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The Secret Cove Inn
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“A secret gem!”
Reviewed April 2, 2010

My friends found the Secret Cove online but we hadn't booked, so once we arrived, we wandered round trying to find a decent place in town. When Donna the owner opened the door, and welcomed us in, we knew we wanted to stay there. It is definitely like staying in a home, rather than a hostel or hotel. Both Ray and Donna made us feel very welcome in their home. Ray offers sailing trips and Donna is a yoga teacher if you're keen to join in. It's a very relaxed home, the breakfasts are typical Nica - pico gallo, toast, fruits, coffee, juice etc - all free as is the wifi. The rooms are very clean - we stayed in 2 different ones over our 10 day stay (we found it hard to leave) As it was so hot at the time, we really found the a/c beneficial...otherwise the rooms downstairs are roomier and with fans and hot water. There's a lovely chill out area with hammocks upstairs and the lounge and shaded patio downstairs. We also went out on the boat with Ray and had a fantastic time - unlimited drinks were a bonus - the coastline around San Juan is lovely! Pricewise it was a little more than the norm around town but so worth it - we felt very at home there...and would definitely stay again! I would recommend booking as they are normally busy with only 5 rooms.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2010

Found this gem through a friend who is a SJds local. The owner is exceptional and will go out of his way to make your stay comfortable. Friendly staff who make a consistently good breakfast (included with room fee), free wifi and free calls to the US and Canada. Ray, the owner--also does sailing trips if the wind is cooperative.

The best part for me, and recommended for anyone doing a longer stay, is use of the kitchen with full amenities and the location---which is a close walk to everything but off far enough from the main beach strip so you can sleep without the 90's pop music blaring from the clubs.

Cost is a tad more than a lot of the hostels around here, but definitely worth the price for the security, amenities, staff and location. Nice living room and just an overall homey feel. Felt more like moving in with family than staying in a hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Property: The Secret Cove Inn
Address: Av El Albanil, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
The Secret Cove Inn Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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