based on 19 reviews
Hotel Fenix is a must!

We really enjoyed your hotel Jay. Thank you for accommodating such a large group of us and our silliness. The bodega helped quench our thirst and really helped us be able to relax until the last day and we had to tally our cerveza total🤪The atmosphere of your hotel is something to see and feel. All of your recommendations were amazing! Thank you for letting me leave my nephews rock in your beautiful rock garden. We will be back ! Melanie And Brad Basler

Mature couple  |  Standard Room 3  |  stayed in 5/2019

Absolutely amazing!

The Fenix is a must if visiting the Samara area! The rooms are excellent with a separate bedroom and a full kitchen. The pool, grounds, and the beach are just perfect...shade with a slight breeze, comfy lounge chairs, hammocks, and a view that you just can't get enough of. Jay, the owner, is awesome too. He was so accommodating from assisting with restaurant recommendations to booking excursions to even running out for limes for us! He genuinely wants to ensure your vacation is perfect. His staff is fabulous as well. Lastly, the location is ideal. It's private but within walking distance to some of the best restaurants we've experienced in our travels. I can't wait to go back!

Mature couple  |  Standard Room 4  |  stayed in 5/2019

Absolutely awesome!!

The Fenix Hotel is the perfect getaway. Right on the beach with plenty of natural shade should it get too hot. The pool is beautiful and refreshing as well. You can cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen or walk down the beach into town and try some of the local restaurants. Recommendations, Flying Taco (the best tacos), Cocos Mexican Restaurant (the best microbrew), Sheriff Rustic (great breakfast), Gusto (great pizza). SUP paddle boards were delivered to us from Choco's Surf where we also took surfing lessons. Samara Adventure Company will pick you up at the Fenix for any of their great day trips. Everything is super close and convenient yet just far enough away so it feels like you're all alone. I'll be back, soon.

Mature couple  |  Standard Room 4  |  stayed in 5/2019

Diane R
My First Time

"Wow! What a pretty & peaceful hotel. The rooms are clean, the Pacific Ocean is steps away, and this 6-room, small hotel is convenient and wonderful! From the friendly owner at check-in to the family-like atmosphere every day, the Fenix Hotel provides a great homebase as you explore Samara and the Guanacaste Region. Or if you are looking to just relax and read, the hotel's oceanfront location, quiet pool and beautiful grounds will certainly help you with those goals. Whether it is the fruit truck going by or the local bakery stopping by with that day's breads and cookies, you can experience the local foods without leaving the hotel. And a short walk down the beach, will take you to all kinds of restaurants and activities in Samara. In short, FANTASTIC experience. I can see why so many guests return. I know I will."

Single traveller  |  Deluxe Room 6  |  stayed in 4/2019

Colleen J

"Looking for a quiet place to hang out but close to the town of Samara? This is the place. Small, clean and quiet. We love to either catch our own fish or pick up some fresh fish at the fish market a block away. The rooms have small kitchens and we had access to the BBQ. Walk to town, buy some fresh fruit and vegies and come back and fix an easy BBQ dinner! Don't forget the fresh bread at Roots Bakery for the finishing touch! Hotel sits right on the beach."

Family with young children  |  Standard Room 4  |  stayed in 4/2019

Timothy P
Awesome hotel, beach, host and food!

"Stayed 8 days at the Fenix Hotel… great location on the beach… Samara beach is beautiful - morning walks or sunset strolls… town is a close walk yet the hotel is far enough away. The trees provide shade from the afternoon sun and the pool is perfect for a dip to cool down.. The grounds are filled with trees and flowers. The rooms are clean and well kept… Staff is terrific. Perfect place for a Costa Rica vacation. Recommend to everyone. I’ve already booked my return visit!"

Single traveller  |  Standard Room 5  |  stayed in 4/2019

Fantastic Family Destination

"We have just returned home after spending a fabulous week at the Fenix! We wanted a beach holiday that suited our kids and my husband and I and and we found everything we were hoping for at the Fenix. Jay was a fantastic host - he made us feel most welcome as visitors to his little slice of heaven, helped us plan our excursions and made excellent recommendations for best places to shop and eat in Samara. Rooms were very clean and well cared for, as was the property. This is a perfect destination for families with kids of all ages - the beach is very safe for swimming/surfing and the Fenix has a lovely little pool perfect for a refreshing dip. We can't say enough about our holiday and we hope to bring family and friends to join us on our next stay."

Family with young children  |  Standard Room 3  |  stayed in 4/2019

#1 for good reason

"My sister and I recently decided to backpack across Costa Rica and knew we’d have to make a stop at a beach along the way. On one of our many bus rides between cities, we stumbled upon the Fénix. It had killer reviews and looked cute so we went with it. Did. Not. Disappoint. It is a cozy little hotel. You can walk out of your room right to the pool, which we found out this place is only 1 of 2 hotels in Sámara with a pool. It was great for when it got to be too hot to be under the sun. There’s also a really great canopy as you walk onto the beach which provides a ton of shade and a nice breeze. Lots of options to lounge around in under there. The views on the beach are beautiful. Located perfectly to watch boats go out and come back in and watch surfers catch waves. Can easily walk along the beach to town in about 15 minutes to grab a bite to eat. Or grab groceries to use back in the hotel since there’s a fully equipped kitchen. Jay, the owner, is super nice and attentive to guests and took the time to personally show us all around and tell us about the town and best spots to eat and just chat in general. Staff was very friendly as well. Overall, it was a great place to stay and gave us the perfect ending to our trip. We really wanted to just chill out and relax after all of our hiking and trekking across the country and this was hands down the perfect place to do just that! We are already talking about going back."

Other  |  Standard Room 3  |  stayed in 4/2019

Armando & Ana
A little paradise on earth

"So happy that finally we were able to arrive to the Fenix Hotel, Playa Samara , Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Being there so many times ... and as always we find our beautiful hotel with confort and a place that through about 20 and more years we have always travel to and it has being our number one choice to go back another year !!! Thanks Jay for being such a wonderful host ! Hope to be back on November!!! 🙏"

Mature couple  |  Deluxe Room 6  |  stayed in 4/2019

A hidden Gem

We were looking for a great place with a beach and we found it. This place has everything we wanted and more! The staff was great and super accomidating. It's hard to find great places like this anymore. If you are looking for a great clean beach front place this is the ticket. We will definatly be heading back there!

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

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