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The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 27, 2013

This hotel was exactly the type of place my husband and I were looking for. We are not "resort style" people and didn't want an all-inclusive type place. So what we got is what we wanted and that was a very small place, I think they only have 12 rooms, but the room was spacious, with a king sized bed, and a big bathroom, with a walk in shower. Breakfast was included and it was good, nothing extraordinary, but tasty and the service is good. Everyone at the hotel is very friendly and we had a chance to talk to Doug, the owner and he was very helpful in suggesting things to do around Samara.

We rented a car and that is definitely the way to go if you are going to spend any time in Samara or wanting to go to the "busier" part of the beach with all the restaurants and bars. It is only about a 2 minute walk from the hotel to the beach, however there is nothing there. It will take you easily 40 minutes to walk to the main part of the beach that I mentioned. And it's not a very easy walk, but it depends on the time of the day due to the low/high tide.

Samara is a fun little beach town. Not as touristy as some places, but there are a lot of people on the beaches. Everyone is so friendly and we always felt safe. You start to recognize some of the locals if you go out and about, and that's nice.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

The hotel is located very close to Playa Carrilo which is the most beautiful beach I have seen in Costa Rica. It is a 10 min drive from downtown Samara but this is not an issue if you have a car. Downtown Samara is noisy & the location is perfect for a good night sleep.

The service was great with Doug & Rosy making us feel welcome & checking if we needed anything. The staff is very friendly and great at recommending activities. They have homemade ice cream & brownies which are so tasty. We also had lunch at the restaurant which was very good. One of the best things about the hotel is the bed - it was the most comfortable bed in Costa Rica. We also always had hot water here which in Costa Rica is a luxury! We will gladly stay here again when we visit Samara.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

Nice set-up, close to Samara but far enough to give you a quiet retreat. Clean, safe, close to one of the most beautiful beaches on Costa RIca's Pacific coast: Playa Carillo! Very hospitable place, resourceful information for trips around Samara area. Easy to book, prompt services (laundry, etc).

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank LucianAlex
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

I did not stay at The Hideaway, as dealing with them via email revealed to me very quickly that staying there would be a mistake for me.My husband & I are seasoned travelers who stay only in small out of the way places and we've done so for the past 20 years. When I contacted the Hideaway almost a year in advance of our almost 2-week stay, they were unwilling to commit to a room location, or even an upper vs lower floor location. After a few emails back and forth, it became clear that this was not the place for us... they were most concerned about how they would schedule other guest stays around us and told us that when we arrived, we would get what was assigned to us. The outcome: We rented a lovely house in the same location for less $ and our own pool. By the way, we are from the US, so the customer attitude seems to pervade all locations.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Monreal, Owner at The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2013

As this individual did not stay with us, it seems unusual that they are able to leave a review without having experienced the hotel, all of our services, the quality of our rooms, etc. We were able to research our requests for the time period indicated. This individual emailed us in May and is now writing a negative review in December. That sure is a long time lapse. (I’m sorry to say that to me that seems suspicious.)
This person repeatedly insisted on being given a specific room, and ONLY that room, for dates in February 2014. February is our busiest month, so they are correct in that we cannot commit to a specific room, as we are a small property and we must work with all of our guests’ requests and dates to fit everyone in. ALL of our guests are important to us. Many people request that specific room, so we cannot pre-assign room numbers. We very clearly state that we will make every effort to accommodate a guest’s preference, but we do require some flexibility. All of our rooms are the same size and excellent quality, so whichever room a guest receives, they will be very comfortable.

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

On the advice of Tripadvisor, I chose the Hideaway Hotel over all the other places to stay in the Samara area and am 100% satisified it was the best choice. Quiet, safe, clean, very relaxing, monkeys hanging in the trees around the pool, iguanas darting about the sidewalks, great food & drink, and excellent value for the money.

If you don't care for noisy, cramped lodging, which is basically what you'd get in the town of Samara, the Hideaway is for you. Besides, the town is only a 5 mins drive away. There is a very private beach just down the road from the hotel, another great beach within a 15 min walk (Playa Carilla), and an animal rescue center within a 10 min drive.

Save yourself some time and eat most/many of your meals at the hotel, the food is good & seemed less expensive than in-town resturants. Doug's homemade coconut ice cream was excellent!

Room Tip: We had a downstairs room, just about 20 steps from the pool. Perfect
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank J B
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Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

Had the pleasure of spending five nights at the Hideaway Hotel and as the name implies it is a few miles from the town of Samara ( 5 min drive by car, 30 min walk by beach). The hotel is very quiet and relaxing which was exactly what I was looking for. The staff is awesome. The owners extremely hospitable and accommodating. A pleasant surprise was getting English lessons from Loita an employee of the hotel who is majoring in English at the local college. I cannot say enough about the food although I did not personally eat at every restaurant in town, I think it is safe to say that is the best food in town! If you stay here you must try the coconut sea bass, the guacamole, and the mango margaritas!!!!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

We have had the privilege this week to stay at the Hideaway. It is such an amazing place to hang out all day and be pampered by the superb staff especially by Carlos and Loita. The kindness and hospitality they showed made this place what it is. They did everything with a smile and make it obvious how much they care about pleasing their customers. Doug and Rosie, the owners are likewise just as great. They have designed such a great luxury oasis that you will want to hang out all day at or spend the day in town and be so happy you have such a clean restful place to come back too. Even after dining in town a couple time we still enjoyed the food and service more at the Hideaway. This truly is a special place with very special staff.

Stayed: December 2013
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Additional Information about 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 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Price Range: $109 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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