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“Our home away from home” 5 of 5 bubbles
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El Pacifico Hotel
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Harvey Cedars, New Jersey
1 review
“Our home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2011

When we stayed here we felt like we were part of the family. It is a nice quiet hotel off the beaten path but close enough to the town "Center" that you can walk easily there on the beach. The morning coffee hour/breakfast could have lasted all day starting the day right with good conversation and information. The owners are originally from Germany but have been in Nicaragua since the early 1990's and are definitely the go to people for info and advice about this country. We will be returning to San Juan and will stay nowhere else but Hotel Pacifico.
The rates are reasonable, the food is good, the drinks are cheap, the rooms are newly renovated and clean, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. What more could you want.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank davedeak
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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2011

We love the Hotel Pacifico and return year after year. The rooms are comfortable and clean with air conditioning and television. The showers have hot water, which is not so common in Nicaragua. The restaurant/bar serves 3 meals a day and the food is really good. The pool is a good place to hang out and the beach is just one block away. Hotel Pacifico is located in the nicest neighborhood in San Juan del Sur and is quiet and peaceful. The owners are very helpful and knowledgeable about the local area and speak Spanish, English and German.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank BillEdwards
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2011

We stayed at the El Pacifico Hotel in San Juan del Sur in late January. Because we were staying for a week, we checked out all of the hotels in town that offered a pool. Only the El Pacifico and the Victoriano measured up – most have only tiny plunge pools and don’t get much sunshine. We chose the El Pacifico because, at $40/night, it was less than half the price of the Victoriano.

The El Pacifico is one of the few hotels located north of the river, one block back from the north end of the beach on the quiet street leading to the statue on the hill. While there are no restaurants or stores nearby, it is a short walk across the pedestrian bridge into town. The hotel consists of three two-story buildings and a large palapa-style building that houses the restaurant and a lounging area with a large book exchange. The rooms are spacious with hot water and air conditioning. Each room has a small deck or patio with a couple of chairs. The pool, while small and with only a few loungers, is nicely laid out and is beautifully maintained. Although a breakfast is included in the room rate, it’s a meagre one of coffee, juice and toast. With the amount of money we saved by staying here, we splurged by ordering from the menu for about $5/day. We walked into town every night to watch the sunset and have dinner. The restaurants all seem to have similar menus, quality of food and prices – we paid about $20 for dinner for two and a couple of drinks each.

Unless you are a surfer, there isn’t a lot to do in San Juan del Sur other than lounging around the pool or beach. It is worth taking a hike up to the statue on the hill – the view is spectacular. We also went zip-lining, which is a lot of fun! We spent one evening driving down to the La Flor Wildlife Refuge to try to see the Olive Ridley turtles that lay their eggs at this time of year. The drive is about an hour over a fairly rough road (like a logging road in North America). If you try it yourself, the best bet is to find the refuge in the afternoon when it is light (it would be almost impossible after dark unless you know where to look), then head to El Coco beach for a long, leisurely dinner before going back to the refuge where you may have to wait to midnight or later. Better yet, just take one of the excursions from town!

If you are looking for peaceful, well-run small hotel in San Juan del Sur, the El Pacifico is for you.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank ndser
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Additional Information about El Pacifico Hotel

Property: El Pacifico Hotel
Address: Bario La Talanguera, San Juan del Sur 06667, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — El Pacifico Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP, the El Pacifico Hotel has a long history of quiet comfort in San Juan del Sur. Located 3 min from the beach and an easy 15 min walk along the bay to town, the El Pacifico Hotel offers easy access to all the restaurants, bars, surf shops, market, and shopping, without the noise that comes with being in town. Gated compound with a night guard, a pool, a/c, hot water, and cable TV are available, as well as a "by request" lunch and dinner menu. Continental breakfast is included with your room, and larger breakfast dishes are available for purchase. Hang out at the rancho with a cold beer and meet people from all over the world! We have 2 rooms at hostel rates (no ac, hot water or tv), and weekly and monthly discounts for all rooms. ... more   less 
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