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“Nice location, ok service, dangerous swimmingpool”

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Hotel Las Brisas del Pacifico
Ranked #15 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Nice location, ok service, dangerous swimmingpool”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We were a group of 16 staying December 27th-31st 2013. The location at the beach is first class. Rooms vary, some are nice and some not so nice. The table service is OK, about average to be in Samara. Allow more than an hour for lunch. Food is average, there are better restaurants to be found along the beach. As other people have mentioned here, the owner has his office and spends a lot of time along the poolside at the best table, which is a bit of an annoyance. The worst part of the stay was that all 5 people in the group who used the swimming pool got serious ear infections, leaving Samara with bad pains and having a very unpleasant trip back home. Strong antibiotics did the job. Stay away from the pool until further notice.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

This hotel is in a wonderful location, right by the beach.

The good things about this hotel are:
1. beachfront location - can enjoy the walk along the beach and easy access to many beachfront restaurants
2. Pool right by the beach where you can lie down sunbathing on a beach chair as long as you like and jump into either beach or pool when you get too hot.
3. Breakfast by the beach - listening to waves and gazing at the beach during breakfast is very relaxing

Though I must say room is an average and not the very best. We had a couple of problems on the day we arrived: bathroom door did not unlock when shut and AC was not turning on. The hotel did respond to our complaints as soon as they could - on the next day (because we arrived in the evening and nobody who could fix was around). Luckily, we could get by our first night without AC with ceiling fan alone.

WiFi was only available around the poolside and was not very strong. It did not reach the room. I could Skype my family internationally as long as I was by the poolside.

My friend and I stayed there for 3 nights but it was one of the best beachside experiences we ever had. A great place to stay to enjoy the beach, sun and relaxation.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

The place is half decent but the owner truly ruined my time there. He sits around the hotel all day and smokes while making you feel completely uncomfortable. Literally everyday sitting at a table starring you down. He treats the girls that work there like garbage to. After 3 days of bad vibes we ended up spending the rest of our days down the beach away from the hotel to avoid the awkwardness. I've never wrote a review on here before and have been on many vacations. I've made a point to share my experience at this place.

Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2013 via mobile

I went to stay on this hotel even after reviewing Trip Advisor not so good comments. But, I liked it overall. I liked the included breakfast, the room, the pool. The seevice was average but I would say the "non intromissive" behavior is way better than having someone on your back. The german owner and his friend are always around, and they greet if you do which is good enough for me. And if he wants to share time with local girls, well that's his biz. And let's be honest, who wouln't? Going back on July for sure.

  • Stayed April 2013
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

the hotel is a wonderful place to be, we had an awesome time there, it is shocking to see some of the reviews for we spend some time there and it was simply paradise all the way from the owner to the staff.
the only suggestion would be is to clean up the property a tad but for the value you simply cant beat the experience...
thank you very much for the experience and the value, we shall tell all our friends and return

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 March 2013 via mobile

We stay there for 3 days and we love it.
The room, pool the. View from are room was so nice.
The restaurant is not part of the hotel. Roger run the resto and the bar and is service and the food is the best in Samara .
Thx
Dave and Sophie
We will be back and for 8 days

  • Stayed March 2013
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California
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

I have stayed at this hotel 3 times over the course of 6 years. Hotel Las Brisas del Pacifico
was at it's best when I stayed here 6 years ago. The German owner is in his 70's and is looking
to sell the property. There are few signs of earthquake damage including fallen walls behind
the large building closest to the road where no guests are currently housed. There are individual
cabins as well as standard rooms with balconies above the office. Because of fewer visitors to Playa Samara (and not because of the earthquake damage), the large building in the back is not
currently occupied. This may change during Easter Holidays. All rooms could use an updating
but are adequate at $ 95/night. The lower level pool closest to the office is maintained daily and cleaned. The 2nd upper level pool of the currently unoccupied rear building is not maintained nor used. Guests typically walk along the long stretch of beach and/or sit by the pool. Walking along the beach at night is safe and close enough to the restaurants in town. ( A flashlight comes in handy for walking on the beach at night. Make it a point to walk through the nearest beach restaurant EVEN if you are not dining there in order to get to the closest road. That way you can cut down on a lengthier beach walk.) The breakfasts are included and are adequate with one of 3 choices. Years past there was a breakfast buffet but no longer.
Other hotel meals are available but we elected to eat elsewhere. The room has a key operated
safe for valuables. In the past they charged $ 3/day for it's use however not during this last stay.
Location wise, this is the best hotel to stay because it is close enough to walk to the town center,
yet far enough away to have your own beach. Unrelated to the hotel, I disliked the locals walking
their dogs and horses on the beach, yet another reason to use a flashlight at night to see where you are stepping. Though Playa Samara is still one of the nicer beaches in Costa Rica, the locals smoke up the air by burning yard trash.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Las Brisas del Pacifico
Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
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Ranked #15 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Las Brisas del Pacifico 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
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