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“Comfortable place to use as a base when visiting Nicaragua”
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Hostel Esperanza
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“Comfortable place to use as a base when visiting Nicaragua”
Reviewed 22 March 2013

I chose this place because the location is great (across the road from the ocean) and its reasonably priced ( double room with shared bathroom $20) service was ok but their communication could have Been better. Make sure you request breakfast and are clear when booking activities or transfers etc. popular with the younger backpacker market but noise level at night was acceptable.

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Reviewed 20 March 2013 via mobile

Nice owners, happy friendly staff, tasty nica breakfast, coffee and water (including the price). Basic but neat rooms. Lovely garden and patio, big kitchen. And last but not least, in front of the beach and walking distance exploring... Me and my friend enjoyed our stay!!!

Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

pros: right across from beach and a little far from down town enough that you can get some sleep.
Con; toilet kept on breaking, not as clean as I'd hope. everything was very dated, and they didn't have towels!

Drove me crazy, we waited all day for towels and they still didn't get them washed and air dried, for 12 hrs! Although not their fault, the day after SJDS had a power out tage and the entire town was basically dead. Some hotels has generators, hostel esperanza did not. We paid $30 for a private room and I think that's a little to much.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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OurPointofView, Gerente at Hostel Esperanza, responded to this review, 22 March 2013
Sorry for the towels you´re right we had problems with this during those days. We don´t have plant yet, we are new owners and we´re improving the palce step by step. About the price, your were three people in three beds private room, that means10$ per person with a very good breakfast inlcuded. I don´t think is too much. Thanks though for your comments, they help us to know were we have to keep impoving. Cheers!
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

The location (right by the ocean) is very good and the owner is very friendly. The other staff was not really nice and the place could use much more cleaning! They never had any towels as all of them were always wet...

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

I had to live for three days in San Juan Del Sur without any money and no place to stay while I waited for money to come in via western union. Hostel Esperanza took me in, gave me a place to stay, and let me eat at their restaurant, which serves mouth watering coconut curry, nutritious fruit/vegetable juice, and other absolutely delicious food. In my opinion, for $8.00 a night, its proximity to the ocean, free breakfast and super caring staff, hostel Esperanza is a great place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Right on the water; close walk to many bars, the market, little stores, restaurants, and the bus stop to Rivas. Very laid back vibe. You feel you have the freedom to do whatever you want, which can be a very good thing, but I don't recommend that you stay here if you like a strick sense of order. Though if you have a private room, I'm sure you would be fine. Pretty good breakfast is included. The staff is friendly and will lock your valuables up for you after checkout if you want to hang out in town for a few hours. There are a couple of cute cats and dogs that seem to live in the hostel. The toilets aren't well maintained and are a bit stinky. Don't leave your stuff in the shower. My razor, soap, and shampoo got stolen or thrown out. It was a great place to meet a cast of interesting characters.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

I staid one night in the Hostel Esperanza in the dorm. There were no locker for personal stuff, only a common locker at the reception for the guests where everyone could serve themselves when there was anybody at the reception... The door of the dorms ( which is never closed) was situated near to the main entrance which is always open during the day until midnight...

As a result, I was almost sleeping during the night when a man, who was not a guest from the hostel, came and talked to me...
There were a lot of people who came and came back in this dorm..

Almost guests were drunk all the day.... I was so scary than I moved of hostel the day after !

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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OurPointofView, Owner at Hostel Esperanza, responded to this review, 5 January 2013
Whowh! this is one of the hardest comments we ever had! What really worries me is the part about the security and would like to clarify this. It sound like we don´t have security boxes and that´s not true, we don´t have lockers in the dorms right, but at the reception the guests can use the security boxes for free if they have their own padlock and nobody else can open it. Apart from that, at the reception we also have a big security box to put big cameras and computers. The receptionist is the only one that has this box key and nobody else can open it.
About the rest of the comment, a shared dorm is a shared dorm, and specially this is for 14 people so, it has to be open the whole day. We would recomend you to take private rooms if you are so alert about your belongings and you don´t like to be disturbed. We are not a party hostel but sometimes happen that some people like to party, San Juan is a party village. Dorms normally attract this kind of people, cause are cheap and are the best option for the youngest and the craziest. Anyway, we are sorry to read that somebody had a bad experience by us, but the next time before living with such a bad taste, please talk to us and we´ll try to do whatever we have in our hand to make it better. Thanks for the commet for sure will help us to improve!
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Property: Hostel Esperanza
Address: Del BDF 1/2 c. al Sur | Frente al Malecón, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 67 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
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