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Casa De Olas
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

I've been to Casa de Olas twice now in the last year & 1/2, and am planning another trip down this summer! The staff is absolutely amazing, the food is fantastic, and the views are STUNNING! This place caters to all types - If you're there to surf and want a dorm room, they have it, but if you're traveling as a couple or just want a nice, private room, they have it as well! The drinks are super cheap, and happy hour is always a blast. It quiets down by 11 PM which is perfect for anyone wanting a quiet night, but it's an easy trip into town if you want to head in to party, and the hostel next door always has a party going all night as well!

Do yourself a favor and make sure you stay here when you travel to San Juan del Sur. You won't get views like this anywhere in town, and they offer a FREE shuttle to and from town (a 5 min ride) for their guests. They are very knowledgeable about surf spots and beaches, and the option to book lessons there is a nice perk. In general, though, the staff is what makes this place amazing. Super friendly, fun, and will help you out with anything you need!

Room Tip: Private rooms on the far end of the pool are a bit more private for couples!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

My 2 friends and I booked a surf trip back in January in San Juan with Barefoot Surf Camp and stayed at Casa De Olas for 10 days and loved it so much that we are going back in 2 weeks:-) This hostel offers dorm rooms, semi private rooms and private rooms. Food is always freshly cooked if you feel like eating there at every meal. (breakfast is included in yr stay)
The people that run this little treasure up a hill are simply amazing. As soon as you arrive its like you enter a big family of happy people!
We had a blast and really fell in love with the little town of San Juan.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Honestly best place ever!!! My friend and i stayed here for 2 nights and from the minute we arrived we felt at home and wanted to stay for much much longer. The environment is very laid back and relaxing and just so awesome. We had a private room with a bathroom, and it had one huge king size bed and another smaller bed. There is an awesome pool and a bar where you can get drinks anytime. Breakfast was included in the price. Dinner was 7 $ extra, but you could opt out if you wanted to. Dinner was okay but I would recommend going into town to choose from one of the many restaurants. There was a shuttle from Casa de Olas down into the town 3 times a day, and a cab ride was only 100 cords (4 $).
We joined in for a surf day one day, but instead of getting a lesson we just rented our own board and had a great time learning on our own.

This place was awesome and by 11 pm everything shut down so it was easy to get some sleep (unlike next door at the Naked Tiger which was up all night long).

Great value, great owners, great staff and a relaxing time! Stay here - you won't regret it!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Maja K
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Everything about the place is amazing. The people (Fred, Carla and bar staff), food, accom, view and the over all vibe is awesome. Stayed twice as long as expected and will return again. I recommend here 100% and would give it a higher rating if possible! Much love to the team. Rhys

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I stayed here for about a week and loved it. Beds are clean and comfortable, there's free coffee and breakfast everyday, and the view is incredible! We had epic sunsets over the ocean every night. It's located a bit out of town, and as a result everyone staying there gets to know each other a lot better... We pretty much became family. Fred and Carla (mom and dad! Awesome couple who run the hostel) are great, always making sure people are happy and don't need anything. And if you want to get to town they run a few shuttles a day (free) and were also very accommodating bringing us down between shuttle times if we needed to get there. A taxi is also relatively cheap split a few ways- we never paid more than C100. Definitely the top place to stay in San Juan!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We had such a great time here and would recommend it to anyone. The pool is amazing. The food great. The bar fun. The staff super, especially Stev. Karla and Fred the owners are lia hoot and so friendly. Want to come back here!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This is a great Hostel. The pool is great, the rooms are clean and the owners are wonderful people. The staff were also helpful, friendly and welcoming. I even saw one of them Google how to treat stepping on a Sea Urchin, and help one of the guests get what he needed to relive the pain! The hostel is a little outside of town, but the free shuttles that run all day, and late into the evening make, up for that. The tradeoff is beautiful views of San Juan Del Sur, and a good, quiet nights sleep. There is a great atmosphere created around the bar area, drinks are reasonably priced and there's no partying until the early hours of the morning. The main surf beach is not too far away and is just as close if you picked a hostel downtown San Juan as the popular surf beaches are north and south of San Juan Del Sur and not in the Town of San Juan Del Sur.

Room Tip: If you are traveling in a group ask the staff to see if you can book out a whole dorm. If you give t...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Neill M
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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 #7 of 69 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: $11 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Casa De Olas Hotel San Juan Del Sur
Casa De Olas Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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