Spent one night here and one night at the El Convento on a quick trip to explore Nicaragua. The former private mansion was beautiful. The welcome was not spectacular, nor did we get to meet the infamous owner. Several rooms were being renovated so the hotel was quite noisy. I was in room B9 and arrived at 15:00, trying to rest after a very early morning series of flights was impossible. The noise from all the construction of the room next to me and around the corner was too loud. This continued on until at least 19:00. Could not even hear the tv due to the noise. No other room was available "since we made our reservation at the last minute," whatever that has to do with not being informed ahead of time, nor any apology being made by reception. However when I teased the workers about the noise, they really did seem apologetic. Nothing major but a nuisance for the afternoon. On a positive side, the room was large with beautiful wooden furniture (carpet was dirty, but soon to be replaced I'm told) and not the cookie cutter type we are used to seeing. Complimentary wireless worked fine, and when I could watch the tv to catch up on news, every channel and then some was available. The bed in my room was quite comfortable, the mattress in my colleagues room (b1) was not as comfy and rather squeaky and lumpy I was told. Bathroom was spotless with Pantene amenities, and hairdryer. No problems with hot water or ac. Location was great, complimentary breakfast in the morning was ordered from a menu and fine (allow a few extra minutes as everything is made to order, and latinos are not as fast paced). The biggest highlight was some of the staff. Not all the staff speaks English, so they might be a little intimidated by the foreigners, once this is overcome, they will try to practice their English and if you speak Spanish as we did, you will really notice a genuine friendliness and a sense of pride for La Perla and Nicaragua. We spent some time speaking to the young bartender Jose Luis (?), proud to work at La Perla, loves his country and offered so much advice (mediterraneo restaurant). he wanted to make sure that we enjoyed Leon and Nicaragua and knew the history of the property. A pleasure speaking with him, and we learned so much about his country. Staff definitely has the edge here over el Convento. Would probably come back to this beautiful property should the need arise, by then the construction hopefully will be done.
- 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