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
The hotel is really great. It is very clean with a beautiful courtyard pool. The rooms are very spacious and some with balconies above the street that you can sit out on and watch all the town action The breakfast is good as well. The location is perfect. Close to the main centre. Easy walking distance of just a couple of blocks. Staff are helpful and friendly and most speak a little English I would definitely stay here again.
Love this hotel, it is right in the center of the city. The price was very affordable and Daisy the clerk at reception was very hospitable and friendly. She went out of her way to let us know about the places to check out such as restaurants and also the free sax concert at the hotel restaurant! Suffice to say it was a wonderful stay and will definitely go back again.
My last minute random pick exceeded my expectations. From the super quick responses to email enquirers to the beautiful property with a colonial upscale estate feel and modern western hotel interiors, this is truly a gem in the charming town of Granada. The location is ideal, two blocks to the central plaza but away from the loud club music. Highly recommended