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Casa De Olas
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Grecia, Costa Rica
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“Enjoyable Stay With Quality People/Wonderful Accomodations”
Reviewed October 4, 2011

I stayed 3 days and nights in mid-September with Fred and Carla (and Buzz the monkey). Not only were they friendly and accomodating in every area, but Carla is very talented in the kitchen and the atmosphere is pleasant day or night. They offer guests a choice to participate in meals or do their own thing, and their organization and timing is very good. The rooms are large, comfortable and any need is attended too also in a timely manner. The pool is fantastic. It is one of the best pools/views in all of Playa San Juan Del Sur. I received a quality massage alongside the pool down by the veranda for a great price. I enjoyed conversations with both Fred and Carla, and also was able to have reliable internet for my work needs, which they showed great care in also. We enjoyed movie night, conversation and I enjoyed my stay. I found them to be genuine and caring hosts while also respecting client privacy...a good balance. I would recommend short or longer term stays highly. Cheers guys!!
Kenny - Costa Rica.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

Casa De Olas is an absolutely fantastic guest house/boutique hotel. I had no idea what to expect when arriving in Nicaragua on something of a whim, but Carla & Fred made my time at the Casa amazing. They happily arrange any trips you wish to do, be it going to surf beaches or to see the world famous turtles lay eggs at night or horse-riding along the beach (where the most recent Survivor was filmed) or even zip-lining. But should you just want to kick back and relax at the Casa, they will arrange an onsite massage or a yoga instructor to make your stay as complete as you so desire.

The Casa itself is very new, immaculately clean with very cosy rooms, a crystal clear infinity swimming pool, very nice common areas including a bar and kitchen for meals and an afternoon/evening beverage looking out at a sensational view. The staff are very helpful, make you feel at home and are always willing to help be it making terrific breakfasts, getting to town or even with your spanish homework if you took classes at the local school and forgot some important vocabulary (speaking from experience)..

And can't forget to mention Buzz the baby monkey. A happy and playful little monkey that greets you and is content to take a nap with you in the afternoon sun or simply swing on your arm and play. Definitely an amazing addition to the experience and my stay at Casa De Olas having only seen little critters like this in zoos.

I highly recommend Casa De Olas!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Richmond, California
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Great location. Wonderful Hosts. Clean and comfortable accommodations. Great Place if you are looking for personal attention. Located in a hill overlooking the bay, you can sit at the bar and take in the view of the bay. Great Sunsets.
This area is up and coming you can still find a beach and find yourself with a quarter mile beach for yourself.
This is the time to go.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Winter Park, FL
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We absolutely loved our time at Casa De Olas!! We only stayed the last 2 nights of our trip in Nicaragua, but loved ending our trip in this paradise! Fred and Carla are so accomadating and fun people!! The pictures on the web site don't compare to the beauty of the place in the person. We would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting San Juan Del Sur. The mascot, Buzz the monkey, was so much fun too!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Managua, Nicaragua
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

I stayed here last week with my best friend. After I had exhausted the opinion every Nicaraguan contact - I totally ignored their advice and came to stay at Casa de Olas. BEST decision I ever made!!!
This is a place to watch and one to know. You will want to get in early to bathe in the delight of having been one of the first to "discover" it. Not quite known on the tourist trail but definitely will be.
Among the long list of wonderful things about it:
the location - perfect distance from the loudness of the San Juan the town, yet close enough to get there whenever you want.
the rooms- just divine. Inspired, innovative and tasteful decor
the VIEW- no words can describe just how you can never ever tire of it
the ambience- so unbelievably calming and welcoming. like a blankie
the food - best in San Juan
and most importantly...

THE PEOPLE- Carla, Fred and Buzz are the holy trinity of hosts.

and ashout out to Arelia- the pancake maker :-)

Room Tip: Number one- the one with the BEST view and pod chair
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

My wife and I visited Nicaragua and Casa De Olas recently, and it was a trip that I'm sure neither one of us will ever forget. From the moment we walked through the gate Fred and Carla, the owners, showed the utmost hospitality. They both greeted us immediately and welcomed us warmly. They showed us to our room and then showed us around the hotel, introducing us to the other guests along the way. Within the first few minutes we felt right at home.This type of hospitality did not end with the greeting. We spent a lot of time just sitting around with Fred, Carla, and the other guests relaxing and enjoying good food, drinks and conversation. The amenities are top notch in a place like San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. The staff is exceptional providing great service and attending to the needs of the guests as well as the needs of the hotel itself. You can see the attention to detail of both the owners, and the staff, throughout the property by the beauty and the cleanliness. They provide good information and opportunity for excursions and make transportation throughout the town and surrounding areas much easier than we expected. Then there's the FOOD! The breakfasts that "Smiley" makes are amazing and cooked to order. <Smiley's not her real name... but trust me, she's always smiling!> Then for dinner, either Fred or Carla prepare some fantastic food and serve "family style". It was such a joy for us to have a dinner, that we didn't choose, be so delicious every night. Possibly even more enjoyable than the flavor of the food, was sitting down with Fred, Carla and the other guests and enjoying wonderful conversation before, during and after dinner just like REAL family. The cost of everything was also a great perk, but honestly I would pay twice what we paid to go back and enjoy a second vacation at Casa De Olas. If this tells you anything... We actually were only supposed to spend the first 3 days of our vacation at Casa De Olas and then the rest at another hotel, but after we spent just one day there we completely fell in love and called the other hotel and cancelled our reservation to stay the remainder of our time with Fred and Carla, even though it meant forfeiting a full 50% deposit at the 2nd hotel! Oh yeah, and if you go for no other reason... GO FOR BUZZ!!! (he's the monkey, can't even try to explain how cool interacting with him is) Seriously, I know I've said a lot, but as my title says, this place is nearly indescribable. If you're considering a trip to Nicaragua. Go to Casa De Olas!

Room Tip: The corner room gets the most sunlight.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

This was my first trip to Nicaragua and the week at Casa de Olas will stick with me for a long time. Perfect Pacific sea views over San Juan, luxurious rooms with a beatiful swimming pool at the centre and a cheeky pet monkey - what more do you need? Karla and Fred have gone to great lengths to provide a relaxing environment where you can holiday at your own pace, eat delishous food and really get to know Nicaragua. Casa de Olas is in the perfect spot. You are out of range of the mosquitos but near enough to the centre of San Juan del Sur. A lively little town with beautiful beach, surrounded by magical forests (for zip lining!) and friendly local people to practise your Spanish. Will definately stop by on my next visit. Thank you!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Casa De Olas
Address: Lot 6 Las Escaleras, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 67 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa De Olas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa de Olas, is a unique place to stay, blending the best of Bed & Breakfast, hotel and hostel together to create the Casa de Olas experience. We are situated on a hilltop over-looking the town and bay of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Our location provides endless views over the Pacific ocean with spectacular sunsets nightly. Casa De Olas is designed for the more discerning backpacker and budget travelers who are looking to find an oasis of luxury at affordable prices. In total we have 10 rooms and can accommodate a maximum of 75 guests at any one time. We have dorm rooms that can accommodate from 4-6 people with one room housing 14. Casa de Olas is designed for those traveling on a budget or in groups. All rooms are spacious with en-suites. We think staying a little out of town is the best way to experience all that San Juan del Sur and the surrounding area has to offer. Australian couple Fred and Carla are your hosts bringing a wealth of knowledge from their native land with a long resume in the hotel and restaurant industry. Fred and Carla are warm and always ready to give a recommendation. Take a look at our website, TripAdvisor and Facebook pages to find out more and we look forward to having you stay with us soon. ... more   less 
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