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Reviewed 11 February 2020

A relaxed, individual hotel in the middle of the jungle, far away from any stress!
Also the restaurant with organic cuisine leaves nothing to be desired. In the morning I could choose from five different kinds of breakfast. Here, everything was from vegan/vegetarian, to hearty and sweet, as well as typical national cuisine. In addition there are delicious fruit shakes or all kinds of coffee specialities. Also in the evenings I had as a vegetarian a big choice of different dishes, but also meat and fish lovers will definitely not miss out.
The pool of the hotel as also the playa Buena Vista at a distance of approximately ten minutes invite to sunbath. The hammocks distributed in the hotel area provide even more relaxation, where one can relax and read a book or watch many different animals. Beside the squirrel Chiquito there are also howler monkeys, coatis, iguanas, many species of birds and butterflies you can meet.
The Paraiso del Cocodrilo is run by Rainer, who is available for many nice conversations with tips about Samara. Also the rest of the staff is super friendly and always helpful.
After only one week in paradise I feel deeply relaxed and already know that I will definitely come back!

Date of stay: February 2020
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Thank Wanderline2211
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Reviewed 27 December 2019

Paraiso del Cocodrilo is a cozy and clean hotel close to Playa Buena Vista, a bit outside but not far away from the more touristy Samara. The location is very calm, close to the beach and mangrove forest and invites to watch animals, hike along the coast or relax by the pool. The restaurant is open all day and offers breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Great spot to stay and relax! Nice host and staff.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank jannikmartens
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Reviewed 8 April 2019

We have been coming to Crocodile for 5 years & we have enjoyed every one of them. It offers solitude without isolation. It is rustic, but offers fine dining & entertainment for those seeking these amenities and the staff is exceptional. Living at the edge of a jungle a few hundred yards from a pristine, virtually private beach is amazing, but no more so than the wildlife you can commune with on a daily basis. It is a TRUE tropical paradise!

Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

Firstly, I would like to say that I found some of the glowing reviews utterly misleading. If you like remote (and I do) this is it. It is 40 minutes away from Samara, which is a lively little town with a few beach front bars, restaurants and water activities. By taxi it is approx 35 USD one way (much better to hire a car). The beach near Hotel Paraiso is a 10-25 minute walk along a dirt road (10 mins if you march) ,which is quite attractive through the rainforest with Howler monkeys in the trees (you can hear them but to see them is hard!). YOU HAVE TO TIME YOUR BEACH TRIP as at high tide there is absolutely No Beach at all, just a heap of ugly driftwood and you certainly cannot swim or sunbathe or even walk along the beach. When the tide is out there is a long expanse of beach which is clean but not silver or golden sand. I wouldn't swim out far as the rips can be dangerous but diving in the surf is certainly fun. This is a remote beach with no lifeguards or activities but with a charm of it's own so long as you know what to expect and time your trip. Ok so back to the hotel ...First impressions are that it is set in beautifully manicured gardens with an old fashioned rectangular blue tiled pool, the pool is a good size and well kept. The rest of the hotel is way overdue a refurbishment (very basic 1970s). My room was fairly spacious but dark with very little lighting (Room 2 above the kitchen with an early noisy coffee maker as an alarm! - 7am). The room was kept clean daily by the very willing and smiley Costa Rican staff but it has really old furniture, a closet shared with the boiler and a very basic bathroom = good point was that the shower was hot and with a good shower head but with very little space to put anything in the bathroom and all rather basic and 'tired'. One thing I found really annoying was that there was no tea/coffee making fasility, not even a kettle unless you upgrade to one with a so called kitchenette so you have to use the bar/restaurant all the time if you want anything at all except water. There was a fridge so maybe stock up before you get there.
The good points were the lovely staff and the fact that the restaurant was open from 7am and anything from the menu was available all day, so no breakfast hours etc which gave one the freedom to decide what and when to eat. However, if you are a 'foodie' you will not be satisfied as the menu is set and very basic. The fresh fruit and muesli was exceptional with natural yogurt which I enjoyed throughout the day. The bar is extensive although the expertise of the local staff limited, so if you ask for a cocktail try and get the owner/manager, Rainer who seems able to make a good cocktail. He is also a talented Saxophonist if you can get him to play for you.
However, it was Rainer himself who spoilt my stay as he was like a grumpy old goat. He and his two large old but very sweet natured, hairy, smelley dogs were ever present If he felt like being nice he would be but most of the time he was unpleasant as a host and I witnessed him being a bully to his lovely German assistant who was there gaining work experience, his 'go to' was to intimidate. Rainer is very set in his ways and has no intention of improving the hotel, so take it or leave it as it is. If you like the idea of a remote hotel or room that is old fashioned, in desperate need of more than just a few new cushions, in beautiful rainforest then this is it. It suited me as I just wanted to chill out and read books. The stay would have been peaceful but for the constant grass strimming that started at the crack of dawn at the hotel next door, so there was a constant whining. Maybe this is seasonal I don't know, but personally I wouldn't return.

Date of stay: September 2018
3  Thank Jennifer A
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

This is a special place. We took a cab from Samara which drove us across the river (in it, not over it). The hotel is an oasis in the jungle with beautiful grounds and lots of wildlife. The staff are very friendly and always helpful. We stayed for five nights. It was a true escape with a hot walk to the beach each morning and a refreshing swim in the strong surf. The walk is less than a mile and the beach is even longer. Rarely were there more than 3-4 other people.
The hotel includes a great pool and the food in the open-air restaurant is wonderful. The roads around the property are flat and little traveled, thus they are great for walking and getting a good feel for rural Costa Rica. You will see an abundance of birds, iguanas and Howler Monkeys which woke us up in the morning from the fruit tree just outside our door. We cannot get back soon enough.

George & Suzanne

Room tip: Some romms have stoves, some just a refridgerator
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank G R
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