Hotel Villas Playa Samara

4.0 star rating

Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 1144 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-3.5

    Location

    Location-4.5

    Rooms

    Rooms-3.5

    Service

    Service-3.5

    Value

    Value-3.5

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Destination Wedding

    Reviewed by Evanmc2() on Sep 23, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    We had our destination wedding in July at the hotel and everything could not have gone better. We had 37 guests and the layout of the Villas let everyone have privacy, yet still be close enough that we were all connected. The staff were phenomenal, they were eager to help and very friendly. The air conditioning worked in all of the rooms, and the ocean vew rooms are actually right beside the beach, unlike many hotels. The food at the buffet offered many healthy options as well as a good spread of deserts. The breakfest omelets were particularly good. The hotel is about a 25 minute walk along the beach to the town, but only a $6 cab ride if you aren't feeling the walk. Can't say enough good things about this hotel, they made our wedding a wonderful experience for us and all our guests!

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-5

    Location

    Location-4

    Service

    Service-5

    Small but good beachfront resort

    Reviewed by maboroquii() on Sep 09, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			3
			 out of 5

    This small, quiet and beautiful resort was just what we needed to relax. the villas are gorgeous, spacious and clean. the AC unit was strong (sorta loud). the food is good! since it was off season, the restaurant was A La Carte- the portions are a little small for some things so don't hesitate to order more. the staff is SUPER kind and friendly!! some of the downsides of this small resort is that there isn't any night entertainment so it gets really quiet and boring at night. most ppl head into Samara which is a short taxi ride or a 40 min walk along the beach (bring water shoes and a flashlight) the beach is not your typical white sandy beach.. its only really beachy because the tide goes out during the day. Bigger negative thing: the wifi SUCKS. so if you need to have reliable wifi access, this place might not be for you. if you want the chill: this is just fine and the prices are pretty good! dont suggest flyiung into San Jose to come here though, its a long 4+ hour drive and they don't provide a shuttle or an reasonably priced alternative (we used Tropical Tour Shuttle service to get to the resort)

    Playa villa Samara

    Reviewed by Brooke B() on Sep 04, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			1
			 out of 5

    This resort is the worst experience in all our family travels, including Cuba. We'd go back to Cuba any day. If you are looking for white sands and clear water, this is not the resort for you. The beach is murky and tons of rocks. The resort advertised monkeys at the resort-nope. Catamaran to see whales and dolphins, it's not a catamaran it's a small wooden boat and you're paying a lot to possibly see whales and dolphins, we did not. Excursion is 2.5 hrs from the resort. Coffee excursion, you're advised one time, but they may change it and not tell you and no refund. We had a day of rain, no music, entertainment, we couldn't use the pool, and all the TVS don't have English channels. There aren't enough beach chairs with shade. They're approximately 10 in total. Watch out for coconuts no joke The pool chairs are a darker color so they attract heat and you can't touch them. Wifi is free, but very hit and miss. The food is menu only, but not everything on the menu is offered. Lots of hot dogs, fries, their steaks are actually hamburgers. The resort is NOT lit up, so carry a phone or flash light watching out for iguanas which are harmless. Door keys don't always work. We were not told but the resort shuts down at 10pm. We were saying goodbye to friends at 10:15 went to our villa we were locked out for an hour because no one was around to help us, there was no apology. Our villa had a kitchen and living room but it didn't have AC it was like a sweat shop so we kept the bedroom door closed to maintain the AC in the bedroom. Samara the town was small but nice, tons of places to shop and eat. There isn't a night life. In our shower, there was no water pressure or hot water.

    Nice Small Resort

    Reviewed by alwaysreadyfortravel(Saint Johns, Michigan) on Aug 22, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    We really enjoyed our stay. Our room was plenty big, very clean, and recently remodeled. The beach had a beautiful view of the sunset and a neat little island off shore. The water was so warm! There were enough beach chairs to use if you wanted. It was very relaxing. There is only one pool at the resort, but the water was warm and plenty big enough for everyone there. The pool bar had lots of options and the bartenders were friendly. The food was nothing too fancy, but still very good. This was a nice little resort to relax for a few days, but I probably wouldn't have wanted to spend an entire week here. However, there were excurtion options for more activities if you were interested.

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4

    Service

    Service-5

    Value

    Value-4

    vacation

    Reviewed by qpr81(Toronto, Canada) on Aug 18, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			3
			 out of 5

    This resort is nice. Nothing extraordinary, beach is wide and long, tides are something to witness...Bit short of entertainment, but quiet, modest and in tune with what Costa Rica is...Food is ok, nothing fancy but satisfying. Been eaten by mosquitoes a lot but that's just me.