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El Pequeno Gecko Verde
Ranked #3 of 32 Playa Samara B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I have been travelling a lot all over the world and this is actually the best hotel I have ever been to. Not the most posh, but the best. It is small and very beautiful, the garden is a big botanical garden with different plants and animals living in it. The cabins are simple but beautifully decorated and very clean and comfortable. It gets totally dark in the night and the only sounds you hear are all the animals...

The pool is really beautiful and you have it by yourself almost all day long. The staff is very friendly and the owners really helped us in many ways, since we were travelling with our nine months old daughter who got ill during our stay.

Breakfast is nice and the only problem here is that the hotel is too small to host a restaurant and a five minutes ride with the car from all the restaurants in Playa Samara, but the hotel is cooperating with four restaurants in Playa Samara so you can get food delivered from them in thirty minutes.

I would definitely recommend anyone to go to Gecko Verde and I really hope we will be able to come back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

El Gecko is an amazing place for people who love tropical plants and flowers. The bungalows are well designed with appealing features. The pool offers a peaceful setting to relax and listen to the surrounding fauna. For a dinner, I would recommend the restaurant close on the beach "El Lagarto", great food!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Our cabin was so beautiful, private, and peaceful. The outdoor shower was particularly awesome. We walked to town in about 15-20 minutes, a very nice stroll and we saw some howler monkeys on the way. The private beach was very nice but there were large rocks in the water so didn't swim. Totally recommend staying here if you're looking for relaxing atmosphere.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
Thank K H
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Our first 12 days in costa Rica were spent on a tour over most of the beautiful country. We Zip Lined,White Water Rafted,Hiked,visited with a school,and ate great food. I must say it was a rapid fire excursion to many places.
We were so foutunate to find this romantic,quiet,green gem at the end of our busy journey. We spent time at the secret beach,riding our rickity bikes to town,cooking our own food,playing chess,and truly unwinding at El Pequeno Geko Verde. We have traveled many places,but I think this is perhaps the most comfortable place we have stayed. The staff were friendly,efficient and made our stay memorable. The next time we come to Costa Rica,this will be our only stop.

Room Tip: Any Room is Good!
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mark W
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay! We showed up frazzled after a 4 hour drive and were greeted by Dana who was very easy going and kind. She fixed us up a refreshing drink (free) and showed us to our bungalow. The Bungalow was beautiful. It was clean and smelled wonderful. We really enjoyed the design. You can see the pride the owners and people working there have in their place. The pictures really do not do justice to the beauty of the place nor can you get a feel for the serenity it provides. Yes, it is not right on the Samara beach but we appreciated being away from the sights and sounds of the town and enjoyed being able to see and hear the monkeys, lizards, birds etc. The private beach is not one you can swim at but my husband and I enjoyed the sun set as well as sitting in the pools of water and watching the fish. After 14 years of marriage and two kids we appreciated the slower, calmer, quieter pace and only regretted not getting to spend more time there. We will return.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I LOVED LOVED LOVED my 8 days at El Pequeno. Nathalie and Dana and all the staff were wonderfully friendly and attentive. The grounds and rooms are extraordinary! The grounds are lush and t he rooms are just gorgeous. The outdoor shower sent me over the edge.
Tip - We rented bicycles through El Pequeno and used them to travel the short distance to town every day.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Dru R
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Gecko Verde was our favorite place we stayed at during our visit to Costa Rica. Beautiful spot located just a short distance from town, provided a nice relaxing, quite stay. Woke up to Howler monkeys in the morning. The staff was very helpful, setting up surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and dinner reservations. The Samara coast lines are beautiful and fairly mellow. Spent a lot of time just relaxing in the hammocks.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Christina T
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Address: Camino Buena Vista | Cantarrana, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Samara
Price Range: $95 - $207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Pequeño Gecko Verde is a small Boutique Hotel in Sámara beach, at the edge of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The hotel consists of beautiful villas, luxurious bungalows and romantics rooms, arranged to maximize privacy, in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden. Located 5 minutes by car from the central village of Sámara and its gorgeous fine sand beach, El Pequeño Gecko Verde is far from the crowd and the noise, immersed in the most tropical and the most quiet and serene part of the area. This privileged location in Sámara makes the hotel a unique oasis and the perfect compromise between beach and nature. It's also the ideal starting point for discovering the beaches of Buena Vista, Barrigona, Carrillo, San Miguel as well as numerous activities in and around the hotel and surrounding area. El Pequeño Gecko Verde is a small Boutique Hotel in Sámara beach, at the edge of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Nestled in the midst of centenarian trees and a lush tropical garden, the property is home to more than one hundred species of trees and tropical plants. As the flora and fauna occupy an essential importance to our setting, you will without a doubt witness some of the numerous animals which live all around the hotel, such as: monkeys, coatimundis, armadillos, raccoons, anteaters, squirrels, jaguarundis, agoutis, amphibians, iguanas, as well as many birds and butterflies... ... more   less 
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