Lazybones Hostel: A Great Night’s Sleep for $8

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When I travel solo, I often consider staying at hostels for at least part of my stay.  Sometimes it’s for huge cost savings, but often it’s for the social atmosphere.  Throw a dozen travelers into a single room and you’re bound to make friends with at least one of them.  Staying at hostels is a quick way to meet people from all over the world, bond over travel stories and beers in the common room(s), and sometimes find travel companions for activities or meals.  In Nicaragua, I stayed at Lazybones in León (which I absolutely loved).

lazybones hostal sign in leon nicaragua

Location is my #1 criteria in choosing accomodation and Lazybones is perfect in that regard.  Lazybones has a really convenient location, about a five minute walk from the central park and cathedral in León.  It’s also just around the corner from some great tour agencies (such as Quetzal Trekkers, Nic Así, and Tierra Tours), about five minutes from the banks/ATMs, and really close to some tasty restaurants (don’t miss El Desayunazo for breakfast and try the comedor heading south toward Parque de los Poetas for cheap roast chicken).  You can walk just about anywhere, and as a solo female, I’ll vouch that I felt safe in the area walking on my own!

The unassuming exterior leads to a great stay
The unassuming exterior leads to a great stay

map of lazybones

The hostel itself is much larger than I expected, with two dorm rooms (10 people per room), a large number of private rooms, several shared bathrooms, and common areas including hammocks for lounging, a pool table, a swimming pool, and a few computers for shared use.

Comfortable Hammocks + Other Seating (Photo courtesy of Lazybones)
With temperatures in the 90s, a swimming pool is a welcome treat.
Internet speeds were slow – but nearby restaurant El Desayunazo had fast, free wi-fi + great food (Photo courtesy of

What really made this hostel a stand-out was the people who stayed there.  I met lots of travelers during my stay who really added to my experience.  The hostel is the perfect starting place to find others to join for a meal out or a group activity.  Hiking a volcano with your hostel buddies is a blast!  By far, most of the other guests were European (The Netherlands and Germany well-represented in particular), though I met a few fellow Americans, Canadians, and even a few South American travelers.  Overall, most guests were in their mid-to-late 20s, but a few were younger and there were even some middle-aged travelers, so don’t be put off if you’re not in the main demographic!  What everyone had in common was a love for travel.

I surprised myself by staying in the dorm rooms.  Normally, I’m not a fan of sharing a room, but Lazybones makes it a comfortable stay.  Their wooden bunk beds are solid and have real mattresses (not the flimsy ones some hostels use) so there’s no creaking and squeaking every time your bunkmate rolls over.  They also impose quiet hours starting at 11pm, so anyone who still wants to socialize can do so in the common areas but not in the dorms themselves.  It’s a great solution that seemed to keep everyone happy.  Moreover, the other guests were incredibly respectful, doing their best to leave quietly in the morning if they had an early tour and returned quietly at night as well if they had been out for the evening.

5 Sets of Bunks = 10 People per Room
5 Sets of Bunks = 10 People per Room
My bed in Leon
My bed in Leon
Locker #20 - way bigger than necessary!
Locker #20 – way bigger than necessary!

While my dorm bed was $8, private rooms were available around $20/night.  If you want the social environment but with your own room to retreat to, that can be a great option.  More and more hostels are offering private rooms, which is awesome for solo travelers who may also be introverts like me!  These prices are very affordable for most travelers, though admittedly several other hostels in Nicaragua are cheaper if you’re on a tighter budget.

Private rooms shown in the background, though I claimed a hammock for reading my Kindle when I needed some quiet time.

The staff members, particularly Claudia and Javier, were incredibly friendly and helpful.  They always had a great answer for any question you could dream up and Javier quite sweetly helped me with my Spanish every time I accidentally made a mistake speaking.  If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t worry: they spoke perfect English.

Lazybones also offered help booking tours through their own agency.  I didn’t take any tours with them, though their prices were competitive.  They also will book you on the daily shuttle to the airport (which continues onward to Granada, the ferry for Ometepe, and San Juan del Sur) or northbound to El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala.  If that’s not convenient for you, you’ll also find hundreds of flyers for other tours, hotels, and transport services.

Clearly, I enjoyed my time at Lazybones — five nights to be specific — and if I’m ever fortunate enough to return to León, I’ll specifically plan on staying at Lazybones.  With a comfortable stay, new friends, and a great price, why would you go anywhere else?


Note: I was not compensated in any way for this review.  When I have a great travel experience, I like to share it!

4 thoughts on “Lazybones Hostel: A Great Night’s Sleep for $8”

    1. @Fishing4Deals, Have you seen MileValue’s article “How I Pick a Hostel”? It’s a very good overview of the same process I use (though I look for different traits/amenities). Word of mouth is king…try Twitter tagged with “#lp” for recommendations from other travelers if you don’t have a recommendation from someone you know in real life. Otherwise, you can use HostelWorld, HostelBookers, or as a TripAdvisor type place and I’ve found WikiTravel to be a decent starting place as well. Know what you want ahead of time and search specifically about the details if they’re important. Things that come standard at a hotel are not always the case for hostels (i.e. private room, private bathroom, air conditioning or heat, hot water, if there’s a TV, etc.).

  1. Thanks for the hostel review! Very helpful. I like staying in hostels because it’s cheaper, being that I usually travel solo, plus it’s a good way to meet people, but now that I’m 30 I sometimes feel too “old” or out of place. This hostel looks like a good one, though. I’ll definitely bookmark this post so I’ll know where to stay if I make it to Leon someday (which I hope I do).

    1. @Brandy, at 30, you’d easily fit in with the crowd that was there during my stay. Keep it in mind for Leon and let me know if you have your own recommendations for elesewhere in the world!

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