When I went to Nicalandia with my girlfriends in April we stayed at Anamar and it was okay. I mean, nothing fancy but it was really, really cheap – $80/night for the 4 of us. You cannot really beat that for a beach front hostel. So this time, when Cheryl and I decided to go on our backpacking escapade I told her: “No worries for the room, we will just stay at Anamar.”
Not such a great idea after all!!!
According to my logic, if it cost us $80 for 4, it should cost us $40-$50 for 2, right? Well I guess not!
The hostel now became a Hotel.
So a room for two with no hot water costs $80/night, but because we stayed a couple of nights they gave us a better price – $70/night. What a great discount! NOT!
We decided to stay only because it was pouring rain, the taxi had already left and we were pretty burned after our shenanigans from the border crossing.
Now don’t get me wrong, the place is clean, it’s on the beach, it has a pool and a restaurant but it is definitely not worth the asking price, especially not during low season. So travelers, be aware. If you are looking for a nice hotel on the beach in San Juan del Sur, Anamar is not the place to stay. For those of you who are looking for a hostel or something on the cheap, keep on looking – there are many other options.
If you are willing to pay a little extra because you are on the beach but do not expect hot water and a nice room. Well, Anamar might be the place for you.
The hotel has great potential if the owners would be willing to invest some money. The location is great and the pool overlooking the Pacific is just fabulous. Make sure to have some beers at sunset with some string fries, those fries are to die for.🙂
Also, be aware, during the week, the administration allows visitors at the pool. By this, I mean that people can buy a daily pass to use the pool. Not my ideal vacation, when 20 kids take over the pool. Just a thought…
Finally, it’s not the best place in San Juan del Sur, but as we always do, we tried to make the best out of it and we ended up having a great time.
Have you been to Anamar? What are your thoughts?
Check out my tips on how to cross the border by foot.