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“Slice of excellence! ( Heaven)”
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Hotel La Bocona
Ranked #31 of 44 Hotels in Granada
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5 reviews
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“Slice of excellence! ( Heaven)”
Reviewed 24 August 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Hotel La Bocona August 1st - 8th 2012. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed into the Hotel La Bocona family. Our room was spacious and comfortable. It was a dream to wake up each morning, open our doors and take a seat by the pool. The hotel is beautiful, and our evenings by the pool with a rum and coke, chicken from the Frittanga ( recommend by Miguel) were excellent. The hotel is a combination of sophisticated art work, original tile floors, restored ceiling murals and beautiful antiques.
The staff are amazing and gave us wonderful recommendations for food and sight seeing. Thanks to Olga our spanish is a little better; and to Miguel for helping us understand more about the history and politics of Nicaragua.

The Hotel Bocona is a perfect respite from the sticky, noisy city. We will be back with friends whom we cannot stop talking to about this slice of Excellence!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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LaBocona, General Manager at Hotel La Bocona, responded to this review, 26 August 2012
We are "encantados" that you chose to stay with us and that your experience fulfilled your interests/ needs!
This is exactly why we're here--to treat you the way you deserve, providing you with quality attention and comfort.
Sincerest thanks for your comments. We're anxiously waiting for your return!
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Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Our group of 5 people were really lucky to stay at this amazing property located in the historic center of Granada. This is a beautiful 19th century mansion converted into small, boutique style, very chic hotel with only 6 beautiful, nicely decorated rooms. Three of us occupied the grand, largest room and our friends stayed in the normal, but very spacious one.
Initially I have chosen this hotel, because it is only one in Granada which has an amazing, medical spa. We had treatments every day: the service was above all the words (very professional) and the prices were very reasonable. Try at least one treatment with the doctor himself (he really knows what he is doing!).
If I have a chance to choose this hotel now, I would go for the excellent (10- star) service. Nadine, the manager of La Bocona Hotel, is a very beautiful, energetic and vibrant woman, and at the same time a great businesswoman (sharp and professional). Perfect English and Spanish. She is one rare combination of very valuable qualities, and she saved the whole trip for us as it was almost ruined by the bus company, which managed to sell our tickets twice. Nadine and her assistant Miguel went out of their way to put us on earlier bus.
They also organized for us a very nice trip on the Lake Nicaragua, where you can see different beautiful houses on the islands.
Piece of advise (where to eat). As you maybe know, service in Latin America is very slow (and Nicaragua is not an exception). So, for really good and reasonably priced lunch try the Garden Cafe, which is located one block from the Central Park.
If any of your friends like cigars, buy some in Nicaragua as a souvenir. They say that Cuban cigars is just a brand famous all over the world, but Nicaraguan ones are much better and much cheaper.
At the moment we are planning another trip to the beautiful Granada. This time a family one. My husband and my son want to go fishing on lake Nicaragua with a local guide, and I will stay at my "Nicaraguan home - hotel La Bocona" and have wonderful treatments at the spa and swim in their really nice swimming pool.
See you soon and thank you again for everything you have done for us!

Room Tip: All rooms are good. Ask for a portable air conditioning unit.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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LaBocona, General Manager at Hotel La Bocona, responded to this review, 23 August 2012
We appreciate the enthusiastic review and all of the compliments! Thank you so much!

I'll pass along the review to Dr.Amos at Balance Spa. His team is so great--I'm glad you enjoyed the treatments.

It was wonderful to have met you and the whole group (all of you are very sweet) and we are very much looking forward to your return in a couple of months!
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

Hello, we just got married at La Bocona and had an absolutely wonderful time. Our wedding guests included our Nicaraguan friends and friends from abroad-some who travel internationally on a monthly basis and some who were having their first time abroad. All three of these types of guests loved the Bocona for a variety of reasons; simply put, La Bocona was able to accomodate everyone's distinct needs and with the top-notch service and beautiful venue make our wedding beautiful, elegant, calming and peaceful when it needed to be, and a huge party when the time was right! Nadene and her team flawlessly catered to all of our needs --- they know when we need a lot of help and know when we just want to be on our own. In this sense, it's really a home away from home.

We spent over 13 days at La Bocona planning and executing our wedding so we can say without reservations that we would recommend La Bocona to anyone looking for a perfect place for their own wedding. We would be pleased to serve as a reference - Nadene can put you in touch with us if you are interested.

As well, Amos and his team at Balance Spa in La Bocona provide excellent client-centered service.

Last, but definitely not least, we value the sustainable model of the hotel and commitment to the local community.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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LaBocona, General Manager at Hotel La Bocona, responded to this review, 15 August 2012
It is our honor that you chose Hotel La Bocona to hold such a precious life event--that you placed your trust and your expectations in our hands. The team and I are filled with joy that we had the opportunity to participate in the making of the special day. You both and your loved ones were a delight to have under our roof. Most heartfelt regards, thanks...and of course, best wishes and congratulations!
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Brasil de Santa Ana
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

I have been working with Nadene for the past two years and Hotel Bocona when I discovered them while in Granada in 2011. They have donated accommodations to our organization for our charity auction for the past two years. SASY! Stop Animal Suffering Yes! has been the recipient of Nadene's generosity for accommodations and breakfast which have been outstanding. Not only do they give 50% to their own supported organization, Carita Feliz, but they still give to others in need. The property is beautiful, they have excellent service and outstanding food and spa treatments, I would highly recommend them for their generosity in helping others and it's a cool place to stay! Great location to boot.
Thanks Nadene and staff - you are the best!

Room Tip: They are all great - you cannot make a bad selection.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Costaricamommy
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LaBocona, General Manager at Hotel La Bocona, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
Thank you so much!

We are thrilled to participate in your events, contributing to the health and welfare of our furry friends. SASY is such a noble and much-needed organization in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Keep up the good work and count on us for continued support!
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

This was the first stop on our honeymoon. The staff was very helpful, friendly and personable. Breakfasts were delicious, coffee was great and when we arrived on the first afternoon they had a nice beverage waiting for us. The hotel is lovely, it has an old estate fill with very high ceilings, tall doorways, long drapes, antique king four post bed, pool, garden and a great staff! Our room was street side, and the hotel is located on a busy intersection. We fell a sleep both nights to Nicaraguans honking their horns through the intersection and woke up to it, that would be my only complaint. It was a lovely place to stay and it gave me a great feel for Granada.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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LaBocona, General Manager at Hotel La Bocona, responded to this review, 10 August 2012
The two of you were an absolute delight to have here with us -- Thank you so much for having chosen to stay with us and for making our work fulfilling!

Congratulations on your new life together!
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2012

Beautifully restored colonial treasure in the heart of Granada, a block from the main square. The Hotel was beautiful and immaculately appointed minimalist with authentic era antiques. It has a figure 8 layout with the rooms surrounding two courtyards one which is a garden and the other which has a pool.

Room Tip: The hotel does not have air conditioning so if this is not the experience you are looking for be adv...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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LaBocona, General Manager at Hotel La Bocona, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
So lovely to have architectural buffs like you here!

We are looking forward to another stay with us. Thank you for selecting our Hotel!
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Roatan, Honduras
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

This hotel is a old colonial home redone as a hotel. Beautiful garden courtyards, 12 foot doors, and the most comfortable beds in Nicaragua I suspect. Very attentive staff but not obtrusive. The bathrooms are separate from your room: you have a private bath, you just have to walk down the corridor to get there. Seems a bit weird at first but not a problem. Had to do this to protect the integrity of the old home where the original rooms had no plumbing.

Downsides at La Bocona would be street noise early evening and early am. And can't get internet in the room: have to sit in the lovely courtyard to get wi-fi. Not really a problem.

No TV at La Bocona! I love it.

Very nice tea service at 4pm.

Best place I have stayed at in Nicaragua. Will return there in the future.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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LaBocona, General Manager at Hotel La Bocona, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
We appreciate your taking the time to review our Hotel. It was certainly our pleasure to host you!

Thank you!
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Property: Hotel La Bocona
Address: Calle La Libertad | 2 Blocks West of Central Park, Granada, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #31 of 44 Hotels in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Bocona 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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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