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
A historic stay in a suite at a World Heritage Site with a beautiful courtyard and Granada's first pool
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.
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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.