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Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
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Montreal, Canada
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“A lovely stay with a personal touch!”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

We stayed in Samara for 5 nights during our holiday in Costa Rica and we had a fantastic time. I would say that the friendliness of the hotel staff really made our stay enjoyable in Samara.

Granted, the hotel is not on the beach, it isn't far either. If you have a car, it's a very quick car ride and you can find parking absolutely anywhere, once in town. From hotel door, to lying down on your towel on the beach, maximum 10 minutes. You can also walk if you like and that might be more like 20 minutes. Samara is a wonderful small town where you can walk around, go for runs, plenty of souvenir shops, restaurants, convenience stores.

What was nice about the Hotel was that once we had had a lot of beach time, we could rest at the hotel and then spend more time in the pool to finish the day. Travelling with our 8 month old son, this was crucial to enjoying our time in the sun. Plus, the beach has no shade, so staying by the pool can be more useful at times.

We dined here every night because we could put our son to bed and then be in close proximity, while enjoying a nice meal. The meals were delicious! Very copious and succulent meat. We looked forward to seeing the menu daily. Now while we ate here every night because it was just more convenient for us, whether you stay here or not, do plan to eat at their restaurant at least once!!!

The owners are absolutely delightful and they have a wonderful team. I felt they made an effort to make everyone's stay pleasant and they do take the time to talk to you. Of course after 5 days we had plenty of time, and it was appreciated.

The rooms were comfortable and had all the amenities we needed. They are compact, but we still felt we had room to move around and let all our luggage explode around. Keep in mind, we also had a pack n play in there and we didn't feel that it was too small.

Value for money, we were very happy with this choice and would recommend it to anyone who is OK with staying just a few minutes away from the beach for a nice experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Bowen Island, Canada
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We just returned from 4 nights at the Pacific Lodge. We had a lovely stay. This was the last part of our trip so we wanted to relax and soak up the last of the rays while we had a chance. Clémence, the owner, is super hardworking and kind. She upgraded our room and took good care of us during our time there. The service was excellent as well. Both servers we had were lovely people. The included breakfast was the best of any hotel, it was delicious and there was a lot of choice. The restaurant was also excellent. Super fresh and delicious. The chef is fantastic and made me a salad one evening that I wished I had taken a photo of. It was a piece of art. The rooms were comfortable, with air conditioning, and very clean. There is also a hang out space with a few board games at the hotel and my kids really enjoyed playing with Jenga when they were tired of the pool! I'd recommend this hotel if you are in the Samara area.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Samara Pacific Lodge is at the same time close to "downtown" Samara and far enough that you can just stay there and enjoy your evening by the pool and take a break from the beach. We found ourselves very lucky to stay in room 14, which had beautiful french doors and a little patio at the back. We did't dine at the hotel's restaurant before the very last night, which is a shame because it was easily the best bang/buck we found in the city. Great steak. Our hosts were very friendly and I would really recommend this hotel if you speak French.

Room Tip: Room 14 was simply the best
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Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

I stayed at the Samara Pacific Lodge for 6 nights in December, and cannot say enough about how much, I enjoyed my stay. The owners are wonderful friendly people, and so helpful. Their restaurant has the best food in the area, and better than most restaurants I have experienced in the US. The entire staff was so friendly, and genuine, I felt like I had, made new friends, and look forward to staying their again. Thanks again for a great time Greg.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at Samara Pacific Lodge for three nights in December 13. Rooms were simply decorated but very clean and spacious. Nice pool and tasty breakfast. Just wish it was a bit closer to town, 15 mins walk.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

The location is just outside the centre of samara, which is why having a bike or car is recommended. The accomodations and it's facilities look really nice; food is good, pool looks really nice, surroundings are green. The room are good, quite basic, but nice. The downside is that our room had no wifi in the room, even though this was indicated at booking. Another downside was that the walls are not very soundproof as we could hear our neighbours conversations. For us the wifi was the most inconvenienent as we booked this locations especially to work out the rest of our itinerary.. All in all, except for the wifi/non-soundproof rooms, a really nice lodge!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

The owners are fantastic people and so helpful. The hotel itself is nice, clean, confortable, relaxing with a nice pool and great restaurant. The small city of Samara is very nice with great beaches and great activities to do. We enjoyed our stay and would love to come back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
Address: Camino Playa Buenavista, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
#5 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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