$20 per night, double with private bathroom, 3rd October - 9th October 2014
Casa Romano is a young family-run hostel set in a large house with lots of space. With a quiet, homey atmosphere this place isn't in any guidebooks yet, but you'll be very happy if you stumble across it.
A two-minute walk to the beach and main bars in one direction, and a two minute walk in the other for the 'centre' of San Juan del Sur (SJDS) and the main bus stop. Thankfully, given the reputation for late nights in town, it's away from the noise of the bars.
The rooms are excellent. We took the $20 option, although there are larger $25 ones available. A large comfortable bed with crisp white linen, cupboard space, a clean and relatively spacious bathroom and other little touches - it's luxury by most Central American hostel's standards.
The kitchen closes at 8 p.m, which is really quite early by most people's standards and can be inconvenient.
Value for money
Excellent. On our first night in SJDS, when we arrived quite late and couldn't be bothered to search for the best option, we stayed in a place which charged $18 for a poor double with shared bathroom. For only $2 more, Casa Romano was head and shoulders above this and every other option we found in town in the same price range.
SJDS is not short of crazy party hostels, so don't stay here if that's what you're looking for (instead check out Naked Tiger or PachaMama). This is great for couples and those who prefer a bit more comfort.
If planning on cooking your own food, then your best best is to walk the 15 minutes to the superstore on the outskirts of town. The mini-markets in SJDS are really quite overpriced.
Kitchen, fast wi-fi, tourist information, 24-hour security, lots of social areas, pets, outdoor space, motorbike rental, towels provided, English-spoken, laundry facilities, book exchange.