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“Good Place to Stay in Granada” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Spa Granada
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Atravesada | across from Bancentro, Granada 505, Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #23 of 35 Hotels in Granada
Pleasantville, New York
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“Good Place to Stay in Granada”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

We spent 4 nights here in a deluxe room, which had been recommended by another TripAdvisor reviewer. I think upgrading to a deluxe room was worth the extra money, our room was very large, comfortable, and overlooked the second courtyard. The only complaint I had was that although the bathroom was very nicely done with murals painted on the walls, a nice sink and stone "tiled" shower, the sink and shower fixtures were simply PVC pipes with valves on them - not at all in line with the rest of the room. It may be that they are still finishing refurbishing the room and did not have the fixtures yet to install, but they looked pretty permanent.

The rest of the hotel is vey nice, you just have to be aware that it is a work in progress. When the owner purchased it 5 years ago it was in disrepair and he is slowly working on renovating the entire building (5+ courtyards). So far what has been finished looks good. The pool is wonderful and a nice oasis in the middle of Granada. The spa was also great, the woman who gave me a massage was excellent. Everything was clean and up to date.

The staff was very helpful. There was a problem with our transfer from the airport in Managua when we first arrived, but the staff took care of it and more than compensated us for the inconvenience we experienced. They were quite helpful in suggesting things to see, restaurants to visit, and general information about the city.

Breakfast was very good - just don't plan on everything being ready when it opens at 7:00, remember you are on Nica time.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011 via mobile

Hotel Spa Granada is everything I wanted in a boutique hotel!! The place was previously a colonial mansion, so you can imagine how beautiful it was fitted with multiple courtyards, archways and columns, and a gorgeous pool! The staff are all SUPER friendly and informative.

When you wake up, there's a full breakfast spread with fresh fruits, homeade yogurt and granola, rice n beans, plantains, and a chef who will prepare you pancakes and eggs to your liking!! Topped off with the BEST Nicaraguan coffee, sit by the pool and I'm in heaven.

The spa services were relaxing, proffesional, and VERY affordable. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere BUT hotel spa granada next time in Nicaragua!!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

This beautiful hotel just hit the spot with us. What must have been a very gracious home is now a cosy boutique hotel. The swimmiming pool and spa makes a delightful oasis that was hard to leave. I opted for a beauty treatment with Judith who was great and my husband is still raving about his massage, both of these were included in our stay. The delicious buffet breakfast is not to be missed. Our spacious room had an open shower, very romantic! The decor and furnishings are so original we were constantly surprised by the next chair or light fixture that we saw. We learned all about chocolate at the Choco Museo and had great fun taking the class which inspired us to go on the all day farm tour to see cocoa growing. We saw lots more on the trip too. This hotel has to be the best in Granada

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

We enjoyed a five night stay at the Hotel Spa Granada where we were fortunate to enjoy its many amenities including delicious breakfasts (recommend the crepes), spa (highly recommend the choco therapy massage/wrap), yoga classes, relaxing at the infinity pool, tours (arranged by management) to the surrounding volcanoes, villages, cocoa plantation(on horseback trip), as well as its magnificent (and highly informative) Choco Museo. At the Choco Museo we made our own chocolate bars commencing with the roasting of the beans! The hotel has five beautiful courtyards and is very well located near the central plaza and walking distance to many restaurants. There is excellent WiFi coverage throughout the hotel including the pool area. We experienced excellent and highly attentive service during our stay. Our room was spacious with a king size bed. The furniture and artwork is funky and may not be to everyone's taste but we enjoyed seeing the work of local, contemporary artisans.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2011

We booked the Hotel Spa Granada based on Budget Travel Magazine's selection of one of the top 20 new boutique hotels in the world under $150 per night!
We really want to give this hotel a four star rating because almost everything was great, but the room and hotel decor just didnt have it. In the room, it was extremely basic without any proper in-room amenities, the shower stall was dark and grungy, and we just felt the room was nothing better than a backpacker type room. The hotel has potential but it's just not there yet. It seemed like it just needed to be cleaned up and the florecent pictures and murels were tacky. It was like a funky childs art scene in a classic colonial building. It just didnt mix.
The pluses were the pool, the free massage, the breakfast was great, and we loved the day tour from Bosco!
I did have a chance to peek into another room and to be fair it did look alot nicer than our basic room. I think if you want to stay here you need to pay the extra for the upgraded room.
All in all, if the hotel was built as an upscale hostel than fine but if you want to bill out as a proper hotel, then updates or renovations to the rooms need to be made.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bigbodes, Owner at Hotel Spa Granada, responded to this review, February 7, 2011
Thank you for your comments. Yes, our budget priced rooms are for the budget minded - only $65 in high season and $55 in low season per night. That includes a full buffet breakfast for 2, a daily spa treatment per room, and use of our pool complex, which includes the largest pool in the historic district of Granada. Although you did not like the decor, the vast majority of our guests do - in fact, many feel that the modern furnishings and painting help to accentuate the contrast with the impeccably restored colonial details permeating the property. We would like to offer you a complimentary stay in one of our deluxe rooms on your next visit to Granada.
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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

Hotel spa granada is a completely original combination of a resort hotel and cultural
venue. At a time when hospitality has become an industry, and all hotel services
have to meet the test of cost accounting, this is a refreshing change for the traveler.
You get a lot more than just a room and breakfast at this place: you get an actual
travel experience at a place with personality


I stayed 5 nights I at the hotel. I had fun visiting the Choco Museo which is part of the hotel, and learned a lot
from the interactive tour and chocolate making lesson I booked. I
learned to make a chocolate bar (prized by my family at home) . I took a horseback tour of a cacao plantation and visited 2 volcanoes - - on tours organized by the hotel. I could have had yoga
lessons from a charming instructor.

I also enjoyed swimming in an amazingly well-designed infinity pool which
featured a view through the hotel courtyards. (On one evening, my “infinity view” was agreeably
blocked by roosting ducks!)

Be prepared for a certain level of funkiness in design and furnishing of rooms and public
areas. The owners have engaged the services of local furniture makers, potters,
lighting fixture designers and other artisans to produce a unique effect - - which is mostly
fanciful and fun, but if you are looking for the predictable comforts of a Holiday Inn, don’t come here

The hotel has a friendly staff which aims to please, and, with some patience at times, manages
to do so. Again, they don’t always get everything right (sometimes the room lacks for towels
or gets cleaned at an odd hour) but you will not mind.

One last thing: the breakfasts (included with the price of your room) are excellent. I get the
impression from the number of backpackers coming in to pay $5 for breakfast that the
place is justly well known for the quality, and quantity, of its breakfast offerings.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2011

Hotel Spa Granada is a great place to stay at if you're visiting Granada! Our flight arrived late at night (it was delayed), but the driver we arranged for to pick us up, was there waiting for us (Allen) with a big smile. He was so sweet. When we arrived at the hotel, we were very impressed. The place is huge, and even at night, we could see how beautifully decorated the place was. Our room was upstairs with a balcony overlooking the front courtyard. We loved spending evenings relaxing on the balcony. The room was nice. Its not a typical hotel room, but that's what makes the place so unique and different (in a good way). The breakfasts are very filling. We were never hungry again until dinner time. The owner (he's from NY) is very nice. He often asked if everything is ok. He also suggested nice places to see. The pool is wonderful! Relaxing out by the pool is a must! The spa services are also great! You get 1 free spa service for each night that you stay! The massage therapists, Ana and the main one (forget her name, but it begings with an M) are soooo amazing! The other massage therapist (Illiana) is not so good. The girl who did my manicure, pedicure, and hair blowdry is also great. She was very sweet. I also did yoga by the pool one morning. What a wonderful, relaxing, and healthy way to start the day! And the yoga class is so inexpensive! The price for all that you get here is amazing! Granada is a very pretty city! If you are planning a visit to Granada, I highly recommend a stay at Hotel Spa Granada! You will love it!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Address: Calle Atravesada | across from Bancentro, Granada 505, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 35 Hotels in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Spa Granada 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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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