The Monkey Hut is a really good hostel, sitting on the lush, steep bank to the Laguna. Water toys are included and it´s a great place to stay and relax while making the most of the super clear water and the natural reserve. It´s more expensive than average -- tax is not included in the price -- but it does include entrance to the park.
The Monkey Hut is right on the lakes edge at the bottom of the road that winds its way through the forest from the crater rim. There are good directions on the website but it is quite hard to get there independently because of the infrequent buses from Masaya to the lake. You can easily organise a shuttle from Hospedaje La Libertad in Granada (it costs a bit each way). It´s a very nice spot on the lake and feels quite isolated from the other properties on the lake shore. The jungle is bursting with birds all around and there is a pretty terraced garden down to the lake.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are a number of options for private rooms -- they might be a little cramped but aren´t too bad. The dorms have three-bed bunks and you´ll be sleeping toe-to-toe with your neighbour so it´s a bit of a squash. There are lockers in the dorms and drawers in the private rooms. The mattresses are foam so they could potentially be a bit uncomfortable but were fine when we were there. The bathrooms are pretty clean, the upstairs one more so. There is no hot water, but that probably won´t bother you too much.
The hostel has a nice deck over looking the lake with hammocks, rocking chairs, and tables. They have lively music playing most of the day and it´s a great place to relax. There are also tables and chairs at various points through out the garden so it would be easy to find a little space to yourself. There is a deck into the lake and lounging chairs along the shore. Kayaks and tubes are available to enjoy the lake and there is a floating deck a little way off shore to swim off.
There is a small restaurant in the hostel that makes great pizzas. Alternately they have a very nice and clean little kitchen that has everything you need. They sell a couple of things that you can cook up yourself, like pastas, which is a nice touch, but there is no shop around so it´s probably better to bring your own food if you can. There is also a basketball court and a BBQ for the guests to use but no internet access.
It might be a little pricey but it is a very well run hostel with a lovely setting. It´s worth staying overnight at the Laguna to see the sunrise over the lake and the bird life in the morning and evening. It´s a comfortable and relaxing place to stay with a very laid back atmosphere and the staff are really friendly.
by Mark Hosking
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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