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Dolphin Guest House
Ranked #40 of 44 Hotels in Granada
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Serious Improvement Needed to save this place!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

I was at the Dolphin Guest House recently and I chose to stay there because it seems beautiful, clean and well kept in the pictures shown int the website. However, upon arriving there It was disappointing. This place needs a lot of work. The bedspreads looked rundown, a couple of holes in it and overused. The curtains on the window looked raggedy and in need of replacement. The swimming pool appeared dirty and the furniture around the swimming pool was dusty, the beach umbrellas broken. The building's paint needs maintenance. The kitchen's refrigerator was old, the door rusty. I didn't like the fact that in order to get to the guest house; you have to drive a dusty and uneven road. There garden in front looks nice and beautiful but this is not the case for the garden in the back. I honestly think that the cost for staying at this guest house was overpriced.
On the positive side and in spite of the other negative reviews about the guest house staff; I got a different experience. The staff was nice and friendly and I guess this made the difference. They have a nice, friendly dog. The place is safe but I don't' know if I would like to stay there again. I think, they need to improve this place and give it more maintenance.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

I recommend this place for its safety, cleanness and very good service offered by the staff. The room was nice and clean. Wi-Fi worked well in the entire property. The breakfast was delicious, the best we had during our 12 days stay in Nicaragua. Breakfast was included it with our reservation.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank eli r
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Valparaiso, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

We stayed at the Dolphin for 4 weeks. We found it to be a little oasis after the heat of the day in the city where we were volunteering for a few weeks. There is a pool but the pool staff had some challenges with balancing the chemicals despite maintaining it every week day. You can walk to the grocery stores along the highway and it takes about half an hour. We rented bicycles which reduced our trips to 10 minutes but the tires kept going flat so we gave in and rented a car - very inexpensive.

We had room #4 with the Juliet balcony and the great views of Volcan Mombacho. The hotel's top patio provides amazing views and a quiet place to read or do yoga as it is seldom used by other guests. To get there, you have to climb the stairs at the back towards unit #4 and then take the spiral stairs to the top of the building.

The Dolphin is ideal for people staying for an extended period of time as the daily rates drop significantly for a stay over 2 weeks. You will be in the suburbs and walking to the city is not very realistic considering the heat. If you rent a car, the Dolphin is a good option.

Room Tip: Ask for the room with the balcony and book for a longer period of time to get the best value for you...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

My husband and I, along with another couple, spent a week at Hotel Dolphin in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. It was our first time traveling out of the USA and everything went very smoothly- thanks mostly to the staff very friendly and helpful. The home and the grounds were beautiful, spacious and secluded. We had a view of lake from terrace and the volcano. We had a nice fresh hot breakfast every morning at the Gazebo. , and we hated to say good by at the end of the week. We enjoyed every minute of our stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dallas Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed upstairs with a balcony over looking the pool and a great view of the volcano. The room had a full kitchen and was huge. We had no air but the fans kept us comfortable. We had a rental car to get us to Granada which was 5 minutes away where we bought groceries and liquor. I definitely recommend the third floor balcony for drinks in the evening. If we go back to Granada we will stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2013
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1 Thank thatgirl00
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Miami
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

Home away from home, but better :) What a relief!
We stayed for a few weeks in a spacious, ground floor room with a full kitchen, private bathroom, two beds and sitting area - Great size for my family - with fresh flowers daily.
Breakfast was available but it's close to the better supermarkets so we could get more variety of food. The pool and pool table kept my kids entertained on days to hot to roam and battle the crowds at busier sectors :)

Room Tip: Get one of the pool side suites if you have a group along. The top floor rooms are cooler though...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank Maria R
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

The revamp of the hotel by the new management has been great!
I’m impressed by the improvements and the care that has been taken with the detail that make a stay there so nice. The entire place is spotless and the new staff could not be more helpful. I’ve stayed here several times through the years particularly because of the security, gardens and friendly atmosphere, but now I’ve enjoyed it even more! It’s so convenient to be able to spend a lazy day enjoying pool side cocktails or taking advantage of the free wifi.

Room Tip: The rooms on the top floor offer the most privacy and the best views. Great for star gazing
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Dolphin Guest House
Address: Reparto San Juan | 5 blocks east and half north, Granada 505, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 44 Hotels in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dolphin is a new charming small Bed and Breakfast Boutique Hotel located in a residential area near all services and main tourist places. A nice comfortable apartment is also available with a fully equipped kitchen, wireless internet, cable TV, hot water, swimming pool. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Dolphin Guest House Hotel Granada

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