This was our fifth family vacation in Costa Rica and also the fifth time we stayed at the Fenix. It feels like it has become something like a second home and we always enjoy staying there with our two kids (6 and 11 years).
It is one of the very few places at the Pacific side in Costa Rica that is located directly on the beach. The perfect place to relax in one of the hammocks or comfortable beach chairs that are provided by the hotel. The hotel is very well maintained and nicely located a little outside of Samara's downtown area - therefore its beach is never crowded, yet the hotel is close enough for a leisurely walk along the beach to downtown restaurants for dinner.
Some of the rooms have been recently renovated and they are in stunning condition. Very creatively done with high quality materials. All new and state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen area. The new air conditioning really helped to cut down on the humidity (we always visit Costa Rica in the 'green' season). All of the six suites face a small but very clean and well-maintained pool. Perfect to watch the kids splashing in the water while sitting in front of the room or while preparing lunch in the kitchen.
The owners take well care of their property and clean the rooms, swimming pool, the tropical garden and even a long stretch of the beach on a daily basis. There are boogie boards and some toys for the guests to use and the fridge in the bodega is always well stocked with beers, sodas, juices and other beverages. Anytime you need travel advice or some insider tips about where to go and what to do - ask Bill or Phyllis. They are very helpful.
And be sure not to miss out on Jessica's fantastic cinnamon rolls and other freshly baked goodies.
- 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