If you want to stay on the beach in Samara, you'll struggle to beat Fenix Hotel.
The location just can't be beaten - you can close your door, and have your feet in the sand of the fantastic Samara beach in about fifteen seconds! It's a ten minute walk along the beach from the centre of Samara (to the south end I think), so is away from any evening noise, with minimal effort to get to the majority of shops/restaurants etc. You can even walk to the next beach (Playa Carillho) in about 30-40 minutes from here if you want.
The rooms - I'm not sure how mine (I had room no. 1) compares to the others, but it had a reasonably large sized bedroom with double bed, with a decent sized kitchen/dining area with large window looking out to the beach through the palm trees. Be aware that these rooms (apart from room 6 I believe) have a combination of windows and net covers, so from a noise perspective its like having all your windows permenantly open. This wasn't really a problem for me, becuase it is in such a quiet area, but I'd imagine might bother some people. The rooms were pretty simple, but nicely decorated, and clean, with everything you'll need, including a large fridge. There were also fresh flowers, which was a nice touch. No a/c, but I was there in December, and you didn't even need the fan at night, so it was no problem. Wifi was reliable.
The place - just 6 rooms, around a small pool, separated from the beach by just a few palm trees. There is no bar or restaurant at the hotel, but you don't need to go far for anything. You can borrow a boogie board any time, and help yourself to cold drinks (just note down what you've taken to put it on your room tab), and there are washing machines if you need to do your laundry. The American owners (Phyllis and Bill) are happy to happy to help you with any trips or travel plans etc. (They mentioned I should try a "pipa" coconut water, and then had the cleaner leave one in my room for me later that day! (By the way, they also look after a couple of disabled squirrels!)) There is also a thorough information pack in the room when you arrive, with suggested tours, and lots of details about the local area - all very organised!
All in all, a simple but pleasant and well run place, with a perfect location. Fenix Hotel is difficult to beat.
- 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