We spent the first night in a room with a private bathroom and then the following couple of nights with a shared bathroom (due to availability) and both were great. The only thing I would say is that the rooms are quite pricey considering what we've been paying elsewhere in Nicaragua ($23 with shared bathroom, $28 with private bathroom), where as we have been paying $12-$16 for an ensuite room since then.
My favourite feature about the hostel is the fact that it looks as though it has all been quite recently decorated. The paintings on the walls are lovely and really liven the place up. Also, the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming and created a great atmosphere within the hostel.
There was one slight issue that worried me a little though, the fact that a bleach-based product is used to wash the dishes. After washing up the dishes after breakfast, I couldn't get rid of the strong smell of bleach from my hands, even after scrubbing them with soap, and I could smell it in the cups at breakfast. I haven't come across this anywhere else, and from looking into it online, it seems that it is more important to wash up in hot water (which was not available) than taking the risk of bleached dishes not being washed up properly (as it's difficult to monitor guests).
Overall, this is a lovely hostel with excellent staff and a great hammock area to relax, not to mention an ideal location. My only suggestions would be to consider the risks of using bleach on the dishes and perhaps offer a lower fee without breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel Colibrí is located in the center of the Colonial City of Leon, Nicaragua.The hostel has a long history in Leon but is now under a new management, with eyes for details, service and comfort. We have two dorm rooms, each with 4 single beds, lockers / night tables and bed lights.The other nine rooms are singles / doubles or triples, all fully equipped with private bath rooms or shared bath rooms.It’s a beautiful house with lots of space. We have a rancho with hammocks, garden space for the hummingbirds, patio space for your rocking chairs, chill room for watching movies, computer area to check your mails or travel plans and last but not least: Fully Equipped Kitchen!We like it ´tranquilo´, good atmosphere – nice people, not a lot of hassle! We make sure you enjoy your stay and sleep well while you stay with us.We have lots for FREE: Computer use, WIFI, DVD´s, breakfast, coffee and our service.We run daily tours /*Volcano Boarding, transports and other services all around Leon and Nicaragua; just ask ... more less
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