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“Most Relaxing Place on Earth” 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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Vancouver Island BC Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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“Most Relaxing Place on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

We had 3 wonderful weeks at Casa Del Soul with our host Randy Harvey and girlfriend Brenda and of course Chucho the house dog. This place is absolutely the most relaxing, tranquil vacation we have had in a long time. The bed and breakfast is beautiful and the staff Alex and Gabby are absolutely wonderful people. The beakfast everyday was the freshest fruit and anything else you wanted with it. There was always a breeze that kept you cool and the swimming pool was the perfect temperature. We walked to town a couple of times and also had Randy drive us which he had no problem doing its only 5 - 8 min to town. The beach in front of the house is quite interesting and a great walk in the mornings.....many shells and things to look at while walking the bay. This location has the best sunsets anywhere and every picture I have is different. Well worth going to this bed and breakfast to enjoy a real unique vacation in a beautiful friendly country.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Milwaukee, WI
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2009

We are from Wisconsin and couldn't wait to get away from the cold winter. We stayed at Casa del Soul located in San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. It was a beautiful place. We woke each morning to a beautiful view of the bay and the sound of the water slapping against the shore. We even saw the monkeys one morning - a large family of them. It was pretty cool! Randy Harvey is the owner of Casa del Soul and he is a wonderful host. He went out of his way to drive us wherever we wanted to go. He arranged for our travel from the airport to Casa del Soul as well as transportation to our next destination. Breakfast was always wonderful. And Brenda, Randy's girlfriend, made us a fish dinner one night that was out of this world. Being able to take a dip in his refreshing pool was welcoming after being gone all day in the hot sun. Our stay at Casa del Soul was very, very nice, and we definitely would recommend it as a second honeymoon! Chuchu, Randy's dog, was also a great protector of the guests, and loves the attention! The only downside we found was that although breakfast was served daily (and, again, extremely tasty), it would be nice for the hotel to serve lunch and dinner for their guests. Although you can ask Randy to drive you into town to bring dinner back to be cooked, it's always a nice feeling to have someone do the cooking for you when you are on vacation. Other than that, we very much enjoyed our stay and are seriously thinking of going back again next year. The friendly atmosphere and amazing view are well worth another trip.

Dave and Debbie
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hadley, MA
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2009

Treat yourself and go here.....the view and home will take your breathe away.......if you have ever sat and seen photos of houses in the back of those airline magazines....this is one of them.............4000 sq ft of tile, views, views etc.........Great host, very accomadating, lovely and friendly staff..........a very, very memorable setting and place...thank you


Neil and Joe

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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 March 19, 2009

We just returned from Casa Del Soul after spending 8 wonderful days in Nicaragua. After doing some extensive research, we decided to stay with Randy after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. Since Nicaragua is not a popular tourist destination, we were not sure what to expect but were completely blown away when we got there.

One of our concerns was that we did not speak any Spanish and would have problems communicating. Randy arranged everything for us. We had someone waiting to pick us up at the airport and bring us to Casa Del Soul. The house is beautiful, clean and relaxing. Our room had a bathroom with a hot water shower, air conditioning, TV and DVD player and Randy provided us with a cellphone and laptop with internet.

The drive to town is approx. 20 mins and costs $15 USD, there are some very nice restaraunts and bars. At no point did we feel unsafe or uncomfortable. The locals are very friendly and we managed to communicate without knowing any Spanish.

I cannot say enough positive things about Casa Del Soul. When I first contacted Randy, he responded the very next day and answered all my questions. I highly recommend it!! It is a fabulous vacation spot if you are looking for something romantic and different.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2009

We just returned from Casa del Soul and couldn't wait to write a review! My husband and I went with another couple who actually did all of the leg work in finding Randy and Casa del Soul. We love being adventurous in our travels so Nicaragua was an automatic YES for us, but we were nervous about what to expect when arriving. Let's just say that we couldn't have asked for more! Randy and Brenda were so hospitable. The house was beautiful. Pool was cleaned everyday, the hammocks under the tiki were great for a late afternoon nap. Every morning we were greeted with coffee and breakfast. During the day we could do as little or as much as we wanted to do with Randy always more than happy to give rides to ATVing, Horseback Riding, the grocery store or town. He also made sure we had a cell phones (we had to get pre-paid cards, but for $5 it was great to have just in case and to call a cab when we needed one). The house was equipped with WiFi and Digital TV, the pool was the perfect temperature and cleaned everyday, and the views were fantastic whether from the pool, your room, or down at the beach which was a 5 minute walk from the house. Although we were worried about food/water, all water served was purified and the food was fantastic, fresh - especially the fish. The food in town was quite inexpensive and simply delicious! We only stayed out kinda late 1 night, but there seems to have been a good night life with live music to boot. I'd definitely recommend this as an off-the-beaten path vacation with some nice amenities! One thing to note is that Randy does have a dog...just a heads up as we're pet lovers but this may be a deal breaker for others. Thanks Randy for a great vacation and for your hospitality!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2009

From the first email I sent to inquire about Casa Del Soul, I felt like we were going to see an old friend. The owner, Randy, not only booked our reservation, but also gave us travel and transportation help. He met us when we first got to town to take us personally to the property. Service was exceptional - they provided all the amenities of home, including making sure we had plenty to eat and drink, gave us a laptop and cell phone to use while there, Nicaragua travel books, games, and even speakers for our Ipod (and offered us an Ipod if we did not have one)
The room was beautiful and spotless. Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and a balcony with two hammocks. A full size pool had plenty of lounge chairs and hammocks. We were a few miles out of the main town/beach area but Randy made sure we had rides to and from town anytime we wanted. When it was time to leave, Randy arranged transportation for us back to Managua airport (several hours away), letting us stop and see a volcano and artist markets on the way. The stay was relaxing - we might even go back to Nicaragua JUST to stay at Casa del Soul again.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Colonia, NJ
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

We travel with another couple and have renting houses for several years now. Casa del Soul more than met all our requirements. Randy and Brenda were great hosts and provided us with information galore and points of interest we should see. Although the walk into town looked daunting, just take your time and it's fine (this comes from someone who does not exercise). There were lots of time Randy would pick us up in town so that we didn't have to call for a taxi. There is even a wonderful, friendly, charming dog attached to the house (we wanted to take him home, but Randy wouldn't let us). The kitchen had every thing you could possibly want, we packed steaks in our check-on luggage and used the grill. Breakfast was always lots of fresh fruit, which tasted so much better than what we get a home, eggs, pancakes, whatever you want. San Juan is a small, clean town with numerous restaurants which have very cheap and excellent food. We rented for 10 days and only had a car for the last 4. We found that taxis are an excellent way to get around - share the cab and you can go to other towns/market places for only $2.00/pp. We even tried our luck at the brand new casino in town and had lots of fun. The house has lots of games to pay in the evening so if you stay at home, there is plenty to keep everyone happy. Everyone is friendly and willing to help in Nicaragua. You'll love Casa del Soul as much as we did!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #3 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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