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Hotel Flying Crocodile
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
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“One of the best places to stay in Costa Rica”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We stayed her for two nights and rented two rooms and the appartment voor six. All the rooms were beautiful and clean and the apartment was very roomy. The owners were very friendly.
It takes ten minutes to walk to the beach or a short drive to a nearby beach. In the rainy season it takes half an hour to reach Samara (gravel road).

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

Searching for a place of deep relaxation and inspiration?
Then this is the perfect place!
We are a family of 4 and after recommendation we stayed here for 4 nights. The atmosphere is so welcoming and harmonical, and the rooms just a dream. Andrea and Petra (the owners) are extremely kind and helpful. Everything is organised and you simply feel at home right away.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I stayed at the Flying Crocodile for the screenwriting retreat that is held there by Jacob Krueger's Studio. The hotel is beautiful and eclectic, and the staff are very friendly and keep the place clean and pruned. The pool is clean and the house in the back is beautiful!!! The food was great as well. Felt very safe, and great beach nearby!! Great little bar/pizza place on the way to the beach. Also close to Gusto Beach & ziplining! Obviously worth the 2+ hr drive from the airport. Great car service too!

Room Tip: Quiet...except for the Howler monkeys! Not annoying though...just fun!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Playa Junquillal, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

The place is magical, the rooms are unique and well-done and the staff is the best in the business. Truly personal service at it's finest, better than any 5 star hotel I've ever stayed at. I had dietary restrictions that the chef, Andrea, accommodated and then some, coming up with dishes made especially for me. I lacked for nothing on my 10 day stay at the Flying Crocodile. The staff and Petra are attentive without being intrusive. It's simplicity and balance with nature at it's finest... well done, Flying Crocodile!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

My stay at the Hotel Flying Crocodile was amazing and I plan to visit again in the future. This staff has really gone the extra mile to make their hotel exceptional while being in a tropical rain forest in its own little corner of the world. Their staff was waiting on every need during meals, they cleaned the rooms well each day, each bungalow was unique (with A/C), they always had cold beer for me, a nice assortment of tropical drinks, an awesome pool, arranged transport for day trips, and only a short walk to the beach (which I had to myself on a few occasions). I also flew in a gyrocopter right from the property, like a motorcycle in the sky, was amazing. The hotel is close to Samara beach and zip lining. I love this staff, everything was seamless, and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a peaceful, relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Flying Croc is true tropical paradise, it puts the "pure" in pura vida. wonderful, unique rooms and bungalows, exquisitely manicured grounds, excellent service, expertly prepared food, but above all, the most genuinely warm hosts I've ever encountered. I've made two 10 day visits to FC and truly have never encountered anything like it. I can't wait to return!

Room Tip: They have individual bungalows. I've stayed in two different ones and both were awesome. you c...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

This is our third stay (a screenwriters' retreat site) for this hotel. We keep coming back and will again in 2015--due to the provate setting, wonderful staff, great food and drinks...and the whole hotel for 15 people. Nice pool, AC rooms, plenty of private spaces and area for writing and doing whatever we desire!
Walk to very private ocean beach, walk to nearby villages....short drive to Samarar Beach.

Room Tip: Double shared rooms are Huge...private villa give slightly more privacy! Family can opt for "o...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Flying Crocodile

Property: Hotel Flying Crocodile
Address: Codico 5235, Apdo. 99, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
#6 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Flying Crocodile 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Flying Crocodile Lodge is nestled in a nature reserve and surrounded by mangroves. Not far away is situated the untouched beach of Playa Buena Vista (about 10 min. by foot) located on the Nicoya Peninsula, 6 km north of Samara. Our Lodge offers ten individually designed rooms, each equipped with a bathroom, air conditioning, fan and fridge. The bungalows are colorful and attractive with attention to special details (inspired by the architecture of the Mexican "Casa del Pacifico" and the art of Antonio Gaudi). We are surrounded by approximately 2 acres of tropical gardens with a swimming pool, where many animals have found their home. The garden invites you to stay, relax and enjoy. Additionally, there are table tennis, table football, pool table and a trampoline. For our younger guests a playground and a children's pool with water slide is available. You will find yourselves well taken care of by our chef, who serves complete breakfasts, luncheons and specially prepared dinners, every day. We offer a complete program of excursions and other adventures you might like, as well as laundry service. Also for group travelers, we offer our full services. We are happy to cater to special procedures and requirements, and also rent out the entire hotel, in order to preserve the calm and friendly group dynamics. Similarly, we support you in seminars, conferences, workshops, presentations, antistress training and much more. It is our intent that we will provide participants and speakers a pleasant atmosphere. Our hotel is connected with an Ultra-Light Flying Center. The experienced pilots offer you a flight adventure of a life time. ... more   less 
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