The hostel is at an amazing location. Great spot on the beach and the owners are very friendly and helpful. I am not a huge surfer and there is not much to do in the town.... was actually advised to stay off the beach at night. Great if you want to go sleep, eat, and surf.
I'd like to leave an excellent review of the staff at the Barrel as I foolishly left my wallet in the restaurant area one evening and they were SO helpful in helping me to find it. They were as determined as me to help to find it and they really went above and beyond by sitting with me to watch the CCTV cameras! Eventually we found the guest who'd picked it up and we managed to retrieve it from him!
Aside from the help I got with this I'd like to add that it's a great spot, very chilled out and the Barrel serve tasty food for between $5 & $10. Although this might not appear cheap by Nicaraguan standards the portions are BIG and the food is TASTY which for me feels worth the extra buck.
I'd strongly recommend a stay at the Barrel if you're looking for a nice spot to chill, surf, and eat nice food.
All the best team!
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! :)