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“Very charming” 5 of 5 stars
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La Princesa de la Isla
Woula Point, 9340394 , Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Big Corn Island
France
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Very charming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Wonderful location by the sea and close to the best beach in the island, Picnic Center, through a very scenic path full of Caribbean flavour. Rooms are comfortable and common areas perfect places to relax, read or sip a glass of wine (or a toña) while looking at the sea. The food is excellent! And the family owning the place makes you feel a part of it right from your arrival. This is my second time at La Princesa and it is just the beginning of many returns....grazie!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I can't speak highly enough about the experience my mother and I had staying at this little gem for a week in February 2013. Alessandro and Costanza made staying at La Princesa the highlight of our trip to the Corn Islands. The location they have selected to make their home on Big Corn island is absolutely magnificent and is only a short walk to some of the island's prettiest beaches, including Picnic Center beach. Costanza, Alessandro and Costanza's lovely mother make food for the restaurant at Princesa and it is some of the finest Italian food you'll have anywhere. Costanza makes excellent jams served with coconut bread and coffee for breakfast and Alessandro cooks the most amazing Italian dinners. There are only 5 tables at the little restaurant which makes for a warm and intimate atmosphere which Alessandro and Costanza ensure by their friendly service and care and attention to the food and the guests. It was such a wonderful experience to be privy to a way of life on this unique island and to be a guest at the home that Alessandro, Costanza and her family have created on Big Corn. My mom and I are so glad we didn't stay at a conventional hotel like Casa Canada or Sea Star Spa as the experience we had at Princesa was so enjoyable and we couldn't imagine staying at an ordinary hotel would have been nearly so much fun. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Ojai, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I won’t, and cannot explain in words the passion and love A & C have put into LP that was felt by our family and other guests. The grounds, are beautiful and rambling - frogs, crabs, turtles [ya gotta have a kid to find the turtles!] and hermit crabs are your neighbors and friends. The “house” where we relaxed, took family pictures, played hours of chess and read was like a Italian farm - but overlooking the clear blue caribbean waters. Our room - rustic, simple, and idyllic for writing [and sleeping!]. We found a crab relaxing in our bathroom one night, and I only mention this as a compliment, not a criticism. The rooms are so beautiful and natural - you feel totally immersed in the natural environment. When has that EVER happened to you?

Our family had been underwhelmed by Nica food for our entire trip. We had heard of Alessandro’s cooking - it’s well documented on this site - but who knew we had to fly to an island in Nicaragua to get the best Italian food of recent memory? My wife and I once lived in NYC where ethnic food was abundant, but Alessandro’s fish sauce has been discussed MANY times since we left Big Corn. Simple and made to order with love. Yes, more expensive than other places on the island, but we asked Alessandro to split plates for our kids and he made it easy and fun. If you want cheap uninspired and average food, then go anywhere in Nicaragua. You won’t find it here. [Did i mention the homemade jam that Constanza made? What hotel does that!?]

Costanza not only makes great coffee [something I know a good deal about] she is also a talented ceramacist. Thus, my ONE criticism is that she doesn’t sell her work so we could have taken a little piece of this place home with us. I also wish the wifi wasn’t so good - yes, it’s excellent. B/c it was so strong in our room, it made it easy for me to check email, etc. from my bed.

LP is an inspiration. If you want a “hotel” then go to Arenas or Canada and watch tv, get a/c, etc.. If you want an experience that allows you to FEEL what happens when owners are engaged and immersed in a passion project, stay here.

Amen.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Malmo, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We had the best time spending six nights at princesa de la isla! We felt it was a warm and family like environment with Costanza and Ale always with a smile and always so helpful with everything. The bungalow was clean and it was a great spot to relax and enjoy the calm of big corn island. If i could i would go back in a heart beat!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Huntington, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed at La Princesa de la Isla for four nights. It's located on the southern tip of Brig Bay, Waula Point. It's owned by a lovely italian family who make you feel very welcome. They make delicious Italian dinners (breakfast too), so even if you don't stay here definitely book a dinner with them. The accommodations are very rustic but comfortable. If you don't like rustic you should stay at Casa Canada.  La Princesa is a beautiful location and a short walk to Picnic and Arenas beaches.  We enjoyed our stay - it was very relaxing. But be warned that it is surrounded by "slums" as another reviewer pointed out. You can't walk around at night and you will need to take a taxi. One north coast local taxi driver told us that he will never pick up any locals in that area because it is not safe to do so.

Here is my overall review of Big Corn:

If you are looking for a very relaxing stay, with a lazy pace of activity and plenty of sunshine, the sound of ocean waves breaking on the shore, and plenty of book reading, this is the place for you.  The island is beautiful and and it feels like there are no tourists, which is nice.  Picnic Beach and Arenas Beach are very picturesque and excellent for swimming, sun bathing, and grabbing an ice cold cerveza with fresh ceviche. The north coast is very pretty with palm tree lined beaches and good spots for snorkeling.  There seemed to be more tourists there and the locals are friendlier.

It is worth noting that the people of this island are extremely poor and the tourism infrastructure isn't here yet. There are very few restaurants on the island with the exception of the hotels. There is nothing to do nightlife wise. There is Nico's where the locals hang out, but the locals are not friendly so you may not want to go there necessarily. Depends on your comfort level. There is nothing in Brig Bay town except the panga to Little Corn (a must do). We stayed on Big Corn for four nights total, which was enough time. In hindsight we would have rather stayed on Little Corn: better vibe, more tourists, more of an atmosphere overall.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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chicago
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

La Princesa is the most lovely, civilized, romantic spot you can find anywhere. Less than 10 guests. The Italian hospitality and gourmet dinners, wine and camaraderie are unmatched.
Two generations who lived their prior lives in Rome own and manage it as their own home. They are so nice. The place is laid-back and beautiful. Walking distance to the best spots on the island or a 75-cent taxi to anywhere. If you're looking for quiet without glitz, check it out. I will go back for sure!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

A friend and I stayed at this secluded hotel for six nights. The property is located on the far side of the island in a more remote area. The rooms are rustic, spotelss clean and very spacious. Each room faces the sea and each night you can sleep listening to the surf. Our bedroom door was barely 30 feet from the water. The rooms have either a private porch or a shared veranda where you can sit and relax in front of the sea, otherwise there are recliners strategically located in front of the water. The best beach in the island, Picnic Beach is 15 minutes walk away where there are three eating establishments.

Our hosts were most gracious and accomodated all our needs. Alessandro and Costanza run the restaurant where they serve breakfast and dinner. The breakfast cappuccino is the best I have had this side of the Atlantic. Dinner typically consists of a first course of pasta and a second course of fish, shrimp or locally harvested lobster (in season) absolutely fresh and artfully prepared. Every night a different preparation showcasing the local produtcs. All followed by a dessert prepared by Catarina and a small shot of local rum. Absolutely delicious! Costanza´s service is impeccable.

This is a place to relax, do very little and let go of the stress of life. Highly recommended!

We came for a vacation and left with new friends.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Princesa de la Isla

Address: Woula Point, 9340394 , Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Big Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Big Corn Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Princesa de la Isla is located in one of the most picturesque point of the Big Corn island and it includes wooden bungalows and three rooms made with coral, stones and wood.All the accommodations have private bathroom, matrimonial bed (queen size)with its mosquito net, fan and porch with chairs (bungalows have a private porch).They are just ten steps to the shore and they are all ocean view and they overlook on a garden with palms and hammocks.The restaurant serves authentic italian cuisine with a list of italianwines and in the bar you can enjoy real italian coffee and cappuccino. People who are not guests of the hotel can enjoy our restaurant and barreserving a lunch or a dinner just in front of the sea. ... more   less 
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La Princesa De La Isla Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island

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