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Reviewed 19 September 2017

I was there in July 2017. I had a great time there. The owner was nice to us and help us with everything we needed. We left early in the morning and they packed some sandwiches for us. It is not a fancy place, but it is a comfy, colorful and nice place to be. The parking spots are on the street in front of the hotel, they took care of our car.

Room Tip: I was in a room that was not close to the waterpool just in case there were some noisy guests.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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2  Thank Carlos M
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

My husband and I stayed here for a couple of days after flying into Managua and will definitely be back. After reading some of the other reviews, my best advice is this:

MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS!

This is not a 5-star Mexican resort. It's not a Fairmont or a Decameron. However, it is a great little hotel with a ton of personality in an area of Managua you're going to want to explore.

The hotel offers a transfer from the airport (it was $14.75USD at time of writing), so you can book that ahead if you don't want to navigate the chaos of the taxi scrum on arrival. You can also arrange a hotel driver instead of taking a taxi, which we opted to do so he would wait on us while we got our phone cards at the mall and we wouldn't have to explain to another driver how to get us back. At time of writing, that service was $10 USD per hour.

Not all staff speak English, but there was always someone on who did. There's free wi-fi throughout the hotel, so you can use Google Translate if that helps. Even the staff who spoke no English communicated with us through friendly smiles and accommodating our poorly mimed out requests :)

This is a small property, and it's not luxury but it is clean and comfortable. Like a lot of Central American city properties, it's a fairly narrow building that doesn't look like much from the street, but the magic lies beyond the facade. There are a few tables and chairs out front to enjoy. The open air front lobby serves as the front desk, bar (for drinks and snacks), and breakfast dining room. There's actually a commercial stove and grill in the room too, where they make breakfast right in front of you! It's a great place to sit and watch the world go by, play some cards and enjoy a cold drink in the Central American heat.

The next room is a darker, more shaded but still open air lounging area with souvenirs for sale. There are comfortable tables and chairs there as well for work (if you need to do that, as I did!), playing cards, etc.

Beyond that is an open courtyard with a large monkey habitat built right into the middle of it. They are SO CUTE and super friendly. This is where the hotel rooms begin. I did feel bad when, during a thunderstorm, one of the poor wee guys reached his arms out to me through the bars, wanting a hug. Otherwise they play on their swings, leap around the cage and talk to the guests. We loved having them right outside our door, but if you like to sleep in (say past 6am), you might want to request a room a bit further from the animals. The monkeys aren't as loud as the parrots (there's one that yells, Papa! Papa! in the morning) but we thought it was great to have them here, so the noise was a way better wakeup call than an alarm clock and a commute.

Beyond that courtyard is the outdoor patio and pool area. The pool is lovely, part in the sun and partly shaded under a cabana you can sit in. The pool looks small, but it's very deep in the far end (my 6'4" husband couldn't touch bottom) and it's long enough to do laps. It is SO refreshing after taking a walk around the neighbourhood.

Speaking of which, don't be afraid to walk around here. There's a university with several buildings in the neighbourhood, and a lot of food carts and small cafes to accommodate the students. Not even a block up the street there's a large park with plenty of shade, benches, kids playground equipment, etc. Lots of people and families hang out there during the day.

Walk out the front door of the hotel and turn right (past that park) and in under two blocks, you're at a four-lane street. Cross that street to access Paseo de Los Proceres, a park-like pedestrian area with manicured gardens that spans several blocks in length.

Ask the front desk for dinner recommendations and they might send you to La Plancha, less than two blocks walk away. It's a steak house and Chinese restaurant--odd combination, I know, but the steak churrasco was fantastic and the prices very reasonable.

The hotel itself is like staying at a friend's cottage... the rooms are small but comfortable, and the staff are fantastic and will make sure you have everything you need. There are all kinds of handcrafted items all over the walls in the rooms and common areas (I think most of it is for sale), which makes the property really colourful and warm. Your room will be the only place that's air conditioned, so it's nice for sleeping.

Breakfast and wi-fi are both included, and breakfast was delicious. Staff will let you know what's available (when we were here, we could choose from different types of scrambled egg omelettes, fresh fruit, bacon or sausage, toast, pancakes, rice and beans, etc.) and will cook it fresh for you anytime before 11am. And I mean FRESH... we saw the ingredients come right off the farmer's cart outside the front door!

You may experience some typical challenges, as you may in any area of the country: the power sometimes goes out, wi-fi sometimes goes down for a few minutes, the sinks and showers don't drain quickly. Just go with it. Hopefully if you're staying here, you're not in a hurry and you're not expecting a North American 5-star spoiling. Enjoy your time here and don't be afraid to explore the neighbourhood.

We'll be back! I'd bring our kids here, too.

Room Tip: Rooms toward the back of the property seemed quieter.
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Miranda M
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

The hotel is showing its age however it is comfortable and clean and does all that a hotel should. It is the staff that will make your stay enjoyable, asking if you have enjoyed your day and listening to your answer. They will also be glad to answer any question you may have about Managua or onward travels.The breakfast is not the grandest but it is freshly made and tasty and always served with a smile

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank RonA_Plymouth
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

So we stumbled upon this little gem on "ahem.com" which in the past has been shall we say less than truthful. But after 25 hours of travel from the Uk. A bed would be a bed and we wouldn't care.

How we were surprised, the staff are so friendly and helpful, the food the night manager cooks is outstanding and the rooms are immaculate. The plunge pool is also a cheeky little bonus to escape the mid day madness of Managua's raging heat.
But the Our ultimate thanks and well wishes for the future go to F J. ( don't call him Miguel ) what an absolute legend this man is and a credit to the hotel. Nothing was too much for him, from activating me a Nicaraguan SIM card, to taxis, to helping us out ( with the aide of some contacts ) an alternate and all together more fun way to get to Bluefields due to our flights being over booked.

All in all, would very much recommend this Hotel, its staff and its facilities to anyone looking for a reasonable priced but well equipped, maintained and quirky hotel.

Thanks guys. Phil and Zara. See you soon

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
3  Thank plumb0b
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Although the room was small for the two of us we had a very nice experience at this hotel we spend 15 days here, staff was excellent we want to extend our sincere personal thank you note to: Freddy, George, Dina and Carmen for making our experience so beautiful, breakfast was amazing, the room was always nice and clean, love the birds they were little loud at times, but not out of control loud. The only down point for us was the hot water we didn't have hot water for several days after we arrived to the hotel, it was fixed almost at the end of our stay.

Room Tip: Rooms near to the reception area have better wi-fi reception
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank 115juanac
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