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Reviewed 18 February 2017

I stayed here for a week and was impressed with the comfortable atmosphere. The dorms were clean, every bed had a fan, and the staff were all friendly and helpful. It was a great place from which to explore the city and meet other travelers.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank NickDoyle
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Tortuga Balouda was a pleasant place to stay for a few nights in Leon, we splashed out on room 8, a private double (could fit a family) with it’s own bathroom (best shower I had in Central America) and it’s own balcony with hammocks. The hostel staff were very helpful in arranging volcano boarding and onward travel, the location is good just a few minutes walk from the main square. The common areas are nice, lots of hammocks, free pool and an honesty bar stocked with beer, water and frescas.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank uberteeb
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I only stayed here for one night, but the main thing I took away was that this is a nice, quiet alternative to some of the more party-oriented places and that it would be good (maybe better) for slightly longer visits.

-Kitchen access, including space for your own food
-Breakfast and coffee provided (I really liked the banana pancake mix!), so good for the budget
-All the front desk staff was super helpful
-Self-service and well-priced refreshments at the front desk
-WiFi included!
-Quite close to the art museum and the Ruben Dario, for those who want to take in some culture

Slight drawbacks:
-There are no screens on the windows, and the small room I stayed in (#3) did get very stuffy unless you were sitting exactly in front of the two fans - would be nice to be able to open a window and not worry about bugs (although I didn't see many, which is good)
-If the two fans are on and plugged in for Room 3, there's no place to charge a phone
-Shared bathroom literally means out in the middle of the common area (not just shared with a set of adjacent rooms) - I should have expected that, but just FYI!

Room Tip: Room 3 was quite stuffy (and I had been warned)... but nice to have privacy.
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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1  Thank Laura S
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

We stayed here two nights and although it was hot we had three fans in our room(#6). Eleanor was very helpful, with the planning of nearby attractions and also buses for our onward journey. Breakfast was great...self made banana pancakes and coffee. Room was clean and comfortable. The best part was the gathering area with hammocks and sofas/chairs where you could meet so many travellers and share experiences. Would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Room 8 looked best, but was occupied.
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lauba
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

this quiet hostel is well located in Leon, only a few blocks away from el Parque Central.
The room was clean and the self-serve pancake and banana breakfast is quick, easy and good!
Only reason for 4 stars instead of five is the fact that it seemed like we were bothering the staff when we asked them for service... that night, the guy that was keeping an eye on the frontdesk was even sleeping in the hamac, the best spot in the hostel! weird!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Maxime G
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tortugabooluda, Propietario at Hostal La Tortuga Booluda, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2017

Dear Maxime G

Thank you so much for your positive review. I am sorry that you felt staff weren't attentive enough. This is something we take very seriously and we train our employees in. We'll certainly talk to the person in question to find out what was going on! Once again, sorry!

We hope to have you at our place again soon!

Safe travels!

Tortuga Booluda Management

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