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“Amazing place to stay, but hidden charges add up” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buena Onda Beach Resort

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Buena Onda Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Tola B&B and Inns
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Amazing place to stay, but hidden charges add up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

My partner and I stayed in Buena Onda for 4 weeks while volunteering at a local health clinic. This was a fantastic place to stay! It's in a great location, very secluded, quiet and literally 30 seconds walk from the beach. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The pool is also one of the cleanest and best you'll find for miles around. The food in the restaurant is also fantastic, with excellent dinner specials every night and occasionally special specials. We were lucky enough to be there on BBQ night, all-you-can eat meat which was fantastic! The place really has a very nice and relaxed atmosphere.

We stayed in two rooms during our trip. Oceania is a private room with shared bathroom for $30 a night. America also has a private bathroom for $50 a night. The rooms were very clean and the beds were very comfortable. But the rooms were a bit small and only had ceiling fans for cooling. Considering this is Nicaragua, for $30 a night, and especially $50 a night, I would expect to have A/C. Otherwise, I can't fault the rooms.

There are some hidden charges here though that aren't immediately apparent on the website. This was the only minus for me. For example, in the restaurant, everything has a mandatory 10% service charge. This is quite a lot when main meals already cost $7-10 and some specials reach $12. That said, the food is excellent and some of the best we had in Nicaragua. But, you can walk down the beach or walk into town and get dinner for closer to $6. Also, if you want coffee with your breakfast, it costs $1.50 extra. Again, a bit much as breakfast already costs $4-6 and you can get a huge breakfast with coffee for $4 on the beach. Also, it costs $10 to use the Internet for the period of your stay. It should be noted that we were there volunteering and not on holiday, so holiday-makers might well have a different idea of what constitutes excessive charges.

If you have the budget, I would definitely recommend staying in this paradise resort. We really enjoyed our stay!

Stayed May 2013
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

My wife and I booked four nights at Buena Onda and ended up staying for eleven. If you are staying and surfing in the Popoyo area then this is the place to be. Great surf right out front at Santana and a short walk to Popoyo and other breaks. My wife liked the pool and cabana area to relax and escape the afternoon heat. Also she was able to get in a few yoga classes while there. Thanks for a great time Philip, Sarah, Paul, and Conny!

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

Went down for a week expecting a nice relaxing place with good food and a mellow atmosphere (with good surf to compliment it). Ended up being blown away by how amazing the place is! Incredible food, very friendly staff, always someone fun to talk to, and a mini pipe on the beach to boot! I can't speak highly enough of this place and will definitely be returning next year. My only problem is that I couldn't have stayed for longer! Two weeks next time, minimum!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Quebec
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

Buena Onda is the best spot! All the crew are super kind. Food is really good. Rooms are amazingly clean. You have everything you need. Plus, you got only a short walk to the surf.

Bring your skateboard too! The mini is killing!

Paz!
Gabriel
Quebec, Canada

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed here for three nights. We spent the first night in a deluxe room which for 69$ (we chose no air con, so it was cheaper) was probably not worth it if you don't care about tv. For 29$, are moved to the standard Oceania which was fine. The shared bathrooms are clean and the hot water is a treat. The beds in both rooms were comfortable and clean. The grounds were amazing, the pool was great. The beach and surrounding areas were gorgeous. The staff is great too. I think that if you want to stay in the popoyo region, this is one of your best bets.

Our issue was the cost of food compared to the rest of nicaragua (I am aware that its costly to ship up there, but it was pricier than food on little corn). The meals were all 7.00-10 dollars + the service fee. Drinks were a lot more money too, even water was double the price. 3.50 for toast butter and jam is pretty ridiculous. We only ended up eating there a few times because you can go left at the beach to two local restaurants for a lot cheaper. You can walk into town for cheaper food too. That being said, what we did eat was really good. So if you're not on a backpacking budget, it won't be a problem.

Other issues:10$ for a load of laundry and 10$ for wi-fi is overkill.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Corvallis, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

Buena Onda was even better than we expected. Philip, Sara, Connie, and Paul were fantastic hosts. They really created a friendly and safe environment. The room, pool, dinner specials (pizza night was fun, and we heard bbq night was also), cool people, and proximity to surf! And, there is a range of accomodations. So, no matter what your budget is, you can stay here.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami Beach, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

Thank you very much to Phillip, Sara, Darlin, Mari and the rest of the crew for being so nice and friendly with us. I honestly have no complaints. The food, the room, the crew, the service, their affordable prices, even the people that stays there are great. We are planning to come back again on November. You can't go wrong with Buena Onda Beach Resort.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Buena Onda Beach Resort
Address: Playa Santana, Popoyo, Tola, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Tola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Tola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our seaside hideaway is just a stones throw from one of Nicaragua's finest beaches, Playa Santana - where our nearest neighbors are grazing cows and howling monkeys. We have superb, consistently breaking, barreling surf right out front. Sunshine, tropical warmth, warm water and off-shore breezes 300+ days a year, comfortable (and affordable!) Accommodation, and most of all, BUENA ONDA (good vibrations) morning, noon and night. Your Swiss hosts, Philip and Sarah, will make sure that you spend your well-deserved holiday hassle free, in style and that you are well looked after during your stay. Come and explore - we'd love to share our little piece of paradise with you. ... more   less 
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