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Buena Onda Backpackers
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Huntington Beach, California
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“no reason to stay anywhere else”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Buena Onda is one of the best places I have stayed while traveling. The location is excellent and the views are unbelievable. Baba, the owner is very cool, very accomodating, and will help you out with anything you need.while you are staying there. We actually ended up staying longer than planned because we liked it so much.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Buena Onda was amazing! Despite our flight being 3 hours late and getting to San Juan pretty late, Baba was more then happy to welcome us with a smile. In the morning he sat my friends and I down to tell us all about the city. All of his recommendations were fantastic! After a few days meeting other people in the city is was very clear the we had grabbed the best place in the city. It was really nice to be able to escape the party vibe that San Juan has and spend the afternoon in a hammock with a great view and a cold Toña.
Also, don't miss out on the coffee in the morning!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

Great views of the city, relaxed atmosphere, great host and serve your own beer. This was an awesome place to start our vacation. 5-7 minute walk from the main strip in town. The hill is totally manageable.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights and wished we had taken the advice of other reviews as we wanted to stay longer but it was fully booked.You will have to pay a lot more to get a place of this standard in San Jaun. Totally chilled in lovely friendly neighbourhood, a short walk from the centre and great views.Baba the owner is a great guy who will readily offer advice.He was particulary helpful with us sending us a link to another accommodation some days after our stay.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

This is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. The place was very well kept, very clean. An amazing view of the city and bay, best place to watch the sunset. The rooms and bathrooms are very big. The owner is incredibly nice, and knows everyone in the town, and can help you with anything you need. The hostel is far enough away from town that you dont get all the noise on busier nights, and close enough to walk (5-6 blocks). You will however hear all the dogs in SJDS barking at night, but thats everywhere in town. My only real small negative is no Wifi. but you can easily find it in town, and their is a computer with internet access for you to use in the hostel. I would recommend it and stay here any time.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Myself and 3 friends stayed at Buena Onda for 9 days and nights. The place has amazing views and is owned by one of the best and most helpful people you'll meet on your travels. Babba will help you in anyway he can.

The rooms are fantastic with great showers and enormous beds. The common areas provide some of the best views you're going to find in SJDS. Hammocks and plenty of seats are available and the kitchen has everything you need including a common fridge to store food and a gas stove to cook with. There is even a microwave and a fridge stocked with local beer. On the fridge you'll find a tick sheet that you can mark the beers you drink. The fridge also has juice and soda should you be in the mood for something other than a beer.

Overall, great hostel, affordable, great views, awesome owner, decent location, great rooms, and the kids that live in the neighborhood are pretty cool too.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

Our first stop in Nicaragua and was supposed to stay in the city but after reading good reviews on this place, we ended up here. I don't regret it. Nice atmosphere and Baba is a very friendly and serviceminded guy. The first thing he did was to mark out places on the map were you can find good eating, markets and sights in the city. The best about this place is the help-yourself-beer-fridge. Mark out how many beers and pay later. 1dollar a beer!! A fridge filled with icecold beers. My husband was in the heaven and set the record there. We booked 2 nights here but ended up 7 nights in total. The downtown is nice but gets hot during the day so it's a nice breeze at Buena Onda. Nice hammocks where you can catch up with some reading our just enjoy the view. Downside is that it's no wifi but you can use Baba's computer at anytime. I must admit it was nice to have conversations with people without everyone checking their facebook every 5 minutes. A 5 minutes walk from downtown and a steep hill to get here but when you see the view, it's worth it. This place I would recommend to everyone. We are for sure coming back next time in Nicaragua.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Buena Onda Backpackers

Property: Buena Onda Backpackers
Address: Barrio frente sur, San Juan del Sur 99999, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 74 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, calm, and welcoming space for travelers. Enjoy the amazing view from the rooftop terrace and have a drink in a hammock ! ... more   less 

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