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La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant
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Toronto
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54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Best lodging on Omepete!”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Jamie and his family have the nicest location on Ompete. The infinity pool overlooks the lake with a volcano view that takes your breath away.

We stayed in a private casista with bathroom and A/C. We had our own porch and just a quick walk to the restaurant.

The food was fantastic. We loved the plantain chips with refried beans as a snack before dinner (and sometimes lunch!).

Jamie can arrange a wondeful kayak trip where you see caymenes (alligator family), turtles, egrets and many, many more birds. (it was a highlight of our trip).

The roads to Merida aren't very good but it's worth the taxi ride from the ferry port. We recommend La Omaja to everyone. We would come back to spend a week here again as the island is so beautiful.

Room Tip: Our casista was wonderful. I doubt if any of them aren't up to Jamie's excellent standards.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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LaOmaja, Owner at La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you for the comments, I am glad you enjoyed and we would love to have you back should you ever get the chance.
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Lisbon, Portugal
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75 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Fabulous hotel. Nice and cozy personal. Had the opportunity to choose the dinner music after a jacuzzi over the magnificent lake landscape. The rooms are very large and clean. Has a luxurious garden. In the midst of the forest by the lake. On only hears the birds and sometimes some veri original monkey shouts.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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LaOmaja, Owner at La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you Antonio, we are glad you enjoyed the jacuzzi!
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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Wow! This place was fantastic! From beginning to end, the owner Jamie saw to it that we had everything we needed, from transportation to/from their beautiful hotel, recommendations for places to visit, while providing us with a wealth of info about this magnificent island. 5 adults, 2 children and a baby.....we couldn't of asked for a better place or proprietors. We brought microwave popcorn for kids, asking them if they could pop it for us....they don't have a microwave....and 2 great things I learned from that was 1) they don't use microwaves, food is fresh and cooked the way it should be 2) then to our surprise...a knock on our door and one of the staff had a bowl of popcorn, they cooked the "old fashioned" way, over a stove! How accommodating can THAT be? Def. will return to visit and do some of the adventures we couldn't do easily with the kids.....Thanks Jamie and Roxana, your family, staff and accommodations made this such a memorable, special adventure for all of us. Give love to Asa, Christopher and baby Lincoln. You have made paradise even better!

Room Tip: Every room has an outstanding view...cant go wrong with any room.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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LaOmaja, Owner at La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thanks for the nice review. I have kids so I understand the need for popcorn in the evenings. Hope to see you again sometime.
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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

That view across the lake to volcan concepcion, wow. Getting here is half the adventure. For a reasonable cost the hotel will organise 4x4 transport from/to the port. Use it and do not attempt to get there in a car. The driver stopped en route at Ojo de Agua, then at the hotel so we could drop bags and have lunch, and then drove us up to the closest point to tge San Ramon waterfall. We hiked up and back to the vehicle in 2-3 hours.

Back to La Omaja. They have the most perfect small infinity pool, plus jacuzzi, to look out over concepcion, listen to the howler monkeys, and watch the sunset and fireflies dancing.

The cabins were neat and tidy and good value. No complaints there. Food was ok, but didnt nlow us away (though we didnt expect it too, somewhere as remote as this). Service from Oscar was brilliant throughout. He should be commended for his skills!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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LaOmaja, Owner at La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate the commentary. Glad you enjoyed your stay and best of luck in your future travels.
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54 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I will start with my only criticism... on the web site it hints that it is not recommended but possible to get there in a car. There is no way to get there in a car - if you are foolish enough to try, the locals will flag you down before you get more than a mile off the pavement. You don't need a car here anyway, so plan on leaving it in Rivas or Moyogalpa.

With that out of the way, I can say you will love this place. The cabinas are simple, but clean and air conditioned (with cable TV). The grounds are beautiful and the whole place situated on the slopes of Volcan Maderas with a spectacular view of Volcan Concepcion. The hotel has an amazing pool that is perfect for cooling off after a hike or horse ride.

The tours are a good value (we rode horses and kayaks). The food is reasonable and good. We stayed with children 7 and 9 and they loved it. The staff, apart from Jamie (from Omaha) don't speak a lot of English, but we were able to communicate easily with them with some High School Spanish.

Ometepe is a beautiful and truly unique place, and La Omaja is the perfect balance of isolation and relaxation. The chirp of the house geckos, the refreshing pool, howler monkeys and fantastic view are things I will remember for a long time.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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LaOmaja, Owner at La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you for the detailed review and commentary regarding the website. We have now updated the webpage to provide a new advisory when reservations are made via the internet. We are still holding our breath that the road will be paved out here within the next year. We will keep you posted.
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Managua, Managua, Nicaragua
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79 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

La Omaja hotel and restaurant is a great example of what tourism in Nicaragua is all about these days. Its excellent construction and quality details make it a really enjoyable jumping off point in your stay in the Mérida, Ometepe area. From here, you can hike up to the lagoon on the Madera crater, go to the San Ramón waterfall and other island activities. A full tour menu is available. In addition to the quality lodging, with A/C and satellite television, a full service restaurant is also available on the premises. Rooms start at $35 a night. The meal, tilapia with garlic sauce, costs C$150 ($6.50). This place is the best in the Mérida area, that I can guarantee. Oh, and the views are marvelous!!! More pix here: http://goo.gl/5Njlbf

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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LaOmaja, Owner at La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thanks for the informative review. Glad you enjoyed it here, if you ever make it back this way we would love to have you stay with us again.
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Coimbra-Portugal
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Bungalows in the middle of a "natural" garden; some insects, specially spiders (the price of living next the Nature!), even inside the rooms.
There are a nice swimming-pool, with a great view to the Nicaragua Lake, with jacuzzi! Fantastic for a relaxing time after one of the activities you can do in the island (ridding horse, trekking in the volcano, canoeing...).
The food is good and they have delicious natural juices, and the staff is very nice (specially Oscar).
To get the hotel, you must go trough a dirt road.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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LaOmaja, Owner at La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay, I will let Oscar and the others know that there services are appreciated.
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Property: La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Maderas Volcano, Meridia, Isla de Ometepe, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Ometepe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant on Ometepe. Situated in the foothills of the Volcano Maderas on the majestic island of Ometepe, La Omaja offers breathtaking views of Lake Nicaragua and the volcanoes Concepción and Maderas. Strategically located in the middle of the Maderas Nature Reserve, La Omaja enjoys easy access to the most intriguing attractions on this hidden Nicaraguan treasure. La Omaja´s cabañas and full service bar and restaurant provide a comfortable, secure, and above all else, friendly environment from which to headquarter your stay on Ometepe. Whether you come to relax and enjoy a quiet, romantic getaway or are looking for more adventurous opportunities to hike, kayak, bike or horseback through the Maderas Nature Reserve, La Omaja provides the perfect setting for a memorable vacation.La Omaja is family operated and an active stakeholder in the local island community. Our specially trained staff and guides provide professional and friendly service. ... more   less 
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