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Hotel Villa Isabella
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Walking through the streets of San Juan del Sur can feel like going through one big surfing/NGO frat party. Villa Isabella is a wonderful respite, set back just enough from all the action, by about two to three blocks.

The owners, Mike and Jane, were wonderful hosts. Knowing we had a small child, they set us up in Room 7, one of their larger options, without charging us more. Breakfast was also included in the price.

The space is clean and well tended to. There is always someone at night watching the property.

There is a clean pool, but with all the beautiful beaches nearby, it was kind of lonely.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was one of several return visits and I again found Villa Isabella to be clean, comfortable, and completely enjoyable. With air conditioning and real two-valve hot water (not to be taken for granted in this region) this was about the first, and remains one of the best choices for US-level comfort and security in the area.
Best of all is the friendly and attentive staff. They have been there for years, which itself says a lot. Co-owner Mike holds forth on the porch with expertise on everything from local politics to the best surfing beaches. Co-owner Jane has been instrumental in bringing lending libraries to Nicaragua and can provide gratifying volunteer opportunities if you are so inclined.
Breakfast is included, the coffee is always ready and good, the pool is small but refreshing, and the short distance to the beach is down one or the pueblo's easiest streets for walking.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Hotel is owned by a Californian who spends lots of time at the hotel and is a great source of knowledge on nearly restaurants, beaches, tours and general info on Nicaragua. The rooms are clean and spacious and quiet. The inclusive breakfast is American style filling and tasty and the service is excellent. The hotel has Wi-fi and a swimming pool and is located on the North side of the town, just a few blocks from most restaurants and bars but still distant enough to be out of earshot from the night life banter. While not the most luxurious hotel that we stayed at during our 2 week stay in Nicaragua, this was the one my teenage kids liked the best. Gary R

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed at Villa Isabella just for one night, cause on the next day my girlfriend get bit by bit more bites on both legs. First we thought it were just normal mosquito bites but then my girlfriend found a bedbug in the bathroom, then we started to find more indicates for those bugs and we found the bugs poo and an old shell of a bug. now to the rest of the hotel we paid even in low season overpried price the breakfast was okay. the staff was helpfull and friendly. the chef didnt gave money back cause of the bugs, thats the resaon for this review now.

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Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Forget anything negative you've read about Mike being a jerk, because for us, that certainly was not the case. We loved him, just like the hotel. After a crappy night in another highly ranked "hotel" (who shall remain nameless), this was just what the doctor ordered. Great, clean rooms, nice refreshing pool, delicious breakfast and way friendly staff, we almost didn't want to leave! Paid $70 per night, and would've gladly paid more (but not really..lol). I could not recommend this place any more!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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1  Thank bjk127
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed at Villa Isabella for the entire month. It was clean, had friendly and helpful staff, and tasty breakfast. My whole family also enjoyed the pool, relaxed atmosphere, and delicious coffee. It is perfectly located for walking down to all the shops, restaurants, and of course, amazing San Juan sunsets. We felt well taken care and the staff was more than willing to meet any random need that came up. Both Mike and Jane were hands on and went above and beyond to make our long stay a memorable one!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

I just returned home 3/18/2012. What a nice surprise and such warm hospitality, clean rooms, wonderful breakfast. An over all pleasant experience, the owner/manager a real hands on person, in total control of this delightful place. You may call him Mr. Mike. Thank you Sir for everything, your establiment shows your dedication.

Martha

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 73 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: $56 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villa Isabella, a bed and breakfast boutique hotel, is dedicated to your full enjoyment of San Juan del Sur and the surrounding Pacific Coast paradise. Our attention to detail and personal service frees you to focus on your stay, either for business or pleasure. A full to order breakfast is complementary and the coffee and tea are always ready. ... more   less 
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