Hotel Real La Merced
What We Love
- A beautifully restored colonial mansion in historic Granada, with breakfast and a suiteStaying in a hotel more than a century old, declared a World Heritage destination by the Ministry of Culture
- Swimming in what was Granada’s first pool, which is right in the hotel’s stunning courtyard
- Taking a walk around town and admiring the colonial architecture
What To Know
- Located on a couple of blocks but from the city center
- Make time to relax on the second floor balcony which has gorgeous views of the mountains and faces a nearby church
- The hotel just opened in 2015
Let Granada’s Hotel Real la Merced make you feel like a king, a queen or one of the European aristocrats that called this elegant colonial mansion home. At more than 100 years, this Nicaraguan escape has had plenty of time to refine its approach to hospitality to an art. While still a private residence, it received a number of impressive modern updates, including what was the very first pool in the city. In the 1980s, before owners opted to completely rebuild the structure, it was even used as a movie set and designated a World Heritage Site by the local Ministry of Culture.
Once again showing off the kind of stately architecture that defined it in the early 20th century, the property has become a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, with a host of five-star reviews. The interiors have been carefully designed to evoke the original spirit of the home, featuring antique furnishings whenever possible, while exteriors again stand proudly over the intersection of two historic streets. Of course, you shouldn’t forget that there’s a magnificent city outside these elegant walls, too, one that’s every bit as sumptuous and grand as the hotel. Visit the colonial cathedral, sample chocolates at ChocoMuseo, browse for Classicos at Mombacho Cigars and give yourself the Real treatment.
Good to know
Please note that, given the original colonial architecture, not all accommodations have full windows, but will at least have small windows atop the door.
Once you step through the towering door that leads to your King or Double Queen suite (which will hold either one king bed or two queens, respectively), you’ll find a spacious retreat with all the essentials for a comfortable stay. Tiled floors, granite countertops and vanities, cozy bedding and little extras like a coffee maker make your Granada stay a comfy one. Please note that, given the original colonial architecture, not all accommodations have full windows, but will at least have small windows atop the door.
Dotted with 17th-century adobe houses, charming courtyard gardens and decadent Italian-style villas, Granada is known as one of Nicaragua’s most beautiful cities. It’s also the oldest inhabited city in continental Latin America, which has left it with a rich history and culture, including plenty of flavorful cuisine. Sample chocolate at ChocoMuseo, or shop for Classicos at Mombacho Cigars. If you’d rather focus on natural scenery – well, there’s plenty of that, too, including a volcano right nearby that you can hike.
How to Get There
After checking in we were immediately drawn towards a lovely inner courtyard, a refreshing pool and an amazing pink marble staircase. Our room had the highest ceilings we have ever seen. It also had a fridge, very large bathroom and a balcony overlooking Iglesia de la Merced. The AC also provided instant relief from the heat on the streets. The hotel is a beautifully renovated mansion that is only 2 blocks from the Main Square and Cathedral. Breakfast was very good and the staff very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed swimming in the pool at night. It was so relaxing floating around and looking up at the stars. Highly recommend.
We stayed one night in this beautifully restored hotel in Granada. Three years ago it was in total ruins, the roof had collapsed in the antique building, and all that remained was the remnants of the old central marble staircase. That same staircase is now the central focal point of this magnificent small hotel. The entrance is breathtaking, and the staircase and second floor promenade overlook the beautiful, interior pool. This is an elegant setting. The room we had was large, well appointed, comfortable bed, small balcony overlooking the neighboring church, La Merced. The bathroom is great, everything modernized. State of the art air conditioning. The included breakfast is served poolside. We felt like pampered guests. Staff were helpful and friendly, and front desk personnel speak English, so language is not a problem. The rates right now are unbelievably low, as many tourists have stayed away, out of fear of the political turmoil now in Nicaragua. We were three weeks in country, and felt completely safe at all times. This is an ideal time to visit or re-visit Nicaragua!
I loved this hotel. It was so tranquil and relaxing. Great breakfast and swimming pool. Staff were exceptional. Safe and secure. Wi-fi coverage was weak my room and I needed to go into hallway to get better reception.
Hotel Real was conveniently located and made it easy to walk everywhere we wanted to go. The hotel interior and pool are gorgeous. We opted for a room with a balcony facing the La Merced Church, which is amazing. They do begin ringing the bell tower at 6:30 a.m., so if you like to sleep in, book a "quiet" room which will be located on the opposite side of the the hotel. We were always awake, so it didn't bother us.
Excellent location, close to everything.It has a colonial style, wooden furniture in colonial style.. Big bedrooms cable tv, air conditioning. The staff was super friendly and always went the extra mile with my family and friends. Highly recommended, will certainly stay there in our next visit.