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Granada, Nicaragua

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About Granada, Nicaragua

Elegant colonial beauty, Granada offers postcard worthy views on each turn of a corner. There are wonderful churches, pastel coloured buildings along cobblestoned streets and two charming ports - one onto the Atlantic Ocean via Lake Nicaragua and one on the San Juan River. The best places to stay in Granada have often been converted from some of Granada’s best preserved and most beautiful colonial architecture.

Granada is also a great base for exploring the local countryside, where you’ll discover a coastline of pristine, and fun, beaches, a spectacular clear turquoise lake, Lake Apoyo, and a volcanic interior complete with hot springs, walking trails and a butterfly sanctuary. If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Granada to relax and recharge then the lodges along the lake’s shore are a great place to start looking.

Granada’s unmissable highlights include the Iglesia La Merced, a landmark church built in 1534, the lavishly turreted Fortaleza La Polvora, an 18th Century Spanish fortress, the Plaza of Independence, the city’s great markets in their neoclassical building, the Nicaragua Butterfly reserve and the Museo de Chocolate.

  • The Casa Lucia is a boutique hideaway in central Granada, with just five stylish rooms, a courtyard with a pool and tropical gardens. This is the perfect place to come to relax: a daily yoga class is included in the price of the room. Or if you want to explore Granada’s natural assets - here you can hike volcanoes, go surfing or kayaking on nearby Lake Apoyo, a deep blue cater lake which maintains a year round temperature of 30 degrees.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Granada for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Granada, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Granada, Nicaragua

  • La Gran Francia Hotel 35 rooms from $84

    Granada, Nicaragua

    A converted ancestral home in the centre of Granada. Colonial styled rooms feature dark antique furniture set against pastel hues. A central courtyard hosts a pretty pool to unwind by. Find two restaurants serving excellent continental dishes. The ideal base for city exploring.

    City Style  -  A chic colonial style property complete with courtyard pool and a renowned restaurant.
    Local markets  -  Wander to the Crafts Market and pick up some local artecrafts.
    Sights nearby  -  Just steps from the impressive Cathedral of Granada.
    Full of character
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  • Casa Lucia 5 rooms from $89

    Granada, Nicaragua (5 cuadras al oeste de la Flor Panamena)

    A boutique hideaway in central Granada where you'll find a daily yoga session included in your room rate! An intimate property with just five stylish rooms and suites, plus pretty courtyard with pool and tropical gardens. Loads to do from Volcano walks and surfing to practising your yoga moves!

    Yoga  -  A free yoga group session is included in the nightly rate and there is a yoga pavillion beside the pool
    Kayaking  -  On Lake Apoyo, a deep blue crater lake that maintains a year round temperature of about 30C
    House party feel  -  With just five rooms you can easily get to know your fellow guests
    Surfing  -  Learn to surf with the experts on NIcaragua's Pacific coast.
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  • Hotel Plaza Colon 27 rooms from $89

    Granada, Nicaragua

    A boutique colonial property set around a picturesque central courtyard. Traditional rooms feature high ceilings, exposed beams and dark antique furniture. Indulgent breakfasts are served and the pool provides the perfect spot to unwind after a day exploring the city. Very chic.

    Local exploring  -  An authentic stay with easy access to the city's attractions.
    Eco break  -  A Rainforest Alliance Certified™ property.
    Sailing  -  Hire a boat and take a picturesque cruise through 'Las Isletas' made up of 360+ islands.
    Local markets  -  Pick up some local artefacts at the handicrafts market.
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  • Los Paios 5 rooms from $135

    Granada, Nicaragua

    A small boutique property in the centre of Granada. Chic rooms are all white on white with minimalist style and large French doors leading onto leafy patios. Find utter tranquility in the central courtyard complete with pool or head to the spa for some serious pampering. A fabulous city base.

    City Style  -  A chic boutique property complete with pool and elegant bar and restaurant.
    Sailing  -  Take a cruise on the picture perfect Cocibolca Lake.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge 9 rooms from $450

    Granada, Nicaragua

    Set on the remote Jicaro Island overlooking Lake Nicaragua, this lodge is a tranquil island paradise. Made up of nine delightful casitas, everything is tailored towards relaxation with an excellent spa and a floating yoga deck. Made for honeymoons and romantic getaways.

    Romantic Break  -  Set on a beautiful remote island with lovely luxurious cabanas, perfect for couples.
    Back to Nature  -  Immerse yourself in the natural environment of the Granada Isletas.
    Fishing  -  The lodge can organise sea fishing trips for guests.
    Birdwatching  -  Superb birdwatching on the Isletas de Granada.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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