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The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

The Hideaway was the perfect place to stay for our final 5 days in Costa Rica! Our room was large, clean and had a nice big bathroom. We were in room 4 which overlooked the pool area and gardens. To our delight, the howler monkeys and Larry the iguana popped around occasionally for a photo op. The pool area was beautiful, and it was nice to have the option of sitting outside for breakfast and dinner. Their dinner menu is excellent and very well priced, so we chose to eat in most of the time. Doug and Rosie were gracious hosts and great conversationalists, and the staff were very attentive and always happy to give you a helping hand.
This was our favourite place to stay on our trip and we will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My husband had his wallet stolen from our rental car at Playa Barrigona. Doug and Joyce gave us shots to cheer us up and listened to our tale of woe. They just made us feel better about a crappy incident.
Pros
Rooms are very clean and quiet
Breezy at night if you just want the fans on

Cons
Not on the beach

Room Tip: Room12 but we stayed in 2 and it was quiet
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank KatTorontoCanada
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

The rooms are clean, spacious and beautifully decorated, with fantastic, hot showers and very comfortable beds. We had room 8, on the upper floor, with a balcony where we watched the howler monkeys and iguanas. The pool area is gorgeous, with comfortable loungers and tables under the shade on the patio. There is a bar & restaurant that serves lunch and drinks. We had the famous mango margaritas, and our children loved the milkshakes and homemade brownies with ice cream. For breakfast, there was a choice of tipico (eggs with rice & beans), French toast or pancakes, or Continental breakfast, served to order as opposed to buffet style. The staff is very friendly, and Doug the owner, is personable and glad to share his knowledge of Samara. Be aware that the hotel is at the far end of Samara beach, and is about a 40 minute walk on the beach to town. But it is a lovely walk, with many beach bars and restaurants along the way. It is also a very quiet property at night – the hotel bar closes at 8 pm, and the grounds are silent. The beach is a very short walk from the hotel, but at the time of our visit in December, was covered with a lot of sea debris, so we walked about 10 minutes up the beach for a much better swimming area. My only suggestion would be for the hotel to offer portable beach chairs – they do offer mats, but they aren’t comfortable for an entire day at the beach. We would absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank MickyNJ
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

We have just returned from a week in Samara Beach, having never been to Costa Rica before; and we based ourselves at The Hideaway Hotel. The week could not have been better, and largely because we stayed in such a complete, comfortable and well-appointed accommodation. You can stay at cheaper places at Samara Beach, but the Hideaway is a twelve-room, beautiful and private boutique hotel that comes with a high level of attention to detail, and at discount chain hotel prices! You are cheating yourself if you don’t stay there.

It starts with the owner/proprietors, Rosy and Doug, who seem to know everything you will need to know, to enjoy Samara and the tourist choices available. They are such thoughtful and fun folks that you will immediately feel like they are friends, and you know you would be glad to welcome them in your own home. They also have a very pleasant and efficient staff.

The things that you might not know about the Hideaway Hotel:
• It is about 200 yards from the Samara Beach and you can enjoy gorgeous sunset walks to Town in about 30 minutes. It is a safe and pleasant walk at any time. Bring a flashlight for late night walks home, though most nights you won’t need it if there is moonlight.
• It is about a quarter-mile walk to Carrillo Beach and this beach is stunningly beautiful, with shade trees available.
• From what we could see, all twelve rooms have windows on three walls, because of the unique “axle and spoke” architecture of the two, two story buildings. The rooms are well appointed and are easily 50% larger than most chain-like hotel rooms. The bathrooms are also well appointed and are huge!
• The gated and walled compound is well landscaped around all three buildings and right down to the edge of the waterfall and pool.
• “Larry the Lizard” (iguana) and the howler monkeys are part the natural environment and you may see either or both any time around the property.
• The third building has an outside bar by the pool, an inside bar, an inside dining area, a patio dining area and a reception area…all very nicely done.

The Hideaway is a great place for a vacation and a great value. I’ll close with my opening… "If you don’t stay here you are cheating yourselves!"

Sam
Cape Cod

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Delighted once again to stay at the Hideaway, it really is a charming place. Short walk to the beach, and then a long walk along the beach into Samara. Playa Carillo is just a short distance away and is one of the best beaches I have ever been to. There is a pleasant breakfast to be had at the hotel and if you can't be bothered to go into town for dinner, don't worry, the food is lovely here without having to go anywhere. The staff are very nice and Doug very attentive to any need.

Room Tip: I think I probably like No 12. It is the far end and feels nearer to nature.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Geordie001
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

My new wife and I needed a place to relax and explore on our Costa Rica Honeymoon, and the Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara was the perfect place to do this. Playa Samara is an interesting little beach town. There were accents from all over the world there since it has a language school in town and is just close enough and just far enough away to be a great escape destination. The Hideaway Hotel was also a great find. The rooms were good sized, and very clean and bright. There is lots of glass and windows to enjoy the beautiful grounds. Doug and Rosy are excellent hosts and the entire staff is both friendly and attentive. The Hotel is small, and in some ways combines the intimacy of a B&B if you like that idea, or the privacy of a secluded Hotel if you don't. It really was a nice mix.

Make sure to explore Carrillo Beach which is just south of the Hideaway Hotel, it is wonderful and was mostly empty during the part of high season we were there.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

It was the best time we've ever had in a holiday, everything in this place is perfect, it's like living in paradies. Staff is so friendly and warm-hearted, the location is perfect for people who want a bit of piece and calmness, the rooms are huge and nice and service is excellent!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara

Address: On the Road From Samara To Carrillo | on the road from Samara to Carrillo; 150 meters from the ICE Tower, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
#1 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range: £68 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At The Hideaway you will enjoy the privacy of our exclusive location on Samara Beach in Costa Rica. We offer 12 hotel rooms and a Penthouse suite with 3 bedrooms. The Hideaway appeals to travelers looking for a luxury hotel, who appreciate extra amenities. Our quiet location close to Samara & Carrillo offers relaxation and privacy, plus easy access to exciting activities. Our boutique hotel on Samara Beach is uniquely situated on a one-acre private lot, approximately 1-minute's stroll to the ocean. ... more   less 
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