We stayed 4 nights at Hotel Fenix with our two-year-old. My parents stayed two nights in the adjoining room before heading back to the US a little before us. The rooms have high ceilings, ceiling fans, screened windows (no A/C). They are equipped with a basic kitchen for simple meal preparation. We could see the ocean and lovely grove of palm trees from our rooms. We took our tables out to the patio in front of the room and ate outside, where we could best enjoy the views. This is not a fancy place, but it is incredibly serene and relaxing and the very best views. The maid came and cleaned each day. Our hostess, Phyllis, was lovely. She is a native of Seattle, WA, and made us feel very comfortable. She walked by the rooms many times each day to talk to her guests and answer questions. She fixed our son up with a big crate of sand toys.
We felt like this was a good place to stay with children, just so calm and low-key and great to be right on the beach. We saw several other kids here, as well as single couples.
There is a convenience store very close by (about 100 feet from the hotel). Being able to cook our own breakfasts and lunches saved money and just made us feel more at home and relaxed. Really helps with kids, too, who get the munchies at odd times.
Note: The beach directly in front of the hotel is a little rocky/coral pieces that are sharp to step on. If you walk a little south or a little north, there are fewer rocks.
DO bring bug spray for the beach and maybe some "After Bug Bite" spray. The bug bites are a very minor inconvenience, so don't worry about them, but helps to be prepared.
The walk along the beach into town and restaurants is lovely, but best to get a taxi home if after dark, since the beach is not lit. A taxi back to the hotel costs $2-4.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Six time winner of the Traveller's Choice Award for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2009! Thank you to all of our wonderful guests. We are a small (6 rooms), beach-front hotel just footsteps from the ocean. Our rooms are clean, colorful and comfortable. We are NOT an all-inclusive, luxury resort. More like your place at the beach, but with someone else doing the daily cleaning, changing the linens and yard work. The rooms are in a semi-circle and face the pool, gardens and the ocean. (see photos) Great way to meet new people and exchange information and stories. We have been here 17 years managing our "little piece of paradise". Our front yard is sand with ranchos and palm trees for plenty of shade. Hammocks, sunbeds, small pool, gardens and BBQ complete our front yard. All of our rooms have fully equipped kitchens with separate bedroom. The deluxe room has AC & widescreen TV. Standard rooms have upper and lower screened windows and two ceiling fans. Our neighborhood has a small grocery store & fish market, along with local deliveries of fruits and fresh ceviche. An enjoyable 15 minute walk to Samara Central. Most of our guests return or have been recommend by friends. Thank you for considering our special place by the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fenix Hotel Playa Samara