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“Finally saw sunshine here.”
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Hostel Matilori
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LEJ45
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80 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Finally saw sunshine here.”
Reviewed June 24, 2011

This hotel was wonderful and here we saw our first rays of sunshine during our rainy Costa Rica trip. My husband and I stayed here because of the price (great), but we were stunned with how nice the lovely owners are. We stayed in the littler of the two buildings on the property. Our room was the smallest, but that is all that we needed for our purposes—getting out and exploring the area. Really, there’s not a whole lot to do as far as activities go unless you truly seek them out in the area of Samara. (Tip: Playa Carrillo is another equally nice beach just south of Samara.) However, walking along the beach is very scenic and relaxing. One night we even saw a bull rodeo at the local bull ring, which was maybe 200 yards from this place. (Tip: GO to one of these if you can. Hilarious. Drunken locals hop into the ring as the cowboys try to wrangle the bull who just recently bucked the bull rider off. Also, pay to stand next to the bull ring fence… more exciting that way and cheaper!) Back to the hotel: the place is lovely and has a computer with internet, a fully equipped kitchen, and a nice area to sit outside and relax (even in a hammock). The ooooonly downside to our stay was that a Costa Rican family with about 4 or 5 teenagers was staying on our side of the hotel; with one bathroom ion this side, there tended to be a fight to get to it to use the shower... so hopefully you won't have that bad timing.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Rehovot, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 19, 2010

W were in this posada for three nights. we weren't sure about staying there for so long, but each day,beacuse it was such a great place, we decieded to stay another night... (our vacation were only three weeks in Costa Rica so we wanted to see a lot... but it was the longest we stayed in one place).
The place is very very clean, and the owners really make you feel at home. they also knows about the good beaches in that area, and they also told us about the big event which a lot of femals turtle r lying there eggs, without them telling us that we wouldnt know.
it also has a very nice kichen. a nice yard, close to the beach and located close to the center of Smara, but still it is a quiet place.
for a closer ill say that it was the best place we stayed in our honeymoon.
enjoy and Pura Vida

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

Very clean and friendly hotel. A nice place to stay over, the owners are very helpfull and friendly. Use of free internet, washing machine, kitchen, body boards ect. The rooms are spotless and the beach is very close. Overall a very good place to stay!!

Regards,
Koen, Maartje and Marieke from Holland

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

My Cousin and I stayed at the Posada Matilori for the second half of our 2 week trip to Costa Rica. The town was so nice and welcoming, and our experiences in Samara were amazing. I think staying at the Posada was a huge part of that. Stefano and Yorlenni were so sweet and helpful and just all around amazing people. We were sad to leave. The rooms were beautiful and the place was kept up immaculately. Having free laundry, internet and use of the kitchen was also a giant perk. I would definitely stay there again and will tell all my friends going to Samara to stay at Posada Matilori.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Berlin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 11, 2010

We were desperately looking for a good place where to sleep, after a nightmare night in hotel close to the beach. Luckily we found this nice place, in a side street, far enough from the noise, but at walking distance from the beach and amenities.

The description on Lonely planet guide is actually old: they have now 7 seven rooms and not 4, of different sizes and prices. They are divided in 2 small buildings. Both buildings have a common bathroom ad a big communal kitchen. The rooms are nicely decorated, and the woman of the house add here and there classy touches, like the fresh flower decorations on the freshly changed towels.

The bathroom is shared in both buildings: usually I prefer en suite, but the bathrooms were constantly cleaned, morning till evening and I felt perfectly ok in using them.
Also, our room was cleaned and the towels changed every day.

The Posada is quiet, super clean (the owners clean it from morning till evening continuously), and safe. There is free internet and a washing machine (a blessing for backpack travellers like us!).
The owners are very nice and helpful, and they speak spanish, english and italian.

We had also the the luck to see some monkeys passing by in the garden! Doesn't happen often, but can happen!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

Posada is a charming little (4 rooms) place with character. The Italian/Tico staff are incredibly friendly & helpful. The rooms are basic but clean and nicely liveable. It's a m-minute walk to the beach. Americans, be aware that It's not intended to be a 5-star hotel, and the bathrooms are shared, which is problematic for some. We would definitely return. It has a fully-stocked shared kitchen if you wish to cook.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Italy
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52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2009

Posada Matilori is really the best place we stayed in Costa Rica.
We arrived in Samara and had a walk around the beach to find a place to stay but there the cabinas are not so clean and comfortable.
Posada Matilori instead is great. My only problem, at the beginning when we had to chose, was the shared bathroom. I always prefer private bathroom because you never know how the other guests will act but in this case there was not a problem. Stefano and Yorlenny (the owners) keep the posada very very clean. All the common areas are perfect and rooms are cleaned every day with clean towels and wonderful flower touches everyday.
Free coffee, free washing machine, free internet...
A SPECIAL PLACE TO RECOMMEND

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostel Matilori
Address: | From the bus stop, take the road 25m to Carrillo, first to the right, first left (2 min total)), Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Matilori 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hostel is well known for its charming ambiance and invites you to relax in its great atmosphere. This is the perfect place to meet other travellers and most important to have fun!! Our hostel is parted in 2 buildings with a beautiful patio in the middle where you can meet up with other travellers or just chill out in the hammocks. Surrounded by two mango trees and the amazing Costa Rican wildlife you can see iguanas, monkeys and hummingbirds. We have 3 double rooms, 1 four-bed dorm and 1 six-bed dorm, all with shared bathroom and hot shower. The bright and friendly rooms are all well equipped with fans, cupboards and lockers. In the 2 community kitchens you'll find everything you need, even free cafe in the morning. : ) Our hostel is located in the heart of Samara in a quiet street about 100 metres from the beach and the bus stop. Shops, supermarkets and nightlife are close by. ... more   less 
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Posada Matilori Cabinas Hotel Playa Samara

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