We recently stayed at La Gran Francia - from Jan 14th to Jan 17th - and in general we enjoyed our stay. The biggest drawback was that there was NO hot water during our entire 4 day, 3 night stay! The hotel staff was very friendly, but could only tell us that there was a problem with the generator that someone was going to fix "tomorrow". I'm told the problem is fixed now, but I'd double check if you're thinking of booking in the near future and a warm shower is important to you.
Otherwise, I would recommend staying at the Hotel Colonial. It's considerably cheaper than La Gran Francia, was recommended to me by a native Nicaraguan friend (unfortunately it was full when we were in Granada), and looked nice when we stopped in to take a look.
Also, if you're looking for tours, stop by the Paxeos/Va Pues office that's right in the Parque Colon. Henry was an awesome tour guide and offered the same tours as the hotel desk at much better prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right off the main square of the historical colonial city of Granada, La Gran Francia is a splendid ancestral building whose existence historians argue dates back to the years immediately following the founding of Granada, in 1524. This architectural jewel was restored during the decade of the 1990's, recovering the majesty and splendor of its heyday and today houses our hotel restaurant, bars and banquet hall facilities. In two distinct and centric settings, La Gran Francia Colonial Hotel offers its guests a total of 35 air-conditioned rooms, with all modern comforts and amenities. At La Gran Francia Colonial Hotel, you will be able to enjoy the best of Nicaraguan hospitality and the rustic elegance of colonial Granada. La Gran Francia has been recommended by Conde Nast Traveller and Samantha Brown from The Discovery Channel, among others. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Gran Francia Granada
- La Gran Francia Hotel Granada