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Two Blocks West From Parque Central Next to San Francisco`S Church, Leon 21000 Nicaragua
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#4 of 15 hotels in Leon
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Hotel El Convento is located at the heart of the city of Leon, Nicaragua, on the site of the former San Francisco Convent. Its colonial buildings and lush gardens offer a unique atmosphere which will make your stay a very pleasant experience.The hotel offers comfortable guest rooms, conference and banqueting facilities, a cafeteria and a gourmet restaurant which is considered by many to be one of the best in Nicaragua.Whether you are visiting Leon for business or pleasure, Hotel El Convento should be your first choice!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary welcome drink
Wine / champagne
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Room service
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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743alastair wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for two nights and were very happy with the hotel. The room was clean and comfortable and when we needed help from the staff they were very helpful. There was a nice breakfast and the location is very central. Would use again if we ever returned to Leon.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Ana Gutierrez, Administración de ingresos at Hotel El Convento
Responded 1 Apr 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you per share your experience with us. We hope serve you soon. Best Regards,
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maritimeexplorer wrote a review Mar 2020
Nova Scotia, Canada3,341 contributions1,100 helpful votes
As you can guess from the name Hotel El Convento was once a convent, although that word can mean what we would consider a monastery as well. The San Francisco Convent dates all the way back to 1639 and was run by the Franciscans until they were expelled from Nicaragua in 1829. After that it has served as a school, an institution of higher learning, a convent once again, but with sisters this time and lastly a school once again. Damaged by earthquakes and then bombed into oblivion during the civil war, by 1980 there was nothing left of the original historic structure. Beginning in 1995, the site was purchased by the current owner who obtained as many plans as he could assemble to build a hotel that was as close in design to the original convent as possible. He has succeeded spectacularly. I had no idea until I got here that the place was essentially new. The place is absolutely loaded with great pieces of art, most religious in nature, but not your run of the mill stiff depictions of saints and madonnas. For example there is a carved wooden angel with a Dolly Partonesque superstructure and children all waiting their turn. I've seen lots of angels, but never one that looked like this one. Aside from looking at the art there is also a nice courtyard and fountain that was a favourite gathering spot for white-winged doves in the early morning and at evening. The rooms were spacious with brick walls and tile floors that kept the rooms cool although there was also air conditioning if you wanted it, but we generally found the ambient temperature just right. Not only was the hotel itself great, but the location was excellent. It seemed that almost everything you would want to see was only a few blocks away in one direction or another. This is simply a great oasis in a very nice city with very few tourists.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Rooms away from the central courtyard are quietest.
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Response from Ana Gutierrez, Administración de ingresos at Hotel El Convento
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Dear Sir We are happy to read your comment. We appreciate the time you took to let us know your experience at our hotel, it is a pleasure to serve you. Cordially,
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Jackie B wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom51 contributions18 helpful votes
This hotel is situated a 5 minute walk from the main square and cathedral. It is a converted convent that used to belong to the church next door. A lot of the objects and rooms have been kept giving it a lovely atmosphere. The room was clean and tidy with 2 double beds, TV, WiFi and air conditioning. A separate pool towel was already in the closet for you to use. The pool is small but clean and refreshing. Breakfast was buffet style. Only on my 3rd morning was I offered an omelette but there was bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, plantin and halumi cheese on offer with bread/toast, yoghurts and fruit. The courtyard has designed bushes and a large fountain that the birds used to cool off in! Peaceful to sit and read or just watch the birds. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Chris W wrote a review Feb 2020
Penarth, United Kingdom306 contributions81 helpful votes
We only stayed here for one night and the room was full of mosquitos, so bad that we had to go to a supermarket to buy a can of fly spray. The hotel is an old convent and there is iconography everywhere, which is different. The breakfast was okay but not outstanding. There is a small pool which is refreshing after a hot and sweaty day travelling around the area.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Allan J wrote a review Oct 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia4 contributions
This is one of the best hotels in Leon. It is a refurbished old convent with beautiful grounds. Wlaking distance to the cathedral, restaurants, and shopping. When checking in, ask for a room that is not next to the street. From our room we could hear the evening and early morning rush hour traffic.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Response from AnaGGM, Director de Recepción at Hotel El Convento
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Dear Mr.Allan, Thank you per the time that you took to let us know your experience with us. We hope can serve you soon. Best Regards,
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel El Convento
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel El Convento?
Nearby attractions include Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian (0.1 km), Museo de la Revolucion (0.3 km), and Museo Ruben Dario (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel El Convento?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel El Convento?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel El Convento?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel El Convento?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel El Convento?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tacubaya Latin Food, Mañana Mañana Cafe, and El Bodegon.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel El Convento?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Hotel El Convento have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel El Convento offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hotel El Convento located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Leon.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel El Convento?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Hotel El Convento offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.