, changing the linens and yard work. The rooms are in a semi-circle and face the pool, gardens and the ocean. (see photos) Great way to meet new people and exchange information and stories. We have been here 17 years managing our "little piece of paradise". Our front yard is sand with ranchos and palm trees for plenty of shade. Hammocks, sunbeds, small pool, gardens and BBQ complete our front yard. All of our rooms have fully equipped kitchens with separate bedroom. The deluxe room has AC & widescreen TV. Standard rooms have upper and lower screened windows and two ceiling fans. Our neighborhood has a small grocery store & fish market, along with local deliveries of fruits and fresh ceviche. An enjoyable 15 minute walk to Samara Central. Most of our guests return or have been recommend by friends. Thank you for considering our special place by the sea. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Fenix Hotel - On The Beach

Address: Mts Sur de Pulperia Stephanie 100 | Samara de Nicoya, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Price Range: £85 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Also Known As:
Fenix Hotel Playa Samara
Fenix Hotel - On The Beach Costa Rica/Playa Samara
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Samara
#2 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
#3 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
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“Earplugs for the local roosters, if you are a light sleeper!!”
 of 5 bubbles kerrisimmons, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms face the beach and the pool in the common area.”
 of 5 bubbles Cyndi-Lynn, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“VIP room is great with AC!”
 of 5 bubbles MalexCostaRica, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“our favorite is #4 but all the rooms are good. All have a view of the ocean.”
 of 5 bubbles Bud49, 17 May 2016 | Read review
“There are only 6 room units, all attached to one another facing the small pool and beachfront. We were in #3, right in the middle.”
  • The bedroom. Has an en suite shower, while the kitchen and bathroom or to the front
 of 5 bubbles geefmon, 13 Mar 2016 | Read review
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