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Hotel Casa Barcelona
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

The hotel is nice, clean and well managed. However, a few things kept me from giving it more than 3 stars.

First off, I was given a room all the way at the end of the building and it was very humid. There is a nice courtyard with lots of plants and therefore lots of little animals crawling about, even inside the room (mostly geckos). There was a safety box for valuables and overall it was very clean. No hot water but I doubt you would need it.

The location is good, you can walk everywhere, but it's in a not-so-nice area, just past the municipal market. Driving through the market during the day is crazy and walking back after dinner is a little scary for a person travelling alone. I encountered several drunken men, one even tried to keep up with me while I walked; others were in little groups, men obviously drunk with no shirts on. Also, it's in a residential area and the streets are usually covered with dirty water coming from the nearby homes. I was advised by the lady managing the hotel to be careful where I stepped. Also, no light posts on the streets.

As for the nice lady managing the hotel, she is nice with the guests but at one point I saw her treating her young son very badly while he was studying for an exam, even calling him stupid. I believe she and her husband are the owners, but regardless, that was unpleasant.

They have secure gated parking in front of the hotel for one, perhaps two cars. Never tried their breakfast but did see a few people eating there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

I stayed here for 4 nights, having a few days to look round Nicaragua before a conference.

The hotel itself is not at all fancy, but the service I received overall was absolutely exemplary, well beyond what one can reasonably expect. We pretty-much got a free travel-agent service thrown in, which dramatically improved the quality and enjoyment of our stay.

Having never been to Nicaragua and wanting to fit in some solid touristing during the 3 days we had, (combined with sharing my stay with a guy I had not met previously, who was arriving a week earlier), I asked a lot of questions about timing and transport and taxis and trips and prices. Everything was answered (in English) commendably promptly and fully both before we booked and arrived and during the trip. This was hugely helpful, and most appreciated.

I was picked up at the airport and transported to the door (which really doesn't look much like a hotel - it's in a normal domestic backstreet in a scruffy bit of town).

The room was tidy, mosquito-proof, with a working ceiling fan and power and a nice shower. As it was incredibly cheap this made it excellent value. It was quiet.

The hotel essentially consists of a set of rooms either side of a lush garden courtyard, with a breakfast terrace and foyer. It is small but beautiful. The garden is lovely, the rooms are nice and quiet. Eating breakfast looking out over this is glorious.

Breakfast was a choice of local (rice and beans), strange squeaky cheese, or more conventional cuisine. It was not at all fancy, but excellent value in a lovely setting, and an opportunity to feel just a little bit like a local.

We walked round the corner to the recommended local fish restaurant which didn't look like much with its (neat) dirt floor, but the food was absolutely top-notch - We were impressed.

The location is to the south-west of town, so is actually quite handy for getting out to visit volcanoes or nearby villages, but it's 15-mins sweaty walk into the town centre through either the absolutely heaving high street or the parallel satreet-market. It's, erm, very Nicaraguan - bit of a culture shock for the average European :-)

One day we asked about visting the nearby peninsula with its multitude of islands and a local eco-tour guide was procured. I went on one of the hotel bikes (which was pretty knackered with a rebar pedal, broken gearshift (I managed to fix that) and flat tyres - the hotel doesn't run to a pump, but you just go 100 yds round the corner and a guy pumps it up). My colleague went on the back of the guides motorbike - an odd procession. It seems we were this family's first ever eco-tourists, so the experience was a little random and the language barrier didn't help, but we had a great day out nevertheless: it was great to be dealing with genuine local people devoid of middlemen.

So, I would unhesitatingly recommend this place to anyone who wanted to visit Granada, especially if they value genuine helpfulness and a local knowledge over the 'posh hotel' experience. I liked the eco-sensibilties of the place: the way they deal with local drivers, and tour guides and the fact that bikes are available (They do need to keep them in decent working order though). Visiting a hotel isn't normally something you end up with particularly fond memories of - this place was an exception.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

My family and I (wife, three kids, and two dogs) have driven from California to Nicaragua in a 35 passenger school bus. We stayed at the hotel for 3 weeks. It is a short walk from the city center. I have had to sleep in my bus many nights because of people trying to break in throughout every country along the way. I have a rack on top and a rack on the back and nothing was messed with. I was able to sleep soundly every night in a room with a fan with my bus parked on the street without a single issue. The hotel has a large beautiful garden centered through the walkway that keeps much of the city noise out (they celebrate almost every night in the city for something or another). The staff keeps the place very clean. From tours to massages, the owner, was willing to help with everything. She helped get drinking water delivered to my bus before we left and even gave a group other viable hotels to stay at when her hotel had no vacancies. The owner is a local who works hard on her business and has good family values. Although very inexpensive, we did not allot money for eating at restaurants after the first week of the month. The owner allowed us to use all of her facilities to cook our own food and use her tables. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Although the room was pretty basic, the people who worked there along with the owner were awesome! They took pride in there hotel and were there to help with anything we needed. It is a little away from the main town but very easy to get to town, safe neighborhood and easy to get to the lake!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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HotelCasaBarcelona, Propietario at Hotel Casa Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2016

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Reviewed 6 June 2013

My travel partner and I stayed two nights at this property. Our room had the option of ceiling fan and AC. Due to recently arriving in central america I used the AC having not acclimatised. The bathroom clean and the cold shower was just what we needed after exploring Granada on foot. All the staff were really friendly and helpful. They were able to offer advice on tours and safety advice on Managua too.
Yes this hotel is a walk from the centre of Granada (approx 15-20mins) but you get to see local life (the markets etc) on the way. I never felt threatened in Granada or the area of the hotel. Actually people were super friendly everywhere we went.
Value for money and secure!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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