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Ubud, Indonesia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't like to let bad review but it was my worse experience in a hostel. I book for 4 nights because everybody tell me, it was nice. I arrived there at 5pm, they don't have seen my reservation so the hostel was full. They tell me to go in an other hostel for this night and came back the...

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ometepezopilote, Owner at El Zopilote, responded to this review

SORRY, DO NOT GET ANGRY BUT WE LIKE TO ANSWER WITH HUMOR. Cedrik, the problem is that you are not the right person for this place, which is alternative and different from the other hostels....you book 4 nights with booking ( booking setting is on NOT REFUNDABLE, so as you speak english, you understand that no cash back , easy...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice place! We didn't sleep there but went for a coffee and at the pizza night. Super nice ambient, good food and nice travellers. Staff not very friendly as they didn't want to order us a cab at 9 pm and had to walk back in the dark to our other hotel... Not very safe. The lady didn't order...

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ometepezopilote, Owner at El Zopilote, responded to this review

HELLO, SORRY, DO NOT GET ANGRY BUT WE LIKE TO ANSWER WITH HUMOR....THANKS. Hello, thanks to come to visit us for pizza night ....let me see if i understand well....You want a taxi at 9 PM, you go to the reception ( i'd like to say that we are not a taxi company,), you fight with my receptionist because the...

San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This really is a beautiful place, rooms scattered throughout the jungle with loads of wildlife to be encountered as you walk about the place. The restaurant food is also really good and healthy, especially the oatmeal breakfast. The rooms don't look much like the photos on the website: they really are pretty basic, though actually we liked that, and the...

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ometepezopilote, Owner at El Zopilote, responded to this review

HELLO, SORRY, DO NOT GET ANGRY BUT WE LIKE TO ANSWER WITH HUMOR....THANKS. """""They didn't really organise activities to engage the guests, which was disappointing""""" COMPLETELY FALSE....FALSE FALSE FALSE......here every day there are activities. Yoga 2 times a day every day, permaculture course 2 times a week, ping pong torneo, Bon Fire , Cacao Cerimony and much more things like...

Leon, Nicaragua
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Really nice hostel with an awesome crew that runs it. Me and my friend stayed in the Iguana home first after moving to a tent. We slept under the stars with the ability to use a look out every morning and evening to enjoy the spectacular view over the two Volcanoes. There is a lot to do at the island....

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

El Zopilote is different, in a good way. To start it's quite the hike up from the road to the hostel and dark too if you arrive in the evening. Once you get up there's a nice spacious restaurant/reception/hang out/wifi area where everyone hangs out. It overlooks the green hill which is pretty stunning. Everything is ecological which is special...

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Switzerland
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

I've stayed here mainly because a lot of other travelers recommended this place. It's really great set up in the forest and beautifully made. It's quite relaxing but i didn't think it was that great as everyone recommended. But maybe i was just expecting too much. I mainly think the service could be better. We were welcomed very nice at...

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Reviewed 2 December 2016

I came for a few days and stayed two weeks, slept in the Ormiga dormitory with few of the volunteers and felt very soon like a family with this charming international community :-) They have a "mirador" - view watch tower, that entered my list of 7 favorite places on the planet - it is that seriously beautiful.. The Yoga...

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Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a place to chill and hang out with new people El Zopilotte has it all. Nice and cosy area around the restaurant where you can hang out. I stayed in a private cabin with my girlfriend. It was a really cosy one apart from all the mosquitoes and flies. So bring your repellient and maybe...

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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Well it was an interesting stay. The locations is a bit of a killer, a good 10 minutes walk up to the reception which is entirely uphill and at points quite steep especially if you're carrying heavy bags. From the reception you might be lucky and be placed a little downhill, if not there's plenty more to climb before you...

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ometepezopilote, Owner at El Zopilote, responded to this review

SORRY, DO NOT GET ANGRY NUT WE LIKE TO ANSWER WITH HUMOR.... hi, you are the smart guy who took our yoga mat to use inside your private tent without to ask .....we were lookinfg for thm for 2 days....i travel from 25 years usually with tent and i never used a mat was'nt mine without to ask....of course we...

Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for 10 days, so apparently I liked it enough, but I still haves mixed reviews. Pack your patience because the reception is SLOW and unorganized. They don't speak much English, so it's best to know a little Spanish. The system is inconvenient, you can't keep a tab for your food and drinks, so you have to pay...

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SORRY, DO NOT GET ANGRY, BUT WE LIKE TO ANSWER WITH HUMOR.... 1) Sorry, is difficul to organize Nicas...i am trying from 15 years... 2) before avery tourist had a account and was paying at the end, but this is not legal and we must do a receipt each guest. Many busisness are not doing , but we like to...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
El Zopilote is a permaculture farm/hostel. We have hammock, dormitory, and rooms. We have a organic restaurant serving Nica and Italian food (like handmade pastas, lasagnas, fettuccine, melanzane alla parmigiana) open at breakfat, lunch and dinner tevery day and 3 nights a week we have pizza night ,cooked in wood-bricks oven.In the reception we sell food and organic product hand made here.The land is completely planted with fruit trees, bananos and much more...Our goal is to be 100% sustainable. We have a look out tower where you can see the Volcanos and the farm. We organize tour to both volcanoes, horseback riding, spanish lessons, yoga classes (free), ceramic, bread and bees courses and there is free WI-FI 24h and free filtered water. You can work with us in the permaculture garden and in the work shop and learn something nice (free). ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Zopilote

Address: from Madronal 300m south, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe 044, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe > Santa Cruz
Price Range: ₹ 739 - ₹ 1,546 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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