I was originally booked to spend 3 nights at la Bocona, but ended up adding an extra night (I would happily move in permanently if they would let me...). The rave reviews you've already read are not hyperbole: this ranks amongst the most unforgettable hotels I have ever stayed in. I love the location because it's neither too close nor too far from Granada's Parque Central. The lobby and guestrooms are jaw-droppingly gorgeous with spotless tiled floors and beautiful furnishings. It's like the whole design of the place has been curated. The King-size four-poster canopy bed is the best I've slept in in all of my Central American travels. The staff
-- Jacob, Gustavo, Olga, et al. -- are warm, personable, and attentive. Everything about this hotel screams elegance, and yet there is not a hint of stuffiness about it. There's a lovely, peaceful courtyard where breakfast is served and a dreamy swimming pool to cool off in. Yes: it's true that the bathrooms are not en suite, but if you let that dissuade you you are missing out on an outstanding experience (besides, La Bocona furnishes all its guests with a robe and slippers to walk around in, and -- honestly -- you don't feel a bit self-conscious). This place is an incredible value and not to be missed! I can't wait to go back (hopefully soon!!!)
P.S.: There is a terrific onsite spa with embarrassingly affordable massages (I had three in the four days I spent there). Ask for Amos, who is a fabulous massage therapist.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel La Bocona is a six guestroom restored colonial mansion with a large swimming pool and an on-site professional spa to be enjoyed by travelers from all corners of the world who come to Granada looking for an authentic portal to exciting times in Latin American history. An architectural showpiece, the Hotel boasts all colonial period features including cathedral ceilings throughout, solid wood ornate doors, pillars, chandeliers, embellished wood sun-catchers above the doors and, of course, Spanish courtyards of tailored gardens inside. Included in our rates is a full breakfast, afternoon snack, local gym membership, wifi and private parking. We promote responsible tourism by donating half of all revenue to Carita Feliz, a local charitable organization that offers personal, professional, health programs to young people and serves more than one hundred thousand meals annually to children and other community members of little means. ... more less
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