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“Simple hotel by Lake Nicaragua”
Review of Charco Verde

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Charco Verde
Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you want luxury, then this is not the hotel for you, but then you are unlikely to find any 5* ones on the island. The bungalows are adequate: large rooms (ours had 3 beds) with attached bathroom (lukewarm water, & just possible to stand it for a shower). Set in a nature reserve & we had the 'pleasure' of a family of howler monkeys just opposite our room. Unlike others we found the food OK, but then we didn't expect cordon bleu in such a remote location.
To stay here you need a car or a guide to collect you, as it is quite a way off the main road & from any villages (therefore you need to eat there too). The lake is warm enough to swim in & canoes are available, though we didn't use them. It's fine for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Traveling to the island of Ometepe can be a horrible gut-wrenching experience, or a very pleasant, relaxing one. It all depends upon which boat/ferry you take. The best vessel to take by far is called ""Rey del Cocibolca" ferry at San Jose del Sur located near to Hotel & Restaurante Charco Verde. 1) It's a shorter ride. 2) It's a larger vessel, and more comfortable, & 3) It has comfortable padded booths and tables, good food service & you hardly notice the wind and waves. On the other hand, the "Ferry El Che" to Moyogalpa port, (or any other of the smaller boats for that matter), will be slower and ... if you're prone to sea-sickness you could vomit the whole way (during the windy season). If you're staying in Moyogalpa, it's still a better choice to take the early bus to the port: "San Jose del Sur" near Charco Verde (between Moyogalpa and Altagracia). If you arrive at 7:00am you'll stroll onboard unhurried for the 7:30am departure. "Rey del Cocibolca" is 55 cordoba (about $2.75), and "Ferry El Che" is 50 cordoba (about $2.50)... so why not pay the extra 25 cents and get a smooth ride?!!!

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Room Tip: Get on board quickly to get a booth by the window!
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Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
5  Thank userme1423
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Ometepe is a beautiful, idyllic place with two volcanos, small villages, small museums. Charco Verde is an ecological preserve on the west coast about a half hour drive from the ferry port. Long walking trails where you see the long-tailed magpie jay, and hear the scary sounds of the howler monkeys. Hotel has a large open restaurant/bar on the beach. Good wait staff that speak English. Rooms are bare with benches for clothes, you get your towel with you key at check in; and no hot water. Rooms have air-conditioning. Wifi only at reception area. Tip I learned -zip your unpacked suitcase. I carried home a 2 inch black scorpion.

Room Tip: Get a room on the beach
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Rooms are okay. Reasonably priced and a decent size. I was there with 2 friends for 2 nights. We left early both mornings so can't comment on breakfast. We only had dinner one night. The beef was tough and chewey and the fish was just ok.

We hiked up both volcanoes and the check in staff arranged a guide from NGO who are an independent group on the island and he was great.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

At this time of year, it is windy! Rooms were spacious, bathrooms sufficient, though not very well kept up, and no hot water. The air conditioner set off sparks and a puff of smoke; thankfully, the overhead fan was sufficient. Loved the chair and hammock on the porch outside. Great sunsets and starts. The restaurant and bar were adequate. Staff was attentive and helpful - prepared a cooler of ice and beer for a trip into the ecological reserve next door. Great hanging out under howler monkeys (watch out below!), watching herons and egrets.

Room Tip: The rooms off the beach (i.e. 21-22?) are newer and modern - and cheaper.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We went there as tourist not familiar with the area and seeking some guidance of surrounding sights or activities and since this is a secluded spot you do need some help arranging this from staff and need transport. The guest service lady was beyond usless. It was not a language barrier it was a lack of caring. She would not even arrange a taxi for us and sent us off on a wild goose chase to locate a local bus ( which never came). The food was stale and thrown on plates and staff had to be tracked down for refills and orders that was attached to a reality expensive cost considering how poor the food and service was. The accommodation was nothing special either. Visit the area for the beach for a couple hours yes but do NOT stay there and bring your own food!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We enjoyed our time here making the most of the natural amenities it has to offer. The staff were very friendly and helpful making our stay as comfortable as possible. The accommodations are quite basic but with a standing fan and the ongoing breeze helped keep our room cool without the need for air conditioning. We also had comfy chairs on the balcony outside our room which was great for reading in the evening and watching the sunsets too.

We stayed 4 nights and our last night was the pre-party for a two day 'End of the Mayan Calendar' event - trucks hauled in fencing, furniture, staging and lighting which were then set up all day long. Our tranquille Charvo Verde was transformed into a rave party with the pre-party lasting until about 1am with loud base-driven music and the first groups of revelers arriving for the weekend. As we had to get up early the next morning to leave the island, this did little for our beauty sleep and left a bit of a bad taste in our mouth.

That said, the location on the west side of the island can't be beat and the more rural charm of the property makes for a laid-back retreat.

Room Tip: That said, they are building new units which look very nice and modern but they are set back on the...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Altagracia, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe > Altagracia
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Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Altagracia
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Charco Verde Hotel Isla De Ometepe
Charco Verde Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Altagracia

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