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The American Cafe & Hotel

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Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua
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Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua
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jdeho wrote a review Mar 2017
Lethbridge, Canada4 contributions3 helpful votes
Nice big rooms that were kept clean. Owner was very helpful in helping to organize a quad rental and giving us good advice on where to eat and visit on the island. (Cafe here was under construction). Also arranged a horseback ride leaving right from the hotel on our last morning on very short notice. If all you are looking for is a clean place to lay your head at a reasonable price, this is a great choice.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Stephen O wrote a review Mar 2017
Moyogalpa, Nicaragua86 contributions8 helpful votes
Beautiful, updated rooms with hot water showers! Optional air conditioning in the rooms and laundry services are available. They are opening (soon) a new cafe with a brand new specialty coffee maker too! They also offer bike, horse, scooter, motorcycle, and 4-wheeler rentals and tour guide services! They have been doing some remodeling with the new owners and cleaning the place up a bit so pardon their dust!
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Room Tip: If you want A/C there is a $10 additional nightly fee, otherwise fans will be provided.
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SylvanoT wrote a review Dec 2016
Montreal, Canada633 contributions86 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights at this hotel. Our room was spacious (3 double beds for 2 persons) and had AC and hot water. The hotel itself seems to be under renovations, there are materials and tools here and there but we didn't see any work being done. It is ideally situated in town, walking distance from the ferry. We also rented an ATV right from the hotel. The rooms are in the back and are very quiet, except for the birds in the morning but we'd rather be awaken by birds than traffic. All in all this hotel was just what we needed for a very fair price.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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pete_ultrafunk wrote a review Nov 2016
London61 contributions22 helpful votes
Clean and comfortable with nice bathrooms. Good value for semi-private rooms. Also, it's 200m from the ferry terminal. Ask for a friendly chap called Robinson if you need any help or advice for the local area, including scooter hire for $10 a day. Only downside is that the social/communal area isn't very nice, and therefore isn't great for meeting other travellers
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Cleo P wrote a review Jul 2016
51 contributions59 helpful votes
We stayed here for just one night in Ometepe because we arrived too late to organise anything else. The hostel looks very basic but our private room with 2 double beds and a private bathroom was surprisingly comfortable. The guy running the hostel is really helpful and friendly and speaks excellent English. The place feels pretty dead but, if you're looking for a base near the ferry port and the amenities in the town, then this place works well.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Philip C wrote a review May 2016
State College, Pennsylvania, United States1 contribution12 helpful votes
We intentionally booked this place because it had air conditioning to try and escape the Nicaraguan heat. On Booking.com the price was listed at $30 a night with air conditioning included, the pictures of the room also showed an air conditioner. Before we arrived I intentionally wrote to the owner that we wanted a room with air conditioning like the one we booked, not to be stuck with a room with a fan for $30, like many Nicas try to do to gringos. So we arrived at the hotel with looks really run down and empty in the front but a nice young lady took us to our room which was nice and had an air conditioner, so far so good. Not even 5 minutes inside the lady comes back and says its $10 extra a night for air conditioning, I said no way we booked a room with air conditioning included I'm not playing this extortion game again. Eventually the "owner" comes who is a mid 20's stoner looking Nica, and starts saying we have to pay $10 extra or go to a room with a fan. I showed him the reservation that said it was included, I showed him my message saying we wanted air conditioning, that he never actually read. He said that is wrong, Booking has the wrong prices and it was $10 extra. Never once apologized for the inconvenience, never offered to rectify it. He never said he was going to fix the Booking prices, he knows exactly what he is doing. He intentionally makes the prices low, and the everything is a la carte once you arrive. I wouldn't have had a problem paying more for air conditioning if it was transparent that it cost extra or if the owner was polite and sympathetic. The worst customer service I have ever experienced. I would avoid this hotel like the plague and give your money to a real local Nica who values your business.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Michaela M wrote a review Mar 2016
Los Angeles, California3 contributions16 helpful votes
We were completely deceived and swindled by this place. The website is misleading because the American Cafe and Hotel is no longer owned by an American couple. It is run by the Robinson family - the prices are different, the cafe no longer operates, and our experience was much different than we expected after reading so many positive reviews. It has definitely gone downhill and the positive reviews are no longer applicable. We were four young girls traveling together, and the manager was completely inappropriate, coming into our room multiple times while we were showering, in towels, and going to bed. He came to collect payment for the room at 10 o'clock at night, because he would apparently "be gone tomorrow." He tried to overcharge us a different amount than on the website, and did not back down when we showed him his own website (which is still the old one written by the American couple, who were nowhere to be found and don't seem to run it anymore). Overall completely rude, inappropriate, and he clearly tried to take advantage of us because we were young girls traveling. I do not recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Linda Z wrote a review Mar 2016
Winnipeg, Canada9 contributions
Let me say that this hotel has just recently changed ownership/management. While not perfect, the new owner Robinson, a young Nicraguan is fluent in English as few of his competitors are and ever helpful as he rebuilds. The Cabinas are large, secure, CLEAN, A/Ced, hot water with pressure & most importantly, there is nothing that he won't do to ensure you have a great stay & great time on his watch. Well done Robinson, you were great & the future is bright ! Scott & Linda from Canada in March 2016.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Jenny G wrote a review Mar 2016
Nova Scotia, Canada10 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed at this place because The Landing was full. The guy who runs the place speaks good English. This place has no character and was empty for the most part. We had lizards in our room and it seemed the cockroaches were eating the bathroom cupboard. (we saw 4 huge cockroaches in our room) Other than that, our room was big and cool (AC), one of the mattresses was new and very comfortable. We were interested in renting a 4 wheeler and the guy who ran the place said that he rented 4 wheelers. I looked at his 4 wheelers and some other ones in town and chose to go with another place and he got mad and said I wasted his time. After that is was uncomfortable at the hotel. The town gossip is that the hotel is having management problems. The place is overpriced, we paid $40 US.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Dindo O wrote a review Dec 2015
11 contributions4 helpful votes
We decided to stay in this hotel because I have read good reviews and the owners are good cook. The website still features the couple that owns the hotel. Since the website doesn't do online booking, I sent an email if there are available room on the date we plan to visit. I got a reply back from Robinson and he seems to be a nice person. After corresponding several emails and asking for the daily rate, I sent my credit card. When we got to the island, we just found out that the hotel is in transition to the new owner (Robinson). Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to taste the home cooked meal that I read in the Tripadvisor reviews. However, there are other restaurants nearby where we can get our meal. The hotel is a work in progress and they are installing a new air conditioning system. When we were checking out, we just found out that an extra 10% will be added if we pay via credit card. We eventually paid in cash since we don't want the 10% surcharge. It was never mention during several email exchange about the surcharge. We initially thought when the owner quoted the daily rate, that will be the amount that will be charged to the card. Overall, the location is close to the ferry and accessible to go around the town of Moyogalpa.
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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NicaraguaRivas DepartmentIsla de OmetepeMoyogalpa
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