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Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 July 2013

This hotel was perfect for relaxing at the beach. Plenty of loungers that could be placed in the sun or in the shade. Quiet location, but close enough to walk along the beach to the restaurants in town. It is also convenient and inexpensive to take a taxi into town. The rooms are not fancy, but are clean and have everything we needed, including a kitchen. The owner was very helpful and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

This place has the best location if you want to spend a few days playing in the waves and relaxing on the beach. There are lots of different chairs to relax on while you watch the waves and even some boogie boards you can use when you want to jump in the water. The rooms are nothing fancy, but are nice and clean. There was a kitchen which we liked. The restaurants in town are about a 15-20 minute walk down the beach which we enjoyed during the day but I would recommend taxiing back at night because the beach is very dark. I think it cost us about $3 or 4 USD to taxi.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

My wife and I were traveling with a new rescue puppy. We love Costa Rica and plan to live here. The Fenix and Phyllis represent a lot of the great things that brought us here. We arrived way behind schedule - no problem. The puppy- no problem. We wanted some "local knowledge " about eating places, activities, local Tico lore, and generally what to watch for and watch out for-no problem. We wanted to go horseback riding on the beach and up into the mountains - Phyllis saved us about $40. We wanted to spend time relaxing on the beach and around the pool-no problem. We wanted to stay an extra day and check out a little late-no problem. In short a Pura Vida experience . You should try it.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Our Costa Rican adventure started in Playa Samara and at Fenix Hotel. We could not have had a better start to our vacation! Phyllis was there to meet our every need and spending time with our family there was wonderful. The rooms were cozy and worked well to fit the needs of our family! They were not overdone but rather we found the accommodations to be simple but perfect. The small kitchen allowed us to cook and having only six rooms allowed us to make new friends throughout the visit. Having a small pool and beach at our doorstep allowed us to play whenever we wanted but it was refreshing to know that I could lay my 2 year old down easily and quickly when nap time came. The hammocks and shady beach area were wonderful especially for my mother who cannot be in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. The beach was full of shells and rocks and we found it fun to go take walks with our little girl seeking shells and watching the hermit crabs. It was so relaxing and we would definitely return to this beachside slice of paradise. Thank you Phyllis for making us feel at home!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We found the Fenix to be an ideal place for a family on a budget. When driving through the neighborhood during your arrival, you will have doubts about your decision to stay here. Have no worries, it is great. It is directly on a beautiful beach and the grounds are nicely shaded by palm trees. No, it is not high end hotel and whether or not it is right for you depends on what you want. The six rooms form a semi-circle and you will get to know the other guests pretty quickly. We ended up having a spontaneous potluck dinner and a small bonfire on the beach with the other guests. Our kids liked meeting the other kids and playing with them in the pool. We liked the "laundry room" with reasonably priced drinks and free beach toys and boogey boards. A couple without kids or wanting a more private vacation might not be attracted to this set-up, but for us it was ideal.

The place is entirely run by Phyllis and a couple of very nice towns people that she has hired (who work very hard). Phyllis is always around and I found her to be very business like and helpful. She arranged a fishing tour for us as well as the samara trails tour (which I highly recommend). We enjoyed her company as we got to know her a bit better toward the end of our week when there were fewer guests at the hotel.

What could have been better? I heard a very faint bass from club music in Samara in the middle of the night on one of our nights. The rest were silent. I can only imagine that other places closer to town would have the problem as well. (The Fenix is on the other end of the beach) Samara itself has gotten a little bit touristy on weekends. The rest of the time it was deserted.

Any other improvements in amenties (air conditioning), large pool, etc. would have taken away from the charm of this place. We wanted to meet other people and the set-up of the hotel encourages that. Would we go back? Yes. Our kids loved boogey boarding and shell hunting. We found good local food. (You have to go into town -away from the beach restaurants to find a true "soda". Check out "Cocochos" - Ask the locals otherwise you will never find it. Have the cerviche.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We hit Playa Samara right at the beginning of the rainy season. Everything was green and beautiful! What a treat to stay at Fenix Hotel on the Beach. Steps away from the beach. With only 5 other units, it was as if we had the place to ourselves. The owners live right on site and made us feel right at home. The personal touch was a nice change of pace from the larger hotels. A short drive to quaint Playa Samara. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

My best friend and I did a girls getaway and couldn't have chosen a more scenic or laid back hotel. A six-room horseshoe-shaped hotel right on the beach, run by one of the coolest ex-pat couples in town. I"m only sorry we didn't bring any craft beer for Phyllis's hubby — will do next time ;). Really good value for money.

Thanks so much!
Crystal & Moe

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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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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