Since my daughter (25) has been traveling in central America, my son (23) and I decided to meet up with her in Nicaragua for a different kind of Christmas. We chose Granada as our rendezvous point, and stayed in a good room with three twin beds at Hotel Patio del Malinche for three nights. We loved this hotel, with its warm and accommodating staff and beautiful courtyard (picture a small pool in the center for anyone who wants a dip, with flowering trees around it and the occasional hammock hanging along the side). My daughter wanted to give me the gift of a massage for Christmas, and the hotel recommended a woman who was out of this world great. They also allowed us to close off part of the large front entrance for an hour and a half so I could have the massage out there with total privacy but nevertheless a wonderful light streaming in from above the door.
We weren't wildly enthused about Granada itself, though I'm sure if we had made the effort we could have learned wonderful things about its rich culture. The hotel is right near the central park area and there are a lot of places to eat nearby. The streets are charming and the architecture (dating from the 1500s) is lovely. It is a great stopping place on the way to Ometepe island, where we really should have spent our entire holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than a place in the world, a house is a place in one's heart. El Patio del Malinche is more than just another hotel, it's a dream come true. Our interest to live in a different culture and to get to know new horizons took us to the ancient town of Granada. The sun-dried bricks of Granada's old walls and the hospitality of its people bewitched us. By restoring an old colonial house we relived a life of peace and serenity created by its inside patios full of history. We hope our guests will be able to revive and share with us the atmosphere of other times. We will be delighted to share our house, where life pours from every corner. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Patio Del Malinche Granada
- Patio Del Malinche Hotel