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Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The owners are really friendly, chilled out and welcoming. Amazing and Peacefully up in the lush trees above the beach. Just what I needed after San Juan del sur. It takes a little effort to walk up the hill, but it's all worth it. Rooms clean and comfy, I was lucky to spot some monkeys passing by from my balcony.... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My trip to Playa Maderas was wonderful but Hostel Clandestino is what really made it special. Juan and Javier are incredible hosts and have really created a welcoming and charming environment. The hostel is in the middle of the jungle and all you can hear are the howling monkeys, birds, wind and the sound of the ocean in the distance.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Hostel Clandestino has such a welcoming vibe, thanks to Juan and Javier! It is a fantastic escape from the constant party that is San Juan del Sur---yet only a short shuttle ride away when you want to go to town. The hostel's max capacity is 12 people, and there were only 4 when I visited. It was very calm and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Juan and Javier are more than wonderful hosts. The hostel is simple, clean, peaceful and in a wonderful location. You'll wake up to howler monkeys and many birds. Plus, it has a great kitchen for all guests to make their own meals. If you're looking to stay in Playa Maderas on a budget, this is the place hands down. Thanks... More 

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Hood River, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Juan goes above and beyond to make his guests feel welcome at Hostel Clandestino. He got in touch with us as we arrived in San Juan del Sur and came to town just to pick us up (and some eggs at the super market :) The best parts of San Juan del Sur, is out of San Juan del Sur.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I've been traveling through nicaragua and costa rica for 5 weeks now and this spot has been by far the best and I feel I owe these guys a good review. The property is like a little colony of platforms, one having the dorms, one with private rooms, another with a bar and lounge area and another with hammocks, its... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Wow. I'm so glad I found this place this winter. I first booked few nights, and my stay quick turned into weeks! Great value. Friendly, genuine owners. We often made family-style diner with them and the other guests. They have a fully-equipped kitchen. The lounge area is overlooking the ocean and the jungle. Great for relaxing and sipping on coffee... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I don't know where to start with expressing what an amazing time we had at clandestino. We were greeted by Juan and Javier, who are so so friendly and welcoming. We stayed in the dorm room which has 4 beds and is very spacious. There are shelves and hooks on the walls which is handy. Everything in the hostel is... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Such a beautiful wee retreat in the jungle! Literally a 3 minute dawdle down a garden path to get to the beach. Immaculately clean facilities and comfortable beds (silk sheets!!!) Juan is super lovely and he really goes out of his way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Perfect location to get away for awhile. Yoga decks, solitude,... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I stayed here in March with two other friends. The place down the road was full and recommended this place to us, I am so happy we stayed at Hostel Clandestino. We stayed in a room with four beds. It is such a nice and relaxing place with hammocks and a nice sitting area. They provide strong coffee all day.... More 

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Address: Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur > Playa Maderas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Hostel Clandestino Nicaragua/Playa Maderas, San Juan Del Sur

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