Let me start by saying that I am probably not the demographic that Maderas Village is targeting. I'm NOT in my twenties, I HAVE traveled (and lived) abroad, I DO speak Spanish and I DON'T live in Brooklyn. That said, if you are in your twenties, have limited foreign travel experience, don't speak Spanish and live in Brooklyn, you will be in heaven. It's like you took the L train far enough to 90 degrees and a beach!
Maderas Village is 30 minutes more or less uphill from San Juan del Sur. There's a beginner-ish beach to learn to surf after walking down the hill 5 minutes. This beach is 100% populated by Westerners, 96% Americans. There's a great taco stand on the beach where they like to charge you more than the 10% tip that is advertised on the menu.
So Maderas Village itself is a community environment. It's all open air. The lobby/dining area is where folks check their Facebook on their Apple computers and order medicore and overpriced food from the staff. You have to opt out of dinner if you don't want to eat at the Village - it's served family style and there is only one choice.
Rooms come in either dorm style, penthouse and cabins. The penthouse has a beautiful view and a private hammock and patio area. Even with the penthouse though, you can hear (and be heard) throughout the whole location because there are only screens without an option to close. One thing I did notice was that there were no fans throughout the whole property. That would have been really great. All cold water too but comes with the territory. Rooms are kept really clean - no bugs! and trash and laundry is done on a regular basis.
I will say that the staff is really nice - all Americans/Canadians. They're constantly checking up on you to see if you are being served. I have nothing against the staff, they really did a good job. I guess I was disappointed because I wanted an authentic Nica holiday where I felt really far away and I could practice my Spanish. Maderas Village doesn't pretend to be that so if you are looking for a place to stay that's more or less a hostel and want to be in the comfort of Americans talking about advertising and solar panels, this is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located at Maderas Beach, about 20 minutes outside of San Juan del Sur. We offer a three daily meals, either a la carte or as part of a pre-fixe menu. We are like a boutique hotel, but less pretentious. We love people who want a place to surf, read, debate, and do yoga daily; who want to lose themselves in a place, and find themselves in the people. We offer tailored packages for short-term guests and very reasonably priced rates for people planning to stay longer than 3 weeks. We are not in Lonely Planet or other guidebooks; we like having to be found. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Maderas Village Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- The Maderas Village Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur