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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 Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
“Best surfing lessons around...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great trip and great place to stay. Offered us surfing lessons and stayed out in the water even though it was FREEZING. Everyone was so friendly, including the security guard at night and the lovely dog. Clean, comfortable, and an easy walk to restaurants, the beach, etc. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • 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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London
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great place, very central, few minutes from the beach, restaurants and bars but quite enough for a good night sleep. The family (with their newborn baby and a beautiful dog), were very helpful and friendly. I live in Leon and I will definitely go back to SJDS and Casa Ariki!!!!
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  • Stayed July 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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Breckenridge, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great place that is walkable to everything and in a pretty safe barrio. There is a security guard at night, which makes you feel good. There is private, locked parking if you have a car. The aircondintioning was AMAZING. Well stocked kitchen for cooking, close to the beach and bars, close to the market, close to the park and busses. Not hugely social if you are looking to meet others.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great place at a great price. The room and bathroom were very clean. I felt very safe leaving my belongings in my room. The location is very convenient to everything around town. Baldo and Sara are very friendly and informative about the city. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

For our initial visa run, we chose San Juan del Sur and Casa Ariki. The location was good, close in, but not in the middle of town. We had the large room and, thankfully, opted for AC. The room was very clean and the cold water shower wasn't much of a problem, given that it was so very hot! The only "downside", if it was that, was the filtered water. To me, it was not drinkable but easily solved by purchasing bottled.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The hosts Sara and Baldo are great people and run a very nice hostel with many additional services.
My room was large, clean with a comfy bed and option of fan or AC.

The house is just close enough to town to allow easy access to everything but far enough away that you can escape what some nights becomes overwhelming noise.

I felt right at home, like a friend rather than a client.
The morning coffee is straight from the family plantation. the wifi is solid, laundry services in house. And you will enjoy any time you get interacting with the hosts. Baldo is apparently an really good surfer but I missed the opportunity to get a lesson with him- next time.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Managua, Nicaragua
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5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We took the large room with the AC and private bath. Reasonable price. Very clean. Owners were helpful with information. We stayed here two nights and were very sad to leave the AC. Close to the center of town, on a safe/quiet street. Lots of perros son popos (small salamanders) but that keeps the ants away. Wifi worked excellently too. We didn't have any complaints.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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 #9 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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