For me this super friendly and comfortable hostel has been my ´home away from home´ while living and travelling in Jinotega! I have stayed on several occasions both in private rooms and dorms and have to heap praise on this place!
The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful (and speak excellent English for anyone whose Spanish is not up to scratch), the private rooms are enormous and clean and airy with huge beds, the dorms have solid, comfortable beds and great locker facilities, and the communal areas are great. There is a patio area with hammocks and rocking chairs, a beautiful interior garden and a living room at the back with sofa, chairs and TV.
You also have free coffee, filtered water, high speed wifi and a huge sofa where you can hang out with other travellers and watch TV or DVDs. There is also a book loan, large selection of DVDs and a range of drinks on sale. Yummy and simple breakfasts come included. There is also a huge amount of information available about the local area and they can help you to arrange tours and trips.
Only gripes? Not all private rooms have good wifi signal so check this first and the dorms have cold showers which is fine in summer and less OK in winter. There can be a bit of noise coming in from the street too, but if you´re travelling in Nicaragua you are probably used to it. Earplugs might be necessary if you want to sleep in.
Matagalpa is a pretty cool and safe city with good shopping, nice restaurants (La Vita e Bella!) and bars (Artesanos and Woods) and some nice nature attractions nearby such as a waterfall. The local natural healing centre by Artesanos does AMAZING massages for under $10!
Above all I love the laid back and friendly vibe of La Buena Onda and the fact that I always meet great people and have a fun time here, whether I´m up for partying or chilling out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Matagalpa, Nicaragua's first Hostel! Use us as a base to explore the beautiful city of Matagalpa and it’s surrounding mountains and coffee farms, or just come relax with us and enjoy some amazing coffee and food from our cafe. Come swing in a hammock in our patio or on our balcony, take advantage of our free internet, cable TV or a DVD, or grab a book from our extensive library. We have dormitories and private rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Buena Onda Nicaragua/Matagalpa