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Hotel Los Balcones De Leon
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Leon
chicago
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“Nice 2nd class hotel”
Reviewed 27 January 2009

I've stayed at Los Balcones twice now (Dec 2006 & Jan 2009).

It's a nice little hotel. It's not the Hyatt or even El Convento. But it's also ~$50 not $100+ per night.

The rooms are ok, not amazing, but good enough. The showers are the common (central/south american) electric heating heads. The A/C is good when working (check it when you arrive - they'll switch rooms if it's not). The rooms are clean, and the beds are ok. If you like spending lots of time in your room, this is not the place for you. If you want a bed, A/C, and shower, this is great.

The real reason to stay here is the upstairs balconies overlooking the city - nice sunset over the cathedral. It's a great spot to read a book or hang out and talk. They have good chairs and fans up there. Sometimes there is bar service, but you can bring your own, or bring a drink from the bar if you like.

The owner (Juan-Carlos) is a very nice guy who will go out of his way to help you. He drove us to a place we were looking for, and even got them to open early for us.

(He recently opened another Los Balcones in Chinendega, so he may not be around as much.)

  • Liked — the balcones
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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St Paul,Mn
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Reviewed 12 November 2008

We just stayed at this hotel and found several problems with the hotel. The room we were assigned to the ac didn't work and the fan barely turned around, with the temperature in Leon being extremely hot and humid we needed the ac and fan to be working. The room looked liked it had not been cleaned completely, no towels in the room , shower was dirty. We were then moved to another room where the ac and fan worked and the room was cleaner but very dark lighting so one could not read.
There was a party in the hotel and the music was so loud that the floors vibrated and this went on until 12:30 AM. Other guests in the hotel hollered out their doors to turn the music down.
Breakfast was fair but the jelly that was served in these small individual servings had obviously been served to others and saved as they were partially empty and didn't appear clean.
I will be returning Leon and will not stay in thishotel.
The hotel did have a convenient location.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — not clean, equipment not working, question food sanitation
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Great location, pleasant staff and comfortable rooms. Moderate price. Highly recommended. Interesting interior atmosphere, courtyard and interior balconies.

  • Liked — Comfort and convience
  • Disliked — Not much
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2008

This is an old hotel with lots of balconies overlooking the street and interesting nooks and crannies inside. It's about five blocks from the central square but we found more of interest in the street where the hotel is: good places to eat and a couple of backpackers with useful notice boards and a laundry service. It's probably a 3 star hotel and we found the staff helpful. Leon itself is not a very attractive city, although there are some nice colonial buildings. We found it interesting for a couple of days. We made the mistake of thinking we could cross the border easily from there into Honduras, but in the end we gave up and returned to Managua where it was easy to get an express bus to the border.

  • Liked — Watching the street activity from our balcony
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, WA
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed 26 January 2008

Avoid this hotel. It was booked for us as part of a tour. It was dirty and uncomfortable. There were bedbugs -- my husband got 8 bites in one night. Fortunately, we only were there two nights. The TV was suspended from the ceiling, so high that we strained our necks to see it. Bath was not clean. Breakfast was mediocre. We complained to our tour operator, who told us they in turn contacted management. Perhaps there will be improvements, but until confirmed, avoid this place.

  • Liked — Decent location
  • Disliked — Bedbugs!
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2008

Attractive reception area and interior patios , very comfortable room (ceiling fan and air conditioning) and bathroom, excellent location three blocks off the central plaza and within walking distance of all the principal sights. A little street noise, but the town quiets down pretty early. The only drawback: the front-desk staff was not very helpful with arranging taxis or knowlegeable about the location of museums, bus offices, etc. Overall, I highly recommend Los Balcones.

  • Liked — location and overall attractiveness of the interior spaces
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
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calgary
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2007

What a lovely hotel-all laid out in the old colonial decor. The original look of the hotel was found where ever you turned. I found the staff friendly, however, we just stayed there for one night-we had to get up at 6 am and they had fresh coffee, fruit and toast ready for us. I just had to have a balcony - I wish now i didn't...the room was quaint and the huge wooden doors that lead to the balcony were amazing but the noise from the streets was just too much. One more thing, the mosquitoes were quite bad in the room. The hotel is very close to all things Leon - you can walk everywhere. We did enjoy the stay and we did love the building, so no real complaints.

  • Liked — The culture, decor, and the little living rooms
  • Disliked — the mosquitoes
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Los Balcones De Leon
Address: Esquina de los Bancos 1C al Este, Leon 00000, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Leon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Leon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Los Balcones De Leon 2.5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a nicaraguan colonial atmosphere witha warm family feeling in our hotel, with all the standard services, personalized attention and more to make your stay something to remember. ... more   less 
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