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Saliendo del Colonial, 20 | Varas al Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua   |  
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Lloydminster, Canada
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“Fun Fun Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

We stayed at Casa Oro for 6 nights in March and it just flew by! We had a private room that had a ceiling fan and our own bathroom. Only cold water for showering but after a day in the sun it wasn't bad. The cost was $45.
The location of this hostel is perfect, only a 2 block walk to the beach and all of the restaurants and bars.
We had a surfing lesson with Alfredo and surfed 4 days out of the 6 we had there. The lesson was $20 and board rental is under $10. They have shuttles that take you to the best surf beaches and its between $5-8.
About every other night the hostel has a BBQ on their rooftop patio and they have 2 for 1 happy hour as well. If you use the beach shuttle/board rental etc. etc. Quite often when you get back someone from the hostel will hand you a coupon for drink deals or free pancake breakfast on certain mornings.
Free internet and use of the kitchen is an added bonus.
This is the place to stay for value, convenience, travel info and to have fun and make the most of your visit.
Book in advance if you can.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

This hostel was recommended in my Fodor's travel book as being the best hostel in town. I am still confused about this. I found the hostel to be dark, dim and super loud at most times. The bathroom was relatively clean but still kind of gross. My biggest complaint is the loudness at night. I went to San Juan to surf and run on the beach and like to get a good nights sleep for this-- I didn't get it here. Left one night early because it was so freaking loud at night. Would not recommend this for someone looking for a laid back chill hostel.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

Very good value. Owned by a Montreal lawyer who really cares about the turtles; she organizes tours to see them-- we saw 5000 one night! Lively rooftop bar. Breakfast included. Surf shop downstairs which was very good ($20 for rental, lesson, rashy, and transport.) No hot water.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

It was my second trip to Nicaragua and of course to San Juan del Sur. I have had the opportunity to stay at Casa Oro with my friends and observed that every thing was changing, big remodeling of all La Casa Oro like locals say. I was very impressed about the nice view in the roof top, very good atmosphere at BBQ time and of course the famous JUNGLE JUICE(Rum with fruits)that they offer for free to all guests. Good job Casa !!! Thanks to make it easy to us and others buddies.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

I had an absolutely fantastic time at Casa Oro for the second time. The hostel has great staff and very good feel to it that keeps most travellers there far longer than they expect. They also offer the best shuttle services to and from Maderas and Remanso surfing beaches.

Would strongly recommend to anyone looking for a friendly, competent hostel in San Juan del Sur.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

Located in San Juan Del Sur, an amazing surf town in Rivas, Nicaragua, Casa Oro is great place to stay. The staff were really friendly, and forgiving when I struggled with my Spanish. The dorm rooms are a great place to meet people and have a fun vibe. The rooms located downstairs can be a little noisy so definitely ask for an upstairs dorm room if you want a lie in. I also had a private room for a week and once there there was no need to move. I checked out a couple of other hostels in the town and this was by far the nicest.

The shuttles to Madeiras and Romanso are well timed and very useful. Lots of other people provide shuttles but you may as well take Casa Oro's for convenience and a cheap rum cocktail in the evening.

I found a little peaceful oasis on the roof top in the mornings where I could lie in a hammock with my coffee, relaxing before another 6 hours of surfing.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

I had so much fun at this hostel!!!!

everyday we would catch the truck to one of the surf beaches, it was extra... I dont remember how much, but it wasnt a insane amount.... one time the truck got stuck (there was a tropical storm)... which actually was super fun! hehe

I met some interesting people there, and had a really awesome time!

good thing we stayed upstairs though, beacuse since there was a tropical storm, everyone that was downstairs had to me moved out for the threat of flood....
the bathrooms were right in the middle of all the common area, so its umm not so private.... and if you need a shower, just be prepared that you might be seen when someone is walking upstairs.. hehe

but other then that, I really enjoyed the hostel... people were great, and it was the place to be...

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Oro

Address: Saliendo del Colonial, 20 | Varas al Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 53 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Casa Oro Hotel San Juan Del Sur
Casa Oro Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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