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Empalme a Las Playas

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Sechelt, Canada
Reviewed 8 January 2015

We have stayed at Empalme three times and are about to do so again! Can't wait; it's an idyllic spot in the trees, and five minutes from beautiful Playa Marsella. A stay here is like hanging out with great friends every day. Hosts Roy, Karen, and Marty are super-friendly, helpful, and fun (the evening games are a particular highlight). The...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 11 December 2014

This is the second time we have stayed with Roy and Karen at their lovely spot on the hill. Once again they were fantastic hosts and even took us to a baseball game in Rivas which was a lot of fun. If you are looking for modern conveniences in your room like an iron or hairdryer then don't stay here....

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Happy New Year!! Thank you, once again, for choosing to stay with us and posting your experience for future travelers!!! So you know, Gigantes de Rivas are in the playoffs for the season finals. We will know who we are playing depending on who wins between Managua and Chinandega. Hoping to catch at least one of those games! We are...

Port Aransas, Texas
Reviewed 14 November 2014

We recently stayed at this wonderful place and amongst the group, rented 3 cabins. The bamboo cabins were perfect and the food was excellent. However the best part was our great hosts, Roy and Karen, and their son Marty. From playing games with us at night to picking us up at the beach, they were always happy and making sure...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Happy New Year to you!! Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to write a trip report and share with other TripAdvisor users your opinion. Having your dynamic group was very pleasing experience for us as well! I love a good story and could sit and listen for hours to experience for some time. You are in the...

Amsterdam
Reviewed 24 October 2014

Me and my girlfriend stayed for 5 nights in the beginning of august 2014 at Empalme a las Playas. We had had an awesome time! Though it is a little bit further from the beach (you can walk tot it, but it will take you 20-30 minutes and you have to conquer a hill), the owners solved this problem by...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Happy people make for happy times! Thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and the future TripAdvisor users. You hit the nail on the head when you said if you want to be away from the party that San Juan del Sur is turning into, then this is not the place. If you want good...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 October 2014

This place is absolutely awesome. Pros: - Great hosts (all 3 were so nice and are always checking on whether they can help you with anything. They're also great to talk to. Ask Roy to tell you some stories from his old days as an undertaker. Hilarious!) - Fantastic location (a 5 min walk to either Playa and if you're...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Hey! Better late than never... right? Thank you so much for taking your time to share your experience with future TripAdvisor users and potential guests! It is always a pleasant experience when the users are friendly and easy going - you fit the ticket! If you ever get the chance to travel Central America again, please look us up. The...

Santa Cruz, California
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We had a very mixed experience at Empalme de las Playas. We booked 5 nights here prior to arriving in Nica, largely based on the strength of the Trip Advisor reviews. There were many things we enjoyed about Emplame but I would not recommend these accommodations to friends traveling to coastal Nicaragua. Pros *1 km from fantastic surfing at Playa...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

I would first like to say thank you for posting a review for the world to see, followed by sorry for not following up in a more timely manner and you getting 3 helpful votes before both sides were revealed for all to see. We are glad you enjoyed the area that we call home. While we do appreciate you...

Leon, Nicaragua
Reviewed 30 April 2014

The rooms are basically made out of Bamboo but we were positively surprised entering the rooms. Very big, very nicely equipped, just perfect. And not to forget about the owners Roy, Karen and Marty, these are really nice people and from the beginning we felt like friends or even family. They cooked us delicious breakfasts and an incredible dinner. The...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with future TripAdvisor users and potential guests. We are fortunate to be out of the rapidly changing town of San Juan del Sur and close to the pristine northern beaches. We always appreciate having visitors that live in country, that are doing their visa runs or just out to have a relaxing time at...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 1 April 2014

Roy, Karen and Marty made us feel comfortable and made us feel like family. Their cabanas are clean, the breakfasts wonderful and plentiful. They helped us find surf boards to rent, get transfers to the airport, find guides to take us to other places in Nicaragua and pointed in all the right directions. My girlfriend Sarah had stayed with them...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

It is always nice to have return visitors and even better when they bring their friends!! Thank you for sharing your experience with future TripAdvisor users and please keep us in mind if your return with your family!!! Thanks for taking the time to post! We are waiting for pics of the newbie!

New York City, New York
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We had such a great time with Karen, Marty and Roy. I was traveling with my husband and 3 year old son to Nicaragua. I was unsure whether we'd find enough to occupy us while there but we were "busy" from our arrival to even past our stay at Empalme (we returned for a BBQ). Upon arrival, Roy took us...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your experience with us in this forum for TripAdvisor users!!! We were happy to have you and your small child as guests and glad you could appreciate the time to unwind and unplug!! We try to fit our facilities according to our guests needs and glad the ground level unit worked out for you and toddler!!...

London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Roy, Karen and Marty were great hosts, very welcoming and friendly. On our first day they showed us around the town and beaches, which was a great as we could figure out what we could do during our stay. There’s a nice local beach about 5mins away, but the best one where all the surfers go is Playa Maderas. It’s...

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nicachick, Owner at Empalme a Las Playas, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience while staying with us!! We are happy that our place was a fit for your vacation. It is always nice when everything just fits together and works. Thanks for being awesome guests and the rave review! Visitors that are easy going, fun loving and can unplug, relax and enjoy wherever they are, are exactly...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A true nature lover and beach goer treat. Spacious and quiet bamboo cabanas sitting in the jungle canopy above the river showcasing howler monkeys and many varieties of birds and wildlife. Within walking distance of Playa Marsella and Playa Maderas, said to be one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua. A great place to relax, surf, trek and enjoy the natural beauty that is Nicaragua. We are as close to a nature reserve/eco lodge as can be without going through all the legalities to get the "stamp" of approval. Enjoy personal service and feel like you are at your home away from home. Offering personal service and satisfaction! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Empalme a Las Playas

Address: 1/2 c N. al Empalme a las Playas Maderas y Playa Marsella | Left Before the Road Splits to Playas Marsella and Maderas, Playa Marsella, San Juan del Sur 00011, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur > Playa Marsella
Price Range: $87 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Empalme a Las Playas Hotel San Juan Del Sur
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“All rooms are great! Depends on the size of your party/family. Karen will help you figure it out, and direct you to the right room.”
 of 5 bubbles KTSUenami, 2 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Any room you get will be great.”
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 of 5 bubbles cplara, 19 Jun 2015 | Read review
“I think they're all pretty good but just ask what's available.”
 of 5 bubbles dandeut, 14 Oct 2014 | Read review
“The cabana we stayed in was large enough for a family of four.”
 of 5 bubbles markbR686CR, 1 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Give all your concerns, especially if you have children, to Karen. She'll just take care of you.”
 of 5 bubbles WendyLauWong, 31 Mar 2014 | Read review
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