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Little Morgan's
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is one of my Top 5 favorite hostels in over 3 years of traveling. Yes, they have some bugs (it's Nicaragua after all) but the reason they have bugs is to keep the cabins airy and cool at night. The staff has all worked there for months which says a lot to me. They have a great hostel family atmosphere and are always willing to help answer questions. They do love to drink at Little Morgan's and there is no denying that. The food is surprisingly excellent as well. Breakfast to the family style dinners at night. It made our trip the island that much better. The pet pig was my favorite by far!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

This place is somewhat known as the party hostel of the Santa Cruz/Santo Domingo area. This is more or less true as there is a bar and a “party vibe”, but you can choose to opt in or out of this by staying in one of the dorms directly above the bar or in a more removed cabin.

This hostel seems to attract the kind of long-stay traveler who prides him or herself on being there for so long they can’t even remember arriving, but honestly haven’t done anything but sit around and drink beer and chain smoke for days or weeks on end. There are also the one-to-two day travelers like us who just wanted to be surrounded by some other people, as it seemed the other hotels in town were pretty much empty, save the bugs.

While the staff was very nice (MJ and Tom), we didn’t feel this place was worth $10 a night. Our room in one of the removed cabins had no door, and the frustratingly immobile wooden lockers that could be easily hacked open did not give us an extra feeling of safety or security. The mosquito nets had large holes in them and these were very important given the bug situation (large spiders, mosquitoes, gnats, lizards, beetles etc). There was also no wifi for guests on the premises.

The food was mehh, apparently the woman with the restaurant down the street does pretty well with the spillover from the hostel. We don’t know where else we would have stayed in this area, perhaps we would have gone to another part of Isla de Ometepe had we had more time. Overall, the prices are a bit high, we payed the same in San Juan del Sur for a spotless room with air conditioning.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Little Morgans is a really beautiful property, with lush tropical trees and flowers surrounding the lakeside bungalows. I had a comfy bed in the bungalow, but 2 of my friends slept outside in hammocks to save money. Its a very outdoorsy place for nature lovers (also cold water showers only) so don't come here expecting a hotel. Swarms of butterflies scattered the path as I made my way to breakfast each morning. Amazing view of the sunset and volcano from the lookout in one of the bungalows.

Very friendly staff - the owner came and drank with us, and remembered all of our first names. One morning he found a beautiful turtle crawling through the garden and came to show us.

It was not very busy when I was there, but I was travelling with a group of 8. Maybe another 10 people staying there, so together we all had a good party. There was a huge storm one night and we lost power, so we all had to stay in the bar and get drunk by candlelight. But from the rooms you can't hear the noise from the bar, so you can have a quiet relaxing night if you wish.

Hire a bike and ride to the volcanic springs (Ojo de Agua). Or take a fishing trip with the staff who will help you cook it up for lunch.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

For the region they charged us quite more than average, for a bed full of dead bugs and bedbugs. The private rooms had lots of mosquitos and other insects while each mosquito net over the beds had holes in it. We even had scorpions and huge spiders falling off our shoes, so better check that! Each surface was covered in mosquitos. The staff was okay, but made kind of a superior impression, they were not locals, but travellers which spent half the day watching soap operas - how exotic. Sandwiches were totally overpriced (price of a lunch in a restaurant), but for the hike up the volcano we were dependent on that, such an exploitation of our needs. No WiFi, although internet was there for the staff (constant Facebook chat sounds while playing music in the bar).
The place is at the water, but hard to enter because it is totally rocky - huge spiky rocks. So you have to walk 15min to the beach anyway.

So if you want to party, get drunk, money isnt a problem and not mind insects. Go for it!

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

Good value, staff were helpful, and the food was pretty good (although I did not eat much) They also had some really cute pets around. The main thing I didn't like about the place is all of the flies and mosquitos. It's probably mostly a result of the area, but it was still unpleasant. Beds had mosquito nets, but flies and mosquitos still somehow managed to get through. I do not understand if this is a party hostel why did they turn off the lights when we were still eating, that was pretty rude.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

Amazing hostel, most importantly run by some of the most awesome people you can meet. was lucky enough to meet 3 generations of morgan. and juan and the guys helped us in everyway possible, stayed there for 2 weeks and made a chess set. not just a drinking hostel, you can enjoy whatever you want. and if you love animals its perfect, two puppys, and a hammock loving dog plus newborn kittens a cat and alan and bojangles the parrots! thanks for being so welcoming guys! cant wait to go back! Max and Jonathan, the english guys.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

I thought this place was great if you like to party. There was a South African guy at the front desk who was a stellar dude and super helpful! The dude from Melbourne on the other hand needs to lighten up! He was so rude, not helpful, pretentious and should not work at a front desk.

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Additional Information about Little Morgan's

Address: Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Santa Cruz
Price Range: $6 - $30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Little Morgan's is a beautiful place on the lake. With a range of accommodation options from private casitas to dormitories it can accommodate any kind of traveller. The unique natural style of the buildings makes this place feel like an island paradise. A bar and restaurant with pool table is open until late with great food and fun times. The mirador is an amazing place to relax and watch the sunset over the volcanoes. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Little Morgan`s Hotel Santa Cruz
Little Morgan's Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Santa Cruz

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