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Hotel Flying Crocodile
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
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“what a dump”
Reviewed 28 January 2009

This had to be the longest 18 hours I have ever spent in a hotel,
after traveling a long day on the dusty roads in Costa Rico, you would hope for a warm shower. Not at the flying crap Hole, No hot water and when you inform the manager nothing but attitude. So off to the pool to clean up. The room was dirty the bathroom dark and dingy, and worst of all the bed. No mattress pad just a thin sheet,no blanket just a sheet to cover, and the smell of urine. Then when I informed the owner via e-mail about my stay, he responds" well you must not enjoy nature, maybe you should stay at the Hilton or go to McDonald's". Well sir at least McDonald's bathrooms would be cleaner!

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — dirty
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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6 Thank Jim D
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Reviewed 29 November 2008

We really enjoyed our stay in Samara at the Flying Crocodile. It is a charming place and the owners are always helpful.
Each room is decorated in a different style, wonderful.

We spent some of the days at the beach and on others we didn't even leave the property.

At dinner we met the other guests and a lot of travel experiences were exchanged.

  • Liked — The unique design!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2008

We spent 4 nights at the Flying Crocodile and really enjoyed it! It turned out to be the most luxurious stay of our 4 weeks vacation in Costa Rica, at a very reasonable price. The site is lovely, with abundant flowers, fruits trees and birds to enjoy. The owners paid a lot of attention to details, such as the design of each cabina (they"re all different) and the decoration everywhere. The bar, pool, hammocks, ping pong table were appreciated, as well as free internet access. Buffet breakfast was really nice!

Playa Buenavista is the closest beach, about 800m away on a dirt road. It is a little remote, and you can easily see howler monkeys, hummingbirds and all sorts of wildlife on the way! It was almost deserted, which we really liked. Nice waves, which did not stop us from taking a swim.

The only thing which disappointed us was that the hotel is not on the beach front, but you can still hear the waves in the background. The quality of the place highly compensates for it!

We did not have a car and the rough 6 km to Samara prevented us from going in town for dinner. We felt it was a little expensive at the hotel, and highly recommend Conrad's restaurant, between the Flying croco and the beach (next to the El Castillo). If you want to have a drink, relax and enjoy top quality, yet simple BBQ next to the Pacific ocean, under the stars, without fuss, this IS the place! Definitely in the top 3 of all our meals in Costa Rica, and we are food lovers :).

We booked our tours (Ostional, Barra Honda, Palo Verde) with a Samara tour guide, who picked us up from the hotel every morning at no extra charge. Great!

We highly recommended the Flying crocodile, for the quality of the site at a really affordable price!

  • Liked — Quality of design
  • Disliked — No beach view or direct access to beach
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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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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