Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Giada
Main strip, 250 m north of beach, Sámara, Guanacaste, 50205, Costa Rica
This eco-conscious hotel in the heart of town has two small swimming pools surrounded by greenery and brilliant bougainvillea. 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 the other turquoise pool in a grassy space with lounge chairs. The quietest rooms are Nos. 15 to 19, since they don't get any road noise. The rooms have light bamboo furniture, Guatemalan wall hangings, and hand-painted bathroom tiles. Decor and eco-consciousness go hand in hand here, earning the hotel four leaves in the national sustainability program. 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 second pool. A small breakfast is included in the room rate and hungrier guests can order more from a menu.
- hair dryers in rooms
- not right on the beach
- smallish rooms
- street noise can affect some rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast