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Calling all serious surfers! For beach bums and anyone chasing the perfect wave, Selina Maderas is happy to host you. Stay in our dormitories, standard, deluxe, or private rooms. This town is full of good vibes, amazing surf, and interesting people from all over the world. Renowned for having one of the best beach breaks in Nicaragua, the beaches here offer sandy stretches alongside rocky tidepools ripe for exploration.
Check-out ends at: 11:00
Food & Beveragerestaurant
Pool and wellness facilitiesOutdoor Pool
Reception servicesLuggage storage
Business Facilities / FacilitiesBusiness Center
Nice room, okay atmosphere
Reviewed 12 october, 2021
Nice, comfortable room with a/c and a hot shower. General vibe wasn’t great, the staff were a bit standoffish and cold. Great for surfing on Maderas but not a good option if you plan on going back and forth to San Juan, taxi is $20EW. The hostel do offer a shuttle for $5 but this only goes 3 times a day.
Friendly vibes and short distance to Playa Maderas
Reviewed 14 september, 2021
Great vibes, reasonably priced and short distance to Playa Maderas! The food (ceviche & tostones con queso) was excellent and the staff was super friendly. Hope every guest gets the chance to meet Jonathan and Julian - they’re a great add-on to the place. All in all I definitely recommend staying at Selina’s - especially when traveling alone and looking for people to meet (SJDS itself was sadly quite dead and not very lively).
Reviewed 14 september, 2021
We had a fun, restful stay, much needed as we've been traveling for a while.. The management accommodated our needs incredibly, kindly and professionally. Special thanks to Jonathan for all of your help.
Good location and stylish interior like in many of the Selena Hostels.
Reviewed 13 january, 2020
I chose to stay at the Selena in Maderas for three nights as I was looking for a nice hostel close to a beach near San Juan. That said, it was a bit disappointing to find out that the Selena is not at Maderas Beach but a 15 to 20 Minute walk away from it (first have is up hill the second down hill). Also it is a bit of a drive from San Juan which I did not mind - BUT if you want to do Sunday Funday, I recommend choosing a hostel in San Juan. The Selena in Maderas did not offer a shuttle bus late at night on Sundays in December 2019 so that everyone who went to party in San Juan either had to book another hostel in town or had to pay 15 USD for a taxi back to Selena. The Hostel itself is quite stylish and the rooms are spacious with their own ensuite ( I stayed in a female 4-bed dorm). The staff unfortunately was not the most helpful. During my stay they ran out of fruit and banana bread on Sunday during breakfast and were unable to provide any solution (any alternative would have been welcome). Also when I asked the reception why our room was not cleaned everyday, their response was "it probably was not dirty". I did receive better service in Nicaragua.
Perfect spot for intrepid travelers
Reviewed 12 january, 2020
My boyfriend and I spent our first visit in Nicaragua at Selina Maderas near San Juan Del Sur for the first half of our adventure, 5 nights total. Amazing vibes, felt like home with all the eccentric artwork and cool layout. The staff was friendly and welcoming, including the daytime and evening servers and bartenders, like Keith, who gave us great tips and ideas for surfing at nearby beaches, as well as the best bars to check out for night life in the city, plus he made the best piña coladas of all time! The clean communal kitchen to cook for ourselves was nice and spacious, and the restaurant on site served great food, too. The room was clean, comfortable and met all of our expectations, though be mindful- the walls are thin so you can hear your neighbours clearly (and they can hear you, too!) The shuttle to SJDS was reliable, always on time taking us to and from the main city (about 20 mins drive) and very affordable. Two beautiful beaches were less than 10 mins of a walk away and the surf was perfectly consistent for both rookies like us and pros, alike. Overall, we were so happy with our time spent at Selina Maderas and would absolutely return to try out more of what they have to offer, including horse riding tours and surf lessons. Highly recommend and would for sure try other Selina locations around the world!