- Reviews: 1985
Cocos campground: Stay away from this place!
Convenient to the beach, tent camping (bring your own). Affordable but one of the dirtiest places I have ever camped. Showers are cold and very dirty. Doors to the showers barely stay closed. Toilets are even worse, dirty and never clean. I have stayed here twice and the second was worse than the first.
Very noisy because it is right next to a beach bar and there are numerous dogs running around and barking all night!
right on the beach.
- Reviews: 1985
Casa del Mar Hotel: New ownership, not what it used to be
Update January 2015: Unfortunately, the previous owner past away and the hotel has been sold. The new owners are a French couple. The hotel is still nice but they are lacking in their customer service. On several occasions I asked if they could make dinner reservations and each time they dialed the number but handed the phone to me. This is ok if the person on the other side speaks English. Wasn't always the case. It is also more expensive now. The other issue is that I was quoted a price in US dollars. When I went to pay by credit card, they converted into Colone's at their rate of 545! The bank rate is 533. I'll be disputing that when I return. One other issue is that when they bought the hotel, they did not acquire the parking lot across the street! Now there is only 3 parking spots in front of the hotel. I had to park on the street each night. To access the beach, you have to walk through Lo Que Hay restaurant.
I believe all of this is happening because the previous manager, Carolina, is no longer here. She is now at Hotel Samara Beach. She left in October around when I was making my reservations. We spoke I initially but subsequent communication was with someone named Dayana. I kept asking for Carolina since I have dealt with here for over 8 years now. I was told she wasn't in at the time. Mean while, she was no longer there.
All things change eventually. We'll be stay elsewhere in the future
I have stayed at this hotel several times. The owners are ex-pats from USA, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Rooms are very clean. They have off road gated parking and private access to the beach (although it is across the street).
There are two types of rooms. For the most part, some of the rooms on the second floor are cheaper because they do not have air conditioning (only fans) and they use shared bathrooms. So can save money here but even the rooms with air conditioning are very reasonable. All the rooms on the ground level have air conditioning.
Very nice court yard and an excellent breakfast which is included in the cost of the room. You do have the option now of not including breakfast in your rate. Breakfast is now $6.00 USD.
Another nice thing here is the hotel Parrot, Bella. Very friendly and loves to talk. Seems to talk more if you just ignore Bella. Just looking for attention.
But probably the most outstanding characteristic at Casa Del Mar would be the manager, Carolina. She has been here for at least 6 years, since I've been going. She is one of the most helpful and pleasant hotel managers I've ever encountered. She takes the time to make restaurant reservations or horseback riding or anything you want to do.
- Reviews: 335
Casa Del Mar: 50 meters from the beach
Located just about 50 meters from the beach. Run well, great office staff. You get a free breakfast, and a good one at that. Rooms are nice enough, and cheap considering how close you are to the water. Some have private bath, some shared. I had shared and it was fine. $30/night in off-season, w/ceiling fan.
They have chairs to use, surfboards and bikes to rent from them also.
- Reviews: 74
Casa Paraiso: Budget
Small hostel with clean rooms and hot shower.
In the offseason I paid 10 or 15 dollar a night...
There is free coffee and you can use the kitchen...
The two tico's who run the place are nice and helpfull.
You can wash your clothes but watch out, because my pants got lost/ or stolen when drying.
The village isnt big so everything is walkable..
NOTE : the lonely planet says there is breakfast but there isnt you have to make it yourself :)
- Reviews: 2
Tico Adventure Lodge: Great Deal
It was a good room for the price. It was far enough from the main street so it wasn't very noisy, except one night we did here the horses that roam the town clopping down the street. The Pool house looked like a cool place for a group to stay.
- Reviews: 4
Harmony Hotel Nosara: Look up the coast and find a great spot in Nosara
We were going to go to Samara, but were told by a friend who lives in Costa Rica to look up thhe coast towards Nosara. This is a great little town and a new hotel just opened there. It is remodelled and used to be a surfer lodge. Now it is great for relaxing and getting a great pampering at the Spa. It is right on the beach and if you are a surfer (I am not) it is a great place. Playa Guiones is the surf spot.
Great pool and vegitarian restaurant with raw food bar. But my favourite is the spa. Make sure you get a massage by Francella. She is incredible. This is really the only upscale place in the area. We met a lot of honeymooners and they really liked it.
- Reviews: 128
Hotel Giada: Good bargan in Samara
We checked out a few other hotels in Samara and Hotel Giada had the best price and location. Our room was small but comfortable and included air conditioning, cable TV, room safe, and a deck that overlooked the back pool (the one in the back of the complex is the nicest with a grass lawn and chairs and tables for lounging). There is an excellent Italian restaurant at the hotel and breakfast was also included in the $55/night (low season) price.
- Reviews: 600
Hotel Giada: Almost luxurious for reasonable prices!
This is a lovely place to stay if you are wanting to splurge a bit and your dollar certainly goes a long way.
Keep in mind that prices tend to increase substantially during the dry season and July 1-August 31. Golden weeks (Christmas and Semana Santa) are even pricier here.
In the green season, the value is great! We paid $65 for a triple which included taxes and breakfast in the morning.
The service was great though there were ants in the room when we arrived. Not too out of the ordinary for the climate.
20 rooms which all come with private hot water bath, tv with cable, A/C, fan, complementary safe (you activate your own code), balcony or terrace, telephone and breakfast in the morning. There are six choices (tipico, pancakes, french toast, fruits, cereal) of breakfast and it is served from 7-10 am.
The hotel also has 2 pools and a "jacuzzi" (not that hot) and the pool is the back is lovely and private and is surrounded by grassy grounds with lounge chairs, tables and huts. Perfect after a day at the beach full of sand, thrashing waves and salt water (in your nose...)
- Reviews: 9
Hotel Giada: Samara's best hotel
Georgio the proprietor, an Italian, has it figured out and your stay at the Giada will be one of the best you have ever had. The food is fantastic and especially the pizza and pasta. The staff is excellent, friendly and accomodating.
Great pools, air conditioning and 200 meters to one of the nicest beaches in Costa Rica.
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