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Little Corn Beach and Bungalow
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Reviewed 31 March 2010

Although we didn't stay here, we enjoyed the restaurant several times during our stay on Little Corn Island. The food was great and the dinner included salad, main course, and dessert which made it a great value for a wonderful meal. The Pina Colada's (although expensive) are amazing and worth it for a special treat on a hot afternoon. The beach and grounds are beautiful and the staff was very friendly and accomodating!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2010

This is a fairly new place on Little Corn. The price is not to bad at about $60.00 a night. The Cabanas are quite roomy. However the cabanas are very close together and you can hear your neighbors doing whatever they happen to be doing. The restaurant on-site is quite good, but a little pricey. But considering most of the stock has to be flown in from Managua, helps justify the high price. The mixed drinks are excellent but very pricey. The coffee was/is terrible. Because it is a small piece of property if there is a party at the bar do not expect to get any sleep. The staff tries very hard to assist you and the owner Scott is a very good host.
Also they have kayaks for rent.
(But please Scott ya gotta do something about the coffee)

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2010

My husband and I stayed at LCBB for 4 nights in March. Beginning to end our stay exceeded our expectations. Excellent food, delicious cocktails, great service and friendly people. I loved that LCBB is on the breezy side of the island so it was never as hot or sticky as it was near the dock. Rooms were clean, breezy and comfortable. The quality of resort and the kind of service that Scott and Christine are trying to implement on Little Corn Island is definitely a step above and beyond anything else around. Little Corn Island is a rural paradise, it is not Hawaii or Jamaica. Facilities and services are not always readily available and that is what makes the island so special. If you are looking to get away from it all, swim in crystal blue waters, kayak, fish, lay in a hammock with a good book, drink outstanding pina coladas and sleep in clean and comfortable rooms on a sparkling and unpopulated beach, then I highly recommend Little Corn Beach and Bungalow.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank iwantwine
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

Well let me start with this couple should not be running a hotel. They have zero personality for this line of work.
Your stay starts with a free beer or 1/2 off his $7.00 margaritas. (check prices before you buy) as he sits down with you for 30 minutes to go over the hotel and his prices, eg. $10.00 for laundry, $7.00 drinks, he will fill you water bottle from the city well water for .70 the well water is very good but free from other hotels near to him, sunscreen $17.00, bug spray $16.00, dinners are from $12 to $16, the lobster being the most at $16 but in town 2 lobster tails are $7.00. Just as good. Im sure he is getting them from the same guys.
¨Eco friendly his brochure reads....of course he used a boat to get supplies this is the ONLY way to get them, he saves rain water or at least a little from the roofs in very small barrels the rest is from the well. He asks you to not flush "yellow" to save the supply, yet is watering his whole garden with the well water every morning. Letting the waste water from the cabins drain out into the sand. He washes his $15.00 an hour Kayak rentals with the fresh well water. He is spraying the cabins with chemical pestisides..why not put up mesh screens over the chicken wire?
He is also burning all the trash in a huge "eco¨ friendly pile in the back.
No solar power at all.
The rooms are nice and clean they are a little overpriced... maybe by $20 a night.
The cabins with the loft should NEVER be rented!, they actually need to remove the bed from the loft area. You are 5 feet from the tin roof and it is 95% outside and hotter inside. We told them about this problem and they said to put a wet towel on yourself at night?!
We also went out fishing and was told for $5 each they would fix the fish.
When we got back from fishing we brought 3 little fish in to have cooked they said they were too busy and could cook only one of them. we took the fish next door to Carlitos Place and they cooked all of them at one time for $1 per person.
The beach was nice the rooms were nice the staff was polite BUT not friendly, everything seemed to be a hassle for them. I would spend my money elsewhere on Little Corn, less of it and have a more relaxing time!
OH...I see a lot of the 5 stars they got were from their home town and/or before the hotel even opened how ODD?!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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noplansnoreserve, owner and subject of review at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2010

This is a review form the same family as the one written on March 20.

For whatever reason, these folks have chosen to really go after us personally as well as our staff. We understand that it is difficult to satisfy every one all of the time. Nonetheless, we try ceaselessly to do so.

The vindictiveness of these reviews as well of the gross misrepresentation of the facts compels us to respond.

We did everything we could to satisfy the needs of these people. Nothing we did made them happy.

In regard to the free drink we offer when you arrive, our guests are under no obligation to accept our free beer or ½ priced margarita (we actually offer a “mini” marg for free as well). We have no requirement that you must eat or drink at our establishment. We hope that you will see the value and choose to dine or drink with us. We actually encourage our guests to get out and experience other dining options on the island. You can see this on our website.

We offer laundry service. In Managua at some hotels they charge $1 per item. Here, we offer our front loading water efficient washing machine that will accommodate a huge load of laundry to our client. The charge to launder, hang dry , fold and return your laundry is $10. It is a service, we offer it and for some reason it struck these folks the wrong way.

They are off on their pricing comments at every turn. For instance our drink prices range from $1.50 to $7. The Margarita ingredients have to be imported from as far away as the U.S. These are good, giant margarita and are very popular. No on is required to purchase any drink from us, many choose to because they are good and worth the price.

We refill water bottles with purified water. We use a $1,600 (Pentek Serial # p000110) system that filters and disinfects the water that comes from the village well. We do this because we want the island to have less trash and care about our clients health. We do not refill the bottle with “raw well water”. Also, the places down the beach do not have wells and either sell their bottled water or possibly allow tourists to fill their bottle with unfiltered village water. We are the ONLY place on the island that offers to refill water bottles with purified water for half the price of purchasing another prefilled bottle and contributing to the proliferation of trash on the island.

We sell sunscreen and other convenience items for those that forgot theirs or run out and want an easy way to replenish their supply. We bring in the most eco friendly products like “Burts Bees” from the US. These cost more to begin with and it is quite costly to get them here. You want the Burts Bees it is $16, want the “Off” it is only 10. Similar price as elsewhere on the island.

They complain about “check prices before you buy” then complain in the same breath that we told them the price in our orientation?

Dinner prices vary from $8 to $14 not their reported $16. We are a quality restaurant that offers quality food, All of our dinners are 4 courses and include veggies and dessert, both a rarity on the island.

We do not buy our lobster from the “same people”. Some island business buy illegally harvested lobster at discount prices. We don’t! We pay a higher price to offer only those that are of legal size etc., we pay a premium to be more responsible. These people clearly don’t know the difference nor do they apparently care.

Yes, we used a boat to get supplies, but the operative word here is “sail” boat. This is clearly depicted on our website and on our brochure. We received our lumber from the mainland on sail boats which saved large quantities of diesel and gas. This person might be expected to know the difference between a freighter and a sail boat especially since they saw our brochure.

We are the only business on the island that purposely has integrated rain water catchment and storage systems into our casitas and business. Even the most uninformed would know that it does not rain all of the time. If it did I am sure these folks would have complained about that as well. These “small” barrels hold up to 110 gallons of rain water for each casita. If you are a glutton for water that is not much, eco-friendly (?) that’s quite a bit.

The cabin with a loft is often rented. It was never 95 degrees while these folks were here. It is seldom that temperature here on the island with the sea surrounding the island moderating the air temperature. Yes, it can be hot during the day, but every tin roofed casita for rent on the island is hot during the day (which they all are). All the beds in all these casitas are just feet from the ceiling. Our casitas were actually designed by a US architect to maximize air flow and minimize discomfort.

We did many things to try to minimize these folks temperature discomfort. We provide decorative yet functional “lobster trap wire” window screens so that they can sleep with their windows open in relative safety. We provide a night watchman the ensures that they are safe at night to leave their windows open. Each casita has two fans (most on the island have none) . In this case we ended up giving them 2 fans per bed which included the fan from our personal bedroom, for a total of 4 fans. We suggested other accommodations on the island that offered air-con as alternatives to our place. We moved them to another casita at their request as soon as one was available.

His wife in her review of our place complains about the “huge spider” in her casita, while he complains that we us “chemical pesticides” to combat the tropical hordes of bugs.

It is true that we water our immature, recently planted grounds and garden each morning. When this matures, we will not need to water at all because we have used native plants. It would be a real waste to have planted these plants and let them wither and die.

We have new sea kayaks for rent to our guests. He says “$15 per hour”, the real cost as was explained to him in our orientation is discounted for guests and is only $12 for FOUR hours. Facts don’t mean much when you are focused on being mean I guess.

We have asked our gardener to stop cleaning the kayaks with water. He is going to use a broom.

We recycle all the garbage we can. We even mention our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle in our orientation. They obviously missed that point. We feed some to dogs and chickens and the rest has to go somewhere. The entire island burns their trash and so do we.

Solar power is expensive and comes with many of its own drawbacks. This person might research these issues like we did before he casts his dispersions.

Our rooms are nicer, newer and cleaner than others on the island and priced 12% lower. We offer hot water, a full set of towels, ensuite bathrooms, expensive beds and sheets a fan (or 4 fans for these people) they are meticulously cleaned and maintained, relatively bug free and right on the beach. Most people that stay here consider them a reasonably good value.

The $5 to fix the fish included, cleaning, preparing and serving along with the complete 4 course dinner we serve normally. We charge only half price the normal fish dinner since it is their fish. The problem was that they brought their fish to be cleaned during our dinner rush. These people expected us to disregard our other guest needs and comfort to satisfy their selfish needs. We offered to clean and cook it as soon as the kitchen slowed. They returned after the restaurant was closed (our hours were clearly noted) and demanded we cook their fish.

Our good friend Carlito cooked their fish the next day but not for $1 per person.

Our staff is all Nicaraguan by design. They are very friendly, exceedingly polite and trying very hard. I can say categorically that they were never rude or mean to these people. This husband and wife (see march 20 review) were the most high maintenance, overbearing, rude (two of our guest complained about them) people I have ever had the displeasure to meet. They even had the audacity to put their dog on the restaurant table and we said nothing even though it was totally inappropriate.

My question is why can’t people from Colorado, where we are from, come and enjoy their stay here and make positive comments on Trip Advisor? Because they are from Colorado doesn’t mean that we know them (there are 6 million people in Colorado).

Oddly, these people A. Stayed an extra day B. Ended up not having money to pay their bill (they still owe us $517us) and for some strange reason are trying to buy property right down the beach from us.

Please don’t let these kind of people discourage you from coming to our little island paradise or giving us a try. We hope and believe that you will be glad that you did.

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Reviewed 20 March 2010

This hotel is definately in a beautiful location and the grounds are lovely...but that is where it ALL ends! Our week long holiday started with a 30 min lecture on what we could and couldn´t do at the hotel. At first we thought Scott (one of the owners) was joining us for a cocktail but that was not the case...he might as well been selling us timeshare in his hotel. The cabin they gave us was next to the restaurant so was blocked from any sea breeze and extremely HOT! We asked to move to another cabin which they did accomadate after 3 days. We had alot of insects in our room do to no screens on the windows, only chicken wire for security. Once we had a HUGE spider the size of your outstretched hand!
Another morning he yelled at us to whisper ¨because people pay alot of money to stay here!¨...never mind that we were paying for one of there most expensive, larger rooms! And we were even talking to another one of his guests.

Everything in the bar and restaurant is VERY expensive. We ate there for dinner the first night and breakfast the first morning...but never did again. You can eat anywhere on the island for half of what he is charging. Don´t have the coffee that he sets out in the morning...he makes you feel that it is complementary but charges you for it in the end.

Everything seemed to make them feel as if they had to go out of there way for you. Chips and salsa before dinner? How hard is that? Their salsa is from a jar and they charge $6 for it anyway. The guys went fishing and wanted to have their fish cooked for dinner but that was an inconvinience too, so we went down the beach to Carlitos Place.

The other half of our group could´nt stand it any longer and left for big corn island 2 days early. STAY anywhere but here!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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noplansnoreserve, owner and subject of review at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2010

I am sorry that these two couples experience here did not meet up to their expectations.

First, I will admit that I did ask them to speak quietly at 5:45 am while they were talking loudly with another guest and their dogs were barking (we allowed them to keep their dogs in their room and at one point they put one of them up on the restaurant table while they were eating).

As much as I wanted these folks to enjoy their stay without restriction, I felt an obligation to the other 6 casitas who were paying equally as much to enjoy their vacation, which to some might have included sleeping past 5:45am.

Mostly, though, the purported "facts" in this review are grossly misrepresented.

When the guest complained about the especially languid tropical island nightime temperatures, we promptly provided them with four, yes, four fans including the one from our own bedroom to ease there distress the next night. When this proved inadequate in improving their comfort, we moved them to a new casita at their request as soon as one vacated(which was a couple days later) . We explained the delay to them at that time. I also mentioned two other hotels on the island that have air conditioning and suggested that they may want to investigate moving to those accomodations if the tropical island temperatures were making their stay uncomfortable.

Our homemade tortilla chips and salsa is not $6 as they report but only $4. Our salsa is not out of a jar, but made from scratch. They asked for their chips during dinner while about a dozen other guests were waiting to be served their dinner. We do not serve chips at dinner time so we can focus on dinner service.

We provide a free drink of choice when people arrive and spend 10 to 20 minutes orienting our guests not only to the ins and outs of our hotel, but we also review many island issues and cover many points of interest about the island. This conversation is totally voluntary, you get your free drink one way or the other. These folks may have experienced a longer orientation due to the fact that they did more talking than I did.

Unlimited coffe is free with breakfast which I did explain during the orientation. It is presented at a "coffee bar" so they may have misinterpreted this as "free" coffee.

During the orientation we cover the fact that we do spray for bugs periodically. But, due to the fact that we are situated on a beach, in a jungle, on a tropical island in casitas that are designed for maximum ventalation and that the "lobster wire" security screens allow the guest to sleep securely with the window open to maximize comfort there would inevitably be a few bugs around.

"Expensive" is in the eye of the beholder of course. Our breakfast are $4 to $7 and include unlimited coffee, lunches run from $5 to $9 and Dinners run from $8 to $14. These are four course dinners that include vegatables and dessert. I readily acknowledge that you can find less expensive meals that offer far less, but, there are also more expensive meals on the island.

When these clients brought their fresh caught fish, some of which needed to be cleaned, it was during our dinner rush. We had no staff available to clean their fish as we were focused on providing customer service to the other dozen or so clients in the restaurant. We did offer to prepare the fish later when the restaurant slowed down. When these fisherman returned it was after 9pm and the restaurant was closed. The restaurant hours were posted and we actually stayed open an additional 30 minutes waiting for their return.

Unfortunately, at least two of our clients approached us about these peoples rude behavior towards them.

We honestly feel that we did everything possible to fulfill these peoples extreme needs.

Again, we are sorry they had such a bad experience. Our all Nicaraguan staff and ourselves try very hard to make all of our guests comfortable and their stay enjoyable.

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Reviewed 20 March 2010

LCBB fills a requirement that Little Corn has needed. Although the bungalows are basic, which fits with the theme of the island, the quality and restaurant are significently above average.

This was the second time we have been to Little Corn, previously staying at one of the lower budget options just further down the beach. LCBB has less of the bohemian vibe than some of the other more backpacker directed options. Rather this establishment provides a more comfortable stay including large airy casitas with private baths. There are restaurants on the island lower priced, but you get what you pay for, and the quality of food at the Turned Turtle is excellent. Try the fish tacos or baby back ribs, and you will see what Little Corn has been missing.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

My husband and I just returned from a 3 night stay at Little Corn Beach and Bugalow and we cannot say enough great things about this place! In fact, we had only planned on staying for 2 nights, but added a 3rd when we couldn't bring ourselves to leave this little island paradise. Scott and Kristine, the proprietors, are wonderfully attentive without being intrusive and they have put incredible effort into making the place sustainable, from training and employing locals only to encouraging water conservation. The rest of the staff was warm and attentive and made you feel right at home.

We walked the entire island and can say with confidence that this is the best place on Little Corn! The comfortable bungalows are just steps from the beach, with hammocks the only thing in between. The food was also excellent, from breakfast thru to dessert - fresh lobster with drawn butter, coconut french toast, homemade ice cream, and killer pina coladas were just a few of the tasty menu items.

Be sure to also visit the Cuban restaurant across the island path, as well as Tranquilo's for great fish tacos. While on the island, don't miss out on a chance to snorkel, see incredible vistas from the lighthouse tower, and hike around the island. Also, spend some time with Minnow, the island rescue dog!

We would recommend this place to anyone without hesitation!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Cocal Beach, Nicaragua
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Region: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Price Range: £84 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Little Corn Beach and Bungalow 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Both Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) and Little Corn Island were recently listed in the New York Times #1 Best Selling Travel book, "1000 Places to See Before You Die." Recently, the Travel and Leisure website listed LCBB as 1 of 27 "Best Affordable Island Hotels" in the world. Come and join us on this beautiful remote tropical island. Experience an extraordinarily scenic and unique Caribbean world while stepping back in time. We offer relative comfort while respecting the island's delicate eco system. No cars, motorcycles, golf carts or airport disguise the fact that it is relatively easy to find this paradise. Come and see Little Corn Island before it becomes just another Caribbean island. ... more   less 
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