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“Unforgettable, authentic Leon style, a destination unto itself”
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Hotel El Convento
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Leon
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
“Unforgettable, authentic Leon style, a destination unto itself”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

I've travelled to over 40 countries and stayed in hotels that are deemed the best, but El Convento is my favorite hotel in the world. It's a refuge of calmness. It's authentic Leon, offering some of the best amenities one can expect from a hotel but careful not to fall into the homogeneizing trap of a five star chain hotel. One feels that one is in Leon at every turn--the shoe shining box, the rustic details that are clearly there by design, the windows on the doors, the rocking chairs, the welcoming drink as soon as you walk in, and the genuine hospitality of Leon. The art and antiques are outstanding, and not surprising given that the owner is one of Nicaragua's best art collectors. The owner is also the sponsor of the best art gallery in Nicaragua, which is down the block from the hotel.

Room Tip: The only down side to the hotel is that it does not offer a swimming pool, and that would be a great...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

This place is in a great location. It's amazing! The staff was very helpful. I will stay here again. Loved it!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Arizona
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Wow! El Convento is a beautifully landscaped and tastefully designed hotel in the heart of Leon. Within walking distance of everything you need, this place makes you feel special from the minute you walk in. Beautiful furnishings, rich art, and an attentive staff made it hard to leave.

If/when we ever get a chance to return to Leon, this is the place we'd stay.

  • Stayed December 2011
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College Station, Texas
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

We loved just walking around the hotel looking at the vast collection of antiques and other art work. It was like being in a museum. The gardens were absolutely gorgeous. The room was nice, very quiet, comfortable beds, good air conditioning. The bathrooms were spacious and clean. On the down side there was no pool and the staff was reserved but friendly. Not as much of a family feel as some of the smaller hotels. But all in all an excellent hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

Beautiful old convent, a full of interesting artifacts. Staff was great. Room was average, but very quiet. Good location to see all the sights.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Granada, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

I can say only good things about this beatiful hotel. The position is perfect, close to the centre of the city and to the Ortiz-Gurdian Art Foundation; the garden is wonderful; the religious art collection is very interesting, etc. We had dinner and the food was very good. The rooms are rooms and large (though may be a bit Spartan). On top of that the price was very reasonable. It was a very pleasant stay and I look forward to going back.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

This hotel is great. It's like being in a museum Beautiful garden and common area. The room was spacious. The best shower and AC during our entire trip. The staff was reserved but always helpful. I had reserved ahead of time and asked them if they could give a better price for my budget for a room and they kindly obliged giving me 25% off the regular price of the room! The only thing that would be great would be a computer for guests to use for those of us who travel without it. The girl at the front desk was nice enough to let me use the office computer so i could let my husband know i had arrived safely.
I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel El Convento
Address: Two Blocks West From Parque Central | Next to San Francisco`S Church, Leon, Nicaragua
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Region: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Leon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Leon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel El Convento 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel El Convento is located at the heart of the city of Leon, Nicaragua, on the site of the former San Francisco Convent. Its colonial buildings and lush gardens offer a unique atmosphere which will make your stay a very pleasant experience.The hotel offers comfortable guest rooms, conference and banqueting facilities, a cafeteria and a gourmet restaurant which is considered by many to be one of the best in Nicaragua.Whether you are visiting Leon for business or pleasure, Hotel El Convento should be your first choice! ... more   less 
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