This place nearly has it all. The setting is superb - the lake is a deep blue and the views from the common areas, dining areas and lakeside relaxation areas are all excellent. The surrounding gardens are lush and green, and care has obviously been taken to cultivate a wide variety of colourful flowers. The common areas include a variety of shaded sofa areas, hammocks and deck chairs which can be placed out in the sun. There is a secondary area lakeside which is similarly well attired.
The lake itself is clean and warm, and I found it highly enticing from dawn to dusk. The hotel have anchored a swimming deck about 20m out into the lake which is excellent and chilling and sunning. The free use of the kayaks and tubes also contributes to the lake's appeal. The whole hotel is cooled by a seemingly constant breeze off the lake - very welcome in this generally oppressively hot part of Nicaragua.
The staff are friendly and generally helpful. There are a number of other nice touches such as free coffee/tea and a fast wifi connection that can be picked up throughout the property.
All in all I really enjoyed my stay and found it a great place to relax for a few days.
However, see below for a couple of negative points which it you should be aware of:
- The food situation here really isn't great. The menu is ridicously brief (think bolognese, frozen mini pizzas, quesadillas or plato tipico), and the food itself was average at best and rather over priced. The restaurant closes quite early, and one evening the lady operating the kitchen was only willing to cook the Tipico or Quesadillas. The portions are also very small. There are a limited range of other options available a shortish walk from the hotel, but I didn't feel comfortable walking around at night outside the compound.
- Every day a van arrives with day trippers from Granada. This is fine, but means that the lakeside area is typically more crowded from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Not a big deal.
- Security was a concern outside the hotel. We heard of a lady who got mugged in the time we stayed there, and have subsequently heard of other such incidents. Note that these incidents happened OUTSIDE the hotel itself, jsut something to be aware of (ie, I didn't want to walk around at night looking for food). Also note that this mugging occurred in broad daylight (5pm). The hotel itself is secure, with a large gate which it keeps locked, bars on the windows of rooms and a security guard at night.
All in all, a really great place to chill out for a few days. If the could sort out their kitchen, this place would be a five stars for me for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Have you had a chance to wake up in the middle of nature?We give you the chance!We offer the option of spending the night here, with a price to suit every budget.For our overnight guests we offer triple, double or single rooms with private or shared bathroom, as well as a spacious room with an amazing view of the sunrise over the lake. Our well-stocked bar & restaurant serves refreshing cocktails and delicious homemade comfort food at a great price.We have direct access to the water with a nice sandy beach, free kayaks, floating dock and some water toys as well. Come here to play volleyball, table tennis or to try the only 'petanque' (boules) area in the south of Nicaragua. We offer awesome patio views, landscaped gardens, a wonderful shady ranch with sun chairs, hammocks and a bar right on the water's edge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradiso Hostel Nicaragua/La Laguna De Apoyo