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“Spectacular”
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Lodge Las Ranas
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Edmonton
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“Spectacular”
Reviewed 15 March 2011

Absolutely beautiful facility set above Playa Samara. Definite intrigue as you climb a short incline to reach an amazing setting overlooking the ocean and hills of Costa Rica. This was only an overnight stay on our road trip - wished we had been able to stay longer. Olivier was an exceptional host along with friendly guests and companions. Room was uniquely decorated, clean and with a private balcony. Beautiful sunrise as howler monkeys beckoned you for another day in Costa Rica. A place to return to for peace.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2011

we stayed there for a couple of nights after a few days in arenal and before finishing the trip in papagayo.
Olivier is very nice and helpful, and had this great dinner recommendation (El Lagarto, by far our best dinner in Costa Rica).
The hotel is very cute, perched at the top of a hill, so that all the rooms have an amazing view on the beach. You'll also be surrounded by monkeys, it's pretty cool to be able to watch them closely.
Compared to the other places we've stayed at, we thought the rooms were a bit basic, but the breakfast is excellent and the value for money is really hard to beat!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

We recently spent several days at Lodge Las Ranas & our stay exceeded any expectations.Olivier is indeed the perfect host & the ambiance of the place is exceptional.If you're looking for quiet,relaxation,views & proximity of fauna of various types this is the place.It's a few minutes out of Samara but the advantage is that it has that wonderful location high in the hills.Great pool if you tire of the beaches.The rooms are very clean, well serviced & airy.Nice breakfasts.We hope to return some day soon.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2011

Really enjoyed staying here. The public areas had the same majestic views as the terraces of the rooms! A short ride down to the beach and quiet enough that you could hear the cows and monkeys in the morning. The owners were very helpful and offered a lovely breakfast. The patio provided a comfortable area for sitting, reading or talking.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 February 2011

I really enjoyed staying here. It was quite and comfortable and a quick and inexpensive taxi ride from the beach. The owners were accommodating and the breakfasts were impressive.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Pincher Creek, Canada
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Reviewed 1 February 2011

My husband I and stayed for a week in early January/11and were delighted by all we saw and experienced at Lodge Los Ranas.The hosts are so willing to serve you and have a great amount of kindness and consideration.Our room was so beautiful and clean.The views were amazing as well.It's a great place to watch the sun go down on the ocean!The breakfast that came with the room(typical)was delicious as well as other meals we had there.Lots of beautiful birds around.The grounds are immaculate as well as the pool.My husband and I walked to Samara beach and it took around 25 minutes.We found the walk back up the hill not too bad but we are in good shape.It is very safe there.We even walked with a headlamp backto the Lodge in the dark .A cab costs $4:00 .We ate in Samara and there are very great restaurants there as well.When we go back to Costa Rica this definately will be the place we will be staying at!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

A highlight of my trip to Costa Rica was my final seven nights in Samara staying at Lodge Las Ranas. I was momentarily concerned upon check in that the lodge may be a little too far out of town or from the beach but found that this ultimately added to experience. The hilltop location offers all day sun, a jungle experience from my room balcony, the best panoramic views I found in Samara (it only takes opening your eyes to experience the sunrise and sunset from the lodge) and I found the setting to be very tranquil (a perfect location to relax and recharge). It was only a $4 USD taxi ride into town/beach although I preferred the 20 minute walk which allowed for a new wildlife experience every day. Even if Samara offered beachfront accommodations, I would still prefer to stay at this little oasis.

I don’t normally sit still for long but there were a few days I had no desire to leave the serenity of the lodge; relaxing by the beautiful swimming pool, dinning on the fabulous food offered in their open air restaurant, taking in the views and listening to the calls of all the monkeys and birds.

The rooms are modern and very clean with spectacular views from the balconies which were designed for privacy and the grounds are also beautifully maintained. The owners, Oliver and Josianne, were very kind and hospitable – simply put, the perfect hosts. They also have the sweetest dogs that I absolutely fell in love with (I particularly miss Molly!).

As an aside, being a single woman traveling solo in Costa Rica, I felt most safe and at ease during my time in Samara.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Lodge Las Ranas
Address: Mts Al Oeste del Cruce de Cangrejal 800 | Box 24, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
#6 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lodge Las Ranas 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 10 rooms that all have a magnificent view of two different beaches as well as mountain and jungle views. All rooms come with: Queen-size bed, Air conditioning, Wireless Internet, safe, small refrigerator, private balcony with ocean view and hot breakfast included. We are located a short distance from Samara and the beach which allows guests to take short 15 min walk or an inexpensive taxi ride if they so choose. ... more   less 
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