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“Extremely disappointing” 1 of 5 stars
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Posada Chico Largo
| San Jose del Sur, Isla de Ometepe 505, Nicaragua   |  
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Altagracia
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“Extremely disappointing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Chico Largo is one of three hotels which are side by side at Charco Verde. The hotels are owned by three brothers, and there are some similarities--notably poor security, and robberies. Chico Largo is the cheapest of the three. The dorm is $5, the rooms $15.
As far as location is concerned, Chico Largo is as close to paradise as I expect to get in this life. The wind and waves over the lake, the shrieking of birds, the flaming sunsets, monkeys grunting, a magical spot.
But the dorm. The tin roof rattles annoyingly. The outer walls are crumbling. The inner walls are scuffed and grubby. Water is intermittent. So is electricity. The concrete floor is breaking into layers. A two-dollar padlock is all that stands between your stuff and a stream of locals passing within meters of the front door, fishermen and sometimes children--and I was told at Moyogalpa that thievery has been a problem at Chico Largo. Right here on Trip Advisor there are reports of guests being robbed, apparently by staff. Staff didn't bother to remove used bedclothes for a couple of days when people left. They were not rude to me, but they never had change, and didn't seem much for conversation. The food was pretty good, but expensive. I told a staff member that the dorm was kind of crappy, and he said they are going to remodel. I can't wait.
Another annoyance was the volume of noise coming from the bulding that has reception and the kitchen. Staff enjoy their loud music, and use a noisy TV to babysit their children. They don't realize that they are there to serve their clients, not to amuse themselves. I go there to enjoy the tranquility of a beautiful spot, not to listen to hideous American "music."
Still, I stayed there three nights in November and five nights in March, and had planned to stay another ten days. I left because one evening staff put a loudspeaker meters from my window and blasted what they considered to be music. I lost my temper completely and left in the morning.
The rooms look pretty good, maybe worth the $15, but they are alarmingly close to two houses that enjoy their loud radios.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

We had all our valuables stolen in July 2008 when a group of traveling friends stayed at Chico largo. The staff here were very unfriendly, rude and even started accusing one of the guys staying in the room...the hotel next door on the other hand (hotel finca Venetia) were very helpful and gave us a lift free of charge to the police station and back so that we could report the issue. The locals have said that this hostel has had many incidents of theft in the past (some of us spoke Spanish) at this particular hostel and seemed to be suspicious of the hostel staff too.

Do NOT stay here by any costs, next door is a better option or perhaps in the main strip where the boat departs.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Alhambra, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Checked in yesterday and the staff could not be ruder, their energy is all negative, the price may be good but not worth the crap attitude. Just now I am checking out and they trow the bill at me, literally slam it to the desk not saying a word, whom ever trained these people did a very poor job. The girl at the counter is an energy vampire, avoid this place, plenty of other place for $2 more. Talking to the workers next door they also notice the long faces. What a drag!!!! goto venecia or sainai or any other place but here. Nice views, not much of a beach, good wifi, and treat area, but the staff ruins any good vacation you may be having.

Room Tip: The dorm rooms are a good value and in front of the Lake. at five bucks a steal.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed there for 2 nights and it was a really nice and relaxing place. They gave us a new room for the price of an old one because the hotel was almost empty when we got there. So we paid 20$ for a double room with private bath and hot water. We ate at the restaurant on two occasions and it was really good. We paid the total bill just before going, they never asked us to pay on arrival. The owners were nice and helpful.

The view on the volcano and on the lake was great. The hotel itself is very cute,with a lot of hamock to lounge in and many birds and exotic flowers. You can get to the Charco Verde reserve in 15 minutes by walk.

As the previous review is saying, this is not for the people searching for a luxury hotel. But if you want a nice little hotel to relax and see how people are living on this island, it is perfect. If you stay around and observe, you will notice men leading their cows to the lake, women washing clothes in the lake and kids playing around with the chickens. This is exactly what we were looking for.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

we stayed at his place for 3 nights and enjoyed it very much. we had two beds in the 6 bed-dorm for only 5 dollars per night. the dorm is clean, has a bathroom and is located very near the lake (we left the door open and could hear the waves rolling in at night... so nice).
we had all our meals in the small "restaurant", which was good as well. but don't order the spagetti with tomatesauce, cause that's just sweet-sour-sauce.
the place next to it has horses to rent for trips (with a guide) for 7 dollars per hour. another good idea is to get up very early, go into the nearby park and look for the monkeys and birds.

by the way: to get there, you should ask the busdriver to tell you when you should get off the bus (otherwise you might have to climb over some fences and walk through brooks and the lake... fun, but avoidable ;) )

this is not a place for travellers who want to have a luxury place to stay, but definitely the best place for nature-lovers who want to have a good time with great people!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

They charged us $40/night for a cabin with no hot water. Though we paid them when we checked in, in the morning, they claimed that we never paid. They reported us to the Nicaraguan navy who detained us until we gave them another $40. We later spoke to a cabdriver who informed us that they regularly run this scam on tourists. Avoid at all costs.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Posada Chico Largo

Address: | San Jose del Sur, Isla de Ometepe 505, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 29 Specialty lodging in Isla de Ometepe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

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