Olazul is directly located on the shore of las Penitas. From the restaurant just a few steps to the beach. The place has a three cabins and a dorm. We stayed in a cabin for two nights. Cabin was clean and spacious. Beds were fine. Own little porch with hammock. No ocean view though. We slept very well in the cabin (something I find the most important :-)). Did use the mosquito net...
The restaurant has a nice ocean view and serves good food. We had some fresh fish for dinner, nothing to complain. Breakfast was just so-so. One morning we tried to order our breakfast but the only present person of the place didnt know how to prepare some eggs... So we got nothing at all. Bit strange.
The place is owned by Sylvia (also French speaking) and her son and husband also help to run the business. They do a good job in terms of hospitality, but they need to educate their other staff (see the breakfast issue). The place has had its best time, faded glory. For example, the swimming pool is dirty. They'll do a good job just to burry it. Better for the reviews on tripadvisor i think. Garden doesn't look well maintained. Must have been better in the past. But still, beds are good and clean and so is the restaurant. If that's all you need than you are fine here.
We went on a private boat trip through this nature reserve a couple of miles away which was nice. We saw this baby crocodile, birds and other things you find ussually on those boats trips... Trip was arranged by Sylvia. Bit expensive, so you'll be able to get a better deal somewhere near the reserve.
Down the beach, ten minutes walk you'll find a few decent restaurants. Nice if you want to have some lunch or so.
An OK place for a sleep for one night if you want to visit the Reserve near Penitas. Otherwise I would recommend to skip this place untill they do some maintenance. I would say: remove the pool, educate staff, paint the walls, do some gardening, keep cooking/cleaning the way you do, then you'll have a wonderful place.
The Olazul website is not a good representation of the real experience... Be aware.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Olazul Las Penitas Nicaragua
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Olazul is located on the majestic beach of Las Peñitas. Located near the Juan Venado Ecological Reserve, this village is known to be a haven of peace and quiet as well as a surfer’s paradise.Come enjoy the pristine beach, the heat and the exceptional sunlight of Las Penitas. ... more less