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Hotel Villa Isabella
Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Would stay here again if in San Juan del Sur”
Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

My sister and I stayed here for 3 nights while in SJDS. The location was just a few blocks from main strip which is a good thing because it was a nice & quiet location. The owner, Mike was nice and helpful.

The rooms are nice, charming and clean.

Also, we met some girls during a power outage and the security guard from Villa Isabella walked them to their hotel with a flashlight to get them there safely.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Valle Verde, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2013

The beds are comfortable, the breakfasts are delicious, the coffee is always hot, and the location is convenient. Hot water showers and AC are a plus! Sitting on the veranda, watching the world go by is recommended.

Room Tip: A room away from the street might be quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Canada
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed here for the second time and it was nice and clean with a decent location. Plenty of movies to choose from, a small but refreshing swimming pool and a hearty breakfast (great pancakes) There is also airconditioning and hot water for a great value. Will be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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San Francisco
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Stayed there for a couple of days. Decent and clean rooms, very good bathrooms and AC, and good but ordinary breakfast. Owner and extended family are very nice and helpful if you have questions.
The hotel has a little swimming pool and common areas to hang out or just to relax in a hammock. This is not a party hotel and has a rather laid-back atmosphere. It attracts rather older travelers.
Room service lacks a little bit. Didn't get room service every day, but this did not bother me that much.
From the hotel everything in San Juan is in walking distance.
Across the street is a church which is nice but also can be quite noisy, especially during advent.
Hotel rates are a bit high though for Nica. Try to bargain!
Would stay there again!

Room Tip: Don't get a room which is connected to another room. Those are super noisy!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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New Jersey
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17 reviews
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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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La Canada Flintridge, California
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9 reviews
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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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Vienna, Virginia
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Property: Hotel Villa Isabella
Address: Diagonal Norte Iglesias Catolica San Juan del Sur Rivas, 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 #35 of 67 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villa Isabella, an intimate 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. ... more   less 
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Hotel Villa Isabella Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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