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Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 15, 2010

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in January and had a great time. We liked the beach of Samara very much, it's good for swimming and very tranquil. The Lodge is located 1 km from the town, but you don't want to walk because it's a dusty road. There is a good (Eco Friendly) solution: rent a bike (even if you're not Dutch :-) ) We had 'beach-cruisers' but you can also rent mountain bikes. I think we payed 25 dollars for 2 bikes, 3 days. That's not much.

Clemence, the owner of the Lodge knows where you can rent them. Because she knows everything you need. She knows the meaning of hospitality.and helped us very much with her recommendations. Helped us booked a tour (cheaper than the one they sell down town), helped us look for a next hotel and gave us some good restaurant suggestions. But if you don't want to eat out, you just can stay at the Lodge because they have the best Chef in town. Even if you decide not to stay here, you have to check out the food at night. (Menu changing daily) The price is a little higher then 'typical food' but for 10 euro's (for a main course) you have excellent food! It's worth it.

The rooms are a little bit simple. We had a spacious room but they could have done a little bit more with it. The air-conditioning wasn't working as strong as we experienced in other places we've stayed, but we could have change rooms if we wanted to. Maybe a tip for the future, but for now: we enjoyed our stay very much, the staff is very friendly and helpful.

ps: best Italian in Samara is El Dorado, thinnest pizza crust I have ever tasted. And you should check out Shake's Joe for an afternoon drink or snack.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

My dad, my husband, my 9 year old boy and I had a great time at the hotel.
The pool is nice and has confortable pool chairs.
The food was excellent.
The room has a small terrace and we enjoyed the country view with cattle, and monkeys,
The hotel is near from beatiful beaches like Samara, Carrillo, Buena Vista (minutes from the hotel) and Nosara (1 hour aprox).
Dear Clemence thanks for all.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 17, 2009

We stayed at Samara Pacific Lodge for 5 nights and couldn't have been happier. It is located about 1 Km from town and the main beach. I would suggest that you rent a scooter or car if you do not like walking. We rented a scooter and it was very convenient. I prefer their more isolated location than being right in town, since it is quiet and peaceful. The staff was very nice and gladly helped us with arranging tours.

They offer different dishes for dinner every night, if you want to eat there, which are usually cheaper then eating at a sit-down restaurant in town. Breakfast was great, and I especially enjoyed the different fresh juices every morning, very refreshing!

Our room was in the main two story building on the second floor. The room was plenty big and had a nice back porch that we used to dry our wet clothes. The bed was big and comfortable, the air conditioner worked well and the cleaning crew did a great job. My only suggestion would be to perform a little maintentaince on the shower head. There were streams of cold water coming out during our showers. I am sure they would have fixed it right away but we kept forgetting to bring it to their attention. Anyway, this was minor and did not affect our enjoyment at all.

I would recommend Samara Pacific Lodge to anyone staying in Samara, thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

Hi to all,

If you plan to go to Costa Rica, you HAVE TO go to the Pacific Coast, any tico or tica will tell you this. It's the nicest coast with the nicest beaches!!!

If you plan to go on the Pacific Coast, you HAVE TO go to Samara, it's the cutest LITTLE town, a mix between a traditionnal coastal town and a now becomming hype spot for Tourism where IT IS happening but not too over crowded yet, just the perfect combo!!!

Now if you plan to go to Samara, you HAVE TO go to SAMARA PACIFIC LODGE!!!!
This place is just PERFECT: perfect for singles to mingle with other people, meet hot surfers on the beach (male OR female) talk to the very friendly staff: local staff and super cool French owners (yes there ARE cool French people! :) Clemence and Lionel are the perfect example.

Perfect for couples who want to keep it intimate, on a honey moon or just a trip.

Perfect for a long stay or a short week end.

Perfect for families as you have the convenience of the swimming pool and the proximity of 2 beaches walking distance from the hotel on your left or on your right when you gte out, you choose!!!! Kids want to come back !

Perfect to relax by the pool, to have fun at the bar, to have a nice break fast or dinner at the restaurant (the best cook ever, all Samara knows that by now!!! Locals come as well !!) or perfect have fun at the little BBQ parties on Thursday nights!

Perfect to observe the iguana by the pool, the butterflies flying around the multiple flowers, the colibries in the trees and the monkeys jumping from branch to branch just over your head when you're in the swimming pool!!!

Perfect to take the hotest pictures of what will undoubtebly be your most spectacular trip ever....

Just one thing at this point... I still can't tell if it felt like being with friends or being at home.,.. People are so nice.,.. it felt like both I guess.

This place is a 100% MUST!!!!!

Have a nice trip!
PURA VIDA!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 9, 2009

My partner and I ( americans living in Paris ) stayed at samara pacific lodge 5 days early august. We loved the hotel. Clean, excellent food, full attention from owners and staff, far enough from busy and noisy village center but close enough to reach the nearby beaches. Excellent road signs in the village to find the hotel located few minutes from center.
Nice clean rooms, hotel totally renovated, large chlorine free swimming pool, lovely gardens with tropicals plants....

claire.ferlet@hotmail.fr

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

I just want to confirm what i have learned before to go to samara on this website, it's absolutly true !
This hotel is particulay wonderfull ! It's not in the town center where cars truck and quad bike are noisy, but not too far also (1km). It's just near two beaches very different the one from the other. The first one Buenavista, is the better to see a beautiful sunset, and the other one "Samara" is much more for the surf, sunbath...
Rooms are very confortable and clean. The swimming pool is huge and it is so wonderfull to swim just next to monkeys !
What else....you absolutly have to test the caipirina to the bar, and to have a diner in the restaurant where the food is delicious...
I think that I will always remember my stay in this place, thanks also to the couple of French's owner ! There are so friendly !

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2009

What a wonderful place! The owners of the Samara Pacific Lodge are a young couple full of love and enthousiasm!
The lodge is located 800m from the beach in the middle of the nature (a chance to see birds and monkeys and to enjoy a very quiet place). No need at all to take the car: the true "farniente"!
The pool is beautiful and very clean (as the rooms). Moreover you can enjoy very tasty meals and breakfasts and a large choice of natural fruit juices!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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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: $69 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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