At first I thought the place was heaven - a little bit of a trek to get to, but worth it to have such good views of the lake and proximity to a range of activities. (hiking to waterfall, up a volcano, horseriding, kayaking etc..)
Then I checked in... the first thing I had to do was read the hotel rules, it wouldn't have been so bad if there were only those couple (no drugs, and be quiet at night) but there were signs all over the place telling you of numerous things you cannot do, or stongly advising you not to do. It felt a bit like being lectured by my parents.
You are asked to be silent (not just quiet) after 10pm. maybe going to bed early is a good thing - the bell for the breakfast buffet at 7am serves as a wake up call for everyone, and the on-site school at 8am meant going back to sleep wasn't an option and the hostel wasn't as peaceful as I'd hoped.
The food is ok, but can be slow, and orders sometomes went to the wrong person especially when people had similar names. As others have said, check your bill carefully at the end of your stay for all services, not just food.
the rooms are basic, but fairly spacious, clean enough and have good fans. there is a big gap between the wall and roof, so there are also quite a few bugs. If, like me, you get eaten a lot it is worth bringing a mosquito net - theirs had holes in it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formed by two volcanoes rising in the middle of the lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is a true paradise that offers visitors a unique and fantastic experience. We welcome you with spectacular sunsets, various outdoor activities, untouched wildlife, beautiful views of both volcanoes, hotel dock, direct access to lake Nicaragua and to highspeed internet. Hacienda Merida is the perfect place for a calm yet thrilling and definitely unforgettable vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Merida Hotel Isla De Ometepe