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“Excellent budget hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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104 Calle el Arsenal, Granada 0010, Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #9 of 48 Granada B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
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“Excellent budget hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

El Momento is a relatively new spot in Granada. It backs on to the park but the entrance is one street north, across from the large school, on Calle del Beso. This establishment is extremely well run. Its extremely clean, and the rooms are all well furnished. Hot water was sometimes a little slow in the morning but always picked up later in the day. My room wasn't huge but had nice furniture to hold my stuff and the fan kept the room cool enough. The overall layout of the hotel ensures that all areas are well shaded. The owner is generally always on duty and is extremely helpful. The staff are friendly, helpful, and courteous. In the lobby there is a desktop PC and a couple of laptops to ensure you are always connected to the internet. The price of my room was extremely good value. There was also a safe in my room but frankly I felt very confident that my valuables even without one. The hostal also rents bicycles and mione was new and well maintained. I wholeheartedly recomend this establishment for solo travellers or for couples.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

internet pc, 2 ipads. cool courtyard areas and seating. tiny kitchen. seems to be only 2 bathrooms for the whole place! inconvenient at times, poor lighting in the bathrooms. beds good. quiet after midnight. 24h front staff person. well located.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Thank you for your response and we are sorry that your stay was not completely satisfactory and that you have not been given all the information that you should have been made aware of.
We are not sure which room you slept but we are thinking it was one with the bathroom separate as we actually have 5 bathrooms in total.
The dorm has a bathroom and 2 privates have a bathroom each and then the other 3 privates share 2 bathrooms, we are sorry if this was not made aware to you when you checked in at reception.
The lighting in the bathrooms use local bulbs which can take a while for them to heat up and become bright, not like bulbs in Europe or North America.
Regarding it being quiet after midnight, we are not sure if you liked this or not but as we wrote in another post we either have a hostel with a late bar and party atmosphere or the opposite and we have gone for the latter, we cannot do both because we are going to upset many guests this way.
We would love to make our kitchen bigger but as we are the owners of the hostel and not the building this is something that is out of our hands, that is why we made the outside ceramic tables part of the kitchen to give guests more room to prepare their meals.
Thank you for your review and hope your stay in Nicaragua is enjoyable.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This is a great hotel with very relaxing atmosphere. Chris is a very accomodating and considerate manager. My girl friend and I booked for a private room for 2 but somebody end up needing our room. We were upgraded to an even larger room for the same price. And Chris even sent me an email beforehand to confirm if it is ok to "upgrade" our room. We arrived earlier than our scheduled arrival. And Chris took care of our luggage and belongings with great hospitality. The hotel is 2 blocks away from the main plaza, which makes everything convenient. The common area is nicely decorated and is a very comfortable place to hang out. I will stay here again if I come back to Granada.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, April 17, 2012
Thank you for your review Tony, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed you stay and did not mind switching rooms. We felt that is was important to keep you informed as we know communication with our guests is vital to being successful and for this we always ask for confirmation by email so we can keep in touch with future guests.
Chris,Maria and the team.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Nice hostel with comfortable common areas. There was Wifi, ipads, kitchenette, washing machine etc. The dorms were a bit noisy and in particular very hot. Hard to get a good nights sleep with the hot weather and stuffy rooms.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at Hostal El Momento as we knew how much you wanted to come here when you made your booking with us online.
We are aware that dorm rooms in general can be very hot, especially in Granada as we have had guests leaving other hostels to come to us saying the same thing.
This month and next is the hottest time of the year at 95 degrees,even though there was a fan next to your bed we would have been more than happy to have gotten you another one if we had known. At this moment in time we have 7 fans in the dorm and the only other alternative is AC but this of course would make the prices more expensive.
In regard to the noise we know a group of 5 arrived at the same time but we did not hear from other guests or yourselves if it was them making the noise or others. If a certain person or group is a little loud then we would ask them to respect other guests. It is very difficult for us to know unless we are told and if someone was being disruptive every night then we would ask them to leave.
As we have written in our introductory book to the Hostel it is important for us to get feedback whether it is good, average or bad so we thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012 via mobile

very friendly staff and owner, great relaxing place very close to the main square, stayed there for 1 week, DVDs, computer and 2 iPads for use

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Clean, comfortable beds, helpful staff, food and drinks available, comfortable and pretty common areas...This hostel has it all. While I was there, it also attracted a quieter, older crowd. It was quiet and peaceful at night. Several of us who were staying there bonded and went out to do things together. Additionally, the hostel is in the best possible location. It is close to the town square (2 minute walk) but it is on a quiet street. $7 for a comfy, new dorm bed--can't get better than that. This is the best hostel I have ever stayed in. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful response and we are that you enjoyed your stay with us as well as meeting lots of like minded travelers who you could go out with. Sometimes we have a really young crowd and then other times we get an older crowd, it seems to depend on the time of year and what events on happening in the city.
We hope that you come back and visit again.
Chris,Maria and the crew.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

very nice place to stay , closed from the central park , dorms are amazing big beds, electric plug and safe case for each, the aera on the garden , chilling place , amzing , wifi walks fine , the staff is very sympatic , red curry at the restaurant very good , so shame they don t do natural juices and breakfast is not the best, but alright , i ve pleasure to stay there

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hostal El Momento

Address: 104 Calle el Arsenal, Granada 0010, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 400 yr old Colonial House in the heart of Granada and a 2 min walk to Calzalda St. There is a bank on the same street and the others are less than 1 min away. We have a beautiful garden in the centre of the house with the bar, cafe, spa and all rooms surrounding it. We have used local artists and furniture makers to keep with this style of house.All privates have free Wifi, cable tv and secure safes.The dorms have lockers for all bags.All the bathrooms have new tiling , the beds are new with new mattresses. ... more   less 

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