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The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   on the road from Samara to Carrillo | 150 meters from the ICE Tower, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Carson City
1 review
“The perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

This is the perfect place to relax and be taken care of by a very special staff and of course the fabulous owner "Rosy". They make it feel more like a family B&B than just a intimate hotel. The close beach is beautiful for the early morning walks watching the local fisherman launch their boats for the day's catch. The food is a real treat prepared by the staff for whatever you can think of. Special treats are sometimes prepared by the "Special Cook Rosy" in the middle of the night "Brownies" with ice cream just like Mom used to make.
Chuck & Geri - Carson City, Nevada

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2009

We have just returned from spending 7 days/nights at the Hideaway Hotel in Playa Samara. What a delightful boutique hotel with the most accommodating owner and staff. We chose this location as it was close to the sportfishing charter that my husband wanted to go on out of Carrillo. We returned from our day of fishing with mahi mahi steaks which the staff at the Hideaway cooked for us to perfection. What a wonderful treat that was as we dined outdoors by the pool.

The Hideaway has been "lovingly" designed and created by the owners, Rosy and Doug, and their excellent taste and attention to detail is most evident. The quality bathroom fixtures and beautiful granite counter and stone mosaic design around the bathroom walls and shower area is fantastic. There was always plenty of hot water and everything super clean. The suites are very spacious with large windows and a very nice personal patio or balcony as well as very nice sitting area in the suite. The bed and pillows were also very comfy and beautifully decorated with Rosy's personally designed comforter.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the pool delightful. The beach is just a short 1 minute walk away. We enjoyed both Carillo beach (2 minutes by car or short walk away) as well as Samara beach - 5 minute drive or enjoyable walk along the beach from the Hideaway.

We enjoyed horseback riding, massages and a tour of a coffee processing facility, all arranged for us by Rosy and her staff. They were very helpful in making recommendations for restaurants and ensuring that our holiday was very memorable. Highly recommend their freshly made guacamole dip by the pool, pina coladas and also their chocolate brownie banana splits.

They also provide free internet and room safes. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice of hotel and believe that we found the best place to stay in Samara at an extremely reasonable price. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2009

We stayed at the Hideaway Hotel for a week in February and were married on Samara beach during our stay. The Hideaway is lovely - the rooms are just as nice as they look in the pictures. They are large, new, clean and comfortable, with nice patios to enjoy morning coffee or an evening cerveza. We were often visited by the howler monkeys passing by through the trees behind our room, and there were a couple of parrots that often flew by as well. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the service is excellent. We enjoyed the simple "tico" style breakfasts on the patio beside the pool. We also had dinner at the Hideaway a couple of nights, and the food was quite good. We especially enjoyed the fresh Maji Maji that Grecia (sp?) cooked up for us one night. The staff is also talented in the cocktail department - there were fresh Hideaway Sunsets waiting for us after our wedding - delicious!!

The Hideaway is steps away from Samara beach - we enjoyed the 30 or so minute walks into town on the beach and the lovely sunsets. It's also a few minutes away from lovely Carrillo Beach. Samara itself is quiet, but there are some good bars and restaurants on the beach. We particularly enjoyed El Lagarto and Laconda. The best part about Samara is that it is wonderfully laid back and relaxing.

We had a wonderful vacation and honeymoon, and look forwarding to returning to the Hideaway in the future.

Stephanie and Peter, London, Ontario

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: on the road from Samara to Carrillo | 150 meters from the ICE Tower, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At The Hideaway you will enjoy the privacy of our exclusive location on Samara Beach in Costa Rica. BOOK DIRECTLY WITH US writing an e-mail to get BETTER RATES! We offer 12 hotel rooms and a Penthouse suite with 3 bedrooms. The Hideaway appeals to travelers looking for a luxury hotel, who appreciate extra amenities. Our quiet location close to Samara & Carrillo offers relaxation and privacy, plus easy access to exciting activities. Our boutique hotel on Samara Beach is uniquely situated on a one-acre private lot, approximately 1-minute's stroll to the ocean. ... more   less 
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