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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
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    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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay here. Charlie the manager is super chilled and friendly. It's great value at only $6 for a dorm bed. The kitchen is one of the best I have seen in a hostel. The wifi is good and works in the dorms. There is an awesome pool in the middle and there is a great family... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spend 4 nights in the surfing donkey, and there a at lot of good and a few bad things about the hostel. Pin realised that the new owner just brought this hostel, and a everyday working to make it better. In the few days I was staying there, that was a lot of things happening and changing in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can tell that the hostel used to be a little run down but the Surfing Donkey staff seem to be putting their new plans into practice to make the hostel a more fun and sociable place to stay. Positives: - super friendly staff and volunteers. They made us feel at home and were super sociable. - well equipped and... More 

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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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 hotel reviews
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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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7 hotel reviews
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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
15 reviews 15 reviews
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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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Boulder, Colorado
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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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Address: One block south of Central Park and church, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Number of rooms: 11
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