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Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa
Ranked #7 of 27 Hotels in San Juan del Sur
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Panama City, Panama
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A Must in San Juan del Sur!”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

This hotel is amazing, I loved the food, service, swimming pool and overall the view it offers. Really worth. The sunset from here is beautiful. Also price for food and drinks are very good for what the place offers. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank GissAroundtheWorld
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Pelican Eyes R, General Manager at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our resort. I am happy to hear that you loved the food, service and our accommodations. I appreciate you writing this comment. Looking forward to serving you again in the future.

Best regards,

Gabriel Holt
General Manager
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We celebrate our wedding at the Pelican Eyes Resort, and we have no regrets about our decision. We really appreciate all the team work that they did for us, all the support, advices that they gave us.
It's a paradise!
Everyone was fascinated with the location, the logistic, the food, the attention, specially when it's a big event for 300 people... It was a really nice and beautiful wedding thanks to the great team that they have!
Special thanks to Joel, Javier, Manuel, Enrique, Martin, Elizabeth! :)

  • Stayed November 2013
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1 Thank MaryJaneGG
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Pelican Eyes R, General Manager at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear,

Thank you for having taken the time to write this review. I am very content to hear that you had such a wonderful time at Pelican Eyes celebrating your wedding. Thank you so much for your praising comments, the ones regarding our team members are particularly appreciated. We look forward to serving you again in the future.

Best regards,

Gabriel Holt
General Manager
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

A huge bang for your buck. The locals are nice. Your rooms are huge for the price. I was able to make friends of Pelican Eyes and they showed me around San Juan del Sur. The views from your room and the restaurant is where its at. I know you heard all the stories about the NIC but don't let that stop you. I did have to pay my way out of ticket but it wasn't to bad based on the currency rate. Have fun and enjoy being a stranger. I did. Can't wait to get back.

Room Tip: All rooms has a remarkable view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank aa81j
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Pelican Eyes R, General Manager at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very pleased hearing that you had such a pleasant stay at our resort. I appreciate thoughtful comments like this one. We also cannot wait to have you back and to offer you the service you have gotten to appreciate so much.

Best regards,

Gabriel Holt
General Manager
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2013

One of the prettiest hotels saw in Nicaragua. Beautiful infinity pool and wonderful views. Nice condo style rooms with space to entertain up on the hill past the infinity pool. We were traveling with some other so the front "porch" with the fantastic view was great to visit at after a day of traveling. You do have to go up a number of steeps stairs to get there though, it is not great for alll travelers due to that not.

Room Tip: If you do not mind climbing stairs th upper units were great. My trip was before 12/12 but it did...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank makemelaugh
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Pelican Eyes R, General Manager at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear,

Thank you for writing this review of our resort. I am happy to hear that you loved the food, service and our accommodations. I appreciate you writing this comment. Looking forward to serving you again in the future.

Best regards,

Gabriel Holt
General Manager
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

It is only our first of 5 nights here but so far our experience has been excellent. From the time we were greeted at the reception desk with refreshing drinks and cool mint scented face towels to the absolutely delicious fine dining-quality meal and rediculously professional bar service to the prompt and friendly service to fix our room safe, I honestly have nothing to complain about! We had read previous reviews and we're tentative but this far our service has exceeded our expectations by far. Highly recommend this resort to anyone who wants a beautiful ocean view and wonderful service! Ps Rigo the bartender/server is amazing!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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1 Thank Figalicious
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Pelican Eyes R, General Manager at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear,

First of all I would like to thank you for writing this review already after your first night in our hotel! I can only add that I hope the remaining nights were as excellent as your first one. I am always happy to receive a review like yours. Looking forward to serving you again in the future.

Best regards,

Gabriel Holt
General Manager
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We just returned from a one night stay at this large property that is just up the hill from San Juan del Sur. Although it costs more than most other hotels in the area the room was wonderful and our view overlooked the town and the ocean from our large outdoor seating area. The pool was clean and refreshing and the included breakfast was more than enough and delicious. I think that one of the best things about this place was that it operates on a backup generator as the power in this town goes out all the time. Even with the power out, the air conditioning, internet, and lights fully functioned in our room.

Room Tip: there's a lot of steps to climb as the resort is built on a hill above the town so ask for a low...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank WanderingBedouin
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Pelican Eyes R, General Manager at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear,

Thank you for taking your time to write this review. I am always happy to hear that guests had a good experience at our resort. I appreciate your commentary and we look forward to serving you again in the future.

Best regards,

Gabriel Holt
General Manager
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Miami Beach, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed October 20, 2013

We arrived as a family group and booked a large house ‘Ensueno’ and a smaller habitation as well. For a better view try the house name Madrono; breathtaking views but only one bathroom for the same price. The houses are unique and beautiful, it’s such a shame the termite infestation (see pictures) ruined our stay.

We called the front desk and when the man came he wandered around aimlessly but didn’t actually do anything except confirm the termites which were crawling all over the kitchen and bathrooms and needed no confirmation! We all had to move to another house (Madrono) at 11pm with small children which was inconvenient. We were assured the house would be cleaned up but when we returned the next morning, nothing had been done. We called again to explain the termites still being there and later still, they had a quick sweep before moving us back in but it was by no means clean and comfortable. I asked for repellent but was told they did not have any, what hotel that advertises as 5* in the jungle doesn’t have repellent!?

We tried to move on and order breakfast but it took about 90 minutes and was overpriced considering the poor quality, cold food and wrong items. Overall these things could be put up with but when the charge is $400 a night , one expects top notch service and we were left very disappointed. We moved to Villa Paraiso ( in Ometepe) at half the price and had a much better experience ( see separate review).

Other issues were the AC control being missing couldn't be tuned on and the water going off in the smaller habitation. The service at Pelican Eyes is far too slow, you do not feel cared for and considering the price, one if left feeling ripped off. On the up side, we complained and (eventually after 15 mins or so) they conceded and said they would refund half our price. We are waiting to see if this happens. Will keep you posted as to whether we receive the refund as are left with no faith in this hotel.
P.S.
Quick solution for the termites was turn of the lights!

Since writing this we have received one nights compensation but it doesn't make up for the unpleasant experience in the first place.

Room Tip: Ask to see them first! Ask about insect infestation!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank gjn1981
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Property: Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa
Address: De la Parroquia 1 1/2 cuadras al este, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#3 Green Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#6 On the Beach Hotel in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa offers a stunning hillside location and panoramic views of San Juan del Sur and the ocean beyond. Our infinity pools, spacious accommodations, romantically lush gardens, wonderful restaurants, open air bars, and one-of-a-kind San Juan Del Sur coastline sailing adventure are a unique experience.A visit to our Tranquila Day Spa is an experience of sheer indulgence. We offer a menu of massage and body treatments to ensure that you truly relax on your romantic Nicaraguan getaway. Experience more of Nicaragua with day trips to Granada or the artisan markets in Masaya. Here at the resort, open air yoga classes, water aerobics, and active local excursions (arranged by our concierge) help keep you fit while visiting paradise. Even our brick stairs—winding up the hillside — contribute to the cause!Our San Juan del Sur hotel’s mission is to provide a unique and memorable Nicaragua vacation experience in every aspect of your stay. Our friendly staff endeavors to fulfill every possible need or special request (and to predict those wishes perhaps not yet even realized!)No request is too big or too small. Let us know what we can do to enhance your stay in paradise. ... more   less 
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