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Hostel Surfing Donkey

One block south of Central Park and church, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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16 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Beds are terrible, overpriced, and the homeless people sleeping outside your window will poop and go leaving you with an aromatic experience. The street the hostel is on is very loud and the chickens and birds around go all night. Do not stay here.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We came to San Juan del Sur right before new-years. Since we knew the city will be packed with tourists, we made a reservation in this hostel a week in advance. Although we received a confirmation mail from the staff, they pretended we didn't make any reservation at all. We ended up going to each hostel and hotel in town... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We only realised in the morning that the private room we stayed in had a lot of evidence of bed bugs. I also had a lot of bites on my back in the morning. The place is disgusting. We decided to risk it and stay one night since the town was very full when we were there, but we wish... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Surfing donkey was a bit weird . We were the only people staying there for he 2 nights apart from 2 or 3 complete wasters. Can imagine when there are other people staying there that there is a good atmosphere as it has a good pool and nice roof terrace to look out across San juan.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights in April with my boyfriend, people told me it was a "party hostel" so I was wary as I need my 8hrs of sleep. What a great place it turned out to be. The staff is so relaxed you think they are just travelers like you. You can swim in the pool, drink a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I was a little apprehensive when I first learned of the size of the dorms here, but the old saying is true "Dont judge a book by its cover"! I was only going to spend two days in San Juan Del Sur but my stay here turned into a week due to me not wanting to leave. The staff are... More

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Devon, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Surfing Donkey is a great place to stay on a surfers budget! It has a great pool to cool off in, the staff are awesome and the bar serves up some of the cheapest beer in town!!!!!! The rooms are adequate, as is the kitchen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

I just stayed here and loved everybody I met. The staff was wonderful, fun, funny, helpful, etc. The mattresses were not ideal but I napped many times on hammocks as well. The pub crawl was a crazy fun experience and the pool is a great place to chill. The bar was great and the prices are unbeatable. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I've been traveling through hostel after hostel for 6 months now all over Europe, Canada, and Central America. I've met more people then I can count. So many beautiful people. The surfing donkey has been my favorite hotel experience to date. I meant to stay 2 nights and stayed 16. The vibe is wonderful. As soon as you walk through... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I stayed at Surfing Donkey for a couple of nights with 3 friends and we really enjoyed the place. It has a great common space with a bar, hammocks to relax in and a pool!! also, it is really cheap but excellent value! the 2 managers Mark and Troy are really friendly and give good advice

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Address: One block south of Central Park and church, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
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