The room was fairly large and clean and the shower had hot water, the WiFi also worked well in the room. The hostel is in a good location in town and the owners have helpful guides on what to do in the area. If you pay for your stay with a card then there is a 6% fee which isn’t listed anywhere online.
This is the place to stay! Stijn and Tamara are beyond accommodating and they truly care for their guests, giving them a top notch experience! They can help you out with any questions and know all the ins and outs of Matagalpa. Wilmar, Jilma and Gloria are absolute gems as well and really make the place extra special! The hostel offers super tasty, local, free coffee, a big book exchange and a great patio and balcony. They have lots of plants and birds that make the patio a wonderful place to relax. Definitely one of the cleanest hostels I've stayed at. It's also a really easy hostel to meet other cool travellers. Thanks a million for making my time in Matagalpa a special one!
Thank you much, Stijn, for a lovely home from home, and sorry it's taken me so long to get round to reviewing. Much love to Tamara & Madeleine (who was 2 when I was there, now nearer 3 in a few months!) and not forgetting Canalita (the only conejo who actually liked me) & your resident songster clay-coloured thrush in the courtyard. Sorry, review-readers, for this preamble, but I think it shows the love you will also feel when alighting at Buena Onda - more natural than those Ticos with their Pura Vida. Stijn is a mine of honest hearty practical info on the town and attractions further afield, and the hostel is clean and comfy and - homely, basically. The Italian restaurant round the block, La Vita e Bella, I found a bit ho-hum, but I don't want to be too critical. Many many places couldn't keep their heads above water with the troubles of 2018. Matagalpa and the northern highlands were hit hard as tourists voted with timid tiptoes, forcefed scare stories by so-called developed world news. While Granada tours & San Juan Sur surfers rolled on oblivious. And Costa Rica got more yankee dollars. Es la verdad. This lightly pencilled gap on the map is one of my favourite areas of the American Isthmus. Say hello to Noel & Co. at friendly Artesano's Bar, Carlito at Leco's. Day trip to Selva Negra for great hikes & birding, with an hour or two at Jinotega if time allows. Penyas Blancas is another bussable option with more dramatic scenery and an overnight option at Don Chico's. Amor.…
I stayed in the 8-beds dorm during 3 nights, everything was perfect. The ensuite bathroom is huge, the dorm very spacious. Big terrace overlooking the street. Very big house, lots of space. Close to the cathedral, the Palí and rest. La vita è bella (a must). Highly recommended.
We stayed a couple of nights in Matagalpa and La Buena Onda made it unforgettable. The young family who runs the hostel gave us many information and ideas on activities arround and how to get there. Thanks to them we had a lot of fun and stayed a bit longer. The rooms are large and clean, the breakfast gallo pinto is delicious. The hot shower was a welcoming surprise in this lovely mountainous climate.