Our stay in late December was a disaster. I absolutely don't recommend this place. We are a family of 5 and booked it ahead of time, based on photos of the pool, view, and a couple of nice photos. What we were put in was a horrible 2 bedroom "rooming house"...the door didn't lock, the windows were concrete blocks you couldn't see out of, there wasn't a "bathroom", just a toilet room that your knees hit the door, a separate shower room, and you had to brush your teeth in the kitchen sink. The floor was peel & stick linoleum, and they used strips of that as crown molding. The mattress was about 4" thick and hard, and there was only a twin sized sheet on it. The pillows felt like they had packing peanuts in it.They did a master job with photos because they made it look like there was a separate dining room, when in fact it was part of the bedroom, they just hung different curtains on that side of the room. There wasn't a living room, just a long hallway with bare bulbs as light fixtures. The towels were miniscule and there were bugs..small ants maybe? marching all over the kitchen counter. Appalled at the whole scene, I asked to see a different unit because they must have made a mistake. The other unit they showed me was closer to the pool, but had an ENORMOUS spider (body was the size of a quarter and it overall was the size of a small egg). We arrived at night and my kids were anxious to swim, so we hit the pool, what looked to be the only highlight of the place. It wasn't lit, and we discovered in the morning that it was super murky, which is why they probably didn't have it lit in the first place! We were supposed to stay for 3 nights and we left after 1 night. The owner, Martin, wasn't there to greet us but his mother was, and she spoke very little spanish and no english so we had trouble communicating. When I said there wasn't enough room for my family of 5 (it was my gentle way of saying it wouldn't work for us), they got nasty and defensive and even sent me an email threatening to report me to immigrations to forbid me to leave the country because I had accidentally left their 5 beach towels with the rest of my family while I checked out. I've NEVER written a bad review on a place, and I wasn't looking for anything fancy, just safe and clean. The walk into town was also super scary down a busy turning street. This was anything but!!
Property: Barracuda ApartmentsAddress: | Entrance to Samara, First Right Street Route 160, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Ranked #22 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Barracuda Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 6
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located in Samara downtown in a unique position: a few minutes from all services and the beach but at the same time in a a very quiet spot surrounded by nature and with an amazing view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barracuda Apartments Costa Rica/Playa Samara