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Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

My husband and I have lived in Costa Rica for almost 8 years and have traveled the beaches and Hotels on both coast extensively. We have stayed at the "all inclusive hotels" they are great if you like the touristy scene (now we prefer the more private, romantic and authentic) and we have stayed at some places that I would not let my dog stay at. I can personally say that Phyllis and Bill were very accommodating from the very beginning. We had made our reservations to stay in early January. We could not make our reservation as my Mom in the States needed immediate health attention and I had to cancel our trip. Phyllis and Bill graciously told us to come back at our convenience and we were finally able to reschedule our trip a few weeks later.
I can only say, that our host/hostess are the kind of people I would recommend to my closest of Family and Friends! My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary and had one of the BEST experiences we ever had. If you want a great experience by some really wonderful host/hostess...This is the place to come! Authentic and Pure Life...Pura Vida as the Ticos say!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

What a place.
We live in Costa Rica and have visited and stayed in many hotels on the Caribbean and on the Pacific coasts, often in “All Inclusive” places. Seldom have we felt so comfortable in a place so quickly like in the Fenix. Wonderful, gracious hosts, right on the beach, clean and cozy rooms and the best lounge chairs I have laid in, better then any lounge chairs at the all inclusive places.
This is a little paradise and no question, we will be back.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We booked our stay at Hotel Fenix based on the numerous positive reviews on trip advisor and the beach location, and we could not have been more happy with our choice! The rooms are clean, and kept cool at night in their summer season. We enjoyed having a fisherman come directly up to our doorstep with the catch of the day, and grilled our lobster that night on the BBQ with a beautiful view of the ocean! Located just down the street there is a market and a pescaderia. The town is less than a 10 minute walk on the beach from the hotel. Phyllis and Bill were very helpful and accommodating, they were nice enough to let us store our luggage in their home after we checked out so we could enjoy a few more hours on the beach before heading back to Liberia. Couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our vacation, we will be back!

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

We have been going to Costa Rica for ten years. We have stayed at the Fenix for nine of them. We have made some good friends with some of the guest that stay there year after year. There are six rooms with nice kitchens so you don't have to go out for something to eat. If you want to go out to eat it is a short walk to all the restaurants in town. When you walk out your door you are fifty feet for the water. The hardest decision of the day is what lounge chair or hammock to relax in.The sunsets are the best in town! The owners Bill and Phyllis are wonderful people. We have watched their grandchildren grow into well behaved young boy's. Out of all the places to stay in Samara the Fenix Hotel on the beach is the best!

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

One can't get much closer to the beach than this lovely small hotel ! The ideal combination of beach with chairs, shady and attractive treed area with hammocks, comfortable bedrooms and basic cooking facilities sealed the deal for us. Fenix is within easy walking distance of excellent restaurants, groceries, ATM's etc., yet very private. Hosts Phyllis and Bill were present as needed, which was helpful in a new environment.

We highly recommend Hotel Fenix for a relaxing and pleasant vacation.

Room Tip: The lovely breezes and celing fans mean that you really don't need the air-conditioning, especia...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

We were fortunate to find this place the 1st time we travelled to Costa Rica. We booked only our flights, no hotels! We were winging it!!! Met some ladies on the beach who directed us to the Fenix. We found 3 rooms for our 2 week stay. Quaint cabinas nestled in the trees, beachfront!! Clean, comfortable & spacious, Pura Vida. Phyllis & Bill treated us like family, giving us friendly advice, like where to buy fish and other local treasures!! So there was no question as to where we were going to bring our friends when we travelled to Samara the 2nd time, Hotel Fenix. Quiet & away from the hustle and bustle! Sure there is no restaurant, but you know what, we didn't miss it. We bought our own fresh fruit, produce, fish from locals & cooked our own. You know what we were fine!! Who goes on holidays to eat anyways!!! We didn't want All Inclusive!! We absolutely love this place. What more could a person want, beautiful weather,being rocked to sleep at night by the waves hitting the beach, feeling safe, but most of all being made to feel like you have known each other for many years. It is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. See you soon!! The Michauds-Cold lake, AB Canada

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

A wonderful beach haven, complete with comfortable chairs under the palm trees, hammocks, a pool, and a nice kitchen to use. i never nap, but the mood and setting gave me the perfect opportunity to be at peace with the ocean and drift into dreams. we met interesting and friendly people staying at the hotel and the owners were helpful and informed. each night we had a gorgeous sunset, which we shared with other guests. loved walking the beach, strolling to town and watching the fishermen down the beach. several local businesses make deliveries of pastries, vegetables, shrimp and lobster and you can walk a few doors down the road to the small tica grocery. if i am lucky, i will definitely return to this little spot of paradise and stay even longer.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Mts Sur de Pulperia Stephanie 100 | Samara de Nicoya, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Samara
#2 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
#3 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range: £96 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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