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“Lovely place to hang out”
Review of Hostel Sonati Leon

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Hostel Sonati Leon
Ranked #8 of 60 Speciality Lodging in Leon
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lovely place to hang out”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Sonati Hostel is a great place to stay with great staff, tv room with lots of DVDs, garden in the centre of the house, kitchen, dorms with ensuites and perfect for back packers. There are lockers too

the garden attracts humming birds and has hammocks

the wifi is fast and the location is 10 minutes from the centre and near cinema, supermarket and markets in Leon.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2012

We stayed here over the weekend to go volcano boarding. The hostel was really nice, very clean and not too hot at night thanks to all of the fans. Even though it wasn't a hostel to easily meet other travelers, the staff was really nice!

The hostel was just a few minute walk away from an ATM machine and the hostel Bigfoot. Since Sonati didn't have any tour guides for the day we were there, we ended up joining a group from Bigfoot.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Rotterdam
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

great room, great atmosphere, great people,
do remember it is a backpackers, so it is not always quiet at night

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Rolando V
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2012

Very friendly and affordable hostel close to everything you need. We stayed in a small double with shared bathroom at a good price. They have wifi and a kitchen, and a small sheltered garden with hammocks and rocking chairs. Laundry is good value, quick and clothes were very clean and fresh.

We decided to stay an extra two weeks in Leon and moved to a new hostel with a larger room, Mozzies which is just fabulous. Leon is a very warm city and the higher ceilings in the room help the air circulate better.

I would be happy to return to Sonati for a 2/3 night stay again.

Room Tip: There's just no escaping noise from the kitchen if you take a double room. People get up early t...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mexico, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2012

The hostal itself was on the whole OK. We stayed in the dorm US$6 each), as they were otherwise full. The dorm was a bit smelly (not thee fault of the hostal, more the clients!), but the bathroom wasn't very nice. The communal area was OK, but somehow did not match up to the Tortugua hostal.

Our biggest issue was the bed bugs. I know bed bugs can happen to any hostal, but I think that their response wasn't great. The day before we got there, a girl told the staff she thought she had bed bugs, but the staff looked at her bites and said "no, they don;t look like bed bug bites". The night we were there, she got savaged by them, and we saw at least 2 crawl across her bed in the daylight. Another girl in another bed killed one more in her bed. I later found 2 more in my bag (although I didn't get bitten). The sad thing is that if the hostal had actuall checked the girls' bed when she told them about being bitten, they could have done something about it, as the place was clearly crawling with them.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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SONATI, SONATI Director at Hostel Sonati Leon, responded to this review, 19 June 2012
Hi, this is Nony, SONATI's director.
We thank our guest for the review, it is VERY important for us to learn from our mistakes.
Our staff did a mistake while not responding quick enough to the complain, we never had bed bugs before and the staff didn't believe we could had them at that moment.
After realizing that indeed we had bed bugs, we closed the place for few days, fumigating every corner few times with experts, to ensure none could survive. We didn't charge the accommodation from these affected guests and cleaned all their luggage at hot steams (killing these bugs), all costs paid by SONATI.
It is impossible to control the arrival of bed bugs, since they travel in the luggage of different travelers from one hostel to another. Though it may not be our fault, of course it is our responsibility to eliminate them and ensure safe and clean stay at our hostel to all our guests.
Unfortunately sometimes we do mistakes, but we always try to do all we can to be responsible for our mistakes and of course for our guests.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 31 May 2012

Hostel Sonati is without a doubt one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. It is close to the centre of Leon, is kept in perfect condition by a team of friendly and helpful staff, the beds are comfortable and the rooms are spacious, the kitchen is well-equipped and the central courtyard is perfect for unwinding. The hostel also offers a wide variety of hikes as well as volcano boarding and all of the above is offered at very reasonable prices. The icing on the cake is the fact that the profit generated by the hostel goes into community outreach programmes, focusing on increasing environmental awareness amongst both adults and children. There is nothing I can think of that would improve the service Hostel Sonati provides and I can't recommend this hostel enough!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Malpaisillo, Leon
1 review
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Sonati has a very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff which is always willing to answer questions about Leon and Nicaragua in general. They are all very environmentally conscious and are doing great work in Leon and nearby towns to educate the children about their environment. I have met wonderful people there from all over the world.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hostel Sonati Leon

Property: Hostel Sonati Leon
Address: From NE Corner of Cathedral, 3 Blocks Northward and 1/2 Block Westward, Leon 505, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Leon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 60 Speciality Lodging in Leon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SONATI is an environmental education organization working to increase knowledge, love and care toward the environment. All profits from our hostel and tours finance our environmental activities. SONATI Mission: The mission of SONATI is to encourage environmental stewardship and preservation, and to promote responsible environmental projects through education programs, community outreach and self-sustaining resources. SONATI Vision:* To increase knowledge, love and care toward the environment.* To empower community members with the tools and knowledge to take action in their communities and become a voice for environmental change.* To become a resource for leadership development for environmental change.* To create programs in different sites, with sites cooperating with one another in an international arena. ... more   less 
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