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Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2014

We love the superb location, comfortable setting and warm hospitality of the Fenix. Like to play in huge, safe waves, just steps away ? Want to be able choose between sun and shade, between loungers, hammocks and chairs for relaxing and reading? Like to be self- sufficient, do a little cooking? Enjoy interacting with other like-minded guests? Want to walk on the beach whenever you feel like it, for exercise, to find a restaurant, or take the scenic route to town? Like to know that there is always someone there, to answer your questions, help with your travel arrangements and generally look out for you? If this is you, you will be delighted with the Fenix. Enjoy!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We chose Samara as the ending point of our Costa Rica vacation and what a way to end a vacation! Hotel Fenix was wonderful. The ocean is right outside your front door - no walking several blocks - no crossing streets - just right outside your door. We walked down the beach to the town of Samara every evening for dinner. Just a $2 cab ride back later at night. The beach is wonderful for walking or jogging and swimming in the ocean here is as safe as it can be - no undertow. Samara is a laid back small Costa Rican town made up of restaurants and shops all encompassing just a couple of blocks. So much fun! Phyllis at Hotel Fenix was a wonderful host…very accommodating and gave us great suggestions for things to do. The room was very clean and very comfortable. It was fun doing some of our own cooking - a small market is only a 2 minute walk away. It truly felt like heaven staying here!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

Wonderful housekeeping units on the beach set in a semi circle around a small pool, facing a great shaded garden of shrubs and palms facing ocean and caressed by light breezes, beach lounge chairs and hammocks provided. Wide, shaded patio in front of the units to relax or dine outside. Very practical design. Only 15 minute walk to town along the beach. Quiet, friendly, well organized, well maintained. Nothing else in Samara compares.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

This was the first place we stayed in Costa Rica whilst traveling with our new baby. It was great, right on the beach and George could nap in the hammocks while we took turns to go in the sea. The sun loungers are very comfy and there are tasty pastries delivered every day. Lots of shade, friendly staff and the bungalows are comfortable and clean. Very relaxing!

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Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We use Samara as a midway point in oour trip down the Nicoya Peninsular. We'd checked out the Fenix last year as part of that strategy, and made reservations in March. The Fenix is at the southern end of the town of Samara, but is an easy hike to town for meals and entertainment along the beach. Phyllis and Bill, the owners, made us feel welcome both last year and this, and were helpful getting us oriented with activities. We stayed in a 2-room suite, with LR/Kitchen and eating nook in one room, separate bedroom, and full bath. All of the rooms at the Fenix are on the beach, and each has a covered patio area with table and chairs in front. The kitchen is complete with fridge, 4-burner stovetop, sink, tiled countertops. It is air-conditioned. WiFi in all the rooms and indeed out toward the beach as well. Clean and comfortable, but not luxurious. We stayed 3 nights and were very pleased.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fenix_Samara, General Manager at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2014

Muchísimo gracias for your stay last December. Many of our guests, like you, visit our hotel while walking past on the beach. Their following trip to Sámara, they stay at our “little piece of paradise”.

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and plan on returning.

Again many thanks and we look forward to your return visit.

Sincerely,

Phyllis and Bill @ the Fénix

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Although we own property further north in Costa Rica, a stay at the Fenix is a must for us each year. This was our 15th stay and it was as enjoyable and relaxing as all the previous years. If you want to relax and enjoy the ocean, this is the place for you. The rooms are simple and clean with a basic kitchen, ideal for breaks from restaurant food. The owners and staff are friendly and helpful, the grounds beautiful. The hammocks and lounge chairs are plentiful. Fresh pastries made by Bill and Phyllis' daughter are delivered almost daily and are delicious!

We highly recommend the Hotel Fenix to anyone looking to relax on the beach and we will be back next year!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fenix_Samara, General Manager at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2014

Muchísimo gracias for staying with us again this year. We are happy when a guest returns for a second visit. When they stay year after year we are truly honored. With so many places in the world to visit, it is nice to have friends return to our “little piece of paradise” in Costa Rica.

Since you have been visiting the Fénix for “over a decade”, you have seen the changes and improvements. We like our hotel to feel like it is your place at the beach and not a "hotel".

This year many of our friends are reminding us on how many times they have stayed at Fénix - On the Beach. Two local families have been here twice a year for 15 years. One couple has stayed here for seven visits, and another couple for five visits. We have one couple that stays four weeks, and this year will be their ninth visit! And the list goes on.

Thank you also for all of your friends that have also stayed here over the years. We look forward to your 16th visit.

Until next year,

Phyllis & Bill
Fénix Hotel – On the Beach

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

The rooms are basic (except #6) but the reason this place receives such glowing reviews is the wonderful atmosphere that hosts Bill & Phyllis have created here. Like stated in previous reviews, this is not the Hilton and Phyllis is quick to point that out. However, the rooms are very clean and our bed was huge! You are not going to be choosing a beach location to stay in your room all day so the important thing is that just outside your room you have the swimmable ocean and hammocks and loungers shaded by palm trees to relax and read, nap or watch the ocean. The hotel really has one of the best locations - right on the beach, walkable to town on the beach but not right in the noise of town, a small grocery store a 3 minute walk away and the local fisherman just beside to buy fresh fish - and it has a small pool. But really the little things here make the difference: Phyllis and Bill always there to happily answer your questions and help you out, the wonderful staff always smiling and friendly, the yummy baking that Phyllis & Bill's grandson brought by every day for purchase (and you will purchase!), the other very nice guests that are drawn to this place.
If this will be your first visit to Samara I think this is a great place to get acquainted with the area and is terrific for kids. The key things I was looking for in choosing a place in Samara were safety, swimmable beach, enough activity to keep us busy, easy access to town and grocery and a pool. The Fenix delivered it all. Thank you Phyllis and Bill! We will be back!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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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: £100 - £102 (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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