My wife, our 8-year-old daughter and I recently moved to the mountains in Costa Rica. When we head to Samara to enjoy the beach, the Hideaway is our first choice in places to stay.
The rooms are very large and have most everything you're going to need: large bathrooms with plenty of hot water, comfortable beds, good wifi, safes, mini-fridge, and great A/C. We haven't turned the TV on, but I think they list about 45 channels in their room guide if you feel like being a vegetable for awhile.
The hotel restaurant is surprisingly good. Not fancy by any means, but certainly solid. We weren't expecting much, but the meals turned out to be very fresh and well prepared. They could very easily just sling a slab of fish on your plate and call it a day, but they seem to put thought and effort into making it a worthwhile dish. (This "take the extra step" attitude seems pervasive throughout the whole hotel.)
The pool area is very nice for relaxing after hitting the beach. It's right by the small bar area, so you can take a dip, have a drink, grab some shade, read and book and stare at the howler monkeys climbing around above you.
Rosie and Doug could not have been nicer to our daughter. Some places treat children as demons who should be avoided like the plague. While those people are of course correct, Doug and Rosie were kind enough to overlook that fact and treat our daughter with utmost respect and civility.
Doug and Rosie are usually there if you have any questions about the area (restaurant recommendations, activities, etc.) or if you have any requests for services at the hotel (pool towels, beach mats, etc.) Their help was always provided quickly and with a smile.
Their employees are also top-notch. I'm not sure if Doug and Rosie offer better salaries than other places or if they just dump lithium in the drinking water, but all their waitstaff and people working the front desk were genuinely charming. Samara as a whole isn't that bad, but we have been to other towns in Costa Rica where the people working in the service industry look and act as though they spend their nights manacled to a wall in a dungeon some place.
Then again, if a bunch of gringos invaded my town, bought the whole place up, made the price of my groceries quadruple and finally asked me to refill their water glasses every five minutes, maybe I'd be a bit bummed, too. But I digress.
The only thing to consider before booking a room here is the location. It is not right on the water. The hotel is about a two-minute walk from the south end of Samara Beach. It's an easy walk, though, down an improved dirt road. From the beach, it's about a 30-minute walk to the town of Samara. It's a very pleasant, easy walk. You just stroll along the whole sandy cove. I think our cab fare into town was $6USD. The hotel can call a cab for you.
Their location has two advantages, though. First, it's very quiet and peaceful. Samara isn't exactly the Las Vegas Strip, but it is a beach town. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, the Hideaway is only a seven-minute walk from Playa Carrillo. Carrillo is the next beach to the south. The beach is as big as Samara, but it's almost entirely lined with two giant rows of palm trees for shade, which can sometimes be tough to find at Samara.
Also, there are absolutely no hotels, businesses or services at Carrillo. It's not built up at all. You head to Carrillo with a few snacks and bottles of water, play in the surf for as long as you want, walk back to the Hideaway for lunch/dinner, relax by the pool. It's a good time.
In summary, Doug and Rosie seem to have their place running like a top. Their hard work shows.
- 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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