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“Too big, too busy” 2 of 5 stars
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C. Estrada 109, Granada, Nicaragua   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Too big, too busy”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

I found this hostel a bit too big, it must be the largest hostel we've stayed in on our trip through Central America so far. There are great common areas - hammocks, TV area, tables and chairs etc, but you quite rarely find peace and quiet to really relax in them as it's such a busy place.

There always seems to be a lot of staff around, but usually they were chatting amongst themselves or on Facebook, so it always felt as though I was interrupting when I needed to ask anything. On various occasions we were given incorrect information (bus times and prices were wrong at least twice) and I never felt particularly comfortable making enquiries. Perhaps the hostel could create a tour/local information guide or board so that they can give information to guests without being disturbed so often, as they were clearly quite busy with all the guests checking in and out.

When I asked staff to re-start the wifi (neither of the connections were working) I was simply told to use the other one that only worked around the reception area and didn't even reach to the seats in the common area. Not to mention the fact that when we asked where the hot water was for the thermos next to the tea bags at breakfast, the girl replied that she didn't know, it probably wasn't working, but she didn't bother to find out or offer to heat up some water.

The other issue with such a large hostel is that the shared bathrooms could do with being checked on more than once a day. They are cleaned every morning, but by the time everyone has showered etc, the bathroom floor was flooded out in one, in another the bin for the toilet paper was overflowing and the light wouldn't turn on, and the third had no hand soap. I informed staff and several hours later the bin had been emptied but there was still no hand soap - rather unhygienic in such a busy hostel.

The swimming pool is ice cold and too small to really swim in, yet too cold to relax in, so after a quick dip in and out we didn't bother again, particularly as it feels so public with so many people around in the hostel.

The main issues with the private double rooms are the lack of natural light and the stuffiness, which means you either have to leave your door open and let everybody peer in as they walk past, or put up with the incredibly bright lightbulb which is particularly unpleasant when, like me, you are ill and forced to spend the day in bed. Lamps would be a good investment in these rooms. Another issue was the fact that one of the the plug sockets was hanging off the wall (see photo) and the other was behind a safe that was screwed to the floor so it was unaccessible.

Overall, the size of this hostel makes it quite difficult to relax (as did the cat in the night on the tin roof!) and the see-through curtains in the room don't allow for much privacy either. Come here if you want to stay in a dorm and socialise, go elsewhere if you want a quiet rest and a place to relax.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Saint Peter, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed in one of the private rooms and as previously stated, it was a bit hot and cramped. BUT - it was clean, the free breakfast (pancakes, fruit, coffee and tea) was phenomenal, staff was helpful and had a lovely garden in the central area.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Flores, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I think most of the negative reviews for Oasis are coming from people who stayed in private rooms, which are indeed cramped and hot. The dorms on the other hand are awesome! Thanks to the high ceilings the room is airy and also allows both the top and bottom bunk to have plenty of space (and each bed has their own ceiling fan). I was able to get on the internet in our dorm, but the connection was best in the common areas where it was always easy to meet someone new.

I used the pool everyday, which is an awesome way to cool down after doing a walking tour of the town. Just keep in mind that it's really more of a soaking pool, not a lap swimming pool...though if you're really motivated you can just swim in hundreds of small circles :)

My biggest complaint was the pancake breakfast. It was delicious, but I was staying for 2 weeks to do Spanish classes, and 2 weeks of pancakes everyday is rough. Also, they have a kitchen (which isn't open 24 hours a day) that is basically stocked, but a little creepy. Luckily Granada is one of those places where it is cheaper to just eat street food or local set plate meals anyway!

Room Tip: Ask for the inside dorm by the pool if you want to avoid the street noise!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in Oasis in June. It was a pretty average place. The pool was laughable and unusable, don't expect to use it. The free breakfast was pretty cool, fruit and all you can eat pancakes (and I can eat a lot). They also offer a shuttle to this awesome lake, if you can, sign up to stay there for a night, same price and totally worth staying out there. Other than that I can't say great things, the rooms were extremely basic and didn't have wifi in them, there was only wifi in the common areas, and they were super hot, The showers were also old and dirtyish. I would look for a different place the next time we're in Granada. The staff was also unfriendly and it just seemed like a huge Gringo factory, pumping them in and out.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

A sign directs you off a market street to the hostel so easy enough to find (chicken buses go up this market street). Location is just 3 blocks from bus station to Masaya, and 4 blocks from station to Managua).

Nice, large, spacious hostel with ceiling fans to help move air along (although you may need to turn them on yourself). The pool is refreshing though not overly big. Hammocks scattered around and free tea/coffee mean this is a comfy hostel.

Internet nerds might be frustrated by the wifi service, which can be a little patchy.

Our double room was small, but that meant that the fan was nice and close. High ceiling also helped the heat situation.

Breakfast is included and bottomless. Pancakes nice and fluffy and fruit is fresh. Free water refills are great and bar is on an honour system.

Staff are friendly and helpful with tours and the hostel organises transfers (including to Leon, but the chicken bus route via Managua is almost as quick, much cheaper and dead easy). We did the tour to Lago de Opoyo (La Laguna) which was great value at $10 each return (includes kayaks!)

A very good bet if in town for one night or one week.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Oasis was recommended by friends and is a decent hostel in a central location. The shared areas are expansive and the pool area is very nice. There are lots of seats and hammocks available to relax in around the hostel.

Breakfast was excellent, throughout the day you can grab a beer or coke if you like and free water is available as is a decent kitchen.

Our private room was reasonable but not spotless and a bit stuffy despite the fan.

Wi-Fi was a bit flaky especially in the room.

The staff were very friendly and helpful once we arrived, but whilst trying to make a reservation by mail and phone we received no affirmative response so we were not sure what to expect on arrival.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I spent a total of three nights here on two different occasions on this last trip. From the outside it doesn't look like much but once you are inside there is a courtyard with hammocks, a breakfast area (free pancakes, fruit and coffee) and small pool. It has a communal kitchen and free filtered water. The location is just a few blocks form the main square and cathedral.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Hostel Oasis

Address: C. Estrada 109, Granada, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Hostel Oasis Granada
Hostel Oasis Hotel Granada

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