Must-see hotels in Nicaragua

  • Farm Peace & Love

    Little Corn Island

    Set back from a gorgeous sheltered cove and nestled in the palms is this farm with just two accommodations options. The smaller cabin is joined to the…

  • Derek’s Place

    Little Corn Island

    The island's most charming beach bungalows are found spread out over a lovely grassy promontory covered with coconut palms that feels far from the crowds…

  • Ensueños

    Little Corn Island

    Surrounded by forest and fruit orchards, and perched on a golden crescent of sand in a gorgeous sheltered turquoise cove lined by coconut palms, this…

  • La Princesa de la Isla

    Corn Islands

    Set behind thick coral walls overlooking a picturesque beach is this handful of wooden bungalows and attractive rustic rooms. All come with indoor-outdoor…

  • Hotel Con Corazón

    Granada

    Spreading goodwill one country at a time, this is one of 10 nonprofit hotels worldwide that direct earnings to the development of local educational…

  • Hotel Gran Lago

    The Río San Juan & Islas Solentiname

    Right on the edge of the lake with views over to the Archipiélago de Solentiname, this small hotel is the best San Carlos has to offer, with a variety of…

  • Hotel Europeo

    Managua

    A business favorite in central Managua, the Europeo combines instantly forgettable beige rooms with punchy contemporary art in common areas with a…

  • Casa Blanca

    Caribbean Coast

    A great local experience, this lovely white house has wooden floors and furnishings made in the attached workshop. Miss Dell makes her guests feel right…

  • El Cortijo

    Caribbean Coast

    This beautiful wooden home is so nice the Sandinistas once used it as their east-coast base. Grab one of the more attractively furnished rooms upstairs in…

  • Finca Magdalena

    Isla de Ometepe

    This Ometepe mainstay next to the Volcán Maderas trailhead is a classic backpacking spot. Rooms and dorms on this working coffee finca are set in a…

  • Hotel Victoria

    The Río San Juan & Islas Solentiname

    On the eastern edge of town, the rooms in this professionally run hotel are spread over two buildings. Some single rooms are a little small, but the…

  • Hotel Punta Teonoste

    Southwestern Nicaragua

    If you’re looking for luxurious seclusion, this spot, on a promontory around 1km south of El Astillero, should do the trick. Bamboo-accented, thatch…

  • Li'l Aussie Hut

    Southwestern Nicaragua

    By day, hang out with Paul, Charlie and their kids, go fishing with the locals or sip a beer while putting some freshly caught fish on the barbecue. By…

  • Rancho Santana

    Southwestern Nicaragua

    Spread over 2700 acres, this thriving resort village has it all, almost – clubhouses, ocean view homes, pools, horses, tennis courts, a helipad and Las…

  • Barceló Montelimar Beach Resort

    Nicaragua

    Formerly the Somozas’ summer home, the size of this resort is absolutely staggering: the 205 bungalows are scattered across a vast leafy property, dotted…

  • Hotel Jackani

    Caribbean Coast

    This super-friendly family-run hotel in front of the police station is popular with travelers thanks to its spotless rooms and warm welcome. Guests also…

  • Managua Backpackers Inn

    Managua

    In the quiet suburb of Los Robles, this shoestring hostel is minutes away from the Metrocentro mall and endless nightlife and restaurant options. Rooms…

  • Río Indio Lodge

    The Río San Juan & Islas Solentiname

    This enormous, and at times deserted, sportfishing lodge has an epic perch on the Río Indio, surrounded by rainforest with views of Vanderbilt’s dredge…

  • Pandora Hostel

    Managua

    Clean, friendly and around the corner from the Tica Bus terminal, ominously named Pandora surprises you with pleasant offerings from her box: Moorish…

  • Casa Canada

    Corn Islands

    Casa Canada resort unfurls amid tropical flower gardens on the rocks just above the sea. Long Bay glows to the south, palms sway above and waves crash…

  • Finca La Magia

    Isla de Ometepe

    Around 1km east of San Ramón, near the tiny settlement of El Guineo, this fruit-growing finca (farm) is the easternmost place to stay on the less-visited…

  • El Respiro Ecolodge

    Nicaragua

    Living up to its name ('breath' or 'break'), El Respiro offers the opportunity to connect with nature, and go hiking and horseback riding along the…

  • Hotel Vistamar Resort

    Nicaragua

    A favorite with well-heeled Managuans, this is one of the prettiest hotels on this stretch of coast. Accommodations are in two-story wooden bungalows and…

  • Casa Larocque Villa

    Nicaragua

    If you're traveling with family or a group of friends, this seven bedroom villa is well-equipped for an extended stay. There's an excellent kitchen, a…

  • Hacienda Mérida

    Isla de Ometepe

    On the south side of Mérida, right on the lakefront, this is a very nice budget option (with some very nice midrange rooms thrown in), offering every…

  • Hotel Villa Paraíso

    Isla de Ometepe

    Lodgings at this friendly beachfront hotel range from tidy rooms and elegant cabañas (with air-con, TV and private terraces) to compact apartments…

  • Casa Oro Hostel

    San Juan Del Sur

    This rambling backpacker favorite has all the amenities – a great information center, free breakfast, communal kitchen, lounge space, rooftop bar with…

  • The Big Drop Surf House

    Southwestern Nicaragua

    An excellent addition to the surfers' lodging scene, this bright and breezy Aussie-run guesthouse offers a handful of spotless, spacious rooms with river…

  • Little Corn Beach & Bungalow

    Little Corn Island

    The most upmarket place on Cocal Beach has elegantly furnished, spotless timber and bamboo bungalows with big doors opening onto a hammock-strewn beach…

  • Hotel Popoyo

    Southwestern Nicaragua

    This hotel, popular with Managuans, hits all the marks: a lovely swimming pool, stylish and spacious guest rooms, a fantastic on-site restaurant and bar …

  • El Zopilote Finca Ecológica

    Isla de Ometepe

    A hippie-style hideaway, this organic farm offers a range of accommodations scattered around a lush hillside on a sizable working farm. Dorms are basic…

  • SoLost

    Southwestern Nicaragua

    Comprising eight spacious, fan-cooled bungalows with thatched roofs, made of sustainable local materials, this eco-hotel invests heavily in the community…

  • Ruamoko Hostel

    Southwestern Nicaragua

    Hidden behind a bamboo stockade, a 10-minute walk to Playa Jiquelite, this is a backpacker haunt where travelers find themselves lingering longer than…

  • Calala Island

    Caribbean Coast

    This is Nicaragua's most exclusive and expensive hotel, which is frequently booked out for private family vacations. When it's not exclusively reserved,…

  • Hotel Finca Venecia

    Isla de Ometepe

    With terra-cotta walls and ancient funereal urns dotted around the lush property, this finca (farm) dates back to 1915. Guests are housed in an assortment…

  • San Simian Eco Lodge

    Nicaragua

    This Swiss-owned lodge has beautiful little cabins that blend into the hillside. Most have stone-walled, alfresco bathrooms, all have plenty of air and…

  • Buena Onda Backpackers Hostel

    San Juan Del Sur

    A few minutes' climb from the center of San Juan del Sur, in the hilltop neighborhood known as Barrio Frente Sur, this quiet hostel with a mellow…

  • Hostal La Urraca Loca

    Isla de Ometepe

    Hand-carved furniture and private balconies are not the first things you expect in a hostel, but here we are. This Edenic little place has been lovingly…

  • Montebrisa

    Matagalpa

    This beautifully renovated art deco house is a modern classic set in lush gardens on a hill just three blocks from Parque Morazán. The eight rooms are…

  • Hostel Paradiso

    Nicaragua

    A great pick for budget travelers, this lakefront hostel has a large terrace, private dock, kayaks and shared kitchen, plus a good restaurant and bar. A…

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