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“Hands down, the most comfortable trip abroad ever” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Del Soul
Pacific Marlin, N-34, San Juan del Sur 99513, Nicaragua   |  
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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“Hands down, the most comfortable trip abroad ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

How does breakfast every morning by a private chef sound? Or breath-taking beauty around every corner, from every window? How about home-style hospitality? Randy gives you all of this. From the early stages of planning our trip, Randy helped us immensely. He was able to make our transportation arrangements from Costa Rica and back, amazingly simple and worry-free. You compound that with what has to be one of the most beautifully built houses and landscape in the city. By in the city, its actually on the outskirts of San Juan del Sur, in a secluded subdivision on the other side of the statue of Jesus. The walk to and from town can be a challenge, even more so after a few Tonas, the local beer, but Randy had personal Taxis that were at your every call, and connections, suggestions, and ideas that would pack even a month's worth of activities. My wife and I will return, refer, and bully anyone into staying here as we've never had accommodations more accommodating. Thank you, Randy!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Randy-

Thank you again for all your assistance and understanding while we stayed w/ you at Casa Del Soul. Your generosity and patience are unparalleled.

My Fiance and I spent 3 nights w/ Randy at Casa Del Soul. The accommodations, food, scenery, service was perfect. We could not have asked for anything better.

But Randy went above and beyond. My fiance and I were robbed at gunpoint at Playa Hermosa, which is about 30 minutes from Casa Del Soul. Randy helped us with everything, from generating a police report, to contacting the embassy and making space for us an additional night. I do not want to go into the details of our poor experience at Playa Hermosa but Randy made our trip memorable for the right things. He knows the town better than most, will help you w/ trips and understands Westerners expectations (which are typically out of reach and far fetched).

Thank you again Randy. You are a saint! Please give Chucho our best!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Randyman54, Owner at Casa Del Soul, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
This is the first time any of my guests ever had a problem anywhere in NIcaragua.Playa Hermosa is safe if you stay where everybody is.They went down all the way to the end of the beach (it is 2K beach) by themselves,which is recommended not to do. Also there are lockers to lock up any valuables (which you should not bring to any beach) and they didn't use the lockers.This was an isolated incident in the safest country in Central & South America..
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Granada, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Spectacular! We went for two nights, stayed for three, but wanted to spend a month! Casa Del Soul has an absolutely killer view of the serene Nacascolo Bay - a rock collector's dream! The pool sparkles and refreshes after an afternoon at the beach and you can almost reach out and touch the family of howler monkeys that swing through the nearby trees. There is a spotless kitchen where you can cook for yourself or hire a local cook who will not disappoint you with her delicious dishes.

After living in Nicaragua for three years I can say that it's rare to sleep as soundly as we did at Casa Del Soul.

What makes Casa Del Soul truely unique is Randy, the owner. He is kind, generous, helpful, and always with a positive attitude. He has us hooked. We'll be back soon!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Managua, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Casa del Soul is the very best in means of feeling relaxed and at home. We met Randy and instantly felt welcomed, he is very attentive and has a lot of information about the place and san juan. Breakfast were very good and you could have it anyway you wanted, you can even cook for yourself if you want. Also the beach that is just a small walk away from the house is private and chucho, the loyal guard dog, shows you the way! We had an excellent time in the house and will surely be there soon.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We had a great time in SJDS with plenty of fishing, surfing, turtle watching, exploring the town, and good food. Staying with Randy made it all easy. He was really helpful with arranging things if we wanted, or just leaving us to our own devices when we didn't:) He is happy to give you a lift into town when he's on his way, or pick you up if he's headed back. The house itself is beautiful and a welcome oasis to the sometimes busy downtown SJDS. Fabiola came over one night to cook up some fish we had caught and she is both a good cook, and a really nice gal. Overall, great place, great host, great times!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Our visit to Casa del Soul was a dream come true. Randy and Brenda shared their beautiful home, wonderful breakfasts, and local expertise to make our visit to San Juan del Sur truly memorable. We were encouraged to do as little or as much as we wanted. We spent a great deal of time enjoying the pool area and surrounding spectacular views. We had long walks on an everchanging beach, listened to monkeys, and met wonderful fellow travelers. Fabiola prepared gourmet meals with just a day's notice and Randy guided us towards not to be missed restaurants and beaches and made sure that we had the best ways to reach them. We will happily return as soon as we are able.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Florence, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Casa del Soul is a beautiful getaway place. The location is beautiful and relaxing. You are close to the town, but over the hill so it is very private and quiet. Randy was an excellent host, very knowledgeable and accommodating. I had a wonderful weekend with my family. I recommend going to playa hermosa as the name implies it really was beautiful.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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
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Address: Pacific Marlin, N-34, San Juan del Sur 99513, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 53 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Del Soul is an oceanfront, luxury 4,000 sq. ft. home. It is situated on Nacascolo Bay, 5 minutes from San Juan Del Sur. It has a large outdoor deck surrounding a 4 by 9 meter swimming pool. The big balcony off the 2nd floor bedrooms give it a commanding view of the ocean and the tropical forest. Cable TV, DVD, ipod music systems, refrigerator, coffee makers make your room very comfortable. A full breakfast is included. We give cell phones to our guests and I help you do anything you want to in Nicaragua. Transportation,tours,volcanos,surfing,fishing,shopping, REAL ESTATE, ATV's,zipline,horseback riding,etc... ... more   less 
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