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“Beautiful setting, wonderful food, excellent personal service” 5 of 5 bubbles
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El Jardin Hotel
Ranked #9 of 27 Hotels in San Juan del Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Beautiful setting, wonderful food, excellent personal service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2011

We stayed in San Juan del Sur for a month over Jan/Feb this year and had a fantastic time. One of the absolute highlights of our trip was our visit to this gorgeous hotel and restaurant a few minutes drive north of the town. We arrived just before sunset and had drinks on the terrace watching the sun go down over the stunning bay and followed that with a leisurely and wonderful three course meal. The food was excellent, the service was prompt and personal (Mauro the chef visited our table personally to confirm our choices and make suggestions, the owner Timothy also welcomed us warmly and checked in to see that we were enjoying ourselves - we were!). What with the great food, the spectacular sunset and dinner under the stars it really was one of our best nights in Nicaragua. We'll be back - and next time we'll book into the hotel and make it our homebase for our stay!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2011

Although I did not stay at the hotel, my friend and I decided to eat at the restaurant and it was by far the best meal we've had in a very long time. The owners are extremely nice and accommodating, and Mauro, the Italian chef, is incredible. Every bite was like little fairies blowing on my tongue. The bruschetta, eggplant parmesan, fettucini alfredo, tenderloin, and the chef's special desert were all extremely delicious. I highly recommend having dinner here if you are looking for some good eating.

Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2011

A friend and I stayed for 2 nights at El Jardin, and had a lovely time. The setting is absolutely gorgeous, and the owners, Timothy and Delphine, went out of their way to make sure our stay was comfortable and pleasant. The restaurant serves amazing food- (best we had in Nicaragua), and the Chef, Mauro, is lots of fun too! (Breakfast is included, and the restaurant is open for dinner). I would highly recommend this setting. You may want to consider renting a car as it is a bit out of town and a short drive from the beach. Otherwise it is a $5-10 taxi ride, which is a small price to pay for such a beautiful setting. Go stay at El Jardin- you'll be glad you did!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Depoe Bay, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2010

Tranquility is the word that comes to mind when I remember my stay at El Jardin in San Juan del Sur. The location, views, architecture and colors schemes all worked together to give one a sense of calmness and serenity which was highly desirable after a week or so spent in the noisy, busy cities of Nicaragua.

April and her family were attentive to our every need and assisted with making reliable travel arrangements both to and from the hotel from Managua as well as getting around to see the local sites.

El Jardin is definitely a place I would highly recommend to any one seeking a relaxing environment, enjoys originality, good food and good company. I hope to visit again soon.

Cherie Melton

Depoe Bay, Oregon

  • Stayed December 2009
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birmingham, al
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2010

My husband and I along with another couple spent 5 wonderful days at El Jardin in December. Location: El Jardin is located about 5 minutes by car from the town center of San Juan del Sur. We were so happy to be in this location and not in town. Very peaceful and clean, yet still close to everything. Look & Feel: The architecture of El Jardin is beautiful, its a series of small buildings centered around the pool. With only 11 guest rooms, you feel like the place is all yours. One of the highlights of staying at El Jardin is getting to know the owners - truly special folks who do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. We miss the family as much as we miss Nicaragua! Food: As many others on this page have said, April is a great chef! All of our meals had the freshed of ingredients, were simple, elegant, and delicious. Recommendations: 1. Be sure to ask April about the hiking trails near the property. Great views! 2. Take the hour walk down to Plaza Maderas, spend the day at the beach, then cab back to El Jardin. 3. Ask April to set up a day fishing and boating trip. It's a great way to see the coastline and many secluded bays.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2010

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, you couldn't ask for a better place than El Jardin. The rooms are colorful and unique, with comfortable beds and gorgeous views. The American owners are fantastic and helpful. The food is amazing. April bakes the most delicious muffins every morning and there is fresh fruit and coffee to enjoy them with. The restaurant is amazing, easily the best food we ate in Nicaragua. April's tortilla soup and fresh roll appetizers are exceptional.

The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool if you want to enjoy the sun and relax, or the beaches and town of San Juan del Sur is a very short drive away. There are gorgeous ocean views, and the jungle begins right behind the hotel. I highly recommend a morning jungle hike to see the monkeys.

If you are interested in a secluded, romantic getaway at a beautiful B&B where the owners treat you like family, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2009

didn't pick this hotel because I'm highly allergic to cats and dogs, both of which are found at this hotel. Too bad because it would have been a great spot.
i just wanted to mention how responsive the owner was to the numerous questions I sent via email while I was doing my hotel research. I must have asked her 30 questions about her hotel. I know she understands what good service means. If youre ok with pets, you should consider this place. Have fun!

Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: El Jardin Hotel
Address: Bahia Nacascolo | PO Box 68, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Jardin Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Jardin is the perfect place to relax while enjoying amazing views on Nicaragua's Emerald Coast. The hotel is located up a hill, 4 km (2,4 miles) North from San Juan del Sur. The access road has been repaired in December 2016. All types of vehicles can go up. We offer free shuttles to town once a day. Our guests can also spend the day by the outdoor pool where they can enjoy stunning views on Nagascolo bay. Each room has a private bathroom and features charming decor with cheerful colors. Some of them have a private terrace overlooking the ocean which is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. El Jardin's bar & restaurant features both an indoor and an open-air dining area with views on the bay. We serve international food (for example, burgers and tacos) and are also very proud to offer European inspired options (including Beef Bourguignon, Shrimp bisque, Homemade lasagna and many more). The bar is open all day with a good selection of cocktails. ... more   less 
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