Hotel Sabalos was a very pleasant place to spend two days. We were the only guests in the hotel during these two days, and I was actually feeling so bad for this very nice hotel that they did not have more clients during the holiday season.
Caution when getting there: If you have your own car, make sure you take the correct turn in La Azucena. It is not marked!!! We went on a very rough road toward Los Chiles before we realized it was the wrong direction. It is always good to ask, ask and ask again if you are on the road to Boca de Sabalos.
The place was so very nice that you did not notice time pass when you were staring into the Rio San Juan or reading in a hammock while listening to the waves hitting the wooden stilts of the hotel with every passing boat. Admiring the sunset on the dock was also very peaceful. In the evening lying on the dock listening to all different creatures and observing the star-filled sky was just fantastic.
The night manager, Mercedes ( a guy who used to be a school teacher) was very knowledgeable about ecology and everything else in Nicaragua (& rest of the world for that matter). He would join us on the dock and show us a prehistoric fish, a caiman or a hiding crocodile. He told us the history of the hotel and about many other things in neighborhood. The two young women Mariela (day manager) and Angelica (assistant) also were very nice and were ready to help us any which way they could. It was very nice to see the all-female-boat-crew come to pick us up at Boca de Sabalos and take us back when we left.
We did not meet the cooks, but the food was very good. We were able to vary the items on the menu according to our needs. The place allowed us to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little town that lived on the river. We had the opportunity to take a tour to see a cacao plantation and factory, but we did not do that. Instead we crossed the river Sabalos on a little boat and took a long walk up to the village, which was interesting. People in the area were very friendly.
Our hotel room was very clean, and there was a double bed and an extra bed for a third person. There was a fan, and hot water. Everything functioned in the room. We had our own dongle so we did not even ask about hotel Wi-Fi. The prices of the room and the meals were very fair. Breakfast was included in the price of $42 per night.
The room was very small for two people and we could hardly turn around in there. During day time the room was a bit hot. On our first day there was loud music around 6 a.m. in the neighborhood. Of course, this was not the fault of the hotel. Apparently they had previously sent the police to this crazy fellow who played very loud music at all odd hours disturbing the hotel guests. But, apparently right after the police left he turned the music back on. Luckily we were tormented by this only one morning for about 1 and 1/2 hours.
We had a great time at the hotel Sabalos and I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to experience a town on the river in Nicaragua while enjoying the hospitality of the nice people in this hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Sabalos Hotel Boca