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Summary


Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Some complaints of inconsistent hot water

Bottom Line

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. The hotel added a small pool after our visit.

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Location

Near Central Park in Leon

Map of Hotel El Convento

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

Rooms and Rates

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Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Internet
Cribs
Hotel Services
Free Breakfast
Laundry
Room Service
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Pool
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Internet
Address
Two Blocks West From Parque Central, Next to San Francisco`S Church, Leon, Leon Department, Nicaragua
Phone 5 (052) 311-7053

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