This is our second visit to Samara so it was easier to book a place in the right location, but even so, we were pleasantly surprised at just how perfect this location is. We can walk to the beach and most restaurants and shops in five minutes and yet the bar noise is barely heard. We rented two apartments. Apartment 2 is two bedrooms, each with king beds, two baths, decent kitchen, and a living space with a comfortable futon. There is also a shaded patio where we eat all our meals and spend most of our time studying, playing cards, visiting. It was ideal for our family of five, with kids ages 14, 11, and 9. We also rented Casa La Chora 3 - a one-bedroom, also with king bed and futon, for friends and relatives who visited us while in Samara. The pool right outside our door is cleaner than any I've ever been in and just perfect for a family swim. Laundry facilities are on site and laundry is returned clean and folded for half the price of other laundry services in Samara. There is also ample clothesline place for hand washing and hanging out towels and bathings suits. Apartment is thoroughly cleaned and linens replaced twice a week. A nice convenience. Oh and we feel very safe here - very!
Other reviewers have remarked on the firmness of the beds. They ARE firm, which is our preference. We find them very comfortable. Also note, many places in Central America describe a QUEEN sized bed as a king. These are real king beds, the only ones we've seen in Samara.
Bedrooms have efficient air conditioning and fans are judiciously placed throughout the apartment so that we were never uncomfortably warm.
Our family stayed five weeks and we prepared most of our meals. There are a few things we're glad we brought with us: covered storage containers, nylon sponges for the shower, wash cloths - they can't be bought in Samara, net shopping bags for going to the market or collecting laundry, insulated coffee mugs.
Elena is a wonderful host, both friendly and professional as well as extremely competent. She helped us buy fish, made sure we had what we needed and her little baby girl is a doll.
Finally, the WiFi is decent and pretty reliable. I'm writing this review on the shaded porch, looking at the crystal clean pool, while drinking iced coffee from my insulated mug. Pura Vida!
Beautiful, well-maintained property right in the heart of Samara, yet not too close to be loud at night. Right across the street from Mama Gui, and Italian restaurant. Very close to the beach, as well. Two bedrooms each have their own private bathrooms with hot water (not suicide showers-- actual hot water heaters). A/C in the bedrooms to keep you comfortable. Equipped kitchen inside the apartment, but also an area outside that is shared between the four apartments for cooking/grilling. Pretty good wi-fi, too. Parking on site inside the gate. Nice pool in the middle of the property shared by the four apartments. The owner was very helpful, and staff was on site during the day for security, cleaning, and answering questions. Will stay here again and again!
Also, if you're looking to stay with a large group, this property has a total of four separate apartments-- two 2-bedroom and two 1-bedroom.
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