based on 43 reviews
Fenix hotel

The hotel was absolutely perfect. We were mere feet away from the beach and water. All our outings were graciously scheduled by the owner, Jay. I can't say enough good things about the hotel and staff. Would absolutely recommend this awesome hotel. Once in a lifetime experience.

Mature couple  |  Standard Room 1  |  stayed in 3/2020

Julie Burtinshaw (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
The Only Place We Return to Every Year

Ten our of Five every time... Location, accommodation, weather, ocean and beach – perfect. My advice, book early or wait a year, because once a traveller discovers The Fenix, they tend to return, like we do, year after year. We always go in the wintertime, but I'd like to visit in the July or August one of these days. I think every season has its wonders in this area of the world.

Young couple  |  Standard Room 2  |  stayed in 2/2020


Fantastic spot right on the beach. Our kids ages 12 & 15 loved hanging out in the hammocks, at the beach, and in the pool. Walking along the sand with the family to a restaurant in town was the highlight of my trip. I’d love to go back right now!!!!

Family with young children  |  Standard Room 5  |  stayed in 1/2020

Lisa Lakusta (Samara- Fenix Hotel on the Beach)
Fenix Hotel January 2020

We had a wonderful stay at Fenix Hotel on the Beach in Samara in January 2020. The location is amazing and it is so nice to have the trees with hammocks and lounge chairs just steps from the beach. A very relaxing vacation in the most beautiful spot. Jay, the owner, was a perfect host, with information about everything related to Samara and the local restaurants. I liked the way the hotel was set up so that you could easily socialize with everyone staying at the hotel in a very casual atmosphere. Would love to return.

Mature couple  |  Standard Room 2  |  stayed in 1/2020

Vince & Kathy (New Mexico)
Wonderful Vacation!!

We just returned home last week after spending 3 weeks at the Fenix. This was our 3rd trip to the hotel. That in itself speaks of how much we enjoy the Fenix! We missed last January, so we were aware that there was a change in ownership. We were NOT disappointed. Jay, the new owner, has continued those things about the hotel that make it special (wonderful location, great rooms, helpful staff) and made some very pleasant improvements. Our room (#5) has a new full-sized refrigerator and the bathroom has been remodeled since we were there in 2018. Both of these changes really enhanced our stay. The rooms are just steps from the beach and there are plenty of loungers and hammocks -- depending on how you want to spend your time. Jay redid the pool, and although we didn't use it, many of the guests did during our time at the Fenix. Jay also added a new barbeque grill and a large new "rancho" with a table and seating for 6. This new addition makes outdoor cooking a very pleasant experience. Since we typically visit in January, we ran into several "old" friends that we had met on previous stays. Spending time with friends always makes our time in Costa Rica even more special. Jay was very personable, eager to make sure that our room was comfortable and that all of our needs were met. We have already made plans to return to the Fenix in January of 2021. If you are looking for a beautiful location, very comfortable rooms, and helpful staff -- the Fenix Hotel is the place. There are no prettier sunsets in all of Costa Rica!

Not specified  |  Standard Room 5  |  stayed in 1/2020

Marie W
Best spot on Samara beach

We originally booked 3 nights here but after the first night decided to extend our stay to 4. The property and especially the beachfront is gorgeous. It's a little slice of paradise where you can lounge in hammocks or thickly cushioned chairs while being shaded under the palms. The beach is lovely and far enough from the town that many times we had this stretch to ourselves. The rooms are comfy and clean. We liked having a kitchen to cook. We didn't mind the close proximity to neighbors. Everyone we met was nice. The pool is small but that's ok, it's a plunge pool not a swimming pool. If you want to swim, the ocean is right there! Jay was a kind and helpful host. We were sad to leave and would definitely come back if we are in Samara again.

Mature couple  |  Standard Room 4  |  stayed in 12/2019

S. Huang

We just returned from a New Year's Eve visit to Samara and the Fenix Hotel. All of the other 5* reviews are accurate. We were there in the peak holiday season and the town was not that crowded and NYE was lots of fun. The restaurants do offer special NYE dinner menus, but the best part is ringing in the New Year with beach fires all along the coast. At midnight, there are so many fireworks displays coming from all directions. Great place to visit - we highly recommend it!

Family with older children  |  Standard Room 4  |  stayed in 12/2019

Andrea Baker (Minneapolis )

Great trip! Perfect balance of relaxation around Fenix and excitement with 15 minute walk down beach into town. Jay was helpful with recommendations, arrangements, fun facts and overall hospitality. We will return!

Family with older children  |  Standard Room 1  |  stayed in 12/2019

Great family spot, fantastic beach location

Great spot for families with in-room kitchenette, pool, pool toys and an amazing shaded beach location with plenty of chairs to relax in. Our kids enjoyed the pool so much and the boogie boards the hotel provided. We met a few families staying at the same time and our we all made friends which made the stay amazing. Jay the owner is friendly and always willing to help with suggestions.

Family with young children  |  Standard Room 1  |  stayed in 11/2019

Tim Phelps (Eugene, OR)
How much awesome can we fit in this review!

Awesome place! Awesome owner! Awesome ambiance! Awesome time. Already planning my next visit.

Single traveller  |  Standard Room 1  |  stayed in 11/2019

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