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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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King City, Canada
1 review
“Love, Love,Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Casa Ariki feels like home! Comfortable, Clean, Warm and Welcoming! Sarah and Baldo are the perfect Hosts! Info on anything you might need, the perfect SJDS goodnight sleep location, and just the right distance from the center of town. I wish I could have stayed longer..but will be back for sure!!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I started travelling from Colorado to Nicaragua in April 2012. On my second trip down i got to meet the owners of Casa Ariki with my visit to San Juan. Turns out, not only will you be staying in clean, air conditioned rooms, but Baldo and Sarah (owners) will take you on cool private tours (surfing, repelling,etc). And, you will learn a ton about the history of Nicaragua while hanging with some really cool people.
Fresh coffee, internet, and a killer location make this an easy stay for a couple of days in San Juan. There is a special place in my heart for Casa Ariki and no doubt will be back soon!
Dan, Colorado

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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austin,tx
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Casa Ariki is close to everything but just far enough away from the noise and nightlife to allow for a good sleep. I missed out on breakfast (looked good!) as we chose to experience the market instead. Baldo's rapelling tour operates from the property and ziplines pick up there as well. Both tours are a lot of fun and recommended, each with amazing views and a fun time. This was our first tourist destination in Nicaragua after spending time in remote locations and we left very happy. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaAriki_SJ, Owner at Casa Ariki, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Thanks very much for your review! We enjoyed having you and your group stay with us, please come back any time!
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Oliver, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Found Casa Ariki on an internet search. Reviews all commented on what nice people the owners are. For us this means more than whether or not the building is 5 star. After all it is Sara and Baldo that we remember and smile. It is safe, friendly, clean , and located just out of the busy part of town. It was our first time visiting Nicaragua and staying at Casa Ariki was a great first stop in the area. They know the area and are most helpful in your needs. Baldos family coffee farm produces excellent coffee. If they do go to the mountains and grow coffee and open a hostel there, we would stay at it, for sure.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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CasaAriki_SJ, Owner at Casa Ariki, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
We were so happy to have you and your wife stay with us and we hope to see you again in the future!
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I just returned from a two day stay at Casa Ariki in San Juan del Sur. The accomodations were comfortable and the staff is wonderful. Great food and great coffie. The highlight of our stay was a rapelling tour by the owner, Baldo. We started with an historical tour of an old fort, then rapelled down a 360 foot cliff followed by a swim in the ocean and finally an ice-cold Tona beer to top off the experience. Thank you Baldo and Sarah for your wonderful hospitality!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaAriki_SJ, Owner at Casa Ariki, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Thank YOU for your great review and for staying with us! Looking forward to seeing you again someday!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I chose this place based on its fabulous ratings from prior guests, and I have to say, I have no idea why they loved it so much. For $50, I got a place where the noise of the run down building kept me up all night and one of my coldest showers in Nicaragua. The "free filtered water" did not taste as if it had been filtered at all (and I had some stomach upset afterwards), AND there was only about a cup of water IN the filter. All in all, the place was ok. The people were extremely nice and it felt very secure (the gate was always locked and there was a security guy at night). However, a place of this caliber doesn't really deserve to be more than $20-30 for a room (even a private room). Oh, also, the toilet was broken.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaAriki_SJ, Owner at Casa Ariki, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. We're sorry that your stay with us was not 100% satisfactory. If you stay with us in the future, please do not hesitate to let us know about any problems in your room or otherwise so that we can address them! The toilet has, of course, been fixed. Saludos!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We only stayed for a few days and unfort8unateluy didn’t get to go surfing…which is clearly the thing to be doing in San Juan. Although there’s plenty to keep you occupied in a nice (if a bit touristy) beach town with loads of bars and restaurants.
The owners were very friendly and available if you needed to ask questions etc.. The room was adequate with a shared bathroom. It did seem a little steep in comparison to other places in Nicaragua but not crazy prices.
One negative point, when it rained (and it rains hard!) the ceiling leaked a bit…nothing dramatic but did mean we had to move our bed in the middle of the night to avoid drips!
Certainly a good place to stay in San Juan

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaAriki_SJ, Owner at Casa Ariki, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Hello James, and thank you for your review! We are terribly sorry about the leaky ceiling in your room, and we have since addressed this issue. We hope that you will consider us for any future stays in San Juan del Sur. Saludos!
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located near town's center and only three blocks from the bay of San Juan del Sur, Casa Ariki is a relaxed environment at an affordable rate. Casa Ariki offers all the comforts of home, including free Wi-Fi and free coffee, straight from the mountains of Matagalpa. Our rooms are located on a second floor, along with a convenient balcony that overlooks the roofs of San Juan del Sur. We have a common area downstairs with board games and books to borrow. We are happy to set up transportation (to/from airport, border, other cities, other beaches) for you, as well as activities in San Juan del Sur - surfing, fishing, canopy tour, rappel, horseback riding, among others! We're sure you'll have an amazing experience with us! ... more   less 
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