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“I miss it so much!” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Ariki
From the Municipal Market, 2.5 blocks South | Del Mercado Municipal, 2.5 cuadras al Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua   |  
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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“I miss it so much!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

This place is gold. So close to the "Mercado".
Javier and Sarah are the best host ever! We were 5 people and we all had a really good time. It's like being at home, but in another continent.
They have A/C which is pretty important, but what's much more important, they always have a smile.

Willy.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

I recently stayed here at Casa Ariki and it was such a great experience! The place itself is nice, clean, great location, very comfortable, and anything else you could ask for in a hostal. Sarah and Baldo (owners) are two of the nicest most genuine people I've met. They have created such a laid back and enjoyable atmosphere there at Ariki it's impossible not to just melt away and enjoy the Nica lifestyle. They are both very knowledgeable of San Juan and other parts of the country, and they are more than willing to help out with travel plans anyway they can. Bottom line...I can't wait to go back!!

Enjoy and safe travels!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

The Casa Ariki is quaint and clean. It has cold AC, wifi, even cable TV. It is perfect for a travelers on a budget. It has a nice upstairs balcony and it has a locking gate and feels secure. It is very conveniently located and about a three minute walk to the beach, and literally only seconds from the markets and many restuarants. the prices are very reasonable and the owners Baldo and Sarah are some of the nicest people we met while in Nicaragua (BTW they are both fluent in English wich alone is a great benefit if your are Spanish challenged as I am). They have rooms with multiple beds so groups would find this place very convenient and cost effective.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011 via mobile

San juan is gorgeous year around! Casa ariki is perfectly located in the center of town and is only two and a half blocks from the beach! Our hosts, Sarah and Baldo, were amazing and made us feel at home the whole time! The entire enviroment is very laid back and is the perfect place for a great vacation.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

I loved this place because the hosts are so nice and helpful and made us feel at home right away! It is only a couple of blocks from the beach but it is in the quiet part of town which was really nice too! Great restaurants around the corner, park and colonial church a few steps away as well. Confortable beds and a very nice a clean place overall. I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

I stayed at Casa Ariki over my Christmas break and I loved it there! The service is wonderful, and everyone was friendly and nice. The beds are comfortable, there is so much hospitality and it feels like you're at home! It's just a short walk from the beach and there are plenty of shops around to find yourself a gift :) I plan on going back again very soon!

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

My stay here was great!

Casa Ariki has a home away from home vibe with a touch of surfer lifestyle. The staff is extremely helpful and willing to go the extra mile for its guest. Who needs a concierge when you have Sarah, Baldo and Shaka (owners)!

Take advantage of Casa Ariki's location and experience the day to day life of this beautiful fishing town.

I strongly recommend Casa Ariki for your stay in San Juan del Sur.

I left with some great memories and most important some new friends.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: From the Municipal Market, 2.5 blocks South | Del Mercado Municipal, 2.5 cuadras al Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only two and a half blocks from the municipal market of San Juan del Sur and only three blocks from the bay, Casa Ariki is a home away from home. With five private rooms and beds for up to 17 people, we offer a laid-back environment to relax and enjoy your time in San Juan del Sur to the fullest! In addition to comfortable accommodations, Casa Ariki has free Wi-Fi, a guest kitchen, a common area with boardgames, books and magazines to borrow, a balcony on the second floor with an incredible view of the town's rooftops, free coffee from Matagalpa and friendly staff. Want to rappel down a cliff, surf, ride horses or view the ocean from the tree tops? No problem! Our staff can set up rappelling tours, surf lessons, beach transport, horseback riding, canopy (zip line) tours, fishing and much more! We're sure that when the time comes to check out, you will leave Casa Ariki reluctantly, wanting to come back again and again. ... more   less 
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Casa Ariki Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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