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“A Good Place to Stay in San Juan Del Sur”
Review of HC Liri Hotel

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HC Liri Hotel
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

The HC LIRI Hotel is a solid block structure on the beach in SJDS. It is at the end of the beach at the foot of the suspension bridge from town. During the high season in Winter, you will find peace and quiet that would be impossible to find on the main street in town.

The grounds are small and neatly manicured. The building is in a good state of repair and the owners serve a delightful Nicaraguan breakfast every morning. During our stay, we noticed that the Liri is particularly popular with European and Latin families.

For those who simply want to chill, there are lounges and hammocks for resting and reading. The miniscule pool is clean and refreshing. Parking in the narrow alley behind the hotel is very challenging due to space restrictions.

Even though I liked the place for what it is, there are blemishes. San Jun Del sur is still very small and high end accomodations are nearly impossible to find. After all, this little beach town is just starting to explode, and local infrastructure is still limited, execpt for the expensive condos in the hills above the town.

Fraankly, the Liri has a bit of an identity crisis. It used to be a surf camp and would rate 5 stars as such. However, the price point has been raised and certain improvements need to be made to shift completely from 'surf camp' to botique hotel. Here are some examples. The rooms are too spartan for the current price point. There are no bedside table lamps. There was no shampoo in the bathroom, and the showers are cold, not tepid, cold. This upgrade is crucial for guest comfort. Also, my AC unit worked only at full force when plugged in. Since there was no temperature control, it had to be unplugged when the room got too cold. Also, most of the lighting in the hotel is naked bulbs with no hint of subtle indirect lighting. This also could easily be fixed.

The one thing that bothered me was that if you bring a beer, rum or even a bottle of water to the hotel, they charge you for it as if they had sold it to you. This is a tacky business practice, and harkens back to 'surf camp days' mentality. If they aspire to running a more customer friendly hotel, they'll drop this practice like a hot potato.

Don't ge me wrong. I like the Liri's location, cleaniliness, and vibe. The family that runs it are delightful and warm. Liri just has to decide what it wants to be as San Juan Del Sur grows and options expand. Surf camp or botique hotel?

Hotel HC Liri is one of San Juan Del Sur's best for the moment, but, if this property was in Granada, I'd have given it a 2 star rating for failing to equal the competition.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013
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Muchas gracias por su comentario en tripadvisor, como sabe es una gran referencia para nuestros futuros clientes. Llevamos muy poco tiempo pero trabajamos constantemente en la mejora del hotelito. Agradecemos mucho todo porque hemos aprendido a través de su opinión y por el momento ya hemos puesto en marcha muchas de la ideas que nos aporto su escrito.
Ojala le volvamos a ver por aqui y pueda comprobar nuestros avances.

Un saludo y gracias por habernos elegido.

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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Very nice situated hotel with direct access to the beach and lovely pool.

Fair priced, well maintened rooms and great view of the beach from the balcony.

Warm family owned hotel with extremely helpfull staff and owner for info and upcoming reservation (tours, directions, other hotel reservation and boats/ferry.,etc...)

Thanks and hugs to you, (Romina, Andrea and your mother) for everything !

My only comment would go to a wider choice of breakfast (included) options or to add 'a la carte' items such as
expresso coffee, brown bread, muesli...

We will come back for sure next year!

PS: Good luck for London, girls!
;-)

Louis & Line

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013
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Gracias por sus palabras, ha sido un placer tenerles entre nosotros en sus vacaciones. Aprendemos mucho de nuestros clientes por ello le comento que :

"Prometido, que nuestro desayuno sera mas variado muy pronto". Ustedes podran comprobarlo el próximo año. Gracias de Romina y Andrea por sus buenos deseos.

Hasta Pronto!!!

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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Me and my girlfriend stayed at hc liri for a week when we arrive in nicaragua and it was just perfect our room ad ocean view and was top clean with ac and a nice bathroom. The service was amazing they even called at my next hotelto arrange mly transfer.the breakfast wzs good. My room was always clean, the maid was cleaning it every day. They rent surf for 5$. The pool is clean and its fun to have a nice swim. They have nice hammock and a really chill atmosphere :) i tottaly recommend this place

Dominique

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hector A, Gerente at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2013
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Muchas gracias Dominique, nos ha encantado teneros en nuestro hotel. Mejoramos dia a dia gracias a nuestros clientes. Tambien gracias a tu mama por haberte recomendado HC liri Hotel. Esperamos veros muy pronto nuevamente.

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We recently spent three days at the HC Liri Hotel. If I had known how relaxing it would be, I would have extended the stay. Yes, the rooms are small and very basic, but the rest of the property more than makes up for this. The location right next the beach with a wonderful pool was a highlight for me. So was the staff, the breakfast, etc. I really liked that it was not right in town, but a short walk that takes you across a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2013
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Muchas gracias por habernos elegido y por haber tomado estos minutos para escribir aquí y transmitir a los futuros viajeros esa rica sensación de relax. Ha sido un placer tenerles en HC liri y los esperamos muy pronto.

Nos encanto la comparación del puente con el Golden Gate!!!!

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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Me and my friend had a very nice stay at this hotel. The family who runs it are very positive, helpful and nice. It is a relaxing and quiet place to stay in San Juan del Sur. It might not be the best for party, but it is not far from the city center, just a 5 minutes walk.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2013

Hi Assa,
Thank for write in tripadvisor, is very important for Hc Liri, the news travellers always read this web.

It was a pleasure you stay here and we hope to see you again soon. Excellent guests

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Reviewed 22 May 2013

I spend some days here in May 2013 the hospitality was great, good breakfast,good service, clean rooms, the personal was always ready to help,good rates, the beach is right out the back gate,nice romantic view ,would I stay here in the future,YES !!!

Mr. De La Rosa

Room Tip: Need more tables outside for breakfast,(maybe some floding tables would be a good idea) need some lu...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2013

Thanks for writing about us in tripadvisor, this is very important for us and for the future travelers too.
I like the happiness that transmits your critique. We look forward to seeing you again in San Juan del Sur.

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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Back home from San Juan del Sur... :(
Had an incredible time at the HC Liri Hotel, wich is located inmediately on San Juan beach.
The reception upon arrival and the attention of the staff is unbelievable.
Delightful people, very attentive, ready to help you at any time and always open for a chat.
The hotel itself is in a beautiful part of the beach tranquil, nice, well taken care of and clean.
The rooms are equipped with air condition and there is a small, but lovely pool in the front garden from where you get immediate access to the beach. The restaurants and bars are just 5 minutes walk away.
We will be back soon!!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Hector A, Propietario at HC Liri Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2013
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Pepe, muy amable por tu calido comentario, es muy fácil ser amables cuando te gusta lo que haces, al equipo de trabajo del HC Liri, nos encanta lo que hacemos. Gracias a nuestros huéspedes aprendemos todos los dias un poco mas.

Moltes gràcies per escriure en *tripadvisor, aquestes són importants per al nostre creixement professional i personal. Ha estat un plaure tenir-vos en el HC Liri Hotel.

Esperem tornar a tenir-vos a casa molt ràpid. Us esperem.

Maria, Andrea y Romina.

Una abraçada.

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Address: Playa San Juan Del Sur | Contiguo Al Yahure, San Juan del Sur 505, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: £38 - £153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — HC Liri Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to HC liri HotelHC liri Hotel is a small hotel on the beach of San Juan del Sur, with wonderfull views of the Pacific Ocean. We also have swimming pool in front of the sea. We offer daily transport to the different beaches in the area. In our hotel,we offer a personalized service to our guests because we want you to feel at home.Our breakfast is made with great quality and variety. We offer to our customers products fresh and different every day, because we want that you know the Nicaraguan gastronomy.!!We want only the enjoyment of our guests!!! ... more   less 
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