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Hotel San Jose
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Matagalpa
Certificate of Excellence
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Surprise find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

We were booked into another hotel that was unsuitable and San Jose was recommended by yet another hotel that was full. We loved it! Clean rooms, everything functioning, central location but very quiet in spite of that, friendly staff, nothing too much trouble for them. Great buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner place around the corner. Parking outside on the street but there is a night watchman who looks after the car - mine was fine the 2 nights we were there.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Woodside, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Nice hotel, decent rooms, good location, friendly-enough staff. We were there a couple of days before New Years and it was dead, I think we were the only ones staying there. No sign of the friendly owner we read about. The bed was too soft for us so we had sore backs the next day. No complimentary breakfast like most places (at least we didn’t see one). The receptionist recommended a great restaurant (Gallo Pinto) just up the street.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

This hotel is a cosy and nice hotel in the middle of Matagalpa. Rooms are simple and clean. Owner and staff are super friendly. Airco is present and optional. Shower is very clean and realy good. The best in Nicaragua. No breakfast facilities but the owner aranged coffee and cookies as a substitute which was really great.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

Loved this hotel! After 3 weeks in Nicaragua it was nice to find a hotel with exceptionally clean rooms,hot water and AC and a great location. Great little garden area to relax after a day of sightseeing. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this hotel. Breakfast not included but coffee is!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami and other places
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a fine little spotlessly clean hotel in the heart of Matagalpa. It's very simple and that was just fine with me. The service is absolutely excellent ("above and beyond" what would reasonably be expected). No frills but they don't pretend any. My housekeep totally rearranged my room because she accurately noted that the desk that had gone in at my request was inappropriately placed -- amazing. No frills but very well executed ...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Denver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed here for a few days. Not much of a Spanish speaker so having some basic travel Spanish recommended especially over the weekend, but on Monday a pretty good bilingual person, I think the owner, was there. He was gregarious and took me all over the small facility showing me each and everything he was repairing because it was not perfect - really, a little stain of some moisture on a wall is repaired so it all looks brand new. Lots of pride there. Small slot in the wall, immaculately kept little nugget. Security is via locked front security door, but quickly attended at all usual hours. Very friendly. Coffee in the lobby in the morning, but that's ok as there are plenty of cafes/restaurants within a 5-10 min walk. TV. AC available for an xtra fee - I would advise it if you don't like humidity, but at night, being in the mountains, it is cooler - very pleasant climate. Being behind the church, the activity of the square and main business region is completely blocked so it is quiet - yet - accesses the main district quickly. Small nice garden in the back where you can sit and chill. I found this place by searching the internet and all comments were similar to mine......consistency! I will stay here anytime I go to this region. Suggestion: if you want to do a tour on a weekend day - you have to set it up well in advance. We found trying to get one on the weekend was literally impossible, however, it led to a nice little adventure taking the local bus to Selva Negra entrance and a beautiful walk up the road in the cloud forest to have lunch there. Next time - we'll go see more, but we were only there for a couple days. Simple and clean, AC works well. By the way - go have a long cup of coffee, breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at Barista de Cafe - great little hangout with good food, although there are plenty of local places to eat.

Room Tip: Only stayed in one room, so no comparison!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ojai, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

The reviews for this hotel way oversell it, but the owner might be the nicest guy I have ever met [even though my Spanish is horrible].

I loved that he served me crummy coffee and stale cookies for b'fast and requested I sit down and "enjoy it" while he offered me a seat in front of the baseball game.

Hey, I am not reviewing his coffee!

The room was small but SPOTLESS and a great deal all around. I also loved how when I walked in they knew me by name [how many Americans email them in advance?!]. If I ever come back to Matagalpa, I will stay there. Clean, great wifi, nice owner, great location, and safe/quiet. Well, I was woken up by church bells and the choir performing Sunday service....but who doesnt like that?

Hope to see ya soon.

Room Tip: second floor feels brand new.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel San Jose
Address: | Detras de Iglesia San Jose, Matagalpa 61000, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Matagalpa Department > Matagalpa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Matagalpa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel San Jose is located in the center of the fresh city of Matagalpa. Due to its position, visitors are a few steps away from restaurants, cafeterias, bars, pharmacies, parks, banks, museums, the cathedral, among other places. As part of its additional services, the staff offers laundry service and free coffee with cookies and bread. ... more   less 
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