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Lodge Las Ranas
800 mts al Oeste del Cruce de Cangrejal | Box 24, Playa Samara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 15 hotels in Playa Samara
Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This is a lovely hotel with helpful staff. We were greeted by Cody, the owner, upon check-in. He was extremely friendly and offered a lot of helpful advice about the surrounding area. Our room had a beautiful view of both the pacific and the surrounding forest. We saw howler monkeys every morning and afternoon!

Our room was extremely clean and comfortable with a nice outdoor seating area. Breakfast every morning was great too.

The only drawback is that the hotel is a bit of a walk to the beach. If you have a car, this won't be a problem, but the walk in the sun can get rather hot if you do not have a car. Luckily, taxis are fairly inexpensive.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Hello Heather,

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy we were able to be a part of your vacation.

Be sure to stop by if you should find yourself in the Samara area!

Cody Nikolaychuk
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Las Ranas for 7 nights the first week of February. From check-in Cody was attentive to our needs and happy to offer advice on anything from local restaurants to hidden beaches.

We rented a car and found it to be useful as we like to explore on our own. We traveled the coast from Islita to Ostinal all while returning back to Las Ranas each night. I would recommend renting a car for easy travel to town (and explore the other local beaches) but you can easily get to town by foot. If you do rent a car, take the quick trip to Playa Carillo, you won't be disappointed.

Breakfast options are included with the room or there are additional options for a small price. We chose the typical breakfast that came with juice and/or coffee as well as fresh fruit, toast and jam, eggs and gallo pinto. Lunch and dinners can be had in town for a reasonable rate. We found the food and drink to be afforable and the service to be at time slow but always very friendly.

The room was clean, comfortable and the deck was a place to relax. We saw monkeys in the trees just off the deck and even were able to watch the toucans in the trees at the pool.

In the end our flight home was canceled due to 3 feet of snow and Cody was extremely helpful in assuring we had a phone to haggle with the airline and even spoke with Budget to make sure we could return the car in San Jose instead of Liberia. Thank you Cody, we look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Room Tip: We had room 6, it was on the second floor and offered a view both of the ocean and jungle. Great roo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Hello,

Thank you for your wonderful review! Customer reviews are a key tool for us to meet the needs of our clients. I am also very happy to hear that you have enjoyed the Samara area as much as Lodge Las Ranas. Samara is a special little beach town and we love to be able to share it with our guests.

I clearly remember the storm as well as all of the phone calls you made to get home. I am happy that I was able to help and even happier that it worked out for you in the end.

We hope to see you again soon!

Cody Nikolaychuk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Both my son and I liked Las Ranas the best of the 7 hotels we stayed in in Costa Rica. It is a very nice small hotel located on a hill outside town. The views are great and it is quiet at night.

The owner Cody is doing an excellent job. The rooms and beds are very nice, well equipped and comfortable. There is A/C but no TV.

From the main intersection in town – the main street and the road to Nosara - head toward Nosara. (A Pali supermarket will be on the right @ 70 yards from the intersection). The road is paved for 1km. Turn right at the T junction, the road now becomes dirt. Keep right when the road splits further on. The entrance to the hotel is on the right @ 1km from the T junction. You should see a small sigh for the hotel. Head up the driveway. From there it is 0.3 km with the last bit being steep and narrow.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Hello BabiBagus,

We would all like to thank you for your wonderful review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed Lodge Las Ranas. We always enjoy sharing our little piece of paradise.

Be sure to stop by the next time you are in the Samara area.

All the best,

Cody Nikolaychuk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for three nights in August 2012 (sorry for the delay in reviewing!). The staff was wonderful (especially Esterling), and provided great recommendations for food and activities nearby. The owner, Cody, was also very inviting and accommodating. Esterling and Cody are both fluent in English and Spanish. Breakfast is included in the price and we chose the typical Costa Rican food each day - so yummy and made to order. It was the off-season, so there were only 2 or 3 other rooms occupied when we were there. The hotel is an easy, short drive from the town of Samara. The rooms were generally well-maintained and clean. The bathrooms are modern and also spotless. We stayed in the kitchenette, which had a hotplate, cookware, plates and utensils in addition to the mini-fridge and microwave. Next time, we would probably stay in a regular room, as they all have a mini-fridge, and this would be enough for us. The canopy bed was comfy and the grounds are well taken care of.

The two disappointments for us were the fact that the pool was not usable while we were there, due to an overgrowth of algae that the management was actively trying to combat/remedy. Also, there was a very strong wind and rain storm one night and the roof of the kitchenette leaked. Luckily it did not leak on the bed or in the bathroom (where we put all of our stuff to keep it dry). The power also flickered, but only off for a minute. Cody did come by to check on us and gave out small flashlights, but I was surprised (given the leaking roof and all the towels that we had to put on the floor) that he didn't offer to move us to a new room that night or to reduce our bill when we checked out the next morning. I have no doubt that the pool and leaky roof have now been remedied/fixed, and would gladly stay again if I am back in Playa Samara.

Overall, the stay was very pleasant and even with these two disappointments, I would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Hello,

We would like to all thank you so much for your review! Feedback such as this is the key tool in improving for our guests. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here at Lodge Las Ranas.

We always try and do our best to have our swimming pool available to our guests but unfortunately, sunscreen, detergent from clothing, paint fading from the sun, and leafs from the surrounding trees can create the need for us to have to treat the pool. This treatment forces us to close the pool. Now in order to reduce the need for this treatment, we have completely renovated the pool going from a paint bottom to a ceramic tile bottom. We have also upgraded our filtration system.

I do remember the storm you mentioned. If my memory serves me correctly I did offer to move you to another room. That aside we have replaced 2 pieces of roofing above that room which had small cracks in them.

We hope to see you soon and thank you again for your feedback!

Cody Nikolaychuk
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Arlington, Virginia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

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!

  • 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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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Hello Amy,

I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to write the very detailed review of Lodge Las Ranas. The reviews are a very important tool for us to adjust to the needs of our clients. We are very happy to hear you were able to enjoy our hotel and nature around us.

See you soon!

Cody Nikolaychuk
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brooklyn
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Lodge Las Ranas has very friendly, helpful staff. The rooms are well maintained, and the top level has great views of the forest and beach. Very helpful staff. I would recommend it.

Lodge Las Ranas has very friendly, helpful staff. The rooms are well maintained, and the top level has great views of the forest and beach. Very helpful staff. I would recommend it.

Room Tip: Top floors have better views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Hola Brian,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review on Trip Advisor. We are always happy to receive all kinds of feedback from our guests.

Pura Vida,

Cody Nikolaychuk
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st-jean
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

Wow calm place to stay. Owners and staff are all helpful and speack english. The place is just a little ways out town. There are lots of birds and monkeys around. The entry way is very narrow with a very steep hill. The rooms are spacious and canopy bed is comfy for a good night's sleep. The lodge offers lunch and dining along with breakfast in the morning but the cook being ill we were not able to sample the lunches and evening meals.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Hello,

Thank you again for choosing to stay at Lodge Las Ranas and thank you for the wonderful review.

We hope to see you in the future!

Cody Nikolaychuk
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Address: 800 mts al Oeste del Cruce de Cangrejal | Box 24, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
#5 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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