The Luna was a nice place to stay. It is the place recommended in Lonely Planet, and accordingly there has been some price inflation. Dorms were $8 and private rooms with private bathroom $25US.c
The rooms were clean, and they supplied water for a nominal charge (5 cordoba for 1.5L.). Towels were provided and the hot water worked well.
Contrary to Lonely Planet and their sign, absolutely no English is spoken, except by the owner (who we only saw in passing) and by a tour operator / staff member at the associated cafe.
In a decent location. If you walk a few blocks there are some good places to eat.
A taxi from here to either of the bus terminals is 10C per person.
They also arrange cigar tours to a factory called Santiago cigars . This was interesting, although it was disappointing to see the reasonably poor (and bad for their health) conditions of the workers who get paid Peanuts, whilst the smarmy looking American owner drives a brand new Chevy and seems to be living the high life. A cheap place to buy legit Nicaragua cigars though if you smoke or want them as gifts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A central, hassle-free stay in the heart of Esteli with access to everything the region has to offer - and just a step away from our community-tourism office and the popular Cafe Luz restaurant and bar. We donate all our profits and resources to facilitate community-driven projects in rural and urban areas in northern Nicaragua: non-profit social enterprise creating social change. Reception Open 7am to 10pm | Access 24 hours |Wi-Fi | Laundry Service | Cable TV | Night guard on duty 10pm to 8am | English and Spanish spoken | Free organic coffee and tea | Purified water available | Fluffy towels available | Safe for valuables | Seating and hammock area | Attractive patio garden ... more less