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    Pocket Guide: Nicaragua

    With both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, vast swathes of uninhabited jungle, colourful cities and welcoming people, Nicaragua is a country very much on the up and a great place to book a hotel. It’s becoming one of Central America’s must visit tourist destinations, with volcanic good looks, delicious food and beautiful handicrafts. The capital, Managua, is one of the region’s biggest cities and the twin jewels of Leon and Granada offer colonial charm and bags of personality. Add in some volcanic crater lakes, a twin caldera island and an improving ecological outlook and it’s quite a package.

    Areas & Neighbourhoods: Where to Stay in Nicaragua

    Managua - The sprawling capital was decimated first by earthquake, then by civil war but its ramshackle and chaotic vibe is all part of its charm.

    Granada - Brightly coloured, single story colonial facades give way to lush courtyards in this fun city situated right on the lake shore. This is an excellent place to book a hotel.

    Leon - A stunning white cathedral dominates the city in this one-time Sandinista stronghold. A young crowd keeps the spirit fun and lively. Join the party in Leon from your Nicaragua hotel.

    Ometepe Island - A twin volcano jutting out of a lake forms this totally unique destination. With a relaxed vibe that feels more like the Caribbean, it’s also said to be one of the safest places to book a hotel in Central America.

    Pacific Coast - More accessible than the densely populated, English-speaking east coast. The waves here are big, which has made an internationally popular surfing destination, and its beachside hotels are absolutely lush.

    Things to See with a Hotel in Nicaragua

    The capital Managua is mostly just a stopping point, having been badly affected by earthquake and war. Many of the roads still lack names but amidst the chaos are some great markets. The beautiful cities of Leon and Granada are both brightly coloured and have a long history of opposition - liberal Leon against conservative Granada - but both are worth exploring. Spend a few days exploring and climbing the volcanoes of Ometepe, and take a swim in the stunning Laguna de Apoyo, a vast volcanic crater that has filled with mineral water. It’s also fascinating to visit the memorials and museums dedicated to explaining the country’s long and bloody civil war, that thankfully is long finished.

    Things to Do When You Book a Nicaragua Hotel

    With numerous active and dormant volcanoes across the country, you can explore the national parks that surround them. Or have a go at one of the world’s newest extreme sports - volcano boarding. On the Pacific coast, the surf season is known to be one of the best in the world, with an increasing amount of surf schools. And wherever you go, try and ride the local brightly painted ‘chicken buses’ for a ride of a lifetime. Just don’t expect much leg room, or even a seat for that matter.

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    Hotels in Managua (and vicinity)

    Barceló Montelimar - All Inclusive - Montelimar Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Barceló Montelimar - All Inclusive

    Carretera De Masachapa Km 65, Montelimar - Map
     
     
    Beautiful grounds, nice comfortable accommodations but many amenities or facilities not available or closed due to low occupancy. Dining venue changed twice without prior notice. Food provided was varied and tasty. Staff was excellent.
    Traveller from US
    This Montelimar resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Montelimar Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Quisala Beach and …More
    Hilton Princess Managua - Managua Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Hilton Princess Managua

    Km 4.5 Carretera a Masaya, Managua - Map
     
     
    "Very Good Experience Overall"
    Our only issue was that we hired a cab driver from the Hotel and they promised to us that he will be on time. He was NOT. We needed to catch a plane and he needed to pick us up and he was 30 minutes late. We had already paid the hotel.
    Traveller from Austin
    Situated in Managua, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centroamericana University, Metrocentro, and Los Robles Park …More
    Barceló Managua - Managua Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barceló Managua

    Enitel Villa Fontana, 1500 mts al Sur, Managua - Map
     
     
    Over all nice staff. Rooms very clean. Beds are very comfortable. Wifi no great.
    A Traveller
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) …More

    Hotels in San Juan del Sur (and vicinity)

    Hotel Punta Teonoste - El Astillero Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel Punta Teonoste

    From Las Salinas Bridge, El Astillero - Map
     
     
    "Great Getaway"
    Beautiful private beach location. Good food, friendly staff. However, the road from Nandaime to the Resort is a challenge for anything less than rugged four wheel drive vehicle.
    A Traveller
    Offering direct access to the beach, this El Astillero hotel is next to a golf course, 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from Chacocente …More
    Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa - San Juan del Sur Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa

    De la Parroquia 1 cuadras al este, San Juan del Sur - Map
     
     
    The price offered by Expedia does not include the breakfast, which is uncomfortable.
    A Traveller
    Located in the heart of San Juan del Sur, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Saint John the Baptist and …More
    Aqua Wellness Resort - El Gigante Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Aqua Wellness Resort

    1 Redonda Bay, El Gigante - Map
     
     
    "Incredible view, relaxing, and the BEST staff."
    My boyfriend and I came to Nicaragua to really escape our day to day craziness. Aqua was the perfect spot! The staff is clearly well trained in how to be engaging with guests when it's appropriate, and when to give guests their privacy. I can't say enough nice things about the staff. We were both really, really impressed. Most of the staff were so young! But so, so kind, friendly and professional. Fidel, Jenny, Hamilton, Jabrin, Jon Carlos and I know there are so many names I'm not remembering! They helped make our experience so enjoyable!!!
    A Traveller
    Located in El Gigante, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Gigante Beach, and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) …More

    Hotels in Leon (and vicinity)

    Hotel La Perla - Leon Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel La Perla

    From La Merced Church, 1½ Blocks North, Leon - Map
     
     
    "Lovely building, everything else average"
    Beautiful building in a nice location in Leon. The first room I checked in to had a very musty and moldy smell, but they did move me to a much more acceptable room. I would say the staff were a little colder here that at my other stays in Central America. Didn't really do much past the bare minimum to engage or help with planning my time in Leon. The room was perfectly fine, but didn't live up to the beauty of the overall building.
    Traveller from Chicago
    Situated in Leon, this bed & breakfast is steps from La Perla Casino, Nicaragua National University, and Iglesia de La …More
    Cipres Guest House - Leon Hotels
    Rating: 2.5 Stars

    Cipres Guest House

    Teatro Municipal 70 metros al sur, Leon - Map
     
     
    Situated in Leon, this guesthouse is steps from Jose de la Cruz Mena Municipal Theater and San Juan de Dios Church. Ruinas …More
    Hotel Los Portales - Chinandega Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel Los Portales

    Rotonda Los Encuentros 500 metros norte, Chinandega - Map
     
     
    "Breakfast could be better"
    Pleasant nice hotel, super clean rooms, nice staff
    Traveller from Tegucigalpa
    Situated in Chinandega, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museo Chorotega-Nicarao, Iglesia El Calvario, and Mausoleum of …More