Ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.9 Room cleanliness
3.9 Service & staff
3.3 Room comfort
3.5 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Once-in-a-lifetime experience - not to be repeatedPosted Aug 10, 2013
Pros: The manager and her assistant try very hard to keep the guests happy. In fairness to them, they have only been there a month. The food is good.
Cons: How can I count the ways . . . ?
Location: A beach nearby, complete with riptide. Tour of Corcovado, expensive & only fair. Boat ride to park is rough, Captain Cocoanut thinks he's in #2 car.
I got a room with a "shared bath." Since I am one of six siblings and grew up in a house with only one bathroom, I figured I could handle it. I thought I would wait my turn, go into the toilet to relieve myself, shower, clean the teeth, etc. But NO! The toilet and shower are in separate rooms that open directly onto an open walkway that goes past the guests' rooms, and the lav is actually on the walkway. The shower doesn't have robe hooks or holders for the soap and shampoo. So what is a guest to do? Run down the open walkway naked? or hold the robe out of the shower with one hand while attempting to bathe with the other? And there is NO HOT WATER! I asked the manager to move me into a room with a private bath and a hot shower, and paid substantially more for that privilege. But the shower went out within hours after I moved into that room and could not be repaired for two days, minimum. Anyway, the room was already reserved by another guest for the next night. The manager moved me into another house ("my friend has a house with extra rooms he rents out"). It would have been bad enough, but the power went out in the evening and didn't come back on for several hours. No lights, no fan, no hot water. All in all, this was not fun and I will not repeat it.
Jan 13, 2013 by
This nice lady had problems since the very beginning, she didn't realize she had booked a room with shared bathroom until she arrived. Our rooms are well known in the area for being the cleanest and nicest cheap solution. The water is simply natural (not cold) and nobody ever complained due to the outside high temperature. The shower rooms are large and comfortable and equipped with soap holder, of course people are supposed to bring, as in the best hotel, their own toilet bag. No need to come out naked from the shower since, as I told, there is space enough for getting dressed. The washbasins are located in front of our tropical garden and everybody finds it extremely nice to brush their teeth or wash their hands while watching a toucan, a Morpho butterfly of even the red eyed frog! We like our guests to be happy and we (not her) proposed the lady to upgrade for 1 night only (availability in high season is reduced) to a private bathroom solution paying the difference, which was not "substantial" but only 15$ according to our rates published on the website. Due to an electricity cut in the village, we stayed for a few hours (and not days!) without power but this is quite understandable when you live in a remote paradise otherwise you should choose a different and more touristic location. Due to our incoming reservation and to the fact that she didn’t want to come back to the shared bathroom room, we proposed to move her to a close, small hotel (not a friend’s house!), even asking her to have a look first. She accepted as they are clean, new and well equipped room at an affordable price. I’m sorry for her experience but I honestly have to say that she didn’t mention the “special treatment” we gave her all the time just to see her smile, at least once!. And I’m sorry for this comment of mine, we usually accept the criticisms as an opportunity to improve and see our faults but in this case they were all tantrums. She even complained about the Corcovado tour, expecting to find a zoo instead of one of the most savage and impressive Natural Parks in the world, and about the fact that local people spoke an “not understandable English” for her. I honestly saw them making all their efforts to let them being understood by a foreign tourist who visit a foreign, Spanish-speaking country keeping her strong Texan accent and not willing to say even “hola” or “gracias”. We thank her anyway as there’s always a lesson to learn.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Great and cheap place to stay!Posted May 26, 2013
Cons: no view at the ocean
Very friendly atmosphere. Staff extremely nice and helpful.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Very nice hotel and staffPosted May 12, 2013
My four nights at Cabinos Manolo were very pleasant and an excellent value. The room was comfortable and functional, and the staff - especially Mauricio, Najer and Ingrid made my stay a good experience.
Jan 6, 2013 by
Thanks for your comments.
for Familiesby A verified traveler from USA
Posted Apr 16, 2013 on Hotels.com
I like the hotel: it exceeded my expectations, so I would stay there again. One negative comment specifically about room #6, where we stayed: the room has two double outlets (usual USA standard), but these outlets are recessed and not parallel to the wall. So, any bigger plug would not fit there: we had a trouble with plugging our Chromebook, but eventually managed with help of a chair :^). But if you want to charge your batteries for your DSLR/camcorder with modern style chargers - without cord, with folding plugs - it will not be possible. Bring small adapter/plug multiplier as we did!
for Getaway With Friendsby Chrissie from Bournemouth UK
good value for moneyPosted Mar 25, 2013 on Hotels.com
This was a nice place to stay, rooms were clean, food was good and lots of activities on offer. Wiring in the shower was a bit dodgy, and it would have been nice if the hotel had sent transport to the ferry to collect us. A long walk up hill to this hotel in 40 deg with cases is not fun. They did take us down the hill though the day we left. Lots of info given from the owners prior to our stay. this was very helpful.
for Personal Eventby Al
Great servicePosted Mar 8, 2013 on Hotels.com
No hot water with the rooms with shared bathrooms and shared showers. There were clothes line to hang up wet clothes. Rooms had powerful fans which did keep me cool. It even felt cold in the mornings. They are useful for drying clothes also. There was only one power outlet in the room. There was one wifi router in the reception area so it was very low signal where my room was. You can book thru their website and book packages but I did not book everything together. Their on site restaurant was tasty. I enjoyed the chicken casado very much. There are other restaurants so no need to preorder your meals. Note: everything shuts down around 10pm. For the price I enjoyed the place very much. You don't spend much time in the room because you are doing tours that leave very early in the morning. All the staff was very friendly and helpful. Bring a flashlight if you want to go walking at night. It wasn't far to the grocery store but there is a hill you need to climb. I would stay here again
Recommendedby L Sampson
Not the best choicePosted Feb 28, 2013 on Hotels.com
Our stay at Cabinas Manolo was most unpleasant. The rooms are very stuffy with little air flow and in that hot humid climate it makes sleeping difficult. There were two small beds in our room. One had a plastic cover on the mattress and only a thin sheet. which was uncomfortable in the high humidity. The other bed had a thin sheet over one of the dirtiest mattresses I have ever seen. There is also no HOT water. We paid for three nights at Cabinas Manolo but left after the second night.
Jan 10, 2013 by Mauricio
Thanks for your comments which make us improve our service at Cabinas Manolo. We have different kind of rooms with different prices. I was checking my records and noticed that you had booked the most economic room with shared bathroom. These rooms are without hot water, information which is written on the room description. if you had let me know about this during your stay I could had helped with this issue. Mattress have been replaced and rooms are repainted. I urge you to stay with us again, so you can see the new improvements.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
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Recommendedby A verified traveler from Portland, OR
Cabinas Manolo - nice but basicPosted Mar 27, 2012 on Hotels.com
Our room was just as advertised, and was clean and well maintained. A reasonable value for the rate. The front desk staff were quite helpful in answering questions and booking tours and transportation for us. The restaurant provided excellent Costa Rican cuisine (including the best batidos I had all trip!), but other menu items were not as good. Tour to Corcovado (Sirena Station) included hour-plus boat rides in smallish motorboats into open ocean to get there and back, so take that into consideration if you tend to get seasick. We were a little disappointed by the night frog tour, having heard glowing reviews of a night insect tour with a different guide, but it was our fault for not inquiring further, I guess. Not much to do in Drake Bay once you return from a day trip around 3 pm, but then many tours start at 5:30 or 6 am, so a siesta, dinner, and an early night is not a bad idea.
Recommendedby A verified traveler from Philadelphia, PA
Excellent stay at Cabinas ManoloPosted Jan 7, 2012 on Hotels.com
This hotel is run by a family and the quality of the service is excellent. I strongly recommend their tour to Sirena and the night frog tour. I stayed in one of the standard rooms with a shared bathroom, which was kept very clean. The room is simple, but I just needed a clean and safe place to rest after a full-day of outdoor activities. The hammocks outside the room were a great treat.