The best hostels in Nicaragua for solo travellers
During my solo trip around Latin America, I've stayed in LOTS of hostels. As a solo traveller who looks out for hostels that stimulate mingling between backpackers, my top priorities are hostel activities, nice communal areas, and a hostel kitchen. Are you planning a trip to Nicaragua soon? I got you! These are my hostel recommendations for León, Managua, Little Corn Island, Granada, Ometepe, and San Juan del Sur.
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Poco a Poco Hostel
A typical social hostel that attracts lots of solo travellers. I particularly enjoyed the pot luck barbecue. Every bed has its own ventilator, which is much needed in León. A must in León is doing a free walking tour, and I signed up for one through the hostel's reception!
Ventilators next to bunk beds
Big lockers in the dorm
Lots of places to chill
Managua Backpacker's Inn
Not necessarily the most social hostel, but I guess Managua isn't a popular stop in Nicaragua anyway. This is a good hostel location-wise; close to a shopping mall with La Colonia supermarket, and within walking distance of the best nightlife strip. The communal kitchen is spacious and complete.
Small living room
Swimming pool in the garden
Little Corn Island
Sunrise Paradise - Carlito's Place
Though it's not a hostel, it's a popular place to stay among backpackers. Along the east coast of the island, there are several beach cabins owned by different local families. Carlito's place is one of them. Expect basic beds, a private bathroom, and a small terrace on the front with a hammock. Wake up early to witness an amazing sunrise from your hammock! There's a small and limited communal kitchen (bring/buy your own oil/spices), but I can highly recommend having a budget-friendly dinner at Restaurante El Bosque (about a 10-min walk).
Basic communal kitchen
Close to the main "town" and beautiful beaches
No Wi-Fi, limited 3G
De Boca en Boca Hostel
This place has a sort of similar vibe as Poco a Poco, so I loved it! It's located right next to the cathedral, just a couple of blocks away from the central square. I stayed in the 8-person dorm and 10-person dorm. They all had a ventilator next to the bed, and that wasn't an unnecessary luxury, because it gets incredibly hot in Granada. There's a big communal kitchen where it's easy to meet other backpackers.
On-site hostel bar
Patio with hammocks and seating areas
Free breakfast (pancakes)
It feels more like a guesthouse than a hostel. Mauro lives here with his family, so your money goes directly to a local family. He's happy to help you out with anything! Casa Mauro is located in Moyagalpa, the main town of Isla Ometepe. You can easily walk to a supermarket and restaurants in town, and it's super recommendable to rent a scooter and explore the island that way.
Terrace with hammocks and sofas
Animals in the garden (you might get woken up by a cockerel)
I switched to Hospedaje Central after one night in Casa Mauro because the latter was fully booked. Hospedaje Central is more like a very cheap hotel. There's a big patio and an on-site bar/restaurant. The hotel's description says there's a communal kitchen, but this isn't the case; it's the restaurant's kitchen which makes you feel like you're walking in their way. You CAN store your food in their fridge though. I ended up making my own breakfast/lunch at the hostel and going out for dinner.
On-site public bar and restaurant
Central location in Moyagalpa
Big patio with plenty of space to chill/work
*they're no longer on booking.com.
San Juan del Sur
Surf Town Hostel
I'm usually avoiding party hostels, but I figured: I'm in San Juan del Sur, I might as well go for it. And I loved it! Surf Town is owned by a friendly Canadian, and has a nice bar where you'll easily meet fellow (solo) backpackers and a swimming pool next to it. Loud music would stop at around 11 pm, which makes you able to sleep well if you want to. The communal kitchen is basic but decent enough to prepare your own meals.
On-site hostel bar
No doors in the big dorms
Plenty of showers and bathrooms (in the patio)
Hola Ola Hostel
I also stayed at Hola Ola afterwards, since it had been recommended to me many times. The place didn't live up to my expectations though. If you stay here, I would recommend doing so on a Saturday, as they organise a fun beach party weekly. Keep in mind that Hola Ola is located out of town; it's about a 20 min walk along the beach to get to downtown. There's no way to prep your own meals whilst staying at this hostel, which is a huge flaw for me, but I recommend having dinner at the local soda next door rather than at the hostel (cheaper and better)!
No communal kitchen
Beach party on Saturdays
Very clean dorms
Looking for some more info about this part of the world? Have a look at my other destinations in Latin America.