Hostels in León, Nicaragua

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Get to know León (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in León. To help you make friends with León before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

León is a moderate-sized colonial town located in northern Nicaragua. The colonial-style architecture is less apparent here than in cities such as Antigua, Guatemala, or San Cristobal, Mexico, but it still remains a nice change of scenery from regular urban cities. Getting here can be slightly tricky, as not all major bus routes go through Leon and therefore you may be required to stop in Managua and transfer to a collectivo-style minibus for an additional cost. Once here, however, there are multiple León hostel options that range in style, atmosphere, and guests. They are all centrally located and walking distance to facilities such as banks, grocery stores, and the central cathedral.

While in León, try volcano boarding, a new extreme sport claimed to be invented here -- it involves hiking up a volcano, and then sliding down the sand on a wooden board. Think tobogganing without the snow. Can you beat the ninety-kilometer-per-hour record? This will definitely be one to tell the grandkids about.

If you would rather hike a volcano, sleep there, and then walk down in the morning, there are multiple companies that run guided volcano tours out of León. Volcano Telica is a popular destination for travelers and locals alike. The challenging hike comes with great views and an unforgettable experience -- one you will remember for the rest of your travels.

León is a great city to relax on a terrace, sip an espresso, and soak up some unique Nicaraguan culture.

Written by local enthusiast for León hostels

Written by local enthusiast for León hostels Fro

FAQ about León Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in León. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in León. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

Hostelz.com shows all 22 Hostels in León. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
ViaVia Leon is the best rated hostel in León for female solo travellers.
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Poco a Poco Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in León.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for León

Your Packing List for León

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for León and Nicaragua.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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León Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in León, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
22 Total number of hostels
$8 Average dorm price
$7 Cheapest hostel in León
10 Party hostels in León
Poco a Poco Hostel is the best rated
Most León hostels are located in
Barrio San Juan
7.2 Average rating of all hostels

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