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“Great place for a drink and a sunset”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lodge Las Ranas

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Lodge Las Ranas
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Playa Samara
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Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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“Great place for a drink and a sunset”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

Lodge Las Ranas is a perfect place to go, have a beer and watch the amazing sunsets that Samara has to offer. We never get tired of them and of Lodge Las Ranas.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, 27 January 2012
Thank you so much for the kind review. I hope to see you soon for a sunset.

All the best,

Cody Nikolaychuk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

We are not connected in any way to this lodge, and found it via google.

My wife and little daughter stayed here last december for 9 days and we enjoyed the Lodge very much. Originally our plan was to stay for 8 days, but we maximized our stay here till the very last minute before leaving back for San Jose to catch our flight back to Europe.

I must say that during our stay in Costa Rica this was the only hotel that exceeded our expectations by far. Usually the websites are better than the real life. Over here you'll be pleasantly surprised on arrival.

Location: Just a few minutes outside Samara (a car would be recommended for flexibility) on a hilltop offering great views of bot sunrise and sunset. Monkeys roam the trees on the property. You have to be there to experience it. Samara itself is laid back, and unpretentious. We loved it.

Property: Nice rooms in three compact small buildings. All newly built well screened, and modern. There is a nice pool area where our daughter played every morning and afternoon. Great breakfast, due to sickness there was no evening diner but we had great diners in downtown Samara.

Staff: Very helpful and trying to help customers in every way. Cody the manager is doing a great job running the place, besides that he is also a pleasant guy to have a chat with.

Overall: We stayed in all sorts of hotels ranging $95 till $320 a night but this was in our opinion the best and most memorable stay of our 4 weeks travel in Costa Rica.

Keep up the good work! And we'll probably be back someday in the future.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, 18 January 2012
On behalf of all of the staff here at Lodge Las Ranas, we would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We always appreciate it when we are able to get feedback on how our guests enjoyed their time with us.

I would like to personally thank you for your understanding when our cook was ill and unable to work. She is back at work now and feeling much better.

We really enjoyed having you and your family stay with us and wish you all the best in 2012.

Sincerely,

Cody Nikolaychuk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

This was our first time in Costa Rica and we were so incredibly lucky to have found this hotel. Great ocean views and very clean comfortable rooms. Will be back!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, 25 December 2011
We thank you for your comments and look forward to having you stay with us again.

Cody
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights just after Thanksgiving and had a fantastic time. We were between staying here and someplace down on the beach in Samara and could not have been happier about our decision. Cody, the manager, was extremely helpful and wonderful. His restaurant and activity recommendations were spot-on. Las Ranas is in fantastic condition and very well-maintained and clean. The room is of medium size, has a/c (we didn't think we needed it our first night...big mistake when the hot sun wakes you up in the morning), a refrigerator, lovely bathroom, and beautiful balcony with chairs. It was nice to leave the busyness (relative term) of the beach area and retreat to Las Ranas. And it's only a 2minute drive to the beach. Plus, Las Ranas is the only hotel in Samara where you can see the sunset! I assumed that we'd be able to watch the sunset from the beach area, but the beach actually faces south -- you need to be up high enough (like Las Ranas) in order to be able to see its spectacular sunset into the Pacific.

Simply can't say enough about this place.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, 25 December 2011
Hello Elizabeth,

We would like to thank you so much for your review. Its always great to hear back from our guests to find out how much they enjoyed their stay with us. Please know that you are always welcome at Lodge Las Ranas.

Thank you for your kind comments.

Cody
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

My husband and I went to stay at Lodge Las Ranas in August. The rooms are extremely comfortable and everything you need for a break away from the mad rush of city living. The views as you can see were phenomenal.

Cody was extremely helpful and friendly at all times and always happy to advise on where is worth visiting in the area.

The food there is beautiful, so if you get a chance to eat there you should definitely try the Mexican chicken dish – Gisele is an amazing cook..

Truly a gem, not to be missed,

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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LLR-CR, Owner at Lodge Las Ranas, responded to this review, 8 November 2011
Hello Amanda,

Thank you for your kind comments. We really enjoyed having your husband and you at our hotel. Our chef appreciates your compliments. Should you visit again, the sunsets this time of year are absolutely amazing from our restaurant. You are always welcome at Lodge Las Ranas.

Best Wishes,

Cody and the Lodge Las Ranas staff
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Property: Lodge Las Ranas
Address: Mts Al Oeste del Cruce de Cangrejal 800 | Box 24, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Playa Samara
#6 Family Hotel in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:3 star — Lodge Las Ranas 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 10 rooms that all have a magnificent view of two different beaches as well as mountain and jungle views. All rooms come with: Queen-size bed, Air conditioning, Wireless Internet, safe, small refrigerator, private balcony with ocean view and hot breakfast included. We are located a short distance from Samara and the beach which allows guests to take short 15 min walk or an inexpensive taxi ride if they so choose. ... more   less 
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