For the beach side of our 1 month trip in CR, we choose Samara as a small and quiet village. Based on excellent comments found in TripAdvisor, we booked 4 days at Pacific Lodge. First impression was good thanks to manager, Clemence, who made it quick and easy. From the very first minute, we knew it would be a good pick up : the hotel is few minutes away from the city center and also from Samara Wild Beach. The amenities are nicely designed and well maintained and we love the layout : everything surrounds the big and clean pool (including a kid pool). The lodge style open dining terrace is the good place for candle diners or fresh breakfast (conti with good pancakes or 'rican with the whole stuff + fresh fruit juice different everyday + fresh tropical fruit as well). We have also enjoyed the top open mezzanine for a better view on the rainforest just facing the hotel (good to know, the hotel being a bit remote of the center, lots of animal to spot : anteaters, iguanas, birds, halloween crabs and the howler monkeys picking up young leaves just over your head !). Lionel also indicated us a trail which give a good overlook and an access to a secret small beach...
Although we could not afford to dine there every evening (however, the nice chilean wines are rather cheap), we have been happily surprised by the food : quality and beauty, change everyday. Try it at least once and you'll come back even if you have to turn to the "sheriff beach cheap restaurant" for lunch to balance your budget !
We slept in a 4 pax rooms with our daughters. Appreciated the kids separate room (2 bunks) and the hyper comfy beds. Probably why we loved the place : best sleeping quality since the beginning of our RTW trip.
The rooms have both Fans and A/C. Bathroom are OK (spotless, roomy shower and hot water). N.B. Hotel Wifi is fast and catchable from the rooms (MacBook, Room 6).
The team there is at your service : the young french couple who runs the place is always there when needed and almost invisible when not. Their team is alike, the breakfast guy is a kind and quick one, and we also met Julie during diner (try her Banana Colada and you'll see she's not just pretty !).
We recommend the place for surf lessons (good beginner spot), beach is safe for kids, wilderness spotters, and follow Clemence's advises as for Horseback riding (she would join with Hugo !).
Overall, CR has good hotels in average but Pacific definitely made the difference with its unbeatable value for money ratio. We'll go back !!
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