Paradiso Hostel

Paradiso Hostel

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4.5
#1 of 2 hostels in La Laguna de Apoyo
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.4
Service
4.5
Value
4.4
Have you had a chance to wake up in the middle of nature?We give you the chance!We offer the option of spending the night here, with a price to suit every budget.For our overnight guests we offer triple, double or single rooms with private or shared bathroom, as well as a spacious room with an amazing view of the sunrise over the lake. Our well-stocked bar & restaurant serves refreshing cocktails and delicious homemade comfort food at a great price.We have direct access to the water with a nice sandy beach, free kayaks, floating dock and some water toys as well. Come here to play volleyball, table tennis or to try the only 'petanque' (boules) area in the south of Nicaragua. We offer awesome patio views, landscaped gardens, a wonderful shady ranch with sun chairs, hammocks and a bar right on the water's edge.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Darts
Airport transportation
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Room features
Private beach
Housekeeping
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Mountain View
Great View
Languages Spoken
Spanish
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bucketlisttravellers wrote a review Sep 2021
Sydney, Australia3,655 contributions936 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Paradiso using their Wednesday Get Away Laguna de Apoyo package, which was $10 per person and included transport from Granada, a welcome drink and use of the hotel and its facilities. This deal is excellent value and our only regret is that we didn’t go more often!
We were picked up from outside Iglesia La Merced in Granada and driven by minivan to the hotel. On the way they took us to a nice lookout where we could get some great photos overlooking the lagoon. People were required to wear masks and sanitise their hands before getting into the van and there were good covid protocols in place throughout our time there.
Paradiso is located on a lovely spot on Laguna de Apoyo. They have a nice restaurant and bar area with plenty of seating options. There are hammocks and cabanas on the property and there’s plenty of entertainment options available including a pool table, board games, books, as well as water equipment including kayaks and floatation rings. There is a pontoon not far from the water’s edge which is a nice place to swim to. Stand up paddle boards can also be hired for an additional cost.
They have an extensive menu with both Nicaraguan as well as international dishes. Their prices are reasonable and the food was fantastic. We particularly enjoyed the fillet mignon.
The hotel has a gift shop which also sells things like swimwear and sunscreen. They also offer tours and can organise shuttles to other parts of Nicaragua.
A convenient feature of how the day pass was organised was that you got a token to keep track of your bar tab and you just pay in full at the end. You can pay by cash or card. We also appreciated that we could choose how long we wanted to stay for and we just needed to let them know when we were ready to go and they got a taxi to take us home, which was also included in that $10 a person cost.
Overall, excellent value, excellent location and well executed. One of the best day trips you can do from Granada Nicaragua.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Manta-Mark31 wrote a review Sep 2020
Dereham, United Kingdom23 contributions15 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Incredible setting, wonderful people and fantastic food! We absolutely loved this place, beautiful sunrises across the Laguna.. a thatched bar/restaurant, set on a private 'palm-tree' beach, plus clear warm water to enjoy. The menu is vast and sumptuous, accompanied by a varied cocktail menu of fresh fruit juices. Hidden amongst the jungle flora and spread over several manicured terraces it is a pleasant nature walk just exploring the resort.. expect to be woken by howling monkeys, or the tropical 'dawn chorus'! The owners are great fun, attentive and speak several languages. The overall atmosphere and spectacular views of the crater and Mombacho Volcano had us extending our stay several times.. by far our best hostel find in a year of travelling throughout the Americas :)
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jenny B wrote a review Dec 2022
San Francisco, California9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
HIGHLY recommend staying here or getting a $7 day pass if you’re visiting for a day trip as we were (from Granada). Beautifully manicured grounds, fun food, awesome drinks (had probably too many Howlng Monkeys), and the VIEWS. I definitely see how people recommend staying a few days. Truly relaxing and stunning to float around in the warm water and then read in a hammock or chair overlooking the whole crater. Really cool experience (and we only did it from about 11-3 but that was still great!)
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Rosi B wrote a review Dec 2022
London, United Kingdom24 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my friend stayed here for 4 nights over Christmas. We were in awe of how beautiful the place was, and enjoyed soaking up the sun, swimming and using the kayaks. The staff are all super friendly and helpful. I would say that if you're on a budget to stock up on some snacks if you don't want to eat lunch and dinner every day at the restataurant. Also take a big water as they do charge for refills. We were able to eat some vegan meals here, but there was sometimes a misunderstanding regarding salad for the fajitas being dressed in mayo, and sauce in the veggie burger. But this was all rectified, so there is options for vegan, also Chinese rice and salads. Overall we had such a lovely time here, it really is paradise! Its great you can also do the day trips to the volcano, bird watching and other trips. Thank you for a great stay :)
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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JoAnne M wrote a review Jan 2024
Nashville, Tennessee136 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel build up a steep slope next to Laguna de Apoyo is very well staffed and has many spaces where you can sun or sit in a chair and watch the lake. The restaurant also serves several levels and has a great selection of foods that are very reasonable. Our room for 3 was very tiny and pretty hot. It had 3 fans but only 1 worked. One of the two windows was sealed shut. There is no place to hang clothes but there are a few drawers. It did have it's own tiny bathroom with a decent shower. The beach is pretty rocky but there are inner tubes, and kayaks available and easy to grab. The water was warm and clear but a little choppy when we were there making swimming a little challenging.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Gilbert R wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm Nicaraguan, I visited this place with my Nicaraguan friends and I asked the waiter if I was allowed to smoke a cigarette and he said no. After that, I noticed smoking is prohibited under the thatch roof because of fire safety, so I understood the reason.

20 minutes later I see the waiter lighting a "cigarette" to another client (foreigner). On top of that the smell of that "cigarette" had a distinct smell.

I approached the waiter and asked him why he let that client to smoke, in which he replied "yeah ok you do it".

Paraíso should teach their workers that customer service has to be the same for everyone and that everyone has to follow the rules, specifically safety ones and also that in public places the use of illegal stuff is a bad image to the business because not everyone likes it.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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sadeeyor wrote a review Mar 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom842 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Granada's a great colonial stroll: gem of a cathedral; San Francisco Convent & Museum with its Zapatera moaiesque avenuette of statues is my pick.
As is The Garden Cafe, one of my favourites in all Central Am. A real Courtyard of Eden, charming service, ice-cold beer, real good food.
But that's Granada. Take the shuttle from Oasis Hostel to Apoyo.
Not just as a day trip. STAY overnight here at Paradiso.
This is the perfect contrast, buoyant in a thermal crater lake, soothing those cobbled street feet.
Comfy dorm bed, cool beer, delicious meals, play pool, trivia night, float about in an inner tube or kayak, hike round the shore a bit, read a book, sunbathe on the pontoon, whatehhhver....
The staff are great craic. (Gabrito Garzetta Amigo Amigo is particularly deadpan droll in a good way.)
Nothing wrong with a day trip.
But that's to miss the changing light of the lake, the afternoon storm, night in the volcano, unpolluted stars, rippling dawn and a hair of the dog in a hammock.
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Date of stay: June 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Utepil wrote a review May 2021
Vuorela, Finland368 contributions107 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beachfront location is beautiful. Our room was on street level, so a lot of traps down to the beach and up to accommodation. There are available many activities. Fishing is possible on the beach but boats are not allowed. All restaurants close by were closed.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Putra K wrote a review Aug 2022
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a super relaxing day at the location UNTIL my glasses fell into the lake. I accepted that I was never going to get it back - since at this point it was about 15 ft on the bottom of a crater lake - until one of the staffers (lifeguard/kayak operator, I think his name was Erik, but I'm not sure) came up to me in the middle of my Tona bottle and handed me my glasses. My wife and I tried to dive down an get it but to no avail. He was able to dive down about 15 feet, found my glasses and got it for me. He singlehandedly saved my Nicaragua trip. Despite my personal experience, the place was amazing, the staff was nice and the bar/restaurant had a large variety of refreshments. The weather couldve been better, but there was nothing Paradiso could do about it. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: August 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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FlorianDelifer wrote a review Aug 2013
Paris19 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This ideally located gorgeous little paradise is an essential stop if you travel in Nicaragua. I strongly recommend planning a few days to fully enjoy the unique experience offered by this charming hostel and its amazing setting. Paradiso will make your trip to the Laguna simply idyllic. The staff is always smiling and very helpful, the food is definitely the best in all the area (try the Chicken burger!), the rooms are clean and offer different options (from private room with bathroom to dorms), the bar on the beach is fantastic and will make you connect with other travelers for sure! Whatever your mood, friends or families, this hostel is a perfect fit for everyone. If you have time between a nice swim and a bird watching session, you can have access to free Kayaks, a ping-pong table, and many other activities, which will enhance your experience. They also offer English and Spanish lessons, and they will help you connect with local community projects if you’d like to! For late birds, it is also the perfect place to go skinny-dipping at night! You will also be able to have a great wi-fi everywhere (lounge, kitchen, beach).

This is where your dream comes true!
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Date of stay: August 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Answer from Anniken J
4 contributions
Hi Laura, I'm pretty sure they don't rent out kayaks, since they are used every day by guests staying at the hostel. Even though July is not high season,so it might be possible and I recommend sending them an email :-)
Answer from Juliana O
New York City, New York53 contributions20 helpful votes
I believe there are but I didn't have enough time to explore them. Not sure if you get great animal sightings though. I know there are some great hikes with sloths and maybe monkeys close by but you'd need to take a taxi or bus (e.g., mombacho volcano)
Answer from Juliana O
New York City, New York53 contributions20 helpful votes
I can't remember exactly but I want to say it was $30 or $35 total for two of us. It definitely wasn't more expensive than that (cheaper if anything). Our hotel (selva azul) coordinated it for us.
Answer from Juliana O
New York City, New York53 contributions20 helpful votes
I'm not sure, I stayed next door at Selva Azul and they have a variety of room sizes to accommodate many different types and sizes of groups. Anytime I hear a double room at a place in Nicaragua I think 2 people only (2 twin beds or 1 double bed). My guess is you would need two doubles for four people.
770 wrote a tip Apr 2023
London, United Kingdom98 contributions121 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you pay with credit card they add 4% so best to have cash."
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Randy M wrote a tip Feb 2023
Ontario, Canada62 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"dorms are considerably cheaper and quite popular"
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Tuffysinclair wrote a tip Dec 2021
23 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you do the night time volcano tour - order dinner before you go - they will have it for you when you get back."
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Anniken J wrote a tip Dec 2017
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The "upstairs" dorm is the freshest and have two bathrooms."
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Stacey B wrote a tip Sep 2017
Trail, Canada51 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"rooms with a window towards the Laguna have a lovely breeze"
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PRICE RANGE
$32 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
NicaraguaMasaya DepartmentMasayaLa Laguna de Apoyo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about Paradiso Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Paradiso Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Laguna de Apoyo (1.7 miles), Mirador de Catarina (1.7 miles), and Masaya Crafts Market (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Paradiso Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Paradiso Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Paradiso Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Paradiso Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mi Viejo Ranchito, La Nani Cafe, and Que Sabroso Restaurante.
Does Paradiso Hostel have airport transportation?
Yes, Paradiso Hostel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Paradiso Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting El Coyotepe Fortress (3.0 miles) and Mercado de Artesanías de Masaya (3.9 miles).
Does Paradiso Hostel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
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