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Villas Playa Samara Beach Front Resort - All Inclusive

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

No water in room No coffee in room No warm water Pool was disgusting filled with frogs. Gym has 4 machines of which 2 were broken Poor hotel staff customer service They claim to be a 3 1/2 star hotel they're not even 2 stars The list goes on.....

No water in room No coffee in room No warm water Pool was disgusting filled with frogs. Poor hotel staff customer service They claim to be a 3 1/2 star hotel they're not even 2 stars The list goes on.....

This is a beachfront hotel with ordinary food and amenities. The staff is friendly, pool and restaurant bars' guys are very nice. However, the guy selling tours in the reception area is completely irresponsible. If you want to book something for fun just call Info Center in Samara and save your time and money.

This was our first trip to Costa Rica, and it was very nice. A lot to do in Costa Rica, but this hotel was hours from the Rain Forest and because of it's location (Zone 3), many activities were just not feasible. If we were to go again, we would definitely stay elsewhere.

the hotels employees do not speak much english so communicating is difficult. the hotel restaruant was always out of 5-10 items on the menu. the free wifi was nice when you could get signal and stay connected. My back is still sore from the bed. The A/C went out the first night but was fixed. We had no hot water the last two days of our stay. I will never stay in this hotel again or recommend it.

Location is great. Rooms, grounds and amenities are top notch. It was a VERY welcome change from where we were before. Close to town, but far enough away for privacy. Pool was excellent. Food was not very wel prepared

The hotel amenities were fine for the price. I found the hotel staff to be somewhat unfriendly and inattentive. The food here was the worst I had after travelling two weeks in Costa Rica- incredibly bland and overpriced. Be prepared to pay $6 each way for a taxi into town. They advertise a "free shuttle" to the beach but when I mentioned it, they seemed to not know what I was talking about........

This was our welcoming entrance to the hotel Look at the pictures. !!!!!!!!!

We enjoy a lot with my family and they have beatifull beaches, and the sunset was incredible

We got a great deal which helped us book at a significantly lower rate. That being said, this is not a hotel for those who have U.S. expectations of accommodations in Latin American countries. Being raised in Mexico, I think the hotel definitely had a rustic and relaxing atmosphere. The beachfront property is worthwhile on its own. The breakfast is filling but definitely not finger-lickin' good. Also the hotel is currently undergoing some major renovations so there was a good deal of noise but luckily one doesn't hear it much once one is in the room. Overall, the staff was very welcoming and helpful and we would definitely stay again.

The rooms were clean, but being an eco-hotel the bugs present. The airconditioning worked well, but when you add that your on the beach it's well worth it.

fantastic!!! on the beach. beautiful property. good security and grear food.

This may be my 2nd favorite place in Costa Rica. The kids can play pool and air hockey. Rent a kayac and go to a small island off shore. The beach is secluded and a long walk will get you to the small town. The ocean view rooms are relaxing. The waves are small and great for kids!

It was amazing! So relaxing and enjoyable! The service was great, the rooms were luxurious, and the grounds beautiful and private! This was the prefect place for a vacation/getaway! I would return to this hotel in a heart beat!

The hotel was gorgeous and set very close to the beach, which is as beautiful as the grounds the hotel is on. The staff is so helpful and will do everything they can to make you happy. If you stay here make sure you meet [...], she is the most helpful person and she is always available to help you when in need. We were on our honeymoon and she set up a very romantic dinner for us on our last night, and even let us borrow the restaurant's sound system to dance to our first song. All of the staff is very helpful and most of the time they can speak English, if they can't they atleast understand you enough to get what you want. The pool was also amazingly clean for how many trees and bushes there are around it. The restaurant is very nice as well, never had one complaint about any of the food. Everything was fresh and made right there in the kitchen every day. The wait was long for food, but that is because everything was made on the spot. The hotel also provides plenty of entertainment from the pool to setting up tours for you in the surrounding area. Again, if you get a chance to stay at this resort make sure to meet all the staff because they are very friendly and helpful.

The Villas are OK for the value. Location is great to get away from the world.No TV, radio or phone in villas. Clean beach and great for swimming.The only thing I didn't like was the rationed ICE! Only 2 or 3 icecubes per glass! When I asked for more, the bartender replied he was told to only give that much and if the customer wants more to go to the store and buy your own bag of ice ! What!? If it was that they were running short and they were at full capacity I would understand but there were only 6 persons staying in he whole compound. Not good if they want customers to return, huh? Maybe that is why the staff reflects the lack of friendliness.

I traveled to Samara alone and had a wonderful time at Hotel Villas Playa Samara. Glad I got such a great deal (especial as a solo traveler!). The staff was friendly and helpful, the scenery was beautiful, the food was delicious and the location was great. Watching the sunset on a beach chair by the water was wonderful. Also, I loved the hammocks at each villa! If I return to Samara, I will definitely go back with friends/family!

Our experience with Hotel Villas Playa Samara was great! Because we were on a budget, we were not able to explore all of the main tourist attractions CR has to offer, but staying at the villas and it's surrounding beach in Samara, we were able to go off and do site seeing and adventure exploring on our own. We rented an oceankayak from the resort and set off to Isla Chura right off the coast of our beach. Twenty minutes later, we enjoyed the isolated beach and explored the surrounding coral of the island. We also found secluded beaches during low tide at the end of Playa Samara (only five minutes down the beach from the villas). We enjoyed the beautiful and well maintained resort, as it makes you feel like you are in paradise (because you are!). The iguanas, birds, and horses on site roamed freely within their natural habitat. They were friendly and fun to watch (and feed!). The sunset is absolutely breath taking. We also watched the stars from under the resorts coconut trees every night. There is plenty on security (not that it's needed in Samara) and staff available at your disposal. Our Spanish is not great, but it was helpful none the less as the staff's English was limited. The food is also good. We spent more time at the restaurants in center town of Samara (only a mile walk down the beach) or short/cheap taxi ride away. The market on site is also great for late night snacks or last minute necessities. The resort is very family friendly and is equipped with a game room including Wii, Air Hockey, Pool, etc., or is large enough to seclude yourself for an intimate getaway. The villas are relaxing and come with your own terraces and the most comfortable hammocks I've ever napped on (4hrs. a day almost). Needless to say, it truly was a gem of a spot and we highly recommend Hotel Villas Playa Samara! We intend on going back to get married in the villas and spend our honeymoon in Samara.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Villas Playa Samara Beach Front Resort - All Inclusive places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Carrillo Beach and Samara Beach. This 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with 116 rooms and conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. On the beach, the resort is also within a 30-minute drive of Safari Surf School.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM. There are multiple options for onsite dining with 3 restaurants, including Arrecife, which specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and L ARDOISE with its pool views. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


Rooms

Villas Playa Samara Beach Front Resort - All Inclusive's 116 rooms are air-conditioned and provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and designer toiletries. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include safes.


Property features

Villas Playa Samara Beach Front Resort - All Inclusive features an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness center. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for CRC 90000 per person one way. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this all-inclusive resort include a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room.

Room options

Junior Suite, Garden View

King 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Luxury Villa, 3 Bedrooms, Beachfront

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 8

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Beachfront

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 6

Junior Suite, Beachfront

Twin 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Villas Playa Samara Beach Front Resort - All Inclusive

Everyone (3) Couples (7) Family (5) Other (3)
1

not what they claim to be

Everyone

No water in room No coffee in room No warm water Pool was disgusting filled with frogs. Gym has 4 machines of which 2 were broken Poor hotel staff customer service They claim to be a 3 1/2 star hotel they're not even 2 stars The list goes on.....

By on May 15, 2017

1

not worth the price

Everyone

No water in room No coffee in room No warm water Pool was disgusting filled with frogs. Poor hotel staff customer service They claim to be a 3 1/2 star hotel they're not even 2 stars The list goes on.....

By on May 15, 2017

3

ordinary hotel in costa rica

Everyone

This is a beachfront hotel with ordinary food and amenities. The staff is friendly, pool and restaurant bars' guys are very nice. However, the guy selling tours in the reception area is completely irresponsible. If you want to book something for fun just call Info Center in Samara and save your time and money.

By , from Gaithersburg, MD on Apr 2, 2017

3

loved the beach access!

Families

This was our first trip to Costa Rica, and it was very nice. A lot to do in Costa Rica, but this hotel was hours from the Rain Forest and because of it's location (Zone 3), many activities were just not feasible. If we were to go again, we would definitely stay elsewhere.

By on Apr 12, 2016

1

1 star

Couples

the hotels employees do not speak much english so communicating is difficult. the hotel restaruant was always out of 5-10 items on the menu. the free wifi was nice when you could get signal and stay connected. My back is still sore from the bed. The A/C went out the first night but was fixed. We had no hot water the last two days of our stay. I will never stay in this hotel again or recommend it.

By on May 7, 2014

5

this is a great value

Couples

Location is great. Rooms, grounds and amenities are top notch. It was a VERY welcome change from where we were before. Close to town, but far enough away for privacy. Pool was excellent. Food was not very wel prepared

By on Apr 15, 2013

3

very mediocre

Singles

The hotel amenities were fine for the price. I found the hotel staff to be somewhat unfriendly and inattentive. The food here was the worst I had after travelling two weeks in Costa Rica- incredibly bland and overpriced. Be prepared to pay $6 each way for a taxi into town. They advertise a "free shuttle" to the beach but when I mentioned it, they seemed to not know what I was talking about........

By on Mar 31, 2013

1

warning

Families

This was our welcoming entrance to the hotel Look at the pictures. !!!!!!!!!

By on Jan 3, 2013

4

excelent expirence

Families

We enjoy a lot with my family and they have beatifull beaches, and the sunset was incredible

By on Sep 27, 2012

4

great deal

Couples

We got a great deal which helped us book at a significantly lower rate. That being said, this is not a hotel for those who have U.S. expectations of accommodations in Latin American countries. Being raised in Mexico, I think the hotel definitely had a rustic and relaxing atmosphere. The beachfront property is worthwhile on its own. The breakfast is filling but definitely not finger-lickin' good. Also the hotel is currently undergoing some major renovations so there was a good deal of noise but luckily one doesn't hear it much once one is in the room. Overall, the staff was very welcoming and helpful and we would definitely stay again.

By on Dec 19, 2011