This establishment tends to admonish those who write less than glowing reviews, but I’ll take my chances.
I will in fairness to the hostel lead with the fact I found absolutely no evidence of the earlier, really bad review (which I read post-arrival) about bugs. None. Other than really stinky common washrooms, Esperanza was sufficiently clean and my bed was in really good shape.
Esperanza (“hope”) has a beachfront location, breakfast-included as well as free coffee `and water all going for it. One member of the staff was friendly. Rooms hint at once being chic.
Pictures show a bustling hostel with whiteboards of today’s activities. Not so. That’s a different hostel, around the corner. One perk was breakfast: bordering on delicious thanks to a growling stomach but served an hour or one and a half hours late, a problem if you are registered for Spanish classes or other prepaid events.
Rooms are pricey for what you get in Nica (dorms seem to be market value-ish): dark, mouldy, dank and not-so-charming pools of muddy water outside your door. This place is, quite frankly, depressing.
Add to that the fact that by noon the common washrooms for the dorms (right beside the private rooms that go for triple the price) are loud and are absolutely, without-a-doubt as smelly as they come, and this hostel's rating just kept dropping.
I did see fresh painting being applied to common areas, so perhaps improvements are coming for high season.
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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Esperanza Hotel San Juan Del Sur