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Hostel Surfing Donkey
Reviewed 21 April 2012

I really enjoyed my time here. It has a great new kitchen, bar and a pool! It is so hot here that I can't imagine not having access to a pool now that I've been here. The dorms were only $7 too which I thought was a bargain.

The staff are friendly and the vibe is cool. A good place for some pre drinks without it being a raging party - if you want an all night party and no sleep head to the naked tiger!

I definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

The staff are really easy going and made staying here a great experience. They have breakfast and an awesome patio area great for making new friends and hanging out by the pool. In such a hot place it was really nice to jump in the pool to cool off before you go out on your next adventure. As far as common areas go this is one of the best I´ve seen at a hostel. They work hard to keep it clean and soon they will have a bar set up in the patio. Grat Job Guys

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Great hostel! I really enjoyed staying here. Its close to the town, beach and eveything you need. It has a big pool, bar, sun deck, hammocks, wide screen TV, kitchen and Wifi. The staff are friendly and can tell you where to go in town! Really glad i stayed here.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Amy G
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

Coming from the rest of Central America I would say Surfing Donkey is pretty much perfect for any type of traveller. The rooms are clean, very spacious, and well equipped with ceiling fans and the price value is just right. As a solo traveller the big courtyard with tables, chairs, hammocks and the brand new pool invite new friends to be made. The almost complete roof-top deck is going to be going to be an excellent sunset and hang out spot in San Juan del Sur.
Great location and lovely staff - check it out :)

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Surfing donkey is a cheap hostel with clean rooms but if you really want to sleep we cannot recommend it as it is noisy in the morning (music starts at 7-8 and a loud cock screaming even earlier) and only offers very hard beds. There is only 6cm foam on the bed and after one hour you can feel the wood. :-(
The hammocks in the garden are much nicer and more comfortable.
The girls on the reception are very friendly and there is a lady who is cleaning and making "breakfast" - this means cutting a melon and a banana... if you want to cook, better look for another hostel as the kitchen smells terrible and offers only very basic equipment.

Room Tip: don´t take the rooms close to the reception - people start talking loud and early in the morning
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

I was recommended this hostel by a friend and am very glad that I was. It's a new hostel about three blocks from the centre of town. It has a kitchen with a fridge, pool, hammocks, it's clean, has comfortable beds and very friendly staff.

The best thing is that is was the cheapest hostel we found here, at $7 a night!

It is still a little rough around the edges as improvements continue. A two level bar/restaurant is being built at the moment which will really round this place out nicely.

I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out as I think this will be one of the best in San Juan Del Sur once it's done.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

What a clean, pleasant hostel in a great location. The staff couldn't have been nicer, and the stay included a free welcome drink that settled us right in. Definitely one of the nicest hostels we stayed in during our trip.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostel Surfing Donkey

Address: One block south of Central Park and church, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 72 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: £15 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Surfing Donkey is the best new social hostel in San Juan del Sur, only two blocks away from the city center with a large pool, cheap bar, full kitchen, yoga, and events like group BBQs and pool parties. We balance our social activities with a strict quiet policy before 9am and after 10pm, so guests can have fun and sleep well on the new premium mattresses. ... more   less 

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