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“Ike's Place is the best -- can't wait to go back!” 5 of 5 stars
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“Ike's Place is the best -- can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

My husband and I stayed for a week at Ike's Place in Big Corn Island and it was perfect. As other reviews have said, Ike is a wonderful host. He knows all about the island and was very accommodating. Our room over-looked the ocean -- we went snorkeling right outside our door! The room has a TV, microwave, coffee maker, AC (we didn't use the AC, but you can use it for an extra $5/night), private bathroom and shower. Eva, who is lovely and works at Ike's Place, cleans the room every day and you get new sheets every few days. THere is fridge in the room which is stocked daily with water and sodas -- you pay for them when you check out. Eva also prepares meals if you want -- breakfast, which we did almost everyday, and also dinner, which we did twice. The food is great. You can also use the kitchen to make your own meals.

I don't have any complaints! Ike was just a great host and you get alot for your money. He is always around and available to answer any questions or offer any advice. This is not a resort -- if you are coming to Big Corn Island, you are probably not looking for Cancun-style resorts. It's very simple, but perfect. When we get back to Big Corn, we will definitely stay here!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 January 8, 2010

one reason for the decision to stay at ike's was the fast, nice and most informative email-contact i had looking for a place to stay on corn island.
arriving at the air port we were picked up by ike. he got us to his place and offered to take us over the island the next day "i want to show you places you would not see doing a tour on your own" and this was not a empty promise!
we enjoyed the service at his place (room cleaning every day, fresh bedclothes every fifth day) and the very good breakfast - selfmade coconut bread - done by eva. a really nice woman. ike is very helpfull in finding restaurants or other places. he also offers free internet (wi-fi or kabel, available in every room).
the place is very secure with fence and gate - which will be closed at about 9 pm (everybody has his own key).
my first choice on big corn island!!!!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

We found Ike's place after reading reviews on Travel Advisor. Ike met us at the airport, gave us a tour of the island and provided everything else that we could have wanted. His place is right across from the ocean and our second story room was cool and breezy with a nice view and internet available. There is a microwave and coffeemaker that we used for having coffee and snacks on our deck. Ike's is a very secure place and I highly recommend this place to all travellers to Corn Island. Ike was born on the island and knows it all well. He is a truly great host. Great value and good food too.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2009

The previous review was very accurate in terms of accomodation, ameneties etc so no need to reiterate their comments. (We stayed in the second story room facing the ocean - the views of the Carribean Sea were out of this world)

What can you say about Ike? One of the friendliest guys you are ever likely to come across and with him on the scene you will not fail to have an unforgettable stay on Big Corn.

Ike really loves his Island and can't wait to introduce to it. By the end of day one, Ikehad taken us to a softball game, helped us out with baggage issues at the airport, introduced us to friends and family and had taken us on a whistle stop tour of the local nightlife spots.

Everyone on the Island knows Ike and beginning any conversation with "we're staying at Ike's..." will always get things off on the right foot!

We ate out a few nights but found that the best lobster dinner was cooked by Eva, Ike's helper at a very reasonable price...and her brekkies aren't too bad either!!

We're on our second month of a world tour and already know that this will be one of our most memorable stays - Thanks Ike and Eva for your hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2009

We stayed at Vientos del Norte for two weeks and it was great. But Mr. Ike Siu was helping us out even before we left for the island. Any email questions I had, were usually answered in minutes. He offered to pick us up at the airport, but we actually met him at the Managua airport where he bought us a beer! He gave us a tour of the island full of information. The ocean was about 50 feet from our front door. A small patch of sand and rocky with fairly good snorkeling. There was a fairly constant breeze from the north, so we opted out of the air-conditioning, but it is available. Ike has 8 rooms available and also has a per person dormitory style room. The rooms have a refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, cable TV, fan, screens and bars on every window. The place is very secure and very clean. Every room is No Smoking, but we smoked out on the balcony overlooking the ocean and everywhere outside. Our room was US $40 for the 2 of us.
You can eat there also. Breakfast is available every day, and with advance notice, you can have whatever you want prepared for you. Or you can use the kitchen yourself. Always cold beer and sodas and mixed drinks. He has wireless internet, but if you didn't bring your computer, you can use one of his. Snorkel gear is available also. Hammocks out front for everyone to use. He takes credit cards..VISA & MASTERCARD. If you don't feel comfortable carrying cash or credit cards, you can do a bank deposit in the US. Just ask Ike! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone!
The main thing here is service. Ike knows what he's doing and he'll do just about anything for his guests. Pick up at the airport or boat, or drop off at the airport or boat. Everyone on the Island seems to know Ike, and we met a lot of locals. We met a couple from the US staying there, but he also had around 30 college students from Rivas stay there for a few days. The fridge in your room is stocked daily with beer and sodas, and he runs a tab. We really didn't deal with money until we were ready to leave. The food is great, cooked by Eva, Ike's helper. Lots of lobster and kingfish. Special dishes like crab and rundown/rondon are available with advance notice, all depending on the season. Everything like grocery stores, restaurants, etc. are close by. And the taxis are cheap! Ike also has some souveniers and mementos for sale. And there is also a book exchange. But the best thing there is the friendly accommodating service.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ike's Place Vientos del Norte

Address: North End, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Big Corn Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Big Corn Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Ike's Place Vientos Del Norte Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island

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