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Casa De Olas
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Don't stay here!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

This place is a mess! Totally disorganized. Not worth the cost. It's not "five minutes" from the center of town. No doors in the bathrooms. No air conditioning. No soap. Noisy. They kept running out of everything. The owners just lounge around and are very casual about everything. I found a lot better places in town for way less. It's so not worth what they charge.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank SimplySerg
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Casa-De-Olas, Owner at Casa De Olas, responded to this review, 16 April 2012
Thanks Serg,

Great feedback. To update you and our other guests we now have doors on the bathrooms. This did take a little longer for some of the rooms as we endeavored to source wood from sustainable sources.

We have made an active choice not to use air-conditioning and sorry if this wasn't clear when you booked. We don't use air-conditioning for 2 main reasons; firstly because the breeze and forest keep the rooms as a comfortable temp all year round and secondly as we are trying to minimize our use of electrify burning A/C to reduce our guests impact on the environment. Fans are provided and we are in the process of installing new wall mounted units.

During your stay we discussed your booking (through a hotel aggregator site) and explained that we do not have control over those fees. We would recommend all guests to book direct through our website to get the best deals. We made an exception to allow you to stay during our closed period and sorry your stay wasn't as you expected.

We thank you for your feedback.

Regards,

Fred & Carla
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

My friends and I stayed there over Thanksgiving and we could not have picked a better place! Carla and Fred organized a Thanksgiving feast and made the place feel like a home with great people, incredible views, delicious food and Fred's amazing Coconut cocktails! Fred and Carla were also extremely helpful in organizing day activities for us and also made sure we were taken care of at night -when we needed transportation back to the house. If you are traveling to Nicaragua I highly encourage you to stay at Casa De Olas!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Dajana G
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

Casa de Olas is a beautiful spot tucked away on a hill. The views are spectacular, half my photos are of sunsets each night! The staff are super friendly and Fred + Carla really make you feel at home! They were tremendously helpful with organizing activities (zip-lining, beaches, surfing, massages, day trip to Granada) and always made sure we were comfortable. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the grounds beautifully manicured.
I came with 2 other friends for a short Thanksgiving trip and we all had a blast. NFL streaming on the projector and a delicious feast of turkey, veggies, spit-roasted pig and more. We couldn't get enough of Carla's lemon meringue pie or Fred's blended coconut cocktails!
Overall experience was fun and incredibly relaxing - just what we were looking for! Fred, Carla and the rest of the Casa de Olas family really made it a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Casa de Olas for your stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank victoria_nyc1
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

Carla and Fred are terrific hosts! Between the infinity pool and the hammocks, it was impossible to do anything else but relax and watch the sun set everyday. They also know everyone in town and arranged volcano, turtle watching and surfing trips for us. They're always willing to give you a lift and let you use their computer/projector. My favorite part was the family dinners, home-cooked and shared over candle light. Carla tells the best and funniest stories!

Their team of cooks and drivers are superb and the friendliest folks. You'll be super safe, meet great people and really unwind here.

Room Tip: Room 1 has the ocean view!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tina C
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new york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

What a gorgeous, intimate resort is Casa de Olas...we loved our stay, loved our beautiful, private accommodations and the lovely vibes of this place. The service and amenities were absolutely perfect, including a world-class massage and facial, trips to the best surfing beach in Nicaragua, fishing, relaxation, delicious meals and the dreamiest infinity swimming pool. Most notably, though, was the impeccable warmth provided by our hosts Carla and Fred, and their baby monkey Buzz, who simply welcomed and took care of us for a week. We highly, highly recommend Casa de Olas as home base while exploring San Juan del Sur, for the most memorable Nicaraguan adventure.

Room Tip: We stayed in a private room with king sized bed and private ensuite...it was lovely, with wireless i...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sasa g
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Additional Information about Casa De Olas

Property: Casa De Olas
Address: Lot 6 Las Escaleras, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 73 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa De Olas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa de Olas, is a unique place to stay, blending the best of Bed & Breakfast, hotel and hostel together to create the Casa de Olas experience. We are situated on a hilltop over-looking the town and bay of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Our location provides endless views over the Pacific ocean with spectacular sunsets nightly. Casa De Olas is designed for the more discerning backpacker and budget travelers who are looking to find an oasis of luxury at affordable prices. In total we have 10 rooms and can accommodate a maximum of 75 guests at any one time. We have dorm rooms that can accommodate from 4-6 people with one room housing 14. Casa de Olas is designed for those traveling on a budget or in groups. All rooms are spacious with en-suites. We think staying a little out of town is the best way to experience all that San Juan del Sur and the surrounding area has to offer. Australian couple Fred and Carla are your hosts bringing a wealth of knowledge from their native land with a long resume in the hotel and restaurant industry. Fred and Carla are warm and always ready to give a recommendation. Take a look at our website, TripAdvisor and Facebook pages to find out more and we look forward to having you stay with us soon. ... more   less 
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Casa De Olas Hotel San Juan Del Sur
Casa De Olas Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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