This was our third trip to Costa Rica but our first to Playa Samara.
Our first choice of hotels to stay at was The Fenix. It’s located right on the beach about a half mile down from the main part of town and all the beach restaurants and bars. Unfortunately, since we only booked four months in advance we were only able to reserve two nights (Christmas week).
The hotel consists of six very nice rooms set up in a little semicircle facing the small pool and the beach beyond. Our room, #5, came complete with stove and refrigerator and even a malitia for making our morning coffee (available from their little “bodega” along with pop, beer and water) The room was very clean with a huge, larger than king sized bed, hot water shower and a couple of ceiling fans (which were just fine for keeping us cool). It was very clean. All in all it was quite nice.
Just outside our door were small tables and chairs set up. Several of the guests were having their morning breakfast there. Twenty more steps and you’re past the pool and patio and walking barefoot in the sand through a grove of palm trees. The Fenix has beach recliners and hammocks set up here in the shade. It’s a great way to relax and listen to the surf without getting fried by the intense C.R. sun. Just beyond, the trees open up to a large expanse of beach (kind of rocky in places). At this end it’s pretty secluded and quiet.
There are dozens of nice restaurants down the beach a ways. It’s a dark walk after sundown but we felt very safe. Several of these restaurants accept credit cards. Expect to pay a bit more to eat on the beach here. You can rent surfboards and take lessons as well.
The town of Samara itself is quite small. A lot of the restaurants, bars and handmade jewelry shops are set up on the three or so block road running down to the beach. The other main road running perpendicular to the main street can be very busy with no sidewalks. Here you can find a bank, laundry and the local Pali grocery store.
- 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