We got a very early start to avoid the Holy Week traffic exodus from the central valley. Arrived in Quepos before 9am and stopped for breakfast at a tiny soda. Arrived at the hotel before 10am so we were too early to get the room keys as it wasn't quite ready for us. Spent the morning relaxing and lounging by the pool. A perfect start to our 3 day getaway.
This time I stayed in the standard room, so no kitchen, but did have a fridge, coffee maker & safe. Very cozy room with 3 beds for the 4 of us. Air conditioning made for very comfortable and restful sleep. Housekeeping kept the room immaculate each day. I didn't bring my laptop, but my friend said the WiFi connection speed was good. Room rate included buffet breakfast.
The open-air restaurant is about a 5 minute walk from the 'cabinas' to their 'hotel.' I have to say that breakfast was a delight - one of the best buffets I have ever seen: cold cereal, pancakes with syrup/honey/jam, a variety of fresh cut tropical fruit, salchichón, eggs, fried plantains, coffee, fruit juice and a few more things I can't quite remember. Wait staff was very attentive and the atmosphere was very relaxed and inviting.
The cabinas are ideally located about a 5 minute walk from the main road & beach, and just a few minutes from the main entrance to Manuel Antonio park. Close to everything, yet quiet and isolated enough so that noise isn't a concern. The grounds are beautifully maintained and there is a verdant wetlands area to the West of the parking lot and swimming pool. The pool has outdoor showers and public restrooms so you can easily enjoy use of the pool upon early arrival or late departure. Covered walkways outside of the rooms have wooden chairs for reading or just sitting and watching a tropical rainstorm. There are several cement tables with benches, if you wanted to picnic or barbeque with a small hibachi.
Most areas of the cabinas grounds appear to be wheelchair accessible via narrow cement ramps including the office, pool and guest rooms. I am unsure of wheelchair access to the restaurant as the main route we followed daily past the 'hotel' pool climbed several steps to the seating area.
A word of caution about walking especially near the pool. There are narrow cement drainage ditches with metal grates covering them. I noticed that a few of the metal grates were bent and did not sit completely flush with the ground - at the end of the ditch away from high traffic/walking areas.
Remember to bring your beach towel or blanket to cover the chairs or loungers by the pool. I saw someone changing a diaper on a lounger with nothing between the baby and the fabric of the chair.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Espadilla Cabins is a beautiful little beach hotel located just one minute from the beach in Manuel Antonio. It has 16 units surrounded by beautiful gardens, a swimming pool and parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabinas Espadilla Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Cabinas Espadilla Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park