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Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Camino Playa Buenavista, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Antwerp, Belgium
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17 hotel reviews
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“Very friendly, good location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I can't say anything bad about this hotel.
We enjoyed the cocktails (tip: Rio Celeste), the swimming pool, dinner, breakfast,...
The staff/owners are very friendly and helpfull. They speak English, French, German, Spanish.

There were several families, but we still, it was very quite. The bed was good and the room was clean.

One of the staff gave us the good tip to go to Playa Buenavista, which is better than the crowded Playa Samara. He also told us where we could shop the cheapest (Pali supermarket) and where it is good to eat with a good value.

We enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dolores, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Ok here we go,
We stayed at the SamPac as we stopped by driving north. Several times thru this area.
1 night stay.
Did not eat at the restaraunt, but the wine list was standard and acceptable.
The room was small , very clean, with strong AC and fan. Clean bed and bath.
The first night we were there we had asked to use the phone and were graciously given that privledge, for local call.
The girl from Deleware working at the front desk is very nice and helpful.
This said.....
the next morning I asked to use the phone for a local call and another front desk girl said no with a look as if i had ask her to borrow her car to drive to Columbia.
The Deleware girl offerd us her personal phone after hearing this rude turn down.
My wife used this phone and a small child came out of the back and followed here around screaming with no parental response. I asked him to please be quite and that my wife was on the phone which led him to scream even more. The child appeared to be a child of the owners friends.
For a rum and coke at the bar $8 Gin and tonic $6
Room $70
Rude girl at the front desk ..........priceless.
Cudos to the Deleware girl, goodbye to all the others.

Room Tip: As far from the pool as possible.
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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
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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samarapacific, Gérant at Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Customer,

First of all let me thank you for the first part of your comments. Nevertheless I am surprised for the second part.
We try to create a family atmosphere and relax in our establishment. I just wish to inform you that the child you are complaining about was a customer's child and had nothing to do with us.
99 % of the comments about us on trip advisor are excellent. Usually, I attend personally all my clients, I'm sorry if i can't be on board full time.
I apologize in the name of our employee who seemed to be rude.
Bear in mind that all our customers are attended equally.
Thank you for your stay with us.

Best regards,

Clemence
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

This was the best place we stayed during our 13 days in Costa Rica! The rooms are spacious, the pool is beautiful and there are monkeys who chill in the trees by the pool. It makes the stay even better isn't it? Food is great, and the owners are very kind. Et ils parlent français! During our trip, we had planned to stay 4 days in Mal Pais, but our plans had changed. We decided to come back in Samara. We ended up staying 6 days total, and it was perfect!

Highly recommended!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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St Paulaul, Minnesota, USA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Our family of 4 with 2 young kids (2 years and 9 months), stayed here in March of 2012. Was a perfect spot just outside of town. The kids loved the pool, the atmosphere was relaxed and the owners were very accomodating hosts. The food was also of a very high quality, well worth dining in in the evenings - which was great for us as the kids were sleeping in the room just 20 yards away.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We had a great stay at Samara Pacific. The place was away from the main road into town and nestled up against a farm. The kids loved their bunkbeds in the little front room while parents were comfy on the double bed. They also loved the sparkling pool. We all loved the food. Breakfast was outstanding. We ate dinner there one night and it was delicious as well. The lemon pasta with salmon was to die for! Samara is a beautiful beach. Great for swimming and a little surfing and only a short walk from the hotel. There is even a little bakery you can hit up on the way back for a ham and cheese croissant! The locals were super friendly. The hotel owner and manager were both super nice and acommodating. We would definitely stay here again!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

We found this lodge thanks to TripAdvisor and have been meaning to write for ages to report on our stay during Christmas. We were 19 family members, ages 8 to 91 and it was the perfect place for us. Rooms are simple (just the way we like them!) and come in a variety of configurations sleeping 2 -6 people so everyone was happy. We all had our own space yet were very comfortable convening by the pool, bar, terrace, etc. Clémence and Lionel were extraordinary hosts. Extremely welcoming, they managed such a large group beautifully. They arranged for transportation from San Jose, negotiated rates for activities (snorkeling, fishing, horseback riding etc.), recommended reasonably-priced restaurants etc. On Christmas eve they - with their fabulous local chef - prepared an outstanding 5-course meal and provided a secluded eating area for the family. The distance from town/beaches is an advantage, in my opinion, and it was fun to walk back at night from town after a heavy meal. We were truly sad to say good-bye. WE WILL BE BACK!!

Room Tip: My room was by the pool, which I loved. My brother who doesn't have kids preferred his room behi...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Mook, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We were friendly welcomed by Clémence and Lionel, the owners of this nice and quiet hotel with some discrete attention of a group of howler monkeys from the treetops on the other side of the road.We feeled very comfortable and free in this pleasant hotel. Walking in the woods opposite the hotel (with the owners dog as an enthousiastic guide) , horseriding in a rivervalley nearby and a beautiful beach at walking distance added to the joys of our accommodation. The lodge is highly recommendable for visitors of all ages who appreciate nature, hospitality and a touch of french'-costarican cuisine.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Address: Camino Playa Buenavista, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
#6 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge 3*
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