Ok so I was a bit lucky: Two Japanese girls staying at Casa De Olas came up with the idea, and helped make it happen. But incredible sushi for $7, packed with fresh fish and shrimp and topped off with rice pudding for dessert? This is just one way this hostel (and owners Fred and Carla) goes above and beyond to make your stay a memorable one.
We also had grilled fish, lasagna, chicken wings and sausages (for Super Bowl night, shown via beamer) and the night I arrived they threw a birthday party for a guest, complete with massive cake and piñata (Buzz the monkey -- adorable, but she's a wild animal with teeth approach with caution -- was eating lollies for days after). The family-style dinners mean you will meet people (from all over the world) almost immediately.
The staff -- a mix of fellow travelers stopping off for a few months -- are all incredibly friendly and welcoming. Ie, no clicky division that can often happen in these atmospheres.
The pool is big enough to swim laps in and delivers fantastic views of the surrounding hills.
If you want to go to town, Olas runs a free shuttle three times a day (11am, 1pm, and 3pm, 10 min ride) which is very convenient. Or, you can pay a few dollars and take the more frequent shuttle (every two hours) from the hostel next door.
The Olas bar closes fairly early, so you can still get your beauty sleep. As another traveler noted, this place fills up and does not take deposits so best to book in advance and confirm before arrival to avoid a) no bed for you b) shuffling around to accomodate those with reservations.
Beds are comfortable (real mattresses not foutons) and towels are free on request. Filtered well water is also free, a convenient perk.
Take with you: A headlamp (power outages happen), books for lounging material.
Leave behind: Any sort of Diva sense of entitlement. Most of the bar/management staff work for a place to sleep, ie for free. So say please and thank you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Olas is a unique place to stay. While some would consider us a hostel others consider us the ultimate B&B. We have dorm accommodation (an 11 bed dorm and six 6 bed dorms) for those traveling on a budget or in groups. We also accomodate the traveler looking for a little more comfort and privacy with private Queen rooms. All rooms have en-suites with Tropical Showers. (Note that when we say tropical shower we mean that the shower is not artificially heated and comes naturally from our well).We are a short drive or 5km walk (remember we are on a hill and not everyone likes walking hills) to San Juan del Sur beach. We want to be sure that this is clear :). We have an amazing view over the bay and town that provides epic sunsets. We think staying a little out of town is the best way to experience SJDS and the surrounding area including beaches, rain forest and Lake Nicragua.We have a shuttle service that runs at designated times each days, if you would like to travel into town outside of these times please let our staff know and they can advise how best to do this. We provide a free breafast for all guests. We also serve dinner 'family style' which means everyone sits down together for dinner.Safe travels and we hope to see you soon!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa De Olas Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- Casa De Olas Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur