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Little Corn Beach and Bungalow
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Reviewed April 8, 2010

Why this place got bad reviews we do not understand. Got picked up at the boat by a new member of the staff. Friendly guy that told a little bit about the island. Then got a short and relevant introduction from Kristine. Stayed at the crusoe casita which is fantastic. Clean, bug free new casita with a nice well functioning bathroom lovely atmosphere and an amazing view. Mosquitonet around the bed kreps you safe from the few animals sleeping with you. You fall asleep on a fantastic bed listening to the Ocean. We ate all our meals here. It is just that good. The one time the fish was a little bit dry Scott had noticed it as the plate past him, and asked for promission to replace it. Never experienced that great service anywhere. Also got help finding the right guy for our snorkeling adventure. It is amazing swimming with sharks. There is just no reason not to go here. It truly is paradise....

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Reviewed April 6, 2010

My wife and I stayed here in February for 4 nights. We were actually only going to stay for 3 nights, but loved the island and Scot and Kristine's p[lace so much we had to stay another night. The island is absolutely incredible and we thoroughly enjoyed Little Corn Beach and Bungalow. This place is located on the best strip of beach on the island, the place is very clean and comfortable and Scot and Kristine are exceptional guests.

Please disregard any negativity you read. My wife and I have travelled the Carribean, Costa Rica and Nicaragua fairly extensively and this place is an easy 5 star in our mind!

Chris and Cori (Calgary, Canada)

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tonkaboy
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

We spent a very enjoyable week here in early March. We arrived on the afternoon Panga and Scott was at the dock to meet us. As we walked the 15 minutes to LCBB he gave us a good overview of island life and issues. It was nearing sunset when we left the forest and walked out on the beach and found his little island paradise. Classical white sand, waving palm trees, soft lighting in the trees and sweet little restaurant. After a complimentary drink and an explanation of the property, we were introduced to the staff and shown to our bungalow. They are nice little rooms with hotwater showers and big double doors that can be opened out onto your porch. You are very close to the water with just palm trees and hammocks between you and the turquoise sea. We, unfortunately had heavy winds for 5 out of the seven days there so didn't get to do any kayaking and snorkeling, but spent many enjoyable hours hiking all the island trails and reclining in the hammocks, reading.

The restaurant food is very good and the service excellent. We were always greeted by name and thanked for coming. We ate at a couple of other places in the Village but they were not comparable in either quality of the meal nor setting. We noticed people from other hotels coming here to eat and that says alot. Coffee was always available by 6:30AM and you were welcomed to self-serve and take it back to your room to enjoy the sunrise from your porch.. Scott, Christine and all the staff were very good hosts and we started to feel like family. We also enjoyed meeting other guests and everyone seemed very happy with their choice of accommodation. If you are a dog lover, you are in for a treat. "The world's most wonderful dog" lives here--Minnow.

If you are looking for super cheap accommodation or a party atmosphere this place is likely not for you. We paid $65 which seemed a good value to us for what we got. It has a quiet "deserted island" kind of feel to it and the owners are trying to be as eco friendly as possible which we really appreciate. We liked it that the staff were Nica's and seemed to take pride in the jobs they were doing. We also liked the fact that the owners were involved with island life in a positive way like arranging Vets to come in for dog neutering and spaying periodically. If we had to do it again, we wouldn't hesitate to stay at LCBB once more.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2010

Although we didn't stay here, we enjoyed the restaurant several times during our stay on Little Corn Island. The food was great and the dinner included salad, main course, and dessert which made it a great value for a wonderful meal. The Pina Colada's (although expensive) are amazing and worth it for a special treat on a hot afternoon. The beach and grounds are beautiful and the staff was very friendly and accomodating!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

This is a fairly new place on Little Corn. The price is not to bad at about $60.00 a night. The Cabanas are quite roomy. However the cabanas are very close together and you can hear your neighbors doing whatever they happen to be doing. The restaurant on-site is quite good, but a little pricey. But considering most of the stock has to be flown in from Managua, helps justify the high price. The mixed drinks are excellent but very pricey. The coffee was/is terrible. Because it is a small piece of property if there is a party at the bar do not expect to get any sleep. The staff tries very hard to assist you and the owner Scott is a very good host.
Also they have kayaks for rent.
(But please Scott ya gotta do something about the coffee)

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank colin w
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

My husband and I stayed at LCBB for 4 nights in March. Beginning to end our stay exceeded our expectations. Excellent food, delicious cocktails, great service and friendly people. I loved that LCBB is on the breezy side of the island so it was never as hot or sticky as it was near the dock. Rooms were clean, breezy and comfortable. The quality of resort and the kind of service that Scott and Christine are trying to implement on Little Corn Island is definitely a step above and beyond anything else around. Little Corn Island is a rural paradise, it is not Hawaii or Jamaica. Facilities and services are not always readily available and that is what makes the island so special. If you are looking to get away from it all, swim in crystal blue waters, kayak, fish, lay in a hammock with a good book, drink outstanding pina coladas and sleep in clean and comfortable rooms on a sparkling and unpopulated beach, then I highly recommend Little Corn Beach and Bungalow.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank iwantwine
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Reviewed March 21, 2010

Well let me start with this couple should not be running a hotel. They have zero personality for this line of work.
Your stay starts with a free beer or 1/2 off his $7.00 margaritas. (check prices before you buy) as he sits down with you for 30 minutes to go over the hotel and his prices, eg. $10.00 for laundry, $7.00 drinks, he will fill you water bottle from the city well water for .70 the well water is very good but free from other hotels near to him, sunscreen $17.00, bug spray $16.00, dinners are from $12 to $16, the lobster being the most at $16 but in town 2 lobster tails are $7.00. Just as good. Im sure he is getting them from the same guys.
¨Eco friendly his brochure reads....of course he used a boat to get supplies this is the ONLY way to get them, he saves rain water or at least a little from the roofs in very small barrels the rest is from the well. He asks you to not flush "yellow" to save the supply, yet is watering his whole garden with the well water every morning. Letting the waste water from the cabins drain out into the sand. He washes his $15.00 an hour Kayak rentals with the fresh well water. He is spraying the cabins with chemical pestisides..why not put up mesh screens over the chicken wire?
He is also burning all the trash in a huge "eco¨ friendly pile in the back.
No solar power at all.
The rooms are nice and clean they are a little overpriced... maybe by $20 a night.
The cabins with the loft should NEVER be rented!, they actually need to remove the bed from the loft area. You are 5 feet from the tin roof and it is 95% outside and hotter inside. We told them about this problem and they said to put a wet towel on yourself at night?!
We also went out fishing and was told for $5 each they would fix the fish.
When we got back from fishing we brought 3 little fish in to have cooked they said they were too busy and could cook only one of them. we took the fish next door to Carlitos Place and they cooked all of them at one time for $1 per person.
The beach was nice the rooms were nice the staff was polite BUT not friendly, everything seemed to be a hassle for them. I would spend my money elsewhere on Little Corn, less of it and have a more relaxing time!
OH...I see a lot of the 5 stars they got were from their home town and/or before the hotel even opened how ODD?!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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noplansnoreserve, owner and subject of review at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2010

This is a review form the same family as the one written on March 20.

For whatever reason, these folks have chosen to really go after us personally as well as our staff. We understand that it is difficult to satisfy every one all of the time. Nonetheless, we try ceaselessly to do so.

The vindictiveness of these reviews as well of the gross misrepresentation of the facts compels us to respond.

We did everything we could to satisfy the needs of these people. Nothing we did made them happy.

In regard to the free drink we offer when you arrive, our guests are under no obligation to accept our free beer or ½ priced margarita (we actually offer a “mini” marg for free as well). We have no requirement that you must eat or drink at our establishment. We hope that you will see the value and choose to dine or drink with us. We actually encourage our guests to get out and experience other dining options on the island. You can see this on our website.

We offer laundry service. In Managua at some hotels they charge $1 per item. Here, we offer our front loading water efficient washing machine that will accommodate a huge load of laundry to our client. The charge to launder, hang dry , fold and return your laundry is $10. It is a service, we offer it and for some reason it struck these folks the wrong way.

They are off on their pricing comments at every turn. For instance our drink prices range from $1.50 to $7. The Margarita ingredients have to be imported from as far away as the U.S. These are good, giant margarita and are very popular. No on is required to purchase any drink from us, many choose to because they are good and worth the price.

We refill water bottles with purified water. We use a $1,600 (Pentek Serial # p000110) system that filters and disinfects the water that comes from the village well. We do this because we want the island to have less trash and care about our clients health. We do not refill the bottle with “raw well water”. Also, the places down the beach do not have wells and either sell their bottled water or possibly allow tourists to fill their bottle with unfiltered village water. We are the ONLY place on the island that offers to refill water bottles with purified water for half the price of purchasing another prefilled bottle and contributing to the proliferation of trash on the island.

We sell sunscreen and other convenience items for those that forgot theirs or run out and want an easy way to replenish their supply. We bring in the most eco friendly products like “Burts Bees” from the US. These cost more to begin with and it is quite costly to get them here. You want the Burts Bees it is $16, want the “Off” it is only 10. Similar price as elsewhere on the island.

They complain about “check prices before you buy” then complain in the same breath that we told them the price in our orientation?

Dinner prices vary from $8 to $14 not their reported $16. We are a quality restaurant that offers quality food, All of our dinners are 4 courses and include veggies and dessert, both a rarity on the island.

We do not buy our lobster from the “same people”. Some island business buy illegally harvested lobster at discount prices. We don’t! We pay a higher price to offer only those that are of legal size etc., we pay a premium to be more responsible. These people clearly don’t know the difference nor do they apparently care.

Yes, we used a boat to get supplies, but the operative word here is “sail” boat. This is clearly depicted on our website and on our brochure. We received our lumber from the mainland on sail boats which saved large quantities of diesel and gas. This person might be expected to know the difference between a freighter and a sail boat especially since they saw our brochure.

We are the only business on the island that purposely has integrated rain water catchment and storage systems into our casitas and business. Even the most uninformed would know that it does not rain all of the time. If it did I am sure these folks would have complained about that as well. These “small” barrels hold up to 110 gallons of rain water for each casita. If you are a glutton for water that is not much, eco-friendly (?) that’s quite a bit.

The cabin with a loft is often rented. It was never 95 degrees while these folks were here. It is seldom that temperature here on the island with the sea surrounding the island moderating the air temperature. Yes, it can be hot during the day, but every tin roofed casita for rent on the island is hot during the day (which they all are). All the beds in all these casitas are just feet from the ceiling. Our casitas were actually designed by a US architect to maximize air flow and minimize discomfort.

We did many things to try to minimize these folks temperature discomfort. We provide decorative yet functional “lobster trap wire” window screens so that they can sleep with their windows open in relative safety. We provide a night watchman the ensures that they are safe at night to leave their windows open. Each casita has two fans (most on the island have none) . In this case we ended up giving them 2 fans per bed which included the fan from our personal bedroom, for a total of 4 fans. We suggested other accommodations on the island that offered air-con as alternatives to our place. We moved them to another casita at their request as soon as one was available.

His wife in her review of our place complains about the “huge spider” in her casita, while he complains that we us “chemical pesticides” to combat the tropical hordes of bugs.

It is true that we water our immature, recently planted grounds and garden each morning. When this matures, we will not need to water at all because we have used native plants. It would be a real waste to have planted these plants and let them wither and die.

We have new sea kayaks for rent to our guests. He says “$15 per hour”, the real cost as was explained to him in our orientation is discounted for guests and is only $12 for FOUR hours. Facts don’t mean much when you are focused on being mean I guess.

We have asked our gardener to stop cleaning the kayaks with water. He is going to use a broom.

We recycle all the garbage we can. We even mention our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle in our orientation. They obviously missed that point. We feed some to dogs and chickens and the rest has to go somewhere. The entire island burns their trash and so do we.

Solar power is expensive and comes with many of its own drawbacks. This person might research these issues like we did before he casts his dispersions.

Our rooms are nicer, newer and cleaner than others on the island and priced 12% lower. We offer hot water, a full set of towels, ensuite bathrooms, expensive beds and sheets a fan (or 4 fans for these people) they are meticulously cleaned and maintained, relatively bug free and right on the beach. Most people that stay here consider them a reasonably good value.

The $5 to fix the fish included, cleaning, preparing and serving along with the complete 4 course dinner we serve normally. We charge only half price the normal fish dinner since it is their fish. The problem was that they brought their fish to be cleaned during our dinner rush. These people expected us to disregard our other guest needs and comfort to satisfy their selfish needs. We offered to clean and cook it as soon as the kitchen slowed. They returned after the restaurant was closed (our hours were clearly noted) and demanded we cook their fish.

Our good friend Carlito cooked their fish the next day but not for $1 per person.

Our staff is all Nicaraguan by design. They are very friendly, exceedingly polite and trying very hard. I can say categorically that they were never rude or mean to these people. This husband and wife (see march 20 review) were the most high maintenance, overbearing, rude (two of our guest complained about them) people I have ever had the displeasure to meet. They even had the audacity to put their dog on the restaurant table and we said nothing even though it was totally inappropriate.

My question is why can’t people from Colorado, where we are from, come and enjoy their stay here and make positive comments on Trip Advisor? Because they are from Colorado doesn’t mean that we know them (there are 6 million people in Colorado).

Oddly, these people A. Stayed an extra day B. Ended up not having money to pay their bill (they still owe us $517us) and for some strange reason are trying to buy property right down the beach from us.

Please don’t let these kind of people discourage you from coming to our little island paradise or giving us a try. We hope and believe that you will be glad that you did.

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Address: | Cocal Beach, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Price Range: $111 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Little Corn Beach and Bungalow 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Both Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) and Little Corn Island were recently listed in the New York Times #1 Best Selling Travel book, "1000 Places to See Before You Die." Recently, the Travel and Leisure website listed LCBB as 1 of 27 "Best Affordable Island Hotels" in the world. Come and join us on this beautiful remote tropical island. Experience an extraordinarily scenic and unique Caribbean world while stepping back in time. We offer relative comfort while respecting the island's delicate eco system. No cars, motorcycles, golf carts or airport disguise the fact that it is relatively easy to find this paradise. Come and see Little Corn Island before it becomes just another Caribbean island. ... more   less 
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