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“Great Spanish School/Eco Hotel in a beautiful setting” 4 of 5 stars
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La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este | San Juan de la Concepcion, Masaya, Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Masaya
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“Great Spanish School/Eco Hotel in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2010

Escuela de la Mariposa is a very special place. It is very comfortable and gave me the feeling that I could stay for a long time. The service is tops, the activities are really fun and informative and the staff very professional. It is carved out of some great country. The language school is directed by Bergman a guy whom I would put into the category of ‘the-best-group-of-people’ in the world. He is a tremendous multi-tasker. Likewise Paulette has done a tremendous job of putting together one of the best Spanish schools around. At my basic level of Spanish I felt my instructors were very very good. They quickly evaluated my level of Spanish and tailored their teaching to my abilities.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2010

This is not your traditional hotel. However, if you are looking for a place to study Spanish in Nicaragua, but do not wish to do a full immersion and home-stay with a Nicaraguan family (which is immeasurably better for learning any language !) , the Mariposa Hotel and Language School is an excellent place. It is located in a beautiful but non-touristy area, and within very easy access of some of the best highlights of Nicaragua. It would also be a great place to come with children, especially if some or all of the family want to do some language training. Paulette, the owner, is helping the local community and nearby schools as part of her long-term commitment to the country. Bergman, who directs the language school, is a renaissance man who is capable of excelling in everything from teaching the imperfect subjunctive, to singing to providing veterinary services to doing stand-up comedy....and then a lot more.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

My stay at the Mariposa was a wonderful all around mini vacation, Spanish language learning experience as well as an introduction to Nicaraguan culture ,history and politics.

The Mariposa was very comfortable and clean.I really appreciated the private bathroom and hot solar shower.The staff was patient with my bumbling Spanish and willing to practice with me. I had classes for two weeks and also participated in many of the optional (included) cultural and arts activities offered by the school including horseback riding and a boat trip where I made a monkey friend.

My stay was a great value and I learned a lot about many aspects of life in Nicaragua while improving my Spanish and making friends with locals and other guests.I would recommend this school/hotel if you want to support the local economy and learn about Nicaragua's history and culture in a environment with lots of friendly people and animals and beautiful gardens.

I hope to return for a longer stay next Summer!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

This was the second time that I stayed at the Mariposa school/ecohotel and it felt just like going to stay with friends. The entire staff of workers and teachers are wonderful and so welcoming to the guests. It is such a value for the price but the hospitality is not something that you could even put a price on. I enjoyed the Spanish classes and felt that I learned a lot. In addition, I learned a lot from the staff and the excursions and now feel like I have a much better understanding of life in Nicaragua. The style is easy going and you can do as much or as little as you want and if the existing excursions are not to your liking the staff will help you arrange something else. The Spanish classes are much the same in that you can go at your own pace and tailor the style so that you learn what you want. I also really enjoyed the food in that it was all fresh and healthy. I hope to make this at least a yearly destination!!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2010

Watch out—this place is addicting. I recently returned from my third trip to Nicaragua and La Mariposa. And I apparently was not the only one who felt that way—during my last stay folks who had been there and then taken off to continue their trips kept dropping back in for a night or two. It quickly feels like home—the warm, welcoming kind--to anyone who has been there.

It is a shining jewel in a very crowded field of Central Spanish schools and, although this is the only place that I have gone for intensive Spanish study, it is difficult to imagine finding a better place (confirmed by people I met there who have studied at other schools). Bergman has assembled a group of excellent teachers who also know how to make learning fun (and effective).

The lodgings combine great comfort with an effective eco-approach and the grounds become more beautiful each time I return. Owner Paulette Gudge has somehow figured out how to stir just a pinch of Brit into the wonderful Nica approach to life with the end result of days filled with learning, fabulous meals, outings, and relaxation. She and the wonderful Nicas who work with her offer an array of after-class activities ranging from thought-provoking lectures on the country’s history to challenging and beautiful hikes around the top of one of the many volcanoes. Nicaragua is an amazing place—stunning scenery, genuine and welcoming people, and a history that we all need to know.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

La Mariposa is simple one of those special places. By which I mean it's far and away more than the sum of its parts. My husband and I scheduled a week to further our (pretty skimpy) knowledge of Spanish. We did that, in spades. Our teachers patiently took us a solid stage ahead of where we'd been and by the end of our five day stint we considered them not only teachers, but friends. I guess that's what makes the place memorable. You feel as though everyone -- from Paulette, who has masterminded and created this inn/school, to the teachers, cooks, fellow travellers and even the many rescue dogs -- they all seem to take a real and personal interest in your well being! We didn't feel like tourists as much as guests. By day three, we were asking whether we could extend our stay. Our trips -- by foot, horse, and van -- into the barrios and farms of San Juan del Concepcion brought us into the lives of the local Nicaraguan farmer and artisan. We came away with a deeper understanding of the problems facing the country and generous spirit of the NIcaragua people.

I'm a nature lover and I was delighted to find that there were plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploration of the breathtaking Nicaraguan landscape. Among all the other memories, there's the sweeping vista across the plains to the lakes and volcanos of the Masayan region, taken in from the top of a ridge we horsebacked out to one afternoon.

And, oh, the food -- it was sublime. Several different veggie dishes per meal, lots of fresh fruit . Even my meat-eating husband was satisfied (esp when everyone went out to the local bar for roasted pig. Don't ask me about it. I wasn't there, but Al came back with a big grin.)

The grounds are delightful -- even surprising -- places for wandering. Local artistry and comfy hammocks fills the nooks and crannies of the open air classrooms and sitting areas and you can have meaningful exchanges with the monkeys and parrots who have their own rooms in the far end of the garden. I came out late one night among the lush plantings just to gaze at the stars. It's that kind of place. You're at home in foreign land.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2010

My boyfriend and I stayed at Mariposa for one week during our month-long trip to Nicaragua, and both of us were amazed at the quality of ourexperience. The hotel itself had everything we could hope for- hammocks and quiet reading areas, a fully stocked library, clean, comfortable rooms with hot water, lovely grounds. The animals are all friendly and I loved being able to play with the monkeys! The food was healthy and tasty, and the afternoon excursions all worthwhile.

The Spanish classes are unbeatable in terms of substance and price. We had one on one instruction for four hours a day! The teachers must accomodate a wide variety of language ability, particularly well demonstrated by the fact that I am fluent in Spanish and my boyfriend knew essentially nothing beyong bar terminology. While my boyfriend received a crash course in Spanish basics, I studied the nuances of "por y para" and reviewed complex grammar. Our teachers were energetic, friendly, patient, and pushed us when needed.

I wholeheartedly recommend Mariposa as a wonderful place to learn Spanish or just stay for a few nights. In fact, my boyfriend is considering returning to study Spanish for a month.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este | San Juan de la Concepcion, Masaya, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Masaya Department > Masaya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Masaya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Mariposa is a small, friendly non-profit Spanish school and eco-hotel, just outside the small town of La Concepcion, Nicaragua. Only an hour from Nicaragua's major attractions - Granada, the Pacific Coast, the Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya volcano - and 45 minutes from Managua airport, La Mariposa is surrounded by organic coffee, banana trees and flower gardens. Our cool, green climate (we are 500 meters above sea level - makes a real difference to the temperature) is ideal for studying Spanish! Our conservation efforts - though small scale - have vastly increased our bird population, butterflies and even frogs! We offer intensive Spanish classes in our purpose built classrooms or in outdoor classrooms in our delightful grounds, full of tropical plants and rescued animals. Classes are mostly one on one (max 2 or 3 in a class) and we cater for all levels form beginner to advanced, including specially designed classes for children. We have an extensive library with Spanish study materials and a selection of books in English on Nicaraguan history, development issues etc. We organize a full week (that includes weekends) of activities, including cooking and salsa classes, classes on the history of Nicaragua and a weekly update of what is happening in the Nicaraguan news. These are delivered in Spanish to help with progress in Spanish and with English translation if necessary. On 3 afternoons and Saturdays we offer trips out to local places of interest as well as the Masaya volcano by night, the Masaya markets and artesanias, Granada, Leon, the Laguna de Apoyo, the Pacific beach, Managua, Catarina, the Pueblos Blancos and more! The trips are rotated on a monthly schedule. Students can stay in the eco-hotel or our cabin. We use solar power - for heated water in your shower as well as electricity, conserve rainwater,have a number of recycling schemes and have started our own successful organic farm which provides some of the eggs, veggies, coffee consumed at the Mariposa. And much more. We use our income to maximise the employment of local people (currently employing 45 teachers, maintenance and kitchen staff) and undertake a number of projects in the local community. You can opt to volunteer at one of our community or environmental projects, living in a homestay with a local family. Amongst other projects, we are currently offering volunteer placements on our small organic farm, on a community garden scheme, in local schools, with a day care project. You are also welcome to help out the Mariposa workers - whether feeding our rescued animals or cooking up our healthy meals. All of which is a great way to improve that Spanish! We have also recently opened, on another but close by site, a study centre specifically designed to cater for groups of students. We offer an individualized curriculum which can include Spanish classes, activities and classes on the history, culture and environment of Nicaragua. We can also arrange community service work for groups. Accommodation is in two eco built dormitories, each of which has 8 beds (bunk style). The eating/meeting hall is a lovely structure built of straw bales and thatched roofing. Classrooms face a terrace with great views of the Masaya volcano. Meals are always freshly cooked, often using organic veggies from our farm. And of course there are solar heated showers and solar powered electricity. ... more   less 
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