You can't beat the secluded location of Matilda's, right on the beach about 10 mins by foot north of Playa Maderas. The property has a number of different accommodation options - camping, perms-tents (little low rise huts like doghouses), dorms and private rooms.
We stayed in a private room with ensuite and paid $25 per night. The place is a bit tired and the knick-knacks and air fresheners are a bit much. But it's clean and the owners are reasonably friendly. Aside from the lovely stretch of beach out front and one beach over, there are multiple places to sit and relax at Matilda's. There is a very basic communal kitchen (not very clean though - especially the mini-fridge) and there is also a little snack hut run by Matilda's sisters just next to the property. Great coffee and beans/rice/plantano!
Our only caution would be that reservations are not guaranteed. We called ahead a week before our arrival and made a reservation (knowing that the festive season would likely be very busy) for two dorm beds (the only option available) for 4 nights. Upon arrival, we were told that they could not honour our reservation as the previous night's occupants in the dorm had decided to extend their stay. Our only option was to wait a couple of hours until noon to see if the reservation being held for a private room would arrive. Fortunately, the guests did not arrive, and we were able to secure the room for our stay.
Since options are limited at this end of the beach, it would have been very difficult to find somewhere else to stay. There are a few higher-end resorts as well as campgrounds in the area, but neither were options for us due to budget and gear limitations. Be prepared to make the trek back to San Juan del Sur if you arrive to find Matilda's fully booked!
We'd also recommend that you stock up on any supplies that you wish to enjoy at the beach, as there is no grocery store once you leave San Juan del Sur. The snack hut sells water, beer, soft drinks and candy, but with a healthy mark-up. Better to buy everything in town if you're on a tight budget.
- Also Known As:
- Matilda`s Hotel San Juan Del Sur