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Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“A bit late in writing but we promised we would”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

My family visited Fenix in April this year. I can honsetly say that it was the most relaxing part of our holiday. The only reason for moving from Fenix was to eat out in the evening which was a leasurly stroll along the beach. The girls aged 8 and 6 found things to do in the sea and around the beach and in the pool. I'd like to thank Phyllis for sorting transportation out to our next destination at such short notice, time just drifted by. .... loved every minute.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Wayne, Nebraska
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Our first trip to Costa Rica with two teenagers planned in a very short time seemed like a leap of faith and it turned out to be one of the best ever taken!! The Fenix Hotel, and especially Phyllis and her staff, made it one of the most pleasurable and memorable vacations of our lives. The Hotel garden and pool area is immaculately maintained, peaceful and full of life. My husband and I enjoyed morning coffee watching the fishermen go out to sea, my son the hammocks and daughter the pool. And we all enjoyed the iguanas that peaked at us on occasion, the cat Queen Rania and dog Buddy. The rooms are clean with big fresh towels, flowers on the table and the set-up for making delicious Costa Rican coffee. Fresh food is brought by and a small grocery near by but the 15 minute walk to town on the beach is just another one of the simple pleasures of the place. You realize how unique and special the Fenix is in Samara by being right on the beach, not in the center of town but not too far away, and there is no road with cars buzzing by. There is so much to enjoy in Samara and at the Fenix without really doing much of anything but if you want to do take the hiking and canopy tours, horseback riding, or kayak to the reefs for snorkeling, Phyllis is more than helpful. She gives wonderful advice, and is so willing to set up whatever it is you want to do, even arranging a walking tour through the MonteVerde cloud forest for the trip back to San Jose. If we are so fortunate to return to Samara again, we will want to stay at the Fenix!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Mead, Colorado
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Perfect!
This six unit Hotel is everything the that we could ever want! The size and layout of the Hotel, lends itself to making new friends. We have made lasting friendships on each trip that we have made to the Fenix. The first two friends that we made, were Phyllis and Bill (The owners). They will go out of their way to make sure that your stay is perfect.
The location is incredible. The first time that you get out of your vehicle, and make your way around to your room (ocean side). It takes your breath away, when you see what you have chosen, for the first time! And you will never be let you down, each time you return.
The fresh fish and seafood is incredible. You can purchase fresh seafood, of your choosing, straight off the boats, as they come in. (A griller's paradise) There is also incredible fresh ceviche, that is brought by the Hotel. But, by far, nothing beats the fresh baked goods that are brought by each day (sweet or salty). Best cinnamon rolls, ever!
We will never stop coming to the Fenix Hotel. If you enjoy relaxing, being yourself, hanging out on the beach, beautiful sunsets and making new friends and adventures. We would highly recommend The Fenix Hotel, in Samara, Costa Rica!!!

Sincerely, Rob, Cathy and Evan

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Fenix_Samara, General Manager at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach, responded to this review, 5 October 2014
We are always honored when a guest returns. And, you have already reserved for next year, 2015!

It is guests like you that make our job easy. Guests become friends.

We look forward to your next visit.

Hasta luego,

Phyllis & Bill @ The Fénix
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

THE FENIX HOTEL!!!! Wow, what can I say. A lot... since we've been there 6 times and booked for 2015!! We found it by chance in 2004 and haven't looked elsewhere since, tried but keep coming back over & over. Why should we look anywhere else when all we want, need, desire & ask for is at our command, thanks to Phyllis & Bill...and their wonderful staff. You have the seclusion, a neighboring store, local fruit, veggies & baking delivered to your door, and town is a 15 minute walk. We've been on numerous activities thanks to the help from Phyllis & Bill, all so worthwhile.
We've brought our children, friends and my 75 year old mother, whom loved every minute and would go back in a heartbeat.
A previously stated, this is a place to meet old friends or make new ones.... Once you go there, you'll look no further.

We ran into some people we had met years prior, and had a blast again this year... Hi Jean & Gord from Toronto :). Had suppers, coffee & boat tours together. Amazing!!

Thanks again Bill & Phyllis

Ed & Loriane Miller

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Fenix_Samara, General Manager at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach, responded to this review, 5 October 2014
Six times at the Fénix, and the 7th reserved for 2015!

Staying two weeks at a time makes it about three months!

You both have assimilated to the local culture well. I am impressed.

We are glad you consider us your home away from home. We have enjoyed meeting your sons, mother and friends.

Looking forward to see my amigos next year.

Sincerely,

Phyllis & Bill @ The Fénix
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Fenix Hotel has a perfect location if you like a more relaxed setting. The beach is wonderful and the area shaded by palm trees so near the water is very appealing. Phyllis and Bill along with their staff made us feel welcome the moment we arrived. They were very helpful in whenever we had questions. Hoping to return someday with our grandchildren.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Morro Bay, California
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Been to Samara before but decided to trust reviews for the hotel we had stayed in years before, which were not so favorable.and choose the Fenix Hotel whose reviews seemed to fit what a Gringa mom and her Tico family of 2 plus a 2 year old needed. So glad we did!!

The kitchen was equipped for great meals if we wanted to cook but a short distance to restaurants if we wanted to eat out. We had a car, but if you don't and you are able, the walk to town is definitely doable, especially via the beach. There is a "pulpe" close that we walked to each morning for eggs or milk, etc. and enjoyed all the nature. Including morpho butterflies, iguanitos and beautiful blooming plants and flowers.

We were in #1 and enjoyed being on the end. The rooms are small but very clean. Sandra and housekeepers make sure your linen are changed and room is tidy. The bed I slept in was in the main area but wanted the family to have the private room. Downside was I had to enter to use bathroom. I think the deluxe room with air conditioner has a different set up.

The location is perfect, right on the beach and Handel keeps the grounds and pool area clean and beautiful. Lovely to swing in a hammock or lounge in a chaise and watch the sea and the boats. Definitely recommend mosquito repellant at all times.

Everything you read about Bill and Phyllis is true!! They do so much to make their guests feel comfortable and have the best stay possible. Phyllis walks the beach each morning and picks up any trash, we had great conversations about Costa Rica and life. I felt like we had known each other for years. They also have a "bodega" with an honor bar, library, beach toys, microwave and an informative bulletin board. Already planning my next trip!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

My family and I have been visiting Fenix Hotel for a few years now and love it. The owners are very nice and provide a great service as well as the rest of the staff at the hotel. There is a large shaded area that is right on the beach with lounge chairs and hammocks that are not only very comfortable but also beautiful. Samara is a great beach and I recommend this hotel greatly to anyone that is looking for a good and relaxing vacation!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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