We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Just a short walk to the ocean, monkeys, sloths, etc.”
Review of Cabinas Espadilla

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Cabinas Espadilla
Ranked #26 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Just a short walk to the ocean, monkeys, sloths, etc.”
Reviewed 22 June 2011

We ended up at Cabinas Espadilla when the hotel we had planned to stay at ended up booked and referred us to their neighbor. Cabinas Espadilla turned out to be pretty great, just a short walk from Manuel Antonio National Park and an even shorter walk to the public beach. The room was clean and comfortable and the grounds were nicely manicured. We stayed in Room-lucky-number-13, which was right across from the pool and a beautiful old tree. The pool was very nice to take a dip in now and then. Also, the on-site parking lot seemed very secure and we had no trouble. Breakfast was served at a partner restaurant a few meters down the street and was excellent.

The rate was perhaps a little high for low season, but, then again, it's Manuel Antonio and paying the tourist premium is a bit expected. I'd definitely stay at Cabinas Espadilla gain and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank jmhouse73
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mile_Espadilla, Recepcionsta at Cabinas Espadilla, responded to this review, 20 July 2011
Thank you for your kind comment. We are happy that you liked lucky-13! We hope to serve again in the future.
Milena
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

177 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    65
    72
    29
    7
    4
See reviews for
52
68
8
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (22)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
naples
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2011

Location, location, location. We loved Cabinas Espadilla because it is as close as you can be to Manuel Antonio Park without being on the main drag where all the noise and craziness is. It has a great pool, as does its companion hotel a few hundred feet away. For breakfast, you get this amazing huge buffet breakfast with an omelette chef and all. The cabin has a full kitchenette so you can cook your own meals or store your own cold drinks. It is absolutely perfect for families and very clean and comfortable. Hot water and cold AC make it just about the best one could ask for in this price bracket.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank envirogal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mile_Espadilla, Recepcionista at Cabinas Espadilla, responded to this review, 19 July 2011
Thank you very much for your comments! This motivates us to continue improving in all aspects, we hope that at some point you can come back to Cabinas Espadilla.
Milena
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Francsico
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2010

We had to switch hotels because the one we were at first was booked the rest of the week so we walked down a little ways to this one and it was a great deal so we decided to stay the rest of the week here.
We were in the cabana's not the hotel and there seemed to be a pretty distinct separation in how the staff was at one from the other. The staff at the cabanas were great. Very helpful and let us use the phone to call another hotel and helped out with any questions we had, the staff at the hotel part wanted to charge for everything and they weren't too personable. Very different then the rest of the Costa Rican's we met during the week. They charged for the computer (even if it was just a minute) , the phone for local hotel calls, for an extra towel if you needed one for your hair, charge for a beach towel if you needed one. The room was clean but the shower never got any hot water and the doors wouldn't close right. Also the water didn't drain well and there was a pool by your feet.
The location is great. Just a path to the beach and there is a great backpackers hotel next door with the coldest and cheapest beer in town. The pool is nice, could be a bit cooler, but overall a decent hotel. It could be a great hotel with the right owner but until then, just decent. They did have an excellent breakfast though with just about everything you would want whether it be traditional Costa Rican or American.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank meeshakar
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2010

Maybe I'm biased because the place we stayed at before this was disgusting but these cabinas were lovely. The room was clean and spacious, we even had a small kitchenette area in our room. Fresh towels each day and air conditioning if you need it.

The reception staff were friendly and informative. The breakfast that's included is taken at their sister hotel just across the road and this was great.

The location is excellent as it's just a couple of minutes walk from the public beach and other bars and restaurants and about five minutes walk to the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park.

There is free wi-fi at the hotel. A small but clean pool to relax by. Definitely recommend this as a place to stay for people on a medium budget.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MaggieC100
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
148 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2010

We stayed at Cabinas Espadilla for (2) nights while on our three week Costa Rica vacation.
The location is excellent.....we didn't use our car at all. (as close as you can get to the beach and the park)
The outside ambience of the cabins and pool area is really nice. There is a huge covered porch that spans the cabins, so even if it's pouring outside, you can sit in very comfortable wicker furniture with puffy pillows.
Inside the cabins, there is a safe, small refrigerator, efficient air conditioning and 2 queen sized beds.
There is no hair dryer and the towels and linens are low grade.,,,,however, the pillows and matresses are quite comfortable.

A couple of maintenance items
1) The crank louvered glass windows were difficult to operate and a couple of the glass panes fell out of their mounts
2) The Shower stall and bathroom are very mold stained and dirty - see my pictures - Also the sliding glass door was very difficult to slide (was off its track)

Other than the state of the bathroom and problems with the windows, everything else worked and the room and grounds were clean.

There is also a small fridge in the room.

What we liked
- The ambience of the outside
- The pool and grounds
- The bed comfort and pillows

To Improve
- Staff engagement / friendliness
- Bathroom and shower maintenance and cleanliness
- Window maintenance

The price we paid (on the edge of low season) was quite high for what we got - but I assume the excellent location allows them to charge that price.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank deathracer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Buffalo
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2010

We were indeed so fortunate to use the Cabinas Espadilla as our home base for our three-day visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. There are so many positive things to say about our stay here that I hardly know where to begin! First of all, the staff is helpful in every way, and the rooms are comfortable and very clean as are the grounds, the swimming pool, etc. Secondly, the Cabinas are in a perfect location if your goal is to visit the park and its lovely beaches. We parked our car free for three days and just walked everywhere we wanted to go. This was perfect for us. There were more than enough restaurants close by as well as a delicious bakery and a small grocery store. Best of all, of course, was our close access to the park entrance. From the Cabinas, we were close to both the entrance and the exit of the park. We would visit the park in the morning, one day with a wonderful guide recommended by Yafet and the other day, on our own. Then we returned to our room to change into our bathing suits and returned to the park to swim. Just wonderful!

The only reason that I have listed the sleep quality as "good" rather than "excellent" is that howler monkeys (as well as squirrel monkeys and capuchins) abound in this area
and put up quite a howl during the predawn hours! We loved it and even taped the sounds just because it was so exciting to hear. But those looking for a long night's rest might want to be sure to bring earplugs and/or keep the air conditioner on. We did neither because we just loved being so close to nature. This place was great, and we hope to return one day

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank BijouBuffalo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Orange County, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2010

I didn't LOVE this place. The rooms were okay, the service was okay, and the pool was decent. Overall, the place just looks a little old and worn out. While the price wasn't high, it was more than some of the other places we stayed that were much nicer. This is probably because of the location. The Cabinas are easy (less than 1/4 a mile) walking distance to the entrance of Manuel Antonio Park and Manuel Antonio Beach. If you don't mind staying a little further away and taking a cab or longer walk to the beach/park, I'd stay somewhere nicer but further that will cost the same. On our trip, we stayed at the cabinas for 2 nights and then stayed at a hotel about 5-10 minutes away (by cab) because it was so much nicer. That said, it was worth it to stay here on the days we wanted to be at the beach and the park. Oh, and we did see one monkey on the street in front of our hotel and several more when we went in to the park.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Lamarsnmbr1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Manuel Antonio hotels
0.1 mi away
Inn On The Park
Inn On The Park
#41 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
68 reviews
0.3 mi away
Hotel Verde Mar
Hotel Verde Mar
#25 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
554 reviews
0.0 mi away
Hotel Vela Bar
Hotel Vela Bar
#8 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
349 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 mi away
Hotel Villabosque
Hotel Villabosque
#20 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
287 reviews
0.1 mi away
Hotel Playa Espadilla
Hotel Playa Espadilla
#21 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
264 reviews
0.1 mi away
Hotel Manuel Antonio
Hotel Manuel Antonio
#31 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
174 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Cabinas Espadilla? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cabinas Espadilla

Property: Cabinas Espadilla
Address: 300 meters before Manuel Antonio Nal. | Park entrance, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Espadilla Cabins is a beautiful little beach hotel located just one minute from the beach in Manuel Antonio. It has 16 units surrounded by beautiful gardens, a swimming pool and parking. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, TripOnline SA, Odigeo and Agoda so you can book your Cabinas Espadilla reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Cabinas Espadilla Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Cabinas Espadilla Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing