I spend about 120 nights out a year on business, and probably another 30 on pleasure. I travel extensively in the USA, Mexico and Central America, both to major cities and small towns.
Normally, I stay at a hotel chain, either a full service hotel or express type hotel.
For this trip, I decided to try Casa Naranja, which if I have to describe it, is between a boutique hotel and a bed and breakfast. I stayed here 5 nights, August 11 to August 16.
I have to say, it was my most pleasant, relaxing business or pleasure stay all year. Exceptional! I will return. You should definitely consider it if you are traveling to Managua.
It is hard to improve on what so many people have already commented about this place, but I’ll give my version.
As many people have mentioned, it is the people that work at Casa Naranja that make is special to start with. I’ll get to that more in a minute.
My room was basic and home style (#5), but had a comfortable bed, nice sheets and bedding, good air conditioning, a ceiling fan (I wish more hotels had this), a nice bathroom and shower, and fast internet. OK, the TV was a little old style, but I don’t watch much TV anyway. I was very comfortable, and I enjoy a 5 star hotel as much as the next person, but Casa Naranja is nice, clean and very relaxing. It is like coming home to a quiet house. When I returned from work each night, they were more than happy to fix me a cocktail, and I enjoyed it on their terrace, which also has ceiling fans, and is very relaxing. The terrace is small, but so are the number of guests, and I never had a problem getting a table. Breakfast is delicious with many choices, and served quickly with fresh juices. Their coffee, like many places in Nicaragua, is excellent.
I did frequent the two close by restaurants, Terraza Peruan and Cocina de Dona Haydee. I need to write separate reviews for each of them, but both are in easy, safe walking distance, and each night I had a great meal and several drinks for around $20.00, including a nice tip. So not being at a big hotel with their expensive restaurant prices was a nice change. The food and service at both restaurants is very good, with many choices. You could eat just at these two restaurants for a week and not be bored with the selections.
The staff is what makes Casa Naranja really special though. Some may say that this is just a Bed and Breakfast and not a full service hotel, but I wanted for nothing. They have a computer and printer in their “business center”, the front desk personnel are all like a knowledgeable concierge, and willing to help with any request. If I wanted a drink, a taxi, or information, I received it quickly and with a smile.
My 5 night stay was a welcome change and really made my business trip enjoyable and relaxing after a hard day. Thanks to all at Casa Naranja for a wonderful week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Naranja is an excellency awarded boutique hotel and a great choice for business or leisure. Its privileged location allows guests to walk safely to the most recognized culinary, shopping, finance and entertainment centers of modern Managua. Its architectural design resembles an antique Nicaraguan colonial house surrounded by nature and a vast collection of art and antiques. It is definitively the place to savor the true Nicaraguan culture. ... more less
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- Casa Naranja Hotel