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Hostel Libertad
Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed in a private room for first time, which was fine. But when we came back and stayed in the dorm, we had bed bugs. The guy of the hostal wasn´t interested and just gave us another bed in the girls dorm. Then we heard that they had problems with bed bugs before. So the next day we left with a lot of bites...

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Ika B
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Reviewed 14 May 2013 via mobile

I feel the title sums it up, we had an awful time there and would not go back if you paid me. The rooms are filthy and the bedbugs are so big that I first mistook them for baby cockroaches. This problem has been going on for years and the managers have done nothing when if Nicaragua was a Western country, the health department would have closed them down.
On seeing my body covered in welts and personally seeing the hoards of bugs himself, a staff member still tried to make us pay for a night and our laundry (we eventually insisted we wouldn't pay a cent) and conceded to buy us a roll of black bin liners and a can of spray which was for killing scorpions and was about as useful as a chocolate teapot. He was incredibly rude, lacked empathy and the owners should be prosecuted for negligence.
The main issue is that because only 10% of people who are bitten by bed bugs react to the bites, people carry the bugs from place to place unawares.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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2  Thank HelenGina1981
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

The rooms are decent for how much you pay, but the real charm is talking to Jimmy the Man. He's a well educated Nicaraguan local guy whose English is great. He's starting up his own tour company, so don't hesitate to grab some beers with him!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Lonneh
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

Pretty cheap hostel, decent staff with a nice courtyard, that was my first opinion. They have huge dorms but enough space between the beds, however it feels and sounds like the beds are breaking when you climb up or even turn your body. So when you are laying in bed and somebody else will turn, you will know.

The bathrooms are not really clean and sometimes without toiletpaper. One of the 3 showers is just with a hose from the wall, but it was the cleanest one. But no hook for you towel or cloths. The kitchen is not really clean and they put all the plates and knifes wet on the shelf even when it''s still dirty.

When i saw the cleaning lady cleaning i knew why it was so bad.

The plus points are, 5 day card for the gym, hammocks and rocking chairs.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Located close to the city center in an old colonial house this hostel could be the best place ever if it wasn't in disrepair.
The rooms are located around a charming patio with hammocks and chairs to relax but a layer of fresh paint wouldn't be too luxury. Each bunk bed has its own big locker but they are uncomfortable and the provided sheets look like they've been used for decades.
Amenities are the worst as they basically are stalls with a hose popping out of the wall and a hole on the ground. Toilet paper is rare and there is no hook to hold anything while you take a shower!
The kitchen doesn't look too appealing either and seem to be cleaned only once a month.
Hopefully the staff isn't too bad, there are free Wi-Fi and computers to use and the price is cheap but I would definitely look for another place next time.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank barongxxx
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

I think the place has seen better days. It needs to be closed and renovate. Although we arent picky backpackers we would like to get our money's worth and given the price they were asking and that we are in Nicaragua it is overpriced.

(+) HAMMOCKS!!! the common area looks so inviting with it and also the wooden chairs and tables distributed around.
Theres salsa/dance classes
Lots of computers to use
Free coffee at least

(-) Our room although spacious looks like a bodega
I kept waking up now and then to see if bed-- bu gs were biting me. I saw some crawling on the wall and killed it. Because of this i slept with the light on and the fan blowing on us directly.

(Major negative) The kitchen and tv area is really filthy.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dlyn S
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

We went into La Libertad when all other hostels were fully booked, and were surprised to get a double room (E). It looked shabby but we decided to take it anyways, as our choice was limited. After bringing our luggage in, we started discovering problems: There was a window missing, the door had been "broken into", and it was very noisy, as the room was overlooking the garden/hangout area. We asked the window to be fixed but nothing happened, so we put up our own mosquito net on the bed.
After the first night we found bites all over but thought that the net wasn't properly attached. And with the window open, it was no wonder there were bugs. The second morning we found a big bed bug crawling on the bed under the net, and we went to see the manager Chepe about it. We showed him photos of the bed bug, and our bites, but he claimed that we had no bites! He claimed that we changed the date and time on our camera, when we showed him photos of the bug (on their sheets), and he threatened to call the police if we didn't pay the whole sum. He admitted there had been other visitors claiming to see bed bugs but he didn't think this a problem, as we, in his opinion, didn't have enough bites.
Other staff (Johana) was nice and tried to make a compensation - which the boss Chepe refused! He was very rude to us, didn't answer any of our questions and constantly threatened to call the police, although we had already agreed to pay for the first night, and were not threatening to leave or anything.
The hostel has a nice ambiance but is ruined by bedbugs and an owner with a problem with his attitude. The rest of the staff is nice.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avenida 14 de Septiembre | De Iglesia La Merced 250 metros norte, Granada 43000, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 76 Speciality Lodging in Granada
Price Range: £11 - £15 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La libertad hostel is 10 years old. Passing the years we have been getting better thanks to the reviews from all of our guests that we have had around the world staying in our hostel and they recommend us with friends and other visitors . Thank you everyone for everything and we are here for you. ... more   less 

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