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“Gem of a Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Villa Isabella

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Hotel Villa Isabella
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Gem of a Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2006

Three blocks from the ocean (just far back enough from the action for my taste) lies a gem of a hotel "Villa isabella". Nestled on a San Juan del Sur neighborhood street, one gets the true Nicaraguan experience as locals walk by on their way to work, school, or selling fresh fruits and vegetables. The home-style feel is accentuated by the owner Mike- he is an American (or Canadian?) who lives here full time and is a wealth of knowledge of the area. Attention to detail made my stay outstanding- the rooms are fully equipped and the in house restaurant is excellent. There is on site wireless internet (no charge) and a never ending supply of cold beer (oh yeah!). The icing on the cake is the generator that kicks on when the electricity goes out (a daily occurrence for three hours or more due to the national energy crisis) My buddies who were staying up the street ended up getting a room next to mine after a couple days of power outages. When I stayed there there were families, surfers, locals and travelers sharing their travel tales on the hotel's front porch. The mix of camaraderie, privacy, security, convenience and reasonable price make this my favorite hotel in Nicaragua!

  • Liked — overall comfort
  • Disliked — no phone in the room
  • Tips/Secrets — get a hotel with their own power grid for when ths electricity goes out
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank maxca
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
San Diego
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2006

I just got back to the States from a Surf Trip to Nicaragua and we stayed at the hotel through Dale Dagger surf camp. The owner Mike is a very welcoming and helpful person. The rooms were very clean and very accommodating. Everyday they had a cleaner come in to make the beds and clean, just like in the States. Every morning they made us breakfast. WOWS try the Banana pancakes.

When I go back to San Juan Del Sur I will stay at Hotel Isabella again.

Thanks for the stay Mike

Chad

  • Liked — The place was clean and had AC in the rooms
  • Disliked — My Stay was too short
  • Tips/Secrets — None
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank cbake88
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2006

I have mixed feeling about this hotel. The owners of the hotel are very welcoming and helpful. The hotel seems to be made up of a couple of converted houses. The hotel has secure offstreet parking. A cooked to order american breakfast is included in the rate. There is a small swimming pool, but it's in a small barren looking courtyard....not really inviting. There is a very nice front porch that's great for relaxing and socializing. The rooms have a middle class suburban feel....not a lot of character. The linens were pilling and almost thread bare, and the bathroom looked clean, but it had a sewage smell. The rooms have dvd/video players with a movie library in the lobby. It's well located for exploring San Juan Del Sur, located next to the church....about 5-10 min walk to the beach. The rate was about $70 which seemed kind of high considering some of the negatives, but it wasn't an unpleasant stay.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
11 Thank Travel147
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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Isabella

Property: Hotel Villa Isabella
Address: Diagonal Norte Iglesias Catolica San Juan del Sur Rivas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 74 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villa Isabella, an intimate 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. ... more   less 

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