The room was functional, modern and always kept very clean. The outlook onto a communal lawn flanked by trees, with the beach being partly visible from my balcony, provided a feeling of space encouraging relaxation, whereas most other hotels I walked past at the northern part of the beach were quite compact, or opened to either a noisy street or car park. The location at the south end of the beach was excellent in all respects with the only downside being either a 25 minute walk along the beach (allow 25mins is best) or a taxi ride (usually 2000 colons) to the “town” end of the beach (don’t be fooled by one popular stylised map which is grossly out of scale).
Taxis are easy to get, although, rarely, later at night on holidays like easter it might be harder to find a taxi home but there is always a solution eventually. I found this was a small downside for all the other plusses of this hotel.
Beach access is a very short walk. Open, flat beach. Just take the blue towel and enjoy.
The service was excellent, breakfasts delicious, staff could not do enough to make the stay enjoyable, but neither were they in your face all the time. Always there to help though. I learned I just had to ask, and they will have a solution. English language skill was very high.
I would go back again, it would be my choice of hotel in Samara Beach, absolutely beyond doubt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sol Samara is located within walking distance of Playa Samara and very close to Puerto Carrillo Beach, two of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and Central America, according to expert travel critics such as Trip Advisor.You will be greeted at our hotel with authentic Costa Rican charm and courteous service, making you feel at home from the moment of your arrival. Hotel Sol Samara offers within its facilities an open air lobby cafe/lounge, a restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and a pool. Rooms offer new features such as flat screen TVs, telephones and air-conditioning, all of which can be left behind at your choice to fade into the relaxing tropical paradise Samara Beach.From the hotel, you can enjoy unforgettable tours and guided activities such as kayaking and snorkeling trips to Isla Chora, turtle observation tours to Playa Camaronal or Ostional National Park, tours to Palo Verde, guided trips to the Barra Honda Caverns, Dolphin watching tours, bird watching tours on bike, tours with the crocodiles and many adventure activities like the fun banana boat ride and the innovative Stand up and Paddle in Playa Samara. You can simply relax in our facilities or explore this vast beach and enjoy the extraordinary sunsets of Playa Samara, participate in the traditions and culture of the Samara community and surrounding villages as well as the colonial city of Nicoya. Observe and share experiences with local families and learn about artisan lobster fishing. ... more less
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