I've seen lots of comments on this hotel ranging from horrible to fairly positive so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I (50 yr. old woman) was traveling with my 20 yr. old daughter on vacation. We chose CasaBlanca because it was near the beach, in our price range, Casablanca is my favorite movie, and we enjoyed their website. We arranged to have them pick us up at our hotel in Managua and drive us down. They were right on time (actually a little early) with a nice four-seater pick up truck for us (I guess they thought we might have a lot of luggage). The drive down was great with a scenic stop at a lake made from an old volcano. The charge was $110 which we later learned was about what a regular taxi would have charged though there are certainly MUCH cheaper ways to get around. The hotel is indeed right across the street from the beach and the street is not too busy but busy enough to be interesting. We enjoyed lying in the hammocks on the front porch watching the street scene. There is also the CasaBlanca "veranda" across the street overlooking the beach where you can get food and drinks, too. The lobby is small but inviting with a poster from Casablanca (the movie) on the wall and an armed guard. Our room was on the first floor and was quite dark as the window went out into the back alley (as did the back door). The rooms on the second floor had small balconies overlooking the pool and we met some people who had switched to one of those but we didn't really plan to spend much time in the room so we stayed in the first floor one. The room was very clean and made up every day and the beds and pillows were quite comfortable. The bathroom was okay with some nice tile, a very large ahower, and some rather rundown faucets. The water went off a few times while we were there but never for very long and otherwise it was adequate to shower and there was almost always hot water. The power in the whole town went off pretty much every night but again not for too long. The hotel room had a very nice modern air conditioner which worked very well and quietly (as long as there was power, obviously). The pool is tiny but was very clean and refreshing. The breakfast was eggs, "toast" (typical of the other places we stayed the toast was wonderbread passed through the toaster just long enough to dry it out), with guava jelly and butter, orange flavored drink of some sort, and coffee -- again typically the coffee was quite bad. One day there was also fresh fruit. Some people complained about the breakfast but it was fine for us. We did go to the new coffee shop in town to get some good coffee, though. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful in making phone calls for us although they were unable to call a cellphone, only local calls. The car rental place located in the lobby called the cellphone we needed, though, so that was okay. There is an ATM right at the hotel which was nice when it was open and worked which was several times. The staff speak a little English but my daughter's Spanish was certainly helpful. All in all, we found this to be ideally located and perfectly acceptable otherwise. I do know others have been less happy so I think it may depend a lot on your needs and may be a bit hit or miss.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Casablanca Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur