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1/2 c N. al Empalme a las Playas Maderas y Playa Marsella, San Juan del Sur 00011, Nicaragua
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Empalme a Las Playas
Ranked #5 of 21 hotels in San Juan del Sur
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Santa Cruz, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very mixed experience at Empalme de las Playas. We booked 5 nights here prior to arriving in Nica, largely based on the strength of the Trip Advisor reviews. There were many things we enjoyed about Emplame but I would not recommend these accommodations to friends traveling to coastal Nicaragua. Pros *1 km from fantastic surfing at Playa... More

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Leon, Nicaragua
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The rooms are basically made out of Bamboo but we were positively surprised entering the rooms. Very big, very nicely equipped, just perfect. And not to forget about the owners Roy, Karen and Marty, these are really nice people and from the beginning we felt like friends or even family. They cooked us delicious breakfasts and an incredible dinner. The... More

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Roy, Karen and Marty made us feel comfortable and made us feel like family. Their cabanas are clean, the breakfasts wonderful and plentiful. They helped us find surf boards to rent, get transfers to the airport, find guides to take us to other places in Nicaragua and pointed in all the right directions. My girlfriend Sarah had stayed with them... More

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New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had such a great time with Karen, Marty and Roy. I was traveling with my husband and 3 year old son to Nicaragua. I was unsure whether we'd find enough to occupy us while there but we were "busy" from our arrival to even past our stay at Empalme (we returned for a BBQ). Upon arrival, Roy took us... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Roy, Karen and Marty were great hosts, very welcoming and friendly. On our first day they showed us around the town and beaches, which was a great as we could figure out what we could do during our stay. There’s a nice local beach about 5mins away, but the best one where all the surfers go is Playa Maderas. It’s... More

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Manassas, VA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I will definantely be coming back to stay with Karen, Roy, and Marty. They are great hosts and we had a wonderful time. The beaches are walking distance and are beautiful. There are nice restaurants in San Juan Del Sur to go or walk to the nearby places. We definitely recommend dinner at the hotel because Karen... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I cannot say enough about this incredible place! Karen, Roy, and Marty will do anything to make you feel comfortable and like one of their own family members. From the moment I called to check for availability, they were open and friendly to my last minute request (I booked within a few weeks of my stay). There is plenty of... More

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Montreal, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This was supposed to be our romantic getaway, but my partner missed his flight. So I was solo. I would definitely return though, with him. Roy, Karen and Marty were very warm, welcoming and helpful hosts. This was more expensive than other places we stayed in our time in Nicaragua, but a beautiful treat. Breakfast was big, delicious and varied;... More

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Orlando, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I look forward to a return stay at this perfect getaway. From the comfortable cabana to the easy walk to the beach to the chilled Tona in the common area fridge to the perfect hammock swing chairs, I could not ask for a better way to spend a vacation relaxing. Karen was extremely helpful in coordinating car service to and... More

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Napa, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

This is a difficult review to write and I am going to try very hard to focus on the information that travelers would want to make an informed decision about where to spend their time. The Empalme is in a lovely spot - nestled in the trees and just a ten - fifteen minute walk to Playa Marcella. We had... More

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

I preface this with a thank you for taking your time to write your review and experience. I have to agree, there are a couple nice hotels in the area. Your review is fine with us. However seems that you did not care for me from the first impression, must have been the cigarette. You were greeted like everyone else... More

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Address: 1/2 c N. al Empalme a las Playas Maderas y Playa Marsella, San Juan del Sur 00011, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Empalme a Las Playas Hotel San Juan Del Sur
Empalme a Las Playas Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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A true nature lover and beach goer treat. Spacious and quiet bamboo cabanas sitting in the jungle canopy above the river showcasing howler monkeys and many varieties of birds and wildlife. Within walking distance of Playa Marsella and Playa Maderas, said to be one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua. A great place to relax, surf, trek and enjoy the natural beauty that is Nicaragua. We are as close to a nature reserve/eco lodge as can be without going through all the legalities to get the "stamp" of approval. Enjoy personal service and feel like you are at your home away from home. Offering personal service and satisfaction! ... more   less 
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