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Traveler (45)
Pool & Beach (12)
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Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
The Surfing Donkey is the best new social hostel in San Juan del Sur, only two blocks away from the city center with a large pool, cheap bar, full kitchen, yoga, and events like group BBQs and pool parties. We balance our social activities with a strict quiet policy before 9am and after 10pm, so guests can have fun and sleep well on the new premium mattresses.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
Public Wifi
Room features
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Traveler rating
  • 60
  • 45
  • 19
  • 9
  • 16
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  • Filter
  • English
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Stayed there for the first time with 2 of my friends for 4 days , went to granada and came back another week since it was too fun ! Very social place ! Met a ton a nice people to go out with , nice pool ( one of the only hostel to have one ) there's a bar , good prices , a big
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Me and my friend stayed for two nights at San Juan del Sur, we got the room, it is of course a basic place but the staff and volunteers are extremely friendly, you can cook your own food and the pool is basically very good. It would be definetely a place for come back!! Maybe
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Caiya, one of the long term volunteers, was about the only positive part of my stay at Surfing Donkey. She was friendly and extremely helpful with tips and recommendations for SJDS and onward travel. Unfortunately she left to go back home today, so I don't know what they are
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My girlfriend and I stayed at the Surfing Donkey and really felt like we upgraded our soul(s)! Met tons of really fun and interesting new people. The owner is always around to give you ideas on what to do and the staff/volunteers are extremely helpful and speak english (which is
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We had a private room that was very clean and the shower was really good, even though it was cold. Common area was cozy and the kitchen and bar were nice. Staff was a bit unfriendly for my taste and it’s a party place, so if you want a calm night, don’t go there. Otherwise, nice
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Our 10 bed dormitory
private 4 bed room with private bathroom
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Private room (prior to new curtains and mirrors)
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Private and Semi-Private Bathroom
Is there parking available?
there isn't a gated parking, we packed our car on the street right in front of the entrance and it was fine for two nights
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"Don't get a room next to the street."
"outside of town, quiet after 10, nice pool, room 10 is the best"
"Wach out for your things, things get stolen in this hostel. Staff wont help at all."
"we booked private 4 Person Rooms - way to go in any hostel I think."
"Private rooms (2 bunk-beds) with private bathroom is great value to share with friends."
$16 - $28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
NicaraguaRivas DepartmentSan Juan del Sur
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