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Fenix Hotel - On The Beach

Mts Sur de Pulperia Stephanie 100 Samara de Nicoya, Playa Samara 50205 Costa Rica
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#1 of 19 hotels in Playa Samara
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Our small beach-front hotel is a few steps from the ocean. Not an all-inclusive hotel. Our guests feel like it is their place “on the beach”. We have a covered BBQ and free use of boogie boards. Our pool is open 24 hours. Fully-equipped kitchens. Daily maid service. Laundry available. Screened upper and lower windows along with 2 ceiling fans in standard rooms. Deluxe has two AC units, TV and larger appliances. Great place for families and couples. Small enough to rent the entire hotel for birthday parties, retreats or small weddings.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Hidden Gem
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Mark G wrote a review Mar 2020
Liberia, Costa Rica5 contributions1 helpful vote
I traveled to Fenix Hotel with my two daughters and their boyfriends. We had a fantastic time. What a beautiful place! I started my day with a cup of costa rica coffee and a walk to the beach. We spent days swimming in the pool and the ocean and relaxing between the palm trees on a lounge chair or in a hammock. The days ended with a beautiful sun set and cooking dinner on the grill. Jay is a fantastic host and helped arrange some fun excursions for us.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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CanFiddler wrote a review Mar 2020
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I can’t say enough wonderful things about this sweet hotel. It’s So wonderful, we have already booked again for next year! It was the perfect place for our family of four to spend 2 weeks. A clean and comfortable room with a king bed , and a kitchenette (with a trundle bed where our boys age 10 and 7 slept) where we cut up our fresh local fruit and prepared most of our meals. The rooms stay cool with the ceiling fans and the ocean breeze. The property is gorgeous with many palm trees to give shade whilst you lay in a hammock and sip your margarita). The beach is steps from the hotel room, so need to bring anything except yourself. No packing towels and water and sunscreen for an hour at the beach, you can leave it all steps away in your room. There is a small pool that we used many times during the day to cool off. Just lovely. The best part beside just being in paradise, was getting to know the other fabulous guests. We liked everyone so much we have even have planned to meet here again next year. Jay was a great host and we had a lot of fun chatting with him while we grilled our freshly caught fish for our dinners. He was also so excellent at arranging the perfect tours for us ( snorkeling, fishing and a river boat tour). The Fenix is an oasis on a most gorgeous beach. I can’t recommend this place enough!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Jay P, Owner at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Responded Mar 12, 2020
Wow.. thank you so much . We can try so hard to make every guest's experience wonderful. I am so glad you had a great time.
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TorontoSunnygirl wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto7 contributions3 helpful votes
Shhhh hidden gem alert. We spent one fabulous week at the Fenix at the end of Feb - early March 2020. We liked it so much that we are going back next year. The rooms are comfy and surprisingly cool at night (even without AC) and the kitchen is well stocked. They have handy things in their kitchens like cheese graters and scissors and knives that are actually sharp. We got in the habit of eating breakfast and lunch at "home" and then heading into town or next door for dinner. The setting is the biggest plus - it is nestled under the palms and it's right on the beach. We liked being a little outside of town too. It didn't hurt that Jay is a passionate hotelier who cares about your stay. The nicest surprise were the other guests staying there. You make friends quickly. In fact we are in talks to all return next year. Oh yeah and all ages and stages are welcome.. If you are looking for 1) a nice little beach town and 2) a hotel in a fabulous location -- 3) with the added bonus of a dedicated hotelier and 4) an opportunity to meet the charming guests staying there, then this place is def. for you.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Jay P, Owner at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Responded Mar 12, 2020
Thanks for the great review. The staff and I work hard to make it a great experience for everyone. I hope you come visit again.
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nkj11 wrote a review Feb 2020
Alberta36 contributions3 helpful votes
We pulled into Samara with no room booked for the night. I prefer to stay away from the the busier part of town yet within walking distance. We came across this place where we met Jay the owner...what a guy I must say. This is a quaint little spot right on a beautifully palmed beach. Only 6 rooms with kitchen nets with full size fridge and everything you need. The kitchen also had a “typical way to make coffee”in Costa Rica coffee maker. Pretty neat. Ceiling fan in the kitchen and a ceiling fan in a separate bedroom with a cozy king size bed. I wasn’t sure about no A/C at first but Jay assured me it would cool off nicely at night. Sure enough he was right and I had the best sleep. The property had a pool not too big but a perfect size with only 6 rooms. The beach chairs provided are very nice and comfy with cushions. Not the plastic chairs. Lots of shade or sun to be had. Jay also starts up the BBQ for guests to use to make dinner under a beautiful palapa on the beach. We were only staying 1 night( very lucky for us cause it’s usually fully booked) so we wanted to go out for dinner. Jay recommended the simple bar/restaurant next door and we had fresh delicious red snapper. I’m sure he knows of lots of different places to go but I wanted to stay as close as possible for the little time we had left at the Felix hotel. Everyone was so friendly there. Lots of 🇨🇦. So to sum up my review I loved Jay’s place!!! Awesome accommodations, location and beautiful beach. Oh and I can’t ever forget Jay. What a great host very friendly, knowledgeable on the area and funny too. Next time we come to Costa Rica I’m staying here! Thanks for everything Jay even though our stay was too short we had a blast. Jay and Nicole 🇨🇦
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Jay P, Owner at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Responded Mar 12, 2020
You are more than welcome. Im glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for such great words I hope you come back to the Fenix again.... Jay
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Joyce F wrote a review Feb 2020
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Jay has done a great job in his first year at the Fenix. The rooms are rustic with no TV, allowing one to completely unplug if desired and if not, free wi-fi is available. At first we were surprised to find that the rooms did not have air/conditioning but found that the over head fans were more then sufficient to cool the rooms. In fact, on two separate nights we were chilled and turned them off. The grounds were immaculate and the landscaping beautiful. There were plenty of lounge chairs for sunning or ‘shading’ and a number of hammocks to relax in. If you like to read or write, you couldn’t find a better place, unless you simply don’t like the sound of gentle waves breaking on a white sand beach. There are even three resident iguanas that meander around the residence. You could not ask for a better host then Jay. He was both courteous and kind and possesses a great sense of humor. On arrival to the Fenix, Jay drove us into town and told us how to navigate our way through it, including the grocery stores since each room comes with a kitchenette and recommended a couple of restaurants, which were also excellent. By way of beach the Fenix is approximately a 20 minute walk to town, which we did each morning before our first swim of the day. The rooms at the Fenix are as close to the beach as you can legally get, allowing for quick and easy potty breaks or easy access to snacks and drink refills. In the beautiful Costa Rica weather it is easy to become quickly dehydrated and Jay actually reminds you to “drink water”. “Don’t ruin a good vacation trying to recover in bed.” Thanks for everything Jay!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Jay P, Owner at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Responded Mar 12, 2020
Thanks for the great words. Im glad you had a great time on your vacation. and remember... Drink Water. Jay
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Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Samara
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fenix Hotel - On The Beach
Which popular attractions are close to Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Nearby attractions include Samara Beach (0.6 miles), Werner Sauter Biological Reserve (0.3 miles), and Monkey Point Playa Samara (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bouticafe Bohemia, Casa maxou, and Samara Organics Mercado Organico.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Fenix Hotel - On The Beach located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Playa Samara.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fenix Hotel - On The Beach?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.