Sonati Hostel has been the best place I've stayed in so far in Central America. Accommodation was basic but comfortable - I opted for a single room which was in a building across the road from the main hostel, but it was clean with a bed with a really thick comfortable mattress, a fan and a private bathroom for $10 a night. It had no windows, which was a downside, but no mosquitos either which is always a bonus! Free wifi was available both in the main building and in my annexe. The best points about the hostel were the people. A range of really interesting backpackers and volunteers were passing through the hostel all with stories to tell. It was friendly, laid back and sociable and provided a safe place to hang out. There were some great cats wandering about too, all looking healthy and well cared for. The kitchen had excellent coffee on tap and was well-equipped for self catering. I didn't really fall in love with Leon itself and found it hard to find desirable eateries, but with supermarkets and markets all close by it would have been great for self-catering. One backpacker was in making banana bread one afternoon, which is particularly impressive! I organised a two day tour to Telica volcano through Sonati, run by their volunteers. They didn't laugh in my face (I'm unfit and overweight!) but prepared me well for the tour, told me what to take, leant me additional equipment and then really looked after me when I was struggling during the tour. The volunteer tour guide knew her stuff and was able to share knowledge about the flora and fauna of the area as well as providing us with lots of decent meals. The fact that the organisation is not-for-profit and that my money will be going to environmental education endears me to Sonati even more. Definitely should be on the agenda if you're staying in Leon, a great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SONATI is an environmental education organization working to increase knowledge, love and care toward the environment. All profits from our hostel and tours finance our environmental activities. SONATI Mission: The mission of SONATI is to encourage environmental stewardship and preservation, and to promote responsible environmental projects through education programs, community outreach and self-sustaining resources. SONATI Vision:* To increase knowledge, love and care toward the environment.* To empower community members with the tools and knowledge to take action in their communities and become a voice for environmental change.* To become a resource for leadership development for environmental change.* To create programs in different sites, with sites cooperating with one another in an international arena. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Sonati Hotel Leon