I had read good things about Hotel Alta Mar so that is where I went after arriving in Pohomil. I got a simple room with two beds, a fan and a bathroom. The price was 350 cordobas per night (July 2009), which was the same as 17.5 dollars.
The good thing with Hotel Alta Mar is that there is a restaurant, with two hammocks, overlooking the sea. This is a nice place where you can sit and relax with a good book to read, not only when you eat.
From the restaurant there is a long stair leading directly down to the beach. At the bottom of the stairs there is a shower where you can rinse off the sand before going up again.
We checked out a few places in Pochomil and thought this is the best choice. Why? Big clean rooms, right ON the beach with nice beds and run by a lovely Nicaraguan family. The rooms have aircon (what is quite necesarry cause it can be really hot over there). The only thing missing is the lack of fresh water. You can shower but the water is a mixture between fresh and salt. Maybe in the future the owner can do something about it. Prices are negotiable cause there`s a lot of competition going on over there. We paid $20 in low seison.
On the beach, good restaurant, clean.
Hotel Altamar is Located up the hill from where the busses drop off and pick up. There are a few different options on the way and most have restaurantes attached as well. Hotel Altamar is not hard to see (check out the bright red in the pic) so you wont miss it. If you are in a group only one of you will have to show ID/Passport when checking in for their records. They have some rooms with A/C, some with out (they have at least one strong fan) and some rooms with private bathroom (toilet, sink and shower) and rooms with just beds (they have communal showers and toilets close by.) Our room did not have Mosquito nets so depending on your personal risk level,,, you may want to bring and string your own. This is not a resort and in some aspects it shows, thought not in a horrible way. And if you were at the end of a long trip like we were the price my be just right for you! PS the dog didnt bark all night long! Which is good cause the walls are thin!
What I really loved about this hotel was its cute little extras. First there where Hammocks everywhere! Even in the restaurant dinning room, which was wonderful for taking quick after-meal naps, before heading down to the beach! The beach was accessed by a staircase behind the dinning room and goes straight out to the water, just passed the cabanas. Also they had and overlook where you can get a glimpes of the water conditions before heading down the stairs. Great for listening to the sound of the ocean without all the sand and wetness! There are also lines up to hang wet stuff if needed.
Cabanas line the beach up and down and usually are attached to a restaurant or kitchen. If you sit out there you are expected eat or drink or you shouldnt stay there. If you have a preference for a particular place, just make sure you are sitting in the right area because you dont want to cause conflict with competting stands (we actually saw a fight break out over this). The food in both the restaurant and cabana was excellent! The best seafood ever is in the coastal citys and its safer as well. They even deveined my shrimp! And again they have hammock galore! Great for a relaxing break before our nail bitting bus ride back to Managua(look for my transportation tip!)
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