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The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Huntington Beach, California
1 review
“All around great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

This place was great from the second we walked in. We were greeted with great service and they went above and beyond our entire trip. The hotel location is perfect, you can walk to the beach and see the sunset, the food, rooms, pool, all around I would recommend this to any traveler.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Hideaway Hotel is truly a hidden Jewel. My husband and I had a wonderful, relaxing time there in early February. Doug and Rosy, the proprietors do a fabulous job. It starts before you arrive. They will help you with transportation, excursions and any questions. The rooms are large, modern and very clean. But it's the setting that makes this place unique. It's quiet and peaceful with a small pool, great music, and great food. We ate dinner there 3 nights and every meal was excellent. The beautiful beach and clear water ofPlaya Carrillo, is a five minute walk. Playa Samara is one minute from the property and the town of Samara is a cab ride or long walk (40 min) walk. We would definitely recommend to anyone coming to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Linda L
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

My friends and I found Hideaway on Trip Advisor. The reviews were great and spent two nights of our six night trip at Hideaway. The hotel was great and the owners were very hospitable. We arrived at midnight and had a little bit of a challenge finding the little road it's on, but found it nonetheless.

The grounds are covered in gorgeous plants and we saw quite a few lizards. The pool on property is nice if you want a break from the beach.

We watched sunset from the beach which is only a one minute walk away.

The hotel is very small and you get to know the others staying there which was great for us, and just an FYI if that is not your thing. Breakfast comes with your hotel stay which is nice! The little restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, too!

Loved our stay! Would definitely recommend if you are headed to this part of Costa Rica!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Wonderful hidden hotel that lacks for nothing! We came to Playa Samara to fish and thought the Hideaway would just be a nice little place to hangout. We were all quite surprised to find out how great it really was. Rosie and Doug were so great and helpful. We enjoyed the food and especially the ice cream. The kids ate all the strawberry. Doug makes it himself. They also cooked our fish that we caught and we licked our plates cleaned. We had planned to eat at some of the restaurants in Samara but always came back to the hotel to eat. The tuna burger is very good to. We were awaken by the wonderful sounds of birds and howler monkeys. The boys loved looking at the iguanas that roamed around the property. I would reccommend this hotel to anyone. I hope that we get to come back down and visit.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

I had a fantastic time at the hideaway hotel. It is clean, new and lovely. The owners are welcoming and ever present with suggestions about things to do in the area. The breakfast was delicious. I ate 3 dinners at the hotel and they were all great - lots of non meat options too!
Other guests were friendly and I felt it was a comfortable place to meet new people and share a meal with them.
I highly recommend the Hotel Hideaway and hope I can come back again.

  • Stayed February 2013
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had an absolutely superb 6 day experience at the Hotel Hideaway. As a couple enjoying a mid-winter getaway seeking adventure, long walks and easy access to activities, we loved our stay. Room was crisp & clean & cool (with A/C and fan) and attractively furnished with great walk-in shower, secure safe for valuables, phone and at least 20 channels of international cable TV for "vegging out" a few times. The staff were all consistently charming and helpful. The breakfast (included with room charge) was so fresh and delicious. One of the best surprises was the restaurant for dinner. Served right next to the pool, the menu had lots of choices...and was very inexpensive (never more than $40 for the two of us, usually closer to $30 when we ate lighter). Try something with the mango or pineapple salsa....and don't forget the brownie with their homemade ice cream (coconut and mint w/ chocolate chip were our favorites)...and my wife says to have the filet with gorgonzola cheese...and the coconut chicken and the bruschetta. Obviously, we're fans. The only thing we'd do differently next time is perhaps rent a moto-scooter to get back-n-forth to the town center (we went to school for Spanish language each day...while the taxi was only $6 US each way and the morning was was do-able before the sun got too high, a scooter might have been fun.) The animals were a hoot! Say hi to the iguanas (not scary at all) and the howler monkeys for us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Michael J
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

We have traveled extensively throughout the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, particularly as we own property in Quanacaste and enjoy visiting the beaches or taking advantage of Eco adventure on our doorstep.

Having just returned from a four day stay in the Samara and Carillo area ( in our opinion the beach at Carillo has one of the most beautiful settings in Quanacaste) where we stayed at the "Hideaway" we can only say that this is the very best boutique hotel we have ever stayed in Costa Rica and it will continue to be our base for visits to this region in the future.

The Hideway is a "real find" if one is looking for a small boutique hotel with modern amenities set in a tranquil environment, just a short stroll to the beach and very convienently located between both Samara and Carrillo. Being only five minutes away from the center of Samara ( a small fun beach town) by car or a wonderful stroll down the beach one can easily take advantage of the restaurants and activities in Samara. Tours can be arranged right at the hotel with pick up at your doorstep. Carrillo's beach to the south of the hotel is fringed with palm trees for two kilometers and is only a ten minute walk away. This is a great beach to walk along, play in the surf and experience a real escape from the hectic lives we tend to live.

Rosie and Doug were gracious and accommodating hosts, the staff was most attentive, the room was very tastefully finished with a very modern bathroom, great furnishings, and very comfortable beds, and offered a private patio to escape to if one wished. The grounds were tastefully landscaped, the pool and dining area offered a fantastic venue to just relax at or if one wished to interact with other guests.

Ohhh! A morning swim with coffee and a fruit plate at pool side has me wanting to be back there right now! We really enjoyed the opportunity to have dinner at the hotel poolside rather than go out as the food was excellent and the mango margaritas were deadly.

If one wants great accomodation while exploring this area of the Nicoya Peninsula, the Hideway is the place to stay!

Darryl and Sharon Weigand, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara

Property: The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
Address: On the Road From Samara To Carrillo | on the road from Samara to Carrillo; 150 meters from the ICE Tower, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At The Hideaway you will enjoy the privacy of our exclusive location on Samara Beach in Costa Rica. We offer 12 hotel rooms and a Penthouse suite with 3 bedrooms. The Hideaway appeals to travelers looking for a luxury hotel, who appreciate extra amenities. Our quiet location close to Samara & Carrillo offers relaxation and privacy, plus easy access to exciting activities. Our boutique hotel on Samara Beach is uniquely situated on a one-acre private lot, approximately 1-minute's stroll to the ocean. ... more   less 
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