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Granada, Nicaragua, is a large colonial town located midway through the country along the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Granada has a fascinating history of colonialism, rebellion, and scandal. The streets are littered with bright colours; Spanish-influenced architecture; and free museums on topics ranging from coffee, chocolate, history, and art. There are many volcanoes in the nearby region and many companies offer tours that range from quick day hikes to weekend camping trips. The downtown strip offers impressive cuisine and exciting nightlife, making this a great place for all different people and paces.
Getting to and from Granada is easy, as it's a large city in the middle of the country and most shuttles and buses start, end, or stop in Granada. Getting around is no problem either, as taxis and tuk-tuks are abundant and rather inexpensive. Make sure to walk in the markets and churches for an authentic and beautiful look into Nicaraguan culture.
As in other large and touristy cities, hostels in Granada are abundant and research is definitely required, as they range from beautiful hostels with gardens and pools to those in which you feel like crammed sardines in a can. Most are located downtown and within walking distance to attractions, shopping, laundry, and any other product or services your heart desires. The prices are affordable, making this a place for all backpackers to enjoy and experience.
Granada is a great place to relax on a patio, sip a coffee, take in the beautiful colonial architecture, and eat some delicious Nicaraguan fish.
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Hostel Oasis Granada
"Hostel Oasis is a clean, social accommodation but is by no means a rowdy party. The Location The location of Hostel Oasis is above average -- it's centrally located and withing walking distance to the downtown core, major attractions, and amenities. However, it's located in a somewhat dodgy area down a small side street -- you should probably take a taxi after dark. As this is a major hostel, the taxi driver will know the location;...
"Very Basic - I stayed in a private room without bathroom at first. The room was very basic and the beds where pretty old and saggy. There is only one toilet/bathroom for the whole hostel and as a result, despite the best efforts of the staff it was never very clean. I upgraded to a room with a private bathroom and the change was amazing. The bed was 100 times better and the bathroom was pretty nice. The kitchen facilities were pretty basic...
Hostal Hamacas Granada
"Hostal Hamacas Granada is a very decent budget hostel with helpful local staff working there. The Location Hostel La Hamaca is hidden away in a relatively small alley, very close to the center however. The area, as most of the center of Granada, feels quite safe, even at nighttime. A bit more care is needed if going to the lake after dark. The lake is about half an hour away on foot. Everything else you might need for your daily needs...
GM Granada Hostel
"Has potential - This hostel has good potential, but while we were there they were still working out some kinks. The pool was still under construction, we lost electricity twice and on our second morning there was no running water at the hostel. As well, my travel companion and I thought we had booked two private twin rooms with shared bathrooms but were put in one room with one queen bed. If you are looking for a hostel that is close to down...
Hostel La Floresta
"… 15 people each) as well as 7 bathrooms, cable TV, WiFi and a kitchen area with everything you need. Inside the hostel, there is a great courtyard, with a particularly quiet and secluded area separated from the main courtyard, where you can relax quietly to read and enjoy the sounds of the resident birds. “One of the most unique features of this hostel are the very high ceilings that prevent the rooms from getting too hot,...
"Great time, highly recommended - Stayed for two nights and will definitely be back. Owner arranged pickup from the Managua straight to the hostel with no hassle. Very helpful and freindly staff who were constantly keeping the place clean and comfortable. The pool was a great relief from the heat after exploring the city all day and though the rooms were a little stuffy, there were at least fans in all of them. Great distance from the city...
Casa Del Poeta Hostal Cultural
"… is an initiative of a young couple, Miguel Goethals (Spain, 1979) and Marcela Sandino (Nicaragua, 1987) who together, wishing to renew the sense of graceful hosting in Granada, decided to open the doors of their home as a hostel. Their brand of hospitality has as its mission to bestow upon their guests a grounded experience based upon friendship, fellowship and cultural exchange, rather than on disinterested profit. The vision of...
La Casablanca Hostel
"… high speed WiFi coffee available, laundry services, breakfast included, special price dorms, certified mattresses, open kitchen available, safe and clean facilities, special price for groups, tour package all include, trip guidance around the city, and special airport transfer prices. La Casablanca Hostel Policies and Conditions: Check in :flexible. Check out before 11:00 but flexible in both case with prior notice....
"GM Granada Boutique Hostel is a one-stop shop for all of your needs in Granada. From arranging your airport transfers, handling all of your tour needs, to recharging your mobile phone. You name it and we have it, if we don’t we will do whatever it takes to attempt to accommodate you and or your unique needs. We know that you have a choice on where you will stay during your time in Granada, and we hope that you choose to stay with us."...
Ikaria Eco Hostel
"… must understand that you will be coming to an 'Isleta' (private island) located 15 minutes away (by boat) from the mainland (Granada). It doesn´t get more exotic than this, I know... But Ikaria is an environmentally friendly hostel and we expect our customers to cooperate with us on preserving the surroundings. We operate Ikaria with solar panels and we cannot allow the use of some electrical appliances such as hairdryers and...
Hospedaje La Libertad
"Hospedaje La Libertad is an average hostel in a good part of town. The Location Hostel La Libertad is located a couple of blocks away from the main square of the town on a street where you will find the majority of hostels in town. As the town itself is relatively small, it is possible to walk to most points of interest. There is a mini-market and a couple of restaurants around the corner, while for more food and drink options, La...
The Bearded Monkey
"The Bearded Monkey is one of the most popular hostels in Granada. It's conveniently located, has a great atmosphere, and is a comfortable place to stay. They can help organize a couple of trips around Granada and have a lot of information about other hostels in the country and friendly staff. The Location The Bearded Monkey is about a five-minute walk from the central park in Granada. It is easy to find on the second street to the west...
"Despite what the name suggests, Backpackers Inn seems to aim to a wealthier audience, rather than the average backpacker. It does, however, provide unmatched luxury and facilities for your money. The Location Backpackers Inn is located very close to Granada’s lively outdoor market (a supermarket can also be found close by). The central square is about a ten-minute walk away, as is the busy pedestrian street of La Calzada. The lake is...
Hostal El Momento
"Hostal El Momento is a hostel set around a beautiful courtyard with colourful décor in the heart of Granada. The Location The hostel is found just around the corner from Parque Central and most of the other attractions of Granada city centre, including many bars and restaurants. There are also many banks just next door. It is also within walking distance to buses to Masaya, Rivas, and Managua or it is just a quick and cheap taxi ride to...
Hostal El Caribe
"… offers a relaxing and easy going atmosphere, allowing you to enjoy your stay in Granada. Our local English and Spanish speaking staff are here to help you in all things. Featured Amenities: FREE BREAKFAST - choice from our menu Free welcome drink at bar lounge Free WIFI Free Wake-up Service for those broken alarm clocks Secured luggage storage Open, fully stocked kitchen Lounge areas Hammocks TV Lounge with movies on DVD Wii...
Hostal Entre Amigos
"Given that Hostal Entre Amigos is one of the most economic options you will find in the town of Granada, the value for money ratio is very good. The Location Make sure to look out for the sign above the door as the entrance/reception is also a gift shop and you could easily miss it. The street itself is quite central and has several other hostels. There are a couple of restaurants in the area, but for more options you could go to the...
"… in a family environment, very clean and safety place, we are located in a quiet neighborhood, live a new experience in your life, because when you leave, you let behind a family in Nicaragua, our attention is personal, if you have a question, or if you are vegetarian, or if you need something, we are always in the best way to help you, we are a simple family with a pretty girl, her name is Ariana " ARI " we want to share with you...
Treehouse Poste Rojo
"… Poste Rojo is an eco-friendly property. We are creating a place built around the beautiful environment. All of our structures incorporate the natural features of the land. Treehouse Poste Rojo is designed for backpackers by experienced travelers. This is a unique experience close to many major tourist destinations. Starting the project from raw land has given us the ability to remove the things we didn't like about other properties...
Dolphin Guest House
"Economic - dolphin guest house is the place were i relaxed and annoyed the company. is clean and quiet." … "Tropical paradise - it is a nice, comfortable place. very clean. it is a new place. and they are doing a good job running it." … "… intention of making you feel like home. You can have a nice view of the Volcano Mombacho, the lake, the Cathedral and the stadium in our terrace. You can also swim in our fresh water...
Casa del Agua
"… feature individual and double rooms, which are all ensuite. Also access to an open kitchen, dining and lounge area. Exploring Granada's colonial beauty is easy to do since our location is right in the heart of town. And when the sun is at it's highest, and your feet are tired, escape by dipping into our crystal clear pool. Casa del Agua is just like home, but better. Less than 50 meters from the cathedral in Granada's main...
Los Corredores del Castillo
"Colonial Style House of Granada, retains its originality, long corridors and walls of Taquezal, the roof of castilla cane and the garden in the centre of the house. Los Corredores del Castillo offers a friendly, intimate and quiet atmosphere, surrounded by comfort and classic style. Please note : Cancellation Policy : 48 hours. only cash payment accepted on arrival. Check-in time : 13:00. Check-out time : 12:00. Breakfast not...
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Hotel Kekoldi de Granada
"… a private garden and an all over design developed by well known Nicaraguan artist Robert Barberena de la Rocha who unified Grenadian colonial elements with the art of the Nicaraguan indigenous people. The result is astonishing - light, airy and modern, something you have never seen before. Enjoy your afternoon or evening in our garden bar and pick fresh fruits from the trees. Walk to the nicest bars and restaurants or take a...
"… but offers a wonderful level of comfort that is bound to make your stay in Granada both comfortable and unforgettable. With rooms arranged around the properties balconies the Hotel Terrasol is designed truly in keeping with its surrounding heritage. Due to the design layout all guest rooms enjoy majestic view of the Mombacho volcano. All guestrooms are ensuite and come with air conditioning or fan and cable television....
Hotel Casa Barcelona
"A haven off the beaten track - A little hard to find the first time around ... but the attention was great and they go out of their way to meet your requests and needs. Cleanliness, service, accommodations ... all great." … "… Casa Barcelona is a ideal place to stay. Hotel Casa Barcelona is a quit place, economic, clean,familiar, friendly and sefe. There is a beautiful green garden, all the rooms are equipped with ceiling fan...
Hostal Familiar San Jorge
"… and pharmacy 24 hours. Hostal Familiar San Jorge has 10 Spacious, Well-Equipped Rooms on 2 levels. Each Room Features 2 Beds, Private Shower-Bath, 2 Fans, Cable TV, New Mattresses, New Pillows and Linens. Free Fully Equipped Kitchen Free Drinking Water and Ice Free WiFi Pool 24 Hour Security 24 Hour Staff on Duty Doctor and Pharmacy on Premises Weekly Maid Service Laundry Service Available Beer and Soft Drinks...
Hotel El Familiar Granada
"… at an affordable cost The El Granada Family Activities tour offers the islets of Granada, Granada Horse Cars, Laguna Masaya Volcano Mombacho (Canopy Walk) Volcán Masaya, San Juan del Sur, Mirador de Catarina, Handicraft Market Masaya There a gift shop on site. Managua International Airport Augusto Cesar Sandino is 40 minutes by car and property features free parking across the street. Hotel El Familiar Granada Polices &...
Granada Travel Tips & Suggestions
I visited this great city and I loved it!
— Allen Crew
This is a great city, great food. It is seriously hot. Glue-sniffing kids and thieves abound, but it's a must-see anyway.
If in Granada, a must see is Laguna de Apoyo -- a crystal clear lake in a volcanic crater. Plan to spend a night -- it's a great time.
— Richard Hewitt
Granada is a great city!
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