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“Quiet location less than 5 minute walk from the beach” 5 of 5 stars
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Cabinas Espadilla
300 meters before Manuel Antonio Nal. | Park entrance, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Seattle, Washington
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Quiet location less than 5 minute walk from the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2008

We stayed 2 nights at this hotel near Manuel Antonio Park. It's on a quiet road which is less than a 5 minute walk to the beach, and a few more to the park entrance. They have a medium size pool for swimming or sunning yourself. The room was very clean with a queen-size bed and 2 bunk beds, small kitchenette (fridge, microwave, stove-top burners), and a shared courtyard with a sink and clothesline. The bathroom had a hot shower. There is a small safe (requires cash or credit card deposit), air conditioning and ceiling fan in the main room.

We ate delicious, very filling and cheap breakfasts across the street at a hostel for about $3.00 each (includes coffee, plate of fruit, plate of gallo pinto, pancakes, bacon, etc.). There are a number of good restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner. The hotel doesn't have it's own restaurant.

We took the bus from San Jose, and it stops almost directly across from the road which leads to the hotel. The bus stop for the return trip or for the bus into Quepos is just across the street going the opposite direction.

  • Liked — Quiet location so close to the beach.
  • Stayed January 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2007

We had a cabin booked at La Posada ( GREAT place!) for a couple of nights, but they were full for the third night, so we decided to stay somewhere nearby. Cabinas Espadilla is quite a bit more expensive, and the cabin is not nearly as nice. The property does look good from the outside, though-- I will give them that.

The hospitality was so-so: the check out time was 12, but our bus to the airport didn't leave until 5, so they let us keep our stuff in the office after we had vacated the room. That was nice, but when we used the pool that afternoon, they charged us to use the towels because we were no longer technically guests.

In short, it's an ok place, but there are better places in the area for what you pay.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2007

Cabinas Espadilla is a clean and extremely friendly "cabinas" that is quite affordable. I would recommend Cabinas Espadilla to anyone who is looking for comfort and location. It is just a short walk down the street to the main public beach of Manuel Antonio and entrance of the national park. Yafet, who is one of the friendliest hosts I have ever met, is one of the reasons that my wife and I enjoyed this place so much. He is very helpful and really knows how to make guests feel welcome. For anyone looking for more luxury, the same owners run the Hotel Espadilla across the street. Highly recommended, and I would definitely go back again!

  • Liked — Friendliness of staff and location
  • Disliked — We liked everything...
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Cabinas Espadilla

Also Known As:
Cabinas Espadilla Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Cabinas Espadilla Hotel
Cabinas Espadilla Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
Address: 300 meters before Manuel Antonio Nal. | Park entrance, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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