Hotel Villas Playa Samara
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More upscale than small hotel shacks in Samara town. Generally good. Air conditioner had hard time handling the heat.Half-an-hour walk to Samara town, or $6 taxi ride.I have not seen anyone swimming in the ocean, only in the pool. We did take kayaks to the Isla Chora, were flipped over landing and coming back.Drinks in the bar are watery, don't waste your money.Samara town in on the other side of Playa Samara beach, surfing and horses are near the town.We did 3.5 hours ATV guided tour with Outback Quad & Bike Hire & Tour, in Samara, +506 2656 3424I also went fishing for mahi-mahi via Carlos Visquez +506 8525-3731. $250 for 5 hours, 20-foot boat, 2 crew, we went 15 miles south and 5 miles offshore. Got plenty of mahi-mahi. had it cooked for dinner for 2 night, still had left-overs for the resident cats.
We stopped here with monkey tours. This place was definitely the worst that we stopped at. Stayed here for 2 days. Food was okay but nothing great. We ate at the resort because we paid 50 dollars per person per day (we only paid for the second day). Food and drinks were pricey otherwise. 10$ per cocktail. Lunch/Dinner buffet costs 20$. The room were outdated. Some people in our group had bats in the room. Pool and swim up bar was nice.
We ended up here as part of our tour on Monkey Tours. There were 24 of us on the tour with 12 rooms. 1/4 of us ended up changing room on day 1. Problems ranged from broken ACs, to broken toilets, no TV. We changed rooms on day 1. The original room that we were provided was on a 2nd floor toward the back of the building (not a problem). However, when standing on the balcony by our front door, we had a "great" view of the renovation dump for the property (right behind our room). There were about a dozen used and broken toilets, among other demo'ed hotel items just staring back at me while I was getting into my room. The guys at the front desk were wonderful (specifically, Max). They quickly moved us to a different room on a different part of the property and all was good for us. The rest of our group did not have the best of luck with their rooms; many many problems with the rooms provided to our group. Also, some rooms have coffee pots and other rooms do not. Not my best hotel experience. The restaurant leaves a lot to be desired. We had lunch on day one there. I must say it was the worst meal we had all trip. The food felt like it was cooked from frozen food service items. Not what I would expect at a "resort". Upon check-in, they offered us an upgrade to "all inclusive" for $50/person/day. Glad we did NOT do it It would have been a waste! The beach in front of the property is "just ok". I should have worn water shoes. The first 30 feet in the water is full of rocks and broken shells. A definite unexpected OUCH! Beware of the tour desk! if you don't know Spanish, it can get tricky. The flyers are not well translated and provide inaccurate description of the activities. Had a couple of tour mates that had issues with one of the excursions. They will be taking it up with their credit card companies as the tour desk was "unable" to refund any of the money. We did some kayaking as part of the tour. It was run by the Hotel's Tour Desk (run by Monkey Tours). The tour guides were nice, but did not provide lots of explanation, considering that this was my first time. My husband and I had some trouble with the limited instructions. I will say that the safety vests smell of body oder. Also the snorkeling equipment is subpar. My husband went to put on a flipper and the strap broke in his hand. They do provide watermelon and pineapple at the end of snorkeling, before we get back to Samara Beach. When we arrived at the hotel on the tourbus, we were "greeted" by the hotel manager. She came on the bus, told us everything we were NOT allowed to do on the property and then had us go to the front desk to pick up our keys. At the front desk, we were provided with a list of "hotel rules" that included the fines that were associated with "putting your towel on the grass", "moving plastic furniture on the beach", "drying towels or clothes on outdoor furniture", and so on and so on! Upon checking in, we had to sign a document that had the hotel rules and the fines. Not very welcoming and lead to a bad first impression! The property has lots of potential, but needs to be shut down and remodeled/fixed before having guests. Also, the restaurant menu needs to be completely revamped. Just not the place to stay!
This hotel provided a great capstone to our wonderful trip to Costa Rica, in that it has made us extremely excited to return home. Our stay was scheduled through a tour operator - Costa Rica Monkey Tours. Admittedly, I was skeptical from the moment we turned into the resort, which was lined with 10 portapottys associated with an ambitious construction site, which directly abuts the pool and main entrance. Check in was swift, we were given our room key and towel keys and informed that losing either or getting sand on the towels would result in a $50 penalty each. We joined the rest of our tour group for dinner at the resort, where it took 1.5 hours to get our food - the place was not busy. Prices were expensive and the food was abysmal, of the 20 people in our group, none of dined at the resort again (save for the mediocre, but free breakfast). During our stay, disappoints have mounted - our rooms have not been serviced in a timely manner (even when requested) and the activities on offer have not been as described. In particular, we paid for a 2 hour sunset horseback ride, which was 1.5hours, and ended before the sun set - the couple on tour with us, paid for a 1hr ride on the beach (this was on the mountains). Others in our group atttempted to schedule snorkeling one morning, they were cancelled on last minute, and rescheduled for the following afternoon. When they requested the morning (since it is difficult to see fish in the afternoon), they were told no, and they were not allowed to cancel their reservation. The gym is smelly and minimally appointed, and the "activities room" does not have any of the balls needed for pool/skeetball, and the front desk is not adequately staffed to dispense the balls. Wifi, which originally worked in the rooms, stopped midway through the trip, with reception unconcerned and unhelpful about the problems. All in all, however, our experience has been far superior to those on our trip. The small hole in our door pales in comparsion to the couple that had a bat in their room upon arrival or to the family who was told that no one was available to fix their clogged toilet (and who then had to jump through hoops to get into a new room). We were excited to take advantage of the 2 for 1 spa package associated with our tour, but those in the group who attempted it were cancelled on at the time of their appointment or told no one was available. Overall, this trip has detracted substantially from our visit to Costa Rica, and I would recommend anyone considering staying here to try somewhere else.
Our server Marcos was very attentive to meet all of our needs. He doubles as a waiter, bartender and friendly staff member during your stay. He makes the best drinks even when you ask for a surprise drink. Overall the resort was beautiful right on the beach with great prices for other activities.
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- 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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