Ometepe is slightly off the beaten track with little (cheap) transport to get around. Booking ahead does seem difficult but we booked and paid for our stay (mid-January 2013) at El Encanto at Tierra Tours in Granada. Presumably this circumvents the owner's preference to accepting an arrival in place of a booking that hasn't arrived yet. I guess he's been left empty by non-arrivals although this is no excuse for kat_immy's experience. Book it in Granada is the best solution although possible not foolproof!
On the other hand the rooms are o.k. but at $30 not the cheapest. The gardens and location are very relaxing but a bit of a quiet spot for most backpackers. A little off the main road, the restaurant's menu is of a good quality but skimpy in portion size and marginally more expensive than the Hotel del Sur next door. Next door is a couple of hundred metres in the pitch black so take a torch!
Arrive early to Playa Domingo and check all the hotels out but make sure you have at least 4 days to enjoy the freshwater lake, the pools, bicycles and volcanoes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Encanto provides you with comfort and service at an affordable price. Our spacious and pleasantly decorated rooms have private bathrooms, excellent ventilation, quality bedding and screened windows. View of both volcanoes and the lake, five minutes' walk from Playa Santo Domingo and within 6 kilometers of the most visited tourist destinations. The restaurant offers full service with an extensive menu including vegetarian dishes, whole grain bread and delicious coffee. English spoken. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Encanto Hotel Isla De Ometepe
- El Encanto Isla De Ometepe