We spent our last two nights in Nicaragua at the Bearded Monkey. The hostel itself has this great, big, commons area with a garden courtyard, tables & chairs, a bar, bookshelves etc. This is a great place for backpackers.
The happy hour at the bar is a great deal, and has some seriously tasty drinks. Try the Nicaragua "national" drink (can't remember the name--but it's blended orange, and guava juices with rum, and it is AWESOME).
The staff was super friendly, helpful. Also there was free internet/computers in the commons area--which is always a welcome site.
My friend and I were given a room in the "Hidden Monkey" part of the hostel, which is disconnected from the main building --kind of dingy, and very quiet. I wasn't particularly fond of this spot, and would recommend trying to get a room in the dorms--more fun, more going on, etc. But it was private, and quiet, if that's what you're looking for.
One rather strange piece of advice; bring a travel/pocket mirror if you ever think you might need one. There wasn't a single mirror in the bathrooms/rooms. Also a word of warning: the beds were insanely uncomfortable, and the rooms were hot. But whatever, it's Nicaragua-- and it was around $6/each per night, so really I can't complain.
Like I said a good experience, overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A bedrock of Granada's backpacker scene, The Bearded Monkey is both a chilled and relaxed hang-out but with a friendly and sociable buzz. Friends and strangers alike lounge around carefree in hammocks and swinging chairs whilstA range of accommodation options are available here. Three spacious dormitories with a total of 30 beds provide the bulk of them, priced at $6 per person. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Bearded Monkey Hotel Granada