Hotel El Convento
Connected to the historical San Francisco church two blocks from the cathedral and central park, this could be Nicaragua’s most beautiful hotel. A ground-up restoration of the 17th century Convent of San Francisco, this charming hotel has 31 quality rooms around a gorgeous traditional interior garden and is decorated with antiques made in Nicaragua and Peru (made from imported Nicaraguan wood). The rooms all have A/C, private bath with hot water, cable TV and direct phones. The hotel has two restaurants both with view of the garden and features homemade ice cream from Nicaragua’s tropical fruits. León’s best hotel.
Hotel Plaza Colón
Located right on central park, this classic ground-up restoration of a colonial home is our favorite. It features spacious, understated rooms with quality furnishings. Often difficult to find space in popular months, but well worth booking in advance. The most desirable rooms for those who like to watch Nicaraguan life are the balcony rooms on the park, while interior rooms tend to be quieter if that be your priority. Each room has private bath, A/C, telephone, cable TV, swimming pool. Breakfast is served at an adjoining street-side café.
Hotel Patio del Malinche
2 ½ blocks from central park, this family run hotel is one of the colonial town’s newest and most pleasant mid-priced lodging options. The interior of the hotel is divided into two open-air gardens, one with a swimming pool and the other used for the hotels fine home cooked breakfasts. All rooms have private bath, A/C, telephone, cable TV and wireless internet. The decor of the hotel is classic Spanish colonial, very understated and clean. Rooms are not spacious, but well appointed and the hotel locale is a fine compromise between being close to the center and also being very quiet and peaceful. The Spanish couple which owns and operates the hotel treats our customers like they are guests in their home.
Hotel La Gran Francia
Located just off central park, this 15 room hotel is a ground-up restoration of a classic colonial home. The hotel has a great deal of charm with many colonial Nicaraguan touches. We feature the hotel’s Jr. suites which all have big wooden colonial doors that open out onto balconies with a view to the Cathedral. These top quality rooms are decorated with traditional Nicaraguan art. Each room has private bath, A/C, telephone, cable TV, swimming pool. The hotel restaurant is located across the street and is one of Granada’s finest. A classic and charming hotel.
Hotel Los Patios
Los Patios hotel is a unique example of old Spanish Colonial – Scandinavian fusion style. Old world style without being busy is the simple approach to sophistication and relaxation.
Each of the five rooms has a king size bed, high ceilings and access to a private bathroom. A restaurant dedicated to using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients provides a variety of breakfast and lunch options.
Complete with a eco-pool –this hotel is one of Tours Nicaragua favorites for cooling off after a day in Granada. The hotels expertly trained spa team provide the visitor with a relaxing and long lasting massage therapies including acupuncture, pedicure, manicure and facials.
SAN JUAN DEL SUR HOTELS
Hotel Pelican Eyes – Pelican Eyes Resort
Located 7 blocks from the beach on a bluff overlooking the bay, this hotel is also known in Spanish as Hotel Piedras y Olas. The best hotel inside the town of San Juan del Sur, this property offers a mixture of rooms, suites, homes and villas, all done if fine style with quality materials and built around beautiful grounds that sport 3 swimming pools, a restaurant and fine views of the bay of San Juan. Each hotel room and villa sports wireless internet, private bath with hotel water, A/C and cable TV. The hotel restaurant is set around an infinity pool that drops off to a view of the boats anchored in San Juan and offers some of the towns best dishes.
Located 1 block from the beach, this intimate and decidedly low key bed and breakfast of 7 rooms is a nice alternative for visitors who want to be close to the beach and first rate, very personal service. This charming home built around a deep blue swimming pool with a thatched roof bar has bright rooms decorated with Nicaraguan art and a/c, private bath and no TV. There is a TV in the common sitting area.
Located on southern Pacific Coast beach of Playa Ocotál. This hotel is Nicaragua’s entrance in the heady world of sustainable eco-friendly beach hotels, built on a private beach reserved for hotel guests only. Opened to the public in July of 2004, the all inclusive hotel with 15 private cabins, a reforestation project, 800 hectare private nature reserve and educational programs. The beaches of this zone of Nicaragua’s coast are the finest on Central America’s Pacific Coast. Nicaragua’s finest coastal ecolodge.
Located across from the south end of the beach at San Juan del Sur, this totally restored Victorian style home built in 1902 reflects the 19th century glory of this beach town visited by Mark Twain. The hotel’s 21 rooms feature precious wood hand-made furnishings and we like to feature the hotel suites which have king beds and ocean views. This is a beautiful low-key high quality option, close to restaurants and bars. All rooms have private bath, a/c and other features of a boutique beach property.
Located in the heart of San Juan del Sur, steps from the beach and restaurants and bars, this is for the young and young of heart who want quality and to be right in the thick of things. This small and personal hotels has spacious rooms, with partial views to the sea, clean interior designs and low-key service. A great choice if you don’t mind hearing the heart beat of San Juan del Sur along with the crash of waves. We prefer the upper rooms which have better views of the boats bobbing at sea. All rooms have private bath, a/c and other features of a quality boutique hotel.
PACIFIC COAST HOTELS
Orquídea del Sur
Located on a bluff overlooking Playa Yankee, south of San Juan del Sur. This exclusive and very private boutique hotel features five roomy suites with quality furnishings, large private baths, hot water, a/c and ceiling fans. Each suite has an ocean view and patio overlooking the coastal forest and sea. Dinning is in the main structure and family style with food made to order. The grounds sport a beautiful infinity pool that blends into the deep blue Nicaraguan Pacific and is surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel is a 15 minute walk to the sand and perfect for relaxing at the end of a tour or just chilling out for a week or two. One of the Pacific Coast’s most unique and intimate lodging experiences
LAKE NICARAGUA HOTELS
San Juan de la Isla, Ometepe Island
Located on Santo Domingo beach on the isthmus between the two volcanoes that make up the island. This very exclusive and authentic island hotel is located in a paradisaical location with views to both volcanoes, breezes off the great lake, over 100 acres of private land full of fruit trees, exotic birds and howler monkeys. Eating is with lake view in the broad corridor of a fully resorted colonial hacienda house and meals are made to order. This small, intimate hotel has 4 rustic and beautiful brick and clay tile rooms as well as 2 adobe, wood and clay tile bungalows. Fine attention to details with lots of Nicaraguan touches. Al rooms and bungalows have private bath with hot showers, a/c and fans. Ometepe Island’s best hotel and best location.
Jícaro Island Ecolodge, Las Isletas Archipleago
Located on a private island near colonial Granada and in the shadow of the Mombacho Volcano, this is an upscale and exclusive island ecolodge, perfect for romantic getaways and those looking for a unique, high quality base for lake/volcano adventure sports. New in 2010, cabins are split-level precious wood works of art with lake views and extensive ventilation via creative use of space and screening. Each cabin has private bath with hot water, private balcony, sitting area, kind sized bed and sleeper queen sofa with ceiling fans. Food is served on a gorgeous wood deck with lake and volcano views and is a fusion of Californian and Nicaraguan flavors. This intimate and stylish hotel has 9 bungalows, a spa area, pool and docks. Ideal for those who want to be near the water, but demand something unique.
MATAGALPA, CORDILLERA DARIENSE HOTELS
Selva Negra Mountain Resort
Located in the mountains above the city of Matagalpa on a sprawling gourmet coffee hacienda and private cloud forest reserve. Owned by grandchildren of German immigrants, this precious property is Spanish for Black Forest. The coffee hacienda grows 100% organic shade coffee and could be the most ecologically responsible in Central America. The Selva Negra hotel restaurant sits in front of a mountain pond wrapped in cloud forest. Selva Negra’s private cabins of the hotel are also set in the forest with lush gardens and flowers growing out of the cottages’ Bavarian style roofs. Each cabin has a living room with cable TV and a bedroom and private bath with hot water. The cloud forest reserve has 14 trails that are crossed by howler monkeys, the quetzal and wild cats among many other species. The best cloud forest lodge in Nicaragua.
Hotel Los Robles
Located near the new center of Managua, just two blocks from many fine restaurants and bars, 5 minutes from the new cathedral and 25 minutes from the international airport. This is Managua’s most stylish bed and breakfast style hotel with a good location and personal, efficient service. 14 rooms high quality rooms, private bath with hot water, A/C, telephone, cable TV, safe deposit box and cellular telephone. The beautifully decorated rooms are set around a quiet interior garden. This is a classy little hotel, Managua’s best bed and breakfast.
Hotel Intercontinental Metrocentro Managua
Located in the new center of Managua next to numerous restaurants and the Metrocentro shopping mall, one block from the new cathedral and 20 minutes from the international airport. This is Nicaragua’s best 5-star hotel and it is in a great location to go out for dinner and/or a drink at night, with friendly and efficient service. 157 quality rooms, private bath, A/C, telephone, cable TV, wireless internet, swimming pool, restaurant, gym, and all the amenities of an international 5 star. Managua and Nicaragua’s best traditional international multi-story hotel.
Hotel Casa Naranja
This delightful, colonial-style hotel features interior patios; nine comfortable rooms and its location in the center of Managua make it one of the best boutique hotels in Nicaragua. All rooms and suites have cable TV, air conditioning.
A range of Nicaraguan cuisine is served in the à la carte Casa Naranja’s restaurant. There is also a bar featuring archways and ornate tiles. And the property features free Wi-Fi as well. Guests can enjoy free access to Nejapa Golf & Country Club, where there is a swimming pool, tennis courts and a golf club.
JINOTEGA, CORDILLERA DARIENSE HOTELS
Hotel El Café
Located in the peaceful highland coffee center of Jinotega, El Café is the region’s best hotel and very centrally located. All rooms have private bath with hot water, air-conditioning, telephone, cable TV and quality beds. The hotel has internet rental, laundry service, pleasant décor both in the rooms and common areas and a very friendly staff. El Café has a good restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from a varied menu. The best lodging option in Nicaragua’s northern Jinotega province.
El Jaguar Coffee Hacienda
Located high in the remote mountains north of Jinotega, El Jaguar is a private cloud forest reserve that combines with an organic shade coffee farm. The El Jaguar cloud forest reserve is located at 1,300 meters above sea-level his home to pre-historic ferns, giant oaks of up to 50 meters high, strangler figs, bromeliads, orchids and more than 150 species of birds. The climate is exceedingly fresh for the tropics and the farm’s local brew of coffee is superb, winning taster’s awards at numerous international contests. Access to the farm/reserve is over very rough dirt and mud mountain roads in the far northern province of Jinotega. Lodging is in 2 rustic cabins, with lantern lighting, private bath with heated water and kitchenette. The property and cabins have spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and bird life and the hospitality of the owners is first class.
ESTELÍ, CORDILLERA ISABELLA
Hotel Los Arcos
Located the northern mountain valley and cigar capitol of Nicaragua, Estelí, near the Pan-American Highway. All rooms have private bath with hot water, air-conditioning, and cable TV. The hotel has a good restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from a varied menu. The best lodging option in Nicaragua’s northern Estelí province.
RIO SAN JUAN HOTELS
Located along the San Juan River in the charming town of El Castillo beneath the ancient Spanish fortress. Rooms have private bath, are small, but clean with very friendly service and a relaxing restaurant and bar. El Castillo is located just up river from the Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve so we often use it to explore the western part of the reserve.
Rio Indio Lodge
Located on the Bahía de San Juan between the Indio River and the San Juan River, near San Juan del Norte. This spectacular multi-million dollar lodge is one of the most comfortable and ecologically sound jungle lodges in Central America. This ambitious project was designed for upscale fishing packages but also is excellent for wildlife safaris, birding, rainforest walks and cultural-historical excursions. Nicaragua’s Rio Indio Lodge has 20 big all wood cabins. All rooms are screened and equipped with two queen sized beds, ceiling fans, running hot water and a private nature viewing porch. Meals are served in a big dinning area buffet style. Nicaragua’s finest rainforest jungle lodge.
SOLENTINAME ARCHIPELAGO, LAKE NICARAGUA HOTELS
Located on the most densely forested part of San Fernando Island, this tiny lodge has cabins that look out on Lake Nicaragua and an adjacent island with hundreds of nesting ducks. The lodge grounds are shaded by 20 meter high trees, draped in vines and home to many iguanas and flowers that are frequented by hummingbirds. Each cabin has a private bath with unheated water, simple beds, sparse lighting, screened windows and a deck above the lake shore. This homey hotel has a very friendly staff and Solentiname’s finest lodging location.
Our Criteria When Choosing Nicaragua Hotels
Tours Nicaragua offers only the best hotels in Nicaragua that exist in each locale. It is important to note that Nicaragua’s current level of hotel infrastructure does not allow for a great breadth of quality options and most of the good hotels are of small size. This means space is at a premium for the Tours Nicaragua traveler, a customer that looks for quality, comfort and character. Unlike many tour outfitters in Nicaragua and the region, Tours Nicaragua would prefer to not offer a tour, rather than put one of our customers in a Nicaragua hotel that is not up to standards. For Tours Nicaragua the key to a great hotel in Nicaragua is not luxury or frills, rather quality, safety, comfort and unique character.
In some of Nicaragua’s smaller villages or rural areas used in our political history, nature and cultural tours the Nicaragua hotels and lodges are quite simple, but always with private bath, clean and friendly. Above are some examples of the hotels in Nicaragua we use. This list is not exhaustive, but will help to reference which properties we most often use for our guests. We welcome questions on these Nicaragua hotels and others that may appear in your itinerary. Though Nicaragua’s hotels are not normally a reason to visit Nicaragua, most visitors find many of them unique, pleasant and very human, a welcome change from many of the parade of faceless hotels that populate our world’s travel destinations.