Our family stayed at Casa Xanadu for three nights in December/January. What an incredible place to stay. The location is perfect as it is very close to so many restaurants (and a great bakery a few doors down) and many of the amazing sights in Granada. The rooms were amazing and so large. The room we had was equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans. However we never used the air conditioning as the fans were enough to cool the room. The beds were very comfortable. We couldn’t get over how gorgeous the surroundings were. The swimming pool/dining area was cozy and beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Our daughter loved going in the pool each night, it was a saltwater pool with no chlorine which we really appreciated.
The best part of staying at Casa Xanadu would be the people that worked there.
Douglass who owns Casa Xanadu was there when we arrived and chatted with us as to what we wanted to do while in Granada. He is such a nice man and was incredibly helpful, he is very knowledgeable about the area. He has done an incredible job renovating this colonial house into the gem that Casa Xanadu is now. Douglass took us on a tour of a new development that he is working on. It was so great to spend an afternoon with him.
Marlene Rivas is an amazing woman who organized & negotiated all of our tours and transportation. Thankfully we had her as our tour guide for the Islets of Granada boat tour, took us shopping in the old market of Granada and organized everything that we did while in the city so that we did not have to worry about anything. Marlene is bilingual in Spanish and English and was so friendly and efficient. Dealing with Marlene meant that we had a worry free stay in Granada. She is a super star!
Miriam prepared our breakfasts and a special lunch of her famous fresh fish! Words cannot even describe how great a cook she is. She even gave us the recipe for her fish! Miriam is always smiling and so happy, just a delight to be around. The breakfasts were delicious with traditional Nicaraguan food as well as other types. We especially loved the gallo pinto and scrambled eggs. Our children adored her home made pancakes. We couldn’t get enough of the fresh fruits and fruit juices and smoothies that were offered. The coffee was so delicious, I couldn’t start my day without it and I am usually a tea drinker!
Maria and Veronica helped in the kitchen as well and kept Casa Xanadu spotless. The laundry was pressed and folded and put on our beds each day. The rooms were so clean! Maria and Veronica were smiling all the time and so kind and sweet. They were so great with our daughters! Just seeing these ladies smiles brightened our day.
What we loved was the fact that everyone who works at Casa Xanadu really seemed happy. The truth is we did not want to leave and that was mostly because of these fantastic women who we now consider friends! My advice to anyone visiting Granada would be to definitely stay at Casa Xanadu. Once this secret gets out it will be difficult to book a room here. I can guarantee you that when we are in Granada again, this is where we will be staying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This spacious colonial mansion has been restored with all modern amenities yet provides its guests with a glimpse of what had once been the residence of wealthy Spanish families of centuries past. Guests enjoy lush tropical gardens & king size suites in an atmosphere of elegance and quietness. Its architecture, antiques, paintings and other art give an air of enrichment, beauty & authenticity. Xanadu is a destination in itself for your relaxation throughout each day. Like your own home it is a residence and you are its invited guests . Hotels feature a lobby, restaurant & a room but nowhere to relax & hang out. If you are planning a stay Xanadu Mansion provides tropical gardens, a spacious & private pool with comfy secluded places to relax and do nothing. Xanadu is centrally located in Granada's historic district only steps from Calzada Mall, Central Park & Plaza Convento and easy walking distance to all historic sites. ... more less
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