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“Dont need an alarm clock, you have howler monkeys in the back yard!”
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Hotel Giada
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Toronto, Canada
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420 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
“Dont need an alarm clock, you have howler monkeys in the back yard!”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

I stayed there on Feb 14 and 15 part of a big tour trough Costa Rica. The best thing that i remember is the shower. From San Jose and Arenal to Nicoya I went from one hotel to another and none had a decent shower. Here was heaven. Large shower with good pressure. I loved the place right off the bat!
The room was really large, nice double bed and a beautiful balcony facing the street. I was worried about the street noise in the night time, but it dies out after the restaurants around close, about 10 pm. Staff is very helpful, they all speak English well, parking is right in front of the hotel. Food, everywhere around. I ate twice at a restaurant on the beach and breakfast across the street in a small house garden, I liked it.
Samara is a a small beach town, small shops, little restaurants and bars, all kind of people. it is a very safe place to be by yourself or family with kids.
Hotel has also a swimming pool, dint use it, i went around and checked all the beaches around Samara. Nice drive on the country roads with beautiful small beaches and small local restaurants. I was there for the scenery not the beach.
Yes, the hotel is somewhere in the middle of the ranks for Samara but it is nice and affordable. I only pair $127US for two nights. Fully recommended!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was happy to you and your group here at Hotel Giada and that you enjoyed the hotel and Samara and the beaches. We hope you and your group will return to Costa Rica and Hotel Giada.
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

My wife and I had the opportunity to stay at the Giada Hotel (on Feb 2014) for the third time and as usual it was not a disappointment. The personnel and the facilities are up to our standards. It is very convenient located in Samara downtown where all the actions is happening.
The hotel is very clean and the employees are very friendly. The morning breakfast was very good with a varieties ranging from "tipico" which is rice and beans with scramble eggs (named "gallo pinto"), Continental and American; so there is a little bit for everyone to choose from.
I am from Costa Rica and my wife from Canada y we did really enjoy the Giada Hotel. The only recommendation that I can make is that they should start to think in replacing the TV for flat screens (not a major thing) so it will be up to the rest of the hotel facilities.

Odir Rodriguez A.
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Carnival Corp.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was glad to have you back here at Hotel Giada. We are happy that you enjoyed the hotel and the restaurant. Yes we are changing the TV's to flat screens little by little. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks.
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La Crescenta, California
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

The room was charming with a balcony that overlooked the garden and one of the pools. The room was very comfortable, clean and attractively furnished. It is right on the main street with numerous restaurants and shops all along the street and the beach is a very short walk away. The hotel had a restaurant where we had breakfast, which was excellent. The staff was friendly and we would stay there again and recommend it to friends planning a visit.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was glad to have you here at Hotel Giada and that you enjoyed the hotel as well as Playa Samara. We hope you will return soon as well as to Costa Rica.
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Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the two small pools, great Italian restaurant and very friendly service. It is clean save and value for money. Rooms in the back have better view, the once upstairs more privacy. TV has many channels. AC works great.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We was glad to have you here at Hotel Giada and that you enjoyed the hotel. Thanks and we hope to see you again soon.
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St. Albert, Canada
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed here a couple nights in November 2013. Room was nice and the bed was comfortable. The staff were all really nice and friendly! The restaurant served delicious food. Just a short walk to the beach. Woke up to the sound of howler monkeys for the first time. What a sound! There main pool area was great!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We was happy to have you here and that you enjoyed the hotel and restaurant. We hope you will be back to Hotel Giada as well as Costa Rica. Happy Holidays.
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New Market, Alabama
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

First room they put me in was a disaster. AC didn't work, it was very small (not much room for anything but the bed), bathroom door groaned on its hinges badly. Water pipes are backwards, so if you turn your shower to 'hot', you'll get cold water--but they didn't tell me that when I checked in. After two days, they moved me to another room which was much better.
Didn't matter as far as the noise, though...this place is on the main drag, so starting at roughly 5:30AM, you're going to be woke up by vehicle noise.

If you're the type of person who needs to stay in touch with their world, I'd be careful here--the wifi connection was sketchy at best.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Thank you for your review on Trip Adviser. As a rule when the AC doesn’t work in a room and if it can’t be fix right away we would move the clients to another room.With the bathroom door and the hot water if you would of reported to the front desk it would have been taken care of as soon as possible. The noise from the main street we had not had any bad comment on this after the hotel change the doors to keep the noise out. Wifi in Samara could be better but the telephone company in Samara would have to take care of that. Thanks and we hope you will be back to Costa Rica.
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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Clean, comfortable rooms; friendly, helpful staff; good food and proximity to the Samara beach - what more could you want? Well, if that's not enough - there's wif, air conditioning, hot water for showers and two nice pools. Across the street is great little laundry service and tour/activity office. Did I mention two-for-one very good pizzas on...hmmm, I think it was Tuesday nights? Other than pizza, the food is mostly Tico and very well-prepared. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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giorgio c, Manager at Hotel Giada, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
Thank you for your comment on Trip Adviser. We thank you for staying in Hotel Giada and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your self here. we hope you will return to Hotel Giada as well as Costa Rica.
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Property: Hotel Giada
Address: Main street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
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Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
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