Hotel Casa Barcelona in Granada, Nicaragua

Hotel Casa Barcelona - Granada, Nicaragua

Ah, Hotel Casa Barcelona! What a gem!  I really did not know what I would find in Granada, Nicaragua. Would it be nice? Dirty? Safe? Dangerous? Tranquil? Busy? What I ended up finding (a little to my surprise) was an exceptionally amazing place perfect for resting, relaxing and taking in the true beauty of Nicaragua. Immediately when I arrived I was greeted by two amazing women who offered me a drink (which I gladly accepted). “How was your trip?” “Did you find it here okay?”, they asked. We talked for a while as I told them about my recent travels and as they told me the story about Hotel Casa Barcelona. “It is meant to feel like home,” one of the women said. As I settled in to my cozy room surrounded by amazing gardens, I indeed began to feel at home.

My time at Hotel Casa Barcelona was short and, therefore, I don’t have many experiences to tell. To be quite honest, I spent my night there sleeping, watching TV (at the time, I had not watched TV in over a month), and soaking in the beauty of the garden. While I did not get the chance to try it, their dinner menu (located in each room) is fairly expansive, and the food is both fairly priced and very delicious looking. I did get a chance to try some different, fresh squeezed juices and they were positively delicious!

The next morning I had to catch a very early bus but even in one short night, I truly felt at home. It was a much-needed break from the life of backpacking and I would highly recommend Hotel Casa Barcelona in Granada, Nicaragua to any person looking for a piece of home while traveling abroad.


Free tourist information.

Beautiful gardens.

Dinner/food available for purchase.

Lockers provided in dorms. Secure outside gate.

Recommended for:

Those wishing to relax/revitalize.


Older travelers (they have great beds!)



Phone: (505) 2552 7438 – Cellular: (505) 8880 4075


Location:  Hotel Casa Barcelona is located in a small residential area of Granada. No matter where you are coming from, you’ll want to go to the center of town and find the Mercado. Because the hotel is in a residential area, it can be a bit hard even though it’s only about five minutes from the Mercado. If you have problems finding it, just ask someone where (most locals know where a lot of hotels/hostels are and will be able to help you with ease). Staying in residential neighborhoods can sometimes be scary or confusing, but the neighborhood of Hotel Casa Barcelona is very nice and secure and the people are all very friendly.

When taking a taxi around or out of Granada, it is cheapest to obtain a taxi yourself. For example, taking the taxi in connection with the hotel to the bus station costs about $5 whereas a taxi caught and taken by yourself costs about $.50.


My room.  Beautiful and very homey!


Outside of the rooms.


Lock…safe and secure!


Double room.  Love the towel swans!


Another double room!


Dorms.  Definitely not your typical dorm!

Hotel Mansión Teodolindo in Managua, Nicaragua

Pool and lounge

Hotel Mansión Teodolindo is a very professionally-run hotel with the capability to accommodate all your needs during your stay in Managua.  There is plenty to see and do in Nicaragua’s bustling, cosmopolitan capital city, and the helpful staff at Mansión Teodolindo can help you with information and arrangements.  When you need to come back to the hotel to relax, though, you’ll be very glad you picked this place.  Rooms are spacious and luxurious, with cable TV, WiFi, and kitchenettes.  Bathrooms include hair dryers, fluffy towels, soaps and shampoos, and a never-ending flow of hot water.  There’s also an impeccable outdoor pool, lounge, and full-service restaurant open all day.  Guests are given the option of a Continental, Nicaraguan, or American breakfast included in their stay, while the lunch and dinner menu offers various tasty, large meals for a great value.

The most notable thing about this hotel?  Hotel Mansión Teodolindo strives to be eco-friendly and energy efficient in their business practices.  Recycling and linen reuse is encouraged.  They’ve even received several awards and certifications for their efforts.  So you can sleep soundly knowing you’re supporting a well-run business with great environmental practices!

Services Offered:

Air conditioning

Cable TV

Hot water 24/7

Phones in rooms

Kitchenettes in rooms

Breakfast included

Parking lot

On-site restaurant and room service available


Office center with computers



Laundry service available

Airport pickup available ($7.50 per person)

Car rental available

Location: De INTURISMO, 1 cuadra al sur y 1 cuadra abajo, Managua, Nicaragua

Phone: (505) 2228-1050


Prices (not including tax):

Single: $60

Double: $65

This post was sponsored by Hotel Mansión Teodolindo.

The Haven Spa Hotel in Boquete, Panamá

The Haven Spa

The Haven Spa Hotel is a luxurious retreat in the verdant hills of Boquete, Panamá.  With a focus on health and relaxation, your stay could include therapeutic massage, saunas, swimming, and a general cleansing of your body and mind.  The rooms are elegant and modern with pillow top beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, air-conditioning, and numerous comfortable pillows.

Pillow top beds.

The bathrooms are large with two stylish sinks, a large waterfall-flow shower, and fragrant organic soaps.

Each room also contains a safe for valuables, a mini-fridge with mini-bar, a french press, and a 32-inch flatscreen TV with DVD player and a large selection of satellite channels.  Walking out onto the patio you are greeted with the pleasing aromas of local plants and flowers along with the sounds of a stream flowing through the property.

The main focus of The Haven Spa Hotel is on their ever-expanding alternative medicine clinic, primarily treating chronic ailments without drugs.  The owners are well-educated experts on a plethora of natural treatments ranging from acupuncture to nutrition therapy to detoxification.  In addition, the facility offers a wide range of massages: relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone, aromatherapy, sports injury, and many more.

Natural medications.

Services offered in room:

Mini-fridge with mini-bar

Included light breakfast

French coffee press

Water boiling kettle

32-inch flatscreen TV with DVD player and satellite

Hair dryer

Air-conditioning and fans in rooms

In-room safe


Services offered in facility:

Exercise pool

Racquetball court





Alternative medicine clinic

Tourist information available

Address:  South of town, off of Avenida Central.  A sign points the way opposite the Tercel gas station.




$125 to $150 per night based on type of room and length of stay

Check out their website for prices for natural treatments and massages.

This post was sponsored by The Haven Spa Hotel.