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“San Juan del Sur Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Del Soul

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Casa Del Soul
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“San Juan del Sur Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2008

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at Casa del Soul. We orginally booked for 3 nights and end up staying for 6. Randy and his staff took excellent care of us the entire time. The house is beautiful and after traveling the country for 3 weeks on chicken buses and rough roads, Casa del Soul was luxurious! Our mornings started out with fresh, hot coffee and a full breakfast of whatever we desired was prepared for us. I stil miss these breakfasts. Most days we headed to town and then went to one of the amazing beaches both north and south of San Juan. Once we arrived back in town a quick phone call (yes, Randy provides his guests with a cell phone) was all it took for Alex to come pick us up and take us back to the serenity of Casa del Soul. The house isn't far from town, but you have to cross a fairly large hill to get there. No worries, because the staff provided rides pretty much whenever we wanted. We cooked our dinners in the kitchen almost every night which is fully equipped with every kitchen appliance and tool necessary as well as a gas BBQ grill. We enjoyed exploring the area, but in all honesty, you could spend several days at Casa del Soul and never leave the house. The views are magnificent, the pool is refreshing, the multiple hammocks are relaxing, the music (yes, Randy lends you his iPod) is wonderful, and you can even take a short walk to a rocky beach that is gorgeous. All in all, a great place to recharge your batteries!

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jtrips123
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Medley
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2008

Loved it, my husband and I visited just for the weeked after a week of work in the city. This is perfect for couples, the view of the ocean and mountains was phenomenal! The service excelent. Hope to come back soon!

Stayed October 2008
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1 Thank OliveroT
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new jersey
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26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2008

I visited San Juan del Sur and Nicaragua for the first time in August 2008 as a solo, female traveler. I was a little nervous before my trip but once Randy picked me up from the airport, the impressive service began and all of my fears went away. I can't say enough about his guest house and the level of service that I experienced! I will definitely return and Casa del Soul will always have my business!!!!

  • Liked — service
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank iclement
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New Hope, PA
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2008

Great place to stay! We rented two bedrooms with a common balcony that offered an incredible view of the bay and lots of sky- picture perfect. Since we were one family, renting the whole second floor created a totally private area for us. The bedrooms were simply furnished and comfortable. We read, napped in the hammocks and traveled to several area beaches during the days we spent there. The kitchen was well stocked and the host, Randy, couldn't be more helpful. We spent some nights cooking great meals together and eating with the other guests (who we loved and hope they will visit us in the US asap). The beaches in the area are quiet and totally non-commercial. The cost to stay at the Casa was reasonable and well worth it. You can't beat Randy as a host-- he knows the ropes. We hope to get back there and have another chance to rent that second floor.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — no complaints
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank lauraNewHope_PA
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hmj914
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2008

Our stay at Casa del Soul was more than we expected, absolutely wonderful! We traveled to Nicaragua for 3 days from Costa Rica by car(which we left in CR), we were greeted at the border by a very helpful man who was sent to find us and help us through by Randy the most helpful host I have encountered traveling. Randy picked us up at the border for basically free and drove us around everywhere we wanted to go for the time we stayed with him. The villa is beautiful! Very comfortable feel, I felt instantly at home. A close drive to town about 5 minutes and a 3 minute walk along a beautiful creek to a gorgeos private beach. Although we prefered hanging out in Randy's huge pool and drinking some refreshing Tona beer. The surf at the near by beach was amazing and the people were very friendly everywhere we went. The price was perfect also. I have only 1 complaint, the bed was not all that comfortable, but the view from the bedroom balcony almost made up for. Thanks Randy :)
Hope to see you soon - Heather & Brandon

  • Liked — the host & villa
  • Disliked — bed
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank hmj914
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florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2008

This place is amazing. Bedrooms with hammocks overlooking the ocean. The sunsets are like no other. The pool is great! This place gives you the feeling of security and luxury in the undiscovered paradise of San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua. It is so close to amazing surfing spots and right offshore is crazy fishing. Went out fishing for a 1/2 day, caught some nice Mahi's (1-20lbs+), brought them home and the cook at the house prepared some amazing meals. Randy and his staff are great, including Chewcho the dog whom we followed down the street (literally just a few hundred feet) into the rainforest where we found about 20 Howler Monkeys hanging out in the trees. The place is very affordable and I will definitely be going back. Randy knows a lot of people in town so he can help set up your excursions while you are there as well. Thanks Randy!!!

  • Liked — The committment to making sure we have a good time that the staff provides.
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed June 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank hayeser26
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Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2008

This place was fantastic--my favorite stop on our trip through Nicaragua and Costa Rica. We had our own private room in this three bedroom house located atop a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Just a three minute walk down to a private beach.

The ground level of the house is a sweeping terrace featuring a brilliant view, along with a pool, hammocks in the shade for lounging, and unique handcrafted tables and chairs where one can enjoy a relaxing dinner and amazing sunsets. Town is about a 10-15 minute walk down the mountain, but the owner ensures that there is always someone who can drop you off and pick you up--we got rides to Da Flying Frog (zipline tour), the local water taxi, and even had help getting to the Costa Rica border for the next leg of our trip. Additional amenities included a grill, a full kitchen, and delicious breakfasts cooked for you in the morning. This place is definitely a value and a great way to enjoy San Juan del Sur.

  • Liked — The house itself--great view, fun place to relax, close to beach
  • Disliked — Because of the privacy of the house, its easiest to get rides to and from town--was never a problem however
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank jabdi
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Additional Information about Casa Del Soul

Property: Casa Del Soul
Address: Pacific Marlin N 34, San Juan del Sur 99513, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 74 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Del Soul is an oceanfront, luxury 4,000 sq. ft. home. It is situated on Nacascolo Bay, 5 minutes from San Juan Del Sur. It has a large outdoor deck surrounding a 4 by 9 meter swimming pool. The big balcony off the 2nd floor bedrooms give it a commanding view of the ocean and the tropical forest. Cable TV, DVD, ipod music systems, refrigerator, coffee makers make your room very comfortable. A full breakfast is included. We give cell phones to our guests and I help you do anything you want to in Nicaragua. Transportation,tours,volcanos,surfing,fishing,shopping, REAL ESTATE, ATV's,zipline,horseback riding,etc... ... more   less 
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