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“Great value hotel in Leon”
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Hotel Austria
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Leon
Rehoboth, MA, USA
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Great value hotel in Leon”
Reviewed 1 January 2009

Originally planned as a 6-night stay, we cut it to 4 after not being impressed with Leon and surroundings. Hotel Austria is impeccably clean, inside rooms and outdoor areas. Not as much is made of the beautiful courtyard gardens as could be. It would be nice if there were some loungers to sit in the sun, but the yards are only for show. There is a sitting area outside in a roofed area though, which was nice. Rooms are large, both beds and pillows were uncomfortably hard, air conditioner (window unit) was loud, but generally effective, plenty of hot water with good water pressure. All rooms are nonsmoking, but they have a designated outdoor area to smoke. All staff were extremely helpful and we used them as resources frequently from getting us taxis, directions, referral to pharmacy, telling us prices, restaurant recommendations, even where to buy honey. There is a security guard at the entrance 24 hours and rooms are very safe. We, as well as at least 5 other guests left laptops in rooms (locked in bag) with no issues. They have 2 routers, so wireless internet is available in all rooms and outdoor areas. Contrary to last poster, when we stayed, only continental breakfast was included – juice, toast and coffee. Additional items were available for an additional cost of $2-3.50 USD. Restaurant is open all day. Our breakfasts and 1 dinner was good, especially the apple strudel! They have refrigerators in the lobby and charge a minimal fee for water, beer and soda, which we found very convenient. We had requested a quiet room in advance and we had no problems with noise. Another guest had to change rooms after being given a room on the street, so beware noise can be a factor. Overall we found it an extremely good value. Although it is centrally located, the only concern we had was the choice of 2 dark streets to walk the 1 block to the center, one of which had a stench of raw sewage. We did feel uncomfortable walking down them at night, but not during the day. Taxis were never more than 20 cordobas, so it shouldn’t deter people from staying there.

  • Liked — Clean, peaceful, ssafe, good value
  • Disliked — Hard pillows
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Damascus, Syria
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Reviewed 6 August 2008

This place is very nice. It has minimal personality compared to the other options available in Nicaragua, but it is very well run, absolutely spotless, comfortable, and perfectly situated in the center of the city. In short, it's a great place to stay while in Leon. The beds are very comfortable, the shower is considerably nicer than most, and the bathrooms were amazingly clean. Additionally, the place has an awesome complementary breakfast - very well prepared food and a menu of additional options (including pancakes and french toast). Plan for a perfectly done local breakfast with toast, eggs, and rice and beans. Very tasty compared to others. Overall, I enjoyed my stay here and was relieved to find it so comfortable after some of my other rougher stays in Nicaragua. Also note - Leon is a brilliant city. Plan to spend more time here than in Granada - there are many layers to Leon, well worth really exploring.

  • Liked — Location and exceptional cleanliness
  • Disliked — Rooms had no personality - but were very nice, nevertheless
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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Gardendale, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2007

We selected Hotel Austria for its location. It's a block away from the Cathedral and walking distance to most other sites in Leon. Great attention was given to keeping the entire property clean. Each day we returned to our room, we could see and smell the evidence of the cleaning staff having visited. The continental breakfast offerred in the cost of the room was toast, juice and coffee. Other options were available at an extra charge. Slow Internet and cold beverages were also available for an additional cost. All additional charges are put on your room bill to be paid upon departure. The staff was pleasant and smiling upon your daily departure and arrival. However, their assitance in making daily arrangements, advice or travel information was minimal.

  • Liked — Location, cleanliness
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2007

Hotel Austria was a great experience. It is as you might expect a small hotel with alot of charm. From the house dog to the pleasant staff. The rooms are nice with great airconditioning and good bathrooms. It also has a resturant and you can have a beer in the lobby on your way out for less than a dollar. The staff is good with directions too. Leon is a quaint town with plenty to see and do. Go to the El Convent for a wonderful meal you won't be sorry!

  • Liked — friendly/helpful staff and great airconditioning
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Il
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2007

Our travel agent booked us into the Hotel Austria when the highly rated ElConvento was not available (we took a look at that place and it was definitely a cut above the Austria in elegance and atmosphere). We ended up being pleased with our two night stay at the Austria. The place doesn't look like much from the street, but inside there is a pleasant courtyard full of well tended plants, and a clean, comfortable dining room where air conditioning can be turned on as needed later in the day. We had breakfast there each day and lunch once. Only continental breakfast is included in the reasonable room rates, but additional items can be added at a low cost (for example, a cheese omelette was $2.00). The rooms themselves were spacious, with tile floors and nice quality wooden furniture, including a set of chairs and a table where you could sit and have a drink, in addition to the desk and wardrobe corner. Internet access was available and worked well. The air conditioning was a little noisy but effective, very much needed in April when we visited.

You can walk from the Austria to all the attractions of Leon, including many restaurants.

  • Liked — friendly staff, clean cool rooms
  • Disliked — rooms were a little dark; almost no windows (presumably to keep out heat)
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Austria

Property: Hotel Austria
Address: De la catedral 1 cuadra al sur | From the Cathedral 1 block south, Leon, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Leon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Leon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Austria 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only a block from the center and from the beautiful cathedral of the colonial city of Leon is located the Hotel Austria. This hotel with 35 rooms opened its doors in May of 1998, for its location is ideal for tourists who visit Leon to admire its churches and colonial buildings or who like to visit Poneloya, the beach of Leon. ... more   less 
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Austria Hotel Leon

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