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“Great spot”
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Hostal El Momento
Ranked #7 of 63 Granada B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Las Salinas
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79 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great spot”
Reviewed 12 March 2013

I really like this hostel. It was recommended to me by two friends who stayed there: Pip and Monica. I've stayed three times! Each time the service was impeccable and the place itself, immaculate. Beds in the dorm room are double - almost unheard of and the room is spacious with a big lock box perfect for putting all your valuables in not just your passport. When I get back to Nica, I'll definitely head back to El Momento.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Katherine W
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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, 27 May 2013
Thank You Katherine for taking your time to write this review and yes we do hope that you get to return to not just us but Nicaragua. Our dorm has become very popular even for those that do not like dorms as we have made it semi private and like you said it is very spacious.
Hope to see you again !
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Stayed for one night. First timers at a place with a communal shower with lukewarm water. The room we stayed in (#5) was the only upstairs room which was nice for privacy but really hot. Price is fair.

  • Stayed March 2013
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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, 10 March 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we were obviously sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us, sometimes before guests arrive it is managing expectations and so we do try to explain exactly what type of hostel we have on our website with our blog/twitter and Facebook.

We do have more rooms with bathroom en suite but they were booked the nights you came and our water is only lukewarm because it is heated by the sun in the pipes and as with all the other hostels in town we offer cold water showers.

Regarding the heat in this room we did install a sunroof to let in more air and light but the only way to keep the temperature down in Granada is to install AC which would raise the prices on the rooms and this of course would change the type of accommodation we have and type of clientele.

As we do get many good reviews sometimes guests expect that we do have hot water,ensuite bathrooms and AC and are disappointed when they arrive to find we do not.
Some of guests have written that our hostel feels like a Hotel, that can go for and against us as some guests again expect Hotel amenities.

Our ultimate aim is to offer the guest more but keeping the prices down, we have tried to do that in only our first year open but we know it takes time with a new business.
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

It looks like an expensive hotel but you pay the price of a hostel. The best valued hostel throughout Central America and the staff are supernice. They have a restaurante/bar 2 big screen Tv's and if you have a private room you have a tv there aswell. They offer free Ipad use and computer use. You can do cheap laundry and bathrooms are very clean. Only minor complaint I got is that you could see through the curtains very clearly at dark so we had to have the lights off during evenings , otherwise we wont have any privacy at all. Our bedroom was also located very close to the bathroom where we had a big windows just opposite the bathroom. This could be fixed with an extra pair of curtains because there was literally no privacy after the sunset. It was total darkness in our room to be able to have any privacy at all. This didnt bother us too much since everything else was just perfect , staff, food , service , sleep quality , chillout area, free ipad usage and the list goes on. If you are in Granada stay at this hostel though make sure to book in advance! Note: we had room #4.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
We were are very thankful for another amazing review and that you took the time to write, we always follow up on the smallest complaint and you will be happy to know that we have now fixed the problem with an extra set of curtains in this room like you had aslo suggested.
Thank you also for passing on some important information to our future guests.
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

My wife and I stayed in a double room with another couple and this hostel turned out to be the best of the three we stayed in during our visit to Nicaragua. The design and decor of the place was pleasing, the staff very agreeable and helpful and the food we ate was very excellently prepared. I can highly recommend this place for anyone planning to travel to Granada.

Room Tip: For those on a budget, there is a small kitchen in the back that is not easy to find, but which has...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
We have been receiving lots of great reviews like your own and mentioning the restaurant, we do also have a small kitchen so our menu is designed with this in mind but even on a busy night we do get our food out in a reasonable time and prepared how it should be.
We will be adding more to the decor in the off season, these small touches which you noticed we know it can brighten a place up and give it a pleasant feel so thank you for this comment also.
We hope you get to visit Nicaragua again in the future.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

This is one of the best hostels of our entire trip to Nicaragua. For only $17 a night we got a private room which had a comfortable bed, clean linens, and an overall nice vibe. This hostel is very safe and secure, they lock the gates at night and also have someone at front desk all the time. The man at front desk was very courteous and gave us a tour of the hostel as well gave us tips about Granada and how to be safe. The hostel was very colourful with lots of pretty art and just felt like a great place to settle for a night. If I come back to Granada I will for sure be coming back to this place!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Granada, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

I wrote a review a year ago when this hostal just opened and gave it very positive reviews.mi liked it so much it is now my choice of hotels whenever I come to granada. I am a veterinarian working on several projects in the area and have come to nicaragua about 3 times this year and when I am in granada, i always come here. It actually is getting better and better each time I come and the owners continue to put their whole heart into their business. Its clean, quiet, comfortable and reasonably priced. I usually eat most of my meals here as well....tasty food with the bonus of convience and friendly service. We also come with a large group of veterinarians and the owners bend over backwards to accomadate us. The large dormitory really helps with keeping the group together.

Room Tip: No swimming pool but there is a nice one about 1/2 block away. Same with fitness center. I was able...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

I have never slept in such a nice dorm, in all my travels. Nor have I seen double beds in a dorm. Everything about this hostel was good quality. The dorm was large, with double bunk beds, storage, lamps and a huge bathroom. The courtyard is immaculate and there are lots of places to relax. This isn't a party hostel but there was a nice mixture of people. If you do go out they don't mind letting you in late at night
The service was generally very good and the staff were helpful. The food and drink that we tried was delicious, in par with the other great food in Granada.
The location is superb, just a block from the main square but on a nice quiet street.
All in all a fabulous hostels, I wish more hostels that we stayed in had been like this.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank fayemorris
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HostalElMomento, Owner at Hostal El Momento, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Thank you Faye for taking the time out to write a review for us and we are more than happy that you enjoyed your stay. We get many nice reviews about our restaurant too but we are so close to the other restaurants in town not everyone gets to try our menu, we have tried to do something a little different and our prices are cheaper than the Calzalda.
We hope you enjoyed the rest of the country also and get to return.
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Property: Hostal El Momento
Address: Calle el Arsenal 104, Granada 0010, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 400 yr old Colonial House in the heart of Granada and a 2 min walk to Calzalda St. There is a bank on the same street and the others are less than 1 min away. We have a beautiful garden in the centre of the house with the bar, cafe, spa and all rooms surrounding it. We have used local artists and furniture makers to keep with this style of house.All privates have free Wifi, cable tv and secure safes.The dorms have lockers for all bags.All the bathrooms have new tiling , the beds are new with new mattresses. ... more   less 

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