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“A picturesque and comfortable oasis”
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Hotel El Convento
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Leon
Certificate of Excellence
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A picturesque and comfortable oasis”
Reviewed 24 August 2013 via mobile

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.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

I stayed one nite here on July 11, 2013. I agree with all other postings. I had a room facing the fountain--very tastefully decorated. I also appreciated its location. Close to everything I wanted to visit.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

El Convento is a gorgeous property in the colonial university town of Leon. Entering the hotel from the hot, crumbling sidewalks is to walk into an oasis.
The hotel is an old convent ( no kidding) and built around a lovely and cooling formal garden. the hallways and public rooms are high ceilinged , art filled and lovely. The decor is a combination of current art, religious antiques and first class crafts. All very interesting and inviting. the large public spaces have lovely and comfortable couches, chairs, tables, resting areas and WIFI

Guest rooms are well equipped and simple for the most part. A/c is fine. Bathrooms have plenty of hot water, hair dryers and amenities.

There is a room safe and a flt screen tv - should you want it.

The food is so-so and plentiful. Breakfast is fine with lots of options.

Room Tip: There is a lovely suite in the front and the courtyard rooms may be more quiet than those on the str...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Hotel El C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Convento, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Dear Ronniek

We are appreciative of your kind words regarding your recent stay.

We do hope to see you again in the near future.

Regards

Nidia Urcuyo
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VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2013

nice grounds and fountain although my room faced the street- good security- generally friendly helpful staff- low water pressure and a little less hot water than you would want- one day a breakfast buffet and the other two days they just made up a plate- nice christian artifacts- generally good location next to small museums- pool was under maintenance- a big disappointment in a hot city- relatively pricey

Room Tip: ask for a room facing the fountain- make sure the pool works before booking
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

I just got back from Nicaragua early this morning, one of the places we stayed was Hotel El Convento...a former convent. The rooms were very clean, hotel was secure and the staff were friendly....The hotel is in a U-Shape and some of the rooms overlook a beautiful well manicured garden...and peaceful water fountain. This is the perfect place to relax.
the hotel is also located just 2 blocks from out door markets-great place to shop for souvenirs

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Hotel El C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Convento, responded to this review, 8 July 2013
Dear Guest;

We are very happy to read you enjoyed our hotel. All the team strives hard for delivering our guests the best service offered, for that reason we are sure that all your comments will help other guests to enjoy even more their stay with us leon city.

Looking forward to welcome you soon in the not so distant future.

Kind Regards
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

This hotel was booked for us through our tour company, Nicaragua Adventures. It was wonderful. The room itslef was big, the bed was comfortable. The porters were very attentive. We even got a welcome drink on arrival. The breakfast was phenomenal!!! The best breakfast we had on our trip. The pool is quiet and secluded. The hotel is central to everything in Leon. It was a wonderful hotel, and we will certainly stay again when we return. We had a wonderful stay and would highly recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hotel El C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Convento, responded to this review, 8 July 2013
Dear Guest,

Is a pleasure for us to know your stay was good at Hotel El Convento,
We hope you visit us soon!

Best Regards,
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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the hotel - a refurbished convent. typical Spanish style. hotel rooms around a beautiful garden. We were a family of 8, ranging from 9 to 89 years. The staff was really terrific,The pool was a bit small but still pleasant. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Hotel El C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Convento, responded to this review, 21 June 2013
Dear Martin,

Thank you for taking the time to write about our service , always will be motivation to receive such appreciation from our guest.

We really appreciate your comment, we hope to see you soon again in Hotel El Convento.

Best regards

Nidia Urcuyo M.
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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 #3 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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