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Hotel Flying Crocodile
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We really enjoyed the flight in the ultralite that is based at Flying Crocodile Hotel. Joerg, the pilot was great!! An amazing experience. So, we decided to stay at flying croc. and the only room available was the budget room as they called it. Not the best choice. The dinner was pathetic, but as we were starving, we ate without complaint. The staff was very nice, but the ploace really needs some care, the pool was gross, the outdoor furniture was to be desired, I wouldn't sit on it.
The hotel could be a showplace with some work.

Room Tip: Do not take the "budget room" I had ants crawling over me in the night
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Susan R
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

We had the most awful experience at the Flying Crocodile. The food was inedible, the the bed un-sleepable, the air-conditioning inadequate and the experience horrible. When we tried to check out after the the first night of a 4 night stay we were told we would be responsible for the entire 4 nights bill. When they asked what was wrong and we complained about the bed (lumpy, uncomfortable, worn torn sheets) her response was that "It is old". We worked it out with the help of our travel agent and only lost our deposit and the one nights stay. I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Joan H
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

I stayed during a solo motorcycle trip around Costa Rica, and the Hotel Flying Crocodile was an amazing spot to relax and enjoy the jungle wildlife. The staff were welcoming and friendly, the grounds were beautifully manicured, and the accommodations were perfectly suited for the environment.

The detached cabanas surrounded a nice pool in a private yet convenient setting. From my porch I observed a family of Howler Monkeys foraging it the trees directly overhead. The staff served an excellent breakfast but I did not try dinner on site.

The Flying Crocodile is located about 15 minutes from Samara, so it is best to have your own transportation if you would like to enjoy the beach and restaurants in town. There is a local beach within walking distance (Playa Buenavista), a beautiful and secluded white-sand beach just to the North (Playa Barringona), and of course Samara 15 minutes to the South.

There is a gyro-copter tour business on site, and it is fun to watch the small craft take off and land even for those not braving the open cabin flight.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Pat S
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Location: a few km from Samara, on an unpaved road, like many other hotels. You need a car to get there, preferably a 4 wd. A Suzuki Jimny will do it. It's not about the actual 4wd, it's about the ground clearance. You will have to pass through a river, which is 4cm (2 inches) high in the dry season. I understood that during the rainy season, there is another path. Because of this river, the GPS (at least on iGO, might force you to take a detour, just to end up at the same river). TomTom route was shorter. Best thing is to enter directly the coordinates.

Beach can be reached withing a 10 minute walk. Beware of the tide. Also there is an estuary nearby, along with some signs warning about crocodiles around the estuary, so avoid going there at night and watch your steps.

Room: I loved the way it was decorated. Beautiful shapes, avoiding the straight lines - a nice surprise. Room has a little refrigerator. There are some shelves and hangers for putting your clothes. You have a small table with chairs on the veranda. Room also has A/C and a ceiling fan (which seemed to me more efficient then the A/C).

Reception: Andrea was very nice. She speaks fluently German, English and I think also Spanish. She was very helpful with any information we needed.

Breakfast and dinner: Breakfast does not have a very wide variety and I can understand things are optimized to minimize losses, since there aren't that many bungalows, and hence not such a big crowd of tourists. Don't take this the wrong way: I really appreciated the omelette you could get on demand and fresh smoothies every morning, plus the fresh papaya slices.

For dinner there is a daily selection of 3 dishes which you should choose by 1 pm. Dinner is served around 7-7:30 pm. If you have special needs, something can be arranged. Prices for dinner are between 8-13$, non-alcoholic drinks or the local beer cost 2$/bottle.

Swimming pool: small, has 3 sections: one for kids, one for laying in the sun, while in the water and one for swimming (it gets to about 2m at one end). Since it's in the middle of nature, you might see all sort of bugs around, but this is everywhere and perfectly normal, when in nature.

Services: Wi-fi: free, open, working nicely. Cleaning don't go out of their way when it comes to cleaning - they just rearrange the bed and take the garbage out - at least that's all I noticed.

Parking: available, free of charge, inside the hotel premises.

You can try their flying machine if you're into it and don't mind paying over 100$ for 20 minutes of flying, but it seems to be quite an experience.

Wildlife around: iguanas (different varieties) - you will see a lot of them, armadillo, mud crabs, howler monkeys (the first time you'll hear them, they will make you shiver in your bed, at 5am), geckos, all sort of birds, we've seen even a black vulture and a colibri (all close-by).

Room Tip: Habitacion #3 is a good location to observe the mud crabs and especially the armadillo which seems to have its home around. In this area we spotted also the colibri and the black vulture. All this comes with the price of being woken up by the howler monkeys. Notice the absolutely huge tree behind this bungalow.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank KissTheRottweiller
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

The flying crocodile is not in a village or a town, it is in the middle of nowhere. There are bungalows in oriental style. A muddy trail brings you in about 15 minutes to the beach. It is a quiet place , when no gyrocopter is flying. In the long evenings you can listen to retired Germans or young Russians or you can watch the meeting if all insects in your room. Be aware of scorpions in your clothes. The breakfast is fine and the cook friendly.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank irene f
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