I stayed in a private room here, which was extremely spacious, with a big bed, closet and sitting area with a table. Electric water heater in the shower, score! (Matagalpa can get very cool.)
Stien really has the details down here. Free filtered water and good coffee all day, delicious breakfasts served from 7 to 10 (included in the price of a private room, $3 otherwise), big library, nice lounging areas, fast wifi. Matagalpa is not a very touristed town, so this seems to be the place to go to get information and meet other travelers.
The best part, though, was getting connected with guide Guillermo González Prado, who runs his tour company Nativos Tours out of the Buena Onda. I wound up going on three tours with him (two of them private since I was almost the only tourist around!), to hike Cerro Apante overlooking the city, to the Selva Negra nature reserve, and to see a small coffee farm in La Pita. Guillermo was incredibly nice, informative and enthusiastic, and just a cool guy to talk to about everything from his city to blues and jazz. I like his approach to tours as well, which uses public transportation and emphasizes meeting local people. He's awesome, and so is Matagalpa, with its beautiful mountain setting, cooler temperatures and upscale restaurants and coffee bars. It seems to be a bit off the beaten tourist track but I don't know why - I highly recommend heading up there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to La Buena Onda, Matagalpa's first Hostel! Use us as a base to explore the beautiful city of Matagalpa and it's surrounding mountains and coffee farms, or just come relax with us and enjoy some amazing coffee and food from our cafe. Come swing in a hammock in our patio or on our balcony, take advantage of our free internet, cable TV or a DVD, or grab a book from our extensive library. We have dormitories and private rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Buena Onda Nicaragua/Matagalpa