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“Like coming home to your families mansion”
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La Perla Hotel
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Leon
Reviewed 9 June 2009

We ended our trip, to visit our son, in Leon. What a perfect ending! The hotel is a beautifully restored mansion. We were even able to watch a Laker final from the bar, while having dinner. They will do anything you want. You only have to ask. Central America doesn't usually have bath tubs, they have some, just ask. This was our son's third trip to La Perla, he is a surfer and usually arrives hungry and dirty, They treat him like a diplomat. This will not be our last stay.
Thanks to the owner and staff.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

La Perla was a phenomnal hotel with everything a traveler could want. The owners were present and willing to take care of every need. Would give it my highest recomendation.

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Reviewed 21 May 2009

Absolutely the best hotel travel value in Leon, Nicaragua. Impeccable facility, lovingly restored with wonderfully attentive staff. Striking artwork and national history displayed. Owners, Jim and Mark, are always personally involved and justifiably proud of their newly opened hotel. Do not miss the chance to see the complete set of 1880's survey work and plans for the original Nicaragua (Panama) Canal ! Not even the government of Nicaragua owns a copy. Housed in a first floor hotel meeting room.

Can't wait to return when the La Perla Casino opens directly across the street !

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  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2009

I traveled to Nicaragua in mid April with my wife and 13 year old daughter and spent 5 days at the La Perla hotel. We had a very positive experience at this hotel and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Leon. The hotel is very charming and only has about 15 rooms, so you immediately feel like family to the attentive staff. The location is perfect and is within easy walking distance to the many of the interesting sites in Leon. We attended Easter Mass at the Cathedral and it was only a short walk from the hotel. Safety is always a concern when traveling and my family and I felt very safe while at this hotel. Breakfast is included in the room price and the food was excellent and plentiful. We ate dinner twice at the hotel and the food was good and reasonably priced. The hotel has a small pool in their courtyard and we found the pool very refreshing after a day of traveling or touring. The coffee at this hotel is outstanding and we purchased 4 bags of their coffee to bring back to Maryland with us when we left. The owner/co-owner of the hotel is an interesting guy name Jim who really went out of his way to make our stay enjoyable and problem free. Tourism is really not that developed in Nicaragua and I was thankful for the other contributors to Tripadvisor who wrote about this hotel and made planning our trip to Nicaragua and Leon very easy.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Retired36
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lou1944, owner at La Perla Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2009

Thank you for the kind words...You were wonderful guests and a beautiful family
Sincerely,
Jim

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Reviewed 4 May 2009

From the outside, this looks like a great hotel. Once we got into our
room though, I was disappointed. The door wouldn't lock until we
basically forced it, we had problems with the safe, there were ants in
the bathroom, and our window also wouldn't lock. They also promised
us two free bottles of water, but only gave us one, and they also only
gave us one set of towels, and we had to ask for another, and the room
was a little dusty too. On the plus side, the food at dinner was
good, as was the breakfast, and the front desk staff were nice,
although their English (at least on the evening shift) was
non-existent. Leon is a nice city to visit during the day, but I
doubt I would ever go back there.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank destinationsomewhere
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lou1944, owner at La Perla Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2009

We appreciate and learn from all comments; I have emailed the reviewer , but have not received a response. I believe our guest was with a tour group which stayed for one night. As a result we have taken the following actions:
1. Checked all security locks and repaired two locks
2. Replaced two safe boxes with similiar ones...only ones available in Nicaragua
3. Ants....We have had a schyduled pest control program and have added a late night inspection of vacant rooms (Ants are most active at night)

This is an example of the value of Tripadvisor.com....helps visitors in a selection of a hotel, PLUS helps the management improve the service. Thanks ,
Jim Petersen

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Reviewed 11 April 2009

Loved every moment of our two night stay. The rooms are modern and very clean (although they are carpeted - and I much prefer tile or hardwood floors). We stayed in the standard room (I think A4) near the pool at the corner. It was very quiet. The a/c was perfect (you definitely need it in Leon). The pool was perfect. Hardly anyone is ever in it. The breakfasts were wonderful, tasty and filling and included fresh juice and great coffee. Staff is great. Wonderful service and great location very close to the main cathedral. The only thing is their arranged transport from Managua airport to Leon is expensive. Try Tierra Tours $55 usd for a private taxi to take you to Leon. Also to go to Las Penitas from the hotel, get a private taxi to take you there for $10 or less (negotiate!) They are also within a block from Tierra Tours (perfect to arrange a tour of Cerro Negro/sandboarding). Free Wi-Fi a plus.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2009

One of our best hotel experiences ever (and we travel a LOT). Our large room overlooked an elegant courtyard with a fountain and two marble lions, where we also had a good breakfast every morning, including coffee grown on the American owners’ coffee plantation. Both hotel and coffee are clearly labors of love. My architect husband was impressed with the quality of the restoration, and the hotel is filled with local art and pottery, part of the owners’ effort to support the local community. The hotel location was exactly right for Leon, a block or two away from the main square. The restaurant was great, the best food we had in the country. The staff were unfailingly helpful and endearing. And having a glass of wine in the small bar every night was like going to a better than average cocktail party, where the other guests might be a doctor doing a Gates Foundation project, a graduate student taking a break from oral history interviews, or any of a host of local friends (you become one immediately) of owner and affable host Jim Petersen.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Iglesia La Merced | 1 Cuadra Al Norte, Leon, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Leon
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Leon
Price Range: £109 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Perla Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Perla Hotel is situated in a beautiful, colonial building in the city of Leon. Renovated in the original style, this mansion dates back to the middle of the 19th century and it provides a great colonial atmosphere to the visitors. Rooms are fully equipped and come with air conditioning, fans, mini-bar, and cable TV. Wireless Internet is available throughout the building. Guests can relax in the hotel's bar with a cocktail while enjoying all major sporting events on the large plasma TV. ... more   less 
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