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Empalme a Las Playas

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1/2 c N. al Empalme a las Playas Maderas y Playa Marsella | Left Before the Road Splits to Playas Marsella and Maderas, San Juan del Sur 00011, Nicaragua
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Empalme a Las Playas
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in San Juan del Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I stayed at Empalme with Karen, Roy, and Marty for 5 nights over Christmas. We had the most wonderful time. All three of them are spectacular hosts, always anticipating guests needs. I highly recommend staying in Empalme. We arrived after midnight on Christmas and they waited up for us, made sure we were settled, and asked if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just don't know where to begin. Our stay was just amazing! When you stay here you get a gorgeous cabin, amazing home-cooked breakfast by Karen (and if you're lucky, dinner as well), Marty will show you the beaches, restaurants, alligators and parrots in the neighborhood, Roy is always making sure you have everything you need (dice game? Movie night?... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have stayed at Empalme three times and are about to do so again! Can't wait; it's an idyllic spot in the trees, and five minutes from beautiful Playa Marsella. A stay here is like hanging out with great friends every day. Hosts Roy, Karen, and Marty are super-friendly, helpful, and fun (the evening games are a particular highlight). The... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is the second time we have stayed with Roy and Karen at their lovely spot on the hill. Once again they were fantastic hosts and even took us to a baseball game in Rivas which was a lot of fun. If you are looking for modern conveniences in your room like an iron or hairdryer then don't stay here.... More 

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

Happy New Year!! Thank you, once again, for choosing to stay with us and posting your experience for future travelers!!! So you know, Gigantes de Rivas are in the playoffs for the season finals. We will know who we are playing depending on who wins between Managua and Chinandega. Hoping to catch at least one of those games! We are... More 

Port Aransas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We recently stayed at this wonderful place and amongst the group, rented 3 cabins. The bamboo cabins were perfect and the food was excellent. However the best part was our great hosts, Roy and Karen, and their son Marty. From playing games with us at night to picking us up at the beach, they were always happy and making sure... More 

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

Happy New Year to you!! Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to write a trip report and share with other TripAdvisor users your opinion. Having your dynamic group was very pleasing experience for us as well! I love a good story and could sit and listen for hours to experience for some time. You are in the... More 

Amsterdam
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Me and my girlfriend stayed for 5 nights in the beginning of august 2014 at Empalme a las Playas. We had had an awesome time! Though it is a little bit further from the beach (you can walk tot it, but it will take you 20-30 minutes and you have to conquer a hill), the owners solved this problem by... More 

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

Happy people make for happy times! Thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and the future TripAdvisor users. You hit the nail on the head when you said if you want to be away from the party that San Juan del Sur is turning into, then this is not the place. If you want good... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This place is absolutely awesome. Pros: - Great hosts (all 3 were so nice and are always checking on whether they can help you with anything. They're also great to talk to. Ask Roy to tell you some stories from his old days as an undertaker. Hilarious!) - Fantastic location (a 5 min walk to either Playa and if you're... More 

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

Hey! Better late than never... right? Thank you so much for taking your time to share your experience with future TripAdvisor users and potential guests! It is always a pleasant experience when the users are friendly and easy going - you fit the ticket! If you ever get the chance to travel Central America again, please look us up. The... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

I would first like to say thank you for posting a review for the world to see, followed by sorry for not following up in a more timely manner and you getting 3 helpful votes before both sides were revealed for all to see. We are glad you enjoyed the area that we call home. While we do appreciate you... More 

Leon, Nicaragua
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 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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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with future TripAdvisor users and potential guests. We are fortunate to be out of the rapidly changing town of San Juan del Sur and close to the pristine northern beaches. We always appreciate having visitors that live in country, that are doing their visa runs or just out to have a relaxing time at... More 

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

It is always nice to have return visitors and even better when they bring their friends!! Thank you for sharing your experience with future TripAdvisor users and please keep us in mind if your return with your family!!! Thanks for taking the time to post! We are waiting for pics of the newbie! More 

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Additional Information about Empalme a Las Playas

Address: 1/2 c N. al Empalme a las Playas Maderas y Playa Marsella | Left Before the Road Splits to Playas Marsella and Maderas, San Juan del Sur 00011, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Empalme a Las Playas Hotel San Juan Del Sur
Empalme a Las Playas Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#2 Family Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#2 On the Beach Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Juan del Sur

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