Hotel con Corazon was recommended to us by the Hotel Patio Malinchi since they were full for the Semana Santa. Luckily we were able to reserve the family room (two standard rooms with a shared bath) for three nights. The hotel has only been open since October 2008 and is clean and well-appointed. Rooms are basic but comfortable with adequate AC. Bathrooms are of a sleek, poured concrete design and very functional.
The hotel was close to full for the time we were there but it remained very tranquil and relaxing. We loved the simple decor of the place -- old roof tiles as wall sconces, beer bottles stuffed with strings of lights as bar accents and hammocks scattered throughout. I had the pleasure of sitting and talking for a bit with the new manager Frank, whom I met after he spent an hour (literally) teaching my ten-year old daughter how to play chess on the big board in the lobby. I was impressed with his commitment to maintaining a high level of customer service at the hotel and his interest in expanding the outreach and education programs with the local Nica students which is at the cornerstone of Hotel con Corazon's mission as a non-profit. As a side note, the hotel advertises that all profits go towards local programs for the children of the barrio. I asked about what are considered "profits" and I was told that the two founders are not taking salaries from the hotel and that it was created solely as a generator of funds for their Foundation. Reason enough to support the Hotel in my book. In fact, while we were there, they were setting up an exhibition of photos taken by kids from the program supported by the hotel. We were able to buy a couple small photos for my daughter's room and have them signed by the 14-year old photographer who beamed with pride as she did so.
I would recommend Hotel con Corazon without hesitation. It is a quality hotel on its own and its philanthropic mission only enhances its appeal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel con Corazon is a boutique hotel in Nicaragua. Located in the city, in a colonial building with fifteen rooms, a restaurant, bar, patios and a swimming pool. The hotel offers all the modern comforts a traveler desires. It's a place that feels like a home away from home. But these simple luxuries aren't even what makes this hotel so unique. Your stay helps Nicaraguans build a brighter future, as 100% of our profits are invested in education. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Con Corazon Hotel
- Con Corazon Granada