A return visit to Villa Isabella finds improvements including a new kitchen, larger lobby area, and a Vonage phone for calls to the US and Canada. Earlier improvements added a pool, dining area, and wifi.
The staff continues to be friendly and attentive. Breakfast continues to be delicious. Although mostly Spanish-speaking, the staff is accustomed to English-speaking guests and is quite forgiving of Spanish poorly spoken. Co-owner Mike, a native English speaker from California, is usually there and enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge of Nicaragua.
Right in town, an easy walking distance to the beach, the hotel has an at-the-beach theme throughout. Everything is clean, the rooms are air conditioned and comfortable, and the showers have “real” hot water (not to be taken for granted in Central America). This is US-style accommodations; a definite cut above the backpacker hostels typically found in the area.
Our room had a view of the pool area. If you want an outside view, be sure to specify this when making your reservation.
Co-owner Jane continues to be a driving force behind lending libraries in the country, making Villa Isabella the center of operations for this and related NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) activities.
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- Hotel Villa Isabella, a bed and breakfast boutique hotel, is dedicated to your full enjoyment of San Juan del Sur and the surrounding Pacific Coast paradise. Our attention to detail and personal service frees you to focus on your stay, either for business or pleasure. A full to order breakfast is complementary and the coffee and tea are always ready. ... more less
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