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Empalme a Las Playas

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
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#2 of 3 hotels in Playa Marsella
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!
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WithMomDad wrote a review Apr 2016
New York City, New York50 contributions6 helpful votes
Not for everyone, but nice place. Rooms add to a certain "experience". Definitely would be great with a pool. Beach was a 10 minute walk. Owners helped us out of a pickle, wish we we really appreciated. That is the beauty of a small place like this, the owners get to know you and try to help you out.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Waterballoons wrote a review Feb 2016
Reigate, United Kingdom1 contribution
Really lovely place. The accommodation is much nicer than the photos on the web site suggest and a lot of thought has been put into it. Fantastic breakfasts and highly recommend having an evening meal there, Karen's cooking is lovely. Roy and Karen are great fun and couldn't have done more to make our stay special. Great location for beaches and San Juan. We stayed with our 6 year old - great safe swimming beach within a short walk. We would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
KTSUenami wrote a review Feb 2016
New York City, New York2 contributions
Why should you stay here? Easy: Karen and Roy will go above and beyond to usher your Nicaragua experience to the tip top! Many reviewers here mention the magic of this couple, and they are completely correct. Their pleasure is to make sure you're pleased. From the gorgeous meals prepared with local (DELICIOUS) ingredients to the rides to the beach as locals greet Roy with yips of affection. The cabanas are very comfortable and set up with basic amenities - mosquito nets cover the beds and every cabana has a full bathroom. I slept like a champion: lulled to sleep by the wind and delightfully awoken by roosters and howler monkeys greeting the morning. You won't find a better place to feel the pleasure of relaxation and comfort of a true Nicaragua vacation than their home. Empalme a Las Playas FOR THE WIN! :)
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: All rooms are great! Depends on the size of your party/family. Karen will help you figure it...
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rileyherrick1106 wrote a review Jan 2016
Santa Barbara, California14 contributions16 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I stayed at Emplame after traveling for almost 6 months between Nicaragua and Guatemala. We experienced everything in Central America from bucket showers to 5 star resorts. Frequently we found that money didn't matter when it came to customer service and more than not, we dealt with unfriendly, flippant people. It being the end of our trip (and just after a wild NYE), we were ready to relax, recharge, and start our transition back to 'reality'. We couldn't have found any place better than Empalme. I immediately knew it was the place for us, even having only spoken to Karen on the phone. Roy, Karen, and Marty were some of the most hospitable, warm people we've met on our journey. They went above and beyond what most consider sufficient in the service industry- personally cleaning our rooms daily, cooking us large, delicious, fresh breakfasts in the morning (with bottomless coffee), offering us rides to the beach and into town, making us cookies, inviting us to watch movies with their projector...and the list goes on. Beyond that they offered us fantastic conversation and energy that was truly inspiring. They have full, vast, genuine life stories and their passion is contagious. The accommodations were great, slept soundlessly, showered comfortably (if you're looking for hot water, why are you in Nicaragua?), and the wifi was adequate for any work I needed to do. Gabby's, a local spot ran by a family with 8 brothers and sisters, is conveniently located just across the street and Maderas is only a kilo walking- yes, guys, walking is good for you! In fact, we are spending our last night in Maderas/Marsella in a much more expensive place and have already observed everything wrong with it- not to mention, the wifi isn't functioning-most likely due to the imperfect, perfect stay we had at Empalme. Don't get me wrong, you'll feel like you're in Nica. You'll hear the howler monkeys, be surrounded by sweet dogs, you'll get bit by some mosquitoes, the water might go out once or twice (but you'll be alerted and offered some kind of delicious treat whether it be ginger candy or chocolate covered pretzels), and you may even be lucky enough to run into a tarantula (totally harmless) or a toad (walk the other way). So maybe you'd prefer a superficial, 'boutique' hotel with a hipster scene and soul-less rooms (no offense). Well, I advise you to disregard that urge. Stay at Empalme. Get to know some incredible people. Feel Nica for what it really is.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Michael L wrote a review Jan 2016
Vienna, Austria19 contributions13 helpful votes
We had a great stay. Starting with a warm welcome. Ride through the area by marty. Wonderful breakfast and great room. They had quite a lot of trouble at the time we were arriving (water issues, broken washing machine and broken branches from a tree) but we didnt get to feel any of that except having no water for one hour which they announced in advance and apologized kindly. We saw howler monkeys and hummingbirds from our huge veranda. The beach is very near, walk of 5 mins. Mostly we went for a swim or taking pictures and returned to the guesthouse instead of staying at the beach. There is a good seafood restaurant nearby.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Empalme a Las Playas
Which popular attractions are close to Empalme a Las Playas?
Nearby attractions include Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia (3.6 km), The Art Warehouse (4.9 km), and Latin American Spanish School (5.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Empalme a Las Playas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Empalme a Las Playas?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Empalme a Las Playas?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Empalme a Las Playas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dale Pues, The Beach House Nicaragua, and Simon Says Smoothie Bar.
Does Empalme a Las Playas have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Empalme a Las Playas offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Empalme a Las Playas located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Playa Marsella.
Are pets allowed at Empalme a Las Playas?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.