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Hotel Colonial
Ranked #7 of 44 Hotels in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Ojai, CA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“No matter your budget, do yourself a favor and stay here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2007

This is just a phenomenal hotel in an amazing town. Colonial is a peaceful respite from the bustle of Granada. We loved sitting by the pool, and the rooms, pool, breakfast room and lobby all have intense character and charm that is distinctly Nicaraguan.
We were traveling as a group of grad students on spring break, about 11 of us altogether. Some of us were used to 5 star royal treatment and willing to spend the big bucks, some of us still consider ourselves backpackers through and through. But we were all extremely fond of this hotel. The bartenders make some of the best mojitos and pina coladas weve had, and were quick to serve us at the small swim up bar. We made friends with much of the staff here and so it seemed had many of the other guests.
My girlfriend and I travel frequently, and stay in a variety of different types of hotels, and we were in firm agreement that hotel colonial is a very special property.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2007

My husband and I came back to visit Granada after 17 years. Many things have changed for the better,a bigger choice of restaurants, cafes, hotel and hostels, and Granada is now an up and coming city attracting tourists from all over the worldl. This time we travelled with our three daughters, couldn't stay in the cheap hostels, but had to look for something decent. Found "El Hotel Colonial "on the internet, faxed and e-mailed hotel manager, who was very helpful.
Was grateful for smooth reception with booking or reservation, was shown to our rooms, a suite, with an attic with two double beds and a kingsize on the bottom floor, spacious, clean and well-kept. Stairs very wide and steep, not recommended for younger children. Our five year-old slipped once going to the toilet at night on the lower floor.
Breakfast was a big disappointment, overpriced and just created problems when my kids wanted things from different menus. Would suggest to hotel to serve breakfast buffee, and charge a flatrate. Chatted with a German couple who we had seen in Montelimar just a few days before and their breakfast was included in roomprice, but ours wasn't. Not happy with inconsistence. Our daughters used the pool in Hotel nearly everyday, but I never saw anyone clean it, so was a bit sceptic.

It didn't matter, we only used the hotel as our base, and as there's
such a variety of places to go out and dine etc, no problem. We warmly recommend La Gran Francia, although it charges western prices, its gourmet nica-french inspired fusion cuisine is delicate, service and the 150 year-old setting is admirable, impeccable and exclusive. Another restaurant worth a visit is El Zaguan, a typical Nicaraguan restaurant, with troubadours playing Nicaraguan and Mexican boleros and music at request. Atmosphere, food and service is the envy of Granada. It's the third of the price of La Gran Francia! Then there's El Dario, also in the style of La Gran Francia..Granada has such a potential...
My heart goes out to Nicaragua, admire how the are coping with the electricity power and water supply black-outs, but it puts a strain
on you while your supposed to be on holidays. Toilets are not available for hours at times.
Thankfully El Hotel Colonial and other good hotels had their own generators and electricity and water was up and running within minutes, but please be sure to phone reception if you need the water to come back on.
We also used the hotels coach service for outings and transfer to airport. We found that service overpriced and driver not overly friendly. He, a young Frenchman was quite concerned about the time not to be overdrawn outside our agreement, even by minutes. This is an attitude not common for Nicaragua, where locals have a very relaxed attitude and always give a little extra charm and personal touch to their service.
Don't forget to pay a visit to the Masaya Volcano and artesan market.
Every tourist brings a hammock home from that market.

  • Liked — colonial architecture, spacious rooms with character and style
  • Disliked — poor breakfast service, no restaurant in hotel
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank EsmeraldaGreen
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Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2006

we stayed at the Colonial from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2006

GRANADA: I am really glad you booked us into the "Hotel Colonial" and not the Hotel La Grand Francia. We checked it out and saw, that the Pool is not in an open area, it has a cover and no sunshine would come in. The Pool at the Colonial is in an open courtyard without a roof and the sun comes in, so one really can relax. The room at the Colonial was in tip top condition and everything worked, and the mattress is really good. Breakfast was excellent too. We had our evening meals at the Hotel Alhambra located on Parque Central, it worked out great. One evening meal we had at the fancy La Gran Francia, it did not live up to it's billing and we paid double the price than at Alhambra. The only thing which really needs to be being taken care of is the cleanliness of the Parque Central, where all the Tourist congregate. It is full of garbage, and does not leave a good impression. Funny though, just a few streets away we saw government employees cleaning streets and park areas on a daily basis.

  • Liked — clean room, everything worked, we had CNN, excellant mattress
  • Disliked — nothing to complain about
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Erfurt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2005

I went to Nicaragua in January to escape the unusual rain and the winter cold. Did I mention I live in San Diego, California? Yes, San Diego is hard to beat, but the sunny warm weather of Granada, the bilingual employees at Hotel Colonial, the charming appeal of the hotel, the beautifully kept pool and site, and the easy check in and check out was quite welcoming for me. And the price, my gosh, I paid US $75.00 per night for what they call an apartment on the second floor with a view of the pool, and a full kitchen, and A/C.

In addition, the hotel is centrally located, just steps from el Parque Central and the Catedral. Overall it was just an incredibly pleasant experience in a small hotel with a lot of character just like the Nicas (Nicaraguans).

I would go back any December or January.

Rick

  • Stayed January 2005
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canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2005

Very well appointed rooms were clean and large with a small balconey. Staff were helpful and the pool was great

  • Stayed February 2005
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9 Thank inuvit
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SF
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2005

We found this hotel to be very nice for the price. Room was very large and quiet. We would stay there again if ever in Granada

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11 Thank Terrylee8
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Stevens Point, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2004

A great location just off the main plaza and three blocks from the municipal market, the Hotel Colonial has large rooms, canopied beds, and a wonderful breakfast with a choice of traditional Nica food or American style. The beautiful tiled pool sits in an inner courtyard and has a bar you can order from while sitting in the pool.

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10 Thank dustycat
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Property: Hotel Colonial
Address: Calle La Libertad | Central Park, 25 mtrs to the West, Granada 0000, Nicaragua
Phone Number:
Location: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Granada
#5 Family Hotel in Granada
#7 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Colonial 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Colonial is your tranquil oasis in the very heart of Granada. . It is the perfect base for you to explore the rest of this wonderful country. On the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Granada is the oldest Colonial City in the new world. Hotel Colonial was built in 1999; it was created having in mind the colonial style of the older houses in Granada. We have 37 rooms. Ten of them are Suites and two are Apartments. All rooms have king size bed or two queen size beds, air conditioning, ceiling fan, private bathroom, cable TV, direct phone. Our front employees are all bilingual trained. Our restaurant prepares you a complete la carte breakfast with many options to choose from. We guarantee our team will always work hard so that you spend a wonderful time at Hotel Colonial. Welcome, Bienvenido, Bienvenue, Herzlich Willkommen ... more   less 
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