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“March 2012” 5 of 5 stars
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1000 metres past Apoyo Resort & SPA | Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #5 of 48 Granada B&B and Inns
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“March 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

My husband and i stayed two nights at the end of our 10 day trip. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and Daniel the owner, was always on site for advice about the Country. I would highly recommend San Simian. Not so sure it's the best place for children cause it has a more romantic flare to it, but kids would enjoy it too. As a guest without children at home I may be a little biased to the peace and quiet of B&B's that don't have lots of little ones. Nonetheless, great place to stay, however, the mosquito nets on the beds could be a few feet larger. i woke up both mornings with lots of little tiny bugs on my pillow, but being in the forest that's to be expected so i wouldn't let it stop you from visiting. the outdoor shower had plenty of hpt water and was a real treat.

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  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We spent a night with our 6 and 9 year-old sons at the start of our trip around Nicaragua and loved it so much that we changed our itinerary at the end to come back at the end of the trip.
The location is stunning and the lodge was perfect for our purposes: you can be active or relax. the lodge is great for swimming and diving. The water is beautiful, warm and very clean. You can use the kayaks when you want with no extra charge and our boys absolutely loved playing around with them. The water is calm and it felt very safe which meant we could do plenty of relaxing too: reading in a hamoc in the shade or admiring the numerous exotic birds. The room was comfortable in a rustic sort of way - but we like that. They very kindly added a bed to our room as we wanted to be altogether - prewarning us that it would be a bit cramped with the 4 of us. It was but it served our purposes: we all slept well. The food was authentic and very tasty, the staff friendly and the new swiss manager very hospitable and helpful - without ever imposing himself. You can go there for the day from Granada but we loved staying the nigh.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

This is one of the last places along the road so if you're looking for a peaceful and quiet spot this is it. The hut we stayed in had character, an outside shower/bathroom and a nice private patio. The lake is incredible, it is naturally warm and the owner has kayaks you can take out. Overall, this is a great place to relax, my only complaint is that the food and breakfast could have been better. We had incredible breakfasts in Nicaragua, and here it was just so-so.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

My husband and I had a fantastic 4 night stay at San Simian resort in February.
After spending 2 weeks in busy San Juan Del Sur, this place was heaven. From SJDS, we took a shuttle to Granada, where the owner, Daniel, arranged a taxi to pick us up and bring us to San Simian. The ride from Granada was about half an hour. It is quite remote, so this was great to have someone meet us in Granada who knew where we were going and just take us there.
The rooms, as mentioned in previous posts, are fantastic, and the best I saw in my month in Nicaragua. The grounds are immaculate. The lake is pristine and is a refreshing change from the ocean.
Each night and morning we went for walks down the road and quite often found howler monkeys in the trees. Their eerie howls echo over the lake every evening. There is nothing like sitting in a hammock, reading a book, and listening to their calls and those of all the birds around the Laguna.
The food is very Nica style and good. Not a huge menu, of course, being such a small lodge, but solid. You get a choice of a few different breakfasts included in the room. We tried them all and they were large, filling, and tasty. You can pay extra for other breakfasts, but we were good with the included selections.
The Swiss owner, Daniel, was very friendly and extremely helpful. He arranged a couple of day trips for us through his taxi company. We did a day trip into Granada city, where the taxi driver dropped us off and picked us up later in the afternoon. He also arranged a day trip from the Lodge to the Volcan Masaya, which we would highly recommend. The driver took us up to the Masaya Volcano, which is an active volcano, and you get to drive right up to the crater. He waited while we hiked around for an hour or so. The whole trip took about 3 hours, and we were back at the Laguna in time for lunch.
We will definitely return to San Simian on our next trip to Nicaragua. It's a different experience than you get staying near the ocean (as much as I love the ocean, it's nice to do something different as well).
The restaurant (and bar) shuts down quite early, so don't forget to bring a bottle of rum and some mix if you like your before bed cocktails. Also, don't forget your bug spray, and a good book!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

We stayed at San Simian Lodge for three nights at the end of January. What a great way to start our vacation! We stayed in the cabin down by the lake (Sandia). It has a great view of the lake and two comfortable beds with an outdoor shower and toilet. The gardens are lush and staff are very friendly and helpful. Daniel the new owner will answer any questions you may have as well as help you arrange guides or transportation to and from the area. Staying at San Simian is a unique experience and one that must not be missed while in Nicaragua.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We really loved these bungalows with palm-leef roof, natural materials, huge "open" windows with lagoon sight. The private toilet and and shower are outside, in beautiful corner filled up with flowers and plants.
Wonderful and romantic place to relax and have some water-sport.
The dinner wasn't bad but could be improved.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

As others have written, San Simian is a place of beauty. The setting is perfect - six cabins nestled near the shore of Laguna de Apoyo, a small crater-formed lake which is as beautiful as one could imagine. We stayed here two nights and wished it could have been one week. It is the perfect place for relaxation, a place away from hustle of the city, a place where the only other people you will encounter are the travelers occupying the other five bungalows. Accommodations are simple but more than adequate for an eco lodge. The outdoor shower attached to each unit adds a wonderful touch. Breakfasts are excellent and lots of options are available. Bring a lot of books, or an i-Pad, and definitely a bottle of Flor de Caña rum for drinks in the evening. If you haven’t brought a laptop with you, the owner will let you use his.

  • Stayed February 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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Address: 1000 metres past Apoyo Resort & SPA | Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Simian is a charming Eco Lodge in the Laguna de Apoyo Dry Forest Preserve. Nestled along the water's edge, this secluded resort has private unique lodging tucked into the slope of the crater and steps from the swimming dock, hammocks and bar where guests pass the time. Guests can stay in a unique palm-roofed cottage with open air shower, private garden or terrace, eat at our full service restaurant and relax at our outdoor bar. As San Simian is equipped with a Catamaran, several Kayaks, and other water toys, activity revolves at the lake front and in the clear warm water itself, however, bird and monkey watching in the surrounding forest are also popular, and we are also located at the entrance to a great hike path that leads up the hill to the Pueblas Blancas artisan villages and the stunning Mirador at Catarina. Please Call Ahead if you would like us to arrange a massage, pedicure, Spanish lesson, guided hike, Granada or Masaya tour. ... more   less 
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