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“Good overall experience with some finer points that need tuning” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Giada
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Main street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Bridgewater MA
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Good overall experience with some finer points that need tuning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

When I first arrived I thought how charming. Then once I checked in I was furious. It seemed like charging for a towel and no internet access were absolutely petty charges. Then I did not have hot water. I felt like changing hotels immediately. I don't appreciate being nickeled and dimed. That being said once the hot water issue got corrected (the next day) it was an extremely central location to Samara beach. The restuarant was excellent and I would reccomend dining there to anyone staying in Samara Beach. The staff is very nice and kind. I found out about their policy on charging for towels was to encourage people to be environmentally friendly. While I don't completely think that this is the entire reason, at least it is a reason that I can get onboard with perhaps charge a dollar more per room and include one beach towel per stay. There was one pool that was fairly small. Another pool was more like a water feature than a pool and is adjacent to the bar. If I was going back to Samara I would most likely stay there again. So after a rocky start it won me over and I can't reccomend the resturant enough.

Room Tip: I was located on the second floor right next to bar. I imagine that could get a little noisy if you...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotelgiada, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you for your comments on Trip Advisor. Due to we are involve in the program CST with the hotel having 4 sheets out of 5 sheet is the reason for the sur charge on the beach towel when we started the charge, the towels uses drop by 80% in the first week. We are sorry for the hot water if this was reported before 5pm then it should of been taking care of on the same day however if it was after 5pm then it would be the next morning due to the maintenance leave at 5pm. We are glad that you enjoyed the restuarant and that you enjoyed the hotel as well. We hope you and your family had a happy Holidays and hope you will return to Costa Rica as well as Hotel Giada.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This hotel was small, but perfect! Very very close walk to the beach, right on the main street in town and close to shops/restaurants. The room is nothing special but comfy bed, balcony and all we needed. The room was clean, the staff was very friendly and welcoming when we arrived. There are 2 pretty small pools but with a beach so beautiful just steps away I would not recommend hanging out at the pools.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotelgiada, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Thank you for your comment on Trip Advisor. We was glad to have you here at Hotel Giada and that you enjoyed the hotel. We hope you come back to Costa Rica as well as Hotel Giada. We would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

hotel giada is a nice place stay, if you plan on making day trips along the nicoya coast. the staff is very friendly and helpful, they've got a nice pool and their breakfast is very yummy. the only things I considered a downside were the size of the room and the tacky decoration... I got a room on the ground floor, so it was kinda dark too, but I guess if you get a higher one, you'd be fine. Worth staying, anyways. Plus, we had dinner at their restaurant one evening and the pizza was pretty good.

Room Tip: pick one on the first floor, in the back area. you'll get more sunlight and quietness.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotelgiada, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was glad to have you here at Hotel Giada and we are glad the you enjoyed the hotel as well as the restaurant. We hope you will be back to Costa Rica as well as Hotel Giada. We hope you and your family have a very Happy Holidays.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We drove to Samara without reservations and after looking at a bunch of hotels, we chose Hotel Giada. They gave us a small room with private bath across the street from the hotel. It was very clean and comfortable. It had a double bed, desk, light, and bathroom with hot water. The location is perfect. About a one minute walk to restaurants and bars and two minute walk to the beach. You are right there! We loved Samara.

Room Tip: We were hesitant to stay across the street above a shop but it was quiet, clean, and comfortable!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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hotelgiada, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you for your comment on Trip Advisor. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in front of the hotel on the other side of the street, we are sorry we could not put you inside of the hotel due to we was full at the time. Thanks and we hope you will be back as well as coming back to Costa Rica.
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Leitrim, Ireland
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

The food is exceptional and tremendous service to go with it. Definitely the best in Samara. Our first night was great so we went again this time the presentation was outstanding. Only suggestion i have is that they list their Restaurant seperatly on Trip advisor.As not on the Restaurant list. We will be back thank you.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotelgiada, Owner at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you for your reply on Trip Advisor. We are glad that you enjoyed your dinner here at Hotel Giada. Thank you for your tip and we will check into this. We hope you will be back to Hotel Giada as well as Costa Rica.
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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

My husband and I stopped at the restaurant for lunch. We had a delightful cheese ravioli with porcini mushrooms and a typical plate. Upon viewing the rooms and factoring the low-season price, it was definitely worthwhile. This isn't a fancy-pants hotel, but it is clean, in a good location, well-staffed, and reasonable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotelgiada, Owner at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for your comment on Trip Advisor, We was glad to have you here at the restaurant and that you enjoyed your lunch. We hope to see back soon. We was glad you liked the rooms here and we would be happy to have you here as a guests.
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Niagara Peninsula, ON
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We ate here several times while we were in Samara because it was the best quality and value we could find. The red snapper was great and very reasonably priced. The pastas were also delicious. The salads were overpriced and disappointing, however.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotelgiada, Owner at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
We was glad that you drop by and used the restaurant and that you enjoyed your meal here and we will check into the cost and taste of the salads. We thank you for your review on Trip Advisor and hope you come back soon.
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Address: Main street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
#8 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Giada 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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