My fiance and I stayed here the for 3 nights at the end of August/Sept of 2012. This is considered the low season in CR so the hotel was not to capacity. Its a small hotel with just ten rooms. We stayed in a room with a view of both the jungle and the ocean. It was beautiful view and quite a romantic room with a four poster bed and balcony. My favorite part was the balcony! The room itself was basic in terms of amenities, no TV or hair dryer. The bed was very comfortable, the AC worked great, and the shower pressure was strong. The only thing that bugged me (literally) were each night there were ants in our room in one specific corner, not one or two and not a hundred but enough that it annoyed me. The last night we asked for bug spray and Walter came and sprayed. It wasn't a big deal for my fiance and considering we were in a jungle I can't complain. Each morning we woke up to the sound of birds and howler monkeys which was awesome. The hotel is set away from the beach, its about 20 minute walk to town/beach or 5 minute drive. We didn't rent a car but we're a young couple who enjoyed the walk to town in the morning and caught a cab in the PM back to the hotel. The hotel itself is up a very steep hill. The restaurant opened regularly for breakfast and it was tasty. The included breakfast offered was typical Costa Rican fare which included gallo pinto, eggs, toast, orange juice, coffee and fruit. If you wanted a breakfast meat like bacon or sausge it was at an additional cost. They also have a la carte items you can order if you don't want the Costa Rican breakfast. The restaurant didn't serve a regular lunch/dinner but with the town being right there that worked out fine. We ate in town at a few places, our favorite being El Lagarto. The staff at the hotel are really what make the place glow, Esterlin and Cody were helpful in every way possible and just generally friendly folks who we enjoyed being around. If I were to go back to Playa Samara I would definitely stay at this place again.
- Also Known As:
- Lodge Las Ranas Hotel
- Lodge Las Ranas Hotel Playa Samara
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have 10 rooms that all have a magnificent view of two different beaches as well as mountain and jungle views. All rooms come with: Queen-size bed, Air conditioning, Wireless Internet, safe, small refrigerator, private balcony with ocean view and hot breakfast included. We are located a short distance from Samara and the beach which allows guests to take short 15 min walk or an inexpensive taxi ride if they so choose. ... more less
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