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“Quaint Bed & Breakfast Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Samara Palm Lodge

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Samara Palm Lodge
Ranked #2 of 33 Playa Samara B&B and Inns
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Rochester, New York, USA
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95 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quaint Bed & Breakfast Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

This lodge is obviously well run and cared for by meticulous owners. The property is new compared to so many hotels in Costa Rica that it's a refreshing change. We stayed in the first room at the top of the stairs and although, it wasn't terribly private, we appreciated the AC. The pool was warm, complete with lounge chairs and hammocks, and precisely what you want after a walk to the beach. A car is not needed to explore Samara - it's all very walkable and the hosts provide you with a map and suggest restaurants and hikes. We ordered their $8 breakfast one morning and it was swiftly presented and very convenient before our 8am tour.

Room Tip: All rooms are going to have some noise from the local farms, monkeys, and passing vehicles. Second...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Belfast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

Me and my fiancée stayed at this beautiful place for 3nites and had the best time, The rooms are very clean and the swans on the bed are a nice welcoming into the rooms and the pool area is a nice place to relax.
The owners are very helpful if you need to know where to eat or what do in the evening. We would stay again the next to we come back to samara .

  • Stayed January 2014
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White Salmon, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Cultural explorers naturally intoxicated w/CR's sites, beach breezes, & sunshine, may find themselves trying to distill their grand experiences in glowing lodging reviews, a stack of reviews challenging any innkeeper to continuously keep up such an amazing reputation! That said, Lothar & Bri deserve these great reviews. They've obviously worked hard at making their digs very comfortable at an incredible value to their guests. Not only is this lush little oasis a secluded hotel, it's also their home, and it's obvious they take great pride in home & business. They also care about how your vacation goes; they're pleasantly available w/info & help while being sensitive to your space. Samara's been a delightful, comfortable home base for many solo, couple, & extended family CR explorations, and now, I feel the same way about Samara Palms.

Here's what I love about this venue ... Great covered patio by pool to snack, visit, read, play games, be on computer. Very clean, pleasant pool, rooms, & grounds which are lush w/vegetation in a relatively small space. Little hammock spaces to have alone time. On the edge of town which is nice because you'll get exercise walking, you'll be out of the main hubbub of town w/out needing a car to get around Samara, and you'll actually hear and see howler monkeys (& hummingbirds). Because of the high fence/building surround, you feel secluded & safe. Yes, you'll still hear motorbikes & 3 wheelers zipping by and perhaps some roosters crowing; you're closer to where the town folk live. Samara Palm Lodge seems to be a great place for families, couples, and folks traveling solo. It strikes me as the kind of place that attracts a diverse group of open-minded travelers from all over. So! If you suspect that you're a whining cheapskate or that you're the least bit pretentious, you (& others) will most likely be happier if you stay somewhere besides Samara Palms. There are several very beautiful, relaxing places to stay in Samara; Samara Palm Lodge has all the comforts of those lovely places, PLUS personality & atmosphere w/out the big price tag. Thank you for all that, Lothar and Brie, and keep up the good work!

Room Tip: Liked privacy of 2nd floor rooms. No regrets w/AC, especially in hottest months. If you like coffee...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed at the Samara Palm Lodge at the end of our 3 week trip around Costa Rica and it was by far the best place we stayed! The Swiss couple the ran the lodge were extremely friendly and helpful.

The beds were made beautifully each day and the honesty-system mini-bar by the pool was a really nice touch. Nothing like a few cervezas by the pool after a day snorkelling/hiking/drinking cocktails on the beach.

On the day we left we realised (after 45 mins in a taxi) that we had left our passports at the lodge and had to return quickly. The staff we very helpful giving us the bus time table so we wouldnt waste money on another taxi to San Jose and suggested that we sit by the pool and use the mini-bar whilst waiting for the bus.

Such friendly service doesn't go unnoticed!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

We stayed at the Samara Palm Lodge over Christmas for three days and I didn't want to leave! The grounds are incredibly well maintained, lush plants, hammocks to relax in, beautiful pool and howlers monkeys around the corner which you can see / hear! Some complained that they woke them up in the morning but I never heard them that early. The rooms are simple but have lots of character. The only thing I wish they had was a mini fridge in the room. There is only one mini fridge on site by the pool which is an honesty bar fridge. If I had a couple of beer or a bottle of white wine I wanted to chill I just put it in the bottom drawer but if everyone was doing this then there would be no room. Breakfast was available for $8/person. It looked wonderful but we decided to skip and head to town as I wanted as much local food as possible (and the price at most soda's for breakfast was about $5/person). The location is literally 5 minute walk to town, very close. They had a rodeo and fair set up on the grounds down the road which we went to. It was so much fun and the food was incredible. Samara is very safe during the day and at night. As well, the owners were very friendly and approachable. All and all an amazing place and I highly recommend!

Room Tip: I prefer the first floor rooms as they have AC. The second floor rooms only have fans.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

After having travelled 3 weeks through Costa Rica & Panama we decided to spend our last week in Samara at the Palm Lodge! It was number 1 at Trip Advisor and we read some good reviews so we had some expectations..!
We were not disappointed by our choice as it was even better than we would ever have imagined!
The two owners (Lothar & Brigitte) are so nice, helpfull and make you feel at home!
The rooms are great and the pool is surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. Moreover the prices are very reasonable.
We had a fantastic week at this small paradise and strongly recommend Samara Palm Lodge!

Pierre & Amy
Holland

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

Defiantly the best place we stayed in Costa Rica. Comfortable, clean, beautiful and affordable! The owners were very helpful, kind and nice. Only tip would be to allow online bookings as we almost skipped over this little gem although they do get back to you about reservations quite quickly over email. - We would go back in a heart beat!!

Stayed December 2013
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Additional Information about Samara Palm Lodge

Property: Samara Palm Lodge
Address: 250 mts del Banco Nacional oeste | Rio Lagarto, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge is situated around 5-7 minutes from the village /center of Playa Samara. (Walking distance 5-7 minutes) and nearby the Beach (around 5 minutes)The Lodge is under a Swiss- German Managment.We know how important holidays are for you, and we promise you an unforgettable, lovely stay at our Lodge.We are looking forward to welcome you in our little paradise. For any further questions or bookings please contact us directly ! ... more   less 
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Samara Palm Lodge Costa Rica/Playa Samara

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