We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“We'll be back”

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Playa Samara
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Alta Vista Condominium
california
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We'll be back”
Reviewed 2 June 2009

I recently spent 5 weeks at the Alta Vista Condominium and couldn't have been happier. It was home away from home. The condo was clean, spacious, comfortable, and had wireless internet access. I loved the view of the ocean and countryside from the balcony and bedroom in the front and the jungle and monkeys from the kitchen in the back. The location was perfect as I could easily walk to the store or town each day and the ocean was just down the road. The staff that worked to keep the property neat and tidy became friends. Patrick, the owner, was available at all times if there was a problem. I'll go back.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank gettingawaysoon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

69 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    68
    1
    0
    0
    0
See reviews for
31
23
2
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (11)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Newfoundland
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2009

Alta Vista is a beautiful condo building on the end of Samara Beach. Our condo had all the comforts of home including stainless steel appliances, AC, and beautiful views from the deck. This made it a great option for our family. The children had a fridge and lots of room to play. There is also a bbq for guests.

Patrick (the owner) arranged for us to buy fish from a local spear fisherman. It was a real treat! We also loved the pizza at El Manglar which is nearby. Since the condo is so new you may need the contact info. Patrick's e-mail is [--] and his phone number is [--]. We contacted him through the samara beach web-site.

We bought groceries in Nicoya on the way down to Samara. This was a better option because the prices and selection are better there.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank cjnw
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Warrenton, Va
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 April 2009

Alta Vista is tops for a place to stay in Samara. You won't find anything better in the area. Its new, has a great view, has friendly cleaners and caretakers and is convenient to town. At a little over $100/night for a 2 bedroom unit, you also can't beat the value. Look no further.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Smartgburg1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Toronto
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 28 March 2009

You'll hear the term "Pura Vida" used often in Samara Beach and other parts of Costa Rica. It means "Pure Life". In surfing parlance it can mean everything from "Fantastic", “Beautiful”, "Cool", "Awesome", "Chill Out", "Sorry I'm late but I was tied up taking it realllllly easy and forgot I had to be somewhere so I hope you understand...".
All of these things describe the vibe and beauty of Alta Vista Condo’s three units and Samara Beach. Whenever we travel I search and read countless reviews on TripAdvisor before making a decision on destination or accommodation. In this case there were only 3 reviews regarding Alta Vista Condo at the time of our trip. Typically that's not enough information for me but the reviews were so convincing I booked Alta Vista. On this particular trip I was especially meticulous with our accommodation selection as this was our first with an infant – our 8 month old little girl. There are now 6 reviews, or 7 including the one I'm writing. I've read the rest and they're all 100% correct. Furthermore, during our stay in Samara I looked at various other properties just to prove to myself that we had actually found the best place in town. I was right. We had.

If you're smart and/or lucky enough to select Samara Beach for your holiday you'll be wasting your time if you don’t stay at Alta Vista Condo.
In an effort not to duplicate what's been written these are the important things you need to know and why we thought it was so EXCELLENT.

The condo is brand new – finished in November 2008.

The owner, Patrick, designed and built the condo to his own personal standards as if he were going to live in each unit himself. He lives on the top floor unit which is identical in quality to the others.

The kitchen sinks even have garborators!

The owner Patrick is a fantastic guy, more like a good friend.

There was staff on site everyday – gardener/pool guy, maid, owner.

Location, Location, Location – not right in the middle of everything.

Spectacular, unobstructed view of the ocean

10 min walk to town along the beach which is safe even at night. 15 min by road that is paved and has street lights.

2 min walk to the beach.

The condo is at the most beautiful end of the beach.

The units are perfectly laid out and spacious and the views are spectacular.

Roof top deck – perfect for afternoon sun and watching the monkeys and parrots.

A well stocked grocery store 100 meters up the road. There’s a cool little local bar/restaurant beside it that has the coldest beer and the best fish soup.

Little bars and cantinas frequented by locals down 100 meters down the road, close to the beach that serve fresh ceviche and other good food.

Ease of access, safety, proximity to the town.

We're in our mid – late 30's and we are very discerning pleasure travellers and we travel often - everywhere.

Our travellers included my wife, 8 month old little girl, my sister and myself.

For this trip we looked for privacy, quiet, spacious and comfortable indoor and outdoor living space since we thought we'd be more house bound because of the baby.
We visited Samara for 2 weeks during the end of February – March. The weather was amazing 30C+ everyday with blue skies. Evenings were around 22C.
We stayed in the two bedroom Amapola unit for 10 days and it was one of the best accommodations we have ever been in.
We found everything we were looking for and more. After a week at Alta Vista Condo my sister actually changed her return flight to Toronto and extended her stay because she couldn't bear to leave.

I refer you to a fantastic website with photos and great descriptions of the units and lots of info on Samara.
http://www.samarabeach.com/altavista/index.html

I visited the 3 units and took lots of pictures for the sake of my friends and family since we're insisting they all go and visit.

Amapola - 2 bedroom unit, 2 full bath - approx 1000 sq. ft (100 sq. m.). 1st floor which is actually like the 2nd floor due to the building being on a slope.

Begonia - 2 bedrrom unit, 2 full bath - approx 1300 sq. ft (130 sq. m.) 2nd floor which is more like the 3rd floor

Catalina – 1 bedroom unit, 1 full bath – approx 1000 sq. ft. (100 sq. m) 3rd floor which is more like the 4th floor.

The design of the building and suites is Ultra Modern Beach Chic.
You'll see what I mean when you check out the pictures. I'll upload mine when I get a chance.

Enjoy!

Thanks again Patrick for building such a fantastic beach paradise for your guests.
Pura Vida Bro!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Traveler1971Toronto
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ottawa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2009

My husband and I just spend two fabulous weeks at the Alta Vista Condos. Every day, we enjoyed getting up bright and early, having our coffee on the balcony while enjoying the spectacular view of palm trees, ocean and mountains. We would spend our days walking on the beach, having a swim, sitting on the balcony reading, walking to town, having a siesta or just relaxing. Whatever we decided to do, the weather as usually, was always nice and hot. In the evening we would walk to town for dinner. The hardest part was deciding which restaurant to eat at.
The condo was excellent and very spacious with all the commodities you need. Patrick and his staff we very nice and friendly. Patrick really made us feel at home and comfortable and we were really sad to leave. We also made friends with Chopan the cat. The cat would come visit us daily, wanting to play and spending hours with us, which we truly enjoyed and will miss.
When friends and family asked about our trip we tell them that we found a touch of paradise. At the Alta Vista Condo your close to everything but just far enough to have peace and tranquility for a wonderful holiday.
Looking forward to staying there again.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Chopans_friend
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Winnipeg
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2009

Three friends spent 8 nights in early December 2008 at Alta Vista Condominiums. We didn’t book ahead, as our entire trip was last minute and we just showed up in Samara one day, hoping to find decent accommodations…instead we found Alta Vista condominiums. We thought we had died and gone to heaven. Don’t waste your timing going any place else. 100% Satisfaction guaranteed.

We rented the second floor Condo Begonia. The moment we walked in the door, it felt like home.

This spectacular modern brand new open concept condo offers all the comforts of home:

• 2 bedrooms (both with comfortable beds),
• 2-3 piece modern baths (the ensuite has double sinks and shower for 2),
• fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances,
• spacious living area including a comfortable couch, TV with cable, DVD player,
• private balcony with a great view of the ocean,
• plunge pool (beach towels included)
• 3 Air Conditioning units (one in each bedroom) and one in the main living area,
• in-room safe,
• wireless high speed internet,
• access to washer & dryer,
• ceiling fans,
• alarm system, and
• short walk to the beach.

We loved every aspect of the condo. We felt incredibly safe and were very comfortable. We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony and we were so delighted with the kitchen, that we rarely went out for dinner. Buy your groceries in Nicoya as they not only have a bigger selection, their prices are much more reasonable. The plunge pool is a nice refreshing break from the intense heat on the beach. We also enjoyed hanging around the pool with a book and a couple of local beers (Imperial). The condo backs onto green space, and howler monkeys would frequent the area. On the rooftop terrace, you could see them at eye level. We didn’t have a car during our stay in Samara, and if you want to just hang out and surf, a vehicle is not necessary. We walked everywhere via the beach, even at night….just make sure to roll up your pants, or hike up your skirt as the tide is in. In the morning the tide is out, and the beach is huge. Even if you have a vehicle, it will be 100% safe at the condo.

This condo exceeded our every expectation and we couldn’t have asked for more. Patrick (the owner) is a wonderful host, and his staff are very friendly.

It was hard to leave and we considered staying for another week. For the remainder of our travels in Costa Rica, no place came close to measuring up like Alta Vista Condominiums. We really missed our accommodations. This was definitely the highlite of our 3 week vacation to Costa Rica, and we can’t wait to go back. This is the only place we would stay when we go back to Samara.

  • Liked — all the comforts of home and close to the beach
  • Disliked — that we couldn't stay forever
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank PiggyBankWinnipeg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ottawa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 January 2009

Four of us spent a week in Samara over the Christmas holidays (to attend a wedding). We booked late, but were fortunately able to reserve the first-floor, 2-bedroom condominium at Alta Vista Condominiums. Before we went, the owner (Patrick) very patiently answered our many questions, sent us detailed driving directions, and even made a dinner reservation for us as we were arriving late in the day. That's service!
We were greeted warmly at the condominium by the resident superintendent and immediately felt very welcome, safe and comfortable. (He spoke no English and we spoke no Spanish, so we used a lot of sign language, but no-one seemed to mind. A little bit of Spanish practice would be good for next time, though.) The condominium itself is spectacular. It is brand new, with comfortable couches and beds, stainless steel appliances, fully-equipped kitchen, TV w/cable, DVD player, alarm system, safe, very efficient AC units, reliable shower and bathroom facilities … all the comforts of home. You're certainly not roughing it here! Other friends and family stayed at various other locations in Samara and Carillo, many of which were also nice, but they were older, more traditional, Spanish villa-type structures. We preferred the modern look, the open concept and the conveniences we found at Alta Vista.
The view from the front balcony, even on the first floor is awesome! Across an open field, you have an unobstructed view of the beach and ocean. Every morning we sat on the balcony to have breakfast or to read and enjoy the view to start the day. The view from the rooftop terrace is even better! We also made use of the small plunge pool every day. There is a nice sitting area there where we could relax and read and take a dip when the heat got to us. The condominium backs onto a forested area, and is also forested to one side. Every afternoon we could watch monkeys parading through the trees or swinging and playing right beside us. From the rooftop, you were at eye level with them.
Samara beach is beautiful and enormous! (In the morning the tide is out.) It's a short walk down the road from the condo (2 or 3 minutes), then perhaps 6 or 8 minutes more to reach the town by leisurely walking along the beach. We walked into town every day, and never tired of it. In the evening, we often drove into town to eat. The seafood is unbeatable! (Later in the day, the tide comes in and reduces the huge beach area to a much smaller strip of sand, which made walking the beach at night less enjoyable.) As the tide comes in, the waves and surf also increase in size, so surfing is more of an afternoon activity. There's a small store just up the road from the condos, so we could walk to get groceries or refreshments when we needed them. (Both the Imperial and Pilsen beers were very good!)
The condo was great. The owner and host were great. The weather was great. Our entire holiday was a lot of fun. We are planning to return as soon as we can!

  • Liked — Modern, clean, secure
  • Disliked — If you don't have a car, travel into town at night is less convenient.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank DMacOttawa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Playa Samara hotels
2.1 mi away
The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
#1 of 16 in Playa Samara
5.0 of 5 bubbles 828 reviews
0.4 mi away
Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
#3 of 16 in Playa Samara
4.5 of 5 bubbles 505 reviews
0.7 mi away
Hotel Belvedere - Playa Samara
Hotel Belvedere - Playa Samara
#2 of 16 in Playa Samara
4.5 of 5 bubbles 387 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.6 mi away
Lodge Las Ranas
Lodge Las Ranas
#5 of 16 in Playa Samara
5.0 of 5 bubbles 287 reviews
0.7 mi away
El Pequeno Gecko Verde
El Pequeno Gecko Verde
#3 of 34 in Playa Samara
5.0 of 5 bubbles 309 reviews
1.2 mi away
Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
#4 of 16 in Playa Samara
4.5 of 5 bubbles 496 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Alta Vista Condominium? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Alta Vista Condominium

Property: Alta Vista Condominium
Address: Meters (Yards) From the Beach in Playa Samara 150, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unobstructed ocean & beach views, steps from the sand and town, 1st world comfort with the jungle behind you and beach in front! Pool, A/C, wifi, hot & purified water, 1st world plumbing, full white line kitchens, modern design, secure on-site parking, full time caretaker, BBQ, Brand New! Unbeatable value + top notch service = we exceed your expectations. Our goal isn't one time business like the other guys, we want you to love us the first time and keep coming back! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Alta Vista Condominium Costa Rica/Playa Samara

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing