We just returned from a visit to Nicaragua - spent 3 nights at Hotel Vistamar. For those considering Vistamar vs. Montepilar (the luxurious resort a few miles away), it is comparing apples and oranges. They are very different and appeal will depend on type of travel you are looking for. At Vistamar, the bungalows are simply furnished, very clean, attractive and comfortable with large rooms. Each bungalow has 2 rooms, 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs (nice set up for our family of 4.) The upstairs room is larger with 1 queen and 1 twin bed. If I were booking only one room, I would choose the upstairs room. The downstairs room has 1 queen bed. Beds are very firm. Both rooms have room for an additional rollaway, which is supplied. The upstairs room could probably accomodate 2 or 3 rollaways. Each room has a very nice tiled bathroom and shower. Note: There is no hot water. This didn't bother us as it was plenty warm for cool showers, but some people may miss hot showers. There are beautiful and large decks with chairs, table, hammocks outside of each room. The air conditioner amply cools the room, but is fairly loud. There are no screens on the large patio doors, which would have been nice to give the option of outside air (ceiling fans in room) without risk of bugs (though there were very few bugs when we were there.) They say cable and internet are coming, but not available yet. There is also a small kitchen (additional $10/night) at each bungalow. Nice option if you want to bring some of your own food, especially if you choose the non-inclusive rate as we did. Stop for groceries in Managua, as there is very little close to Vistamar. The grounds are lovely - lots of plants, 2 pools and 2 jacuzzi pools (though not hot), an outdoor bar. There is a small restaurant. Food is good. They are happy to bring your meal to your deck or room.
Staff is helpful and friendly. Very little English spoken, except for the manager, who is fluent in English, friendly, extremely helpful (he may be leaving soon however, so possible management change.) The beach is gorgeous. Sandy bottom, incredibly warm water, gradual shallow beach which I think would suit young kids well, nice waves for body surfing. I didn't notice any significant riptide or undertow. The hotel did not have boogy boards or surf boards. The hotel is next to the public beach of Pochomil. On week days, it was deserted, but somewhat active on the weekend. They have horses to rent and all terrain vehicles to rent, which some may like, but we found loud and annoying, though primarily weekend activity. You can walk forever. To the North is a small fishing village. Fun to watch them take the boats out in the early morning. While we were there, the resort was not very busy at all. Primarily Nicaraguan guests - we were the only Americans/Canadians. In summary, we liked this hotel quite a lot. It did not feel "touristy" at all, which appealed to us. We liked the friendly people, the Nicaraguan guests, the layed back atmosphere and the location of the bungalows right on the beach. If you are looking for a more luxurious, American style resort with lots of activities and amenities, you might prefer Montipilar. Again, apples and oranges.
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- Also Known As:
- Vistamar Hotel Managua
- Resort All Inclusive Vistamar