Staying in Managua
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 10, 2013 1:05 PM Last Post By: melika7711
Sep 5, 2013 12:36 PM
Staying in ManaguaHello all,
Heading to Nicaragua soon and plan on spending our last night in Managua as we have an 8 AM flight home the next day. We will be headed in from SJDS and probably won't be able to check in to any hotel before early afternoon we will also have a car. I was wondering if we should stay somewhere more central in town (Centro Commercail/ Carretera a Masaya) and spend the night hanging out in the city or just call it a trip and stay by the airport since our flight is so early. Also how long does it take to get from that part of Managua to the airport. Thanks for any advice.
Sep 5, 2013 12:51 PM
Sep 5, 2013 1:50 PM
Sep 5, 2013 2:24 PM
3it depends. Are you planning on coming up the day before early enough to see the city? if you are coming in early the day before you can stay really anywhere in the city and spend the day sightseeing. If your flight leaves at 8, youll want to be there before 7. Traffic isnt too bad until about 630 or so. It will take you about 20 minutes from the carretera masaya / metrocentro area if you leave early. 30 minutes if you leave a little later. Its not bad.
The place across from the airport i would only use as a last resort just because its so expensive comparatively. There really is no need to be paying 80 dollars a night anywhere in nicaragua unless its an all inclusive resort or something. Plenty of good places for less than half the price all the way down to less than 1/10th the price.
You might want to try the Bello Horizonte area. They have some good places to stay, great food, some night scene, and are just straight up the road 5-7 minutes from the airport.
Sep 5, 2013 2:29 PM
Sep 5, 2013 4:18 PM
5Ive stayed in hooters hotel, which i highly recommend. About 30 dollars a night which includes breakfast. The owner is super nice. 3 blocks south of bello horizonte rotunda.
But there is hotel don quijote, which is about 40 dollars.
If you like luxury/american style hotels with a pool, etc. There is hotel hex.
Others in the area i dont know much about other than just what ive seen, but i know will be much cheaperthan hex or don quijote. Hotel casa sacjuanjoche, or hotel bello horizonte, or nicaragua guest house.
There are also a few hostels in the area if you just want a bed for cheap.
Sep 5, 2013 4:54 PM
Sep 5, 2013 6:22 PM
7The backpackers Inn is pretty popular and it's located right by Metrocentro on Carratera Masaya. There are good places to eat near by (Zona Hippo is a popular local hangout, american style) and places to go out in you're looking for that.
You cando last minute gift shopping at the mall and Metrocentro also has a movie theatre and plays some movies in english.
Not sure if the hostel has a system to get you to the airport but a cab should be around 100 cords a person if you haggle right. 20 - 30 minutes by cab.
Sep 5, 2013 7:10 PM
Sep 6, 2013 9:46 AM
Sep 6, 2013 11:29 AM
10Thank you all so much! I'm not absolutely positive what time we will be getting back into Managua the day before so I'm not sure if staying in the city is such a great idea since mornings and navigating a foreign city are not my specialties! I think we'll stay out by the airport and cab into the city to hag out for a bit that evening. If we only had time to hang out in 1 neighborhood which one would you all recommend?
Sep 6, 2013 7:29 PM
11Depends what you like. I wouldnt necessarily recommend a neighborhood at all if you are just cabbing it around for a short time in the evening, i would recommend more specific spots. But it depends on what you wanna see. Or what kind of things interest you.
You could go to el malecon , and hang out on the waterfront, and eat at one of the restaurants, etc. And then walk to the alfonso flores park, and plaza inter if you wanna shop. Right behind plaza inter you can go up to the tip of tiscapa for some history and a great view. All within 1km of each other.
Sep 9, 2013 8:04 AM
12I would advise you to avoid driving around Managua at all cost. It is a crazy mayhem. I have rented cars there also and found that staying at the Best Western Las Mercedes across the street is the way to go. If you ask them, they will probably give you an early check in. I drop off the bags, return the car to the airport, walk back, and relax for the afternoon. They have a shuttle that will take you to the airport in the morning. Driving in Managua is just not a good thing to do unless you are very familiar with the city and the way everyone drives.
Sep 10, 2013 1:05 PM
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