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Hotel Boutique Villa Maya
Ranked #9 of 50 Hotels in Managua
Certificate of Excellence
Sierra Madre, California
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
81 hotel reviews
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“Great Stay”
Reviewed 1 May 2011

I had an 8 night stay in a room with a double bed on the first floor. The two young women running the hotel did a really great job making sure I was comfortable during my stay.

The hotel is just a few turns off the main road, and is in a great location if you plan on taking a drive to Masaya or Granda. It was just down the road from the Galerias Mall and many restaurants. It is located in a pretty quiet and safe neighborhood and is gated for extra safety.

The breakfast every morning was great. The room was very clean and comfortable. I was little worried that the room would be hot with the high temperature in Managua, but the air conditioner was very powerful and kept the room cold and was very quiet. I would highly suggest the hotel for business, solo travelers, and couples. There are only 8 rooms and the hotel is very quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. When I didn't feel like eating at the hotel or going out they were able to order fast food to my room! The WIFI was surprisingly fast for Managua.

The only minor problems that I had:
- The hot water one day was not working, but was fixed by the end of the day. For some reason the water was usually only hot mid-day, even though there was only one other room occupied.
- Coming in and out of the hotel you need to have the gate opened. The only time this becomes a real problem is if you plan on returning very late at night.

I've stayed at the Barcelo Managua and it is not even close to how great this hotel is. In my opinion it is by far one of the best values you can get in Managua. I hope that the hotel owner checks this review because the young ladies running the hotel are doing a fantastic job. They are very friendly and went above and beyond! They even got up at 4am to fix me a breakfast to take to the airport on my last day. I'd also like to find out the syrup they use on the pancakes because it has to be one of the most delicious I've ever tasted!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Astroph
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VillaMaya, Propietario at Hotel Boutique Villa Maya, responded to this review, 29 May 2012
Dear guests:

I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thanks to your reviews, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor. This award commits us to pursue further in our efforts to make a difference in the type of hotel services provided by the tourism industry in Nicaragua.

Sincerely,

Vilma C. Barrientos
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Madison, Mississippi
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

I visit Nicaragua 3 or 4 times a year and have always stayed at the Princess Managua Hilton or the Intercontinental. This time I decided to try a smaller hotel outside the loud and sometimes dangerous downtown Managua. I stayed for 15 days (and watched the Super Bowl in my room).
I am happy to say I made the right decision on the Super Bowl and the Villa Maya!!!!!!!

The whole staff was extremely accomodating and friendly. I had many, many meals there and Sra. Rosario is the best. The service was excellent. The ambiance was excellent. And after my normal $2000 a week at the other places, I was amazed at how much I saved.

Everything super satisfactory. I have many friends in Nicaragua and everyone was impressed.

I SHALL RETURN!!!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank khboking1
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VillaMaya, Propietario at Hotel Boutique Villa Maya, responded to this review, 29 May 2012
Dear guests:

I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thanks to your reviews, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor. This award commits us to pursue further in our efforts to make a difference in the type of hotel services provided by the tourism industry in Nicaragua.

Sincerely,

Vilma C. Barrientos
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2011

This place is a great deal. The owner is an US-educated attorney who seems to understand what Western travelers are looking for, and using his detailed oriented legal skills to run a tight ship with attention to all facets of the business:)

The place itself is clean, in a safe neighborhood, and looks like an old estate home with a beautiful pool and classic wood furniture. Turns out it actually was the owner's home until his kids went off to college about 1.5 years ago:) I loved hanging out by the pool (although they should probably get someone to clean what collects on top from time to time). I played the role of the pool boy two times. The grounds/home is quite beautiful!

I think the hotel is extremely affordable for what it offers, Giselle (she works at the front desk and does housekeeping) is amazing and whenever I would grab some drinks/order food she would bring out some glasses/ice/table setting, etc), and they are very laid back overall (left a few sodas/beer in the fridge) which I would grab from time to time.

One possibly negative thing is that sometimes the shower wouldn't warm up. But I think this happens across the board in Nicaragua. And honestly, I didn't mind the not so hot showers as Nicaragua is pretty hot!

Keep it up guys (but please fix the hand soap dispenser in our room:)

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Thank StephoCono
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VillaMaya, Propietario at Hotel Boutique Villa Maya, responded to this review, 29 May 2012
Dear guests:

I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thanks to your reviews, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor. This award commits us to pursue further in our efforts to make a difference in the type of hotel services provided by the tourism industry in Nicaragua.

Sincerely,

Vilma C. Barrientos
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 3 March 2011

when we arrived at Hotel Boutique Maya, the first thing you notice is the enchanting gardens throughout the property... it doen't feel like you're in the city. there were 13 of us and the location was ideal, only 5 minutes from Managua, on carretera Masaya the main road that takes you to the Volcanos, Caterina, Masaya (Artisan Market), and Granada (the colonial city). The Hotel was sparklin clean always, the staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs (special thanx to Sra.Rosario). My husband and I were able to experience 2 rooms, a standard room and the suite, they were both amazing, very roomy, furniture was beautiful, the individual decoration of each room with its original art works of local artists and some of the owners.. but the suite had a beutiful balcony with gorgeous views where we enjoyed breakfast in the mornings :)
The only struggle I saw them having was serving breakfast to 13 people at once on a timely matter, I think with big groups an extra hand in the kitchen would be helpful, or even making it buffet style breakfast. But the personalization of the service was wonderful and that's what made this place feel like home to me.
We had very busy days and it was great for the group to unwind on the patio or by the pool every night with a glass of wine. We are really hoping to come back to this peace of heaven again!

  • Stayed February 2011
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Thank Castillo_Alma
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VillaMaya, Propietario at Hotel Boutique Villa Maya, responded to this review, 29 May 2012
Dear guests:

I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thanks to your reviews, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor. This award commits us to pursue further in our efforts to make a difference in the type of hotel services provided by the tourism industry in Nicaragua.

Sincerely,

Vilma C. Barrientos
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

Friends who were getting married in Managua chose this hotel for us. The hotel, a home refurbished by the owners for a new purpose, was comfortable. The rooms varied in size and furnishings. There was no sitting area in the single room. Not that we would want to stay in our room when the sun was shining with a cooling breeze most days. There were porches on three sidea of the house, and two inside areas that were available for lounging. Breakfast was taken on the porch at the back of the house. The AC in the rooms was nice at night, since not all rooms would catch the breeze.

The neighborhood was quiet at night except for an occasional barking dog or distant siren. There was a very, very small stand/store in walking distance. To reach restaurants, shopping, or sites a car or taxi would be necessary. Our friends had our touring activities all planned out, so I cannot speak to how near or far it was to highlights in the area. I am afraid we might have disturbed other guests at night, as we were often up late talking about our adventures. I think it is quite unusual for the hotel to have larger groups like ours, and so is normally probably very quiet... more like a bed and breakfast in the USA/Canada.

The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Kenia, daytime front desk person was very helpful in making taxi and other arrangements. She and Guiselle, evening front desk person, were usually smiling and spoke more than enough English to answer our questions. As a side comment I would recommend learning a little Spanish if not a lot before visiting Nicaragua, as very few of the Nicas we encountered in markets, etc. spoke any English. Rosario and her helpers were very friendly and provided good service and food. Security was on duty 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

We had some downtime between all the wedding and touring activities and this was a comfortable place to relax. There were some issues with having enough hot water since the water was solar heated. Many homes and hotels in Nicaragua only have cold water showers, that said, it was better than that. The water from the tap was purifed for potable use. The pool was nice. There was a computer with high speed internet available in the lobby for guests to use.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Thank RoamNHoliday
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VillaMaya, Propietario at Hotel Boutique Villa Maya, responded to this review, 29 May 2012
Dear guests:

I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thanks to your reviews, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor. This award commits us to pursue further in our efforts to make a difference in the type of hotel services provided by the tourism industry in Nicaragua.

Sincerely

Vilma C. Barrientos
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Chicago
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

We booked this hotel for our first night in Managua. We arrived late in the evening and were very hungry. We were introduced to the owner and staff. It was a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They ordered food for us and had it delivered to the hotel. Now, make sure you check prices when ordering delivery as it can get very expensive. Location was not so easy to find but we got help from one of the locals who escorted us from the airport. Breakfast was delicious. The eating area faces the lush garden and swimming pool. Although we recommend this place, it may not be best option in terms of location. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lorenzo17
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VillaMaya, Propietario at Hotel Boutique Villa Maya, responded to this review, 29 May 2012
Dear guests:

I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thanks to your reviews, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor. This award commits us to pursue further in our efforts to make a difference in the type of hotel services provided by the tourism industry in Nicaragua.

Sincerely,

Vilma C. Barrientos
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 January 2011

I stayed two nights at Villa Maya in Managua. The house has a beautiful garden and the service is excellent while staff are respectful of guest privacy. Donna Rosario's Nicaraguan steak dinner was seriously delicious. They will help you with taxis to the airport if you wish (about 25mins away). I strongly recommend this as an alternative to a hotel.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank jandehn
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VillaMaya, Propietario at Hotel Boutique Villa Maya, responded to this review, 29 May 2012
Dear guests:

I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thanks to your reviews, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor. This award commits us to pursue further in our efforts to make a difference in the type of hotel services provided by the tourism industry in Nicaragua.

Sincerely,

Vilma Barrientos
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Property: Hotel Boutique Villa Maya
Address: | Residencial Las Colinas, Segunda Entrada, Managua 14199, Nicaragua
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Region: Nicaragua > Managua Department > Managua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 50 Hotels in Managua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Boutique Villa Maya 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming Boutique Hotel in Managua. The rooms remodeled colonial house with a beautiful tropical garden and swimming pool. It counts with a total of nine private rooms, all with private bathrooms, water heated with solar energy, air conditioning, TV with cable, wireless internet, working desks, alarm clocks, telephones, security boxes, etc. Some of them have their own private balcony that opens to the garden and/or swimming pool. The hotel: An Oasis in the city. Our location is ideally for everybody: We are steps away from the city but not in the city! So if you have business downtown, it is a 10 min drive. But if you want to enjoy nature, have a tranquil time to relax and be pampered, Villa Maya is the perfect place. We are close to national attractions (Volcan Masaya, 10 min drive, Granada, 30 min drive) and local malls, shops and the best restaurants (Galerias Santo Domingo) in Managua just 5 min away. The owners: We are a mature couple with over 30 years together. Vilma is an artist from Guatemala and Luis is a lawyer from Nicaragua. Both met and studied at UC Berkeley in the Bay Area in California. Our goal is to provide a boutique hotel option for Managua giving a personalized service to all of our guests while ensuring that our operations are respectful with the environment.*Breakfast a la carte ... more   less 
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