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“Perfect location to stay in this peaceful beach town” 5 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 #7 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Chicago, Illinois
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“Perfect location to stay in this peaceful beach town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We really lucked out to have visited Playa Samara - and to have stayed at Hotel Giada. Everything was easy at the hotel. Being right down the street from the beach, we couldn't have asked for easier access and it was smooth coming and going from the hotel to explore around. I also appreciated the friendly staff and when I had an emergency call back to the States, they let me use a calling card from the reception phone with no trouble at all.

I strongly recommend visiting Playa Samara and this was a great place to stay there.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was happy to have you here and that you enjoyed the hotel. We hope you will return to Hotel Giada soon as well as Costa Rica,
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

I visited Samara last year and just really enjoyed our visit! The town is low key and nice! Giada was the best option there because of the owners, we felt in the right place. Amazing pizza, food in general and a great peaceful feeling throughout the hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 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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Thank you for your comments on Trip Advisor. We are happy that you enjoyed the hotel and we was happy to have you here. We hope you will return soon to Hotel Giada.
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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27 hotel reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Giada is a great location, walkable to everything in town. Although in the center of town it is quiet and the howler monkeys are close by allowing you to be in a jungle-like setting but close. The rooms are spacious, well appointed and clean. The rooms have air-con which we enjoyed. The breakfast was sufficient, the coffee good. We did not use the pool but is was clean and many were enjoying it. The rate was reasonable for the amenities offered. A great choice in Samara.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Thank you for your coments on Trip Advisor. We are glad that you enjoyed yourself in Hotel Giada and Playa Samara and was glad to have you here. We hope you see you again in the near future.
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Wilmington, Delaware
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Our room was clean, bug-free, and cool. We walked out of our room onto a small patio, to the pool. We loved the convenience to shops, restaurants and the beach. Kenneth and staff made our stay extra special by helping with the language and in other ways, accommodating our needs
I was leery about trying the pizza but it was excellent. The 'tipical' breakfast of fruit and pancakes were very good. We also enjoyed fresh grilled fish. I would stay here again in a minute. Loved it

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank you for your comments on Trip Advisor. We are delighted that you enjoyed Playa Samara as well as Hotel Giada. We hope to see you again soon.
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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile


We had room 23
nice clean rooms and grounds
Smaller rooms
Quite Ceiling fan and quite AC
Nice patio off 2nd story rooms with nice table and chairs good to play games at.
Ask for back building. It will be nice and quite.
Pool area ok Warm water with hot tub
only four deck chair of about a dozen have very thin pads on them.
Large Iguana around pool area every day
Ok breakfast, 4 chooses
Close walk to beach less than 4 small blocks
Close to a nice SODA restaurant for lunches
Hotel restaurant OK but a little over price for what you get.
Big Grocery store 1 block away.

MUST DO
Grab a sandwich from Soda for a lunch (go go) (take out)
Grab some cans of KERNS FRUIT DRINK from the convenient store at end of street and the beach ($1 each, good warm or cold)
and take bus to Carriolo Beach.
Bus stop around corner ask for times at front desk
Less than $1 each to ride
10 minute bus ride
Best Beach around
We did this 3 days straight. Loved it
Have a shaved ice drink from vender with wagon.
Just wave bus to stop for return trip back

The town of Samara
Felt safe day and night
Small old fashion town right on ocean
Very bad sidewalks, better to walk on streets.
Little traffic
Only 4 or 5 streets in town
Many Street venders near ocean sidewalks.
Many restaurants right on ocean right on the sand
Smoothes for about $3 all over town.
Pizza served everywhere
Food cost at full restaurants are 11 to 18 for nice meal.
Look for man making kabobs in the evening near end of street.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Thank you for your comments on Trip Advisor. We are glad that you enjoy Playa Samara as well as Hotel Giada. We hope you will return to Hotel Giada as well as Costa Rica.
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Toronto, Canada
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59 hotel reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I stayed there on Feb 14 and 15 part of a big tour trough Costa Rica. The best thing that i remember is the shower. From San Jose and Arenal to Nicoya I went from one hotel to another and none had a decent shower. Here was heaven. Large shower with good pressure. I loved the place right off the bat!
The room was really large, nice double bed and a beautiful balcony facing the street. I was worried about the street noise in the night time, but it dies out after the restaurants around close, about 10 pm. Staff is very helpful, they all speak English well, parking is right in front of the hotel. Food, everywhere around. I ate twice at a restaurant on the beach and breakfast across the street in a small house garden, I liked it.
Samara is a a small beach town, small shops, little restaurants and bars, all kind of people. it is a very safe place to be by yourself or family with kids.
Hotel has also a swimming pool, dint use it, i went around and checked all the beaches around Samara. Nice drive on the country roads with beautiful small beaches and small local restaurants. I was there for the scenery not the beach.
Yes, the hotel is somewhere in the middle of the ranks for Samara but it is nice and affordable. I only pair $127US for two nights. Fully recommended!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was happy to you and your group here at Hotel Giada and that you enjoyed the hotel and Samara and the beaches. We hope you and your group will return to Costa Rica and Hotel Giada.
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Heredia, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My wife and I had the opportunity to stay at the Giada Hotel (on Feb 2014) for the third time and as usual it was not a disappointment. The personnel and the facilities are up to our standards. It is very convenient located in Samara downtown where all the actions is happening.
The hotel is very clean and the employees are very friendly. The morning breakfast was very good with a varieties ranging from "tipico" which is rice and beans with scramble eggs (named "gallo pinto"), Continental and American; so there is a little bit for everyone to choose from.
I am from Costa Rica and my wife from Canada y we did really enjoy the Giada Hotel. The only recommendation that I can make is that they should start to think in replacing the TV for flat screens (not a major thing) so it will be up to the rest of the hotel facilities.

Odir Rodriguez A.
Human Resources Manager
Carnival Corp.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was glad to have you back here at Hotel Giada. We are happy that you enjoyed the hotel and the restaurant. Yes we are changing the TV's to flat screens little by little. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks.
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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Giada 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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