We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Locanda Samara

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Management photos
Locanda Samara
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Locanda Samara
See the most recent reviews
Showing 50: English reviews
Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 25 February 2011

We stayed only 1 night in this hotel during our trip to Costa Rica. We wanted a place right on the beach, and were impressed by the inexpensive rates here. The room was not air conditioned, but the heat was manageable with the fan in the room. The rooms were clean and quiet, but there were a few minor problems...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank CarissaB
Lugano, Switzerland
Reviewed 22 February 2011

beautiful, just on the beach. The new owner are very kind and Domenico is one of the best cook of Costa Rica!!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank crilino
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Reviewed 19 January 2011

We were very happy with our stay here. Maurizio the Italian owner was very helpful, welcoming and always assured that all of our needs and questions were met. The rooms are newly remodeled and very very lovely and clean. We ate at the restaurant almost every day for lunch and dinner and the entire time we felt very welcomed. The...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Mirka5555
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 3 January 2011

Disregard the previous reviews of this place as it has been recently taken over by two Italians. Max speaks excellent English and is really helpful - he negotiated our taxi off to Mal Pais (well worth a visit if you get a chance). The rooms are fairly basic and there isn't anywhere to hang clothes however they are clean and...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank AlexTara
Vancouver
Reviewed 3 March 2010

We went to this hotel on the advice of some friends. Wow, what a disappointment. The rooms were very sparse and needed paint and a major overhaul. The hot water did not work properly and to call them clean is an understatement. The restaurant was alright, however, there are much better around. The location was beautiful, however, the bar beside...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank skijump078
Bozeman, Montana
Reviewed 10 February 2010

The rooms are small and spartan (there are apartment units that looked nicer). We reserved two rooms with warm water and air conditioning. The warm water is delivered by the instant heaters at the shower-head that are typical in Latin America. The installation of these is subpar; people were shocked in both rooms while showering. One room had an a/c...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Chloroptera
Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 January 2010

Actually the apartment was so bad I couldn´t stay there. There was a living room area with no tv and furniture and no towels. The place was full of bugs and very basic. The people who have writen positive reviews must be used to staying in hostels. Location I agree is very good, but even when ordering food, the standard...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sordnaxela
Massachusetts
Reviewed 23 November 2009

It's been nine months since I stayed at Locanda and here I am again, planning a trip to Samara Beach for the winter. Locanda's my new default staging ground for the Nicoya Peninsula. I have nothing but fond memories of the simple room, incredible location and staff there. Louis the manager and Alberto the bar/restaurant manager both made me feel...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank DudeExtraordinaire
California
Reviewed 13 July 2009

I found this hotel by chance! I had not made any reservations, nor did I know where I was going to stay when I made the sudden decision to go to Samara. When I was let out the bus from San Jose which was a 4-5 hour drive, I just grabbed my luggage and started walking around this little beach...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank pariskalor
chapter2
Reviewed 22 May 2009

I puposely waited a couple of months before sitting down to give this feedback, because it would have been much worse closer to our stay. This was a very disappointing experience. I had high hopes based on (most of) the other reviews and the fact that it was on the Travelers Choice list. I was traveling with my husband and...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank chapter2

83 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (50)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (5)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (8)
Viewed
Room/Suite (7)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Other (26)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (33)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (7)
Viewed
Dining (15)
Viewed
Room/Suite (8)
Viewed
Other (3)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Playa Samara hotels
2.6 km away
The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara
#1 of 15 in Playa Samara
766 reviews
1.7 km away
Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge
#3 of 15 in Playa Samara
377 reviews
0.4 km away
Hotel Belvedere - Playa Samara
Hotel Belvedere - Playa Samara
#2 of 15 in Playa Samara
340 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.4 km away
Hotel Flying Crocodile
Hotel Flying Crocodile
#6 of 15 in Playa Samara
216 reviews
1.9 km away
Hotel Sol Samara
Hotel Sol Samara
#10 of 15 in Playa Samara
199 reviews
0.3 km away
Hotel Samara Beach
Hotel Samara Beach
#12 of 15 in Playa Samara
100 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hotel Locanda is located in the heart of Samara, right on beautiful Samara Beach! 'Locanda' comes from the traditional Italian name for a Tavern, modest restaurant with annexed accommodation. In the past centuries, it had nobler significance corresponding to the modern hotel, and also indicated, in the eighteenth century, luxury hotel. Hotel Locanda proposes to you alternative solutions for your accommodation in relation to the various needs: 2 fully equipped apartments with a large terrace 2 two-bedroom apartment with patio 5 double rooms with patio or terrace 2 triple rooms with patio 2 luxury beachfront double rooms 6 luxury bungalows in a tropical garden All rooms and apartments have just been completely remodeled at the end of 2011. Bungalows are just recently built Private parking, 24/7 security, wi fi, cable tv, daily domestic cleaning, in-room dining, congierge services, pet friendly accommodation are available and free for our clients ... more   less 

Additional Information about Locanda Samara

Address: 300 mts oeste de el correo | on The Beach, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Price Range: $86 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Locanda Samara reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Locanda Playa Samara
Locanda Hotel Playa Samara
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Locanda Samara staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Locanda Samara staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Choose a room on the second floor if you can and away from next door,and take a net to hang over your bed This is a must.”
 of 5 bubbles gtvandeyar29, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I would ask for an upstairs room. A bit of added space with the balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles Janly, 8 Feb 2014 | Read review
“Try to get a room on the second floor - bigger. And hope the howler monkeys aren't nearby.”
 of 5 bubbles farcloser, 3 Mar 2013 | Read review
“Don't forget to also try the bar next door for really nice maki sushi. and I know my sushi (vancouver). Kayak to Isla Chora for a snorkel and see the huge iguanas. Also great Thai at a miniscule 5 table restaurant just behind the office for Samara Properties on the main street. The summer rolls are fantastic.”
 of 5 bubbles gebgdc, 22 Jun 2012 | Read review
4 of 4
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay