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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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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

During my almost 3 weeks at La Mariposa I ate well, slept well, improved my Spanish immensely, thoroughly enjoyed the activities, and met very interesting fellow guests. But above all I was delighted to feel I was contributing to the dignified and respectful development of a community of of its' people. There wer smiles everywhere. A precious gift. I am... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband & I stayed at the school for a week (3-8 Jan 2016). I knew almost no Spanish, but by the last lesson, I was comfortable enough to walk into town with my instructor & go into stores, make small purchases, ask of directions, etc. The learning environment is very nurturing. Next time, I hope we can stay 2-3... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Mariposa is a very special place. Our family -- two adults and three children, ages 3, 6 and 9 -- visited twice for a total of 3 weeks in late 2015/early 2016. We each had our own Spanish tutor for four hours a day, and we found the teachers to be talented, creative, flexible, responsive and committed. But La... More 

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Thank solachic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was incredible! We did a week of Spanish school staying at the hotel onsite. We got picked up at the airport without a hitch at 2:30am by their awesome drivers, got to our clean and private room and got started on Spanish the very next day. Half the day is for volunteering, sightseeing, exploring, hiking, excursions, socializing, etc.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Having been watching Paulette's website for a few years, I finally made it to La Mariposa and don't regret a minute of it. What a marvelous place! The Spanish classes are great with 2 hours of grammar and another 2 of conversation (with a different teacher) each morning, Monday to Friday. The classes are geared to one's level of Spanish... More 

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1 Thank Felicity236
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Hey Felicity! Thank you so much for doing this review...and so fast! Much appreciated. Also appreciated is your help for a couple of very skinny dogs in the community...we will stay in touch on that one!! More 

Minnetonka, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

La Mariposa Spanish School in La Concepcion Nicaragua provides an excellent combination of Spanish instruction and activities, both volunteer or tourist. The school is located near a rural town, just south of Managua and gives the students a good taste of Nicaragua culture including home stays if desired. I visited the school in October and November which is the end... More 

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1 Thank Robert R
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for these comments. I totally agree that Oct/Nov is a delightful time to come to La mariposa...Though officially the rainy season it does not actually rain much and when it does it keeps the temperatures down. Hope you return some day!! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I have attended La Mariposa twice, and last summer sent my 19-year-old daughter there for two weeks on her own. She loved it and decided on her own to do a homestay and to volunteer duringher second week. Both of us had excellent Spanish teachers, and I really enjoyed the afternoon/evening excursions.

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1 Thank Allison C
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Great news that it all worked out! hope we see you both again some day. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I spent 4 weeks at the hotel in September and October. I loved my Spanish classes--one on one classes with a grammar teacher, who I had for the whole time, and conversation teachers. I arrived knowing basically nada and left with some good basic Spanish. The hotel itself was great, too. My room was simple and clean. I really liked... More 

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1 Thank susancar0l13
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Muchas gracias Susan for your very kind review. I am especially glad the food worked out well for you,- we do our best to accomodate different dietary requirements. And glad the Spanish improved...that is what we are here for!! And a thank you from me personally though I would like to include the whole of my wonderful team in your... More 

Oak Park, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I returned a couple of weeks ago from a one-week stay and can't say enough good things about La Mariposa! First of all, you can rely on their website, which has tons of information and is very honest about amenities, etc. My Spanish teachers (2 hours of grammar, 2 hours of conversation each day) were very good teachers, figured out... More 

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

Thank you Barbara for this very kind review. We especially appreciate your comments on the website...we do try to be honest and it really helps when guests have read it thoroughly so they know what to expect.....hope very much to see you again some day. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

We stayed for one week in the family room with adorable dolphin mural in the on-site hotel. We found the teachers to be skilled and they especially made our shy six year old comfortable almost immediately, which surprised us. We loved the beautiful garden setting and the excellent and varied field trips. They even set up a great custom trip... More 

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1 Thank Leah M
paulettelamariposa, Owner at La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for this review, Leah, and we are very happy that in general you enjoyed La Mariposa. However, as three quarters of your review concerns food I will address that issue at length! Actually our cooks have a pretty good understanding of nutrition; most of them have completed a course at a noted vegetarian restaurant in Managua. What confused... More 

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