This hotel is centrally located to central park, shops, restaurants and street vendors. I was a little skeptical in booking this hotel due to the mixed reviews but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived at night Myself, husband and our young child. We were greeted by Carlo the hotel staff who was very pleasant and helpful to us during our stay. Food: This hotel offers free breakfast made to order: some food items eggs, ham & cheese omelets, crepes, rice & beans, cereal, freshly made juice, fresh fruits and of course pancakes. The chocolate pancakes is a must if you have a sweet tooth. If not the banana pancakes will do. The hotel does not offer dinner but you can order appetizer type foods & drinks from the bar which is located next to the pool. We ate dinner at Grill House outdoor restaurant on night 2; food was inexpensive drinks were just ok could use a little more alcohol. Night 3 we ate at another outdoor restaurant sorry I forget the name but it is located right across from Hotel Plaza Colon; and filled with lots of colorful sun umbrellas to keep the bird poop from getting on you lol food was cheap. You will find plenty of outdoor patio type restaurants in this area. There is convenient store a half block from the hotel too bad the rooms does not offer a fridge. Room: (See pictures) Our room was located on the second floor with clear views of the church. Bed was a little small for the 3 of us but we made it work. bathroom was very nice and shower was extremely big. The room is equipped with AC, flat screen tv & safe. We were given 2 bottles of complimentary water. This booking included a free massage but sadly we didn't have a chance to take advantage of this offer we were too busy. The hotel does offer tours but I found that is was very expensive it's best you reserve with a tour company before your stay for a better rate. We used Tierra Tours and did the Masaya Volcano Tour with Gustavo as our guide. He was great very informative of the Granada's history. We also decided to take a taxi cab to visit to Las Isleta’s in English the Granada islands or (Lake Nicaragua). The taxi was 4 Cordobas which equals to about a dollar or 2 in US. Once we reached Las Isletas ( Las Isletas has over 300 islands formed when Mombacho Volcano erupted thousands of years ago) we met with someone organizing the motor boat rides to view the islands and swim. Each boat can hold about 8 people.The price for a one hour boat ride was $20 US for 2 adults our young child was free & $40 for a 2 hour ride of views of the islands and the volcano in the background. The hotel offered this tour for about $70 a person. Please keep in mind if you want to swim the boat operator may stop in the middle of the lake and ask you if want to get out and swim lol if this is not for you then once the boat returns to the beach area you can stay and just swim. Please keep in mind that this lake / beach is a local beach and can get really crowded. After we were done we met with our taxi-cab driver who stayed around and waited for us. They normally don't wait but if you ask they will comply. Please note a little bit of Spanish can go a long way. You don't have to be fluent but know the basics greeting terms and asking how much thing cost etc. Overall I enjoyed my stay and would recommend to my friends. I was unable to make use of the chocolate museum (coco museo) but it is a great addition to the hotel. I did buy the chocolate rum which was pretty good. I want to thank the staff at the hotel for being pleasant and making our stay great. Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms over are big. Stayed April 2015 with 2 adults and a 2 year old baby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Spa Granada is located in the center of Granada, and is housed in the largest intact surviving colonial mansion of Granada. It comprises five courtyard gardens, each with its own distinctive flavor. Decorated with edgy modern furnishings, Hotel Spa Granada has the feeling of a hip modern hotel in an authentic colonial setting, creating a unique blending of the modern and the traditional. Always benefiting from breezes from Lake Cocibolca, the large shared balconies provide an ideal vantage point from which to watch the glorious Nicaraguan sunsets. You’ll enjoy refreshing yourself in the hotel’s 60 foot swimming pool in a flowery patio with bar and snacks, and relaxing with the daily spa treatment included with all room rentals. ... more less
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