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“not too interested in showing a good time to visitors” 3 of 5 stars
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Volcan Maderas, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #22 of 33 Isla de Ometepe B&B and Inns
Managua, Nicaragua
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4 hotel reviews
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“not too interested in showing a good time to visitors”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Beautiful land, beautiful area. We got to Finca Magdalena because its where you can hike up Volcan Maderas. The buildings and all looked a bit run down when we got there, the bathrooms were disgusting, many things were broken and falling apart, but the area was beautiful and thats whats important. Everyone always says that you have to have a guide to hike the volcano because its dangerous and easy to get lost, etc. We were told that as well when we arrived by the staff, that we werent allowed to just walk past on our own. We needed a guide. The price started high, and worked its way down to 6 bucks per person for the guide. We walked up a nice well groomed path, complete with wooden steps, etc. One of the nicer kept trails in Nicaragua, not sure where the dangerous sketchy reputation comes from. Our guide kept stopping every 5 minutes to sing us religious songs, or to discuss the natural beauty while blowing his cigarette smoke at us. He took us up a few hundred meters high (about a half hour of hiking), and then said, ok, turn around and we go back. He asked if we wanted to hike up to the laguna at the top and when we said yes, he laughed and said, thats a joke, and joked that it would take him hours and hours to get to the top. He lit another cigarette and walked us back the same path to the entrance. They showed us the coffee that they produce there, and when we asked if we could sample some, he told us "not for free", and directed us to buy cups of coffee at the restaurant area. Then everyone just disappeared, so after 10 minutes of standing around we figured that was it, and left.
Its too bad because its absolutely beautiful out there, and it wasnt a TERRIBLE time, but not worth taking the afternoon to visit. no one is around anyway so i recommend just walking up the trail yourself. youll have a better time checking the place out on your own.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Simply loved this place! I visited on motorcycle one day and hiked to the petroglyphs, but was so captured by the old coffee warehouse that serves as the sleeping area and ESPECIALLY the second floor terrace with its fantastic view of Lake Nicaragua and Volcan Concepción that I had to go back.

My purpose was to read, write, think and relax; I spent hours in the rocking chairs doing just that.

The rooms are very basic; a light, bed, mosquito net, window, electrical outlet. Nothing more.

Take bus to Balgue, get off at the finca walk 1km up a dirt road. Or rent a motorcycle for $15 (negotiate!) for the day and ride the island...very cool!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We were exploring on a budget and had a tent with us. It seemed there was a place to camp here. So the bus drops us off, for those climbing the hill in the mid-day sun with packs, it's probably about 20 minutes up. Turns out there is no real camping area, but there is a covered concrete slap that was ours for $3. We took that for the night. Listening to the birds and bugs was nice, as the property is certainly lush and beautiful. Sleeping on concrete with no bathroom nearby, meh. We moved to a dorm room for the following night. It was pretty reasonable, considering it was only a few dollars more than the concrete slab. NOT luxurious, so dont expect that. Food was pretty good!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The place has an amazing potential, but it's in an awful condition! Mind you, I'm used to traveling on a budget, so I don't have high expectations concerning the quality of the places I sleep in, but cleanness is something I'm not ready to let go off. And Finca Magdalena is dirty!
We arrived late in the evening and the place is a little off the beaten track (about 1 km up a dirt-road), so we decided to stay for the night. The communal area is slightly soulless, with TL lamps and a shabby reception (an opening in the wall), but you could put up with it, I guess.
We had a double room ($11 per night) and the bed was moldy and covered in dead bugs, which is gross in itself, but what really did it for me were the disgusting restrooms, with dirty soaps stuck to every sink far from being clean themselves. The showers were no better. I just felt like I didn't want to touch anything in that place! We had to ask for towels, which smelled OK, and a change of the bedlinen, which unfortunately in addition to being equally moldy as the original one, also smelled badly. I just couldn't wait for the morning to arrive, so that we could leave!
The food in the restaurant is below average (we had the vegetarian pasta and fried chicken, and scrambled eggs the day after). The friendliness of the staff varies, the girl who helped us in the morning was much friendlier than the evening staff.
The only plus really is the lush garden they are surrounded with - it's really beautiful! I also enjoyed the company of their red cat :).
With a bit of a revamp this place could become a real jewel! It's such a shame they don't do anything about it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Valencia, Spain
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

I´m sorry, but I don´t understand why this place is frequently recommended. The house is in poor condition, the rooms too.
As an attraction is nothing special. Petroglyphs can be found everywhere on the island. And a visit to a coffee farm is useless if there is no guidance or explanation. The road to get to Finca Magdalena is tired and in the end,is not worth it. Hopefully one day the owners will get organized to take advantage of this place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Finca Magdalena is located on the bottom of Volcano Maderas. We spent one night there because we wanted to start the Volcano tour early in the morning. It is not the cleanest place ever, but for one night it was ok.

The garden is great and you can see some really nice birds and hear monkeys, insects and birds! Great experience but minimal standard.

Food was brilliant!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

When we first got to Finca Magdalena it was deserted and we wondered what we were letting ourselves into when they showed us the 'dorm' rooms (a barn with glorified camp beds down each side, I couldn't help thinking we were participating in the beginning of a horror movie!). However as the place filled up I began to feel it's charm, and it has a lovely view over Conception. They will organise a tour guide to hike up Mederas, and in the evening when you return home you can swap stories of the climb with fellow travellers in the communal area and then pass out on your camp bed. Hilarious few days, worth a go if you're up for an experience!

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Volcan Maderas, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe
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Ranked #22 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Ometepe
Number of rooms: 8
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Finca Magdalena Hotel Isla De Ometepe

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