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Wondering what it’s like at the Oasis Hostel in Granada, Nica? Here’s your personalized review, complete with photos and video!
Oasis boasts not one, but three common areas. The first one you see, when you walk past reception is the one below. Easily the biggest and brightest and full of all manner of lounging equipment, its complete with lush garden courtyard and fantastically colorful mural.
If you keep going past this common area, which is surrounded by dorms as well as air conditioned private rooms, you pass about a dozen public use internet terminals. Then you reach this area with tables and chairs, free coffee and tea, a TV (where the Olympics have been on all week), and a breakfast bar where you can order pancakes, toast, typico, or an egg and cheese sammage.
And just out of view, in the picture above, is the small but wonderfully refreshing pool. Set within a 2 story courtyard, the pool is open to the sky above. The sun shines in direction from late morning to early afternoon. You can go upstairs and then climb a spiral staircase to the roof top laundry area with a view!
I forgot to mention that at reception you can sign up for various tours, like Mombacho and the like (though, as a Thrifty Drifter, I would recommend doing these yourself) but you can also visit Laguna de Apoyo (which we did and really enjoyed). There is also refrigerated beverages like coke, water, and Toña beer that you can help yourself to, provided that you account for it in the ledger at reception.
If you take a left, just past reception you come to the second common area. The picture below was taken with the kitchen right behind me.
There is another dorm room off this common area and then a whole bunch of private rooms with shared bathrooms down a long corridor that opens into small courtyards like the one outside our room, shown below.
After nearly a week here, I shall be sad to leave. I’ve slept so very well here! The mattresses are new and clean and best of all you get 2 fluffy pillows per person. TWO!!! I haven’t found a single ant, cockroach, or fly in our room ONCE since being here, which is amazing.
Our room is a little dark, but that makes it good for sleeping, and it’s not got a ton of personality. But hey, it’s just used for resting, not to throw lavish parties!
Oh, and for our private room with a shared bathroom we pay $20/night.
The hostel is really clean too. Every 2 hours or so someone comes by to clean the bathrooms. I think they mop the floors at least twice a day, the pool is kept really clean, and although you can’t always depend on your fellow travelers to keep the communal kitchen clean (a pity) the staff selflessly and tirelessly cleans up after people. The ash trays are emptied through out the day and I even saw the refrigerator being cleaned out.
They lend out clean fluffy white towels for 50 Cordoba returnable deposit and they have a big selection of DVDs for a 20 Cordoba deposit. They have a book exchange too, which isn’t huge, but does have a good number of Central American guide books.
The first night we were here, it was pretty overwhelming being a place where so many people spoke english after having heard so little of it for 2 weeks. But the accents were numerous and languages between small groups could be heard all over.
Although it was lovely meeting new people, we were a little concerned that this would be a “party hostel” and we would be kept up all night by the sounds of drunken voices echoing loudly down our hallway. However, right at 11 the staff enforces a strict quiet time policy and they shut off all the lights! So it has been a good place for sleepers!
I would recommend Oasis Hostel very highly for other travelers. So sad to be leaving!