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The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 February 2011

This was my first trip to Costa Rica and although I'd heard how wonderful Costa Rica is (and it was) I also heard that crime may be a problem. This wasn't the case at the HideAway. It felt complete safe, friendly and helpful. Proprietors Rosy and Doug are warm, welcoming, very helpful and take a genuine interest in their guest. Without being over bearing, they check in to make sure all is well and offer assistance in excursion planning. Having tasty and convenient meals by their beautiful poolside patio felt like being at a good friends home. Everything was immaculate and well thought out from the hotel rooms to the showers to the grounds. The gated courtyard with hired security gave a secure feeling that everything was safe. The short walk down the quite road to the peaceful beach was wonderful. Easy and quick access to the town of Samara with the quiet of the country landscape.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2011

My partner and I stayed for 3 nights at the Hideaway Hotel. Everything I read about the hotel being clean, comfortable and close to the beach was true. The staff was friendly and helpful when asked for guidance on places to see or restaurants to eat. Our room (#12) was upstairs and we could see the water and hear the waves through the trees of the property between the Hideaway and the beach. The monkeys were there to greet us one moring as we drank coffee on our balcony. The room itself is large with a comfortable bed and a bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. Their food was good, and the bartendar makes some delicious drinks. They were nice enough to surprise me with one of Rosy's homemade and delicious brownies for my birthday (with a candle on it). We will be back!

Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2011

Using Trip Advisor as my travel choosing bible, I was bang on choosing the HIDEAWAY Hotel in Samara Beach.
As Stated by others the owners Rosy and Doug were attentive, personable, and with thier staff, made our group of 18 a relaxed, stressfree bunch after the first of 9 days with them. They organized massages, zipline tours, turtle viewings, taxis, dinners, and special drinks!
We met some lovely new friends in the hotel, whom were quickly part of our group. HI Bev and Irv, Terry and Lorne.
Unfortunately had one of our couples visited the local hospital, having a skid out on the rented motor bikes. Stitches and road rash was the outcome, but the ordeal was minamized by compentant locals whom came to their aid. wonderful health care, which resulted in FAST service with no fee. (just let this happen to you in the states)
All the rooms have perviously been described, but one mention would be the privacy each room has from others. Doug and Rosy put alot of thought into the set up with the aid of follage as barriers to attain this asset.
Another mention would be the unrequired need to buy bottled water, just like at home, right out of the tap. WOW.
The locals were so friendly, never were you hassled in town to purchase goods. We all agreed we had never felt so safe when on vacation.
The beach was so easy to walk, with soft, hard sand(a few cars were even driving on it-just to drop off kayaks)
We had a beautiful bonfire at night on the beach, just amazing.
The only need is more loungers required for the hotel and some beach chairs for quests to borrow to take to the beach. We did bring some beach chairs and did leave them for future hotel quests to use.
Good luck to Loida, on her studies to be an english teacher, Bryan best wishes on your upcoming marriage, Fredrick and Andrew, hello! Thanks to you Rosy and Doug on making our holiday so perfect!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 January 2011

We stayed one night at the Hideaway and we had really great time! The staff and the owners are friendly. The room was clean, spacious and has all the amenities. The best value for money amongst all hotels we stayed in in Costa Rica! Go there with confidence!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank almoutch
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Reviewed 31 January 2011

This was my third trip to Samara and the Hideaway Hotel. It's just the best place there is for the value you get and the down home treatment that Doug, Rosy, and the sweetest staff I've ever met, provide with such effortless graciousness.

The music around the pool while relaxing under the waterfall and watching the Howler monkeys dance in the early evening while Doug mixed us mango margaritas to die for sounds like a dream, but was a reality that made it difficult to want to go anywhere else.

Rosy also arranged a massage in my room that was out of this world. Afterwards, we sipped margaritas while out on our private balcony, just off our tastefully decorated and very comfortable room.

And the burgers were incredible. Not those frozen patties thrown on a grill, but real burgers with cheese and onions served up with a smile, as was the grilled Mahi with pineapple salsa. I wanted to take their chef home with me!

The highlight of this trip for me was the special tip our host provided about the newly hatched turtles, making their way to sea, and to their new future. This was a full circle trip for me, as the first visit there, they arranged a trip to see the giant turtles laying their eggs, which I saw under a full Costa Rican moon on a black sandy beach.
The sunsets have got to be the most beautiful I've ever seen in the world, and just a short stroll to the beach, that is nearly private, was impossibly magical.
We will be back as this is becoming the best place for us to unravel the daily stresses on a much needed vacation, and there is no other place that can begin to compare, near or far. The Hideaway is home away from home, with incredible warmth and service!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Unteathered
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Reviewed 30 January 2011

I just stayed at the hideaway this week and was blown away by the beautiful view of the beach and property. The staff was super friendly and attentive and the service was quick. The staff was also very helpful when I wanted to arrange trips into town or participate in excursions. The hotel is literally a one minute walk to Samara Beach where i witnessed the most beautiful sunset every evening. If your idea of a vacation is pure relaxation, gorgeous scenery and great cocktails, then the hideaway is the perfect place for you.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

My wife and I read favourable reviews about the Hideaway Hotel on Tripadvisor and decided to book a 4 day stay there from January 11 to 15, 2011 as part of a week long Costa Rica vacation. We were not disappointed! The hotel is modest in size and new in appearance. It's nicely situated near the southern tip of a long beach that extends north to the town of Samara. The staff were great and we had no complaints about the meals or drinks. Doug and Rosy were incredibly friendly and helped us navigate the local fare, arrange sea kayaking to a nearby island, as well as horseback riding with a private guide though the hills along the coast, and a relaxing couples massage. Our room was spacious, inviting, and clean with a semi-private deck next to trees with howler monkeys. Judging from peeks at other nearby hotels, I would venture to say that this was the nicest in the area and definitely exceptional value for the money. Playa Samara is a 'must see' if you like beach/sun and a picturesque setting. We would recommend the Hideaway to couples seeking a quiet retreat and a relaxing getaway in this most beautiful corner of the world.

  • Stayed: January 2011, 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: £62 - £158 (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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