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Hostel Clandestino

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These were the nicest, sweetest people! I felt so welcomed and so comfortable from the moment I arrived. They have a nice common area with books, games, free water and the cutest, laziest hostel dog named Luna. <3

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

got here by mistake, withot booking, and very glad i did!! great trabquile place. all the rooms and trraces located are built on poles, at tree top hight, between the treed which are full of beautiful howller monkeys. good wifi with large coverage abd fast connection. Corrina is very nice and friendly. has shared kitchen wiyb everything you need. there... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Great chill vibe here. The owners are super nice and helpful. Hostel is tucked away in the jungle about 5 minutes walk from Playa Maderas. Always seems to be a good bunch of people staying there. Surfing, cheap beers and free coffee.

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Clandestino is one of the best hostels I've stayed in. Ever. The mixture of super chilled vibes, free coffee and a beach within walking distance makes it the perfect surfers spot or just the perfect spot to take a break and hang out with awesome people. Tucked away amongst the treetops of the Nicaragua forest the hostel feels remote and... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

Although we ended up not even staying at Clandestino, we feel an urge to write a review about the unbelievable kindness and good service we received from Juan throughout the entire correspondence with him. We were planning on staying at Clandestino, but since one of us got extremely sick on the way to San Juan del Sur, we decided to... More 

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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Staying at Hostel Clandestino was one of the most adventurous and tranquil weeks of my life! I went into this vacation knowing it wasn't going to be luxury and was all about soul searching. It was just that. Not much to do other than chill on the beach and meditate. I loved every minute. Is this experience and place for... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

This hostel provided us with five wonderful and unforgettable days at the Playa Maderas. Situated at the top of a hill, beautifully surrounded by untouched nature- it only takes 10 mins to walk down to the beach. The hostel offers an unpretentiously warm and friendly atmosphere- and the volunteer Johanna was the best! She kindly gave us valuable recommendations and... More 

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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I'm leaving this late as we visited in January but I just read a bad review and really feel I need to say how immense our stay was! We actually ended up staying twice! Corina, Stefan and MArio were the most amazing hosts and when we were there Sam (SA) and Sam (Bedford) were cooking regular meals and being all... More 

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Thank you Corinna and Stephan for having me at Clandestino. It was a real treat and it has been a pleasure getting to know Great vibes and people, I initially planned on staying 1 week at Clandestino and I stayed over 2. The layout and treehouse like structures are super cool and they make it feel like home. Nestled in... More 

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Reviewed 3 June 2016

Hostel Clandestino was simple, peaceful, and relaxing. My friend and I had a great getaway there, walking distance to playa madera but tucked away in the trees with birds and howler monkeys. I would recommend bringing groceries to cook a few meals. We just wanted to get out of San Juan Del Sur without stopping at the market, but it... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hostel Clandestino is a Hostel located at the famous surf beach "Playa Maderas" close to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. It was founded by the two friends Juan, from Chile, and Stephan and Corinna, who are from Germany, in the year 2012. Our hostel consists of some beautiful cabins, a refurbished VW-Bus, a kitchen, a lounge and yoga platform, overlooking the green canopy of the Nicaraguan jungle. It's only a ten minute walk to one of the best beach breaks in Nicaragua and about 9 km outside of the bustling beach town San Juan del Sur. Our hostel is perfect for hanging out in a hammock enjoying the amazing view and the untouched Central American nature but also for surfing, walks at the beach, hiking or horseback riding. You won't be bored because here is plenty of stuff to do: We can help you with organizing surf lessons at Playa Maderas, horseback riding etc. You can also watch the wildlife (howler monkeys, tropical birds etc.) hanging out in one of our hammocks or enjoy the beautiful sunsets. We offer our guests simple but comfortable and clean rooms. They all have access to spacey balconies which are equipped with chairs and/or hammocks. The prices include access to our community kitchen, potable water and coffee. We have rooms available for 1-4 guests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostel Clandestino

Address: Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur 00000, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur > Playa Maderas
Price Range: $13 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Hostel Clandestino Nicaragua/Playa Maderas
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“private cabin, VW bus in the jungle”
 of 5 bubbles MULLER69, 24 Jan 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are great. Although some rooms share a roof with walls that don't go all the way to the ceiling, so they aren't fully private.”
 of 5 bubbles 297dc, 18 May 2015 | Read review
“no wifi, but an excellent place to chill out and disconnect :)”
 of 5 bubbles sarahg65, 13 May 2015 | Read review
“Any room will be fine.”
 of 5 bubbles kenm508, 25 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Dorm rooms are best bet for single travelers!”
 of 5 bubbles FraserK643, 16 Feb 2015 | Read review
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