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“A gem set in a lovely setting of azure sea and tropical lushness” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Chateau Hotel
Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in San Juan del Sur
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A gem set in a lovely setting of azure sea and tropical lushness”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. We all fell in love with this gem in a country not well travelled...yet!!
A dusty street leads from the hotel to the gorgeous ocean beach. Restaurants on either side, Tremendous piles of tropical fruit (ask them tp peel and slice the huge, fresh pineapples).Meals are so inexpensive and delicious. Their beer and Flor de Canya Rum, better than thirst quenching.
Getting there is not always easy. The Royal Chateau was a solitude in a tropical garden.The coffee is worth the trip alone. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this tranquil town.

Room Tip: 2 storeys; all rooms face the court yard. In January 2012, $50 p/n, including breakfast, which is se...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank William T
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2012

This is a great spot in San Juan del Sur. It's about 4 blocks back from the main drag, which makes it convenient to everything, but far enough back so that the noise is minimal. The room we stayed in is quite spacious, as was the bathroom. We opted for air conditioning, which in San Juan is must for us.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. San Juan experiences many, extended power outages. This hotel has a generator to keep the power running when it happens. A definite plus. The first hotel we stayed in did not have this and the power was out for about 4 hours when we arrived, then was on for a couple hours and out again for a few more hours. Without a fan or air conditioning, it becomes quite stuffy in the rooms, so having the generator back up saved our sanity.

If you are driving, they offer a large secure car park on the grounds of the hotel.

One thing you will be missing out on is a view of the ocean, so if that's important, this isn't the spot for you. However, it's a short walk to the beach.

There is no pool or restaurant attached, although there is quick access to many nice places to eat nearby.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nica_tinita
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

My wife and I stayed there from Friday 20th April to Monday 23rd April and I can only say that this hotel is the best place to stay in San Juan del Sur. The hotel is situated at the end of the main street leading to the beach in a secure compound free from the noise of the town yet in easy reach by foot of all the town's amenities and the beach. The hotel has a very pleasant restaurant area where you can enjoy a beer and a cool breeze into the night. The owners and the staff are warm and friendly and our room was cleaned daily to an immaculate standard. We felt totally safe staying there and enjoyed the ambience. I would rather stay there for $57 a night including breakfast for the two of us than any of the more expensive venues that I visited during my stay, including those on the beach. I thoroughly recommend this hotel in terms of a brilliant place to stay and value for money.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank John D
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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

We stayed for three nights. Our room looked good on arrival but we noticed it had an ant problem which meant we had to constantly spray the walls and bathroom with bug spray.

Cable TV was good and we enjoyed the breakfasts. It's also close to town.

Every night, dogs on the adjoining street barked at each other all night. This is not the hotels fault but it's worth considering when picking your SJDS place. We'd recommend El Jardin which is a couple of miles out of town.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sfergus1979
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Amherst, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

Recently while traveling with a group to Nicaragua we stayed in the Royal Chateau and I will never go back. While taking a shower I accidentally broke the shower door, feeling terrible about this I left them money to pay for my mistake. A few days later our group leader recieved a bill for the broken door. The hotel claimed they never recieved the money I gave them and I now have to pay for this simple mistake twice. If it is one thing I cannot tolerate it is dishonesty and the Royal Chateau is staffed with dishonest people. Do not stay here!!! Even if it the last place in San Juan Del Sur with vacancy.

Room Tip: Do not stay here!!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank class6rafter
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hotelroyalchateau_12, Propietario at Royal Chateau Hotel, responded to this review, May 2, 2012
This review is totally wrong and here is why.


The young man, class6rafter, appeared to have a wild party in the room where he left two broken sliding glass shower doors, and a room full of empty wine and liquor bottles. He clams to have given a maid $40 which none of our staff admits to receiving.


class6rafter was a member of a school excursion group (University Studies Abroad Consortiun (USAC) ) which had taken all rooms in the hotel for one night. We had no issues with any other members of this large group of American students studying spanish, who stay twice a year with us and this is the first time we have had a problem.


SInce the group checked out of the hotel at 6am we did not notice the broken door until later that day when a second group from USAC arrived to fill the rooms. USAC saw the damage and paid $80 that day of the $160 cost to replace the glass.


At no time did the class6rafter advise his tour leader or our hotel staff of the damaged door.


I can provide a number of emails that confirm this information and the fact that USAC has already reserved the same rooms for next year.


It would be a disservice to your readers to leave a review from this customer on our site.


Thank you

Juan Jose Sevilla
Proprietor
Hotel Royal Chateau
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Oscoda, Michigan
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

The room was great. We spent the night before in a $10 a night place so our room at Royal Chateau Hotel was a welcome sight! The rooms were super clean and we had a king sized bed on the top floor. The front desk woman spoke some english so the transaction was made pretty easily. However, a small warning. We were in need of transportation the next day to get to another place we were staying a small distance out of SJDS. The front desk woman was trying to hook us up with someone she knew who would take us for $20-25 (US). We got a ride on the beach shuttle for $3 each. She was definitely trying to take advantage of us for herself or her friend.
Other than that, the hotel has beautiful scenery and is a great location from the noise and bustle of downtown. Breakfast was simple but filling.
We didn't use AC but the fans provided were enough to make sleeping great. Its a bit spendy for Nicaragua but everything is a bit more expensive in SJDS.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FFcouple
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77 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

Ive been to SJDS several times and though a bit pricey, this place delivers on most counts. There are more expensive and cheaper places but this seem like a good mid ground but maybe a bit high. The location is great ...back from the non stop roaming surfers, taxis, and street scene but right there if you want it. If you're staying for a few days maybe you can strike a small discount?

The front desk was helpful and the rooms were clean.. nice bathroom and good size queen+ bed... nothing much in furnishing but all was very OK.

Try for an upper level room instead of ground floor, and and end unit will give you some added view and ventilation. The AC worked but really isnt needed with a the nice floor fan. The grounds are lovely and the bright clean facades are cheery.

Front desk worked well, and while not exactly warm and friendly, efficient and more or less helpfull, when not watching the blaring TV novelas. A small waiting reception area is a good stop to drop and inquire as well, at their corner location. They'll show you rooms of course, and the cleaning staff was always busy looking.

(The breakfast was quite ordinary here- bland eggs, toast etc....I suggest a great hole in the wall near by- Comedor de Angelita! set back from the street-ask around...the real deal and its got it all! outdoor dining under a patio roof, atmosphere, and nice people)

Room Tip: Get a second or maybe third level (if you like stairs) for a much better view and light. End units...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jidoo
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Additional Information about Royal Chateau Hotel

Property: Royal Chateau Hotel
Address: "El Calvario" Street From the Market 1 Block East Central Zone | San Juan Del Sur - Rivas. Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur Rivas, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Royal Chateau Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal Chateau Hotel is located in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, a tourist beach town on the pacific ocean in southern Nicaragua, a few miles from the Costa Rican border and two hours from Managua, the Nicaraguan capital. A colonial style hotel with 20 spacious rooms with splendid views and modern comforts including air conditioner, cable TV, wireless internet, secure parking, private bathrooms, full sized beds and continental, Criollo & American breakfast, all included in one affordable rate. ... more   less 
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