First, the good:
-Location could not be better. Literally right across the street from the beach. Walking distance to everything but not right in the middle of town.
-food is great. Breakfast is simple but delicious and coffee and filtered water are available all day. Restaurant right out front is yummy. We'll definitely try paella Saturday on our next trip.
-room was clean and bed was comfortable.
-staff for the most part were very friendly.
Now the not so good:
The previous reviews claiming this is "not a party hostel" are not exactly true. While there isn't a beer pong table or "ladies night drink specials" etc, it was less than a peaceful environment.
I realize owners can't necessarily control the noise and activity level of guests with the exception of having quiet hours and this is a risk you take when staying at a hostel. However, when it is an EMPLOYEE leading late night sing-a-longs to Britney Spears covers that is something I would say is inappropriate. If this was before midnight I wouldn't think anything of it, but when it goes on till 2am...(or starts at 2am!) in the courtyard directly outside of all the rooms it is very disturbing and does not lead to feeling rested and ready for adventures the next morning.
I do not think this is a bad place to stay. However I think some of the reviews don't accurately indicate what you should expect. I will choose a different place to stay on future visits.
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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Esperanza Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- Hostel Esperanza Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur