"Best View in Samara"
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. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Best oceanview ever enjoyed"
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 Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel close to beach"
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
"tidiness and amenities are poor"
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
"DON'T DO IT!!!"
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. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great views and relaxing jungle sounds!"
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
"Not as advertised- Needs renovation"
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. Read moreGenuine 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
"Could Benefit from a Facelift"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Fine stay, but not at all as listed"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Views above a funky town"
On a hill above town with breezy, large, rooms, with lovely views. Convenient to services and the beach. Very friendly, helpful owners. Safe. Weak wifi on the second and 3rd floor rooms.Genuine Expedia guest review
Lots of bang for the buck. Great View. Lots of room. The stairs on the way back up from town is not for the faint of heart.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent night's sleep"
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
"In need of a facelift"
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. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"best ocean view in town"
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
"Good View - HOTEL PICS NOT REAL - Need of Upgrade!"
If you like nature and an ocean view, which is partially obstructed by trees and bulidings then this is the place for you. We booked a "Sky Room", but ended up with an apartment. Not sure how that happened but no explanation was given for this. There is no a/c in any of the rooms so be parepared to sweat. There are fans in each room, but they only spin […] at very slow pace and if you are not directly under it then you don't feel any relief. From our wrap around terrace we could see the ocean. The view was partially obstructed by trees. The walk up and down from the rooms is very steep which always left you out of breath when you reached the top. There are also a lot of dogs laying around which are cute during the day, but at night they start barking when you try to walk by them to get to your room. There were many bugs and we played kill the bug each night...was not fun. I guess the reason for this was because the doors for the units don't go all the way to the floor. The towels provided were very old and shaby. Everytime you used them your body would be covered in white pieces of fluff. The shower scene was not the greatest as well. It was a stand up shower which had a lot soap/dirty scum everywhere. Even after the maid cleaned the room. The pictures provided on expedia are misleading. These are plans for rooms which don't exist. Please only pay close attention when looking at hotel pictures. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Hotel Mirador de Samara The photos showen in expedia are not misleading, as mentioned in the comment. How can someone tell when he was just lodging in 1 apartment and does not know what the others and the Skyrooms look like. The Skyrooms are different from the apartments and also some apartments differ from each other. So the photos are real. Customers are invited to read the comments in tripadviser where many guest photos show similar motivs then shown in expedia
"Playa Sámara-Carrillo-Punta Islita. Bellísimas !!!"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"NOT good enough!"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"MUY BUENA UBICACION"
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
"Buen hotel, ubicación excelente"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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 Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excelente ubicación con una vista maravillosa."
Muy bien lo mas bello del hotel es la hermosa vista que se puede disfrutar de la playa.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excelente ubicación, una vista paronamica."
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
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
"Best Deal in Samara"
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
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
Muy agradable. Heinz y Manfred nos atendieron muy bien.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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
"Fotos entsprechen nicht der Hotel-Realität"
Aufgrund der Fotos haben wir ein anderes Hotel erwartet. Das Hotel ist renovierungsbedürftig, lediglich Pool und Meerblick sind gut.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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 .
"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.
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.
"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.
"Pet friendly, what else can I say"
06/16/13 Marcelu83 San Jose
We were planning a quick getaway for last New Year´s Eve but we had the problem of not having anyone to take care of our 2 dogs. We remembered then that my brother in law has stayed at this hotel with his Golden Retriever and family and right ahead we reserved our spot. I must say the hotel is nice: it has a nice view to the beach and is close enough to downtown Samara without being in the very center of town, so you are a walking distance to the beach and groceries, without having all the noise right at your window. There are no special accomodation for the pets rather than being with you on the same room, but the property is big and there is place for them to make the physical needs. Besides Max, the owner is kind and does not bother customer for dog related issues :) We paid about $150 for 2 nights in a room, which considering it was New Year´s Eve, was not expensive at all.
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