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“Good location, friendly, great food” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Ometepetl
Ranked #24 of 36 Isla de Ometepe B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
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271 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“Good location, friendly, great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2011

The Ometepetl is right up the street from the ferry dock, best location if you get an early morning ferry to the mainland. We arrived on a rainy Sunday and decided to stay here as it was close to the ferry and a decent value at $15/night (fan and bathroom) and the rooms of decent size and clean.
The beds are good and firm, the walls seemed newly painted and had large flower patterns (a matter of personal taste). The small TV has only an over-the-air antenna, which basically meant one channel with poor picture quality.

Reading other travelers reviews of this place we figure that Ometepetl must have recently been renovated. Our room was perfectly clean! Only the bathroom could use a makeover and the shower curtain a good wash or replacement. Maybe it's worth to ask seeing a number of rooms before choosing this hotel?

The pool was completely empty and looked like it's been a long time since it was last in use. But to be fair, the pool was not mentioned or advertised to us when we looked at the hotel. Anyway at $15 a night we did not expect to have a pool.

The owner is very friendly and had a lot of advice about our onward journey to Leon. He also speaks good English but was patient enough to listen to our broken Spanish and respond in slow and easy to understand Spanish.

Food at their restaurant was outstanding. The Chuleta (pork chop) was one of the best we had in Central America.

We would certainly stay and eat at the Ometepetl again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2011

After one night, I moved to another hotel with a much cleaner room and bathroom, with more amenities, and much nicer staff.

- Pool is scam. It was completely empty when I arrived. Other locals told me that the pool has not been filled for several years.
- Surly staff.
- Dirty rooms with broken down bathroom and nasty looking beds.
- Had to leave because I woke up with lots of bug bites.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Warren_Lee
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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

If only they would scrub the floors and put some effort into cleaning it properly, it would be acceptable. Before I stayed here, I read the reviews and they weren't great but I saw one or two that were satisfied. I booked 2 nights here but ended up only stayed 1 night. I was disappointed how dirty it was for that price. If they would have made the effort to clean it well, I would have stayed the 2nd night. Instead I went up a couple blocks and stayed in the hammock at the El Indio Viejo which was a great place to meet people and get good food and beer.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose
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50 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2010

Didn't plan on staying in Moyogalpa. Original plans were to stay out at Playa Santo Domingo, however after running into distant relatives who live near town, staying in Moyogalpa seemed to be the 'better' choice. Good points; the AC worked pretty well, and the bedding was crisp and clean. The food at the restaurant was a bargain. The help were friendly though not so helpful in terms of setting up guides and so on. Being in town meant being close to Concepcion, so getting up the volcano was convenient. Good selection of restaurants in town, as well as several internet spots, and as far as I know the only ATM on the island. Not so good points; no hot water, well you get used to this traveling about the country....but still it would have been nice, a mirror in the bathroom would have been nice, an attempt to provide something/anything so I could shave in the mornings would have been a plus. Back to the bath, just not clean, not up to expectations. No TV, and after three days had to request a room clean (I dunno I sort expected them come in and at least dump the trash). Broken window, ya know like forget about security...and handing off my valuables at the front desk was better than nothing, but I had no idea nor warm fuzzy feeling that my valuables were truly secure.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank bbihler
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Langport
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51 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2010

Don't stay there our room was shabby, the walls were mouldy and you could smell the mould, the wash basin was filthy black, the toilet pan had not been cleaned for weeks, there were also bare live wires in the shower area. Food was pretty good though and the waiting staff were great

  • Stayed January 2010
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jiverjones
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Channel Islands
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18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2009

I was surprised to see such negative reviews on this place.

The rooms were basic but clean and functioning (although the TV didn't work). We didn't look elsewhere but recommended it to some travellers on the street who ended up staying and saying that it was a far better option than other hostals they had viewed in the area. We paid $15 a night for a double without aircon.

The hotel served good food (by local standards) at a reasonable price.

...Perhaps the management has got its act together!?!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JerVan11
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London/Sydney
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2008

We chose this hotel based on its proximity to the ferry terminal, as we had to get an early morning boat the next day. It is, indeed, spitting distance, but that is this place's only redeeming quality.

We have drawn the conclusion that the owners gave up on the hotel years ago as our room was very dilapidated and the bathroom filthy, to the extent that there was an impressive tunnel structure created by ants in the shower that must have taken some time to build. There was also mould on the walls and door security was pretty poor, considering the rooms face the open courtyard and there is nothing to stop someone walking in off the street.

When we realised how bad our room was, we went to find a member of hotel staff so we could move. However, there was no one around - at 10pm - so we had to stay put. We spoke to the manager the next day, and insisted he reduce the rate of our stay from $25 to $15 for the night.

If you have to stay in Moyogalpa (and there isn't much to do), we have heard the American Cafe and Hotel up the road is much better, or the hostel a couple of blocks up must be preferable.

  • Liked — The proximity to the ferry terminal
  • Disliked — Cleanliness and absolute lack of upkeep. Also the ant colony in the shower.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank L0nd0ners
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Property: Hotel Ometepetl
Address: Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe
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Ranked #24 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Ometepe
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Number of rooms: 7
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