The Monkey Hut




Del triángulo 100 metros al Norte (From the triangle, 100 mtrs to the North), Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua
(+505) 888-73546 or (+505) 872-21818
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What a noisy place
The lake is awesome and should be enjoyed by any nature and water lover. I found this hostel to be pretty horrible, however. Between partying and snoring, there was no peace. Later, I took some Spanish classes at another place nearby, where the guests and staff were more interesting, and the conditions were more integrated into the environment. And I slept while listening to frogs there!
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 Location 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. Common Spaces 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. Summary 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.
Mark Hosking
(South Africa)
I just came back from a 3-month-trip in Central-America and this hostel is printed in my memory. The location is ... WOW! The staff was really friendly and I got to meet a lot of other travelers. One of the most beautiful places with the most relaxed atmosphere I've seen during my trip. A must-see for every backpacker!! Thanks monkey hut for making my stay so memorable.
Ilse, Holland
Paradise on earth!
This place is one of the most beautiful spots in Nicaragua. And the kayaks are for free!!!! Planned to stay there for a day, but finally stayed there for about a week in December 2009. The staff is super friendly, and the place is just so relax! We never had problems with the staff, they were lovely and were never disturbing us. The Monkey Hut is not for boring people who want to be isolated from the rest of the world, it's a social spot, where you get to know other travelers and can talk about your experiences. I just loved it, and so did all the other travelers we met! Some friends of ours stayed in the Cabaña, the most relaxed spot of the hotel, where you have a king-size bed and your own hammocks! We stayed in the dorm, and we didn't experience any noisy staff disturbances! In other words: those who want privacy can have privacy and those who want to mangle with other travelers will also be satisfied! Monkey hut rules!!! I'll be back!
(Costa Rica)
Really bad night
We stayed at the Monkey Hut last month. they rent out the opportunity to swim on the grounds, so the beach is really crowded with families. The night we stayed there were a bunch of people there from Granada for a year-end party which the staff of the hostel shut down at 11. Unfortunately, the staff then had their friends from other hotels over and kept partying. We finally (with tears and pleading) got them to move their party off the main deck so we could get some sleep. They were so rude, it was a horrible experience. I do not recommend this as a place to stay unless you really miss the whole "summer camp" experience.

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