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Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums
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“The rave reviews of this place could only have come from budget backpackers living it up.”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Not my first trip to Nicaragua and my fifth visit to San Juan del Sur. Just wanted to try something different from Pelican Eyes and Palermo (other options in town). First the good news. The view is magnificent indeed. The villas are nice, or would have been in the 80s when they were built. Nice and spacious (3 bedrooms). Bathrooms in need of attention (ours were just dirty; soap scum in the shower and the glass plate around the shower knob, nice to have two wash basins but they weren't clean and smelled bad). Living room is just basic. The kitchen could do with some work. Would be nice if the living areas were airconditioned as well, not just the bedrooms. Maybe the other villas are nice in which case stay away from No. 8. Now the pool which is important to me if you're not impressed by the beach (dark brown very fine sand and high silica): Its small. And in keeping with the cleanliness standard in the villa bathrooms, its filthy. Three days I was there, the water got progressively murky. They never ran the filtration system if there was one. They would just come and fish out the leaves n insects once a day. I couldn't smell any chlorine as you would in every pool. That was a huge disappointment. And I think I picked up a skin infection while I was there, though can't be certain.

Overall, I am amazed at the rave reviews here. To be fair, the only thing going for it are the comfortable bedrooms, fantastic view and spaciousness. Oh, and it's cheap...certainly cheaper than Palermo or Pelican Eyes.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We ended our trip through Nicaragua here and are so glad we did. The condo was huge and full of light with amazing views of the ocean. The location is excellent since it is not "in" town, but an easy walk to town (although not a good walk to attempt in the dark since the road is narrow and not well lit). The staff was also excellent -very responsive to our needs and always very friendly. The bedrooms (three) were huge and cool with TONS of storage and the bathrooms (two and a half) were also nice. We would stay here again in a second!!!

Keep in mind:
1. The pool is very nice, with a bathroom and outdoor shower and shallow area for children. However, you'll have to keep a close eye on active little ones since one side of the pool drops off suddenly into the swim up bar area (we never saw it in use) and one end drops suddenly down a steep hill (they have put terra cotta planters here to try to block this area, but we still had to closely watch our kids).
2. As explained above, the location is fabulous if you want quiet relaxation within a decent proximity to town without being in town. However you'll likely accrue taxi costs as a result and many taxis wouldn't take us back to our hotel or who would charge us extra because they had to leave the paved road and enter the few blocks of unpaved access to the hotel which does a number on their cars (understandable).
3. Having a kitchen and access to a washer/dryer (for an additional cost) is great, but keep in mind you will have to stock up on all amenities yourself - including things like salt/pepper, paper towels, etc. The Pali grocery store is not far and an easy cab ride.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

we have stayed at several places around San Juan Del Sur. This place has a great location, nice views and large units. the A/C worked great and the pool was fine. The condo we stayed in was in dire need of a fresh coat of paint and there was garbage all over the grounds. With a little TLC and a good cleaning this would be a fantastic property.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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BahiadelSol2011, Manager at Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
We do apologize for this incovenience for the garbage, we hope that you will consider staying with us again on your visit to San Juan del Sur.
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Bahia del Sol was much better than we expected. The villa was extremely clean with every amenity you can think of. The bedrooms are spacious with a lot of closet space, the living room and dining room were very comfortable and the 2 1/2 baths were large. The views from the private balconies from the master bedroom and the patio were beautiful that included the beach and seaside mountains. It is a 5 minute drive from da flying frog zipline adventure, and a 15 minute walk to downtown, which has a lot of wonderful restaurants. Staff was friendly and was bilingual and they go out of their way to make sure everything is ok. The pool was cleaned every morning at 6 am and was wonderful. I will definitely return to the property when in town.They made an overnight run to the grocery store for us, so we could have it in the morning.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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BahiadelSol2011, Manager at Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Good afternoon,

We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to Bahia del sol Villas & Condominiums.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

The villas at Bahia del Sol were great. The villas are about a 20 minute walk into town. The balconies have a great view of the statue and the town/bay. It is a quick drive to the Pali grocery store to stock up on food, snacks and drinks. Staff was very friendly and spoke English very well, they helped us set up all our day excursions and gave great advice for things to do. The villa was clean and spacious. I would definetly recommend this place, it was a great stay and a great staff.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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BahiadelSol2011, Manager at Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
We feel so glad, happy and also flattered for your comments about our service and attention towards you all. We hope you have made it home safe and sound. We feel so well that you liked and enjoyed your stay in our small condo hotel in San Juan del Sur.

Your comments make us want to keep on working even better always trying hard to do our best to offer a very good service and attention to make our guest have an excellent experience not only in our hotel but also in San Juan del Sur our small fishing and tourist town.
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Fort Worth, TX
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

This hotel was excellent. An easy ten/fifteen minute walk into town. Very friendly and bilingual staff. Safe town, safe area. The hotel has everything you need. Clean rooms and bathrooms. A/C in bedrooms upstairs. 2.5 baths in the villa. Kitchen has six burner gas stove (matches are in the cupboard), pots and pans, coffee maker, full size refrigerator, and bottled water for cooking and drinking. They will even go to the grocery store for you! Can't say enough about this property and staff.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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BahiadelSol2011, General Manager at Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share with everyone here on trip advisor your experience of your stay. It encourages us to keep improving, and it will help us to continue providing the best service and attention possible.

We feel really happy that you are satisfied with the service and attention provided by our staff during your stay, and your positive feedback is so very helpful.

Thank you for rating us and sharing your experience during your stay with us at Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Its a hidden gem and turned out to be way nicer than we had expected. The villas are extremely comfortable - away from the hustle bustle at a 10 mi walk from the city centre. The service is excellent and the staff speaks good English. The pool is clean and a good way to relax after spending the entire day on the beach. The villas have a great view and it was a treat to have your morning coffee with the blue ocean sights. Small tip - There are no cabs to be found late in the night so be prepared to walk back - we were a bunch of friends and did not feel unsafe but just a consideration to keep in mind. The staff did help us with many rental car / cab recommendations.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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BahiadelSol2011, General Manager at Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to share with everyone here on trip advisor your experience of your stay, it is greatly appreciated. Your feedback allows us to keep improving, and it will help us to continue providing the best service and attention possible.

We are so happy that you were satisfied with the service and attention provided by our staff during your stay, and pleased that everything exceeded your expectations.

Thanks so much for taking a moment to rate us and share your experience of your stay with us at Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums.
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Property: Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums
Address: From the Mayor's office 2.5 kilometers north | Behind La Talanguera neighborhood, San Juan del Sur 505, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 67 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our property has 9 villas, and 2 pools.1 pool for adults, and 1 children's pool. Each villa is made up of 2 floors, and each one features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. In the master bedroom there is 1 King size bed, the second bedroom has 2 twin size beds, and the third bedroom has 1 queen size bed. The 3 bedrooms are located on the top floor (second floor). The main room with 1 king size bed has its own private bathroom, and the other 2 rooms share a bathroom. The rooms have central air conditioning and the master control is located in the main room. On the ground floor we have the living room, dining room and kitchen. On this floor we have a ceiling fan and a half bath (a toilet). ... more   less 
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