This is one of the best rated hostels in town, yet it is a very quiet place and has not the typical meeting-point vibe where you connect with other travellers. It is a hostel that you can use to relax on your stop-over to or from Nicaragua or to Hondura's popular islands like Roatan and Utila. But if you want party or social entertainment this is not the right place. Most people use Hostel Tamarindo for their stopover on their way to other destinations. Perhaps the reason why this hostel gets many mixed reviews is that there are not many options in town and Honduras has clearly some difficulties with its reputation in tourism.
Tamarindo Hostel is located in a commercial & safe area. It is close to restaurants, bank machines, a supermarket and around 10 blocks away from the central park. At the same time, the neighbourhood seems very industrial and there is a lot of traffic, junkyards and garbage piles closeby. Yet the hostel is safe and the entrance gate is locked at all times. If guests want to enter or exist a member of the staff opens with a key.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The private rooms are average sized, with comfortable beds. There is a shared dorm with 12 bed that seems too small when fully booked. There is not enough space for people to keep their luggage without blocking the walkways. It would be an improvement to install personal lights for each bed in order to be able to see at night when entering the dorm late. There are lockers for personal stuff/your valuables, bring your own padlock.
The bathrooms are decent sized, but there is nothing to hang your clothes and the showers only have warm water.
The lounge area is nice, small, with a good wifi speed.
The kitchen is good, a bit messy most of the times but you can find all the necessary. There is free coffee 24 hours and many spices to use.
Internet speed: Download 2.79Mbps; Upload 2.68Mbps
The hostel sells everything (water, soft drinks, snacks, alcohol, perfume, tee shirts, etc)
You can purchase TICA bus tickets at the hostel (extra fee) to connect to Nicaragua or Costa Rica
and they arrange taxi pickups for your departure.
This is a fine hostel, a family owned establishment. It does well for a hostel in a non touristy city. All facilities are very good especially at that price. The staff is helpful and everything was very clean. It is a pleasant place to stay, but not for interacting with other travellers or having a social time. The atmosphere could be a bit less distant and more lively.