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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great stay here. The staff is really nice and funny, feels like a big family. If you are interested in partying this is the place to go. Furthermore the surfshop they are cooperating with is fantastic. The owners are really nice, they have good prices and even took us to a family trip with them.

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95 reviews
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Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Unlike some of the other big hostels in SJDS, this place is slightly more chilled. A pool with a volleyball net, a nice bar, a kitchen to cook in and keep costs down, its a winner. The dorm is only fan, which down here is not really sufficient, so you won't have the best sleeps. Also, the staff are a... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

It is a good place to hang out and relax during the day and for having a few drinks in the night. Nice doorms, good space and lockers. Clean. Pool. Kitchen and free pancakes and coffe. It is a bit expensive compared to rest of Nicaragua but everything here is about the same.

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Thank Heidi S
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The place to go if you want to get a drink and meet people in San Juan del Sur. Great dorms with lockers (electricity plugs IN the lockers, woohoo), nice bathrooms, a pool, à decent kitchen, and sociable staff.

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Thank Alexandre S
1 review
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I spent 2 weeks at this hostal and I had a really good experience. The staff is super friendly, the pool is nice and the bar is almost always open. A cheap and great place to stay! It's also a good hostel to party.

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Surfing donkey is an excellent hostel, located right near the main part of San Juan. Staff are super friendly and helpful, and Taylor the owner was a wonderful guide while we stayed. Beds are super comfy, there's some cool hangout areas and a pool as well! Prices super reasonable, 100 percent recommend

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Thank Molly M
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

It was a good hostel if you wanted a party atmosphere. It was often loud. 24hr security gave an added sense of security. The beds were clean but the pool was not, it had a great roof top patio with views of the city. It was a little too upbeat for us coming from the relaxing island of Ometepe.

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New York
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

Very relaxed hostel, it has clean bathrooms and beds and such. The dorms are a little tight but it's okay. They have a pool and a good bar. They also have a nice balcony which is a nice place to have a beer and look out over san juan. Their staff is super helpful and can help you with anything... More 

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Thank Ashley D
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Went here off and on for a couple of weeks in San Juan. Had a pretty chilled atmosphere and good pre drinks for the night out. The hostel/bar shut down at 10pm every night which was good if you wanted to sleep but the security guard was a very "interesting" person and i had alot of trouble with him while... More 

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Thank IgnorantBrent
Calgary
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41 reviews
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

I really enjoyed this hostel. It was pretty quiet and they had 24-hr security to let you in and whatnot. The pool was awesome as well as their little rooftop hangout spot. Dorms were clean and comfy. The only setback was when I tried to take a shower and apparently sometimes SJDS loses water so I couldn't take a shower... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Surfing Donkey is the best new social hostel in San Juan del Sur, only two blocks away from the city center with a large pool, cheap bar, full kitchen, yoga, and events like group BBQs and pool parties. We balance our social activities with a strict quiet policy before 9am and after 10pm, so guests can have fun and sleep well on the new premium mattresses. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostel Surfing Donkey

Address: One block south of Central Park and church, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Price Range: ₹ 1,300 - ₹ 2,941 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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“Wach out for your things, things get stolen in this hostel. Staff wont help at all.”
 of 5 bubbles sim_ng2015, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“we booked private 4 Person Rooms - way to go in any hostel I think.”
 of 5 bubbles kimberlysvincent, 17 May 2016 | Read review
“Private rooms (2 bunk-beds) with private bathroom is great value to share with friends.”
 of 5 bubbles cadmuspro, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The best private rooms are the ones NOT facing the pool”
 of 5 bubbles ljane25, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
“avoid room 5 - so noisy!”
 of 5 bubbles megank73, 15 Feb 2016 | Read review
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