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1 of 5 bubbles Review of Hostel Esperanza

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Hostel Esperanza
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“Don't go there...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

The dorms are really bad. Dead bugs on the floor. The showers and toilets are Dirty... there are better places at the same price. I was eaten eaten alive by bugs. ** but I have to say the people there are nice and there is free breakfast

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here 4 nights and enjoyed our stay.
The hostel is in a good location, a bit outside (though you need 5 minutes to the other end of the city), and right across the beach!

At our stay they were building the patio which made it uncomfortable. Once its ready, it sure will be beautiful!

A bad thing is, that there are obly two toillets for all the guests and one in the restaurant. And they could have been more clean!

Exept the toillets and the patio it is a really good hostel, for surfers and for non-surfers!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

My friends and I had intended to stay here for our time in San Juan, we checked it out and it seemed like a pretty nice hostel, we even made dinner in the basic but clean kitchen they had. Service wasn't the best but we turned a blind eye as the two private rooms we were given we're pretty nice.

Things went downhill when we were informed that some of the dorms had a very recent (as in the previous night) breakout of bed bugs. According to those travelers, they told staff but they didn't seem to care all that much. This was a problem as one of my friends was staying in the dorm and we didn't want to risk getting all of our things contaminated. We then had a bit of issues with service trying to leave as they wanted us to pay for the night even though we had only been there for a couple of hours. We ended up being able to leave but it caused a lot of problems for the next few days getting everything clean.

As far as I know I think they got new beds within the next few days, but be sure to check the sheets in the dorms especially!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

We stayed at Hostel Esperanza for a few nights and really enjoyed it! Some of the reasons we liked it so much were: that it was located across the street from the beach, great common areas with hammocks, well organized, large bathroom for a dorm room, lots of hooks in bathroom, good water pressure, free breakfast, free coffee and we had a very large room. It's a great hostel to meet people too.
The rooms could use more fans and the bathrooms could be cleaner but overall we really enjoyed this hostel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Netanya, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

We travelled from Mexico - Panama... We fell in love with San Juan, and for the most part it was due to where we stayed. Before we knew it we were 2 weeks already here!!!! The food, is VERY good and reasonably priced!
The rooms are just what you need for a hostel, the owners are super friendly and caring if you have any problems there always there!!!!!!!
Recommended!!!!!!!
5 Star!

Room Tip: If you are traveling solo - The dorms are fantastic!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

My friend and I stayed here for one night. We were looking for a cheap place on the beach and this place was recommended in our guide book. We got there and they had a couple of beds left, so we jumped on them. $8 for a bed with breakfast included was a great deal! But... the bathroom in our dorm room was pretty gnarly. It was dark, the doors on the cabinets were falling off, the shower was filthy, and to be honest I was afraid to walk around in there barefoot. Then there were the bunk beds. The bottom bunk was fine, but the top bunk was at least 6 feet off the ground with no guard rail... In fact there was nothing to even hold on to while climbing up and down other than the small pieces of wood that were used to support the mattress. My friend was too nervous about getting up and down at night in the dark to sleep up there! The common areas were nice. There was a good courtyard with some comfy hammocks, but that common area didn't make up for the bad dorm room in my opinion.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Sunnyvale, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

We were looking for an inexpensive place to stay and followed the Lonely Planet's recommendation for this place.
A private room with a fan and a bathroom was 30$ and does not really worth it (room with shared bathroom is 25$). You enter the room into the bathroom, which is separated by a curtain from the bed room. Not the best room planning..!
Other than that there is a good vibe, some hammocks and nice people. They serve breakfast (eggs and fruit) and at night there is a bar/restaurant open some times.
Location is pretty good but on the other hand it's a small town and you can't really go wrong or too far.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostel Esperanza
Address: Del BDF 1/2 c. al Sur | Frente al Malecón, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 73 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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