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“By far the best hostel in Nicaragua!”

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Buena Onda Backpackers
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Got here by accident, following a couple I have just met and just couldn't leave the place. A newly built 2 story, 5 rooms hostel, designed by the owner,a nice guy named Baba. Definitely the best designed hostel I got to stay in. My room was built from a little cement and lots of wood. The shower was covered with bamboo and he water coming from bamboo pipes as well. From the second floor you can see the entire view of the bay when sitting in a hammock.... Baba will help you with anything you ask him for. Highly recommended for more than a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The view on the bay is amazing, the rooms with private bathroom are huge and very comfortable, the kitchen is clean and you have all the gear you need, the owner, Baba, is really friendly and he can recommend you all the good activities you have to do in and around San Juan del Sur.
Really, this hotel is wonderful and I can only recommend every body to go there!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Laeti_BM
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

Can't say enough about Buena Onda and its owner Baba. The top story rooms come with king size bed and private bathroom for only $20 a night. Kitchen is clean with all necessary equipment plus more. Coupled with the amazing view and excellent common areas, makes it feel like an upmarket hotel at hostel prices.

The owner Baba is very helpful and great for a chat. Can't recommend Buena Onda enough.

Also, ignore the review by Kelley in 2006. Baba only completed construction 6 months ago so she has obviously confused this Hostel with a Hotel somewhere else.

Room Tip: Two rooms on the top story are the best
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Matt B
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We stayed at Buena Onde for two nights. The walk into town was a 5 minute easy walk (slightly harder on the way up with the hill) and the view from our room and the bar and hangout area was great. The building itself is nice, the rooms are a decent size and the bed was comfortable. The owner Baba is really friendly but we only saw him on our last day and the guy he had looking after the place while he was out didn’t speak much English. There are certainly good things about this hostel but unfortunately there are too many negatives which give it the average rating. The bedroom had no curtain and no fly screen. It was way too hot to have the window closed so we were bitten by mosquitoes throughout the night. The bathroom had a good shower and a cool bamboo tap but the toilet was so close to the wall that you have to sit on it sideways and there is a curtain instead of a door separating the bathroom from the bedroom. We also had lots of ants making a path from the window along our bed to the other side of the room. It seems like it is still a new hostel (i.e Baba is still waiting for the internet router to be delivered) so maybe it’s just a few teething problems. And it is very cheap which helps!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nell188
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Baba, the owner, is great, and so is the hostel! Very laid-back and clean, with a really nice atmosphere and probably the best view over San Juan del Sur. It is a 5-minute-walk from the town, which means that you're actually likely to get some sleep, too. Superb value, too! I'll definitely stay here every time I come to SJDS.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Mursis
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

I have been staying at this place during my trip from Guatemala down to Colombia. Thanks in great part to Baba - the amazing owner of the place - I have stayed in San Juan del Sur longer than in any other place on my trip. The place is excellent - for 10 usd/night pp you can stay in a beautiful house on a hill overlooking the bay and the village. The rooms are very clean and spacious, and there is a constant breeze - so you sleep well at night. You also can get Spanish lessons right at the place (Baba knows a great guy).

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank caspar1986
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Baba is a superfriendly French guy who runs a great place, just as laid-back as his personality. The room we had was basic but brand new, clean, very spacious, elegantly decorated and amazing value for money ($10/night). Some said the upstairs rooms were even better, but we we're fine in the downstairs one. He was working on new dormrooms when we we're there, which might be done by now (as well as installing a doorbell, which he ordered especially made in France if I remember correctly :) The neighbourhood was fine, all friendly local families.
We heard about the place from some other people who recommended it and were not disappointed! Though you have walk a bit further, once you're there its well worth it! Had some great evenings drinking beers in the hammocks, and drinking mojito's in town with Baba and his girlfriend. They knew all the nice restaurants in town and Baba gave us good advice about transport, surfing lessons, which beaches to go to etc.
Would definitely stay there again when in SJDS!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank laaura274
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Additional Information about Buena Onda Backpackers

Address: Barrio frente sur | From Casa Dragon, 50 m on your left., San Juan del Sur 99999, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 71 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: $10 - $11 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, calm, and welcoming space for travelers. Enjoy the amazing view from the rooftop terrace and have a drink in a hammock ! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Buena Onda Backpackers Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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