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“Perfect for a Relaxing Getaway” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lodge Las Ranas
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Astoria, New York
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62 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Perfect for a Relaxing Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

Lodge Las Ranas was exactly what we were looking for; just down the road from town, so it was nice and quiet. Beautiful views from the room, tons of wildlife, and so peaceful. There's not much to say that other reviewers haven't already said - stay here - it's amazing!

Room Tip: Room #5 had incredible panoramic views of the beach and forest.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ashley R
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
All of us here at Lodge Las Ranas would like to thank you for your kind review. It is always great to get positive feedback from our guests.

Hope to see you soon!

Cody Nikolaychuk
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Roselle, New Jersey
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

I seriously want to live here! It's in a great spot, on the side of a small mountain with lots of surrounding jungle and a beach view. The owner, Cody, was very personable and greeted us everyday. Sterling was also very helpful in giving us a local map and letting us know his recommendations for food as soon as we got there. The room was great and clean and just what we needed. We rented a car, and it was a good move, as it's a little outside of the town, with a steep driveway. If you don't rent a car, a taxi would be the best way to get back and forth, although you can walk ( only about 20 minutes by foot, but it gets dark early). The gallo pinto with breakfast was the best we had during our entire stay and was included in the cost of the room (along with fruit, eggs coffee and toast). I would not stay anywhere else, and was very glad we choose this hotel for our stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SueLo27
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, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, July 15, 2012
On behalf of all of the staff here and Lodge Las Ranas, I would like to thank you for the excellent review you have left us. I am very happy to hear that you have enjoyed the hotel and our location as well as your time in the Playa Samara area. We will be waiting for your next trip through our area.

All the best,

Cody Nikolaychuk and the Lodge Las Ranas Staff
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Holderness, USA
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

My husband, daughter, and I loved staying at Las Ranas overlooking Samara Beach. Our balcony had a fantastic view of the beach and the service was excellent. Esterling, the desk clerk, was very cheerful and helpful. The cab ride into town was inexpensive and the drivers arrived promptly. It was enjoyable being up on the hill above town not only because it was relaxing but because we were able to see the monkeys and tucans up close. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ssHolderness
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, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, July 15, 2012
Thank you very much for the kind words you have written about our hotel. Knowing that our guests enjoyed their stay with us is very important. If you are too pass through our area again, we at Lodge Las Ranas as well as the monkeys and toucans will be waiting.

All the best,

Cody Nikolaychuk
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NYC
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

This is such a special hotel. And I think really unbeatable for the price. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we researched quite a bit before leaving and were so happy upon arrival we picked Playa Samara and Lodge Las Ranas. Samara is an easy 2 hour drive from the Liberia airport along a nice paved road. It was an awesome beach town, very safe, lots of nice bars and restaurants along the beach. Great for swimming and surfing. We loved being a few minutes outside of everything though. It's a maybe 4 minute drive (the hotel can arrange taxis, we rented a car which I'd probably recommend) or a 20 minute walk. You can also arrange a bike rental. We loved coming back to our peaceful hotel in the hills every afternoon after a long day at the beach. The hotel itself is gorgeous, there are howler monkeys and birds and lizards. The pool is amazing as is the big open air restaurant which serves a yummy free breakfast in the morning. The rooms themselves are really lovely and simple. The bed was very comfy and clean (I'm somewhat picky about this and it was great), the a/c worked well but between several big windows and a nice ceiling fan we hardly used it. The rooms have no TV or phone: a plus in my book. And beautiful balconies. We'd have a beer and watch the sun setting while listening to the howler monkeys and birds. I've stayed in hotels three times the price I didn't like as much. Really a perfect getaway, couldn't have asked for anything more.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ellasoup
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, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, July 15, 2012
Hello,

Thank you very much for staying with us and for the great review you have written. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed not only our hotel, but also the beautiful area of Samara and all it has to offer.

We would love to host you again in the future should you pass through our area again.

Pura Vida,

Cody Nikolaychuk and the Lodge Las Ranas Staff
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

Do not miss this hotel! If you are looking for a hotel that caters to relaxation and friendliness, this is the place for you! My wife and I stayed at Lodge Las Ranas for five days of our two week honeymoon, the only regret we have is not staying for the full two weeks. We stayed the first five days at Las Ranas and after leaving to embark on the rest of our trip we compared the following two hotels to this one and nothing compared (Even the 200.00 a night Los Suenos Marriott). I cannot say enough good things about this place, do yourself a favor and don't miss it.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bryanb13
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, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, July 15, 2012
Hello Bryan,

We are all happy to see that you enjoyed your stay with us. I would like to thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review and show us how much you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again in the future and again, congratulations on your marriage.

Pura Vida,

Cody Nikolaychuk and the Lodge Las Ranas Staff
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Red Deer, Canada
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

We spent two weeks at Lodge Las Ranas near Samara, and by far, this was the best vacation for indulgence, relaxation and enjoying the sights of Samara. This is a nature lover's paradise, with birds, frogs, monkeys, iguana's all showing up daily. The staff are all very intuitive and will meet your every request. Cody the owner is such a wonderful host, along with Estirling, cook Giselle and Eziria keeping the pool clean every day. This resort is just so beautiful, quiet and yet so close (5 min drive) to Samara beach. This was our first vacation that was not all inclusive, and we not likely to do inclusive any more (line up and group stuff too taxing). We went snorkeling with the tour group that Las Ranas recommends and a five star trip there as well. All in all this was a remarkable, romantic and reinvigorating holiday destination. Thank you Lodge Las Ranas!

Room Tip: We had room five, top floor ocean view (Cody spoiled us) Best room ever. Sun comes up here first an...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank LenoraGreenEyes
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Hello Lenora,

All of here at Lodge Las Ranas are thankful for the very thoughtful review you have written. We are delighted to have helped you make the jump from all-inclusive resort vacationing to the smaller more personable hotel experience. We thoroughly enjoyed having both of you stay with us and I hope our paths will cross again in the future.

Pura Vida,

Cody Nikolaychuk
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

My wife, I, and our 9 months old baby had an excellent time at the Las Ranas Lodge in Samara. The hotel is set back from Samara on a hilltop overlooking the ocean and the jungle. The staff was super friendly and made us feel very welcome (a big thanks to Cody and the rest of that staff). Originally, we only wanted to stay for two nights. But staying at Las Ranas made us feel so peaceful and relaxed that we decided to extend our stay for another three days. The rooms were spotlessly clean, the food was excellent, and the pool area is a real highlight. The hotel is very baby friendly as well. In short, the perfect holiday spot.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank 60763Ralph
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Thank you very much Ralph for the great review! We feel privileged to have been a part of your vacation in Costa Rica and are always very happy to hear we played a part in a great vacation. If your future travels should ever bring you back to Costa Rica, please stop by to stay with us again.

All the best,

Cody Nikolaychuk
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Property: Lodge Las Ranas
Address: Mts Al Oeste del Cruce de Cangrejal 800 | Box 24, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
#6 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Lodge Las Ranas 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 10 rooms that all have a magnificent view of two different beaches as well as mountain and jungle views. All rooms come with: Queen-size bed, Air conditioning, Wireless Internet, safe, small refrigerator, private balcony with ocean view and hot breakfast included. We are located a short distance from Samara and the beach which allows guests to take short 15 min walk or an inexpensive taxi ride if they so choose. ... more   less 
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