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Hotel Vistamar
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

The hotel website represents the place well but once you visit in person, you can see some deficiencies that are hard to forgive. The beach bungalows are cute, a little outdated, very small rooms. I should have rented the whole bungalow since the lower unit was pretty crammed. Bed was comfortable, but the sheets and towels were so old and stain. In the middle of the night water came from under the foundation and we got an inch of so of rain water. I decided to cut short my stay since I was not too happy with the overall cleanness and upkeep of the bungalow. They do charge quite bit so I am not expecting to walk in a pool of water at midnight. I reported my concerns to the front desk but they did not even apologize for our water flooding issue. The gardens and outside areas received more care. Great pools, and outdoor areas for kids to play. Food is decent and prices are a good deal. In general, this place has tons of potential but they should up the quality since they charge large.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Raquelina10
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

The pictures on the internet were obviously touched up, but the place itself was quite nice anyway. It was clearly "beach" first and "resort" second, but the setting was nice and the service outstanding. It was very hard to find or get to, and unless you are part kamikaze, I would not recommend driving yourself. Some guests had clearly arranged airport transfers from Managua for the 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive to the coast.

Be sure to get an upstairs bungalow for a bit more privacy, then relax and enjoy the all-inclusive service. Drinks and very good food are available on a near-continuous basis. Be sure to arrange in advance for some of the dishes (not all of the ones that require advance notice are listed that way on the menu). Also, most of the drinks are from mixes; the macua was fine, but the mojito was sub-standard.

There were other foreigners there (both US & German for sure), but there seemed to be a number of well-to-do locals as well, which gave the place a more genuine (and less antiseptic) feel than the nearby Barcelo Montelimar resort.

The one down-side was the very loud karaoke competition and subsequent outdoor disco. Sleep before midnight is not likely.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank VirtuallyAnywhere
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

We stayed here for 2 weeks of which a couple of days alone in the hotel.
Great place to get away from the stress of life?
No warm water hmmm problem?
All inn formula is no buffet but a la carte and i must say the beef and fish were excellent.
Breakfast is poor.
Free internet,only in restaurant.
Friendly staff.
A long way from managua.
Great beach,great surf.
Family from Belgium, we flew with delta airlines,never again.THIS SUCKS
Next time with Iberia.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank hayabusa1964
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

A thief came into our room late at night, where we were staying with our 1 yr. old daughter. We reported it to the night watchmen, but the next day to my surprise nobody came to repair the doors which did not close properly, or to check how we were or if anything had bee taken.
The staff was not only badly trained buy totally apathetic. Later back home I wrote them an email reporting the incident but never got an answer, much less an apology!!!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank acle00
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Reviewed March 17, 2009

Our overall experience at Hotel Vistamar was very positive. We stayed for one week, and our last night in Nicaragua was spent at Best Western Las Mercedes directly across the road from the airport in Managua (you can check out, and walk right across the street to the airport).

We found the location on the ocean be perfect for relaxation. If you want to do alot of tours, this might not be the best location due to the 1 1/2 - 2 hour distance from Managua from where most tours originate.

We were warned by one of the locals (but not by anybody at the hotel) not to swim directly out front of the hotel. This was after a man from Managua drowned out front during our stay. Apaparently, there are alot of large rocks and large holes in the ocesn floor, which combined with the surf make it very dangerous to swim there. To the left (south) is o.k. for swimming.

At the time of our stay, there were only a few guests at the hotel, other than for 2 days when there was a conference group staying there. It was very quiet, except for those two nights when the music from the pool bar was extremely loud. The DJ turned it down at the front desk's request, but the volume soon returned to super volume. Otherwise, we found the resort with its lovely landscaping to be quiet and relaxing.

One person at the front desk, Marlon, and one waiter, Byron, speak English. Other than that, the remainder of the staff speak Spanish, so some basic knowledge of the language is helpful. We found all of the staff to be cheerful and attentive to our requests.

We enjoyed the food at the resort, especially the Nicaraguan dishes. You can view their entire menu on their website and this might help you to decide whether you want to do the all-inclusive or the hotel only plan.

We did one tour to Masaya Volcano, Masaya market, Catarina and San Juan de Orients with Oro Tours (www.orotravel.com). We paid $110 per person (US dollars) which was much more reasonable than what the hotel wanted to charge for the same tour for us ($220 per person !!). Our guide, Rudy, and our driver, Roberto, were excellent. They drove 1 1/2 hours from Managua to pick us up and returned the same road to begin the tour to our destination. Because of the isolation of Hotel Vistamar, they have not often had requests to pick up guests here.

We enjoyed long walks on the beach. To the south (left when you leave the hotel) is a long string of palapas which are hotels & restaurants in the village of Pochomil. The first palapa is "La Cueva de la Sirena", a small and very basic hotel ($35 per night for 2 people) and restaurant. The manager, Luis, speaks excellent English and was very glad to chat with us about the hotel, restaurant and Nicaragua in general. You can reach him on his cell phone at [--].

There are many other little restaurants along the way that just look like palapas. If you approach them, someone will come out and tell you what they have to offer. Again Spanish is the main language among the locals.

To the north, (right from the hotel along the beach) about a 30 minute walk will take you to the fishing village of Masachapa. You can wander through the town and down to the beach where you can see the fishermen bringing in and selling their daily catch.

We felt very safe and welcome everywhere we went in Nicaragua. The people here want potential tourists to know that it is safe here and that they are very excited to welcome tourists to their country.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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