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Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 July 2010

The hotel is far away from town if you do not have a car. We had a car and did not have a problem - it was very easy to get to town and park. Would not recommend staying there if you do not have a car. We were traveling with our 3 children ages 11, 9 and 6 years. The kids loved the hotel pool and rec room. The staff was very freindly and helpful - but not ticos - everyone was European - which was a downer as they didn't speak spanish any better than we did. The rooms were set up nicely - we had 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The bathrooms were small and not very clean. The bedrooms were great - but no sitting area in the rooms at all. It is noisy there in the morning - the howler monkeys start howling and I believe they wake up the cows, the horses, the rooster and the birds - quite a cacophony! But, actually a pretty neat way to wake up.
We had the hotel organize one tor for us - to see the turtle nesting. It turned into such a fiasco - the tour company was late, the guides were rude and we were given no preparation for what we had to do (cross a waist high tidal river in the dark!) Not the hotels fault - but ask a lot of questions when booking tours. The turtles were totally worth the trouble - an amazing experience - but a 4 hour tour turned into an 8 hour ordeal.
While in Samara if you want to rent boogie boards or take a surf lesson - check out C & C Surf School - they were awesome. Also the bakery up on the main road before town is phenomenal.
Over all - if you can get a place on the beach in Samara for close to this price - you should. We stayed for 3 nights.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

We stayed a few nights with my family (3 kids: 8, 6 and 3) and with a friend family (2 kids same age + 1 baby).
Very nice and simple accomodations. Excellent food - best in a long time in the area. The owner was always around and this was over our expectations. Just fantastic to stay with kids and friends. Very good price - quality relation.
Just one minor issue: the noisy old air conditioning; but for us, most of the time we just shut it off and stayed with the ceiling fans on.
Enzio von Saalfeld / Costa Rica

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

We stayed at the Samara Pacific Lodge during a recent trip to Costa Rica. We had a perfect experience there! Our room was quiet, clean, and had a beautiful balcony off the back. The pool was another highlight, as it was really big - and never crowded with people.
Breakfast is included in the price and we loved waking up to delicious coffee and fresh fruit in the morning. The dinner menu here is also top notch.
I dream about going back as it was such an easy place to get to, and to stay. Although it was a bit of a walk to the main strip in town, we really enjoyed being removed from all the busy-ness of the town.
The best thing about this hotel was the staff and owner - everyone really went out of their way to make us feel at home.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2010

We stayed at the Hotel for 3 nights. We found it to be great value. We are a family of 5 and the room had two separate bedrooms with a/c, two bathrooms and even play space for the kids. I do not think we could find a bigger room in whole Guanacaste for the special rate that we got ($90). The food was fantastic, dinners were incredible, the Swiss chef knows
food for sure. The hotel is a bit far away from Samara Beach so you have to drive there, but few hotels are oceanfront in this part of Guanacaste. Service was very nice. Will go back.
Highly recommend it

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 April 2010

I came to this hotel for my honeymoon. This is really amazing place.
The rooms are clean, the swiming pool is big, clean and beautiful, the breakfast was delicious and the staff are friendly.
The owner of the hotel is friendly and very helpful.
The Hotel is 5 min (by car) from the center of the city, and on the morning you wake up with monkeys and animal noises!!!
This is amazing place for couples and for family too.
Dear Clemence thanks for all.

  • Stayed: March 2010
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Reviewed 15 April 2010

I chose to book Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge after reading up on the Playa Samara area on Trip Advisor. While some of the reviews I read weren't the most positive (someone objected to farm animal noises; another didn't like that it wasn't located in the main part of town or on the beach), but all the rest of the reviews gave an impression of Hotel Samara Pacific as being the kind of place we'd like to stay at.

Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge is beautiful - like a postcard. White stucco, dark beams, a charming bar/restaurant tended by the equally charming Julie who makes a MEAN caipirinha cocktail which we were greeted with as a welcome and continued to enjoy during our stay! Julie, Clemence the proprietor, her father, and entire family were helpful, ever-present should we need them (from finding us a band-aid to letting us use their office printer) yet never intrusive. The rooms are simple and clean with a small back balcony which overlooked a neat back yard and yes, sometimes we heard farm animals. It was part of the charm!

The hotel is off the downtown path and we couldn't have been happier about that. It's close enough to be convenient but separate enough to be peaceful. The pool area reminded us of Europe and we enjoyed a swim and cocktail every evening after returning from a day of surfing.

We didn't have an opportunity to eat dinner in the intimate little restaurant on-site but were impressed by the menu du jour which had a definate European/French flavor with local fresh ingredients. Next time! And we will definately stay again at Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge - it allowed us to vacation like we like to vacation - in clean, hospitable surroundings that helped us to feel a part of the culture, not like strangers isolated from it.

We loved Playa Samara in general - it had been recommended to us by a local in the stead of the more 'touristy' beaches in Costa Rica and we were thrilled when we arrived. Samara is a small town with plenty of restaurant/shopping options if that's what you're wanting, but we were there for the beach and we could not have been more pleased. Holy Week was the week before and it was apparently quite a bit busier than we we arrived the following Tuesday. We'd been looking for an easily accessible beach with calm waves to try surfing with our two teenage boys and Playa Samara is PERFECT for that. We all left able to surf and ready to come back.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 March 2010

We are usually very pleased with TripAdvisor´s hotel rankings. However, upon arrival we were extremely disappointed at how far this hotel is from the beach and from the town. It is an extremely long walk to the beach down a road with no businesses or homes (looked dangerous at night). Then, once you´re at the beach, you are far away from the closest restaurants. Also, the rooms were TINY and there seemed to be a creature living in the ceiling, not to mention the cow pasture, which is the only view from the hotel. (despite what pictures may show on here, you are not even close to getting any type of beach view). We have no idea what all the hype is about. After a day, we switched to a hotel on the beach with huge rooms at about the same price. Samara is always a quiet town, even if you are staying near the town center. Do yourself a favor and pick one of the many hotels on the beach or a block away that are the same price.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Camino Playa Buenavista, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
#5 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range: £51 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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