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
Hotel Real La Merced in Granada (in Nicaragua) is a very nice traditional boutique HOTEL with excellent restoration (with special attention to details ) in the heart of Granada next to the Old Catholic Church of La Merced, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral (central place of the city of Granada) and ten minutes walk to the Lake of Nicaragua (the largest in the country)
From the capital Managua to the Hotel Real La Merced in Granada you need a taxi, but you could take also the public bus,which is the cheapest way (could be more adventurous and more time consuming).
The Hotel Real La Merced is a Boutique Hotel (with traditional architecture) is a nice and comfortable Hotel with very large, spacious rooms, very clean and safe, in which we have experienced excellent service of the staff (extremely helpful, very polite, very attentive)
The Hotel has also a small swimming pool which was a nice surprise for us.
The Breakfast was complimentary and had two or three options to choose from.
The restaurant offered very good fixed meals for lunch or dinner at very competitive prices
The Hotel prices were mid-range and the value for money was great.
Although the WIFI was free throughout the Hotel Real La Merced sometimes I had the impression that it was a bit slow, but no real problems have been encountered.
In a nutshell I liked and enjoyed my stay at Hotel Real La Merced in Granada, in Nicaragua, I really have had the opportunity to relax and I would like to stay again if the opportunity arises.
We stayed here twice on our trip. Once as we stopped on our way South and then at the end of our trip. Both times our experience was great. Staff was friendly and very very helpful, breakfast was delicious, beds were comfortable and it was quite enjoyable to lounge by the pool in the late afternoon. I loved the feel of this old grand house with the spacious open courtyard and rooms around it. In the mornings the hotel was very quiet and wonderful to sit out on the verandah with a cup of coffee from the room. Pool was a bit chilly but that is most likely due to us not being there when it was blazing hot. I definitely took a dip or two!
We had a room that only had a small window into the courtyard, which was a bit weird but turned out to be fine. Made it nice and quiet and enough light filters in the morning that you don't feel like you are in a closet. Other rooms looked to have balconies, which would be nice but street noise could then be a problem.
We had such a wonderful time in Granada, and particularly because of the amazing home base of Hotel Real La Merced! The staff members were so friendly and helpful, speaking English when needed but letting me work on my Spanish with the utmost patience and respect! We traveled with our 9 and 11 year old, who loved the pool and included breakfast. Our room was comfortable and well equipped. The location was awesome as it was close to everything but just enough away to make sleeping very comfortable. The have a great tour company they work with who will take you through Lake Nicaragua. Great place, great deal!!!
As we were traveling thrue Nicaragua we booked this hotel for our last three nights. However because of a delay of the boat we arrived one day later. We did call the reception and saw that there were still other rooms available. Unfortunately we did have to pay the full amount including breakfast. We don't find this very customer friendly. The hotel is located in a beautiful mansion close to central park. Be aware that streetnoice keeps you awake.
Loved this place ! Gorgeous hotel. Feels like staying in an old Spanish mansion. Rooms are small and intimate but are all you need in a town like Granada. Pool area is lovely and amazing spot to hang to get away from the oppressive mid day heat in Granada. Restaurant is ok with good views of the church across the street. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Would be nice if they had private parking but there is a secure lot down the street and if you park outside hotel security will keep an eye on it for you.