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Ike's Place Vientos del Norte
bayou country
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“Beautiful islands, awesome host!!”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Our main reason for going to Corn Islands was to snorkel. After doing research on Corn Island I found that the reefs were on the north shore, then I looked for places to stay on the north shore and I saw that Ike's place got awesome reviews...so that's why we chose to stay here!! All the reviews were right!! Ike is an awesome host and friend!! We loved staying at Ike's!! The view is awesome and the reef across the street is healthy and colorful and had tons of fish!! Eva his helper keeps the room super clean and the fridge stocked with beer and soda...oh, and she also cooked the best breakfast we had while on the islands!! It was also great to have the much needed AC and a coffee pot in the room!! If, I mean when we go back to Corn Islands, we will definitely stay with Ike again!! Sorry this is late Ike!! :))

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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7 reviews
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Everything about this place was wonderful. Ike, the man who runs it, took me and my two girlfriends in like we were his daughters. He gave us the best room and made sure that we were always safe and satisfied. He took us on a 2 hour tour of the island showing us things that we would never have seen otherwise. Ike would play games with us at night and drove us to the airport early in the morning. He was the sweetest man and made us feel like we were at home. This place has a beautiful view of the ocean and is very comfortable. I highly recommend it to anyone that is traveling to Big Corn Island

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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250 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2012

We stayed here for only one night as we were catching a flight the next morning, however I would definitely recommend that if you have a few days spend it here. Firstly I’m not basing my 5 star review on the room – nothing wrong with it just probably not 5 stars. Similarly the location is a bit out of town but again not a major issue. The reason this gets 5 is the service. Ike was very friendly and insisted that we join him for a drink before dinner. He also made sure that the restaurant was open as sometimes they shut early some nights, and then insisted on driving us to it even though it was about 10 minute walk down the road, which was lovely of him. Just a word of warning though – the taxi driver tried to say to us that firstly the place was closed– when we said we had a reservation with Ike he quickly changed his story and said that Ike’s Place was so far out of town (they are all on commission at other hotels, which I thought was very unfair and so not right). I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone who is staying at Big Corn, we just wished that we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2012

I just left this morning (30 May 2012) and I can tell you that Ike really puts his heart into making his customers feel at home, I spent 3 nights there and had a great stay, Accommodations are basic but clean and very secure, Eva makes an excellent breakfast, and is realy sweet.

The location is perfectly situated halfway between the port and Sallie Peachie. The area out front has decent snorkeling, and few if any others nearby. Taxis to anywhere on the island are $1, and are frequent. You are not going to find better service anywhere else, and big corn in my opinion is way more "authentic" than little corn. Thank you Ike for a great stay and 5 star service!

Room Tip: Room 3 facing the water upstairs.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Creston, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2012

The rooms are fine, the locationj great but it is Ike Siu who makes this resting place ideal onj Big Corn Island.
Ike looks after his guests. He does everything from airport and ferry pick-up to arranging rooms for the next place on the traveler's itinerary. Eva , his assistant, makes sure all the necessities are done to top standards. Her lobster dinner is to die for.
When I mentioned to Ike that I loved the architecture of the original homes on the island, we decided to make a photo show of most of them. Check out his website to see some of these special plaes. Special for me was meeting many of the families who are original residents.
Ike made my final week in Nicaragua one of the most memorable. You won't be disappointed if you stay here.

Room Tip: Ocean facing upper room is the best!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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8 reviews
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Ike Siu makes it almost too easy for you to come to this island and just let your former life melt away into sheer memories (at least until you unfortunately have to return). You are treated somewhere between a long lost cousin and an honored guest by both Ike, as well as Eva, who's way around a kitchen in enviable. There are few small pleasures equal to sitting in the covered patio in the morning with a pitcher of coffee that Ike's placed on your table, and either read a book or open your laptop with the free wifi that he offers as the "winds from the north" consistently blow a gentle breeze. Even though there are great water activities available and some great pristine crystal beaches around every corners from his place, some of my most memorable time on the island were the mornings spent on the patio.
With only 4 rooms, you're bound to feel an intimacy of the place, and if there is anything of the island that Ike cannot offer you himself, just give him one or two phone calls and consider it done (but don't be surprised when the conversations fluctuate between English, Spanish, and the local Creole - a Corn Island special)
A true host, a local son, and a world traveller with the knowledge of a visitor's needs is who you will find in Ike when you stay at his place, Vientos del Norte.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Winnipeg
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

We stayed at Ike's Place twice and highly recommend it. Breezy northern location means always a cooling breeze and no bugs! Ike is a great host who helped us tremendously. He stored our luggage when we went to Little Corn Island, printed out documents for us and helped us to try and get a refund from Tica Bus. He picked us up at the boat and drove us to the airport. Having a frdge and coffee maker in the room was great. Eva makes a lovely breakfast and the rooms are cleaned daily and she did all our laundry. It's an idael place to stay on Big corn Island.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ike's Place Vientos del Norte
Address: North End, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Big Corn Island
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Number of rooms: 8
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