The great thing about staying in a place that focuses on social business instead of profit is that its clientele is also very socially-minded. I've stayed at Sonati several times now, and each time that I've stayed there, I've overheard some of the most intelligent conversations and stories of people doing awesome things with their time.
Beyond that aspect, Sonati offers a very nice hostel expierence. Keep in mind that it's a basic hostel. That's why it has $5 and $6 rooms. However, you get to sleep on real mattresses -- not the little foam pads that you get in the backpacker dungeons. The kitchen is decent and open to everyone to use. And they have a pretty decent communal room that inevitably turns into movie night around 8 or 9 o'clock.
I'd stay there based on the amenities and price alone. Throw in the fact that they employ several locals and the money goes back into the community, and it's hard to say no to Sonati.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Sonati Hotel Leon