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“JUST PEACE AND NATURE!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cabinas Las Olas

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Cabinas Las Olas
GabyML1301
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“JUST PEACE AND NATURE!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

if you want a very peaceful, full of nature place to stay in one of the most beautiful beaches in my country Costa Rica, and if you are relaxed and enjoy nature... go to this hotel...
It has everything you need to enjoy just surf, sun, sand and sea. Great walk to the beach among mangroves... the sounds, the silence with no silence of pure nature. Pura vida! Good food, and a very nice ambiance.... if you love a good surf or a quite beach close to good restaurants and night life in Tamarindo... go for it!

Room Tip: There is no swimming pool nor gym
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Carved out of the jungle, the property has cabinas (cabins) and an excellent restaurant on site. A short walk through the estuary via the boardwalk takes you to the superb surf at Avellanas. Very clean accommodations and restaurant made the stay very pleasant! Staff was great!!

Room Tip: No pool or spa or fitness center, but the beach makes up for that. Although there are fans in the ca...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Southport, North Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

I have stayed here many times in the last 10 years and cannot say enough positive things about Cabinas Las Olas. If you want a really great place , with amazing food, friendly people, beautiful beaches, and some of the best surf in Costa Rica you must come here. Tucked away , down the trails a couple hundred yards, from the beach this place is really truely Costa Rica at it's finest. Go ahead and ses for your self how great this place is . Enjoy your stay you will not regret one minute of it. Pura Vida Geoff

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Geoff W
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

I am from Costa Rica, I have been a several hotels but this place is beautiful, the location is extremely convenience for surfers 100 mts from the beach walking thru a Manglar, the food and the attention at the restaurant were awesome. I will come back in 15 days.
Thanks Julio and Miguel, Great job

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Cabinas Las Olas the first few days of our trip back to Costa Rica. The location of Cabinas Las Olas is perfect! Secluded and ideal for our needs. We were looking for a place to surf and bum around in a hammock. I loved the walk down to the beach through the mangroves. The staff was phenomenal! They were incredibly friendly, helpful and fun to sit around the bar watching surf videos with. The food was okay, nothing to write home about.

Onto the cabina...as most other reviews mentioned they aren't as nice as they could be. I was okay during the day but once the sun went down things changed. I'm not one to complain about rooms as I am perfectly comfortable with having the bare minimum as long as its clean. While our cabina was clean, there were just too many bugs at night for me to rest comfortably. I was chewed on by who knows what while I slept and that's where I draw the line. I don't need fancy sheets or AC and can handle the occasional ant or spider, but scorpions and armies of ants is too much. I suppose this could be an easy fix as the rooms aren't sealed from the outside too well. The cabinas just need some updates and they would be perfect.

In short, don't stay here if you can't handle bugs or being in the middle of nowhere. There is a resort down the street that would better meet your needs.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, IL
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

The four of us planned a weeklong surfing vacation. For what we were looking for, this place nailed it. Easy walking to the beach, very clean rooms with working A/C, friendly staff and a decent menu. But this place isn't for everyone - it's remote location ensures you will only surf, relax at your room, walk to the nearby Lola's for a cocktail or beer (which is only open to 6pm) or hang out at the bar onsite. if you need more hustle and bustle, go somewhere else.

The reasons I gave this 3 stars instead of four are really solvable challenges; everyday for 7 days this guy came out with a leaf blower and blew up dust everywhere. It was a nasty meachincal smell and dust clouds. It wasn't smart to be eating dinner at this time. Also, the wifi is terrifically horrible. Don't plan on bringing an ebook or tablet, you'll be very frustrated. And lastly the continental breakfast included in the price was parse. 2 pieces of toast and 4 pieces of fruit? If you wanted the tipico breakfast, there would be a surprise charge of $9 on your bill.

All in all, a decent place for an ok price, if you're looking for seclusion and surfing.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Alberta
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

Booked one week in March 2013, stayed one night. When I called for driving direction, they had no idea on how to give directions and said to call another manager. If you go there rent a 4x4, road is to rough for cars and a long drive from Tamarindo.
The place is nothing like you see in the pictures, which very deceptive. The place is basically a dive for the price you pay.
Restaurant/bar is open deck, menu is limited and food is served more on the cold side. Internet is wireless and does not reach to all cabinas, best bet is to sit at the bar to use internet.
A long walk over a swamp on rickety planks of drift wood to get to the beach.
Good place for surfing bums who don't care about safety or comfort.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Cabinas Las Olas

Property: Cabinas Las Olas
Address: Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo 4023, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Avellanas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Cabinas Las Olas 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Cabinas Las Olas is located north of the Pacific coast of Guanacaste, specifically in Playa Avellanas, at just one hour and a half of Liberia Airport and twenty minutes from Tamarindo. Cabinas Las Olas is the perfect place for the nature lovers and those ones that like the relaxation. On a 6 hectares of property, the tourists can enjoy a place that was build in harmony with the environment, surrounding by a mangrove reserve, with different kinds of trees, most of them in danger of extinction, a place with a lot of fauna easy to match like monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, squirrels and much more; all of these facts together with one of the most beautiful beaches around Costa Rica with crystal water and white sand beach, gives the opportunity to be in contact with an intact nature. Beside of the beautiful nature of this unique beach, Playa Avellanas is a world-renowned destination for Surfing, being the perfect base camp if you want to surf in the best surf points of Guanacaste such us: Playa Grande, Langosta, Junquillal, Marbella and Playa Negra (considered one the best rights in the North Pacific). However if you stay in the hotel, you won´t have to look for great surfing points in other beaches, you have them in front of our hotel... more than five different surfing points offers the surfer the possibility to run lefts and rights, over rock or sand, in high or low tide... The surfers dream, giving the unforgettable surfing experience in Costa Rica. While you stay here you have the opportunity to do other activities like: snorkeling , scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, boat tours, also you can do biking tours, horseback riding, hiking tours or do a private yoga class where you can connect your body, mind and spirit, also a terapeutic massage are available. In Hotel Cabinas Las Olas your comfort and pleasure are our main concerns. For this reason the peronal that work in Cabinas las Olas is going to take care for every little detail trying to let you feel like if you are in your own home. We have at your disposal the following services: • 10 ample cabinas with double and single orthopedic beds, ceiling fan, private bathroom with hot water, bidet, safety box and an comfortable terrace with hammock. • Restaurant with an international and typical menu, with vegetarian options and outdoor Video Bar surrounded by nature. • Surf shop with all the necessary for surfing, besides clothes and souvenirs • Games area for adults and children • Private parking with surveillance service • Laundry • 24hrs security • Only hotel in the area with access to the beach • Wi-Fi • Tour Desk • Surfing lessons available. Also at Hotel Cabinas Las Olas, one of our main concerns is preserving nature, for this reason one of our main priorities is taking care of this incredible environment by initiating the Sustainable Tourist Program. This program engages in sustainable practices that help to preserve, care for and reduce the impact on the environment; while supporting the community of Playa Avellanas. The beauty of Playa Avellanas speaks for itself but you must experience the atmosphere at Hotel Cabinas Las Olas first hand to truly understand why people keep coming back to their home away from home, year after year.. ... more   less 
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