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Review of Fenix Hotel - On The Beach

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Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Nice place for families”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

Our family of 4 spent three nights at Fenix Hotel this past December. We loved having the beach just footsteps away and our 4 yr old and 9 yr old loved using the boogie boards provided by the hotel. The hotel is located about a 10 minute walk on the beach to town. The beach was tranquil and there were no riptides to worry about. We loved making our own meals and then hanging out and dining around the pool area to wrap up the day while the kids swam. We will be visiting Samara again in March and plan to stay at Fenix Hotel once again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

We spent three nights at the Fenix this month and did not want to leave! The rooms, actually all fully equipped apartments, are right on the beach, set around a small swimming pool and surrounded by tropical gardens. We found three sets of fresh flowers in our apartment when we arrived, which was a really nice touch. The hotel couldn't be any closer to the beach, you literally walk out of your room and are only meters from the sand. There are several hammocks and sun chairs, and you can rent boogie boards for free! Phyllis and Bill are welcoming hosts and were always around for a chat with the guests who were around during our stay. We loved the Costa Rican-style coffee maker in our apartment, and the kitchen even came with a blender. Phyllis recommended an inexpensive Tico store just down the road where we got everything we needed for a homemade breakfast. Every day when we returned from the beach, our room was cleaned and the apartment was always spotless. Highly recommend The Fenix and hope we will get the chance to return soon!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2012

We are very pleased to have found this gem of a place to visit and revisit. It is the perfect place for families, slightly away from town (a beautiful 10 minute walk) on a gorgeous beach. There were no rip tides to worry about and my six year old learned how to boggie board on the boards provide free by the owners. There is no extra charge for children which make it a wonderful value.

Phyllis, one of the owners, was very helpful providing us with detail instructions on how to get to an amazing tidal pool and other activities that were for free. She went above and beyond any owner I've met so far throughout Costa Rica, and we've seen many places as we are living here for a couple years.

The room was clean, bright, and cheerful. The kitchen was well equip with Phyllis loaning me a special pineapple cutter. And there is a small store within walking distance.

The hotel is located in a Tico neighborhood with many friendly folks, but it is a different standard of living from the United States that may make folks who like fancy resort uncomfortable. On the other hand, it's a laid back, friendly place with average Costa Ricans. It's the real deal, in an incredible setting.

We heard a howler monkey growling in the morning, and the call of roosters (which is common in many places in CR). So if you're a light sleeper, ear plugs may come in handy.

We plan to go back, bringing family and friends along with us!

Room Tip: There is air conditioning in room 6. But we were fine with the fans inside and the breeze from the o...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sarah L
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San Francisco, California, United States
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012

We had the best vacation because we stayed at Fenix Hotel. It is right on the beach with a very nice small pool. There is an outdoor shower so you can get the sand off your feet before you walk into your room after playing in the surf. Plenty of hammocks, tables and lounge chairs right on the beach, you can get oh so comfortable. There are boogie boards to use whenever you want them (the kids were so stoked). For younger kids they had a bunch of sand toys. The couple that runs this place pays attention to the details. I love that! Don't miss the baked goods that come around for sale in the late morning. OMG - everything is so delicious and I am a foodie snob. Our room was perfect, clean, well equipped and beds were very comfortable. We had a very nice view of the beach from our room. Thanks Fenix.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

It was a great stay and nice location to kick back and learn to surf. A little store is nearby and a lady comes through every couple of days with great ceviche and your are also brought fresh cinnamon buns- delicious!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

In my book, you can't beat the location: This small hotel comprises 6 units (w/Kitchenette) arranged around a pool - and it sits literally *on the beach* as the name suggests. Our family has been to CR six times and keeps looking for other "Fenix"-like places - to little avail....It has a personal feel to it - just what we are looking for as we are avoiding mass-tourist places or pretend "eco"lodges. One studio has been upgraded with A/C etc. The others follow the screens/fans model - works great. All the rooms have a small safe which is very helpful to keep your valuables locked up.

It's a great place to decompress after first landing in CR, Liberia is closest international airport. You will find the Fenix outside of the town of Samara which makes for a much more quiet and relaxed atmosphere. All the while you can easily get to town by walking down the beach, but there is also a well stocked little neighborhood grocery and a fresh fish store right in the same neighborhood. Or you buy super fresh fish from the local fishermen as they return with their catch in the afternoon. After all: You do have a kitchen :-) and might not want to go out to dinner all the time, esp. with kids. Not to mention Jessica's yummy baked goods sold right at the hotel!

We always rent a 4x4 car to get around to off-beaten-track places like Carillo Beach, tide pools for snorkeling at low tide, Playa Barrigona - lots to do. Or you stay in Samara, surf, boogie board, swim, kayak - it's pretty safe due to an offshore reef, so no rip tides, huge waves and such.

The Fenix' owners take pride in their property, maintain a beautiful garden with hammocks and lounge chairs, keep the beach clean and offer services like a self-serve bar as well as washer/dryer use based on honor system. The pool is small, but cleaned every morning. It's a great feature for families with kids that can spend days alternating between playing in the waves 'til they're tired, shower off and jump in the pool right away. And when the kids are happy, the adults get more R&R, too, right?

Room Tip: One studio has been upgraded with A/C, TV etc. The others follow the screens/fans model - works grea...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank guenthers
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Clintonville, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

Wonderful service, fresh bakery--the best I have ever eaten in Costa Rica, fresh fish, beautiful beach, lovely people! This was the perfect place to relax and read in the hammocks, watch the howler monkey come by, drink agua pipa or fresh lemonade from the surrounding trees, play with the hermit crabs, beach comb. If you want to go down the beach for dinner, they are not that far away. It is a nice, quiet part of Samara away from the downtown party atmosphere. Perfect for families too, with the pool to play in. Nice showers are always a plus and the kitchenette is handy to make smoothies.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KayMBM
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Property: Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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