Hotel Con Corazon is like no other place I have ever visited. It is a Hotel with a conscience. The people who run the hotel are from a group of investors/friends in Holland who had a vision for a hotel in a developing country where all the profits would be used to serve the underserved. This hotel donates its proceeds to educational and social organizations in Nicaragua with which it shares this vision.
The hotel is roomy, quiet, lovely, and comfortable. My daughters, 9 and 12, my wife, and I absolutely loved our experience there. The rooms are immaculate, the pool is cleaned twice daily, the rooms are air conditioned and the beds are comfortable and clean. The giant floor-tile chess set is wonderful diversion after a day of hiking volcanoes or shopping in Masaya. The four course breakfasts are the best in Nicaragua.
While there, we were told of an opportunity to observe a pinata factory that receives support from Hotel con Corazon. The pinatas are made by mentally impaired adults, who otherwise would receive no support or training or therapy. My daughters were guided by two of the clients in this voluntary occupational therapy program in making their own pinatas, which they brought home with them to remind them of this cherished experience. We were so moved and impressed by Ernesto, Corrina, and Dora, the three people who have created this space to assist the most marginalized members of Nicaraguan society that we ended up making a donation afterwards. It was the most important moment of our three weeks in the country.
Kim, the Dutch woman who was past manager of the hotel has stayed on to expand such opportunities, while Freek (pronounced Frake) has recently arrived from Netherlands to take over from Kim. In a year, another member of the cooperative will come to add the Hotel Con Coranzon's legacy. This is more than a Hotel. It is an experience and a privilege. I thoroughly encourage you to try it -- the extra few dollars/euros you might spend are well worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel con Corazon is a boutique hotel in Nicaragua. Located in the city, in a colonial building with fifteen rooms, a restaurant, bar, patios and a swimming pool. The hotel offers all the modern comforts a traveler desires. It's a place that feels like a home away from home. But these simple luxuries aren't even what makes this hotel so unique. Your stay helps Nicaraguans build a brighter future, as 100% of our profits are invested in education. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Con Corazon Hotel
- Con Corazon Granada