I arrived as an anxious stranger traveling alone and speaking very little Spanish. I left La Bocona refreshed and relaxed and feeling as though I now have family and friends in Granada. The staff at La Bocona took care of me with kindness and care within an elegant setting in a lovely colonial city.
My flight from Miami was 3 hours late arriving in Managua and I had no cell service to notify the La Bocona that I would be late. However, I shouldn't have worried as my driver Gustavo (the trusted driver from La Bocona) patiently waited for me and safely drove me to Granada.
The hotel was absolutely beautiful and a quiet oasis from the busy streets and many tourists in Grenada. My room had a huge bed, gorgeous art work, gleaming tile floor, and was immaculate. The room was not air conditioned, but had a lovely overhead fan and an additional electric fan near the bed. The courtyard was quiet with many cozy areas for reading, conversations, and relaxation. WiFi was available in the courtroom and pool area. I could easily and quietly connect with home for emails, news, etc. The pool was perfect for a quick dip and was always clean.
The director, Nadene, was so helpful and friendly. She made sure that I had access to tours, recommended activities, and was always available. I can't say enough about the other La Bocona staff. Miguel, Olga, Margarita, and Nellie were amazing! The breakfasts were outstanding, from their "tipica Nica" gallo pinto to the refreshing natural juices. My evening cafe con leche and postre was a highlight to each and every day. The staff went out of their way to welcome me, help me with my Spanish, and make my stay a beautiful experience.
La Bocona is NOT for tourists wanting a noisy resort with blaring music, crowded restaurants, and lots of visitors. But it IS a divine experience for singles, couples and families wanting to truly enjoy Nicaraguan hospitality, cooking, and friendship. I would highly recommend La Bocona. I cannot wait to return to my new family and friends in Granada.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel La Bocona is a six guestroom restored colonial mansion with a large swimming pool and an on-site professional spa to be enjoyed by travelers from all corners of the world who come to Granada looking for an authentic portal to exciting times in Latin American history. An architectural showpiece, the Hotel boasts all colonial period features including cathedral ceilings throughout, solid wood ornate doors, pillars, chandeliers, embellished wood sun-catchers above the doors and, of course, Spanish courtyards of tailored gardens inside. Included in our rates is a full breakfast, afternoon snack, local gym membership, wifi and private parking. We promote responsible tourism by donating half of all revenue to Carita Feliz, a local charitable organization that offers personal, professional, health programs to young people and serves more than one hundred thousand meals annually to children and other community members of little means. ... more less
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