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“Friday Night is Culture Night” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Dario
Ranked #15 of 42 Hotels in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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“Friday Night is Culture Night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

If you are in Granada on a Friday night and get tired of the Florence style tourist atmosphere, come to Dario for some local song and dance and good food. I have been coming to the restaurant for the last several years and it never disppoints with good food and friendly staff. On this trip, a new jewel was found. Friday night is "Noche Tipica", which means local folklore and some great dancing/show from the locals. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and the food is actually affordable and the service is always great. Bernardo Lacayo

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Bernie L
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

My partner and I had the great pleasure of staying at the Dario for several nights during our february visit to Nicaragua. The staff was wonderful and helpful, rooms were impeccably clean and cozy, and the location is perfect for getting to know the city. A wonderful getaway spot, with plenty of privacy and a very serene environment. I recommend it highly.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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100 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We had previously stayed at this hotel with better (though not spectacular) results, so this visit was gravely disappointing. The good: the check-in process was smooth and friendly, and the porter also was outstanding. Also, the Nicaraguan breakfast is substantial and mostly delicious. The location is terrific right in the middle of everything.

The bad: Our reservation included a free bottle of wine, which we never received. More significantly, the stay was extremely uncomfortable for a few reasons. First, when we arrived in our room at approx. 10 p.m., it was 88 degrees. Obviously, though they knew we were coming and staying in their suite, they had not turned on a fan or A/C for quite some time. Unfortunately, even if they had, the poor quality of the unit would not have cooled it much. We left the unit on full blast for our 36 hours in the hotel, and the temperature not once reached below 78 degrees, with an average of over 80 degrees.

Second, we did not have any hot water in our shower at any time. This might have seemed refreshing given the sauna that the room was, but in fact hot water was desired as we were filthy from being in such heat.

Third, the beds are rather uncomfortable.

In addition to the lack of comfort provided by the hotel, the staff (other than at check-in) were alarmingly unhelpful. At breakfast the first day, I wanted to leave a tip for the waiter but had only 200 cordoba bills. I was directed by the restaurant to the front desk, where I asked if they had change, and they said they had no money at all. So wait, a restaurant and a hotel have no cash? I explained that I just wanted it so that I could give THEM money, and the worker shrugged her shoulders and didn't care. Oddly enough, when I checked out, to pay my 60 cordoba bill they were able to make change.

The service at breakfast was also very uninterested to the point where I had to ask if we could be waited on. Poor service only added to the discomfort of the stay, and we won't be staying again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank KAE4
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here one night. The best location in Granada, close to the Park and the Churches and the Lake Nicaragua is a bike ride away (don't try to walk to the Lake from here, it looks close on the map but it isn't). The bike rental was only $1 per hour. A/C worked perfectly, the courtyard was beautiful; frankly it is extremely cute and truly embodies ancient Granada with the comforts of a modern hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank hermanasvaca
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New Hampshire
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217 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I had lunch at Hotel Dario. The meal was very good. I had the steak, which was great. Also there is free wifi in the hotel lobby/restaurant, just ask for the password.

Also, for what it's worth, the bathroom facilities were also very good, clean, and included TP!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank tacostuff
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La Ceiba, Atlantida, Honduras
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91 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The Hotel Dario is right on the Calzada, the pedestrian street in Granada that has a fantastic variety of streetside cafe's to choose from. Room was clean and spacious, food was good, service was outstanding. The only two drawbacks were the tiny pool and the very uncomfortable chairs in the meeting room! Certainly a great option in Granada

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Walpole, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This hotel is on the street with all the bars and restaurants - you only need to walk outside the front door to pick a place to eat and it's a VERY short walk to the center.
They had a room last minute, it was a fine size, hot showers, cute pool area that had sun in the afternoon, and a nice staff that arranged a taxi ride for us upon departure.
We stayed the night the Granada baseball team beat their rival in the finals so it was quite noisy, but also a great experience to be in the heart of it all!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Dario
Address: Calle La Calzada | De la Catedral 1 1/2 cuadra al lago, Granada 505, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Granada
#10 Family Hotel in Granada
#14 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dario 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HOTEL DARIO is UNIQUE FIVE STAR HOTEL IN GRANADA situated in the historical center of Granada, on the famous La Calzada Street, and only 100 meters away from the central park, Hotel Dario is an elegant neoclassic building from the 19th century. The hotel offers guests a tranquil and private environment, we are a gay friendly. The grounds include beautiful gardens, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, gym and business center. For dining on the premises, guests can choose from the El Tranvia Restaurant or from the Chocolate Coffee Shop. El Tranvia Restaurant is a small but charming dining room located within the main hall of Hotel Dario. The restaurant has been refurbished but remains true to the style of the colonial mansion. The specialties of the restaurant, where food is served with four to seven pieces of cutlery, include meats, seafood, international gourmet food and authentic Nicaraguan dishes. Beyond the elegant cuisine, guests can also expect a variety of wines (including local, Spanish and Chilean offerings), as well as professional and attentive service. The Chocolate Coffee Shop is the in-house cafe at Hotel Dario. Visitors to the shop can enjoy the best coffee in the city of Granada, as well as a variety of other exotic drinks containing coffee and chocolate. Fresh fruit juices, smoothies, milkshakes, cocktails, and a wide selection of the best national and international beverages are also offered at the Chocolate Coffee Shop, in addition to casual bites including sandwiches, snacks, salads, light meals, and fine deserts. All our rooms have A/C, International TV-cable, direct access tel., Private bathroom, safe deposit box and hair dryer. We also offer our "Tranvia" restaurant with International Gourmet Cuisine and our coffee shop "Chocolate" with fine pastries. The facilities include our swimming pool - jacuzzi, gym, internet + (WIFI), laundry & room service, concierge and 24hrs. Reception + security. ... more   less 
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