3 Best Hostels in Ometepe – From Yoga & Hiking to Bonfire Raves

Best Ometepe Hostels

Looking for the best hostels in Ometepe? Well, we handpicked the three best.  Nothing is as enthralling as checking off a bucket list or watching the sunset in a new location now and then. However, travel can be an expensive ordeal, particularly if you don’t do meticulous planning before your Ometepe day trip.

The hostels we picked come with vibrant atmospheres, bars and restaurants, and shuttle services. These hostels slightly vary in location and amenities, so let’s decide which suits your needs the best. At the end of this guide, we added handmade map. It will help you planning!

Check out our guide for the coolest hostels in Nicaragua and best adventures waiting for you. We also summed up the best hostels in San Juan del Sur.

3 Coolest Hostels in Ometepe? Your shortcut:

  1. La Urraca Loca – top for solo-traveler
  2. Hostel Life is Good – best backpacker choice
  3. Hospedaje Soma – laid-back hostel with pool
  4. Extra: El Pital Chocolate Paradise – beach hostel resort in the jungle

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Mastering the art of traveling on a budget will require you to make some sacrifices on certain things, such as accommodation. And in this case, hostels could be the solution to getting some needed travel mileage without breaking your savings account.

Hostels are an effective way to save on accommodation and make new friends for students, solo travelers, and digital nomads.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

We condensed it all to the best hostels Ometepe offers to all traveller types. This article is jam-packed with useful information to make your planning easier and faster.

You can expect to find:

As always, we put all places to stay in Ometepe on a budget on a map.

Quick Introduction to Hostels in Ometepe

Average price for a bed: Beds in a dorm can be as cheap as 7€ up to 21€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Always check exact rates on Hostelz.com and Hostelworld.com.

Types of Hostels: You find a huge variety from crappy, cheap places to luxury hostels and everything in between. Make sure you know what type of hostel you want. The most common are:

  • super budget hostels – with bad amenities and a cheap price tag
  • fun backpacker hostels – with average quality but for sure a fun time
  • quality hostels – a bit more pricey but great facilities, great to meet and usually a better location.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Tourism Tax: There is an extra 15% tax on your accommodation. Because not all hostels include them in their rates, it is advisable to bring along some additional cash to cover the tax.

Transport in Ometepe: Taxis, motortaxis, and taxibikes, together with urban and interurban buses, are the primary modes of public transit in Ometepe.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Ometepe are…

  1. La Urraca Loca – top for solo-traveler
  2. Hostel Life is Good – best backpacker choice
  3. Hospedaje Soma – laid-back hostel with pool
  4. Extra: El Pital Chocolate Paradise – beach hostel resort in the jungle

High up on the bucket list of many travelers is the pristine Isla Da Ometepe in Nicaragua. Shaped like an hourglass, Ometepe comprises two volcanoes and is synonymous with hiking and birdwatching. There are plenty of things to do in Ometepe.

However, Ometepe is still reasonably undeveloped and has no fancy hotels or resorts, making hostels ideal lodging for backpackers. Still, travelers have a riveting stay on the island, with the hostels offering exceptional amenities to complement their stay.

So, if you plan a trip to Ometepe, here are the best hostels in Ometepe island.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: La Urraca Loca
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: La Urraca Loca
🥳 Party Hostel:Hostel Life is Good (more backpacker vibe)
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: El Pital Chocolate Paradise
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Hospedaje Soma
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Hostel Life is Good
🧘 Cozy Hostel: La Urraca Loca

1. La Urraca Loca

For many backpackers, staying close to nature is a wholesome experience, and La Urraca Loca offers just that to its guests. The quiet ambiance and clean rooms give the guests who are thousands of miles away from home a homely experience.

This is the best place to stay in Ometepe. There is also a chance for guests to experience what life is like on a Nicaraguan farm, with the back of the property leading into a farmland bustling with bunnies. And that’s not all.

Also, La Urraca Loca offers exceptional Wi-Fi (20mb/s) so that you remain connected to the outside world or catch up on your work schedule. In addition, the hostel has a lush garden to relax in and take in the splendor of the Concepcion volcano.

At the hostel, guests can access amenities such as a fully-furnished shared kitchen, hot showers, comfy beds, lounge area, laundry, bar, BBQ grill, board games, clean towels, bike rental, airport pickup, lobby lockers, restaurant, and luggage storage.

The hostel is situated in Balgue, only a 2 minute walk from the bus stop and within a short distance (12km) of Maderas Volcano, Concepcion, petrographs, Ojo de Agua, Charco Verde and the Pena Inculta hiking trail.

While at La Urraca Loca, guests also encounter wildlife and birds such as hummingbird, parrots, parakeets, blue magpies, capuchin monkeys, and Congo monkeys. This hostel is excellent for top for solo-traveler. But, keep in mind, you need to get around somehow with a bus or bike.

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Lounge area at La Urraca Loca

Bedroom at La Urraca Loca

2. Hostel Life is Good

For backpackers looking to have a relaxing stay with their feet up, Hostel Life is Good is the ultimate stay in Ometepe. Thanks to a quaint, tranquil, and homey feel, the hostel has leapfrogged to the front of the line as one of the best stays in Nicaragua.

In addition, Hostel Life is Good Ometepe is an excellent place to meet like-minded travelers, enjoy therapeutic sleep and enjoy great meals.

The hostel has two eight-bed mixed dorms and multiple private room options. There is a sprawling difference between the accommodation types, with the first dorm being tiny, having less comfy wooden bunk beds and only half the price of the second one.

In contrast, the second dorm offers guests more room, shelf space, a bathroom and a large fan to keep guests cool at night.

Hostel Life is Good has two public washrooms, one with a shower. However, all the private rooms have bathrooms with clean towels and soap for handwashing. And the highlight of putting up at this hostel is the outdoors.

The hostel has two dining areas, a bar, hammock lounging spaces, gardens, and a tower for star-gazing.

Also, guests can access free WiFi while outside. And if you love music, the reception will be an absolute delight—the sizable speaker playing varied music genres at a soft tone.

The kitchen isn’t accessible to guest use and only used by the restaurant to prepare meals for its guests. The enormous volcano sculpture, antique artifacts and great lighting make the outdoors an exceptional guest experience.

Location: Hostel Life is Good is a ten-minute walk from Moyogalpa city center, and guests can access the hostel by taking a free tuk-tuk ride by simply mentioning the hostel name (not entirely free, the cost is handled by the owner).

Also, the hostel is within walking distance of Concepcion volcano and San Juan beach (only a twenty-minute drive). And whereas transport remains a concern, travelers can choose to get around using a public bus or rent out a scooter, motorbike or ATV for unlimited freedom to scour the region.

Life is Good is the best backpacker choice!

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Hostel Life is Good

Private room at Hostel Life is Good

3. Hospedaje Soma

Arguably Moyogalpa’s best-kept secret, Hospedaje Soma, makes for a beautiful group stay on your visit to Ometepe Island. The hostel is an ideal stay for groups, families, and couples. With two spacious cabins, deluxe queen rooms, two dorm rooms and standard rooms to pick from, Hospedaje Soma has something for every type of traveler. The spacious cabins are ideal for families, groups or couples seeking a little privacy and seclusion. Each cabin has a single bed, a queen bed, solar hot water showers, a private veranda with ample sitting area and a hammock.

The two queen rooms share a veranda and are perched in the bottom corner next to the garden. Each room has a queen bed, a private bathroom and air conditioning.

The double room is on the second floor and shares a large balcony with a breathtaking view of the garden and the triple private room. The double room has two double beds, a private bathroom and a fan, whereas the triple room has a double bed and single bed, a private bathroom, and a fan.

The two private double rooms across the common area next to the swimming pool share a veranda; each room has a double bed, a private bathroom and a fan. Then the double and twin rooms on the ground level share a bathroom and veranda.

Finally, the dormitory offers individuals reading lights, floor fans, lockers and clean towels.

There is no free breakfast, but they serve it from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. every morning and is included in the rates. The hostel also provides guests with free maps and other relevant tourist information upon arrival.

The management can also set up transportation, guides, and hikes for outdoor enthusiasts. For travelers seeking laidback pampering, services like massages, pedicures, and manicures can be arranged in the rooms. It’s good to know that it is not the most social hostel, so the social butterflies will not be super happy here finding new friends. Just keep this in mind. But as you, this really depends on the people you encounter.

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Hospedaje Soma Swimming Pool

Room at Hospedaje Soma

4. Extra: El Pital Chocolate Paradise

For travelers looking for a wholesome beach experience, your stay at the impeccable El Pital Chocolate Paradise will live with you long after you leave Nicaragua. The beach hostel has comfy cabins and dorms that blend flawlessly with nature.

In addition, the tranquility makes this resort the perfect spot to do some meditation and yoga in the mornings and evenings.

And for guests strictly on a diet, the hostel offers vegan breakfast, wide-ranging smoothies, homemade chocolates, bagels with vegan cream, and chocolate desserts.

The hostel also has a jam-packed entertainment program to keep the guests engaged throughout their stay. The guests can attend chocolate tours, workshops, movie nights, Reggae Nights every Wednesday, house parties on Sundays, and bonfire raves.

The hostel also offers travel arrangements to guests looking to explore the other parts of the island.

El Pital Chocolate Paradise has an array of room options such as a 10-bed mixed dormitory, 6-bed mixed dormitory, 8-bed mixed dormitory, double room with a patio, deluxe king room, queen room with garden view and others.

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Best Ometepe Hostels

El Pital Chocolate Paradise

El Pital Dorm Room

Private bedroom at El Pital

More Hostels Worth A Mention

León is one of the best cities to visit in Nicaragua, BUT if you are looking for something closer to nature, Ometepe is the best choice. 

Booking Ometepe hostel is easier because we have listed the best places to stay in Ometepe Nicaragua and here is another one for you! 

Hostel Santa Cruz Ometepe

Santa Cruz Hostel Ometepe has a restaurant, bar, free parking, and a common lounge where you can meet your fellow travelers.

It is 1.2 km from Santo Domingo Beach and 9 km from Maderas Volcano and 90 m from Santa Cruz. Santo Domingo is 3 km and Balgue 3.3 km from Santa Cruz Ometepe Hostel. 

They have bikes and horses available for hire, in addition to a number of other trips, so that you may explore the breathtaking natural scenery that Ometepe Island has to offer.

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Hostel Santa Cruz Ometepe Dorm Room

Safety on Ometepe

All the hostels mentioned above are great for relaxing, partying, and solo traveling. Deciding whether you want quick access to the activities in Ometepe or if you prefer to take the shuttle for a night out should help you decide which is the best hostel for you.

We understand you want to enjoy your backpacking experience but do so carefully. You should always be vigilant and keep your personal belongings close to you.

Different countries have different rules, so make sure to do some research and we are confident that you will have an enjoyable trip.

We also have a guide for 13 safety tips so you can travel without fear.

What about the cheapest hostels in Ometepe?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Ometepe.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Ometepe
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

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We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Ometepe best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Ometepe put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the map. As promised, below, we list all party hostels and the best hostels in Ometepe on a map. Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We’ve marked them as follows:

  • Backpacker Hostels: Orange
  • Design Hostels: Blue
  • Best Nicaragua Hostels: Pink
  • Coolest San Juan Del Sur Hostels: Purple
  • Best Ometepe Hostels: Green

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Ometepe Map


Backpacking Ometepe: Enjoying El Pital Chocolate Paradise

Flights to Ometepe?

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Ometepe.

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