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Montelaguna Boutique Hotel
Ranked #10 of 32 Playa Samara B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 8, 2014

My wife and I were fortunate to find the newly-opened Monelaguna during the second of our recent three week vacation in Costa Rica after exploring the rain and cloud forest In Monteverde and the southern Pacific coast near Uvita and Dominical. We then settled in at the Montelaguna Boutique Hotel and quickly decided to spend the remaining 12 days of our holiday in Costa Rica there. It just made sense for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, we appreciated the relaxed, helpful and friendly presence of owners Georgia and Mario. Whether we needed advice on how to do excursions, put transportation in place for getting to the Liberia airport for our departure home to Canada, or book a reservation for a sumptuous meal at the hotel restaurant, we could always depend on Georgia and Mario. Physically, the hotel also has lots to offer. It’s tastefully constructed and furnished, with spacious rooms with comfortable, king sized beds and balconies, and a large pool with comfortable outdoor furniture and shaded areas.
The hotel’s location is a real plus, with easy, walking access to two beaches and two towns, Samara and Carillo. Samara has lots of good restaurants, a helpful information centre and spectacular sunsets. Playa Carillo is the best beach we found in Costa Rica…quiet, clean, and perfect for swimming and long walks. especially in the early mornings and late afternoons.
We’ll miss Georgia, Mario and their children. I have no hesitation in recommending the hotel for others to visit, relax and enjoy.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Beautiful new hotel in Samara just about two blocks from the beach. I was there on business with 4 other men and we had rooms that connected together. The hotel is beautiful, well designed and has a wonderful ambiance that is relaxing. Grounds, rooms, pool were all clean and well maintained. Hot water, air conditioning worked great. Sheets, towels clean and fresh. They have a breakfast buffet that had lots of fruit, some cereals, toast, two juices and coffee. Dinner was Italian with hand made Ravioli. Also had fresh fish. Beds were great. Owners were on site and served us all the time. They live there too. We will be going back there!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

This small hotel is intimate, beautifully designed down to the last detail and, best of all, TOTALLY relaxing. The tasteful rooms are simple and zen-like (the owner is Italian and an architect) against the backdrop of the endless color outside, and the bed is indeed incredibly comfortable. Everything is perfectly maintained and eating at tables around the pool encourages everyone to chat and become friends. The cobalt blue pool also deserves mentioning - it is too beautiful to stay out of. My ceiling fan and the breeze outside from my lovely balcony overlooking the jungle with wild horses grazing in the underbrush made it unnecessary to ever turn on the air conditioning. The walls are cement by necessity so WIFI does work better poolside- not exactly a hardship.

The hotel's location a few minutes walk away from two spectacular beaches is a rarity, and in addition there are endless excursions and activities nearby. (I went surfing, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling and on a boat ride to see dolphins, turtles and whales- all arranged by the hotel). There is also the convenience of having a restaurant on site, with a great Italian cook in the kitchen. You feel totally spoiled.

But the biggest asset of this hotel are its owners, Giorgia and GianMario, who, along with their three small children, welcome and befriend you in their little paradise set in gorgeous gardens. It was very hard not only to leave this Eden -like place, but to leave them as well. It remains one of those places that you remember fondly and frequently. I am gushing a bit, but it is one of those rare places that stick with you and that you can not stop telling people about. Giorgia, I miss your fine company and will be back!

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Charming boutique hotel very well located - walking distance to playa Samara & playa Carrillo. Owners were friendly & helpful. Rooms aren't luxurious but very spacious and comfortable, and feature awesome beds! The triple rooms have a private garden at the back.
Wifi is free in the common areas but didn't work in the rooms which is too bad - not sure if this has been fixed since our stay (the hotel had just opened at the time)
We highly recommend this hotel and would not hesitate to go back!! If you're looking for a small, quiet and intimate place to stay in Samara - look no further.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

From the moment we arrived, we where welcomed into the family with openness. Our room was clean, comfortable and the beds where outstanding. From the continental breakfast to the individually prepared dinner, I would have to say it was the best we had while in Samara and would be a welcome to some of the starred restaurants we have eaten at. As for the location, being just approximately 200 meters from either Playa Carrillo the less crowded and Playa Samara which has more beach front businesses, I would say it is ideal. While we had a vehicle from Avis and could drive, it would have not been difficult to bike or walk to either beach. The service we received from the staff was excellent and the owners being on property made it totally excellent. An added benefit was watching the owners children (9,7 and 5 I think) interact with children of another family which was staying at the hotel. To sum it up; If you DO NOT want to be accepted as family and treated special while having a relaxing and most rewarding stay, book at a different location.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

We travelled Costa Rica for three weeks and this hotel is without doubt the best we visited.
It is located between two of the best beaches Carrillo and Samara and is peaceful and like a big villa in a green garden. The owners are italian and we were welcomed with smiles and humor. We felt like coming home to an exclusive and caring atmosphere.
The rooms have ac but it wasn't needed because of the architecture which makes the place perfect for the hot season. The bed is almost a review worth in itself, really comfortable and big, placed so we could enjoy the view of the treetops.
There is an italian chef cooking for you and the food is amazing, true italian homemade. After two weeks of beans and Casada, it was really nice to eat italian. They even have limoncello which made me extra happy.
The pool is built so the water is in constant movement which makes for a cooling dip in the afternoon heat. We chose to stay here a whole week, both because of the hotal, the people, the beach and nature around it - and we will come back!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

This is a gem of a place, well situated between busy Samara and the quieter and even more beautiful Carrillo beach. It doesn't matter that it is not close to either town (although it's only 5 minutes walk from either beach) because it has a little shop, a cafe, and above all it serves the best food in the area. The beds are incredibly comfortable, the rooms a good size and the air-con is splendid.
The best thing about this hotel is the way in which guests are treated. The Italian-English-Spanish-speaking hosts and lovely staff really know and care about customer service, and I felt welcomed and valued as a guest. The ambiance is cool European chic, and yet it's family and child friendly as well as being a romantic setting for couples.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle principal por Carrillo, frente Punto Indio, Playa Samara 2235, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Samara
Price Range: $93 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Montelaguna Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for a quiet place to stay, somewhere nesteled in the greenery of Costa Ricas' nature, and very close to two beautiful beaches, consider Montelaguna Boutique Hotel.Our brand new hotel has been made with you in mind. We have all types of rooms and suites to accomodate the single traveller up to a small family reunion. Our goal is to make your vacation a memorable one. ... more   less 
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