Giada means "jade" in Italian, and this small hotel in the heart of town, with two small swimming pools surrounded by greenery and brilliant bougainvillea, has been decorated with the artistic Italian owners' precious, polished creations. Sunny yellow washes give the walls an antique Mediterranean look, and the terraces of the back rooms overlook a curvaceous blue pool surrounded by tropical plants; newer rooms with terraces look out onto another turquoise pool. The rooms
have whimsical bamboo furniture, Guatemalan wall hangings, and hand-painted bathroom tiles. Pizza & Pasta a Go-Go, the hotel's Italian restaurant, also serves Costa Rican dishes. The main drawback here is noise from the restaurant and the street, which is why roadside rooms should be avoided; ask for a room overlooking the pool. A small breakfast is included in the room rate and hungrier guests can order more from a menu.
Main strip, 250 m from beach, Sámara, 50205, Costa Rica
Jan 14, 2005
Ok, so the view is a small pool, but we truly enjoyed our stay here. After reading the negative review, I almost skipped Giada, but am glad we didn't, my husband and I had a great time. Giada has a new building, the AC in rooms pumped out the cool air which we needed, and the food was SO good. Italian is our favorite and it was so good, we ate all our meals here. The owner seemed very nice, he had a lot going on and left much up to his capable
staff. Samara even experienced a total town backout during our stay, but as it was dinner time, Giada kept the kitchen running with candles and the headlamps we loaned to the head and prep cooks. So, give this place a chance, I am so very glad that we did.