First of all, all of the positive reviews are very accurate and I won't bother reiterating all the same comments. If you are looking for safe, clean, and more American style accomodations while in or near Playa Samara or Playa Carillo then this is it. I agonized over my decision and after staying there and looking at the other choices - whew, big sigh of relief that we chose the Hideaway.
We had room 7, 1 king bed. The room was a nice size and the bathroom was very large. The AC worked well, and I would totally recommend having AC while in Samara - very hot! All of the rooms are a very close walk to the pool and main lobby area. I would ask for room 12 in the future as it faces the trees and is on the 2nd level - if your into total privacy.
The breakfast was included and was good, it included fruit, coffee, oj, and either an egg choice or a french toast option - both were good. We never had dinner there, though we had snacks and a lunch by the pool and they were fine. The bar drinks were tasty - like everyone says - try the mango margaritas, they really are good.
The service was friendly and efficient. There is wifi at the main lobby area and around the pool. It seemed very spotty. Could not get wifi in the rooms, which was disappointing. There is a computer with internet connection in the lobby for guest use.
The pool area is nice, quiet and relaxing, but possibly a little small - this is not a big deal as much of the time is spent at the beach or other activiites. This hotel seemed to be more for couples, which was perfect for us. I was very glad there were not families with young children due to the size of the pool area.
Playa Samara is a 2 minute walk away. The beach is perfect for walking, running and even exploring more hidden beaches during low tide. Not a great section for swimming. For that go to Playa Carrilo, or even the more northern end of Samara.
We had a car, IMO, it is not walkable to town - especially at night. There are no sidewalks or shoulder and the road is very dark. We didnt walk the beach to town as there is a creek with water in it that you'd have to cross.
Samara is a funky little beach town and it has less expensive room choices, but you will get what you pay for. If you don't mind paying slighty more you will appreciate the the quiet style of the Hideaway. if you are looking for a "party" atmosphere you may want to look closer in town.
- 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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