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Boca de Sabalos, El Castillo, Boca Sabalos Nicaragua
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#1 of 3 hotels in Boca Sabalos
SABALOS LODGE You can explore the beauty of the Nicaraguan wilderness along the Rio San Juan. Relax after a long day in our hammocks while you take a cold drink, and enjoy an amazing view of the river This is the place for the true adventurer and our goal is to give each of our visitors a genuine experience that will last for a lifetime. The biodiversity of the area offers you the chance of seeing exotic wildlife right outside your cabin.
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Secured parking
Free breakfast
Shuttle bus service
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Bar / lounge
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
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Sun terrace
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Bottled water
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Non-smoking rooms
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River View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Kotinka wrote a review Feb 2020
Moscow, Russia269 contributions94 helpful votes
Beautiful river-side location just passed the village of Sabalos on Rio San Juan. Cabanas are rustic, open air, but with proper mosquito nets, and face onto the rapidly flowing river. We stayed in the "Jaguar Cabin" which is the furthest away down through the beautifully maintained garden and felt secluded. There is also a great chill out area with several hammocks from where you can watch the sunset. Food was simple but pretty decent (like the usual Nica combo of grilled chicken and rice or a very good and meaty soup) and for breakfast the pancakes were outstanding. There are a couple of walking trails if you are into bird watching which are well worth following. You can also get to nearby El Castillo for a half-day trip by taking the 30 mins fast-boat service which stops off at the property on the way down the river. Otherwise, this is a place to get out the binoculars and a book, take a seat in a hammock and watch the days pass by. My only criticism is that it feel a bit pricey for what you get - at 80 USD/night I think some improvements could be made. The bed is too small, even for two short travellers we found it a bit of a squeeze. Although there was only one other cabana taken, they ran out of the right size wellington boots (needed for very muddy trail walks). Service is friendly but haphazard, depite there seeming to be more staff than guests for the 5 nights we stayed (the owner said many of the talented, hard working people have left Nicaragua since 2018 political crisis which I understand makes finding staff very difficult). They have contacts to nature tour guides for eary morning jungle walks, but at twice the price we had paid (for better and longer tours) at Cabanas Caiman in Los Guatuzo natural reserve. Overall though, of you want to retreat from the world for a few days, this place is a stunning place to do that.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Benjamin H wrote a review Jan 2020
Leiden, The Netherlands22 contributions9 helpful votes
This is really within my top 5 places in Nicaragua and I come here frequently since 2005. Amazing service and staff, perfect get away in the jungle and starting point for exploring Rio San Juan. The food is very good and prices are fair considering the amount of food, drinks and dessert included. Amneties are simple but with a lot of love and hotel standard in terms of bed sheets, towels, soap etc. We will definitely come back!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Mayela Sanchez wrote a review Oct 2019
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A magical place, where you are in contact with nature. Very reasonable prices and rooms with the rustic touch that you should have. The restaurant serves the typical of the country and very good quality. The staff rampages for attending to the guest. Thank you
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: Any cabin that you choose is very charming
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John J wrote a review Feb 2019
Santa Rosa, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed two nights towards the end of January 2019. The cabin (called Tarzan) was spacious and right on the river. Open air but private, safe and secure. Alarm clock? Not really needed since you have the Howler Monkeys that start their barking about 5am! The food is exceptional. Chef Glenda could work at any restaurant in the US. The staff are very helpful and can arrange day trips to El Castillo or even tarpon fishing. And finally, the owners (Rafael and Ninoska) are the most community minded people you could meet. They give back to the people of Sabalos on a non-stop basis. So ... have a wonderful time and support the people of Sabalos at the same time! John
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Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
Jake S wrote a review Feb 2019
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What a beautiful place with every cabin having a lovely view if the amazing Rio San Juan. Able to completely “check out” and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the area. Rustic but clean, exactly what i like. The Wi-fi was down, and it was perfect so i wasnt tempted to re-connect to the world and i read a book for the first time in years!! While getting here takes some time, it is worth it! But stay for awhile, 2.5 days was not enough! Wonderful and attentive staff was a great addition Nicaragua needs your tourism investment and this is a wonderful experience worth every penny and more.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
$82 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
NicaraguaRio San Juan DepartmentBoca Sabalos
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sabalos Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Sabalos Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sabalos Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Sabalos Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sabalos Lodge?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
Is Sabalos Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Boca Sabalos.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sabalos Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Sabalos Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.