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Casa De Olas
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“Fantastic Fishing Charter”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

While we stayed at Casa De Olas, Dylan arranged for a few of us to experience early morning fishing for jack, tuna and mackerel. Very friendly and helpful boat staff who knew where to go to get the most action. Great way to start thenday and we were able to catch more than enough fish for our week long stay!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Bristol, Reino Unido
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Amazing pool, clean lovely rooms, excellent friendly Aussie hosts Carla and Fred and Buzz the monkey for extra entertainment. About as bad [--] as it gets really. 100% tranquilo, and optional communal dining gives it a lush family vibe, and if you want to party hard there´s Naked Tiger next door, and the town of San Juan del Sur and the surfing beaches is just a short ride away courtesy of Chili their wonderful driver. And an amazing sunset every night! Loads of love, Laura Maisie and Ruth x

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Casa De Olas was amazing. Carla and Fred go out of their way to make you feel at home. The view is wonderful, the food is great, and the atmosphere incredibly relaxing. We originally planned on staying only 3 nights, but then, like many other travelers this week, found it hard to leave and kept extending our stay. I can't wait to go back! A great place for friends, solo travelers, and couples for sure.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Carla, Fred and their spider monkey (which they rescued as an orphaned infant) Buzz are amazing hosts, and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable! We were supposed to stay 5 days and ended up staying for 11! Casa de Olas has a beautiful pool with an incredible view of the mountains, beach and San Juan del Sur. It has a great atmosphere, with airy, clean rooms, delicious food and cheap drinks. This is a great place to stop for a couple of days or to relax for a couple of weeks! One of the best places I've ever stayed!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

This is now my third time back to San Juan del Sur over the past year and after spending a few nights at other places in town, by far the most enjoyable place to stay is Casa de Olas. Fred and Carla (and Buzz) are so friendly and make a real effort to make you feel welcome and relaxed.

There is a nice social side to staying here without being too busy. There is an honesty bar that is the main place people congregate. Carla and Fred provide cocktails at sunset that is a great time to meet other people that are staying here. Breakfast is provided (strong coffee and great banana pancakes). Outside of this the kitchen is open for people to use to make their own lunch or dinner. Most nights a few people pitched in to cook a joint dinner which was a great break from eating out at restaurants the whole time. A couple of nights Carla arranged for a cook to come in and cook dinner which again was really tasty.

While it's a taxi ride from the centre of town the view is stunning, you're away from the bustle of town and shuttles or rides in and out of town weren't a problem. As all the surf beaches require transport to get to anyway I didn't think location was a disadvantage. The only time it was a hastle was getting back from town after late night drinking but we were able to get on to the shuttle from the naked tiger which is next door.

I turned up without a booking and was able to get a standby rate of $40 for the room as they had vacancies.

Thanks again Carla and Fred for a great stay!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

First off the owners Fred and Carla are absolutely amazing!! By far thes best host I've ever experienced while traveling. From the minute you get there they will make you fell right at home and assure anything you need is taken care of. They alone are worth staying here for. They are very helpful in arranging rides or activities to do while visiting. Both of them also make great company is you just want to hang around the pool and have a few drinks. O and the pet monkey they have is fun to watch or play with once you get to know her.

The only downsides to this hotel is the location. While it has a beautiful view of the ocean from atop a hill overlooking SJDS, you're about a 5 min drive from the town. They have driver that will give you rides into town for free if there is a group going. However, if you want to go to playa maderas it will cost $5 a person to get a ride (about 15min). Fred and Carla are really helpful in arranging rides but it could get expensive if you want to go often. You sometimes feel at the mercy of the other guest as to when you can get a ride, but we were lucky in that all the other gust staying were really cool and we enjoyed hanging out with them. The hotel has a great atmosphere, super laid back and chill, with a fully stocked, self service bar. The family style dinners we had there were amazing! Although another guest who was an unbelievably good cook made several of them. But the two cooks they have doing breakfast and dinners make great food too!
The rooms clean, spacious, and have adequate amentaties. The only negative about the rooms is there is no door to the bathroom and you can watch while people do there thing on the toilet. Not a huge issue but some might find it awkward.
Overall, if you don't mind not being on the beach, this is a great place to stay. Fred and Carla are so awesome they will make your trip! They're really A LOT of fun to be around. Becaus of them I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Casa del Olas is an amazing spot a little outside of San juan del sol. Spent new years there and had a great time. Good atmosphere, nice people, clean rooms and an amazing view. Thou it's not in the middle of the city it's usually never a problem to get a ride, will only take a few minutes.

If you're heading to San Juan del Sur, you should definetly stay here.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Casa De Olas
Address: Lot 6 Las Escaleras, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 74 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa De Olas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa de Olas, is a unique place to stay, blending the best of Bed & Breakfast, hotel and hostel together to create the Casa de Olas experience. We are situated on a hilltop over-looking the town and bay of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Our location provides endless views over the Pacific ocean with spectacular sunsets nightly. Casa De Olas is designed for the more discerning backpacker and budget travelers who are looking to find an oasis of luxury at affordable prices. In total we have 10 rooms and can accommodate a maximum of 75 guests at any one time. We have dorm rooms that can accommodate from 4-6 people with one room housing 14. Casa de Olas is designed for those traveling on a budget or in groups. All rooms are spacious with en-suites. We think staying a little out of town is the best way to experience all that San Juan del Sur and the surrounding area has to offer. Australian couple Fred and Carla are your hosts bringing a wealth of knowledge from their native land with a long resume in the hotel and restaurant industry. Fred and Carla are warm and always ready to give a recommendation. Take a look at our website, TripAdvisor and Facebook pages to find out more and we look forward to having you stay with us soon. ... more   less 
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