La Perla is a beautiful example of a colonial renovation done right. The owners have remodeled the building into a luxurious hotel while still retaining the charm of the colonial era.
I was traveling Nicaragua with a friend and thanks to the tropical storm we ended up staying in Leon for several days longer than we had planned. Our original hotel was okay, until the roof started leaking in the torrential rains and I woke up in a wet bed. That's when we decided we deserved an upgrade.
Fortunately, La Perla was there to take us in. The rooms were well appointed and clean (not to mention a fantastic value), the beds were comfortable, and the staff was friendly. We spent a lovely hour or so chatting with owner Jim Peterson about art, business, and what there was to do in Leon in the pouring rain. Jim gave us great tips on seeing the best of Leon and when it was raining too hard to go out we entertained ourselves in the bar and restaurant, or just gazed at the incredible architecture and art collection.
The staff is incredibly friendly and efficient; they genuinely want you to be happy during your stay. Not being gamblers, we didn't get over to the casino but I'm pretty sure one more day of rain would have pushed us into at least giving it a try.
One thing you should know: This is Nicaragua. If you're expecting the usual sterile American hotel experience just go to Orlando or someplace. You'll be happier and so will everyone else.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Perla Leon
- Hotel La Perla