All hotels in Samara, Costa Rica
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Samara Centro, Samara, Guanacaste, 50205, Costa Rica, ‏‎800-491-6126
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3.1 / 5Good

Score breakdown (from 35 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    3.3
  • Service
    2.9
  • Comfort
    3.2
  • Condition
    2.9
  • Neighborhood
    4.2
1.0 / 5Poor
"Paid for 2 nights but couldn't pay me to stay"
  • Cleanliness
    2.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
The is an apart-hotel not a real hotel. The owner called me while in route to the hotel for his own personal reasons and didn't have anyone with whom to leave my room key. The view was blocked by many trees. There was a mosquito infestation. Beds were uncomfortable. The pool was dirty. No air conditioning available at all. No restaurant/food available within the hotel. After the first of a two-night stay, room service made the beds and there was an insect carcass on the bed. No customer service. Family and I only stayed one night and left early.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip May 3, 2015
Cynthia M
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Biggest rooms in Samara, huge balcony."
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
We had an enormous apartment that very comfortably slept our large family of 6. We could hear the howler monkeys at night, and see the ocean and lovely view during the days. A group of horses live down the hill and we watched them from the balcony. It was nice to be able to cook for ourselves and have a refridgerator. We had a kitchen and plates and utensils and pots and pans. There was not a microwave in our room, but a full cooktop. You will need to bring your own salt/pepper, soap and shampoo, coffee, etc. This is a great value hotel! Manage your expectations accordingly. This is not a luxury hotel - but it has larger apartments than any 4 star hotel. The rooms could use updating - but they are perfect for a large family to come back sandy. The fans compliment the ocean breeze and we left doors open all night. There is no AC because the rooms have a fine cross-breeze to them. The lemons that grew on the tree on our porch were nice in tea. The pool is VERY deep in one end; watch your children and especially on the steep paths which have no railing. This is not a hotel for little children to run around unattended; there are many places where they could get hurt. There WILL be bugs in your room because you WILL leave the doors open for the breeze, by this I mean a few ants and flies but you are in Costa Rica and this is to be expected. Some rooms are being updated.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Nov 29, 2014
Esther
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Best View in Samara"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
With its unique architecture and location, the Mirador is a very special place in Costa Rica. The appartments and rooms are very spacious. Each has a large private veranda overlooking Samara and the ocean. No american style luxury here: think of this as an authentic tica "boutique hotel" from which to take in the breeze and the incredible view. There is a nice pool and the beach is a short walk away through a shaded footpath. You can always count on the staff to provide you with friendly service. The best overall place in Samara.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 23, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Best oceanview ever enjoyed"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Unfortunately we could only stay 1 night in the Hotel Mirador, because we had another reservation the following day in a different beach. The location of this place is the best experience I ever had. From our oversized terrace having a panoramic view all over the bay and the village and we were lucky to watch some dolphins. Sound of the waves was the only thing I could hear at night, made me sleep like a baby. To get down to the beach, no car needed, I think it was not even 5 min . to get there. The owner and the staff really helpfull , gave me usefull information, my cloth washing were done from 1 day to the other. The apartment are very spacy, huge ceilings , the ocean breeze keeps it cool. We certainly will come back and at least stay 2 weeks in this hotel We would recommend this place to anyone who likes to feel at home while being on vacations. Great stay garantee
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 9, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Nice hotel close to beach"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
The view from the hotel is amazing . it is really a dream come true to me to be a that location. Great service , very polite people. I will go again a s soon as I have the opprtunity to travel.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 28, 2014
A Traveler
US
2.0 / 5Fair
"tidiness and amenities are poor"
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
the place is located in a good location. The staff were friendly, however the amenities are not in very good condition. The place was relatively clean, but one thing that stand out was that the bed and pillows were mouldy. The spare bed had a larger mattress than it could handle and was hard to sleep there.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 31, 2013
A Traveler
US
1.0 / 5Poor
"DON'T DO IT!!!"
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
I COME FROM A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY AND THAT'S WHAT THIS WAS. ALL THE PICTURES POSTED ON THEIR WEBSITE ARE ABSOLUTELY FALSE. DIRTY SHEETS DIRTY OLD BEACH TOWELS FOR THE BATHROOM AND MOLDED PILLOWS. NO A/C DOGS LAYING AROUND THE POOL DOG FECES AROUND THE POOL THAT WAS NEVER CLEANED UP. NEVER ONCE SEEN A CLEANING LADY OR A CREW. DRIVING UP TO THE ACTUAL HOTEL IS A NON PAVED POT HOLE ROAD WHICH YOU WILL NEED A 4X4 TO GET UP AND DOWN IT. JUST A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE OVERALL.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 19, 2013
april
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Great views and relaxing jungle sounds!"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
I would've stayed there for a month! I loved the surroundings and waking up to the sound of the ocean is just great! it feels safe and you can always see police men and women around. It was a very nice experience I would love going back soon with friends and family.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 2, 2013
Andros
US
2.0 / 5Fair
"Not as advertised- Needs renovation"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    2.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
At one time this might have been a nice place to stay, but now it is run down. The swimming pool was not swimmable, there was a sewage smell in the bathroom that seemed to be drafting up from below. The was no kitchenette, just a little electric burner, no pot to cook in or utensils. The tiny fridge was very loud, which mixed with all the noise from the barking dog. The ceiling fan was not very powerful and since the sliding glass doors had no screens, we had to keep the doors closed at night and it got very hot in the room. The hotel safe was not attached to the wall... ended up using our own locks on suitcases to keep our stuff safe. The bed only consisted of a sheet, which ended up being fine because it was so hot and stuffy in the room. The bed had a thin foam mattress, not very confortable. The room was cleaned daily and it was a walk up the hill (but that was expected) and centrally located. On the last day the cleaning lady wanted to clean our room while we were there, so we felt very rushed even though we were not past the check out time, and I ended up leaving clothing behind. It seems like more families were living there than overnight guests. Parts of the hotel were under construction that looked like it had stopped years ago. It was not worth the price we paid.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Hotel Mirador de Samara
I WANT TO INFORM ALL CLIENTS THAT WERE NOT SATISFIED WITH THEIR STAY IN MY HOTEL, LIKE JESSICA THAT DURING THIS TIME WE WERE REMODELING THE BUILDING WERE THE SKYROOMS ARE SITUATED. AFTER WE HAD FINISHED THIS WORK WE STARTED THE SAME WORK IN THE ADJOING BIULDING WERE YOU CAN FIND THE APARTMENTS. AFTER WE HAD FINISHED THIS WORK WE STARTED THE SAME FACE LIFT IN THE ADJOING BIULDING WERE YOU CAN FIND THE APARTMENTS. UNFORTUNATELY I WAS NOT ABLE TO CLOSE THE HOTEL DURING THIS TIME OF REMODELING, BECAUSE I HAD TO RESPECT SOME BOOKINGS THAT WERE MADE A LONG TIME IN ADVANCE WANT TO SAY SORRY TO ALL CLIENTS WHO HAD TO UNDERGO SOME INCONVIENIENCES THAT WERE CAUSED BY GIVING THE HOTEL A BETTER SHAPE. ALSO WOULD I LIKE TO INVITE THESE CLIENTS - IN CASE THEY HAPPEN TO RETURN TO SAMARA- TO STAY 2 OR 3 NIGHTS FREE IN THE HOTEL., SO THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE THAT WE HAVE TURNED THE HOTEL INTO ONE OF THE FINENEST LODGING
2 night trip with friends Feb 27, 2013
Jessica
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Could Benefit from a Facelift"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    2.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
This is mainly for longer tern stays. These are self-serve apartments with amazing views. The equipment and furnishings are more functional than fashionable. The small pool is lovely. The steep steps to the rooms make for an arduous hike in the mid-day sun. The location is convenient to the beach and shops (5-10 min walk). The foam pads/mattresses on the beds were thin. The fan was not powerful enough to cool the bedroom making it hard to sleep given the heat and many mosquitos. The owner is friendly and can extend your stay.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Jan 13, 2013
Susan
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Fine stay, but not at all as listed"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Although I enjoyed sitting on the lovely balcony, our Sky room amenities were not as described. We did have a safe, fridge, and TV. If there was a private kitchen with coffee maker and microwave, we were not shown it. Staff was pleasant, but not particularly forthcoming with information. The room wifi required a password, which the office was strangely unable to provide. We were encouraged to use the Wifi way down the steps near the office did not require a password. The view was lovely and the place seemed clean, if a bit worn.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Dec 7, 2012
Xander
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

3.0 / 5Good
"Decent night's sleep"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    2.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Quiet nights sleep, but not a very well-maintained hotel. There was no one around to ask for extra towels, etc. Overpriced for the lack of quality.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Nov 28, 2014
steven
MX
2.0 / 5Fair
"In need of a facelift"
  • Cleanliness
    2.0
  • Service
    2.0
  • Comfort
    2.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
On arrival we had to ask for the room to be cleaned from top to bottom as floors, surfaces and insect window grilles were all very dusty .- which was carried out. All furnishings are old, tatty and basic. Patio furniture was laughable with white sheets tied over very worn cushions. Attitude of manager initially was quite unconcerned. The photos shown on the hotel's website are inaccurate e.g. the bar / terrace is closed off, and room furnishings are not as shown. The hotel is in a good position with potential, but needs attention and investment to address some of the basic problems described above.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Mar 3, 2013
Paul and Bel
GB
4.0 / 5Excellent
"best ocean view in town"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Hotel Mirador's location is hard to beat, 2 short blocks from the beach, restaurants, etc. with a fantastic ocean view from your balcony. It is a short climb to get there, so you must be mobile, but it's definitely worth the effort and is good exercise. The owner was very friendly and accomodating.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
12 night romance trip Jan 13, 2013
Bo
CA

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

1.0 / 5Poor
"Regular"
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    1.0
No tuve la habitacion por la que pagué. Las fotos no correspondían a la realidad.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Mar 29, 2015
Mauricio
CR
3.0 / 5Good
"linda vista , buena ubicacion , servicio modesto ."
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    2.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
la estadia estuvo muy buena . No nos hicieron la habitación , teníamos dos noches . solo había un juego de toallas de baño y cara para dos personas . no hay personal disponible las 24 horas .
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Feb 20, 2015
fausto
CR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Playa Sámara-Carrillo-Punta Islita. Bellísimas !!!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Lamentablemente no tuve el placer de hospedarme en el hotel que reservé, pues su ocupación era completa cuando llegué, el dueño nos refirió a otro lugar, Hotel Rancho de la Playa. Amablemente nos atendieron en ese lugar, cómodo, con una linda piscina para disfrutar en familia, con restaurante y una fina atención. Playa Sámara es bonita, pero algo sucia, con pesar pude mirar como la gente no se recoge la basura que produce. Playa Carrillo, la supera en hermosura y limpieza, con una ubicación genial para disfrutar de los atardeceres, un espectáculo genial. Playa Punta Islita, a unos aprox. 40 minutos del lugar, muy bello. Comentario en General: Sería para los hoteleros en las cercanías de Sámara, creo que su limpieza se puede mejorar, si se unen esfuerzos para generar acciones en favor de la limpieza, recolección de basura y limpieza de playa, pues hasta como negocio creo que funcionaria algo al respecto.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Dec 21, 2014
Shirley
CR
2.0 / 5Fair
"NOT good enough!"
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    2.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
A one star hotel with a two star view. Stayed 2 nights, no roomservice, dropped our towels at the floor as told, but had to pick them up again at night!! Had to ask for a toilet roll more. No madrass at the sunbeds, no parasol/shadow at all. Had to borrow a lamp to get down the stairs.... The pool was dirty with slam. Sorry to tell all this, we felt so alone. The man was very friendly, and drove us to our next hotel.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Nov 22, 2014
Ellen
DK
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Schon etwas ältere Anlage am Hang, tolle Aussicht!"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Waren fünf Nächte im Mirador, Zimmer großzügig mit wunderschöner Aussicht!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Nov 24, 2014
A Traveler
DE
4.0 / 5Excellent
"MUY BUENA UBICACION"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
ME PARECE MUY FUNCIONAL LA UBICACIÓN, PUES SE ENCUENTRA UN POCO ALEJADO DEL CENTRO DE LA COMUNIDAD, LO CUAL HACE QUE SEA MUY TRANQUILO ADEMAS EN LA PARTE DE ATRÁS HAY BOSQUE LO CUAL AYUDA A QUE SEA MAS FRESCO.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Aug 14, 2014
NIVIA
CR
3.0 / 5Good
"Buen hotel, ubicación excelente"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    2.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
El hotel en sí es bueno, los cuartos estaban limpios, ordenados, mucho más grandes de lo que esperaba. La cama era bastante cómoda, sin problemas para dormir. No había aire acondicionado pero no hizo falta por la ubicación y diseño el viento que entra por la playa enfríaba lo suficiente. El hotel está a 5-10 min de la playa caminando, según el ritmo, y cerca hay todo lo que se necesite, restaurantes, farmacias, pulperías, bancos, etc. La vista desde los balcones de los cuartos hacia la playa es muy buena. Lo único que no me gustó fue el servicio, mejor dicho la falta de servicio. No me refiero a la limpieza de habitación, eso si estuvo bien, sino que no había nadie en la recepción para cuando uno necesitara algo. Fuera de eso, el hotel está bastante bien.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Aug 7, 2014
A Traveler
CR
3.0 / 5Good
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    2.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Es un hotel con una vista estupenda lástima que esta muy deteriorado porque las cabinas son grandes y todos los días la señora hace la limpieza pero en sí le falta mucho como hotel no es un lugar para recomendar hasta que los mismos del hotel no traten de remediar. Los deterioros si se propusieran podría ser un gran hotel ya que su vista es increíble es por lo único que lo recomiendo . Además una noche los de una habitación hicieron fiesta la noche entera y nadie les llamo la atención
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night romance trip Jun 13, 2014
Aliciapence
CR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Excelente ubicación con una vista maravillosa."
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Muy bien lo mas bello del hotel es la hermosa vista que se puede disfrutar de la playa.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Jul 10, 2014
A Traveler
CR
3.0 / 5Good
"Excelente ubicación, una vista paronamica."
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Fue una estancia buena, la vista del hotel a la playa Carrillo es espectacular, la ubicación excelente.Recomiendo llevar abanico para no pasar tanto calor.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Jul 10, 2014
Madelayne
CR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Excelente mirador"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
La situacion ,sobre el pueblo de Samara y la gran terraza de la que disponen los apartamentos/habitaciones,hacen que sea un lugar para disfrutar de los paisajes del lugar.Desdela terraza se divisa el mar y los jardines del hotel con monos,ardillas....
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Jun 24, 2014
A Traveler
ES
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Best Deal in Samara"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Maravilloso brisa en la parte superior de la colina con vistas increíbles. Habitaciones limpias, ducha caliente, incluso frigorífico y quemador caliente en la habitación. Gran oferta!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Dec 5, 2013
Pablo
CR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Ottima Posizione"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
L'hotel è formato da una serie di appartamenti comodi e spaziosi. La cucina è spaziosa ma i fuochi sono elettrici di vecchia generazione. La vista sull' oceano è meravigliosa e carina anche la piscina. Comodo il parcheggio. Reception quasi inesistente. Nel complesso buono per qualita' prezzo. Consigliato.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Dec 8, 2013
alessandro de g
IT
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Muy agradable. Heinz y Manfred nos atendieron muy bien.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Aug 2, 2013
Luis
CR
2.0 / 5Fair
"Desorganizado"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
LLegamos y no habia nadien, esperamos varias horas y despues de meternos a la picina al fin llego alguien, que no supo que veniamos y nunca pudo confirmar nuestra reservacion, nos hizo sentir bastante incomodo, sin embargo la picina muy limpia y el cuarto muy limpio tambien y comodo.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night family trip Jul 1, 2013
Raul
CR
2.0 / 5Fair
"Fotos entsprechen nicht der Hotel-Realität"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Aufgrund der Fotos haben wir ein anderes Hotel erwartet. Das Hotel ist renovierungsbedürftig, lediglich Pool und Meerblick sind gut.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
6 night family trip Jan 27, 2013
Gerhard
DE
3.0 / 5Good
  • Cleanliness
    2.0
  • Service
    2.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Jun 18, 2014
A Traveler
CA
2.0 / 5Fair
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    2.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    2.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Jan 2, 2013
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Nov 21, 2014
A Traveler
BE
2.0 / 5Fair
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Romance trip May 10, 2013
Renier
CR
1.0 / 5Poor
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Family trip Feb 7, 2013
A Traveler
CR

TripAdvisor reviews for Mirador de Samara

Overall rating:Based on 78 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"a hidden gem of value"
02/03/15 beachtownsearch Toronto, Canada
My wife and I stayed at Mirador in 2014, and lately in january 2015. Mirador is solidly built, has generous sized rooms, nearly 10 ft ceiling and a feeling of space and openness. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. The balcony is amazingly wide and long and inviting, where we loved to have our meals, snacks and drinks while looking at mature trees and the ocean beyond. There are not many places close to town from where there is a better view of the gorgeous Samara beach and Chora Island. The units boast green vegetation on the property comprising flower bushes and fruit trees such as coconut, mango, star fruit, guanabana and lemons that invite iguanas, colorful birds and monkeys; as well as a magnificent panoramic view of the ocean. Because the resort is somewhat elevated from the town, it has the dual advantage of enjoying rising sea breezes, and of isolating much of the noise from the town. Talk about being so close and yet being in the middle of nature! The location of the resort is hard to beat. One can walk to the town and to Samara Beach in 5 minutes. We have stayed before at hotels where you need to drive to get even a loaf of bread or bottled water. But Mirador has the great advantage of being within walking distance of a number of grocery stores including an organic market as well as excellent restaurants, ice-cream parlors and cafes. Because of its great features as noted above, we consider Mirador to be a great value for a vacation in the Samara Beach area. No wonder it has a number of clients who return year after year. We met one couple from Canada who have been visiting regularly for the last 10 years. Another family, also from Canada, arrived for a stay of 3 months while we were there. They have also been visiting for over 10 years. Max, the owner of the resort, is dedicated to provide the best service. Do not hesitate to ask him or the maids about anything you need or about any activities or attractions in the area because Max has lived there with his charming family for 20 years.
Overall Rating
"nice hotel, very friendly owner"
12/15/14 Erik_Jan_van_Dijk Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
I stayed with my brother in this hotel in Samara for a couple of days back in november. It's located on the edge of town on a hill side (it's a bit of a steep wa up to the hotel). It has only a couple of rooms which are clean and look ok. The beds are great and the rooms are cleaned every day. The hotel has been renovated in 2012/2013 i think. The pool is not too big, but why use a pool when the beach is only 5 minutes away. The (german) owner is very friendly and speaks english, german and spanish (maybe even more languages...haven't asked him). he is very approachable and kind. My brother left his mobiel in the shuttle and the owner called the company right away so the shuttle driver came back instantly and returned my brothers phone. Because i was ill on vacation my girlfriend send me new medication from the Netherlands to this hotel, but most unfortunate it didn't arrive on time. The owner assured me he would return the medicine, and he did! I received the medicine two weeks after our stay. Thanks again!
Overall Rating
"stay somewhere else"
10/28/14 tdubb4reel Hawaii
we booked this hotel because of the reviews and view of ocean. when we went to check in no one was there at the front desk so we came back in a hour and still no one was there. finally the owner's daughter who spoke english came down to greet us. the owner and friends were in the pool. no other guest was at the hotel. we checked into room and the view was beautiful but the pics of the room, kitchen, bathroom and balcony was not was i saw when we walked in. everything in that room needs updating. they also can use AC or more fans because it is terribly hot in there. to top it off the water was not working. we asked for a refund and was still charged. gave it a 2 rating because the only thing going for this hotel was the view and balcony was spacious. stay somewhere else like montelaguna hotel down the street.
Overall Rating
"Wish I had stayed elsewhere"
08/26/14 jaxee4 Spruce Grove, Canada
The location was great and you can tell that once upon a time this place was in it's glory but it is getting run down and the girl who was acting as reception service was very poor and was never upfront on timing of things and literally we had to knock on her door 3 times and she ignored our note left on her door to get our laundry back which was soaking wet when she left it outside our room just before we left). Great pool though and somehow it seemed clean enough though we never saw anyone clean it and junk was left around it that never got picked up in the 4 days we were there (broken pool cleaning tools were at pools edge but they never were moved or used). IF you stay do not stay on first floor bugs galore. First night giant millipedes were everywhere as they can fit from cracks under door on top of the usual bug on floor suspects… every night the ants got worse and worse and I am pretty sure some ants have a nest going under that room or something. By the last day our ankles and feet were attacked when we would just leave our door and obviously were in their nest so we got the brunt of it and it hurt.. kids got attacked too. Saw some howlers which was fun - only had housekeeping come once then never saw any sign of her again. Poor wifi - worked first two days from edge of our balcony outside only… no wifi last 2 days.
Overall Rating
"Great spot for a few days in Samara"
07/29/14 Rich979 London
Two of us stayed in an apartment for three nights and had a very welcoming and comfortable stay. The owner is very friendly (he even drove us and our luggage to our front door) and was accommodating to any questions that we had. The apartment was a great size with plenty of space and more than adequately appointed. Whilst the decor is not modern, it is very Costa Rican and more than enough to make for a comfortable stay. The lack of air-con is no issue - the ceiling fans are very effective and there is plenty of fresh air coming through the apartment. The highlight is the view from the apartment - one of the finest in Samara. The hotel is well placed for walking down to the beach and Samara town centre - no more than 5 mins by foot. If you are reading Lonely Planet, and wondering where to stay, then this would be one of the best choices - the others options listed in LP did not look to be as good.
Overall Rating
"Great for independent travelers"
06/06/14 hutsonl14 Chicago, Illinois
I stayed at the Mirador last summer with my boyfriend. The apartments were exactly what we were looking for, enabling us to cook instead of going out to eat. We were there in low season, so it wasn't crowded, but Max and his wife and daughter were always around which made it feel very safe - we knew if we needed anything we could contact them, they lived right on the property. The view is beautiful, and it was a great place to stay to relax, because you could just stay on the deck of the apartment and not feel like you were missing out on your vacation because of the beautiful views of the ocean and jungle, almost every day we saw howler monkeys jumping from the trees, it was amazing! Even though there was no A/C, it was pretty breezy and we were never too uncomfortable (even though we were there in July.) Would highly recommend to anyone looking for more of a secluded/private vacation than staying at a resort.
Overall Rating
"Super fine"
02/12/14 Hado P Paris, France
Very good experience , and thank you again to the owner for having change my tyre !! Good pool , very relaxing place and good prices in november . I will remember the mirador of samara as a very good hotel .
Overall Rating
"The Best View in Samara!!"
02/07/14 Fernando M Dallas, Texas
Myself and about 5 other friends stayed at the Mirador from Jan 29th to Feb 4th. I gotta say overall what stood out for me was the amazing view, the sun sets where spectacular. Another particular characteristic I really liked was that they where pet friendly, I've been travelling to Costa Rica for several years now and this is a first for me. In the next trip I've got planned to Samara I'll be able to included my white shepherd. Overall 5/5 in my experience: Location: like I mentioned before this is where the hotel stands out. Sleep Quality: slept like a baby every single night. Rooms: the rooms we stayed in where nice, nothing I haven't seen before but they where deft up to my standers. Service: the staff was friendly, I even had a nice chat with Max the owner of the place who told me about some really nice nearby beaches. Value: because of my overall experience I'd say 5/5 on value. Cleanliness: again 5/5 to my standers you are at Guanacaste after all and its dry season right now. This was the first time I stayed at the Mirador and I'll deft come back this year.
Overall Rating
"Incredible View"
02/02/14 DebandNick2014 Stafford, United Kingdom
We stayed here over the Christmas period and New Year. The location of the hotel is ideal for local amenities and the beach which is only a five minute walk away. Our room had a fantastic view of the bay and was very spacious. The staff were very friendly and Max, the proprietor, made us feel very welcome. One thing that would be beneficial to the rooms would be air conditioning although there were fans. We enjoyed using the quiet swimming pool. The highlight of our stay at the Mirador was being able to walk down and spend New Year's Eve on the beach, an incredible atmosphere with magical firework displays.
Overall Rating
"More like hotel " Mira-Poor""
12/27/13 David L Indiana
My family and I went to Hotel Mirador de Samara during New Years. If you visit Hotel Mirador it will be the worst experience you'll have in Costa Rica! The grounds were concrete with a thick coat of dust, the sheets were tattered and were a mouse grey color with a musty scent. It had a great location, just blocks away from the beach but had endless swarms of Mosquitos. The view was also great but had two telephone poles in the way. Our shower wouldn't run and the floor was caved in under the faucet. The fridge had rotten food left in it from the most recent stay. We had to keep our kids off of the deck because it was a straight drop to the streets. The white pillars on the deck were brown from the thousands of of ants crawling up and down. The pool was about four feet deep, but it was so dirty we couldn't see the bottom. The last thing is the security is terrible! Some rooms don't even have a single lock on their door! We fled Hotel Mirador right away and decided to stay at "Leyanda" the clean, good quality hotel. I strongly recommend NOT staying at Hotel Mirador de Samara.
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