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A laid-back, comfortable hotel/hostel in Matagalpa

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If you're visiting Nicaragua, you shouldn't miss Matagalpa - a beautiful, mountainous, cool area where you can hike around the Selva Negra nature reserve and take coffee or cocoa tours.

A great place to stay is a little hostel/hotel called La Buena Onda, right in the town of Matagalpa. They offer different kinds of rooms for different prices - dorm rooms, double rooms, family rooms. The rooms are not luxurious but they're spacious and comfortable, with private bathroom. The best part of the hostel is the reception/breakfast/lounge area. The receptionists are bilingual and very friendly and helpful. There's a gorgeous inner courtyard with garden (typical of Nicaraguan homes and buildings). Another common room has sofas, a large flat-screen TV, and a selection of DVDs. Yet another common room has several hammocks strung across where guests can relax and read. Breakfast is included and you can choose from several different kinds -- try the typical Nicaraguan breakfast with gallo pinto, eggs, tortilla, and coffee. If you're lucky you may also get to see the hotel mascot, a fat gray bunny, hopping around the reception area or the front garden.

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by Amy Knauff
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