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“Rude, rude, rude” 1 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 00506, Costa Rica   |  
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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Rude, rude, rude”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We liked the look of Cabanas Tropical and were planning on staying there for a week or more. However after we had waited half the morning for our room (the room was empty and available but the owner wouldn't let us in before check in time), we weren't so sure we had made the right choice. We then went to pay, and had the money that we had received from the ATM 15 minutes previously rejected by the owner because it was 'damaged' (a 5mm tear). When we queried why he wouldn't accept money that was good enough for the bank, he became extremely rude, said he didn't give a s*** where we got our money from and that we should leave if we didn't like it. This was surprising as we were polite about our request and genuinely confused as to why he wouldn't accept the money. We are still confused, because we paid with the same note at the hotel we ended up staying in, with absolutely no questions asked.

Room Tip: Go elsewhere!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We spent three nights at Cabinas, and had a great time. The grounds are spectacular and the hosts are very kind. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The hotel is far enough away so as to not be disturbed by city noise. We also had a the privilege of seeing monkeys in the far off tree tops...You will not get a better place for the price. We spent three days at Casa Verde, and besides their pool this was a much better choice. Also heard great things about Cocoloco.

Room Tip: Spend the extra 5 bucks and get a second floor room
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We traveled from Tamarindo to Puerto Veijo. Sometimes you are not sure when you get a referral for a place to stay. Cabinas Tropical was a WINNER!!!! Super Clean, in the center of the beach community. It is only a few hundred steps to the water (walk everywhere) a great value, including safe parking. Thanks again and we will refer friends and promise to return soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Very secure, very clean, very pleasant, but above all, we found the owner, Rolph, to be so helpful. Examples? 1- We planned a two-day field trip to Yorkin (highly recommended) and he immediately offered to keep our luggage free while we were away. 2- We wanted to reach La Fortuna in one day from Puerto Viejo. He suggested we take the early bus (5:30) to Puerto Limon and from there the bus to San Jose and this way we would be on time for our 11:30 bus to La Fortuna if we grabbed a cab and made a run for it at another bus terminal. It worked!!!
Yes, Punta Uva is a little paradise just a few bicycle strides away and you definitely want to bring your snorkeling gear there, Surfing lessons at Cocles? You would need a week's practise to get "any good" if you're starting from scratch. The gentleman was a great salesman, a good teacher, but not a magician. All the other nice things people say about Puerto Viejo are true, and if we had the choice, we would return there rather than stay in Cahuita, which is very nice (great park) but not close enough to Punta Uva and Manzanillo by bicycle. Enjoy.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PNWcoast
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We have been staying at Cabinas Tropical a few times a year for over ten years. What a treat to look forward to! Two blocks from great restaurants, the Saturday morning organic market, the daily specials at the Italian gelato joint by the bus stop. We rent bikes and are at black beach morning and afternoon. Catch the bus to Cauhita or Manzanillo for a day trip or bike to Punta Uva. Can you say relaxation! This is a small town, when we catch the bus in SJ we recognize waitresses and towns people. A truly friendly place to visit.

Room Tip: Upstairs has a nice view of the courtyard and migrating birds.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

The hotel which is run by a nice german biologist and his wife is very nice.
We stayed there for 2 days and the owner helped us with planning our tours in puerto viejo and chauita.
The only disadvantage was that the room was abit un-ventilated.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We stayed at Cabinas Tropical because of a recommendation. It was well worth it. Off the main road it was quiet, which was very important for us. The hotel is very well looked after. We especially recommend doing a jungle tour with the owners, Rolf and Juana. We have never seen a person equal to Juana in spotting animals.
We liked the beaches of Punta Uva and Manzanillo most. You can rent a bike to get there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cabinas Tropical

Address: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 00506, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Cabinas Tropical 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Cabinas Tropical Costa Rica/Limon

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