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Reviewed 24 February 2019

We were so in love with this place that we decided to stay one day longer.The staff is very friendly and helpful, the homemade breakfast is delicious and the best thing are the views from the huge balcony with hammocks. If you love nature, this is an amazing place to relax while surrounded with wildlife. And we loved the dogs!

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank atru45
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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

I came here expecting something nice when you see the reviews and it was a big mistake.

The place is indeed nice, the garden cool and ben and juan are extremely friendly.

However, you must wake up at 6 am since the girls who "prepare" the breakfast are being extremely noisy.

You have no privacy AT ALL: everyone sees what you do in your room, and they like to watch.. be warned
The bed is small : I'm 1m85 and couldn't lie straight.

Mosquito nets are peirced and dirty so better bring your own.
Owner has two huge pitbull that freely wander around. I'm not afraid of dogs but if you are, or if you have children then you must avoid this place.

The cleaning/cooking girls apparently need to clean every room before they can leave, they'll therefore do everything to finish as early as possible...sometimes even coming in your room while you didn't authorize them to do so.

Also try to avoid washing your clothes there, since it costs a lot. Around 15 $ for a small pack of clothes, which is almost double than my homeland and the clothes are still wet when given back.
You can take drinks in the fridge, which is cool since you are 25 minutes of walking away of any restaurants, but they are 50 % more expensive than anywhere else.

Overall, for 40 dollars you are trapped in a place that is away from everything, has small comfort, no privacy and bad cleaning / respect mechanics.

If the price was 20 $ i would have put 4 stars but here, i think it's easy to find better elsewhere.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
11  Thank 685alyk
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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

This was one of the places I was having the highest expectations about in Nicaragua due to the great ratings. They are definetly deceiving. You 100% can get more for your 40 bucks a night on Ometepe.
The +: very nice owner and staff. Ben's communication before and during was friendly, he also helped us book a motorbike which was nice. Juan, the guy who does the taxi between the restaurant and the hotel, is awesome and super nice. The food of the cafe campestre is also really good. The remoteness of the hotel and the jungle outside has its charm, a lot of birds to be heard.
The - : no privacy in the room: whether you are on your terrace or undressing in your room, people pass by all morning and you are completely exposed, which is so frustrating given how far away from everything the hotel is. The room lacked a lot of the little appliances that can make it confortable : no mirror in the bathroom (my husband had to shave with a pocket miror), no light, the room itself was quite small, as indicated in other comments the moskito net was damaged. The dry toilet is not a bad idea in itself but the cut bottle they use to pour rice is not convienent ,there was a stupid wood piece close to the bed in which we knocked our foot ten times a day.... so basically there are tons of small details that make the room incomfortable. The ladies prepare a good breakfast but don't ask you what you want so if you have food intolerances/or you're vegan, you end up with something you can't eat. Last but not least the room was VERY loud from the ladies at 6 am in the living room, no chance to sleep in the morning.
To summarize : eat at cafe campestre but go somewhere else to sleep.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
4  Thank clarav228
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

we couldn't expect better. Well located in a quiet place in the middle of the forest. The room was was very pleasant and the deck very peaceful. We really enjoyed the overall atmosphere. But what was the best point in this hotel are the services that it offers to the guests: free bike (very useful to visit the island), delicious breakfast made with local product from the farm, possibility to order meals in the restaurant that belongs to the hotels (and free delivery directly in your room), free transportation from Balgue to the hotel. No need to think to another place to stay for our next visit.

Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Mathias D
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

I really recommend this place for people interested in the Island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Casa del Bosque is ideal for people interested in supporting community based tourism and local 'farm to fork' value chains. If this sort of thing is of interest to you, this house is a really bargain and leave feeling that you're a part of a much larger, positive effort.

The house has three rooms at the moment and will have four. The rooms have a mosquito net and a lovely veranda overseeing a working farm. The veranda is full of hammocks and chairs to read and have some privacy while overlooking the forest and farm. The floors are made of beautiful wood and there are lovely wooden beams exposed on the wall and in the ceiling. The bathrooms are beautiful and the toilets are self contained compost toilets that are cleaned out every day or so. The showers are with cold water. This house and farm is a labor of love.

Once the sun rises, the sounds of birds woke me up but it was lovely but if you're looking for complete quiet this might not be for you. Also, the light can wake you up if you don't have a sleeping mask.

The morning breakfast is lovely and is served family-style with any other guests staying in the house. If you want a variety or a diet with a bit more fibre I recommend bringing your own oatmeal. The breakfast is usually platano, stir-fried tomatoes and eggs. Sometimes there's bread or hashbrowns and local coffee is always served. The staff is very friendly and tend to clean the rooms and the house while you eat.

This place is particularly great for people who don't mind walking about a kilometer and a half from the central Balgue to the farm. There's a bit of a climb and at night you'll need a head lamp. That being said, Ben is super helping and often you can get a ride (sometimes for a modest fee) from the house to the Cafe Campestre!

I also recommend you have plenty of deet (above 40% or so) to help ward off the insects. The rooms themselves seem not to have many insects but using the net provide is a good idea. If you have stomach issues, you might consider bringing your own water but all in all the filter water provided for free at the house seems to be very good and filters out 99% of most parasites and bacteria.

Ben is wonderful with helping you set up local hikes. Make sure to read the book in the house with his recommendations. He's incredible friendly and approachable and willing to tell you all about his farm, house and his general work in the area. He really walks the talk as he employs 47 local people and supplies the island with his sustainable, organic farm produce and meat.

He offers bikes for you to borrow and can set up with motor rentals.

Ben has a restaurant called Cafe Campestre in Balgue and is the best place nearby to eat - we had all our other meals there!

All in all, this place is a really special find and you'll have an off-the-beaten path, memorable experience if you stay here!

Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank JosephMcGhee
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