My first impression of Totoco Eco-Lodge was much different to that on the day we left. We arrived on one of the chicken buses and hiked up the hill (approx one and a half km from memory). I was so tired and sweaty, and I remember saying to my friend that I didn't want to stay here - why were we hiking to the middle of no where?
But upon reaching the hotel, we were greeted by the incredibly hospitable, polite and friendly Pablo. And over the nights that we stayed there we began to realize that all the staff were like that - from the kitchen staff, restaurant staff, office staff and room service, they were all so incredibly friendly and helpful. I don't think I have stayed somewhere with such amazing personal service and attention to detail. For example, I mentioned in passing that I would love to have an 'Economist' to read for an upcoming interview I had, and the next morning there was a copy on my bed.
My friend whom I was traveling with doesn't eat tomatoes or onion. This was mentioned to the waiting staff once, and from then on she never received any onion or tomato in her meals, without ever needing to make that request again. She was truly touched by their thoughtfulness and attention.
It was the small, thoughtful acts like this that made our stay at Totoco, a truly remarkable and memorable experience. Coming from Australia, it is unlikely that I will be over this side of the world for a while again, but if by chance I do happen to pass through I know where I will be staying!
The mouthwatering meals in the restaurant, the second to none view of the volcano - best viewed while relaxing or reading a book by the pool, the beautiful hikes around the property and the AMAZING staff provide me with no hesitation to recommending this Totoco to anyone, wanting a truly unique experience! Thank you to Martin for all your help, recommendations and friendship during our stay there. Anyway, my words don't do our experience justice, it has to be seen to believed. 10 gold stars!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the edge of a pristine biosphere nature reserve with an abundance of wildlife and a cloud forest above you, the Totoco experience is pure comfort in pure nature. Guests can stay in one of our custom designed private lodges all made using local materials and labour. Each lodge enjoys a private garden setting and offers spectacular views of Lake Nicaragua and active Concepcion Volcano. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Totoco Eco Hotel Balgue
- Totoco Eco-Lodge Nicaragua/Balgue, Isla De Ometepe