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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Austria Hotel Leon