Looking back at some of the previous reviews, lets be clear.. this place is not the Hilton and doesn't try to be. Its a simple, clean place to stay right on the beach in Samara. I don't think there is another hotel in Samara where you can walk from your room straight onto the beach. Owners Bill and Phyllis were friendly and helpful. All the units face the pool, we prepped most of our meals while watching the kids in the pool. There is a small grocery store about a block away, which had everything you need to make simple meals. We had a rental SUV and drove into town to eat and shop and do surf lessons.... it is about a 15-20 minute walk down the beach.
To me it has a B&B vibe (it has but you make your own breakfast :) , most of the guests sat outside their units and chatted a bit in the evening and mealtimes. We met a lot of friendly people.
So I definately reco this place, it met all my expectations based on my pre-trip research. We wanted a place to wind down on the beach after our previous town hopping (La Fortuna and Monteverde), somewhere that was away from It always takes a few days to adjust a new place..I'm not sure its possible to wind down and if you only stayed one night. We stayed 5 nights and I really didn't want to leave. If we ever get the chance to return to Samara, this will be the place to stay.
The only Con I noted was the roosters, dogs and Howler monkeys that start their serenade at 3am... but that is CR, early to bed, early to rise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Six time winner of the Traveller's Choice Award for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2009! Thank you to all of our wonderful guests. We are a small (6 rooms), beach-front hotel just footsteps from the ocean. Our rooms are clean, colorful and comfortable. We are NOT an all-inclusive, luxury resort. More like your place at the beach, but with someone else doing the daily cleaning, changing the linens and yard work. The rooms are in a semi-circle and face the pool, gardens and the ocean. (see photos) Great way to meet new people and exchange information and stories. We have been here 17 years managing our "little piece of paradise". Our front yard is sand with ranchos and palm trees for plenty of shade. Hammocks, sunbeds, small pool, gardens and BBQ complete our front yard. All of our rooms have fully equipped kitchens with separate bedroom. The deluxe room has AC & widescreen TV. Standard rooms have upper and lower screened windows and two ceiling fans. Our neighborhood has a small grocery store & fish market, along with local deliveries of fruits and fresh ceviche. An enjoyable 15 minute walk to Samara Central. Most of our guests return or have been recommend by friends. Thank you for considering our special place by the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fenix Hotel Playa Samara
- Fenix Hotel - On The Beach Costa Rica/Playa Samara