Hotel Villas Playa Samara
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- All Inclusive Features
We were part of the Monkey Tours and spent the last 4 long days here. Upon arrival, the place appeared vacant. It had to be around 30 people on the property. We upgraded our rooms to the beachfront view and the all-inclusive. Huge mistake!!! The food was terrible. Chips were stale, egg shells in the scrambled eggs, cold French fries, 3 day old rice, etc. The list goes on. Surprisingly, we got a refund on the all-inclusive. My suggestion is to take a $6 taxi to downtown. I couldn't imagine what the deluxe rooms look like but the beachfront was not worth the extra $50/night. First of all, nothing was beachfront about it. I expected to walk out and I'm at the beach. Wrong! I still had to walk a good 500 feet to the beach passing other beachfront houses. There are no activities at the hotel and you're not in close proximity to anything. I would definitely stay at another hotel. I'm very surprised by the reviews.
Our hotel room was very clean and spacious (included a living area and kitchenette). We loved the location as it was a few steps from our room to the beach and hotel pool. The food at the restaurant was standard but very repetitive on a day-to-day basis. We enjoyed the pool and swim-up bar. The only downfall about the swim-up bar was that it closes at 6pm. I also enjoyed a two-hour massage and facial by masseuse, Betsabe. The massages were great and the staff were very kind and professional.
My wife and I spent the last few days of our honeymoon here as a part of the Monkey Tour experience, with the first few days spent adventuring around the Guanacaste province with our tour group. It was worth it to upgrade to the all-inclusive. And if you do decide to upgrade to the all-inclusive, don't forget that you can order off the menu, too! They'll try and push you towards the buffet because it's easier for them. Also, the snack menu is much better than the dinner menu. Everyone in our group ended up ordering the pizza at different times and were vastly disappointed. Do yourself a favor and try a crazy monkey mixed drink -- you won't regret it. The city of Samara isn't that far away walking on the beach and it's only a $6 cab ride away. The only ATMs are going to be here. The hotel would prefer that you charge everything to your room. They do get kind of pushy with the Monkey Tour adventure packages that they try to get you to go on. If you're feeling adventurous, though, you can probably find a better deal in town. We found a guy on the beach who rented us kayaks and snorkels for $20 / couple for 90 minutes. Which we used to kayak out to Isla Chora (15ish minute Kayak ride) and then snorkeling over by the beaches there. Totally worth it and much better priced than the $45 / person charge that the hotel was charging. We saved $70 by doing it ourselves. Granted, we didn't have a guide. But we didn't really need one for that excursion. Also, the couples massages are a great deal. My wife and I did the $115 exfoliation/massage package and it was great. Betzabe and Whitnney were our masseuses and they were extremely professional and had wonderful service. Definitely worth it!Our hotel room had some issues with hot water. We were left without it for one day randomly. And our sink didn't drain very well at all, which caused it to smell a little weird in the room. And the first night my wife and I noticed some weird stains in the sheets - which made it rather uncomfortable to sleep on. All in all, a good time. The food was pretty good. Be warned, though. Sliced papaya looks an awful lot like sliced watermelon. I definitely thought I was eating watermelon a couple of times when it reality I was eating papaya. Definitely a surprise!
An overall nice experience. Convenient beachfront and good quality food! Also, Yulian Jimenez was top! Very nice waiter, so much respect to him as he was so friendly and professional! Also, to include Roger and Manfred as well being great staff.
The Greeting front end staff are FANTASTIC- Max takes care of business and will upgrade when possible. He knows what people want and makes sure it happens- The rooms are slightly DATED and could use some upkeep work- They are comfortable and spacious but limited light and not very well furnished- They are Costa Rican Villas so they are above average for the industry areas. The all inclusive package is a great bargain but only if you are expecting mediocre food and always served Buffet Style so as long as it is fresh, it is edible and filling- Nothing OVERLY Creative and always the same accompaniments- (Pinto Gallo- two protein Choices- Spaghetti- Penne Pasta with two sauce choices and assorted breads & veggies)- Breakfast has eggs/omelets to order as well as Hot Cakes and "TYPICO" buffet fare- The staff is warm, helpful and on call 24/7. Great shell beach and swim up bar pool will keep you busy - Nice downtown area with plenty of great shopping spots and walk up bars and ALWAYS Ice Cold Imperial Beers- BW
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Breakfast Daily
- Lunch Daily
- Dinner Daily
- Domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Boogie Boards
- Water skiing
- Jet skiing
- Table tennis
- Horseback riding
- 59 Rooms
- 2 Bars
- Gift Shop
- Children's programs
- Room Service
- Complementary coffee
- Parking On Site
- Currency Exchange
- Laundry Service
- Concierge service
- WIFI, in public areas and the rooms
- 1 king or 1 single plus a queen
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning and ceiling fan
- In-room safe
- Wireless Internet access
- Kitchen facilities including Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave, Cooking Utensils and Dining Room
- Maximum occupancy of 4, up to 2 children
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Hotel Villas Playa SamaraLiberia,Costa Rica
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South From the Center of Samara Going Towards Playa Carrillo 3km, Playa Samara 50205 Costa Rica
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