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“Close to the beach-Friendly staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Casa del Mar Samara
50 mt Este de la Escuela de Samara | Playa Sámara,Guanacaste., Playa Samara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 25 Playa Samara B&B and Inns
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Close to the beach-Friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

We spent just recently 3 days at Casa del Mar, and we certainly loved this place.
Our room was very spacious, 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and a/c. No TV in the room...but honestly, we didn't miss it at all.
Carolina and Laura the clerks are very friendly and helpful. You can tell they love their job.
There is no safe in the room, but we gave them our valuables to be locked in their office, if it's fragile they will write a note and if cash will be placed in a separate envelope with the amount written.
Overall we felt very safe.
The hotel provides a semi-private beach, just across a quiet road. At the beach there are complimentary chairs, chaises and pillows.
The breakfast is very good. Again, great service. Everyone has a smile on their faces.
Santos, the gardener, every morning keeps the place groomed and clean. He was kind and opened a coconut for us one day.
There are many coconuts trees along the beach...please be careful if you have kids, because coconuts will fall from time to time...it did happen to us. Thanks God no one got hurt.
We took a surf class just in front the hotel at Ticos-Surf School with Christian. He was very patient and kind. If you don't surf the first day, he will offer you a second class the next day for free. :)
A cheap place to eat in the area? Soda Los Colochos, very close to the hotel and where the locals go.
Have a fun and blessed time in Sámara!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Menlo Park, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My friend and I stayed in a private room with shared bath with fan. The room has a sink which is convenient. The balcony was outside our room and can be noisy at night as people were chitchatting. The hotel has a private beach access area and provides complimentary beach chairs on a first-come-first-serve basis. The staff was friendly and helpful. I did not try the breakfast since it costs additional $6+. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The room we opted for was one without air conditioning or private bath. Room was a bit small and basic, but clean, comfortable and quiet enough. Restaurant and staff were so-so. The best features were front porch, extreme proximity to the beach, and Bella the entertaining resident parrot. There are better deals in the area, but still within a few minutes of the beach.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San José, CR
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Small rooms but clean, very nice and helpful staff.
Well located, very close to the beach.

It's located in Samara downtown but the it wasn't noisy. Our room didn't have TV, fridge, nor safe box. Very basic rooms.

The breakfast was "ok".

Not complaining about this hotel, but there are better options.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The hotel staff were the friendliest I encountered in Samara. Everyone was so very incredibly helpful. The rooms are very, very simple so if you're looking for more decor or even a tico feel, you won't find it here. The breakfast was super good though it's really hard to find any bad food in this country! To get to the beach, you cross the road in front of the hotel. This road is not busy at all...ever. The hotel's beach access is gated off and unlocked. The ocean view rooms do have a view but keep in mind your view will also include the restaurants that are on the beachfront proper. So this is beach-ish front. If you're looking for a no frills, close to the beach value, this is it!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Location: Great, not on the beach but across from the beach, next to restaurants and beach bars.

Staff: Great! they were very friendly and accommodating to our needs. Carolina works at the desk and she was so sweet and helpful. The hotel was offering free surfing lessons or a free massage; since we could not fit into our schedule either of these two activities, Carolina arranged for a trip to a nearby spa and gave us a complimentary bottle of wine! Awesome gesture that made us feel very welcome at the hotel!

Service: impeccable! Everything was super clean.
Rooms: basic but to the point. Everything you need while on a vacation.

Conclusion: great hotel in an excellent location with awesome service and unbeatable price!! Very satisfied with our stay here!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Stittsville, Ontario
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87 reviews 87 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

In April, while on a trip to Costa Rica, my husband and I spent a night in Playa Samara at the Hotel Casa del Mar. The hotel had been recommended by friends who were there earlier in the year, and it suited our needs for the night. The hotel staff were friendly at check-in and throughout, and the presence of Bella, the resident parrot, who kept us amused with her laughter and talking, was lots of fun. The hotel is directly across the road from Samara's very beautiful beach, and they provide beach chairs that one can take across (there is beach access right across the road). The room was very basic, but clean and comfortable. We would have liked to see a safe in the room to lock up passports and purse while at the beach, although there was a safe available at the front desk. However, if I understood correctly, we would not have access to that after 8:30 or 9:00 at night. At any rate, we had no complaints about the hotel, and it's location in the centre of town made it a good choice for beach walking, and finding a restaurant close by that evening. There was also a hot cooked breakfast included in the price the next morning, so all in all a good choice if you are not looking for uber fancy.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 50 mt Este de la Escuela de Samara | Playa Sámara,Guanacaste., Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, quaint Bed & Breakfast on the breathtaking Guanacaste Coast, Costa Rica. We offer rooms to fit any traveler's needs; from back-packer style rooms with shared bath to fancier rooms for a couple or family. No matter what kind of room you choose you can count on it being clean and our staff to be friendly! ... more   less 
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