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
My stay at Hotel Real La Merced exceeded my expectations. The hotel was clean, the staff very accommodating and the location perfect. The hotel is two blocks from the Calzada making it close enough to pop over when you want to enjoy a little crazy, loud, fun night life but far enough away to get a peaceful nights sleep. Oh.... and the pool was perfect ... nothing like a refreshing dip after a hot day in Granada!
We loved our stay here and wish we had more days. Our room was very large and easily accommodate 3 adults. We also had a great view of a church from our balcony. The hotel is 2 blocks from the main plaza making it very centrally located.
The hotel is beautiful and felt very luxurious. The hotel staff is very friendly and the breakfast was delicious! I don’t think you will find a more beautiful pool in all of Granada.
We visited Nicaragua for 11 days, traveling coast-to-coast on the southern half of the country, with Granada as our home base. We stayed at the Hotel Real La Merced for a total of 6 nights. The property is absolutely gorgeous and the reception and service exceptional. There is always someone available ready to answer any question or need with a moments notice. We arrived very late and our room was waiting for us and They were very helpful with a speedy check in and brining our luggage up and down the marble stairs. The included massage was much appreciated after a busy week sightseeing. The pool was clean and refreshing, with a beautiful garden location in the center of the hotel. There are plenty of small beautiful details in the hotel, such as antique furniture and sculptures and beautiful flora. The views from the balcony are breathtaking. The breakfast was made fresh and tasted great every morning. They have a new modern coffee shop onsite, offering amazing artisan drinks and treats. We highly recommend Hotel Real La Merced and will surely stay again on our next trip to Nicaragua.