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Hostal La Tortuga Booluda
Ranked #1 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Leon
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

There are many party hostel options in Leon, but if you're looking for a brilliantly run, clean, comfortable and great value option this should be your choice.

There is a warm vibe and energy to this place and a fully equipped communional kitchen where the free breakfast can be found every morning. The facilities are truly what you look for from a hostel. The beds are probably the most comfortable I have slept in in over four months on the road and the staff (especially Hans the owner) are extremely kind and go out of there way to help where possible.

I have stayed here on two separate occasions now and wouldn't hesitate to stay a third if ever passing through Leon again.

Thanks again for everything guys.
All the best
Beau

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I would definitely stay here again. The hostel is reasonably priced and very clean. We stayed in the dorms and were surprised at how clean they were. The Hostel is laid out very well. In the front they have a reception desk and a pool table. Just behind that is a very nice place with many seating options, good spot to chill out and check up on your e-mail. The Kitchen and the rooms are in the back of the hostel. The kitchen is very clean and well equipped. The rooms are clean and have comfortable mattresses. Since they are in the back of the building it makes every night quiet and relaxing. The location is also great, almost everything is just a short walk away. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Located a few minutes walk from the city center, Tortuga Booluda is easily accessible to many places in Leon. From the moment we entered, we enjoyed the energy of this hostel. The staff is warm and helpful, the layout open and welcoming, and the hostel is clean and well taken care of. We stayed in room 8, which is on its own level. The room gets great light, which makes for early mornings. As early risers, we did not mind, especially when there are so many great things to see and do! The balcony outside of room 8 has a hammock for lounging with a book, and a small table with rocking chairs beside it. We made the most of this with a cocktail at dusk. There is an AC option which we did not need, as the fan was more than sufficient. One other thing I really enjoyed about this hostel is that there is a nest of mourning doves just outside the room we stayed in; they have a lovely coo to wake up to. I can not recommend this accommodation enough. If you are looking for a party, seek elsewhere. If you are looking for a nice place to get some rest, meet friendly people and enjoy make-your-own pancakes in the morning with honey and a cup of strong coffee, make a reservation!

Room Tip: We booked volcano boarding through this hostel with Tierra Tours. We were very pleased with the exp...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

I stayed at Tortuga Booluda for one week and would definately recommend this place. I had such a nice time there. The hostel is not too big, therefore it´s great to get in touch with other people. I loved the relaxing common area, I enjoyed it to hang out in the hostel. It was very clean and the pancakes for breakfast were amazing, because they made it on their own. The stuff helped me whenever I needed them and it felt like a second family, I didn´t want to leave this amazing place. If you go to Leon, you should definatley stay at Tortuga Booluda!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Really well managed and nice hostel. Great shared space atmosphere with hammocks, books, etc. Easy walk to everything else in Leon even though not right in the center. Clean rooms and super helpful and friendly stuff. Did not want to leave this place! Pancake breakfast is fun - since you need to cook your own pancakes - it's a bonding experience with other travellers.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Good hostel in Leon. We stayed in the private room which was nice and clean. AC is a bit old but works well. The private room has a nice little balcony for a bit of privacy but you could go down to the main courtyard to hang out. Kitchen was great with lots of space.

Stayed: November 2013
Thank Ashwath S
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We wanted the backpacker vibe but still wanted privacy so we chose room 8 which is on a floor by iteself with its own bathroom and sitting area. Well worth the 40$. I did not think it was far from any action like other reviewers mention. it was in the perfect spot for us as it was close to Cocine d'arte the vegetarian cafe we ate out meals out. I love the vibe at the hostel. we met some great people. honor system and kitchen are pluses. They even let us store our stuff for the day as we hiked cerro negro. booking any activitiy was easy and felt so secure staying there.

Room Tip: Splurge on room 8!
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hostal La Tortuga Booluda

Address: From the SW Corner Of the Central Park 3.5 Blocks West, Leon, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Leon
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Leon
Price Range: $12 - $28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the center of the city of Leon Nicaragua, Hostal La Tortuga Booluda (The Lazy Turtle) offers a relaxing multi-cultural atmosphere, comfortable dorm beds and private rooms, free pancake breakfast, free organic coffee, open kitchen, free internet, free pool table, a complete book exchange, house guitars, self-service bar, one-on-one Spanish classes, and more. La Tortuga Booluda is a home away from home for the traveler who is looking for a mellow and comfortable base to soak in the culture and history of this great colonial town. ... more   less 
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