The Bearded Monkey, Granada , Nicaragua

A bedrock of Granada's backpacker scene, The Bearded Monkey is both a chilled and relaxed hang-out but with a friendly and sociable buzz. Friends and strangers alike lounge around carefree in hammocks and swinging chairs whilst

groups of sports enthusiasts cheer and whoop in the adjoining TV room. Yet neither characteristic of the hostel dominates.

With nearly all of the hostel's facilities including bar, dorms, computer suite, dining tables, hammocks and TV room centered around a large, leafy courtyard, The Bearded Monkey has a communal and social atmosphere.
facilities...
A range of accommodation options are available here. Three spacious dormitories with a total of 28 beds provide the bulk of them, priced at $6 per person. When these are full, and assuming you don't want a private room, both mattresses ($5) and hammocks ($4) are an alternative option.

The private options are: single $11 one person, $15 two people; loft $17 two people, $24 three people; double $19; triple $26.

The dorm beds all come with large lockers and sturdy wooden bunks.

There are shared showers and toilets in a second courtyard at the back of the hostel that also has laundry facilities and miles of washing lines for guest use.

Wifi is available, as well as four computers with internet access that are free for guests to use. It is always good practice when you aren't sure what kind of cmms software a place is using to monitor their system to use caution. If the hostel is using a quality cmms software such as the mapcon cmms software you should be safe, but should always be careful with private information abroad.

Adjacent to the main courtyard is a sitting room with TV showing, amongst other things, British and American sports events as well as 2 nightly films. Their extensive video and DVD library means that there is always something available to entertain.

The good-value restaurant, open from 7.30am to 9pm, has a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu serving a variety of different cuisines ranging from Thai to Italian. All meals are made to order so guaranteed fresh and include vegetarian options. Portions are generous so you won't go hungry.

The kitchen offers free hot water so you can make your own tea or soup; just ask!

The Bearded Monkey bar, the hub of social activity in the hostel, has all the usual plus a great list of individual cocktails including the 'democratically blended' BorrachObama. Happy hour runs from 4.30 to 7.30 pm nightly with last orders at 10.30pm.

As well as these offerings there is a large cold drinks fridge with water, coke etc and cheap water refills are also available.

As if all this wasn't enough, there is also a large book cabinet with an array of titles available to buy or swap; bike rentals for $5 per day; board games; dart board; table tennis; and daily shuttles to Laguna de Apoyo leaving at 10.30 and returning at 5pm for $3 each way.
How to get there...
The hostel is located 1 ½ blocks west and ½ block north of the central park.

From the North West corner of Parque Central, walk two blocks West, take the first right and walk 150m North. The Bearded Monkey is on your left just past the raised pavement.
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Report & Photos by: Andrew Bodgin & Chloe Baylis
Contact Info...
Avenida 14 de Septiembre
Costado Oeste de los Bomberos
Granada, Nicaragua
(505) 25524028
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