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“Beautiful, hedonistic, exhausting”
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Naked Tiger Hostel
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

The hostel is in a beautiful location with an amazing view of the bay, partying is pretty much non stop, people are friendly and the girls are beautiful. You can get a 6 hour sleep in if you want, sometimes more. After a really heavy night most people will chill and watch a movie. At 9 or 10am there will be loud music and someone with a megaphone getting you up. You have the opportunity to meet everyone staying in the hostel if you are an outgoing person, after a few days I knew most people and I'm usually quiet enough. People range from 19 or so up to early 30s, probably averaging 25. If you want a quiet time to read a book or something, and are not able to brush off the occasional obnoxious person, then you should probably pick another hostel. If you want fun you can party as hard as you want here. Just give it a couple of days because this place is not normal and it takes getting used to. No glass at the pool and dry yourself before you come in the house, you must party.. those are basically the only rules and are communicated in a very up front F YOU kind of way. As for facilities, it's reasonably clean, a beautiful house, toilets/kitchen/showers etc. are good and there's a shuttle into town which is really useful and just another way to meet people. Give this place a try, it will sap all the energy you have but unless you're introverted or negative beyond curing you will have an amazing time. I already can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

We enjoyed our three nights stay at the Naked Tiger. A hostel located a short shuttle ride from town, they run free shuttles every two hours or so until late at night for those wishing to get some time in and around town.

We were at first skeptical of staying at a place outside of the main district, but upon arrival we were so blown away by the incredible property and the breathtaking view. The hostel is a converted mansion, with wrap around balconies, an expansive pool deck and outdoor common area, a kitchen, and a breezy TV lounge with large sliding doors to bring the outside in. Dorms are located upstairs, and are well kept with nice bunks, comfortable mattresses, big lockers below the beds, and mosquito nets. We were repeatedly amazed at our surroundings and shocked that this place was an affordable place to stay for backpackers.

With that said, the Naked Tiger is a party hostel and I would not recommend a visit to this hostel unless you are prepared to have some fun. We are a bit older than the majority of the guests, but we felt welcome and really had a great time enjoying beers around the pool and playing games with the group. This is a friendly place with a kind and welcoming staff. Just be prepared for the loud music until late, don't take anything too seriously, relax, kick back, enjoy the view, and take in the luxury of a break from the travel road. This is a great place to do just that.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

So you absolutely have to stay here. This is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. The staff is awesome. The house is super clean. If you want to have a good time in SJDS you better stay here!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2011
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1  Thank Brittany L
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

Hostel is the best! Met the greatest ppl (guests and employees) and of course autzen the dog!!! They have great pool partys! And have an awesome pool which is great for gettin a tan at! The surf instructor creighton makes sure your up in the am if you want to surf. The owners are the nicest ppl and you feel like your a friend rite away! If everyones tired they have awesome movie nites when everyone just chills. Free breaky and shuttles to town every 2 hours! Shuttle to the beach ranches from 6 - 10 dollars (return) and board rental is 10. Recommend this hostel to everyone thats headed to San Juan! you wont regret it! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

You know the theme song to that classic American show Cheers:

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name

That's the feeling I got every time I walked into the NakedTiger. This place was a safe haven from the grind that is real life. The two weeks I stayed at this beautiful villa estate was some of the best times of my life. The surfing, the views, the communal meals, movie nights, and of course THE POOL PARTIES. All of the staff are so damn welcoming and friendly, how the hell couldn't you have a blast? I would (and have) recommend this to all of my friends and family, and I look forward to returning next year. Fun stuff happens when you party Naked!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Duck V
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

This is simply the best hostel me and my girlfriend have ever stayed in. Its this amazing villa with a great pool which overlooks the ocean. If you dont like to meet new people or are looking at spending lots of time on facebook then you wont like it. The vibe and atmosphere from all the staff was so good we had sooooo much fun with them and lots of surprise party's!!!, Everyone was always so helpful,I organised some surfing lessons for my girlfriend and was awesome took the extra time with all the knowledge etc.
we were only going to stay for a night but after coming to this place we stayed for a week and wished i could have stayed longer. It is so rare these days to find a hostel that ticks all the boxes and meet such like minded people who want to have an awesome time.

Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

If your looking for a great hostel with amazing views and party you've definitely found the right place. The staff is super friendly and will help you out in any way they can.
If you're new at surfing they offer the greatest classes with an amazing instructor (ask for Crayton). This is not a couples retreat and therefore no private rooms. But that's the way Naked Tiger is supposed to be.
Every night you get to watch an incredible sunset with a rum and coke in your hand.
What else could you ask for?

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Naked Tiger Hostel

Address: K138 Carretera San Juan Del Sur | Lot 5, Las Escaleras, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 73 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: $17 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Naked Tiger Hostel is one of the most popular party hostels in San Juan del Sur. We offer 5-star views at a backpackers price. Our Spanish-style villa is a unique location outside of town to meet fellow travelers, relax in our pool or have a few with our friendly and fun staff! We offer a free shuttle to and from town from 8:00 am - 1:00 am every day. We have a full restaurant and bar on site for all of your needs. Come get amongst it! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Naked Tiger Hotel San Juan Del Sur
Naked Tiger Hostel Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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