My friend and I purchased a Groupon deal for a week stay at this Hotel. We had a wonderful time!
First of all, the hotel is beautiful. It is lush and green, steps away from the beach, and iguanas and birds are everywhere. The pool was clean and refreshing, and has a wet bar that you can swim right up to and order a drink. The restaurant was nice with decent food and enough variety for a weeks stay. Some rooms are definitely better than others, but overall we were comfortable.
When we checked in, Jose had told us that they had made a mistake and put us in a room with one king bed (I was travelling with my female friend) and that the next day they would switch us to a different room. We were taken to a room that was attached to a villa that another family was staying in, which made us think that perhaps they had accidentally overbooked for that night. This might have been more bothersome for us if we hadn't checked in so late in the evening, but since it was late we weren't in the room for very long anyway, so it didn't really bother us. The room was, however, less comfortable than we were expecting, because the ceiling fan was very loud and the room did not have a safe in it. Jose was very sweet and apologetic, and the next day while we were hanging out at the pool he went ahead and moved all of our stuff to a new room for us. The new room was excellent, clean, had a safe, and was much closer to the pool, which we liked. We were very comfortable in that room for the remainder of the week.
We decided not to rent a car for this trip, and at no point during the week did we regret that decision. The roads are narrow and winding, and can be quite scary at points to people who are not used to them. The hotel offers transportation to and from Liberia Airport for $135 each way. I think there are some cheaper airport shuttles in town as well. Taxis into the town of Samara are $6, and any bar or restaurant in town will call a cab for you. Or, if you prefer, it is about a 20-30 minute walk along the beach back to the hotel. On our last day, we decided to rent a 4-wheeler and drove about 5 minutes from the hotel to Playa Carrillo, which is a beautiful, secluded, picturesque beach. I definitely recommend checking that beach out. If you don't want to rent a 4-wheeler like we did, you can rent a bike for very cheap, or just walk. We also did a few day trips through Monkey Tours, which you can book at the hotel with Steven. He is a good salesman and will try and get you to sign up for a number of excursions. All of the trips that we did were fantastic and very reasonably priced. If a full day of activity and adrenaline is your speed, I highly recommend the Adventure Tour to Rincon. It's a day full of horseback riding, whitewater tubing, swimming, zip line canopy tour, and hot springs! It was so much fun! We felt like we had the perfect mix of activity and relaxation during our vacation.
The staff at the hotel were all so nice to us. Jose was always making sure that we were comfortable. Jorge was our favorite bartender; he always made very good drinks! Alex served us breakfast most days we were there and he was always very sweet. We went on the kayak tour with Steven, and he was very knowledgable and knew exactly what he was doing. He also hooked us up with all of the day trips that we did.
Overall, we both had an excellent experience at Hotel Villas Playa Samara. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the area, and how wonderful the staff was to us. Potentially there are some organizational issues, based on our experience with our first room that we had, but this did not negatively impact our vacation. We would definitely consider coming back here again!
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