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“Perfect getaway”
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Casa Pelon
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Perfect getaway”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

Casa Pelon is by far one of the best hostels I've visited. Mark was a perfect host and made me and my boyfriend feel right at home from the moment I arrived. Not only did Mark introduce us to his friends and got us integrated into the local community, he also let us sample his delicious smoked meats. The breakfast each morning was delicious and well-varied and a welcome opportunity to try Mark's meats which are incorporated into the recipes. Mark was also on hand to organise tours and cheap taxi rides wherever we needed to go. The hostel is located a stone's throw away from Playa Marsella and you can walk down to the beach and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere for yourself. Alternatively, you can sit on Mark's patio and enjoy listening to the sound of the waves while resting on the hammock. The hostel is also close to Playa Madera which is a perfect hangout if you like surfing or fancy a more upbeat beach atmosphere than what Playa Marsella has to offer. I also have to make mention of Mark's support staff who also contributed to our pleasant stay. Antonio is an all-round worker at Casa Pelon and he whips up some of the best gallo pinto I've ever tasted at a moment's notice. Mark goes out of his way to ensure that his guests are having a great time and is truly a genuine host. Well done Casa Pelon!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

A chill, intimate environment. We had just been partying for a few days in San Juan del Sur, and the day and a half we spent here was perfect for relaxing at the end of our trip.

The B&B is located in a house a stone's throw from a beautiful and quiet beach. The rooms are small but clean. This isn't a sterile hotel but a house with people living in it. Mark, the owner, was super attentive. He helped us track down local transportation, gave us ingredients for our dinner, and for our breakfast included delicious bacon that he'd smoked himself (our vegetarian had his own delicious omelet). I'd definitely recommend Casa Pelon to anyone looking for some relaxing beach days.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
2 reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Casa Pelon of Playa Marcella is by far the nicest bed and breakfast I have seen in all my year of traveling. It was a pleasant and relaxing change of pace from staying in hostels most of my trip. Wake up to the sound of the waves just 100 meters form your bedroom door, a great outdoor patio/living room/kitchen, and real laid back vibes from the man himself, Mark 'Pelon'.
I spend a full week there, enjoying some of the best tacos, smoked meet, and by far the best mustard I will ever have. The house is beautiful and classic, decorated by a cool collection of art from the locals, including a small but neat collection of ancient Indigenous stones found in the mountains above. The night life around Marcella is relaxed, there is a great restaurant right on the beach front run by a really nice Nica family, and on rare occasion a live band rolls through for some evening entertainment. I highly recommend Casa Pelon for anyone looking for a more secluded, safe, and cleaner beach to hangout on. The prices are great, the serene beach is priceless, and transport into town is close, and easily accessible for anyone.
Hit this place up!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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2 Thank JackA3XR
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Vancouver Island BC Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

We had the pleasure to stay with Mark at Casa Pelon where we lounged around staring at the most beautiful view of Playa Marsella and listening to the pounding surf. Close to great bars and restaurants. Very nice breakfast in the morning and enjoyed the stories Mark had also.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 25 February 2013 via mobile

Bathroom wasnt clean when we got there and wasnt cleaned over the 4 days that we stayed. Owner had guests over after a party, stayed up late being loud outside our room, and again in the morning. It's his house he can party if he wants to. there were several instances where he acted very unprofessional and should rethink his actions or rethink his business.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Aurora, Colorado
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

We were able to get a hold of Mark just 2 days before our arrival in Nicaragua and he had a ride already set up for us….Thank goodness, as this was our first time to this part of the world.
Upon arrival we were so surprised at how beautiful his place was and the Fantastic view of the ocean (just a few steps away)
Mark was a great host and made sure everyone had a wonderful breakfast. His homemade jerky, smoked bacon and shoulder roast were the best we've ever had.
The beds were comfortable and the hammocks were a breath of fresh air.
I can’t express enough good things about his place and hospitality. We will be spreading the word.
Marks' place is big slice of Heaven.
We wish him a full house all year around as I know he will have a full house the next time we visit.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

We stayed up the street from Casa Pelon at Mango Rosa where we met Mark. We became fast friends and he was generous enough to have us over for dinner on our last night in San Juan del Sur. He is sincere, attentive to his guests need and an excellent cook! What more could you ask for?!? As far as I'm concerned he smokes the best bacon in Nicaragua. The location is steps away from the beach and I love the lay-out of his house.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Pelon
Address: Meters East Of Playa Marsella 10, San Juan del Sur 505, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are situated on one of southwestern Nicaragua's most beautiful and tranquil beaches. Casa Pelon is located on Playa Marsella and is ten minuets from the fun town of San Juan del Sur and 5 minutes from the well-known surf break at Playa Maderas. We would be happy to arrange any transportation needs our guests may have. ... more   less 

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