Hostal El Momento

February2017

What to pack in your backpack !

Travel

Here is an article from Lonely Planet on what to pack in that backpack of yours,click here for the link or below is a sample of their article.

Where are you going? Round the world (RTW)

How to fit kit for two hemispheres into one bag? Doing so is the key to packing successfully for a true RTW trip. Consider what you can ditch as much as what’s essential. If you need heavy trekking boots and a down jacket in New Zealand or South America at the start, but won’t use them again as you travel via the South Pacific/Asia, consider sending stuff home as it becomes redundant.

Packing essentials

  • Pull the cord: you can use a bungee or parachute cord to tie things to the outside of your pack, make a line to dry clothes, or strap your bag to the roof of a bus.
  • Plug it: does your room-mate snore like a howler monkey? Pack earplugs. These will also serve you well when bedding down for that long airport layover, or during that clattering long-distance train journey.
  • Travel trilogy: the lucky formula for light packers comes in threes. Namely three pairs of socks, three pairs of underwear and three shirts; one to wear, one to wash, one to dry.

New small dorm and more bathrooms !

We recently added a small dorm to the hostel which has the same prices as the large dorm,$8 per night- bed only or $9 with breakfast.

The small dorm pictured here only has 4 beds, newly tiled and painted with new beds and mattresses.

Unfortunately we do not take reservations for which dorm or beds guests have a preference. If we have space and guests want an extra night then 98% of the time we can usually give them the same bed, taking reservations for beds makes it very complicated and unfair for the current guests, there would be too many complaints.

As we now have a new area for the dorm we have also built another bathroom and a separate shower.

When we first opened we found we did not have enough bathrooms so we built an extra one then later we put in another. We now have a total of 6 bathrooms, 4 with showers and a separate shower giving us enough to cope with the busiest hour in the mornings from 8am-9am.

We quickly found out that complaints can come in about the amount of bathrooms and wanted to change this, we know that other hotels/hostels who have a shortage of bathrooms so be aware of this when making bookings.

Bed and Breakfast rate.

From January 2017 we started to offer bed and breakfast rates for only a fraction more than room only rates.

We wanted to offer a little more for the guest, it was not area we had received comments either in reviews or by mouth, only a very small percentage had commented on this over the last 5 years asking us to include breakfast.

So for only $1 more we offer either a Nicaraguan breakfast or continental, both coming with either tea, coffee or juice.

Gallo pinto is the local breakfast which is very popular in Costa Rica also,a dish consisting of rice and beans,onion, green peppers served with toast and scrambled eggs.

Whether you are in Leon,San Juan Del Sur, Ometepe you will find locals eating Gallo Pinto sometimes for lunch and dinner. It is actually a very hearty breakfast and gives you a good start to the day.

The continental is local fruit, usually what is in season like pineapple, papaya and banana or mango with toast included.

You will not find anywhere in the city, street food included offering this price for a breakfast, it is a steal.

We decided to offer this on top of room rate so guests could actually choose if they wanted breakfast or not as not everyone eats breakfast and someone prefer other options.

NOTE* Many hotels do not offer an option, for guests who have a few nights with us we can change this about a little and offer fried eggs with the Gallo Pinto or eggs on toast.