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“Overpriced and UNfriendly!!” 1 of 5 stars
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“Overpriced and UNfriendly!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2010

This hotel is definately in a beautiful location and the grounds are lovely...but that is where it ALL ends! Our week long holiday started with a 30 min lecture on what we could and couldn´t do at the hotel. At first we thought Scott (one of the owners) was joining us for a cocktail but that was not the case...he might as well been selling us timeshare in his hotel. The cabin they gave us was next to the restaurant so was blocked from any sea breeze and extremely HOT! We asked to move to another cabin which they did accomadate after 3 days. We had alot of insects in our room do to no screens on the windows, only chicken wire for security. Once we had a HUGE spider the size of your outstretched hand!
Another morning he yelled at us to whisper ¨because people pay alot of money to stay here!¨...never mind that we were paying for one of there most expensive, larger rooms! And we were even talking to another one of his guests.

Everything in the bar and restaurant is VERY expensive. We ate there for dinner the first night and breakfast the first morning...but never did again. You can eat anywhere on the island for half of what he is charging. Don´t have the coffee that he sets out in the morning...he makes you feel that it is complementary but charges you for it in the end.

Everything seemed to make them feel as if they had to go out of there way for you. Chips and salsa before dinner? How hard is that? Their salsa is from a jar and they charge $6 for it anyway. The guys went fishing and wanted to have their fish cooked for dinner but that was an inconvinience too, so we went down the beach to Carlitos Place.

The other half of our group could´nt stand it any longer and left for big corn island 2 days early. STAY anywhere but here!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, owner and subject of review at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, March 21, 2010
I am sorry that these two couples experience here did not meet up to their expectations.

First, I will admit that I did ask them to speak quietly at 5:45 am while they were talking loudly with another guest and their dogs were barking (we allowed them to keep their dogs in their room and at one point they put one of them up on the restaurant table while they were eating).

As much as I wanted these folks to enjoy their stay without restriction, I felt an obligation to the other 6 casitas who were paying equally as much to enjoy their vacation, which to some might have included sleeping past 5:45am.

Mostly, though, the purported "facts" in this review are grossly misrepresented.

When the guest complained about the especially languid tropical island nightime temperatures, we promptly provided them with four, yes, four fans including the one from our own bedroom to ease there distress the next night. When this proved inadequate in improving their comfort, we moved them to a new casita at their request as soon as one vacated(which was a couple days later) . We explained the delay to them at that time. I also mentioned two other hotels on the island that have air conditioning and suggested that they may want to investigate moving to those accomodations if the tropical island temperatures were making their stay uncomfortable.

Our homemade tortilla chips and salsa is not $6 as they report but only $4. Our salsa is not out of a jar, but made from scratch. They asked for their chips during dinner while about a dozen other guests were waiting to be served their dinner. We do not serve chips at dinner time so we can focus on dinner service.

We provide a free drink of choice when people arrive and spend 10 to 20 minutes orienting our guests not only to the ins and outs of our hotel, but we also review many island issues and cover many points of interest about the island. This conversation is totally voluntary, you get your free drink one way or the other. These folks may have experienced a longer orientation due to the fact that they did more talking than I did.

Unlimited coffe is free with breakfast which I did explain during the orientation. It is presented at a "coffee bar" so they may have misinterpreted this as "free" coffee.

During the orientation we cover the fact that we do spray for bugs periodically. But, due to the fact that we are situated on a beach, in a jungle, on a tropical island in casitas that are designed for maximum ventalation and that the "lobster wire" security screens allow the guest to sleep securely with the window open to maximize comfort there would inevitably be a few bugs around.

"Expensive" is in the eye of the beholder of course. Our breakfast are $4 to $7 and include unlimited coffee, lunches run from $5 to $9 and Dinners run from $8 to $14. These are four course dinners that include vegatables and dessert. I readily acknowledge that you can find less expensive meals that offer far less, but, there are also more expensive meals on the island.

When these clients brought their fresh caught fish, some of which needed to be cleaned, it was during our dinner rush. We had no staff available to clean their fish as we were focused on providing customer service to the other dozen or so clients in the restaurant. We did offer to prepare the fish later when the restaurant slowed down. When these fisherman returned it was after 9pm and the restaurant was closed. The restaurant hours were posted and we actually stayed open an additional 30 minutes waiting for their return.

Unfortunately, at least two of our clients approached us about these peoples rude behavior towards them.

We honestly feel that we did everything possible to fulfill these peoples extreme needs.

Again, we are sorry they had such a bad experience. Our all Nicaraguan staff and ourselves try very hard to make all of our guests comfortable and their stay enjoyable.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2010

LCBB fills a requirement that Little Corn has needed. Although the bungalows are basic, which fits with the theme of the island, the quality and restaurant are significently above average.

This was the second time we have been to Little Corn, previously staying at one of the lower budget options just further down the beach. LCBB has less of the bohemian vibe than some of the other more backpacker directed options. Rather this establishment provides a more comfortable stay including large airy casitas with private baths. There are restaurants on the island lower priced, but you get what you pay for, and the quality of food at the Turned Turtle is excellent. Try the fish tacos or baby back ribs, and you will see what Little Corn has been missing.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

My husband and I just returned from a 3 night stay at Little Corn Beach and Bugalow and we cannot say enough great things about this place! In fact, we had only planned on staying for 2 nights, but added a 3rd when we couldn't bring ourselves to leave this little island paradise. Scott and Kristine, the proprietors, are wonderfully attentive without being intrusive and they have put incredible effort into making the place sustainable, from training and employing locals only to encouraging water conservation. The rest of the staff was warm and attentive and made you feel right at home.

We walked the entire island and can say with confidence that this is the best place on Little Corn! The comfortable bungalows are just steps from the beach, with hammocks the only thing in between. The food was also excellent, from breakfast thru to dessert - fresh lobster with drawn butter, coconut french toast, homemade ice cream, and killer pina coladas were just a few of the tasty menu items.

Be sure to also visit the Cuban restaurant across the island path, as well as Tranquilo's for great fish tacos. While on the island, don't miss out on a chance to snorkel, see incredible vistas from the lighthouse tower, and hike around the island. Also, spend some time with Minnow, the island rescue dog!

We would recommend this place to anyone without hesitation!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Baltimore, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

They say good things are worth waiting for. I found our 12 hour trek to Little Corn Island to be WELL worth the wait. From Baltimore to Miami to Managua to Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island was 3 planes and a panga! And then a 10 minute walk across the island to our beach home for the week. The proprietor, Scott, met us at the boat to escort us across the island and gave a brief history of the land and people. LCBB just opened a few months ago but they've really figured out how to make you feel at home. The bungalows, or casitas, are very nice. We had 2 queen beds equipped with mosquito nets (not really needed during our stay) that were very comfortable. Our Casita had a bathroom with shower and electricity making our stay very comfortable. The staff learned our names the first day and treated us like house guests the whole time. Although not local quisine the food was fabulous. Full breakfasts were available along with lunch and dinner menus that had new items each day all at very reasonable prices. The grounds are beautiful with pleny of shade trees and hammocks for lounging and reading with a nice little beach area for sunning. After walking most of the island we realized that of the many bungalows to choose from LCBB was the "Ritz" of them all. They have included all the touches that make you fell like you're at a 4 star hotel while staying 50 feet from the Carribean! Scott and Kristine are wonderful hosts and will make sure your stay is wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Ft. Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

It was my best friends birthday and she wanted a relaxed, little getaway. She got it!!! It was amazing! Scott and Christine met us as our little boat arrived from Corn Island. They led us down the path to their little piece of heaven. Along the way the educated us on the eco system of the little island. When we arrived at LCBB we were served a welcome Marg! YUMMMY! Scott gave us the low down on the Island and LCBB. Our casita had 2 bedrooms and a kitchenette. It was very clean, had hot water and fresh,crisp bedding! The food was amazing! LOVE the coconut french toast. We had fresh fish caught by some of the guests. (Thanks Greg and Leah!) S&C also recommended other great eating spots on the island. Since it was Jenny's birthday, they had put together a little party for her on Sat night! Fun Fun! The staff was friendly and prompt. It was well worth the day of travel to get there!!!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2010

From the moment we were greeted at the dock by smiling owners, Scot and Kristine, we knew our stay at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow would be wonderful. They began by pointing out the sidewalk as "main street" -- a little humor to begin our mini-tour of an island that has neither roads, nor motorized vehicles. As we walked to the cabins, Scot gave us a brief history of the island and its eco-friendly nature. It was interesting without being pedantic--great to know that the inhabitants care so much about sustainable living.

The bungalows are located directly on the beach in a semi-circle w/various hammocks, chairs and palapas creating a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Our bungalow had a loft, separate bedroom and a kitchenette w/hot plate, utensils, coffee maker and fridge---an amazing array of amenities for such a small island and low rate. We also had hot water, although our friends did not. Something to consider if you don't like totally "roughing it." There are other units w/out the kitchenette---2 beds and separate bathroom, which do not always have hot water. All units have porches w/sturdy chairs that can be taken to the beach if desired. They also offer beach towels, which I learned is not standard on Little Corn.

The food was fabulous---we found it hard to go elsewhere, though we forced ourselves to try the Cuban restaurant, which was well-worth it. The standards, "island benedict" and "coconut french toast" for breakfast are a must. And Kristine's sauces make the dinner entrees complete. Don't forget to have a signature margarita--"best on the island" and a mudslide to die for!

The staff are wonderful---very polite and accomodating and the owners go out of their way to make sure everything goes smoothly. By the time we left, we felt like we were best friends with everyone, including people who came from other hotels to eat at The Turned Turtle, the onsite restaurant.

Little Corn is not the easiest place to get to, but well-worth the effort!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

We stayed here 8 nights. We originally wanted to stay at Casa Iguana but they were booked so we found the Little Corn B&B and were thrilled. They spray the Casitas for bugs between each visitor, have fans in the rooms, located right on the best beach on the Island with generally a great breeze to keep things cool. They do great food and help with anything you need. Cleanest, newest, easiest place on the Island.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Cocal Beach, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Both Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) and Little Corn Island were recently listed in the New York Times #1 Best Selling Travel book, "1000 Places to See Before You Die". Recently, the Travel and Leisure website listed LCBB as 1 of 27 "Best Affordable Island Hotels" in the world. Come and join us on this beautiful remote tropical island. Experience an extraordinarily scenic and unique Caribbean world while stepping back in time. We offer relative comfort while respecting the islands delicate eco system. No cars, motorcycles, golf carts or airport disguise the fact that it is relatively easy to find this paradise. ... more   less 
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