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Hostel Surfing Donkey

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful little place with all you need and even more... dorms are cleans and have big lockers. Nice pool to play Voleyball and relax after a hard day at the beach. Bar in the hostel that makes excellent drinks for an interesting price. Nice place to stay few nights, drink, swim and chill! Recommend it for people 18-30.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The surfing donkey is located just outside the main centre, lovely place with a nice pool and good breakfast. Unfortunately there are bedbugs and they are known for it (other hostels do not allow people coming from surfing donkey because of the bedbugs). I got them when I was there. First they said it were mosquitobites. I really had to...

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The_Surfing_Donkey, Owner at Hostel Surfing Donkey, responded to this review

Hi there, We apologize for the issue with the bed bugs. Every hostel in Nicaragua deals with bedbugs at some point. We have been hit pretty hard by them this season. Bed bugs are not an issue that can be permanently fixed. Consistent fumigation is not healthy for guests, but we fumigate as often as possible to deal with the...

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was originally planning on staying at other hostels, but this wasn't too bad. A lot of people go to San Juan Del Sur to party, and this hostel fits the bill. It's a party hostel and it gets real loud. It's impossible to sleep early, but if you're looking to party this hostel is a great alternative from the...

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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Our first impression when we checked in was okay, the layout was nice, pool and patio and all that looked good, although the staff were less than friendly. We booked a private room that was semi-clean, the beds seemed fine but the shower drain was full of hair and there was soap scum on the walls. Then when we were...

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Reviewed 15 November 2016 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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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...

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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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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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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • 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: ₹ 751 - ₹ 2,662 (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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