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Hotel El Convento 3.5

Leon, Nicaragua

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  • Charming boutique hotel built on the site of a 17th-century convent
  • Flowering central courtyard
  • Renowned fine dining restaurant
  • Rooms, though basic, have plenty of character
  • Good breakfast
  • Event space
  • Central location two blocks from Central Park


  • No pool
  • Some complaints of inconsistent hot water

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Hotel El Convento, a boutique built on the site of (and in the same style as) a former 17-century convent, is the best hotel in Leon. A flowering central courtyard, antiques lining the hallways, and a fine dining restaurant that many consider to be the city's premier option make for a charming stay. Rooms are mid-range but have plenty of character, with details such as brick walls, terracotta tile floors, and wrought-iron bed frames. There is no pool, however, which is a significant downside given Leon's hot weather.

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Near Central Park in Leon

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Hotel El Convento is centrally located in Leon, one of Nicaragua's oldest cities. (Leon and Granada have a rivalry going as to which city is the most historic.) Leon is a little rough around the edges, but it does have Spanish Colonial sights, including the impressively restored Leon Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Central America. It also has plenty authentic charm -- expect to see locals riding horses and carts through the streets, as well as fruit stands selling un-ripe mangoes and jocotes, both tart but popular snacks.

  • 1-hour-30-minute drive from the airport in Managua
  • 5-minute walk to Parque Central de Leon
  • 6-minute walk to the Cathedral of Leon (also known as the Basilica Catedral de Leon)
  • 2-hour drive to Granada
  • 2-hour drive to Matagalpa

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Two Blocks West From Parque Central, Next to San Francisco`S Church, Leon, Leon Department, Nicaragua

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