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“Great place to get away from the day-to-day!” 5 of 5 stars
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Garner, North Carolina
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“Great place to get away from the day-to-day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I traveled to Nicaragua for work and decided to stay a few extra days and see more of the country. My wife & I came across the Hotel el Casino on this site and are so thankful we did. As other reviews mention, the hotel is decorated beatifully with art from all over Nicaragua. The hotel is located in the small fishing village of Casares and you get a great visual experience of the workings of the local fisherman and market. The owner, Patrice, and his staff were very accomodating. Patrice didn't want us to get bored and offered to set up a fishing excursion or horseback riding, but we were there to just relax and soak up the sun, eat, & drink. The food was excellent and their house drink, Mandarin de Jugo con Rum (Mandarin juice & rum), was delicious. We walked down the beach to the neighboring town of La Boquita and had lunch right on the beach. Patrice gave us some great advice to try this at low tide as there are some rocks that jut out from the shore and are almost impassable when the tide comes in. From La Boquita, we hopped the bus on the way back to Casares. We met some great folks down there and hope to go back in the future!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Granada, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had a great experience at Hotel Casino, the owner Patrice was very welcoming and helpful. The hotel is set right on the ocean and from the upstairs balcony you can observe as the fisherman come in and out with there catch of the day. It is a great cultural experience! Our rooms were clean and had a private door leading right out the upstairs balcony. The hotel is beautifully decorated and the food was lovely!

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Richmond, Virginia
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11 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Just returned from 3 weeks in Nicaragua, having spent 5 memorable days at the El Casino. As prior reviews read, this hotel is the labor of love of Patrice Glo, the affable, hands-on owner. Unlike the previous reviewer, my wife and I found the food fabulous and very reasonably priced. We enjoyed the hearty breakfasts; the seafood, caught that day; the freshly squeezed fruit juices; and accompanying vegetables and flans. Patrice asked us what we would enjoy eating and asked the kitchen staff to be mindful of my severe food allergy and requests. The staff was friendly and accommadated every one of our requests. We ate very well with a beautiful view of the colorful fishing boats and ocean.
Our room was simple, but clean and the bed was comfortable. There are now chairs and tables on the 2nd floor veranda outside the room and no water condensation from the A.C. There is plenty of shade there until the late afternoon, affording a perfect view of all the fishing activity below.
Patrice has the name of several drivers who for a reasonable rate will drive you from Managua to Casares. Casares is a small town worth a stroll, and it is possible to walk miles further down the beach if you walk along the cliff "boardwalk". We enjoyed doing that, noticing all the small crabs on the rocks, collecting sea glass and spying a tortoise about to lay her eggs. We swam daily in the ocean directly in front of the hotel, the water warm and waves, gentle for body surfing.
El Casino is a gem of a hotel within a true view of Nica fishing culture. If you are looking for a beach experience devoid of local culture, this is not Sandals.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, OH
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

The owner of Hotel Casino was a very nice man but the website for this hotel is grossly inaccurate. Yes, the lobby is decorated in a cool way, but it's a bit dusty and not at all representative of the rooms.

1. Casares is not really a beach town and not set up for tourists at all. There is nothing wrong with that, but you need to know that going in. Hotel El Casino is the only thing there, There was a local comedor or two but they were grossly overpriced and unfriendly. So, your only option is Casino, which is also overpriced and food is only OK.

2. If you aren't renting a car or taxing a taxi to Casares/El Casino, forget about it. The description of how long it takes to get there from the website and the owner were very generous in terms of convenience. It was a very long bus ride.

3. The rooms don't look like the website pictures. AT ALL. We stayed in the room pictured online (or it looked almost exactly like that), but it was in need of painting. The shower leaked out onto the floor. The bed was really uncomfortable, and the room wasn't particularly clean. The balcony had no chairs and the A/C unit leaked out onto the balcony which made it slippery not to mention not a super pleasant experience.

4. The food was decent but nothing special and was really overpriced. I understand it's harder to source certain things if you are further out, but even the fish was overpriced.

5. Lobby staff wasn't friendly. I think we were the only people staying there, is it really that hard to put on a smile?

6. There was nothing to do. I've been to small fishing villages and as long as you have a pleasant room, that doesn't really matter. But since the room wasn't pleasant that aggravated the situation. There was very little beach to walk before it became cliffs, and there was nowhere to really sit and hang out at the beach because you're right behind where all the boats come in. There wasn't a whole lot of town to walk through either.

The owner was nice, but he wasn't there much. We only stayed 14 hours in total because the next morning we got out as soon as we could. The view is cool and it's neat to watch the boats come in. But about 30 minutes at Casino and in Casares would have sufficed.

We are seasoned Nica travelers and understand the idiosyncracies of vacationing in the country. I just feel others need to get a picture of what we experienced. The combination of Casares not being as advertised (by the hotel on their website) and of the hotel not being as advertised made for a bad trip.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Patrice G, Owner at Hotel el Casino, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
We do appreciate all comments made whether positive or negative from our valued clients. Strangely enough a considerable amount of previous comments made by clients (credible clients who have stayed with us sometimes for over two months) do indicate a totally different response. Additionally our records on this particular date ,do not show any registration in the name of the person (s) responsible for his own comment. However, we do understand this is fair game in this business. if some reason the opportunity presents itself to the reviewer to revisit us at no charge in order to have a second opinion, we are definitately amenable to any constructive suggestions. Just allow us to respond positively to your demands. Very truly yours. Patrice Glo. owner/manager
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Patrice Glo is the ideal fellow to run a hotel - Hotel Casino is his pride and joy.
Right on the beach, a sleepy little fishing village away from it all.
Great service, good accommodations for Nicaragua - $15 per night with a fan.
$25 with a/c.
Not much of anything in the town - cooking at night outside the hotel is down on the streets.
Patrice does a great job of accommodating his guests with almost any food they want.
Worth a side trip if you want to get away from tourist traps and other travelers.
I spend a lot of time in Casares, and loved staying at the Hotel Casino.
A side note - if your having a problem with your computer or cell phone, Emerson, who works in the WIFI and computer room, is a wiz. A great guy who can help you with computer or cell phone problems.

Room Tip: I was comfortable with the fan. No need for a/c in my opinion
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Managua, Managua, Nicaragua
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Patrice and his staff are very attentive and the hotel is beautiful. The rooms are basic offer basic necessities and are quite clean. The showers do not have hot water.

The hustle and bustle of the fishing village takes place just outside the hotel and is fun to watch. However, it goes on at all hours which can create noise problems. And they're fishermen who fish which can create odor problems.

The food served at the hotel is good with lots of seafood options. We found the portions to be a little on the small side for the price, but delicious non-the-less. My husband raved about the seafood burger!

The beach is not for swimming or sunning. The tide comes in very high and the waves are very angry with a strong undertow.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redondo Beach, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for three nights and loved it. The hotel is situated right on the beach where the local fisherman park their boats. When they bring in their catches, it is a little fish market in front of the hotel. Needless to say, the seafood at the hotel was amazing. The owner, Patrice, was very accommodating. He brought in a masseuse one day for me and even offerred to drive us to the nearby nature preserve (which, unfortunately, was closed). The room had A/C, a private bathroom and a great view of the ocean. Highly reccommended if you are in the area. Very relaxing.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Casares, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Carazo Department > Casares
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Casares
Number of rooms: 12

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