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El Nido Cabinas
Winnipeg, Canada
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“Highly recommended”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

We spent 2 weeks at El Nido near Playa Chiquita in April.

Paolo, Vittoria and Nina were the best hosts you could possibly ask for. They were there to take care of us and addressed anything that needed attention immediately. We felt well taken care of. We arrived after Easter Week and the entire coast had slowed downed considerably and we were the only guests most of the time.

The cabina was exactly as we had imagined. The grounds were beautiful and their gardener does an amazing job keeping it looking amazing. The cleaning lady was prompt and did a great job taking care of us.

We liked the location, being about halfway between PV and Manzanillo. There were great restaurants within walking distance and a grocery store was very close by. It's a 5 minute walk to Playa Chiquita and we spent a part of most days hanging out there. Late afternoons were often spent by the swimming pool on the premises.

If you want, Paolo and Vitorria will make you a homemade Italian dinner. We were able to enjoy that 3 times and enjoyed every one. We suggest the gnocchi that was made from scratch.

We had the cabina with the air conditioner and appreciated the ability to cool off as it was quite hot and humid while we were there.

We would not hesitate to recommend El Nido as a place to relax and kick up your feet if you're looking for a great place when you're in that area. Punta Uva to the South and Cocles and PV to the North are an easy bike ride away and we rented a couple of bikes for a week from the nearby grocery store.

We hope we'll be able to go back to visit this area again some day.

Room Tip: The one with A/C if that's what you want.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Just returned from 4 days at El Nido Cabinas. I highly recommend staying here. The hosts are wonderful and strive to make your vacation as relaxing as possible. Breakfast is included and was always delicious! You are surrounded by the jungle so keep your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, butterflies, etc. The beauty of the beaches is beyond words! I hope to return again someday.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Once we found it, we loved it, stayed for a week, then travelled around costa rica, and came back for another week here. Large terrace, spacious cabinas, king size bed, pool suitable for kids, beautifull garden and wonderfull and helpfull hosts Paolo, Vittoria and Nina made us feel wonderful. With little ones (two girls 3 and 1 year old) it was very convinient to have kitchen and supermarket just across the street. Also in walking distance there are good restaurants (pura gula, jungle love, botanica organica). Beach has coral pools, so it's perfect place to avoid waves. Jungle is all around you, just sit in terrace and watch it comming to you. We saw humming birds, monkeys, sloths, parrots, blue butterflies, squirrel right there in the garden. Being only 4 houses, you get really personal attention from hosts and house keeping staff.
Kind regards, Paolo, Vittoria and Nina!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Very spacious bungalow, nicely decorated, mosquito net over the bed, very nice bathroom with three split areas and warm water (not a given at the coast), open kitchen, TV, ceiling fan, porch with hanging hammock and bench.

In the middle of the nature, very close to the sea (200 mts). It has also a swimming pool and beautiful garden/forest surrounding the only four bungalows (so you won't have the feeling of being in an overcrowded place ever).

The couple managing the hotel, Paolo and Victoria, are lovely. Not pretentious at all, it is a very close and friendly service that makes you feel like among friends.
Breakfast is included and you can agree to have dinner in advance from a menu they will offer you.

Regarding WIFI and Sat TV we were warned in advance that it works when it works and the WIFI is slow and working only in the breakfast area, so no surprises.

Overall, after having been four times in Costa Rica, El Nido is a very nice place I would love to come back to. We spent here the last 3 days in and it offers a great value for the price. It was the best way to end the vacations.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We have stayed at El Nido in Costa Rica several times now and it continues to be wonderful. Paulo, Vittoria and Nina are the most gracious hosts you could ever want for. The cabins are spacious, comfortable and the setting is incredible. You will here and see many howler monkeys, toucans, blue morpho butterflies... The grounds Re incredibly lush and beautiful. The salt water pool is a dream.

If you are in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, do yourself a favor and stay at El Nido.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Huntington, New York
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Well, I don't even know where to begin to tell you about how absolutely perfect our stay at El Nido was. Our Casita was so much more than we had expected. I could live there forever if I were given the opportunity. Everything was absolutely perfect! To say that we loved staying there would be the ultimate understatement. We can't wait to go back! Paolo and Victoria (and baby Nina!) treated us more like friends or family than guests. We looked forward to walking up the stone path to breakfast every morning more for the smiles and conversation than the actual meal. Though that was great too! It was the perfect way to start each day.

The grounds and pool area were just as you would expect them to be in paradise. Breathtakingly beautiful! We discovered something unique and new just about every time we walked the path. Our little house had everything we needed, including a huge shower, with steaming hot water and great water pressure (something we did not encounter at another hotel) There was a little grocery store only about a 3 minute walk from El Nido, where we bought coffee, milk, wine, cheese and assorted snacks. It was great to return to our casita after spending the day at the beach and just relax in the hammock on our private porch with a glass of wine before going out for dinner. Heaven!

We can't wait to go back to Playa Chiquita and wouldn't even think of staying anywhere else but El Nido. You will not be disappointed if you stay there. Promise!

Room Tip: We stayed in the air conditioned casita.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Tired from having worked during a whole year?
Tired from having sight-seen and travelled too much?
Tired of life and not knowing where to go or what else to desire in your life?
Try this!
This is the place to stay, relax, gather your strengths, concentrate and meditate upon yourself.
The garden is magic: educated and wild at the same time, exotic enough to let you well recognise here the rare apartment plants that you cherish in your city flat. It is a meditation garden for brief meditation wanderings, designed for you and your thoughts. At last you will dare to caress unknown petals or spiny barks, observe with new curiosity the night rain drops inside a flower, experience a newly discovered familiarity with the nature around you. The sounds of not to faraway animals birds and the perfumes of of moist earth, flowers and fruits are the background of your steps on the stone paths or in the will trimmed soft grass.
The same well equilibrated balance between exotic nature and careful and respectful layout that you find in the garden you will find it in the spectacular interior and exterior architecture of the cabinas, respectful of local building traditions and materials but designed for modern comfort, with ample spaces and light, as a night shelter as well as relax space under a shady porch after a swim in the caribbean ocean or in the garden swimming pool, another of my favourite spots of EL NIDO.
The people who run EL NIDO are Paolo and Vittoria, wonderful peole: very professional and very friendly. There are there to help you and assist you in any way with the true human concern that you will never find in the best hotel concierge: you will feel as if you had always known them.
I do not know if the people who run EL NIDO are a terrific plus to the garden and to the cabinas, or if the garden is a terrific plus to the cabinas and to the presence of Paolo and Vittoria. In any way you put it, this is a perfect cocktail of people and locations for a holiday to be remembered.
My days spent at EL NIDO were well spent: it is a period of my life that I keep remembering, and when I think of these days I feel that I keep receiving the benefits of this calm and relaxed period of my life.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: El Nido Cabinas
Address: Frente Elenas | Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 9355, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brand New! Beautiful craftsman bungalows set in tropical gardens with salt water pool and jacuzzi. Bright and Spacious bungalows with king size bed, 300+ cotton sheets, kitchen and eating bar, TV/DVD, sofa bed, hot water and AC. Warm hospitality and full service tour booking. 200 m to gorgeous Playa Chiquita beach, 3and a half miles from lively Puerto Viejo. ... more   less 
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