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#1 of 2 hotels in El Castillo
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Finding an ideal family-friendly hotel in El Castillo does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Hotel Luna del Rio, a nice option for travellers like you.

The rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free internet access is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Hotel Luna del Rio features 24 hour front desk, a coffee shop, and baggage storage. In addition, as a valued Hotel Luna del Rio guest, you can enjoy free breakfast that is available on-site.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the nearby restaurants, including Soda Sabores (0.2 mi) and Borders Cafe (0.3 mi), all of which are within walking distance from Hotel Luna del Rio.

Hotel Luna del Rio looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to El Castillo.

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Free internet
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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English, Spanish
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Marika S wrote a review Mar 2020
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Luna has a great view over Río San Juan, super friendly and helpful staff, great tours into the Indio Maiz and a nice breakfast to start the day. Their guided full day tour into the jungle together with a good nights sleep at the hotel was definitely the two things that made our trip to El Castillio great and rememberable. Strongly recommend :)
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kristin k wrote a review Jun 2018
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland8 contributions2 helpful votes
Nothing can beat the relaxation of sitting on the patio at dawn in Hotel Luna del Rio. They only have a handful of rooms, right over the river Rio san Juan. I stayed with my family in the downstairs room. Everything in the room was perfect and to a much higher standard than you would expect in a rural town in the rain forrest. Very hospitable.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Richard_B_Canada wrote a review Apr 2018
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
We spent 4 great nights at Hotel Luna Del Rio in El Castillo, booking 2 rooms that overlooked the river. The hotel is a cosy and nicely appointed place, with air conditioning in the rooms, clean and simple en suite bathrooms and lovely balconies with swinging chairs. Breakfast was included in our stay and it was delicious every day. The highlight of this experience however, was the hospitality and service of the owners Marga and her husband Manuel. Marga speaks fluent English and was able to arrange various tours for us (Indio Maiz Reserve, night time caiman tour, fishing with Manuel) and ensure that all our needs were addressed. This wonderfully warm couple truly made this experience memorable and we were sad to leave at the end of our stay. I would highly recommend Hotel Luna Del Rio.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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jenfogg wrote a review Apr 2018
Orlando, Florida66 contributions3 helpful votes
The room was lovely but small. We had a small balcony overlooking the little "street", there was ac but we didn't need it just opened the balcony doors. It is very stylish with a handcrafted feel, the bed and pillows were the most comfortable we experienced on a month long trip in Nicaragua. And there was a blanket!!! Only blanket we had in Nicaragua. The bathroom was also very nice but small with pretty tile. There was hot water but I found it was either scalding hot or very cold. But having not had a hot shower for three weeks I was happy to have a few seconds of hot water in between the scalding and cold. The dining area overlooks the river and the food was very good. The owner went above and beyond. She even arranged our boat back to San Carlos and carried my heavy backpack to the boat against my protests. I would highly recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: March 2018
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jaapvanemmerik wrote a review Mar 2018
Haarlem, The Netherlands1 contribution
we stayed for 3 nights at Hotel Luna del Rio. It has been a great experience. The hotel has an atmosphere of great hospitality. The rooms are comfortable and clean. Service is more than good, my husband suffered with some health issues, Margarita has been very helpful by getting us some medicine. Margarita also arranged some tours thats why we were able to bring a visit to a cacao plantage + factory which was very interesting. We also went by boat on the river deeper into the "jungle" for a hike in the protected rain forest. Both trips were accompanied by good english speaking guides. Our memories about our stay in El Castillo and Hotel Luna del River are warm. It is a special place to see and learn more about the country and there people. We hardly recommend this hotel Margarita, we wish you, your husband and staff all the best. Jaap & Ingrid v Emmerik, Holland
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Bajajurel wrote a review Mar 2018
San Diego, California462 contributions55 helpful votes
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This is an OK little hotel. Safe and secure. The draw is the Owner / Manger and the river balcony. The rooms and bathroom are very small. Comfortable bed, good air conditioner. Breakfast included was good. Hot water for shower but water flow is like a mist. Walls are very thin and you can hear your neighbors. My room you could see through gaps in the siding which was covered in plastic on the outside. Construction across the pathway was noisy during the day- no nap time. Night time everything was very quiet. The place is clean and comfortable. There are only 3 rooms that face the river and I did not have one, but that would have been my preference. Like the title says - you pay for being on the river. A couple more minutes walk you will find a better value but not right on the river. Manager is great!!! She goes out of her way to please you in every way. She even met us at the dock and made our reservation for the Water taxi and walked us back to the dock when we departed. Her family is young and live on site which doesn't bother me. Her husband runs all sorts of tours with his own boats. She arranged a room at our next destination. She gets 5 Stars for her management style and helpfulness! She will not disappoint you.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 5 Mar 2018
Dear Mr Jerry and Mr Tim, thanks for your commentary , your 5 star to the manager and in general your good appreciation on our hotel. I just would like to clarify you that due to the tropical rainforest where we are, the rain is really hard, this makes us obligatory to have some protection on one side of the wall where the wind is extremely strong. At the same time and due that Luna del rio is built with certified wood, the wood is a natural material that changes according to the weather, this is why in a little part of the wood in your room you could see thinly a little part of the plastic which is so neccesary as the rubber boots in the jungle. As you know we are in a community, it is a small community but we all live here so we can not stop neigbourghs from building their houses. I imagine you can not either in your country. For sure , they were working in real day times and not in the very morning understanding there is a hotel close by. I am very sorry you came in that moment because now they are finishing . The rooms to the river are so insonorised that you can not hear from the other side. As you reserved one day before comming, all the rooms to the river were ocuppied. As any hotel in any country you pay for where you are and for the service. Luna del rio offers a excellent location and we try to have the best service, it is a combination that makes our clients to have commentaries so good as all you can read in this page, 4 star to up. I am willing to say that if you stayed and decided to stay one more night was because you were confortable, otherwise you could have change to the better value option you said but you did not. Thank you very much and i really appreciate your reward back to our service during your stay.
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Mark G wrote a review Feb 2018
Ontario, Canada5 contributions5 helpful votes
Marga is amazing. Speaks English, knows many of the tours, what they are like and is happy to arrange them for you. the Hotel is right on the river, ask for the river view room, air conditioning, clean and a two minute walk to the boat loanding. It is a bit pricey but gives you great rooms and great service.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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T-SGlobetrotters wrote a review Feb 2018
Preston, United Kingdom2327 contributions798 helpful votes
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The hotel is a lovely wooden building partially built on stilts overlooking the river. We had two one night stays here either side of a two night trip to Base camp Bartoli and stayed in both upstairs bedrooms which had a balcony and seating overlooking the river. The hotel is owned an managed by Marga and her husband, they have three delightful children. Marga is an absolute angel, not only did she look after us brilliantly during our stay, but also arranged and confirmed our 2 night stay stay at Bartoli Base Camp and also our subsequent Los Guatuzos 3 night stay. She also assisted us greatly by arranging for the captain of a fast boat travelling to San Carlos at 6am on the day of our departure to take us as passengers, providing us with our own private riverboat transfer, they took us direct to the quay from where the Los Guatuzos boat departs. During our stay at the hotel, Marga looked after us brilliantly. On the night of our arrival it was raining too heavily to go outdoors, but she has arrangements with local restaurants which bring food to the hotel and we had a delightful fish dinner at Luna Del Ray overlooking the water. The rooms themselves while small are efficiently arranged and very tastefully decorated providing a very comfortable stay. Views from the balcony are teriffic. Breakfast was excellent and we even had a great takeaway breakfast for an early morning start on our final day. Thank you Marga for everything, we are truly grateful for all your help and assistance, we loved our stay in El Castillo and your wonderful Hotel Luna del Rio. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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189MBO wrote a review Jan 2018
Wigan, United Kingdom5 contributions
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After strolling around in el castillo, looking for good tours we found this place. Margarita, the owner, was from the first moment very friendly, perfectly English speaking and helpful. She helped booking great tours for a very good price. We decided to book 4 different tours at her place! For all of them, everything was perfectly arranged including great guides. Next to that, without staying at her place, we could use all the facilities (WiFi, breakfast, coffee), and she booked our travel back. As a summary, great hospality, made our stay to never forget!
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Oliverjulian wrote a review Jan 2018
London, United Kingdom228 contributions69 helpful votes
This should be 5 stars as the position is terrific and the hospitality from Marga and Manuel is outstanding. But the rooms are really very small and there is nowhere to put anything. So do stay here but be warned. Everything the other reviewers say is true. The outlook over the rapids is great. Make sure you visit the museum at the fort. The history is fascinating. An extraordinary place and well worth visiting.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Upstairs in the front is best. The one downstairs room is a bit bigger but In my opinion not so...
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US$63 - US$76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
NicaraguaRio San Juan DepartmentEl Castillo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Luna del Rio
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Luna del Rio?
Nearby attractions include Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo (6.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Luna del Rio?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Luna del Rio?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Luna del Rio?
Conveniently located restaurants include Borders Cafe, Soda Sabores, and Restaurante Montecristo.
Does Hotel Luna del Rio have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Luna del Rio offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Luna del Rio?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Hotel Luna del Rio have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.