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“Would Stay Here Again” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Boulder, Colorado
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“Would Stay Here Again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in early December 2012. We stayed a poolside deluxe room one night, and then spent two more nights in the downstairs Rancho room. In between we spent a few nights in Corcovado, and Cabinas Jimenez was very helpful in storing our luggage (for free!) during our trip. Every single employee with whom we had contact was extremely nice and friendly, and they seemed very genuine, not like they were just being nice because they were paid to. The grounds were really well kept, and location was perfect for us! The hotel was a short walk from the main street, and also a short walk to another street by the ocean that had a lot of restaurants, so it really didn't matter that there was not an on-site restaurant. I remembered reading some reviews that mentioned noise from a disco across the bay, but we were there on a Friday and Saturday night and didn't hear anything. We enjoyed the free use of the kayaks, kayaking through the mangroves one morning and down the ocean another morning, and riding the bikes to Playa Plantanares one afternoon.

The poolside deluxe room was not the smallest we stayed in during our Costa Rica trip, although it's not huge. The AC unit is in the bathroom, and while the bathroom was noticeably cooler than the rest of the room, it cooled well enough that we turned the AC off during the night. The room had a nice mural painted on one of the walls, which really brightened up the room. The shared patio outside the poolside deluxe rooms had comfy furniture, lights, and ceiling fans, and even a view of the ocean.

The downstairs Rancho was a splurge for us, and it was definitely worth it. The room is pretty big, especially for just two people. The bathroom is really nice, with nice tile work and a huge shower. As for the "hot" water- there's a trick to actually getting hot water, which I didn't learn until I bothered to read the hotel's guide book in the room. The room has a microwave and a fridge. The woodwork in the room is amazing- there are different animals carved on each of the doors. The AC unit is in the room, and was really cold. We slept with the AC off in this room also. The room also has a large, private patio overlooking the ocean. The only negative about the downstairs rancho was that you can hear every footstep of the people staying above you. Luckily whoever was above us seemed to go to bed as early as we did, so we didn't have any problems with this.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Portland, Oregon
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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
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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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20 helpful votes 20 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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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
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
#3 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
#5 Family Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
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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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