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“Fantastic experience for the kids” 5 of 5 stars
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Sabalos Lodge
| Rio San Juan, Boca Sabalos, Nicaragua   |  
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Managua, Nicaragua
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Fantastic experience for the kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We spent 3 days / 2 nights at the Chita cabaña last Semana Santa. The setup is like a tree house and the kids (9 & 6) loved it. You can watch the birds in the afternoon hopping around the tree branches next to the cabin from the bed. There is also a hammock.
We walked to the nearby town, we did a day trip Indio Maíz (you can combine in one day trip a visit to El Castillo and the reserve), and we swam in the river.
The staff is very attentive and welcoming.
You can reach the lodge by land.
If you are looking for urban hotel comfort this is not the place for you.

Room Tip: The cabañas facing the river are the best.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cobble Hill, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is a place not to be missed.If you are looking for a five star pampered hotel experience this is not it.If you are looking for an an experience out of the normal tourist areas you have to go here.Yaro and his staff will make you feel at home and will accommodate you in every way.Our family was at the lodge for two nights in March and it was definitely a highlight of our trip@

Room Tip: WE stayed ion the family cabin right over the river,nice and roomy.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Leduc, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is the ABSOLUTE FIRST ADVENTURE you should plan for your Nicaraguan trip!!!
We spent 4 nights, with our 11yr old daughter at Sablos lodge, in an authentic bamboo treehouse(with a full bathroom). We slept under bugnets and LOVED EVERY minute of our time there. We had many fantastic experiences in Nica, but Sabalos Lodge was definitely the highlight of our 19 day holiday. Definitely worth the effort to get there! If you're traveling with kids spend the extra money and fly from Managua to San Carlos and from there Sabalos lodge will take over...(if they know you're coming)!
The staff and food are are amazing and you will be very well cared for! From the lodge you can take great day trips....Yaro (the lodge owner) knows where you're going and when you'll be back while you're under his care and there isn't a detail he hasn't thought of.
Yaro's stories are a bonus when he has time to sit for a minute.
Note: we didn't use bug spray once on our 19day trip but take it along, then you won't need it!

Room Tip: Book a treehouse if they're available!!
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

If you like birds and flowers and ROARING monkeys then this is IT! The island across the way just TEEMED with birds - the shows at daybreak and dusk were especially thrilling. Howler monkeys hang out in trees above the place, and yes they're crazy loud (we thought that was exciting). My 9-year-old son and I loved the night-time glimpses of bugs, night-birds, bats, frogs and baby caiman. Staff are very careful to protect you from stupid mistakes (no a night-time walk in fer-de-lance country is not advisable, and yes there are electric eels in the mud just downstream a little ways), and they're also wonderful about arranging tours to the 'real' rainforest, which is just a boat ride away.

The area immediately surrounding this lodge is pretty heavily impacted by cattle ranching and other destructive human activities (hamburger, anyone?!), so you're not going to go adventuring much past the lodge on foot. Staying at the lodge is mainly a hammock-and-rum-drinks relaxing spot reading and watching birds and flowers. But downstream is the Indio Maiz Reserve, which has lovely, protected natural areas and guides are available at a very reasonable rate to show it all to you.

Meals were great and linens were thick and lovely. Nice tight mosquito nets were quite a cut above some places we'd stayed. Owner is a lovely man, delightful to talk with in Spanish or English.

Room Tip: Tarzan, Jeane, Chita, and Jaguar cabins are the best - RIGHT over the water and monkeys can be in th...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

When going to Castillo we say some people going off the boat at Sabalos Lodge and we decided immediately we wanted to stop for the night on the way back.

We stayed and the cheapest cabin and the room was far from special, but the location directly on the river in the middle of nothing and the private terrace are. The birds and monkeys at dusk and dawn are amazing.

The food is overpriced and you have to tell in advance if you want to eat (the fridge is supposed to be in Sabalos 20 minutes walk away as the electricity at the lodge is from generator) but we shared one portion and had enough.

For us the location was worth paying a little more (it was 35 USD for a cabin compared to 15 or 20 in Castillo for a room with bathroom).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We arrived shortly before sundown on our first night, and my five-you old found it a little intense at first. The rooms are totally open, which means anything that flies- including bats- come right on in. The birds and monkeys are crazy loud at sunrise and sunset. There is a family of baby cayman and their mama who keep their nest right on the grounds. The owner, Yaro, is a truly likable and caring person. He sees to it personally that all of his guests are taken care of. He met us personally when our plane landed in San Carlos, which I believe is his usual MO. He sees all of his guests off when they leave on excursions, and greets them when they return. He takes care of all the details and leaves you with nothing to worry about.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

i was so exited for this place but it fell short in every way. it was nice yaro the owner met us at the plane traveled to the lodge with us then helped us leave a couple days early thanks yaro. other than that this place was so disappointing the food is 12 US a meal which was not very good you can walk into sabalos 30 min and get o good plate of food for 75 cords (3 US) u have to order your breakfast the night before and supper at least 3 hours before your ready to eat. the bugs are carried away but its the rainforest. we stayed in the smallest room 35 a night we were quoted but ended up paying 45 as we were in such a hurry to leave to catch our plane that we didn't complain . any ways the room was so small me and my wife couldn't even stand in it together unless one of was in our bed which had stained sheets yuck. the trails they say are all around i walked in less then a hour. not much to do at night other than read a book or drink beer which we drank them dry of. the caiman night tour, indio miaz reserve and coco tour were all fun but overpriced. all in all this place is very expensive for what u get and the service provided we had booked 6 nights left after 3. 3 nights is more then enough also bring a flash light

Room Tip: if your going here dont cheap out in the fish cabins get one of the ones on stilts. just know the on...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | Rio San Juan, Boca Sabalos, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rio San Juan Department > Boca Sabalos
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Number of rooms: 24
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