We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Clean, Basic Rooms. Beautiful Grounds. Great Location. Very Pleased.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cabinas Espadilla

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Save
You added Cabinas Espadilla to your Saves list
Cabinas Espadilla
300 meters before Manuel Antonio Nal. | Park entrance, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
Hotel amenities
Manchester, New Hampshire
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Clean, Basic Rooms. Beautiful Grounds. Great Location. Very Pleased.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were guests at Cabinas Espadilla for four nights in March 2014.

We learned of Cabinas Espadilla from our trip planner Pura Vida! Eh? (who we highly recommend, by the way). We had some concerns about Cabinas Espadilla based on some negative reviews we had seen online, but our experience was very positive, and we would recommend this property to others.

The rooms at Cabinas Espadilla are basic, and small. Don’t expect anything fancy inside the rooms. That said, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and perfectly adequate. These really aren’t cabinas, in the sense of individual cabins. Rather, this is more like a series one-story 6 room clusters – probably 30 rooms in all.

We were traveling with two children, and had booked one room (which was presented as able to hold 4 people). Upon arrival, we found that the room with a kitchenette and two double beds was really too small for four people and suitcases – there was literally no room to open up four small bags on the floor.

The management was very courteous and responsive, and offered to move us to another room with a 3d bed instead of the kitchenette, and this worked much better for the four of us.

Cabinas Espadilla is set back from the main commercial area along the beach, so there’s a sense of quiet and privacy. The grounds are very pretty and well maintained, with flowering plants and fruit trees – theres no avoiding you're in the middle of a tropical paradise. The pool is basic, but very clean and well maintained.

From Cabinas Espadilla, it is a two minute walk to Playa Espadilla beach, which you can access via a private, flat pathway through the back of the property, or along the main road.

A note about accommodations in Manuel Antonio – and this is something I had a hard time visualizing as we were making our plans. Most of the hotels in Manuel Antonio are located along the 8 km curvy road that runs along a mountain ridge between beginning in Quepos and ending at Playa Espadilla beach and the national park. Most of the higher end hotel properties and restaurants are located along this ridge. Some of the properties along the ridge may have lovely views, but they aren’t within walking distance of a beach. The road is hilly and curvy, and not easily walkable, especially with young children. There are plenty of cabs and buses available to take you to the beach and national park, but if you want to be near the beach, or within walking distance, you need a hotel at beach level.

The Manuel Antonio road comes back down to beach level at Playa Espadilla, a beautiful, long beach. Although there is a small strip of restaurants and gift shops across the street from the beach, there are no hotels directly on the beach. Most of the hotels at beach level are located on the 1 km road that runs back away from the beach and toward the entrance to the national park. For hotels, Cabinas Espadilla is about as close as you can get to the beach. While there are several hotel options available at beach level, most of them are small and none are really “resort style” -- frankly, the lack of glitz is one of the attractions of Manuel Antonio.

Cabinas Espadilla has a sister property, Hotel Playa Espadilla, which is located a two minute walk further away from the beach. Breakfast is part of the package, and the sister hotel is where the buffet is served: made to order omelets, fresh fruit, sausage, plantains, rice and beans, baked goods. Lots of food, and good quality. The hotel pool and hot tub are also available to guests of the cabinas. The Hotel Playa Espadilla is billed as a superior property to the Cabinas, with larger and more modern rooms, but at a higher price. While the rooms at the hotel may be bigger and better decorated, I would recommend the Cabinas due its close proximity to the beach, beautiful grounds and value.

For lunch or dinner, we recommend the restaurant across the street from the Cabinas – the Costa Linda. It has much the same menu as most other area restaurants, but they serve up a particularly good version of the fish casado (the typical Costa Rican plate of rice, beans, salad, and either fish, chicken, beef or pork), they have great prices (about $7 for the casado and $2 for rum and cokes and beer) and are very friendly. Their fish casado was one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica.

In addition, don't miss the ceviche vendors along the beach.

We came to Manuel Antonio after 4 days in the La Fortuna/Arenal area, where we did most of our adventure activity (river rafting, zip lining, hanging bridges, volcano tour, waterfall), and were looking forward to some relaxation time. Manuel Antonio is a great place to relax. The only activity we scheduled for Manuel Antonio was the national park tour, which is a must-do for Manuel Antonio. We weren't sure about the value of paying $35 each for a guided tour of the park when the entrance fee is only $10, and our hotel is a 5-minute walk from the entrance. After taking the tour, I can tell you that having a having a knowledgeable guide is key to this tour. Our guide was Juan, with Aguila tours, and he helped us spot howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, iguanas and snakes, which we never would have seen without him. He used his high powered scope to help us get great views of the animals, and he even helped us get amazing quality photos by aiming our point and shoot cameras through his high powered lens. It was a great tour.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

92 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    31
    37
    16
    5
    3
See reviews for
22
37
5
Business
0
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (13)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boca Raton, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Where we had originally planned to stay was booked. A local, Giovanni, from Raphael's told us about this gem. The location couldn't be better as it is located across the street from the beach and practically next door to Manual Antonio State Park. The beaches are incredible with an array of things available to do. You can choose from SUPs, surf boards and lessons, parasailing, ski jets, massages, chairs and umbrellas, and local delicacies. The cabinas we stayed in had a kitchenette, a/c, tv, two double beds and hot shower. The pool was lovely though we spent most of our time at the beach. The breakfast was by far the best complimentary breakfast we have ever had at any hotel in Costa Rica or the States. Fresh cut local fruit and made to order omelettes were so delicious that I hardly noticed the other goodies lining the table. The staff was friendly, helpful and very pleasant. We saw several monkeys swinging from the palm trees on the path back from the beach around sunset. We felt very secure staying in these cabinas. One day we accidentally left our door unlocked and ajar while at the beach. We came back to absolutely nothing missing or disturbed. Talk about save! Although we rented a car to come to Manuel Antonio, we easily could have taken a bus as everything is in walking distance from these cabinas. Would highly recommend this place and would come back just to stay here again. Leo at the front desk is a great asset!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Livingston, Texas
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The hotel is located about half way between the entrance to the national park and a great beach with all the amenities. A very easy walk to either one. Beautiful, clean pool right outside your room with warm water (about 90 degrees) that felt wonderful after a day at the beach or the park. The cabin we had was a standard (no kitchenette) but it did have a coffee maker and a fridge with a small freezer for ice (nice for making in room drinks). Our cabin was less than $120/night including taxes! We had a porch with 2 chairs and a love seat that fronted the drive next to the pool. Breakfast was included in the room rate and was served at the adjoining hotel's restaurant which was located in a jungle setting next to the hotel's beautiful pool with a swim up bar. The breakfast was cereal, fresh watermelon, papaya, pineapple, bananas, other fresh fruits, various bread to toast, pancakes, sausage, tortillas, made to order omeletes , fried eggs, scrambled eggs, hot coffee, hot milk(for café con leche), fresh orange juice, hot teas and a lot of other things I didn't try. I've paid $18 for a breakfast buffet in the states that couldn't hold a candle to this! The entire staff was clean, professional, friendly and helpful. Especially Leo Martinez at the front desk. Wish I could be there now!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Location close to park and safe and convenient parking were real pluses. Nice pool & good breakfast. Rooms a bit tired, dark and small. Kitchenette was very handy. No light over bathroom sink and no hot water in sink--apparently a CR custom. Fair hot water in shower.

Stayed February 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Moscow, Russia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Great hotel for vacation on the Pacific ocean. The location is 5 minutes from the beach. Manuel Antonio national park is 5 minutes walk also.
Several cabinas located around the swimming pool. The rooms have ketchenette equipped with coffee-maker, fridge, stove, sink and all the necessary crockery. Do not leave the fook on the counter, as thre are some ants there.
Beds are comfortable with a lot of pillows. A/C work fine. TV has a lot of English-speaking channels to choose from.
Breakfast is served in the main hotel not far from the hotel. Good variety of food and drinks.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Early check-in possible.
Cleaning is amazing. They bring you flowers in the room and make different figure out of flowers. Really nice.
I'd recommend this hotel to my friends.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is a nice place but the internet does not work while in your room. Which was not told to us prior to use getting the room.

Also, they like to keep records of your credit card even if you are paying cash. We got a discounted rate (yay!) and they wanted to keep my friends credit card information though we had to pay via cash. After some words, we scratched the credit card information off the receipt and took a picture for our reference. We could have been over thinking things but we are from NYC so..we expect everything!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
West Palm Beach, Florida
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

when we first arrived we were greeted by monkeys and then a giant crocodile on beach path, how exciting!!! this place was great. we sat outside on patio nightly watched fireflies at night and woke to howler monkeys in the morning. morpho butteflies, birds, squirrel monkeys, capuchians, it was wild! Nice beach ( a little rocky) good restuarants, nearby grocery stores, everything you need, a nice pool to cool off in the afternoon and manuel Antonio park a block away!

Room Tip: ask to be away from road
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Cabinas Espadilla? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cabinas Espadilla

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:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Despegar.com so you can book your Cabinas Espadilla reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Cabinas Espadilla Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Cabinas Espadilla Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Cabinas Espadilla, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.