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“Alright for a short stay”
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HC Liri Hotel
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London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Alright for a short stay”
Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at HC Liri for 1 night and it was great to be right on the beach. However we felt as though the staff were trying to trick us most of the time! Before we arrived, I called to reserve and the woman told me that there was a $55 double and a $75 double but that the cheaper one was so small it could barely fit one person through the door and that our bags would not fit. We went with it anyway and the room was very big! Bigger than most we have stayed in! The following morning at breakfast we went to check out, heading for the Costa Rican border and they tried to tell us that the border was closed for 3 days so we were better to stay there. Again we ignored that and it was open! We were a little insulted by the crafty tricks they tried. Luckily we didn't fall for them. The hotel itself was alright but we didn't feel safe being so far from the restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Hector A, Director General at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
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Disculpe, sinceramente he tardado en contestar esta critica varios dias porque a pesar de que siempre insistimos en lo importante que es aprender de los comentarios, porque finalmente trabajamos para que nuestros huéspedes sean felices en HC liri Hotel, le doy vueltas y vueltas y no le encuentro repuesta a esto. Mire no se de que tamaño son las habitaciones en las que ha estado usted en su viaje como menciona en su critica pero la habitación en cuestion mide 9 metros con baño y todo. Osea es pequeña. Con referencia a lo que dice usted de la frontera, solo me queda pensar que no nos entendimos por una cuestión de idioma porque nunca ha cerrado la frontera de Costa Rica desde que estamos aquí. Mas alla de que nosotros estábamos completos. Lamentamos su sensación porque nuestro único objetivo en esta empresa es que nuestros clientes sueñen con volver. Gracias por escribir en Tripadvisor.
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

The HC Hotel is located right on the beach. It has a nice pool, and lots of hammocks, tables and chairs for hanging out. The owners are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is a wonderful suprise every morning.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hector A, Gerente at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
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Muchas gracias, hemos estado encantados de recibirle. Cada viaje de nuestros clientes hemos aprendido y hemos mejorado. Lo seguiremos haciendo.
!!Nos vemos en su proxima visita a San Juan del Sur.

El equipo HC liri Hotel.
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for one night and the owners were very friendly and helpful! The hotel is conveniently located by the beach and a short walking at distance from San Juan's hot spots! The breakfast is great and the hotel has a good ambiance.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hector A, Gerente at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thanks for write this review in tripadvisor, this is very important for us and for the news trevellers.

Thanks to our guest improve every day.



Hope to see you soon
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Nice location, very friendly staff and great breakfast!! If I have to come up with a con it could be that the water in the pool sometimes wasn't that clear. But this didn't matter at all when it was like 50 meters down to the beach..

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Hector A, Gerente at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Isac, Thanks for writing on trip is important for future travelers.

It is important to know that I see that nobody reported that for two days of your stay our pool was a treat.

We learn from all reviews, good including.

Espero que tu buen español mejore en Mexico y que tus estudios vayan genial.

Saludos de la familia de HC liri
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I stayed two days at the hotel Liri and the owners were very friendly and hospitable hosts. Excellent location right on the beach within walking distance to the main city. Breakfast was included and it was very nice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
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Muchas gracias Jeff, nos encanta nuestro trabajo y es un placer recibir huéspedes como vosotros. Esperamos verles pronto de nuevo y muy agradecidos por escribir esta critica en tripadvisor.
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2013

The HC LIRI Hotel is a solid block structure on the beach in SJDS. It is at the end of the beach at the foot of the suspension bridge from town. During the high season in Winter, you will find peace and quiet that would be impossible to find on the main street in town.

The grounds are small and neatly manicured. The building is in a good state of repair and the owners serve a delightful Nicaraguan breakfast every morning. During our stay, we noticed that the Liri is particularly popular with European and Latin families.

For those who simply want to chill, there are lounges and hammocks for resting and reading. The miniscule pool is clean and refreshing. Parking in the narrow alley behind the hotel is very challenging due to space restrictions.

Even though I liked the place for what it is, there are blemishes. San Jun Del sur is still very small and high end accomodations are nearly impossible to find. After all, this little beach town is just starting to explode, and local infrastructure is still limited, execpt for the expensive condos in the hills above the town.

Fraankly, the Liri has a bit of an identity crisis. It used to be a surf camp and would rate 5 stars as such. However, the price point has been raised and certain improvements need to be made to shift completely from 'surf camp' to botique hotel. Here are some examples. The rooms are too spartan for the current price point. There are no bedside table lamps. There was no shampoo in the bathroom, and the showers are cold, not tepid, cold. This upgrade is crucial for guest comfort. Also, my AC unit worked only at full force when plugged in. Since there was no temperature control, it had to be unplugged when the room got too cold. Also, most of the lighting in the hotel is naked bulbs with no hint of subtle indirect lighting. This also could easily be fixed.

The one thing that bothered me was that if you bring a beer, rum or even a bottle of water to the hotel, they charge you for it as if they had sold it to you. This is a tacky business practice, and harkens back to 'surf camp days' mentality. If they aspire to running a more customer friendly hotel, they'll drop this practice like a hot potato.

Don't ge me wrong. I like the Liri's location, cleaniliness, and vibe. The family that runs it are delightful and warm. Liri just has to decide what it wants to be as San Juan Del Sur grows and options expand. Surf camp or botique hotel?

Hotel HC Liri is one of San Juan Del Sur's best for the moment, but, if this property was in Granada, I'd have given it a 2 star rating for failing to equal the competition.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
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Muchas gracias por su comentario en tripadvisor, como sabe es una gran referencia para nuestros futuros clientes. Llevamos muy poco tiempo pero trabajamos constantemente en la mejora del hotelito. Agradecemos mucho todo porque hemos aprendido a través de su opinión y por el momento ya hemos puesto en marcha muchas de la ideas que nos aporto su escrito.
Ojala le volvamos a ver por aqui y pueda comprobar nuestros avances.

Un saludo y gracias por habernos elegido.
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Quebec City, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Very nice situated hotel with direct access to the beach and lovely pool.

Fair priced, well maintened rooms and great view of the beach from the balcony.

Warm family owned hotel with extremely helpfull staff and owner for info and upcoming reservation (tours, directions, other hotel reservation and boats/ferry.,etc...)

Thanks and hugs to you, (Romina, Andrea and your mother) for everything !

My only comment would go to a wider choice of breakfast (included) options or to add 'a la carte' items such as
expresso coffee, brown bread, muesli...

We will come back for sure next year!

PS: Good luck for London, girls!
;-)

Louis & Line

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
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Gracias por sus palabras, ha sido un placer tenerles entre nosotros en sus vacaciones. Aprendemos mucho de nuestros clientes por ello le comento que :

"Prometido, que nuestro desayuno sera mas variado muy pronto". Ustedes podran comprobarlo el próximo año. Gracias de Romina y Andrea por sus buenos deseos.

Hasta Pronto!!!
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Property: HC Liri Hotel
Address: Playa San Juan Del Sur | Contiguo Al Yahure, San Juan del Sur 505, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — HC Liri Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to HC liri HotelHC liri Hotel is a small hotel on the beach of San Juan del Sur, with wonderfull views of the Pacific Ocean. We also have swimming pool in front of the sea. We offer daily transport to the different beaches in the area. In our hotel,we offer a personalized service to our guests because we want you to feel at home.Our breakfast is made with great quality and variety. We offer to our customers products fresh and different every day, because we want that you know the Nicaraguan gastronomy.!!We want only the enjoyment of our guests!!! ... more   less 
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