Family Hotel Review: Hotel Plaza Colon, Granada, Nicaragua
A beautiful colonial-style hotel in the heart of Granada with great staff, sparkling pool and comfortable rooms. Hard to top!
Best For: Fans of boutique hotels and families who enjoy eating out (there is no restaurant); kids of all ages welcome
Reviewed by: Victoria Westmacott
Why You’ll Love It
As soon as our taxi pulled up alongside Hotel Plaza Colon, I knew we had made the right choice. Overlooking the Plaza Cristobal Colon (more commonly referred to as Parque Central) that houses Granada’s distinctive yellow cathedral, the hotel is located in the very heart of Nicaragua’s oldest city.
Behind its 19th century facade lies a ‘globetotting oasis’, a ‘grown-up’ hotel that warmly welcomes kids and the type of hotel we have always looked for with globetotting: small, homely, comfortable (somewhere between mid-range and ludicrously luxurious) and full of character and charm.
Granada is a fascinating place to explore but I think we enjoyed our time here all the more knowing we could retreat back to the shaded sun loungers and cool pool waters at any given point of the day. The hotel is positioned within a beautiful colonial-style building and offers 27 rooms arranged around two inner courtyards. There’s a pretty garden patio and, beyond that, a courtyard with pool. A palm tree stands tall in each corner of the pool courtyard, offering families plenty of shade.
One tip for families looking to stay here; the south side of the building is quieter (you can hear the birds in the morning!). The north side, overlooking the square, is naturally noisier. We were here for three nights but we could happily have stayed longer.
Why The Kids Will Love It
This isn’t your traditional ‘family hotel’ with kids’ clubs and water slides, but we’ve always preferred small boutique hotels such as Hotel Plaza Colon that welcome families. We visited Hotel Plaza Colon over the Easter holidays and there were lots of other families staying here. As such, my children loved this hotel as they made so many friends! Like us, most families spent the mornings sightseeing and then retreated to the shaded pool area in the afternoons to cool off. One local family, who were regular guests, said that this hotel was, in their view, the best place to stay in Granada.
The staff at Hotel Plaza Colon are excellent and could not have been more helpful during our stay. My son unfortunately had a minor head injury during our time in Granada and the staff were wonderful, making sure we got to the right hospital and checking up on us afterwards.
One thing worth mentioning is that the hotel does not have a restaurant and operates a Bed & Breakfast service only. There is a little cafe attached to the hotel that has excellent coffee, smoothies, sandwiches and snacks and there are plenty of restaurants within a couple of minutes walk (See the Food section under Hotel Details for more details)
**Disclosure: We received a discount during our stay at Hotel Plaza Colon. However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.
There are 27 rooms divided into the following categories:
- King or Queen Superior – King or Queen bed. Sleeps 2.
- King or Queen with Balcony – King or Queen bed. Balcony overlooking Plaza Colon. Sleeps 2
- Double Superior – Two Queen beds, sleeps 2. Extra person at additional charge.
- Double with Balcony – Two Queen beds. Balcony overlooking Plaza Colon. Sleeps 2. Extra person at additional charge.
- Suite with Balcony – Two rooms, each with a Queen bed. Shared living room and shared balcony overlooking Plaza Colon. Sleeps 2- 4.
Rooms enjoy high ceilings and tiled floors, dark wood furniture and the following amenities: Coffee / Tea making facilities, fan, mini fridge, safe, hairdryer. A nice touch are the ‘Privacy’ door signs that have been made out of small hessian bags filled with coffee beans.
Best Rooms For Families:
As I was travelling alone with my children, we took a King/Queen room with an extra bed on the south side of the hotel. For families of 4-5, the Double Superiors or the Suite would work best. If you are travelling with young children, be aware that the balconies (in the balcony rooms and Suite) are not very child-proof.
7 baby cots and 12 rollaway beds can be provided (subject to availability). Note that not all rooms allow a rollaway bed. The maximum number of guests allowed in one room is 4 (case by case exceptions for families with 3 little kids)
Families might prefer rooms on the south side that are quieter than the north (street facing) rooms.
Hotel Plaza Colon operates a Bed & Breakfast service only. Breakfast is served daily by the pool from 7am to 10am and is a generous buffet with fruits, eggs, bacon, pancakes, juice, toast and more. High chairs are available.
There is no restaurant at Hotel Plaza Colon but there is a small cafe (Café Las Flores, 7am-7pm) adjacent to the reception which serves excellent coffee, smoothies, sandwiches and light snacks. There are also plenty of good restaurants within a couple of minutes walk. (See our Guide to Granada)
Activities for Families
There is little to do in the hotel itself other than enjoy the swimming pool and lie on a sun lounger but Granada is a fun place to explore. See ourGuide to Granada with kids.
Common rooms, cots, doctors & hospitals: clinic (10 minutes drive) and a good hospital in Managua (around 1.5 hours drive), extra beds, highchairs, laundry service, secured complimentary parking for guests (subject to availability), swimming pool, travel desk, WiFi, eco-friendly.
Environmental Measures & Social Responsibility: Hotel Plaza Colon is a member of Rainforest Alliance. It also works with Careli Tours and FundeNic, an NGO, on a program called Eco Escuelas that provides environmental education in public schools and is funded by private sector. Guests can support this program by buying a backpack for one of the students.
Rates vary according to room type, extra bed requests and date of travel. As a guide, room rates range start from US $134 for a King or Queen Superior and from $274 for a Suite with Balcony. Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
December to May is peak season in Nicaragua; expect more people, higher hotel prices and good weather. If visiting during Christmas and Easter holidays then make sure to book well in advance. Mid-August plays host to a number of festivals in Granada. November 28 – December 7 is La Inmaculada Concepcion (otherwise known as La Purisima). It’s celebrated through Nicaragua but festivities are especially colourful (and noisy!) in Granada.
Location & Travel:
Hotel Plaza Colon is located in the heart of Granada, on Parque Central. From the MGA Airport, it takes approximately 1 hour to drive. From San Juan del Sur, it takes roughly 2 hours and from Leon, 2 hours.
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Victoria’s Top Tips!
Reviewed by: Victoria
- Join a chocolate making workshop at the Choco Museo (about 5 minutes walk from the hotel). It’s a lot of fun!
- Ask for a room on the south side (it’s quieter that the north, street facing side)
- There is a lot to see and do in Granada and its surrounding area. We had 3 nights here which was perfect, although I could have happily stayed longer.
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