Hacienda Merida is a perfect option for those travelers looking to escape city life and spend some time relaxing in a tranquil environment on Ometepe Island. Hacienda Merida is a great options for travelers of all budgets, who are looking to relax and unwind for a few days.
Hacienda Merida is located on Ometepe Island in the small town of Merida, about thirty-five kilometers from ferry terminal in Moyogalpa and twenty-five kilometers from the ferry port in San Jose. The hostel is located about seven kilometers down a dirt road, which is a little challenging to ride or drive. The hostel is located just off the main road, however it is sign-posted and quite easy to find.
The hostel is located right on the lakeshore, and is in walking distance to a few restaurants, small grocery stores, and a bar.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are private rooms available, some with private balconies and hammocks, all with private bathrooms. There are also dorm rooms available with bunk beds and mosquito nets on each bed. Towels and soap are provided.
The bathrooms are spacious, with places to hang your towel and store your belongings. Showers have only cold water, which is common throughout Nicaragua.
There are plenty of hammocks around the property, along with lots of tables and chairs. The hostel has an onsite restaurant that offers some delicious food. There is also a lot of information on activities to do in and around the area, and the hostel offers kayak and bike rentals. Wi-Fi is available, however it doesn't reach all the rooms. It does work in main restaurant area. Laundry facilities are also available for use.
The hostel is not a party hostel and an "after 10 p.m. quiet time" is enforced. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with a very friendly vibe.
Hacienda Merida is an historic, refurnished property, with an interesting history. Even more interesting is the current work the hostel is funding -- forty percent of the profits from the hostel go toward building a free, bilingual public school for the children in the area. The school is built from plastic bottles and rubbish (eco-bricks). This project is meant to help educate the public about waste, and to reduce the amount of waste being dumped (or burnt on the streets), as well as provide quality educate to the local community. The school is located right next door to the hostel, and can be visited during your stay.
If you decide to stay at Hacienda Merida, make sure you head to the jetty to enjoy the stunning, pink-sky sunset.
by Kelly Sheldrick
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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