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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

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De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este | San Juan de la Concepcion, Masaya, Nicaragua
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My 15 year old daughter and I spent ten days at La Mariposa. We stayed with a local family who were absolutely wonderful. We volunteered at a women's cooperative bakery in the mornings and then had Spanish class in the afternoon. We also went on quite a few of the activities and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The hotel itself is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids and I stayed at La Mariposa for five days and loved every minute of our experience! Paulette, the founder and guiding genius, is absolutely delightful and the staff are amazing. While one of the principal purposes of the hotel is to offer excellent indiviudalized Spanish instruction, it also affords families the opportunity to volunteer at any of the... More 

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited La Mariposa in August of 2015 with my two teenaged daughters and our friend, another teenaged girl. We had the time of our lives. Although we did not stay in the hotel, per se, we did stay in the cabañas-- or eco-rooms, after first spending several nights in homestay. We participated in the Spanish lessons and the cultural... More 

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boston, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just got back from 4 weeks at La Mariposa with my 3 children ages 4, 10, and 12. My husband joined us the last week. We stayed with a family and took Spanish classes in the morning and did the activities in the afternoon. Overall, this was a great experience, but I wanted to write a review because there... More 

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paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

First of all thank you so much for writing such a detailed review – I know your life is super busy! We all admired you enormously travelling alone with three children under 12, it is not easy by any means especially as La Mariposa was at its busiest time whilst you were here with a lot of children running around... More 

Nanaimo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took the hotel option with spanish lessons in the morning and afternoon trips to various places with a range of activities including swimming in a volcano lake, cooking and horseback riding. The locals who work at the school are fantastic and the teachers are very skilled and helpful. One on one makes a huge difference!

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just spent four incredible weeks at La Mariposa with our children aged 8 and 10 and it provided us with the experience we had hoped for and more. We were so well looked after by Paulette and all the staff at the hotel throughout our time there as well as by our host family. The daily Spanish lessons were... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I went to Mariposa Spanish School with my 7 year old son and we had a marvelous time! The one-on-one Spanish lessons were fantastic - both my grammar and conversation teachers were so patient and pleasant and helpful and it really made me feel very comfortable. Alas, my son did not learn much Spanish, but that was more his lack... More 

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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I just returned from my 4th trip to La Mariposa. I could go on and on about how great it is, but I'll let the fact that I have returned 3 times and am already planning my 5th trip to speak for itself. This is the most unique may to travel and see the world, step outside your comfort zone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had a wonderful experience at La Mariposa. We took our 8 year old granddaughter who only spoke a couple of words in Spanish before the trip. We stayed for 2 weeks with a family who kept an immaculate house and had mosquito nets for our beds. It was a fabulous cultural experience for all. The school draws international students... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I spent a week at La Mariposa this summer. This was my second visit. It is very beautiful and unique. I stayed at the hotel, had Spanish classes in the morning, and did planned activities in the afternoon. I loved my teachers Johana and Kinema. The classes were one on one with two hours of grammar and two hours of... More 

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