Our experience at Lodge Las Ranas was perfect. It is situated in the hills overlooking Playa Samara, a short drive out of town. For us, this is the ideal - close enough to easily go into town for restaurants and the beach, and far enough away to feel like we are in our own little piece of heaven. Breakfast each day is included and was always yummy with the typical Costa Rican meal - gallo pinto (beans and rice), fresh fruit, eggs, toast, and jam. Cody, the owner, and his staff are all helpful and happy and gave us wonderful advice both before and during our stay. We loved our time on our balcony overlooking the beach and the jungle, lounging by the pool and chatting, and relaxing in our lovely room. We had room #4, which was on the lower level on the side looking across to Samara. I truly think that any of the rooms provide a lovely view. We had just the one bedroom room without the kitchenette, and it was perfect. It was clean and comfortable, the shower was nice, and of course the balcony can't be beat. We were lucky as during out stay, a family of Howler Monkeys were enjoying the Balsa tree outside our room, and came 4 evenings to munch the flowers and leaves - right outside our balcony! We also saw iguanas, and lots of birds - my favorite the Grey Kiskadee, and even some Toucans!
You truly can not go wrong with this small and lovely place. We were also lucky enough to meet Cody's mother Shelly and cousin Debbie who were both staying and helping out. Everyone was friendly and felt like a family. Can't wait to return!