We left this "hostel" today. Tripadvisor said free coffee, that's not true they add every cup onto your bill. They said we could use the kitchen to cook our own food for an extra $2. This is the chefs kitchen which he needs all the time so we paid extra for use of a space we could not use properly and were asked to leave the kitchen when the stove was needed. When we checked out at 10.40 am this morning they tried to also charge us for an extra nights stay because we didn't inform them earlier. We had informed them at 8am today that we were leaving. There is nowhere that states you need to inform them 24 hours prior to check out. I feel the place is very money driven and not geared towards the longer term traveller. If you are travelling and looking for a better place to stay there are plenty more, not so new but more established for travellers and have kitchens for guests to use which is all included in the price. Also there's a great pizza place about two hostels down along the beach from this place, great cocktails and one pizza feeds three adults easily. I would say in my opinion that this place is a money driven hotel. If your travelling on a budget it's not the place to stay.
Absolutely recommend this cute little spot , makes you feel like you are in paradise! Owners are very friendly and make you feel right at home! Will definitely be returning!
So i just wanted to leave a review,
For leslia and all the workers at the hostel i want to say a massive thank you for your hospitality and help. These guys really go above and beyond to help you with anything from transport to tacho's!
The hostel is poitioned right on the beach. Arguably some of the best surf in nicaragua. The beach itself is a wonder to experience. leslia and the team make it feel all the more homely, great facilities, clean rooms and without the high pricetag!
Thank you again guys and see you soon!
Very good hostel! The owners are absolutely lovely and make you feel at home in a few minutes!!
The dorms are good, clean and each one has it's own bathroom. Only 6 people per dorm!
The location is really good. Walking distance from the Popoyo Left and the little tide pool at low tide.
The atmosphere is excellent! You can play your own music too!
The food may be a little more expensive than elsewhere in the village BUT, they have a generator to keep the food fresh when there's a power cut in the village (which happens a lot)!
Also when nobody has power or wifi in the village, the hostel does!
They'll let you use the kitchen for a little daily contribution if you're on a budget which is really nice and comprehensive.
The hostel is gated and watched by security at night witch is a serious plus.
They arrange transport, surf trips with a boat and rent surfboards.
If you're planning on staying a few days around Popoyo, the Barrel Hostel is your best option! We'll be back one day!
My husband and I were just in Popoyo for a surf trip. We found this place on our walk down the beach. Wish we could have stayed here for our whole trip, but only discovered it towards the end. Everything about this place is awesome; amazing food, great location, nice rooms, and the best hospitality we experienced our whole trip! Leslia, Epi, and Jerry were so helpful with everything! I highly recommend staying here! :)
A newly built hostel with an ideal location right on the beach.
Friendly atmosphere and large TV showing the Olympics.
Nice communal area which became the social centre of the village.
Owners are very accommodating if a little disorganised.
Each dorm has its own bathroom.
Nearby surf school (highly recommended) and the waves are consistently good for all levels of surfers.
Beautiful sunsets on the beach.
However, whilst the food was good, it was a bit unimaginative and pricey. (Nearby local restaurant 30m away is far better value)
It's also impractical to get to without a car. It's 7Km from where the chicken bus drops you (try hitch a ride with surfers with pick up trucks)
To get back to Rivas, it was necessary to get a taxi ($30 total)
My experience at this hostel was pretty effectively summarized by one profound occurrence... It was an ordinary afternoon in Popoyo; I was lazing about the hostel after a morning of surfing, killing time, waiting for the surf to return in the afternoon. I stepped into my spacious, clean, comfortable dorm and took a seat on the high quality mattress provided, resting my weary head on my soft yet amply supportive pillow. I only managed to enjoy the cool breeze of my fan for a moment before it donned on me that I had forgotten my water bottle in the beachside common area! It would seem that the comfort provided by the hospitable staff and the ideal location had caused me to achieve a level of bliss that resulted in a neglect for my own personal affairs. Nevertheless, I swiftly exited my abode in search of said water bottle. As I perused the common area hoping to find my neglected hydration vessel, my heart sunk – the bottle was nowhere to be seen. I silently cursed my carelessness and vowed to treat my next bottle with more respect and appreciation, God forbid that I should part ways with another before it's time. It was in this moment, as I prepared to retreat, that I spotted something curious out of the corner of my eye. Within the refrigerator there sat a bottle – the same brand and volume as my own, at precisely the same level of fullness as the one that I had so ignorantly abandoned. After the initial shock of this discovery passed I was able to deduce that one of the saintly staff members, exercising a level of kindness not usually observed in mere humans, collected my forgotten vessel and placed it in a location in which it would not only remain secure, but would also improve as time passed, given the fact that a beverage is all the more palatable when it's temperature is in contrast with the climate in which it resides.