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The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Fine hotel, fine staff, excellent stay”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Wonderful hotel at a reasonable price. Great owners who treated us as friends, caring staff, comfortable and spacious acomodations, maybe 100 yards from the beach. 45 minute beach walk to Samara. We had a problem with payment to our transportation company upon arrival and the owners, adeptly without getting involved, gave us information that we used to resolve the problem. Oh, and cool iguanas hanging out along with howler monkey sounds. Couldn't get much better. Love it.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

This was our 1st trip to Costa Rica and we got lucky when we choose The Hideaway, it was absolutely beautiful. It was our 25th anniversary and although we didn't reveal this, you would have thought they knew with the very personal service we received. Everything was perfect from the large rooms, refreshing pool & beautiful grounds. We also met Doug (owner) who was very pleasant & helpful. The best part of staying at the Hideaway (besides everything else) was the staff Carlos, Dixie, Brian & Loyda (free Union :-) and the others who besides being friendly, helpful & courteous gave us a genuine feeling that we where welcomed there. Last thing or we can write all day is the food at the restaurant was fantastic (local Costa Rican) but you must try Doug's Banana Rum Smoothie and the homemade Ice Cream (Coconut or Cinnamon). Tips: Carillo Beach, El Lagarto Resturant, Kayak to Isla Chlora, horseback riding & must go fishing.
Thanks for a memorable stay. We are planning for next year.
Michele & Andrew K.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Covington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

my daughter and i recently stayed at the hideaway and we loved it- beautiful gardens , wonderful staff, awesome food and doug was so helpful in planning our activities. the rooms are big/ comfortable/ spotless and very nice. we will return!!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This is just a hidden paradise. It's just a great hotel... great rooms, great pool, great food, great drinks (they can make something up for you), great staff... I guess you get the point :-)
My wife an I stayed here during our getaway and all I can say is you can't go wrong with this place in the options list. You just have to visit it... probably one of the best places all among the Guanacaste area.
You can get to Samara beach (to the very end of it) on foot just 2 minutes away following the same road/trail where the hotel is located.
It's located right between Samara and Carrillo, so it takes about the same time to get (driving) to one or another. Samara has the night life... Carrillo has the nice beach.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We spent 4 wonderful days at the Hideaway. The staff were excellent. So helpful, courteous and personable. They truly enhanced the experience. The facility is immaculate. Beautiful rooms, commons areas and grounds. It was just around the corner from our favorite beach, Playa Carillo. We had fun picnics on the beach provided by the kitchen from the Hideaway. The food was excellent. We had breakfast there very morning. It was such a peaceful way to start the day. We also had a lovely dinner there one evening. I would highly recommend this hotel and would love to stay there again in the future.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

This place is amazing and is truly a little piece of heaven. My family did not stay at this hotel on our trip to Samara, however, once there were recommended by both locals and travellers to enjoy dinner there. We went for our final night, and it was incredible. The food and service was second to none.. the resort is very beautiful, and very quiet as it is down the beach from the town center (25 min walk, $6 cab), and walking from Carrillo Beach (known as very quiet and scenic)

What I didnt expect was the kindness and generosity of the owners. I had a broken ankle, actually I thought it was a bad twist/sprain at the time, but after dinner Doug offered my family a ride back to our villa. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciated the ride... now, after 5 weeks in a non-weight bearing cast, I look back and needed to say thank you and provide a recommendation to all who are considering a visit to Hideaway Hoteal at Samara Beach. You will love the place, the food and the hospitality.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is a clean hotel on beautiful grounds. The pool area is great and the food is very good. I enjoyed breakfast and liked that it was included. However, while this hotel is perfect for couples, I'm not sure I'd recommend it for solo travelers. It truly is a hideaway (as it is billed) as it is a drive (or long walk on the beach) away from town. It also is very quiet as the restaurant and reception area closes down at night. If you have a car or are traveling as a couple or with others though, that probably will not be a problem.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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