In true Spanish-Mauresque style, El Convento from outside is just an anonymous wall. Anonymity, though, disappeared the moment we stopped the car. Friendly welcome (and the staff was friendly and attentive throughout our stay), a simple but comfortable room furnished in mock Spanish colonial style (white walls, dark furniture, but with some nice splashes of colour) and a fantastic garden that was obvioulsly the cloister of the ancient convent, surrounded by an arcade where the rigour of monastic architecture has been softened by colour and a touch of leftover baroque, again from the days when El Convento belonged to the adjacent Iglesia de San Francisco. The restaurant, El Vitoriano was truly very good, one of the best in our stay in Nicaragua, and possibly the best option in León: good food, well prepared and well presented, attentive service. Given this, the breakfast buffet was surprisingly disappointing (fortunately, we discovered a fantastic bakery not far, Pan y Paz, the best we have found in Nicaragua). The other small hiccup was the fact that the pool was under maintenance: it is a small one, barely more than a plunge-pool, but it would have been a welcome respite from the heat of León. El Convento has a parking area and is 5 minutes walk from the centre of León (the Cathedral and the Parque Central). León turned out to be very attractive, and being able to take refuge from its heat and bustle (we were there during the mid-August festivities of the Asunción, a major event in Nicaragua) in the quiet of El Convento made it all the more so.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Convento Leon
- El Convento Hotel Leon