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Hotel Belvedere - Playa Samara
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 15 hotels in Playa Samara
Trollhättan Sweden
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Cannot find a better lodging!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This family-driven Hotel Belvedere has a "soul" created by the owners, Mikaela and Manfred.
Rooms, garden, pool, the five minutes walking distance to village and sea is perfect. The self-
-service bar "Trust and Karma" makes a feeling you belong to the family!

Leif, Sweden

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I stayed just for 1 night, but as soon as I arrived I got a really clear idea of the kind of hotel I was. Great staff, great breakfast, great price too. The owners attended me at the reception and guided me to my room, which by the way is right in front of the pool. The room was very clean, the bed was perfectly accommodated, it even had some flower petals on top.The whole room had an spring odor and that is really difficult to find. The bathroom had an odor sprayer, details like this would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Samara. Perfectly located just 100 mts from the bus stop and just 2 minutes from the beach. This is the kind of hotel that you really feel welcome and willing to come back again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I was thrilled to find Hotel Belvedere! My room was charming and spotless. The owners and staff were very kind and helpful. I think my favorite part was the great breakfast, served in an outdoor dinning room with a great view of the ocean.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Yucaipa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

The hotel is in a great location - close enough to walk to the small town or beach yet just enough distance for peaceful reflection in the morning and evening. The setting is just what I wanted - in the middle of gorgeous jungle plants/trees and flowers with occasional visits by raucous monkeys and shy iguanas!
Hotel Belvedere is very lovely and the owners (Manfred and Michaela) are friendly and kind - taking great care to make sure their guests are happy and satisified.
The two pools are lovely, the grounds are clean, and the rooms are immaculate. Breakfast was wonderfully delicious (fresh picked fruit every morning) and the dining room - set on the second floor - has a marvelous view of the town and and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Hotel is just up the hill from the beach, which makes it very quiet and tranquil. Yet, the beach and restaurants are an easy and quick walk.

The room was clean with a refrigerator and air-conditioning. The breakfast was delicious, with a menu that you could choose from several freshly prepared items. The breakfast room had a nice view. Both pools were very pretty and refreshing. There was also an honor bar for $1 beers.

The hosts were very kind and accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Guidebooks seem to say to choose a room in the new wing, but the ones in the original wing appear to...
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  • Stayed May 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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Davis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

June 2012, I stayed a week at Hotel Belvedere. Manfred, the owner, and his son Marcel were very welcoming and helpful. There are two properties to the hotel, on the same road. Belvedere is very clean, lush with gorgeous plants and trees. The pool is huge and gorgeous, very clean. Breakfast is delicious, served upstairs in a beautiful dining area with amazing views. The staff are very friendly - both in the dining room and in housekeeping.

There are so many monkeys that visit this property! It was a complete delight! Also lots of iguanas, squirrels, and beautiful birds. Bring your binoculars and long lenses - it's amazing how many animals you can see here up.

The rooms have safes. Plenty of hot water! There is an "honesty bar," in which you may take whatever beverage you want from the fridge, just write down in the notebook what you have taken.

You can take your laundry to the office, and they will have it done in town and bring it back to you for $5 (for small load). Very nice!

I stayed in Room #3, which had no wifi, which was a disappointment, since I was on a working trip and needed wifi. I asked for wifi, but was told it wasn't available. However, I paid $40/night, and I discovered later that other rooms for the same price had wifi (for example, Room #5).

My only suggestions would be that better (and newer) sheets, pillows, and pillowcases would be a nice update, and a much heavier blanket would be very appreciated. The mirror in the bathroom is way too high, and the bathroom in general needs updating.

The property has no security guard, which is worrisome if you are traveling alone, as I was, and isolated in the area of Rooms 1-3.

A lovely hotel run by a very friendly family!

Room Tip: Rooms 1-3 did not have wifi at the time of my visit (June 2012), and they are in an isolated area (a...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

at the edge of samara, beach not to far within 5 minutes by feet, also all restaurants. Nice ocean view from the restaurant. The hotel is back-layed with wilder surroundings, you can watch animals even monkeys at your way to the restaurant. really nice german people run the place. beautiful garden right before the rooms, swimmingpool within. laundry-service (same day back).
we enjoyed it very much!!!

Room Tip: if you are traveling in the low season you might prefere the rooms departed from the restaurant. the...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Samara
#4 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
#4 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Belvedere - Playa Samara 2*
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