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“A Great Little Place”
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Barrio Cafe Hotel
Ranked #5 of 27 Hotels in San Juan del Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“A Great Little Place”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

Does not stand out because part of and adjacent to a restaurant, a decent one at that, actually you walk thru part of the restaurant when you go to check in to the Hotel or go to your room. and all people very service minded in the restaurant and hotel especially Johnny at the hotel front desk,,, nothing excites him, calm, cool, helpful and very patient even while he was waiting on us a pushy gringo interrupts him and fires off a slew of questions but not a problem, he handled the situation very well… Many times embarrassed by the behavior of my countrymen….. The room for two, spotlessly clean, good Air Con., Hot water, hard to find in this town, good shower, good safe for valuables and personal items, good beds, good TV, One short block to the beach,,,All this for $46.00 a nite, double….This Hotel is a hidden gem, don't hesitate to use….

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

We stayed at Azul Pithaya in San Juan Del Sur for 3 nights. It was okay, very basic but a lot of money for the standard. Nothing wrong but it should be not more than $50/room. We had 2 rooms because the kids did not fit in our room. It added up to $200/night. The kids refused to stay in their room because it had ants everywhere including in the beds. The fixed it the day after and no more ants after that. The people were friendly. They offered a discount for that night but when I asked no one could authorize a partial refund. The location is great and the restaurant is very nice. You can find much better places for way less money. There is a brand new Hotel next to Hotel Estrella right on the beach road. The owners Gloria and Javier speak great english and were super helpful. About the same price but much higher standard. The units have a kitchen too. Everything was brand new. It didn't even have a name but they said it was going to be called Oceanview or something like that. I highly recommend it. You cant miss it. It is light yellow and right across the street from Restaurant Josselyn. The reception is inside the court yard.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Whitecourt, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Nice room when eventually got into it, but we did drop in by chance, so the did their best.
It is very conveniently situated and quiet. Restaurant is terrific and very busy so we are not the only ones who enjoyed it.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ogden, Utah
1 review
Reviewed 18 January 2014

We checked in on a Thursday night and stayed for only one night. The barrio has excellent food and great coffee and the staff is exceptional. The room was very nice and clean and included a safe. The only thing that made our stay not perfect was the noise outside. The music was on late and then randomly came on in the middle of the night. So I would recommend this hotel but not to an older couple or even families with young children

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Poole, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

A great hotel. Clean rooms, comfortable beds, nice little cafe and bar with a good menu, and friendly and helpful staff. Sit in the bar and watch the world go by at the crossroads. It was so good, I will definately be returning.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Felipe T, Director de Recepción at Barrio Cafe Hotel, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
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Buenas tardes,

Muchas gracias por sus comentarios, esperamos que haya disfrutado de su estadia en el Hotel.

Lo esperamos pronto!

Saludes,

Celina Guzman
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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights. Very good location and rooms were clean. Barrio's cafe below serves great coffee and nice food. Overall nice people all around. Will love to stay again here on my next visit.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Felipe T, Manager at Barrio Cafe Hotel, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Good morning Arum how are you, I really hope your trip has been so great.

Was a pleasure to attend you in the Hotel.

Thank you for your comments.

Have a great Holiday and Happy New Year.

Celina Guzman
Manager
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Washington
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

We were dropped off in San Juan Del Sur by a taxi and happened upon the Azul Pitahaya after walking one block. We planned to stay two nights, extended it to four and finally left because there was a busy weekend coming up and the hotel was booked full. The staff is excellent, very friendly and helpful and with a much better command of English than my limited Spanish. The rooms are very comfortable and actually have air conditioning, hot water and a small safe for your valuables. There is also a rooftop patio where you can sit, enjoy a drink. and watch the activity on the street below.

To get to the rooms, you will have to walk through a popular cafe, but this is no problem.You will be offered breakfast and/or dinner at the cafe for an additional charge when paying for a room. Unless you like the convenience, I would forgo this as there are many excellent restaurants close by. However the hotel is in the center of much activity that can go on till close to dawn so you might want earplugs if you have problems sleeping.

To get to San Juan Del Sur from Rivas, take a "taxi collectivo" from next to the central market, (Ask for directions) It is a much better deal than a regular taxi or a bus. The regular taxi drivers at the market will mob you and try to convince you to use them.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Barrio Cafe Hotel
Address: Avenida Mercado, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (Formerly Hotel Azul Pitahaya)
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 27 Hotels in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Barrio Cafe Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Barrio Cafe Hotel, is a small hotel strategically located on the center of San Juan del sur. We are just one block away from the gorgeous horse shoe bay, surrounded by many local stores, bars, and restaurants. We also have for your service our beautiful Barrio Cafe restaurant where you can enjoy great food, drinks, and coffee. ... more   less 
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