Granada, Nicaragua is very beautiful colonial town in Nicaragua. Compared to the rest of the country it oozes culture, so it was no wonder my wife and I decided it would be a nice place to celebrate our anniversary. Check-in gave us a nice impression. The pool is truly awesome. The old, colonial style gives a nice feel. You can tell that this place was an amazing place when it was originally built as a Fort back in Spanish Colonial days. It even has a dining room that literally brings you back to the days when Spanish soldiers and aristocrats dined there. The conference rooms also were well made and gave a great feel.
Day 1 entering the room
- two towels only, no hand towels.
- I need another pillow...no number to call front desk, so I walked down and asked. Two hours later... where's my pillow? I went to ask. The man at the front desk went home for the night. Asked again, and waited... and waited. Finally someone knocked. Finally!
-Wall sockets didn't work. I had to plug in my phone from the TV plug.
-The bed lamps did not work, wither one.
-The shower curtain was moldy and had leftover shower gel from whoever stayed here before. Eeek!
-I got an allergy from the bed cover. Itchy eyes and all.
-There was hot water, but some weird electric under-the-sink device that just would not be consistant. The shower was either scalding or, the other extreme, as cold as a someone touching an aluminum beverage can against your back. So, how about a bath? The temperature worked out that way but the drain plug didn't fit so it just drained. Please!!!
-the decorations were kind of interesting, fountains and old cattle troughs. Oh yeah, and wild life. I got to see a pool of mosquito larvae bubbling up maggots... in the dining room. Wow, that was impressively sad!
Day 2 - Breakfast
The food was alright, extremely Nicaraguan. Not that it'a bad, just rice and beans with a fried egg.
-Oh, no drinking water available with breakfast. No wonder kidney disease is so prevalent in Nicaragua. Finally a kind waiter went to the other side of the hotel and got me a glass out of a drinking fountain.
-I needed towels, front desk again. Nada. I stopped a maid. She said she'd go and get it. I took a nap, got up, watched TV and then the towels came... about 2 hours later.
- I needed to get my car out of the parking lot. Easy, right? Well, I should have known. The guys with the key was somewhere else. They couldn't locate him. The head manager had to come out and search around. Come on, guys!!!
In the end I got a deal on the rooms, half price. Apparently, business has been slow these days (wonder why?) So having paid a relatively small price of $50 a night I felt compelled to be a bit forgiving. Overall, I'm never coming back. So, if you have the slightest bit of pickiness when it comes to hotels, stay somewhere else.
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