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“Local ambience in lovely setting”

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Alta Vista Condominium
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Local ambience in lovely setting”
Reviewed 17 February 2011

The 4 of us (2 couples in our 60's) stayed for 6 nights in Begonia (the largest of the 3 apartments). The apartment is stunning and beautifully located steps from the beach, the bus stop and a small supermarket and soda. Walk along the beach (or the road) to the main Samara beach for other shops and restaurants (the best of which are accessed from the beach). You don't need a car. This is(much needed) air conditioned luxury with local colour and probably the best beach we have ever visited; just enough surf to keep you busy, just the right number of people to watch and a few horses and birds and monkey thrown in! The sea was the warmest I have ever swam in.
Only drawback is that the second bedroom and bathroom in the apartment are rather small, the former having twin beds that we pushed together and the later nowhere to put stuff. Ideal for a couple with kids.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia. USA
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Reviewed 11 February 2011

My husband and I stayed in the 'Begonia' for 5 nights in mid Dec. while visiting our son and his girlfriend in Samara. The condo is well situated,clean,spacious and very comfortable. There is a great open concept,affording lovely views from all of the living spaces. It's just far enough removed from the center of town to be very quiet and peaceful.
Cooking was actually a delight. Look one way and see lovely foliage- look the other and see pasture,palm trees and ocean. The kitchen is very user friendly; 3 cooks,no squabbles,just great meals. We all loved the poured concrete counters and deep sink.
The master bedroom-ahh..the sunrises..they defy description. And, the balcony - quite ample for 4 people to watch the world go by...horses,chickens,people, all with the ocean as a back drop. And,yes, there are howler monkeys. We counted 16 one afternoon.
While there is secure parking, a car is really not necessary. 'Downtown' is a very leisurely 10 minute stroll away. We did rent bikes for 3 days which made for easier trips to the grocery store,as well as the beach at the other end of Samara (which,for swiming is a little nicer than the one by the condo.)
If you are looking for an 'escape' Samara itself is a great destination-an hour and a half drive from Liberia (and not a bad drive). The people are friendly,the beaches are lovely,and the views are awesome. There are plenty of good restaurants-many right on the beach. Eating a good meal with our feet in the sand was a treat. It's also a good place for beginner surfers. My husband, who had never put his hands on a surf board before, 'caught' quite a few waves. (Thank you C and C surf school.)
All in all, a great town,a great rental and a great owner. Patrick is prompt, professional and personable.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed 7 December 2010

We loved our stay in Samara and we felt that Alta Vista was the perfect place to stay. We loved waking up and watching the sun rise over the beach and ocean from our bed. It is a short walk down to the beach. We would get up in the morning walk down to the beach and play in the ocean, walk back and eat breakfast on the balcony. We watched howler monkeys in the trees behind the condo one morning. We would take another walk, play in the ocean some more. Take a nap. Walk down to the ocean, swim some more. Samara is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

The accommodations are great. We always felt safe and secure. Randall is there much of the time if you need help with something. Zorro, the chihuahua, would greet us as we came and went. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, pots and pans. The bedroom is great. We rented some movies from the little video store down the road and watch them on the flat panel tv. The shower is great.

Beatriz is a great help if you want to plan activities. She arranged a short snorkeling trip for us that was a lot of fun. Even though the water was not the clearest because of some heavy rains the previous week, we still had fun. It is a short walk to the market, the video store, and a nice Soda if you want lunch. The walk into town is a little farther but not unpleasant. We walked into town a few times and didn't feel like it was too far at all.

Out of all the places that we stayed in Costa Rica, Alta Vista is at the top of the list and we would return to it in a heart beat. Just writing this review makes me want to plan another trip to CR in order to stay in Samara again at Alta Vista.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Indiana
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

We checked all of the options in Samara and Carillo and kept coming back to Alta Vista. I contacted Patrick, the owner, and he quickly replied with the availability and rate. We booked it! When we arrived, we had the pleasure of meeting Patrick and he made us feel at home. We were introduced to Randal the guard/caretaker and Beatriz who is Patrick's ambassador. I wish I could clone both of them and take them with me wherever I travel. They are the epitome of Tico friendliness, kindness and charm. We stayed in the Catalina condo, one bedroom, and it was perfect for us. The view was fantastic from the front balconies and the back balcony and roof top were great for the howler monkey visits. The condo was clean, modern and fully air conditioned. It was located away from town and offered a very relaxing atmosphere. The beach was only a couple of minutes walk and the town of Samara was about 15 minutes. I would recommend a vehicle and would get a 4WD if you go in the green season. The 4WD may come in handy if you choose to travel around the area off the main roads. Traveling other than the main roads is a wonderful Tico experience. The town of Samara is small but offers a number of good restaurants. I recommend Pizza and Pasta A Go Go, Il Vino, Lagarta and of course the sodas. The food was great and you can drink the water if you choose. If you want a relaxing vacation in a beautiful country, I highly recommend Alta Vista in Samara.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Munster, Indiana, Usa
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

We had a great stay here. The condo itself is very modern and clean. The watchman/ maintenance man Randal is a typical Tico which mean he is happy, helpful and trustworthy. The Activities Director, Beatrice, also stopped by daily to make sure everything and everyone were okay. The happiest dog in the world, Zorro greets you as if you were his owner and he is happy that you have comeback home. The wi-fi is also a big plus. The other reviews pretty much describe what an awesome place it is. I almost thought that they were phony because there could be no way than anyplace could get such good reviews but they are all honest opinions like mine is. You really have the best of both worlds here. You have a very modern spacious place to stay with much needed AC and it located at the far end (undeveloped) of the beach in a typical TICO neighborhood. You can see horses and cows walking on the street and you can stop and talk with any of the neighbors. Costa Ricans are extremely friendly people. It's great to meet and talk with them in their own neighborhood and not just say a few words to a waiter or maid in a hotel or restaurant. You get a cultural experience and get to know the true beauty of this wonderful country, its people. The view is awesome from the balcony, large bedroom window and rooftop. The beach at this end of town is smaller but pristine. It is a good 10-15 minute walk along a palm lined beach trail and open beach to where the restaurants, shops and bars are, but for us it was extremely pleasant and I needed the exercise...The neighborhood around the Alta Vista also has a few mom & pop restaurants (sodas) where you can enjoy a typical breakfast, lunch or dinner for a great price. The area is very quiet and safe. The other 2 levels were occupied by friendly Canadian couples. It's not a motel experience. If you are looking for modern comfort in a typical neighborhood with an awesome view and friendly people then you should stay here. I only hope that with all these good reviews, there will be occupancy available on my next trip.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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North Carolina
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Reviewed 19 March 2010

I stayed at Alta Vista with my wife and two small children in March 2010. Booking our stay was easy, but we did find a descrepancy in the security deposit. The owner had posted $250 on a Samara web site, while Exclusive Escapes, a rental agent company he uses, wanted $500. Exclusive Escapes honored the owners rate without any hassle and they were great to work with. We called shortly before arriving and a representative met us at the condo. They also made a special effort to check the condo before we had to leave early the next day and refunded our deposit on the spot.

The grounds and interior of the condo's are well kept. We enjoyed the spacious Begonia condo. Wireless internet and the flat panel TV helped keeped the kids entertained during the hotest part of the days. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked.

Randal, the caretaker, was on-site often and very helpful. We had neighbors in both the other units and hardly knew they were there. If we didn't see them out at the pool, we would have thought we had the place all to ourselves.

There are two dogs that live on-site. Zorro is a small energetic dog and Zelda is a large guard dog. Both are very friendly and well behaved.

The only downside for us was the distance to town. Its a ~300-400ft walk down the street to the beach and then another 1,000ft to the edge of town....probably another 800 feet to the center of town. There is a grocery store nearby and a couple of soda's. If you don't care to be close to the bustle of town, Alta Vista is perfect. If you want to be in town a lot and don't mind a good walk or bike ride, its good too. The street out front has very little traffic and the units are fairly well insulated from noise.

We would definetly stay at Alta Vista again.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Colorado
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

My husband and I met Patrick, the owner of Alta Vista Condos, in a Spanish class we took together. We found him to be very trustworthy and honest so we decided to book a stay at his place in Samara Beach. What a lovely spot--a gorgeous beach, funky town, and lots of exotic birds and animals to gaze at right out the back door. We enjoyed many meals out on the deck, visits with "neighbors" around the pool, and long walks up and down the beach. A kayak trip out to the island just off the coast was fun too, with a couple sea turtles rolling along beside us.

Stayed February 2010
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Property: Alta Vista Condominium
Address: Meters (Yards) From the Beach in Playa Samara 150, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
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Ranked #8 of 22 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 
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