I stayed at La Princessa de la Isla for about a week during the last week of April 2009 and enjoyed myself. I'm an easy-going, slow-paced, island type of traveler, so while I certainly don't want poor accommodations, I don't expect a Hilton-caliber hotel on an "off the beaten path" island in a developing nation. As a matter of fact, I find a particular appeal in rustic accommodations.
-The hotel had a driver waiting at the airport, and the transportation cost me only tip. Again, I'm not the "I demand a driver" type, but after three separate plane flights to get to this island, it was nice that the hotel made it as easy as possible to get to my destination so that I could get on with my vacation.
-The owners are awesome, approachable, and service-oriented. I sat with the husband many times and had various chats (the wife doesn't speak English). Also, they definitely made every effort to ensure that I enjoyed my stay.
-The property was quiet. Various sets of couples and families stayed there during the time that I did. Some I spoke to and some I did not, but everyone was pleasant.
-The property has wifi though the owner turns it off during the late night.
-There is snorkeling directly in front of the property. The snorkeling is good -- great -- but it IS right there.
-The view in front of the property is also beautiful and peaceful.
-The rooms are clean though rustic.
-Italian meals -- including wine -- are available right there on the property.
-The property is secluded which add to the air of peace.
-The property is secluded which makes it trifling to get to, especially at night. You either walk along the beach from town or take a taxi. Depending on the taxi, they may refuse to take you all the way to the hotel. For that reason, I STRONGLY ADVISE THAT SOLO FEMALE TRAVELERS NOT STAY AT THIS PROPERTY.
-No A/C. This wasn't a problem for me. The fan in the room was more than adequate, and being beside the ocean, it was never too hot...even during the day; however, there is a similarly-priced hotel two beaches to the south which does have A/C as well as an accommodation right next door to the other hotel which is not listed on Tripadvisor but that has A/C and is cheaper than both La Princessa and the other hotel.
- The bathrooms are particularly rustic and there is no hot water. They aren't BAD rustic...just rustic.
- The wine sucked! (at least the bottle that I ordered...I usually purchase the second cheapest cab on the menu...don't ask...) I'm by no means a wine snob and the owners are Italian, so I was surprised at how much I didn't like the taste of the wine that I'd purchased there.
The Bottom Line:
Would I stay there again? Yes.
Did I enjoy my stay? Yes.
Would I recommend La Princessa to others? Yes.
I just want to make sure that you're looking for the type of experience that La Princessa offers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Princesa de la Isla is located in one of the most picturesque point of the Big Corn island and it includes wooden bungalows and three rooms made with coral, stones and wood.All the accommodations have private bathroom, matrimonial bed (queen size)with its mosquito net, fan and porch with chairs (bungalows have a private porch).They are just ten steps to the shore and they are all ocean view and they overlook on a garden with palms and hammocks.The restaurant serves authentic italian cuisine with a list of italianwines and in the bar you can enjoy real italian coffee and cappuccino. People who are not guests of the hotel can enjoy our restaurant and barreserving a lunch or a dinner just in front of the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Princesa De La Isla Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island