After reading other reviews on tripadvisor, we decided to book a room at Fenix Hotel. Our hotel room was the perfect size for our family of 4 as there was a twin bed and trundle in the living area for our two boys and a queen bed in a separate bedroom. We didn't have an A/C in our suite as we stayed in a standard room, but the ceiling fan along with the ocean breeze coming through our windows kept us cool. Despite the fact that we ate at the local restaurants most of the time, I like that the room came with a kitchen (fridge, stove, sink, dinnerware & utensils) so that the we could snack and have leftovers at the hotel (there's a microwave in the bodega). The room service was wonderful--every day we came home to a clean room and when we washed our laundry in the bodega, they were quick to put our clean laundry back in our room. There isn't a pool for toddlers, but we spent most of our time in the ocean--the tide was low and gentle while we visited in March--and the beach looking for crabs, fish, and seashells. When we wanted to relax, there were plenty of beach loungers and hammocks around. It does take 15-30 minutes to walk (depending on how fast we could coax our kids to walk along) on the beach to get to a restaurant, but we enjoyed our walks and if we wanted to get to a restaurant faster, we drove our car and it was only a few minutes away. I think the only negative parts of our stay were that the shower's highest heat setting was warm (it was hot once, though) and the neighbor's roosters crowing in the morning. Oh, and please don't forget your insect repellent! Phyllis and Bill are great--very informative and helpful during our stay. We really enjoyed staying at this hotel!
- 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