9.1 Review score
9 March 2018
The staff, position, accommodation and facilities were great, especially Ishmail. The food could have been more varied but was good nevertheless.
1 March 2018
Our room was nice and had river view. Staff was very helpfull and nice! Our tour guide Julio was great!
15 February 2018
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18 January 2018
High price for simple place
Room couldn't be locked. We walked half an hour in the field and jungle because they did not inform us about boat pick up service. Highest price we've payed for a room in Nicaragua. Food was okay but really expensive as well ($12 for super simple plate)
Beautifull garden and nice decorated rooms. Eye for detail. Staff was friendly
12 January 2018
Great lodges, Nice people
The activities they ofer are expensive. The cacao trip is not worth the money.
Nice lodges, great food(exept they put always the same rice and beans with it), they have a big forest you can visit any time, and the staf is great.
8 January 2018
For people who haven't traveled much around Nicaragua, you might not enjoy the cold shower. I didn't mind it at all, but definitely don't expect a super fancy bathroom!
The location is absolutely amazing! Resting in a hammock above the river is something I'll never forget. We ate at the restaurant at the hotel (just dinner, brought a few snacks with us which was a great idea) and really enjoyed the fish plate. The staff is excellent! We just got off the boat from San Carlos at Boca de Sabalos (you can also take the bus, but the boat is more fun) and called the hotel--they sent a panga to pick us up right away and take us to the hotel! Great place to relax, play some card games, and just enjoy the company you're with.
22 December 2017
Cabins with stunning views
We booked a small cabin which was only large enough for the bed and our two bags (when we put the small table next to the bed on the porch). There is enough space to sit on the porch, but there was only one hammock and two quite uncomfortable chairs. However, near the reception are more hammocks to relax and enjoy the view. Internet is only available at the reception and often dodgy, but that is not a surprise when you are in the jungle. If you come from Managua or Granada, we highly recommend booking an airplane or shuttle to San Carlos (the latter is available from $35), as the journey with chicken bus is long and uncomfortable.
Fantastic view from the cabin onto the river. The surroundings are full of birds and howler monkeys and you will get a concert of them every morning and evening. At the lodge they can arrange tours to Indio Maiz or Boca Negra, or to other places such as a coffee plantation. The staff is helpful and nice. Food was good, and evening meals range from 9 to 12 dollars including a drink and desert, which is reasonable for Nicaraguan standards. The lodge has a short trail behind the cabins which you can scour for wildlife (the lodge has an impressive list of bird species sighted on and around the property).
26 October 2017
Enjoyed our 2 night stay but left early due to no fans and feeling overheated!
There were no fans in the lodges or anywhere on site (reception, dinning area) so no means to cool down in extreme heat. There were also no power sockets in the lodges but that was secondary as we could charge all of our electrical stuff in reception. Also when we booked in advance through booking.com it said it was the last lodge available but when we got there we were the only people there!! Lastly we arrived in San Carlos on a Sunday and were told we could take a panga on the river to the lodges but when we arrived they were full and were told we would have to wait til next day. I phoned the lodge and they were helpful in arranging private transport which ended up costing $60 instead of £9 for 2 people on the panga. I felt as if they should have known that Sunday’s were busy days and they could have booked us on as per our communication in advance.
Beautiful place and well thought out with lush plants. The lodges were inside-outside living which needed a little adjusting initially. Food and staff were great.
12 September 2017
Luxury in the jungle
The staff were lovely, also the owner when we called him with questions. The lodge was beautiful, very "wild", let's say "luxury in the middle of the jungle"
11 September 2017
Once in a lifetime experience
Great hotel. This is an awesome experience. An open cabin with a great view at the river. You really feel like sleeping in the middle of the jungle. Lots of animals around. You wake up with the jungle sounds. The staff is also really nice. Good food. If you want an experience you will never forget, you should stay at this place. We stayed at the Tarzan cabin.
25 August 2017
The only little thing dat we found less is the bed, for two big people it was a little narrow. 😊
The staff were fantastic, the lodges overlooking the river were amazing! Everything was very clean and the food delicious!
31 July 2017
Food was quite pricy, but we already read about this so brought some bananas. We also discovered there are several 8 dollar dinner options (instead of 12 dollar what we thought).
Beautiful location, from our hammock in our cabin we saw kolibris and other beautiful colourful birds! And supposedly there was a kaiman as well. Service was amazing!! We felt so welcome, staff was very friendly, their english was really good and they automatically picked us up at boca de sabalos for free (and saw a sloth in a tree on the way!). Good breakfast was included. We did the night tour and saw so many animals: sloths with baby, kaimans, big lizzards and a racoon. While it was a bit above our backpacker budget, staying at this lodge was absolutely worth it! Furthermore, we could check out at 2pm since there was no other reservation for the next day, really nice!
1 May 2017
Must see this place! Relax, enjoy, luxury in the middle of the jungle!
Difficult to reach from the rest of the country. A pity the ferries don't go anymore! But it was definitely worth the travel!
Amazing friendly staff, warm welcome with a fresh fruit juice. Very clean and cosy place, in the middle of the jungle! Nice place to swim, relax in the hammocks, go on one of the great tours with the lodge, have an amazing lunch/diner, hike through the jungle :) Great place for adventurous travelers who like to enjoy the nature sounds of monkeys, birds (hummingbirds and lots of others), ... We loved it! We booked 2 nights, but stayed for 2 more!
30 April 2017
Paradise on the River
Sabalos Lodge may not be for everyone. This is an Eco lodge with a focus on sustainable tourism. Thus, the cabins are open air, with no air conditioning and no fans. The cabins are well lighted. I visited during the hottest part of the year. While it was always comfortable sleeping after dark, during mid - day you may want to relax and visit their little swimming spot on the river. Owing to a somewhat remote location, they probably won't stock your favorite imported brew or bottle of wine. The restaurant menu is limited in options, but always guaranteed to be delicious and the portions were more than I could eat at times. English - speaking tour guides are not always available on short notice. If this is an issue, I suggest letting the lodge know at the time of booking your stay will give them enough time to locate one for you. Getting to the lodge might be a challenge for some travelers. From San Carlos, at the mouth of the river, a two hour boat ride or bus ride is necessary. So, luxurious it is not, but peaceful, exciting, beautiful, full of adventure opportunities, photo opportunities and activities, it is.
I loved it and can't wait to go back! My cabin was right on the river, so the view couldn't have been better. The bed was very, very comfortable, as was the hammock on the balcony. The bathroom was more than adequate, with a great shower. Every single staff member is warm, friendly, and goes out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful stay. My cabin was cleaned daily, with shampoo and soap restocked as needed. As soon as the staff found out I get up early and like to take coffee before my morning walk, it was always available. I took several of the tours and was satisfied with each one. There is a walking trail in the forest on the grounds that I used every day. On this trail I saw Spider Monkeys, Sloths, Howler Monkeys, and innumerable bird and lizard species. Other than The Galapagos, I have never been to another area with such abundance and variety of wildlife. The resident dog, Pinto, is very sweet, loves to walk the trails with the guests and makes a good hiking companion. Common areas and communal dining offer good opportunities to meet and socialize with other guests, who may be from anywhere. Good Wi - Fi is available in the reception area, along with outlets to recharge your phones, etc. I want to mention a second time how great the staff is, they deserve the recognition. Best service and care in any place I've been.
17 March 2017
Nicaragua at its best
There was nothing not to like here. If your looking for a bit of Nicaraguan outdoors this is a great stop
Ismael and staff were great/fishing day they organized for us was great and highly recommend renting the kayaks and going up the Sabalos River(lots of wildlife including monkeys and caymen(gators). Owner Raphael went out of his way to arrange our transport back to managua
5 September 2016
Idilic place with lodges just over the beautiful river. Really amazing!!
22 August 2016
Be careful: on the internet you read a lot of blogs over this place. In those blogs you read most of the time that the diner is included in the 60 dollars. You can book this place also on other booking platforms where it is. But on booking it is not. So Search on the internet for the best price. A meal there is very expensive and it wil cost you 9 dollar.
The view from our 'Tarzan' lodge was amazing. This place has really made our trip in Nicaragua special and the staff was very helpfull.
12 August 2016
Amazing setting in jungle and fantastic staff.
Ilias and Ronny were fantastic. They went beyond the call of duty to take us by Boat to the landing stage to make sure that we would get on the early ferry. They also taught us the Rules of dominoes and uno.
2 August 2016
great place for nature lovers with bird morning concert included
Dont trust information on website on boats how to get there. Our boat was broken since a month and we took the bus- a true adventure. Pricing of lodging, meals, and add ons (tours, kayaks,..) are high.
Very beautiful spot direct on the river. Stuff is extremly supportive. Lot of add on options through befriended guides. Julio is an excellent english speaker and does very private choclate and river tours.
14 May 2016
Nice but overpriced
Difficult to get to : reading the explanation of the hotel, it looks as if you could park the car in front of the hotel, but that is not true. There is a river to cross and we had to let someone call the hotel. They came pick up in the town. The hotel has clearly known better days. There is another better option in town, close to the action. Without a car, El Castillo (30 minutes down the river) definitely is a better option.
The setting : along the river San Juan. Friendly staff.