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“Beeing home in paradise away from tourist tracks” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Sol Samara
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Bodø, Norway
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beeing home in paradise away from tourist tracks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

Hotel Sol Sámara is a little paradise situated in the midst of the locals 100 yards from the most beautiful 5 km long and wide, breathtaking beach Playa Sámara. The hotel staff and the boss are so friendly and helpful, and they do everything to make you feel comfortable and at home!
It takes a car- or bus ride to get there, like almost one hour from the nearest bigger town, Nicoya, so it is situated quite far away from the tourist tracks which is nice if you enjoy more remote areas. It is a very quiet place, the nearest village with some small shops, is 3 kms away. There are several, nice restaurants in that village. You can walk along the beach to get to the village, it takes like 30-45 minutes. Or you can take a cab for 2000 colones (3 dollars). The staff will happily help you out to phone for a taxi. Life in the area is easygoing and slow. It is a remote area. You can breathe deeply here and relax. Beautiful sunsets. You almost have the beach for yourself. It is a perfect place to go surfing and swimming, and a lot of surfers stay around the village 3 kms away from the hotel. You can walk along the beach and contact the surfing offices directly. We went out on the Pacific Ocean to go fishing, we saw those big sea turtles swimming around in the ocean, there are whale and dolphin trips. We were 8 people (2 adults, one kid and 5 teenagers).
What really made our 10 days stay very beautiful and warmed our hearts, was the warmth and service provided 24/7 by the staff. They did everything for us! It was like beeing home with someone caring for us all the time. The rooms are nice and clean with very good AC, internet ok (falls out sometimes), the food excellent!! After we had been fishing, they prepared meals for us with our fish. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve was something special. They arranged meals and party just for us. I have never experienced such a serviceminded staff! They will be in my heart forever.
It is a place for rest, peace, beeing taken care of. Enjoy Sámara, the hotel, the staff and the surroundings!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank EllenBod_Norway
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Consuhotel, Director of Sales at Hotel Sol Samara, responded to this review, May 4, 2012
Dear friends, we really apreciate your comments.

It´s a big joy for all of us to hear that your and your family stay at the hotel, and at the beautiful beaches of Samara and Puerto Carrillo was so pleasant .

Your feedback commit ourselves to strive more and more each time.

We hope you come back soon.

Best regards,
Sol Samara Staff
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

Our stay in the Solsamara hotel was excellent, Leo at the reception was extremely helpful with lot's of attention. He was a precious help for booking and advising us for hotel in Arenal. Everything was booked and he manage to find us the best, The same for our planes tickets.
It make a real difference when staff are professional.
I highly recommended this Hotel also for the situation, only 100 meters from the beach, delicious pancake and price for value and service.
Thank you Leo.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank frantz p
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Bangor, Maine
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed one night at Hotel Sol Samara as we made our way from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa. In short, we found this hotel truly delightful and to be exactly what we had hoped for. From the start, Leo and the staff were wonderful, helpful and accommodating in everyway. Our second-floor room was clean and spacious, the air-conditioning superb, and the outside chairs by the room's door were quite pleasant for sitting and enjoying the view over the garden and pasture. (It's also a good place for checking email, as there was no signal within the room itself.) The complimentary breakfast was great (authentic offerings), although our dinner was a disappointment -- which we attributed to a large tour group that had ordered right before us, which we suspect discombobulated the otherwise efficient kitchen. We liked the off-the-beaten-path aspect of Hotel Sol Samara, being far from the hustle and bustle of Samara although only a 3-minute walk to the quiet end of the beach (and only a 5-minute drive to the incomparable Playa Carrillo). As other reviewers have noted, you probably will wake up to (or be woken up by) roosters and perhaps a barking dog or two. Also, the walk to the beach reveals the poverty you easily find throughout Costa Rica. If such things bother you, Hotel Sol Samara is not for you. As for my wife and me, we would come back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank theo16
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Long Beach, California
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in January 2012 and had a great room. It was located on the second floor, and was at the back end of the hotel above the pool (I think the room was called Pura Vida). The room had 2 doors that opened onto the deck/porch that had lounge chairs overlooking the grassy area. In addition you could see the ocean through the trees from the porch. When we arrived the staff brought us 2 fruit smoothie drinks that were refreshing were a really nice touch. The staff really went the extra mile. The first day our water pressure was not strong and we mentioned it to the front desk and they had it fixed in 10 or 15 minutes. And- we also awoke to the sound of roosters crowing, and a pair of loud parrots squawking, however we heard these sounds all throughout our Costa Rica vacation. We were really impressed with the air conditioning unit in our room. I don’t think I have ever experienced such a quiet AC unit that was not a central air unit. And it was very effective in our room keeping it well chilled despite the high humidity outside. I would stay at this hotel again and would recommend it to others.

Room Tip: Second Floor- Room furthest back end unit is large and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RTTravels
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Utah
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30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

Hotel Sol Samara is located in between the town of Samara and Carillo beach. It is best to have a car if you stay here. It is located in a residential area. If you want to sleep bring earplugs. The dogs bark all night and the roosters start crowing at around 4 am. It is about one block walk to the beach. The hotel itself is nice. We had a room on the 2nd floor and had a view of the ocean through the trees from our front door. The rooms are clean and look fairly new. There is a/c, a safe and pool towels. There is a rooftop bar and a very small pool (about the size of two hot tubs) at the rear of the property. There is a restaurant on site. Our breakfast was included and you ordered off of a menu - typical, continental, pancakes or french toast. The breakfast was good. There is free internet. They also have boogie boards for guests to use and a sea kayak for $10 per hour. The beach area is very nice. It is about a 15 minute walk along the beach to the town of Samara. This hotel is very close to Villas Playa Samara. Travel 5 min to Carillo beach - it is beautiful. Would recommend this hotel although it was very difficult to sleep (reason for the average rating).

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sunandsnowUtah
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Costa Rica
Level Contributor
46 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

My wife and I spend 3 nights during New Year's eve weekend. While when we arrived we were concerned about the location as we were traveling with some friends that were staying on a hotel in downtown Samara, it turned out to be a blessing. We were able to sleep peacefully while our friends had to deal with the noise of the "Fiestas" in downtown which didn't quiet down until the wee hours of the morning. The staff is amazing and always looking to help you out, even taking us downtown themselves when we asked for a cab! It is very close to the beach, but in the more private and secluded part of it. The food was very good, and they have happy hour on the 3rd floor deck which rocks!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank SmartNameHere
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Downey, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

This is a very, very nice, clean and super friendly hotel in Playa Samara, I stayed there 3 days and the owners were really friendly. Breakfast is included and the food is very good, prepared to your like. If you want a place to relax and get away from the noise... this is it!

Room Tip: The rooms were super clean and air-conditioned. very comfortable.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank Ese_Cheyo
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Property: Hotel Sol Samara
Address: Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Sol Samara 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sol Samara is located within walking distance of Playa Samara and very close to Puerto Carrillo Beach, two of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and Central America, according to expert travel critics such as Trip Advisor.You will be greeted at our hotel with authentic Costa Rican charm and courteous service, making you feel at home from the moment of your arrival. Hotel Sol Samara offers within its facilities an open air lobby cafe/lounge, a restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and a pool. Rooms offer new features such as flat screen TVs, telephones and air-conditioning, all of which can be left behind at your choice to fade into the relaxing tropical paradise Samara Beach.From the hotel, you can enjoy unforgettable tours and guided activities such as kayaking and snorkeling trips to Isla Chora, turtle observation tours to Playa Camaronal or Ostional National Park, tours to Palo Verde, guided trips to the Barra Honda Caverns, Dolphin watching tours, bird watching tours on bike, tours with the crocodiles and many adventure activities like the fun banana boat ride and the innovative Stand up and Paddle in Playa Samara. You can simply relax in our facilities or explore this vast beach and enjoy the extraordinary sunsets of Playa Samara, participate in the traditions and culture of the Samara community and surrounding villages as well as the colonial city of Nicoya. Observe and share experiences with local families and learn about artisan lobster fishing. ... more   less 
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