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“Clean and centrally located”
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Hostel Oasis
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed in a private room with shared bath in the old part of the hostel for about $20 per night. The room was clean and free of insects and spacious enough. They also let us park our motorcycles inside so we didn't have to leave them on the street. There is a renovated part of the hostel which houses the rooms with air conditioning but a peek inside didn't show to be much different than our room in the older part. Nice swimming pool, free coffee, and rooftop laundry facilities for handwash. Very close to Parque Central and attractions. Shared baths were clean enough. Walls are very thin.

Room Tip: Rooms in the older part may be a bit more quiet as they are apart from any tvs and the swimming pool...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

I enjoyed my time a the hostel, except that I got quite sick from the 're-fill' water that I had found out wasn't so 'pure' after all from one of the staff... if you are sensitive to foreign bacteria I would stick to the bottled water they sell up front in the fridge (clearly there is a difference if they sell bottled water too).

Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
Thank Danielle L
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

I stayed 2 nights at Hostel Oasis and it was great. The place is spacious, has a guest kitchen, nice lounging area, pool, free breakfast, great price... Just make sure to bring earplugs because it can get a bit noisy at night. However it was truly an oasis in Granada.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Thought this accommodation was fantastic! Nice rooms with helpful staff. The Hostel offers self catering which is convenient for travelers on a budget. The staff organise trips and shuttle buses which are more expensive than the travel adviser on the street but is helpful in that you don't have to leave the hostel to organise anything. Great location and a lovely hostel.

Room Tip: If you're not on too strict a budget ask for a room with ensuite, much nicer!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I found this hostel a bit too big, it must be the largest hostel we've stayed in on our trip through Central America so far. There are great common areas - hammocks, TV area, tables and chairs etc, but you quite rarely find peace and quiet to really relax in them as it's such a busy place.

There always seems to be a lot of staff around, but usually they were chatting amongst themselves or on Facebook, so it always felt as though I was interrupting when I needed to ask anything. On various occasions we were given incorrect information (bus times and prices were wrong at least twice) and I never felt particularly comfortable making enquiries. Perhaps the hostel could create a tour/local information guide or board so that they can give information to guests without being disturbed so often, as they were clearly quite busy with all the guests checking in and out.

When I asked staff to re-start the wifi (neither of the connections were working) I was simply told to use the other one that only worked around the reception area and didn't even reach to the seats in the common area. Not to mention the fact that when we asked where the hot water was for the thermos next to the tea bags at breakfast, the girl replied that she didn't know, it probably wasn't working, but she didn't bother to find out or offer to heat up some water.

The other issue with such a large hostel is that the shared bathrooms could do with being checked on more than once a day. They are cleaned every morning, but by the time everyone has showered etc, the bathroom floor was flooded out in one, in another the bin for the toilet paper was overflowing and the light wouldn't turn on, and the third had no hand soap. I informed staff and several hours later the bin had been emptied but there was still no hand soap - rather unhygienic in such a busy hostel.

The swimming pool is ice cold and too small to really swim in, yet too cold to relax in, so after a quick dip in and out we didn't bother again, particularly as it feels so public with so many people around in the hostel.

The main issues with the private double rooms are the lack of natural light and the stuffiness, which means you either have to leave your door open and let everybody peer in as they walk past, or put up with the incredibly bright lightbulb which is particularly unpleasant when, like me, you are ill and forced to spend the day in bed. Lamps would be a good investment in these rooms. Another issue was the fact that one of the the plug sockets was hanging off the wall (see photo) and the other was behind a safe that was screwed to the floor so it was unaccessible.

Overall, the size of this hostel makes it quite difficult to relax (as did the cat in the night on the tin roof!) and the see-through curtains in the room don't allow for much privacy either. Come here if you want to stay in a dorm and socialise, go elsewhere if you want a quiet rest and a place to relax.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed in one of the private rooms and as previously stated, it was a bit hot and cramped. BUT - it was clean, the free breakfast (pancakes, fruit, coffee and tea) was phenomenal, staff was helpful and had a lovely garden in the central area.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

I think most of the negative reviews for Oasis are coming from people who stayed in private rooms, which are indeed cramped and hot. The dorms on the other hand are awesome! Thanks to the high ceilings the room is airy and also allows both the top and bottom bunk to have plenty of space (and each bed has their own ceiling fan). I was able to get on the internet in our dorm, but the connection was best in the common areas where it was always easy to meet someone new.

I used the pool everyday, which is an awesome way to cool down after doing a walking tour of the town. Just keep in mind that it's really more of a soaking pool, not a lap swimming pool...though if you're really motivated you can just swim in hundreds of small circles :)

My biggest complaint was the pancake breakfast. It was delicious, but I was staying for 2 weeks to do Spanish classes, and 2 weeks of pancakes everyday is rough. Also, they have a kitchen (which isn't open 24 hours a day) that is basically stocked, but a little creepy. Luckily Granada is one of those places where it is cheaper to just eat street food or local set plate meals anyway!

Room Tip: Ask for the inside dorm by the pool if you want to avoid the street noise!
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hostel Oasis

Address: C. Estrada 109, Granada, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 72 Specialty Lodging in Granada
Price Range: $18 - $22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Hostel Oasis Granada
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