We picked the 'Picnic Center Hotel' on the basis of outdated information in the 2005 edition of the Moon Handbook guide to Nicaragua which made it sound like paradise located on the best swimming beach of the island and a thoughtful owner.
Rooms were $35 US dollars a night including TV, air conditioning and a private bath. The new owner (Robert?) told us the only room he had didn't have a TV which we were ok with. The room was rustic and cell-like, without a shred of art on the walls. One of the screens was ripped so the mosquitoes made it in late at night and feasted on us. The air conditioning did work very well though. After checking in, we were reminded that we should be careful about the security of the room and that the owner was not liable (note - we were very aware of this, but having it pointed out made it seem even sketchier).
The shower was grim and not very clean (no hot water available).
The highlight of Picnic Center Hotel is the fact that it is directly on a beautiful white sand crescent shaped beach with crystal clear blue water. The swimming is great and there is no undertow or big drop off.
The restaurant was a cute open-air thatched roof place and a band played there the afternoon we arrived ("Caribbean Taste"). The food was excellent - $13 for the best grilled lobster ever!
A little love could revive this hotel and make the most of the stunning location. It wouldn't take much at all, but as it is, I wouldn't recommend staying at the hotel, but the restaurant and beach are worth a visit.
- Also Known As:
- Picnic Center Hotel And Restaurant
- Picnic Center Hotel & Restaurant Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island