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Cabinas Jimenez
on Main Street - 50 meters from the end of the soccer field | directly on the Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica   |  
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Portland, Oregon
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“Great time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Beautiful setting and spacious room for 4 adults, we loved the lanai with the view of the gulf. The rooms were clean and the service great. The landscaping was beautiful. We used the free bikes and kayaks often, and had a great time riding around town and in the countryside, kayaking the mandrake area and the gulf, and relaxing in the pool. We loved the chocolate tour. Take the bus! We had a great visit at Cabinas Jimenez.

Room Tip: We stayed in rm. 2. It had a queen bed and a bunk bed with a full size bed on the bottom. The wash...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Stony Brook, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed at Cabinas Jimenez for a total of 4 nights (interrupted by a 2-night excursion to Corcovado) in January 2013, and I was very impressed by this little hotel. I was travelling with 2 friends, and the staff were extremely helpful in organizing tours for us, as well as holding our bags when we went hiking for 3 days. We stayed in Cabina #4, which was small but comfortable (didn't spend much time in the room anyway), and although our room didn't have a view, it was just a few steps out our door to get to the water. The rooms were clean and well-kept: I was especially impressed at the maids' ability to clean up our mess the morning after we returned from our 3-day Corcovado hike (everything got quite muddy!). At night, I recommend turning the AC on for an hour or so to take some of the day's humidity out of the air, but after that the fans and windows are sufficient to keep the room comfortable.

The wifi was extremely useful for communicating with family back at home, and the internet speed was surprisingly fast (I've learned not to expect much when traveling). I also enjoyed the fact that it was not actually IN downtown Puerto Jimenez because it was extremely quiet and peaceful at night.

Although there's no restaurant in the hotel, it didn't matter to us because downtown Puerto Jimenez is just a short walk away, with the one of the closest restaurants being a fabulous pizzeria (this being said by a New Yorker and a bit of a pizza snob). As far as breakfast goes, we usually just satisfied ourselves with trail mix and granola bars, anyway, because we headed out pretty early each morning for our various tours.

The bottom line: a great and affordable hotel that works as a good home-base for Corcovado tours or even just wandering around in town.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We spend four nights here in total (with some nights elsewhere in between) in three different rooms, so this is a mixed review. To start with: all rooms are kept clean and tidy. They have a more-or-less hot water shower (electrical type, so sometimes not so hot) and a clean bathroom with a safety box. They also have small fridges. Beds and mattresses are of good quality. Some rooms are however very small (room no 5, “standard”). We had another room (no 4, “deluxe”) which had beds for 5 people (we were with 2, and paid only for a “standard” room). This rooms has some windows near the ceiling which cannot be covered, so if you are a light sleeper I would not advise this room. But then there was another room (more expensive, “poolside deluxe”): a very large beautiful and nice room, with a nice private terrace to sit in the evening. More expensive but to my opinion this really is worth it.
In addition to the rooms they also have a small pool (1 m depth) which is convenient to cool off in the evening. They also have free kayaks available (5, of which 1 or 2 for two persons) and free bikes (didn’t use it). There is internet coverage. A main drawbacks is that they do not offer breakfast, so you need to get it in the village (Monka is really nice). Some of the staff was very friendly and helpful, while others seemed to be happy to get rid of us as soon as possible, so also here some mixed feelings. They offer free luggage storage (great if you are going into the park). When we stayed some guests had a problem with theft from their rooms during the night, so be advised to use the safety boxes!

The cabians are just out of town (near the entrance of the town), but within easy walking distance of the town center. A ideal location for using the kayaks...


Overall, I would recommend this place. It’s a pity of the breakfast, but rooms are very good. I do find that the extra money for the poolside room is worth it if you are spending a relaxing day (e.g. after hiking in Corcovado), but if you are in for a short night before heading to the park I would advise a standard room. Personally I would not take the deluxe no4 room, as I have a hard time sleeping with the light…

Room Tip: A standard room is great if you are going into the park early in the morning, and just need some goo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Very beautiful setting and location. Very comfortable room. Nice people, both the owner and the staff. Have nothing to complain about.

It's also very convenient to walk around to watch the caimen, to do the kayaking, to watch dolphin, and book other tours such as chocolate farm tour, rainforest hiking, etc.

Price is also fair and affordable.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed at Cabinas Jimenez for 4 nights and were more than happy with the place. Our room was small but comfortable with nice murals on the walls. Cleanliness, air-conditioning and shower were the best we had in Costa Rica. The location is unbeatable: at a peaceful beach with great views on the gulf; the services of the town are near, and it's just a small walk to the bus stop when going to Carate. The whole hotel area is beautiful and very well kept.

The owner and staff at Cabinas Jimenez are very friendly and professional. They gave us good advice on local services, activities and transport. The kayaks and bikes can be used without charge - we tried both and had a good time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
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Madison, Wisconsin
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We stumbled upon this place when we arrived in Puerto Jimenez. Unfortunately they were booked the night we arrived, but the woman who was working at the desk helped us find another place for one night, but we moved to Cabinas Jimenez for the rest of our stay. The rooms are very artsy and include a coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave. Very comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. The location is outstanding! Right on the water with kayaks and bikes available for guests. Love this place! Will be back!!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We loved this place! It was our honeymoon so we splurged and got the second floor two room with nice balcony! Puerto jimenez is a fun little town, but quite expensive. It's hard to get supplies down here so you will pay for it! This is the best place in town but a little expensive, but you get free wifi, kayaks, and bikes! The only problem we had was on Friday night the bar across the water had very loud music, witch normally would be fine but we had to be up early to head to cabo matapalo. All in all great place!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: on Main Street - 50 meters from the end of the soccer field | directly on the Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
#3 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
#5 Family Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabinas Jimenez is located on the Osa Peninsula, in Puerto Jimenez, on a quiet street at the edge of Puerto Jimenez, and directly on the Golfo Dulce. Comfortable new beds and linens, A/C, hot showers, mini-fridge, coffee makers are just a few of the amenities offered. A new pool, free wireless internet, kayaks, bicycles, and a cheerful and helpful staff will make your stay at Cabinas Jimenez truly memorable! Explore Corcovado National Park, Go Fishing, Surfing…Come and explore all the Osa has to offer! ... more   less 
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