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“Another great stay in PV”
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Cabinas Tropical
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PNWcoast
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13 reviews
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“Another great stay in PV”
Reviewed January 19, 2011

I really enjoy being so near to town (yet not on the main street), the restaurants, the buses to Cahuita and Manzanillo. We always rent bikes for easy beach access and trips to the stores. The staff is well treated - as indicated by how long they stay! Rolf and Juana are a great resource for trips near and far and offer jungle hikes unlike any others offered in the area. A frig in the room, fan, netting and each room has a balcony or porch. The place is always immaculate. Have recommended it to friends and they have always been pleased.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

We found this hotel almost by accident—but were lucky to do so. The staff is friendly and efficient. It is owned by a German/Costa Rican couple who also lead tours to nearby parks and reserves. They are a great duo as Rolf is a biologist who did graduate studies in Costa Rica, and Juana has observed native wildlife throughout her life. Rolf is fluent in English and Spanish as well as German.

The hotel is within a 5 to 10-minute walk to more than a dozen excellent restaurants. It’s also a 10-minute walk to Playa Negra (Black Beach), and a leisurely 20-minute walk to the white sands of Playa Cocles. For a quick dip, take a five-minute walk to the point in front of “El Chino.”

I don’t know why Trip Advisor lists this place as a B&B—it is not, though they do have good coffee available for free every morning. Rooms have a small fridge, and free WiFi.

This is hotel is a good value, close enough—but not TOO close to Puerto Viejo’s vibrant cultural center.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

Yes, the hotel was fine, lovely staff, room was basic ok, bathroom filthy, towel was yuk. I have back packed for years & just feel the CR in general is expensive. $45 for a basic room with aircon? cheap for CR but still too expensive.
We hated PV. Dirty, felt unsafe, filthy beaches, drugs & police everywhere, horrible vibe.
I have travelled all over the world, through some very undeveoped countries, but this was a shock & a let down. We went there for a week to relax etc, but felt ill at ease so left early & went elsewhere. I have mixed with the drug vibe at Glastonbury (15 times), Bali, Gili Islands, Thailand etc, but this place just didnt seem right. Not going back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed October 19, 2010

After several days in so-so budget hotels, Cabinas Tropical was a breath of fresh air. The rooms are minimal, but very well maintained and very clean! It's a few blocks away from the busier areas in the town, which was perfect because it was nice and quiet. Very safe too, since it is gated. The car entrance closes around 11pm, but there's another entrance for guests to go through at all hours if they have their room keys. Another cool thing was apparently they user solar-powered electricity to warm water during the day. Also, while this is less important, it was nice not to see tacky decorations on the wall. I believe double rooms without air-conditioning ran around $35, but we went for the ones with air-conditioning for around $45. It was well worth it! I will definitely be staying there again when I visit Puerto Viejo next

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Tucson,AZ
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Reviewed June 4, 2010

No frills, just a good clean room. Also an excursion to Gandoca- Manzanillo or Cahuita with Rolf and Juana is a must.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Boston
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Reviewed March 27, 2010

This hotel is a gem. It's owned and run by a German wildlife biologist and his Costa Rican wife. It's a very pleasant and safe place, located just a couple blocks from the Main street in Puerto Viejo and one block from the fabulous Soda Lidia. We paid extra for a room with air conditioning, which was well worth it because this part of the country is very hot and humid. Rolf and Juana took us on the best rainforest/wildlife hike of our trip. She has an eagle eye for spotting birds and other animals, and he offered a wealth of knowledge about everything we saw. They carry a telescope for amazing up-close views of birds. Rolf was also very helpful in answering my many questions by email before we arrived. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

If you want to stay directly in Puerto Viejo this is a very good option.
The rooms are simple, but comfortable and spotless. They also have real hot water and great cross-ventilation, so we slept really well.
Its close to everything, but the rainforest behind is always louder than the town in front. So its no problem to get to bed early in preparation for their great guided rainforest tour,
which is highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cabinas Tropical
Address: Av. 67, Calle 217 y 219, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 00506, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Ranked #11 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Hotel Class:2 star — Cabinas Tropical 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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