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“A little heart goes a long way”
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Hotel con Corazon
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Granada
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Ojochal Costa Rica
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“A little heart goes a long way”
Reviewed 28 April 2009

We found this hotel on TripAdvisor after finding that most of the major hotels were fully booked for Holy Week. The fact that Hotel Con Corazon uses its profits to support projects for street youths and for youth education was a definite plus.

We found the hotel to be a delightful building, very open and spacious main area, the giant chess pieces were fun for our 7-year-old to move around, there were hammocks to lie in, and the pool was pleasant too. The in-hotel dinner, fixed-price 3-course meals, were very reasonable; we ate there twice, for $7.50 US per person plus tip. (Just remember to add the tip on yourself, as they don't automatically).

All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. The main area walls were adorned with lovely photographs by children who were learning to use cameras artistically, I guess as part of an effort to give them a career or skill to aspire to. The photos were actually quite good.

We stayed in the family suite, rooms 17 and 18. This is a good suite, with a washroom joining the two rooms, so parents have some privacy once the kids are in bed. However room 18 suffers from being dark (the only window opens onto a vertical shaft which contains the exhaust for three room air conditioners). The other problem with room 18 is that even if you want natural air circulation, you can't do it if any of the two other rooms have their AC on, because the vertical shaft fills up with their heat. This is something the hotel should probably fix - find a different place to vent the air conditioners for those rooms. But other than that, the rooms were very nice. Not fancy, more like Ikea quality, rustic but very clean.

Breakfasts were included and were great. Plenty of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, eggs if you wanted, fresh bread.

We paid $91 per night tax and breakfast included, during one of the highest seasons of the year - holy week. Not cheap by Latin American standards but Granada can be a pricey place and we did have two bedrooms.

The hotel was fairly quiet, other than a few guests talking around 9-10pm. Since rooms 17-18 and many of the other rooms have their windows opening on the inside of the courtyard, rather than to the street, if you have windows open you hear other people. But the flip side is that you don't hear cars or street noise.

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Reviewed 17 April 2009

We had a wonderful time at 'Con Corazon' (with a heart). A great hotel, tastefully designed and (very important) good espresso. Marcel and Freek, the hosts were so nice to take us on a trip to some of the educational projects which are supported out of the profits from the hotel. It made us feel good that with our stay we contributed a little bit to the future of the children of Nicaragua.

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  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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planetE
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Reviewed 16 April 2009

We stayed for a full week with the family at Hotel Con Corazon. Absolutely a fantastics place to be. Clean, well kept. Friendly staff. Played some great chess matches in the patio. It is the perfect place to come home to after trips into the surroundings or exploring Granada. Nice pool! Not really big but big enough to cool down. Kids (6,6 and 9) also absolutely loved it!

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

This hotel was the perfect place to stay. The staff was amazing. They arranged transportation to the airport and a private driver for 6 hours, all at very reasonable prices compared to other quotes we got. They went above and beyond! We left for the airport at 5am in the morning and they had our breakfast packaged up and ready to go with us... what other hotel would ever do that???

The courtyard was beautiful with hammocks and tables and the hotel also had a small pool which was key after a long hot day. The rooms are clean with very comfortable bed and a very nice washroom. Cable TV, aircon also in the rooms. The breakfast was amazing -- eggs, yoghurt, granola, bread, lattes/coffees and the tables were set out in the courtyard.

The best part of this hotel is that it is set up as an NGO and all profits go to the development of local schools, micro-credit loans and small business incubation.

If you are in Granada you have to stay here -- it will make your stay!!!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

Very clean hotel, with a nice pool. Staff were great and willing to help you with anything you needed. Prices were good, drinks were cheap (at the bar) and it was very relaxing. Breakfast was served each morning - a 3 course meal. We had no problems whatsoever here and would recommend it to anyone. We were also there when they were switching managers, both were great. Location is only a 5 min walk to the town square, and there is no problem doing it at night. If we go to Granada again, we will definitely stay here again.

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Reviewed 12 April 2009

Hotel Con Corazon is a very special place. Not only is it a splendid oasis in Granada, the charming city in Nicaragua, with a beautiful patio, clean air-conditioned rooms and a nice pool, but it is also a place "with a hart". The founders have created Hotel Con Corazon to fund the projects in Granada that help to educate children. All "profits" from the hotel go to these projects. (Ask for a trip to the projects in the "barrio's").
The place is laid-back, with friendly staff, nice hide-aways to enjoy life (great hammocks, or the chess game!).
Hotel Con Corazon is a place you will never forget ! Use it as your base camp, while visiting interesting places like Granada and its volcano's, the Somoto Canyon on the Honduras border (a hidden gem !), St Juan del Sur in the south, or the Ometeppe islands. We used Hotel Corazon as our base for our travels through Nicaragua in early April 2009. We will never forget it !!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 11 April 2009

We stayed 5 nights at Hotel con Corazon and were in room 7 (very private). The breakfasts were fantastic and consisted of fresh juice, coffee or espresso drink, yogurt, granola, eggs, bacon, and fresh bread. The drinks at the bar were also great. The room is small but new, clean, and had very comfortable mattresses with a fan and a/c. The bathrooms were modern and very clean. The showers had great water pressure and hot water. The pool is welcoming as it was so hot in Granada. The location of the hotel is great. It is within 3 blocks of the main square. Service was great. The hotel arranged a cab to take us to Managua airport for $35. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Free Wi-Fi a plus and they also had several laptops you could use in the courtyard setting.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel con Corazon
Address: Calle Santa Lucia 141, Granada 0000 Granada, Nicaragua
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Region: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Granada
#3 Romantic Hotel in Granada
#7 Business Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel con Corazon 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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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