Monkey's Island Hotel Ometepe




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From The Bus Terminal 1Km South, Merida, Ometepe (Isla de Ometepe), Rivas, Nicaragua
11.434263, -85.558777 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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(505) 8844 15 29 / (505) 8659 8961 / (505) 8652 0971
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61% Guest Reviews

On basis of the excellent but old reviews of Monkey Islands, we decided to visit Monkey Island and endure the long way to reach it. We are a couple traveling now for 1 year and 6 month all around the world, we've seen hundreds of hostels. We usually don't complain but this one was very disappointing. So, we just wanted to give you an update and the mere facts so you can make a decision for yourself. Price for a very basic private room with private bathroom is 20 $ and without bathroom is 14 $, which is quite expensive for what you got compared with a lot of excellent places on the island. The mattresses are so thin you feel wood under, there is NO mosquito net, NO towels are provided (1$ extra each), NO free kayaks, there are NO monkeys and NO direct view to the lake due to high vegetation. If you want to see sunset you have to go down a long concrete stairs and walk trough a little black sand/gravel beach until a little rock (almost on another property). There is NO more good chicken sandwich or "good value food". We had a burger for 5$ ... not good and with very little meat in it (just a sort of ground meat which reminded us of a veg burger). We don't know what happened, maybe staff or owner changed, but we had no "family feeling" at all ... and god knows we always try to go with locals owned hostels/restaurants. No bad feelings in this review, we just wanted to give a real picture of this hostel.
Gilles & Melissa
Where the monkeys come to chill ...
Monkey Island Hostel is where the monkeys come to chill. Basic, but clean with all you need. Simple, with varying levels of accommodation. Myself, and a couple of monkeys from Germany each had a private room with private toilet/shower for $10. There's a roofed dining area with tables, hammocks, and a computer for common use. Good food, beer, and rum. (Especially liked the chicken sandwich.) Down the hill (5 minute walk) a beautiful little beach with large flowering trees. Also -- free kayaks! You can paddle out to the little offshore islands -- one has spider monkeys, the other has white faced capuchins. Often there are howlers ("congos") in the surrounding selva. Great walks either direction on the main road. You can explore Merida in one direction, and in the other walk to San Ramon and it's high waterfall. And the best of all is the family who own and run the hostel -- Jacinto and his family. Lots of smiling and joking. They remembered me and my family after a week stay 4 years ago. When we departed after 5 days they all assembled to wish us farewell. It was a teary goodbye. But not necessarily goodbye, rather, "Hasta la proxima vez."
Nice place
nice family, best chicken sandwich i ever had, nice remote beach, quiet.
richard dowling
made me feel like i was home.
nice people, they want to make you feel welcome. also food is great. will be back again but not by myself. the people of this poor country is friendly. thinking in retiring here when old.
giancarlo bartolozi
(italian american)
Excellent, do not miss it
This is just the most beautiful place I stayed ever and the family who owns it is so lovely. They have a large yard to relax in the hammocks, there are shared or private bedrooms and also rooms with private or shared baths for very cheap. I climbed the volcano and the forest is just unique, so beautiful. I wanted to stay for two nights and I left after one week. The food also is excellent and fresh made.
  I stayed here for over a week this past summer and was simply blown away by the hospitality, the great value, the beautiful grounds, the kindest, most loving family who will treat you like one of their own. I have never seen a family more committed to working together and to ensuring that everyone feels welcome and well treated. The food was the best I had anywhere in Nicaragua and the sunsets from their private beach are amazing with views of volcan conception. If you just want to get away from everything and relax, lounge on hammocks, eat great food, hike, horseback ride, swim, visit a waterfall, and learn about Nicarauguan culture from a loving family then this is the place for you! I still think about this place and the Hurtado family often and I truly hope to make it back there soon.
Susan Bates
  We came for a few nights, stayed for more than a week and cried when we left. I have never been made to feel more welcome -- it was like staying with family. The food was excellent (and huge quantities), great value for money, and Maria will prepare whatever you ask if she has the ingredients. They have a beautiful beach behind the hostel, a pet monkey who is well loved, hammocks and library to enable you to just hang out. It's a short walk from where the bus drops you but email ahead and they'll pick you up. The two oldest sons speak English (and will give informal Spanish lessons too if you're keen!). It was the highlight of my four month central american trip. Don't miss it.
Julia McElhinney
  One of my favorite hostels in the world. Really. Family-run and super laid-back, with beautiful scenery, and most important, lots of hammocks for lounging. It's rustic in the best of ways, and the Hurtado family who own it are incredibly warm and welcoming. I stayed a week, then went back and stayed another. And I still want to go back again!
Terri Nichols

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