I have traveled to Managua three times now on business. My client books this hotel for me. If I ever go there at my own descretion I will definately book this hotel if available, which may be harder and harder to do as business investment picks up steam.
This is a relatively small 4-story hotel built to modern standards, with very clean and spacious rooms. It has local architectural and decor influence; it is definately not like the Hilton Princess across the street, which is Hilton US corporate standard appearance inside and out.
The staff is very hospitable and friendly. They pick you up at the airport and take you back- a 30 min. ride in a very new Toyota van.
Now, my favorite breakfast buffet in the world is in the Lanai restaurant of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Honolulu because of the setting and view. But by far my second choice would be the Seminole's. Actually, it ought to be first because not only is the food selection fantastic ( fresh local tropical fruits and juices, cheese, hot and cold cereals, cooked to order omelets and eggs, scrambled eggs, refried bean paste, ham tacos, "gallopinto", bacon, sausage, breads, local "1820" coffee, and a lot of other local dishes) but it is included in the already economical room rate!
Their evening menu selection is also quite appealing and excellent. However, just a few steps down the street is the very heart of Managua's night life with all kinds of eating places featuring just about every kind of food you could want. And lots of friendly people. NO CRIME.
But a real highlight of the hotel's restaurant is their Friday Seafood Festival Lunch Buffet.: fresh Lobster, squid, octopus, muscles, oysters, fish,scallops, shrimp, etc, which you simply select, put on your plate, and hand to the chef who either grilles the whole thing or stir fries it. This is on top of the other appetizers and food selections to go with it, especially the hotel's
version of ceviche. Now this costs- but considering what you get and the relative economical price by US standards, it is worth it.
Needless to say, I'm sold 100% on the Seminole.
If you are real picky about noise and temperature, avoid room 108.
A word of warning to first time travelers to Nic: the country suffers from a chronic, systemic power crises. Just during my last journey, the government insituted mandatory power outages for Managua twice a day. The hotel and nearly every other service establishment is equipped with generators, so they can keep the lights on and carry on with business. All part of the Nicaraguan experience! Also, do not expect the local Nicaraguan cuisine to be spicey a-la the Mexican variety. Their national dishes are simple, wholesome, mild and filling; even if you order steak with Jalopeno sauce to go with it, you won't find that "kick" you would expect.
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- Also Known As:
- Seminole Plaza Managua