More about Hotel Patio del Malinche
Read the reviews on here before we went and it lived up to all of them.
Great hotel - rooms, pool, breakfast (try the fruit plate - guys on the next table photographed it !) and location all excellent.
Staff made great trip advisors - recommended and helped us book trip to Ometepe.
Would recommend without hesitation
We stayed here for a total of 4 nights, and the hotel, the owners, the staff, and the location were our idea of what a friendly, small hotel should be. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The owners, Lidia and Ramon, were charming hosts. The staff were warm, friendly people who went out of their way to make us feel at home. All of our requests for information or assistance with day trips, bus schedules, hotel reservations on Ometepe Island, etc., were immediately answered and arranged. The breakfasts were wonderful, and the kitchen staff were always so accomodating. The location of the hotel was perfect for walking around the center of Granada, but quiet at night.
We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone interested in a beautiful boutique hotel, with charming staff, in the center of the lovely city of Granada. Did I mention that there is a small pool in the gorgeous intereor courtyard?
A Little Gem
Confirming all that has preceded.
My only gripe: The A/C in room 1 is located on the left parallel to the two twin beds. Despite stopping the oscillation feature it still blew cold air directly at one of the two twin beds. This kept my partner up most of night one and on night two we switched and I slept with track pants and a long sleeve shirt with my head under the covers. Maybe it's not high enough on the wall or would be better off at the head of the bed. Also the most room windows face east and the rising sun. If you don't like getting up early don't forget your eyemask! Otherwise, terrific.
While parking is supposedly safe on the street there is a lot around the corner that kept the car overnight for about $1.50 US.
Their recommended Isleta boat operator charges less than what some organized tours charge per person ! Very nice.
Oh and the crafts from the islands were nicer than most of the stuff in Massaya's market!
Relaxation here I come
I hate to sound like an echo, but the other reviewers who guided me here hit the nail on the head. This is a wonderful place to stay. It's hard to define why. Very nice rooms, but not luxurious (nowhere in Granada is). The pool is small. But this is just a great place to lie in a hammock (of which there are several) and read or snooze. You won't meet nicer staff or owners anywhere. The gardens are beautiful. Perfect location. Really good breakfasts. Somehow, there is a cool breeze going through the garden and pool area most of the time. And there is Pedro the happy dog, who lies around all day, makes you feel like doing the same. Everyone gets to know Pedro, and he makes you wonder why you are ever tense back home. Granada has changed a great deal in only two years since my last visit. Far more tourists. Some English spoken. Many more restaurants. Don't come here looking for a classic colonial city. It isn't, unless you really don't know much about colonial cities in Latin America. But it is fun, cheap, friendly, and alive. I brought a non-Spanish speaking friend who knew nothing about Nicaragua, to see if he'd like it. He tells me that he still misses the place. So do I.
Just a wonderful experience. Our one night stay turned into five nights. Our hosts Lidia, Ramon, and Pedro ( the dog) not to mention the rest of the staff made our stay an experience we want to do again next year. The rooms were immaculate, the AC very quiet, and the swimming pool a welcome relief after hiking around the volcanoes,etc. Best of all was talking to our hosts. They were the kind of people you would like as relatives.
Perfect experience in Granada
My fiancee and I were in Costa Rica last year and while it was stunning, we found there were simply too many americans (which we are, by the way). We chose Nicaragua without any knowledge of where we were going. We did make reservations for the first night in Managua and for one night here at Malinche after hearing good things from Tripadvisor.
The hotel was as wonderful as could be. Ramon was charming, good english and there was just a warm atmosphere surrounding the hotel - call it "good vibes" if you will. The room was spotless with what I like to call "everything you need and nothing you don't" - clean towels, clean bathroom, reading lamps, shelf behind the bed for books, and a/c. charming courtyard with a refreshing pool great for after volcano hikes and a bar with amazing cocktails for about $2.50 (YES!!) . Have the fruit platter for breakfast - tropical mango, papaya, pineapple and more! Cafe con caliente leche is wonderful. The only bad thing I have to say is that our three days went to quickly. We will be back. Oh - and I miss Pedro our adopted dog.
According to many people we met in Granada, this hotel is the best in the city. If you are used to 5 star resorts, this is not the place for you (which applies to Granada as a whole). If you want a nicer than most, clean hotel with a friendly and helpful staff that is central to Nicaraguan culture, then this is the place for you. Centrally located, it offers easy access to many good restaurants and nightlife (our favorite restaurant was El Zaguau right around the corner). It is also in close proximity to two volcanoes – Mombachu and Masaya - as well as to Lake Nicaragua and to Laguna De Apoyo (a lake inside the crater of a dormant volcano). Note that Granada is a city that’s in development to be more tourist friendly (as is the case with most of Nicaragua).
The staff assisted with locating very good taxis, tours, restaurants and nightlife. Most only speak Spanish – a few understand a little English. The place is pretty well protected with 24 hour staff.
The hotel offers a few relaxing amenities such as views of the Mombachu Volcano from the second floor terrace, a quaint pool, hammocks, and two nice little open air gardens with beautiful flowers where birds occasionally come by for a bath & a drink. The staff is hard at work keeping the hotel clean throughout the day.
The room we had was very small but very well kept. The bed was comfortable. There is air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan to keep you cool. The shower does not have hot water (but most places do not) rather, lukewarm.
If you are visiting Nicaragua, you should definitely stay a few nights in Granada (and definitely the Patio Del Malinche) as it’s a lovely, charming and in the heart of a developing city!
Here’s a link to their website www.patiodelmalinche.com/english
My husband and I spent a week in Nicaragua, and Granada was our first stop. Hotel Patio del Malinche could not have been a better welcome to the country and it's impressive service-oriented culture towards tourism. We happened to be there during the unfortunate transportation strike, and everyone at Malinche went above and beyond to help us figure out how to get to our next destination, San Juan del Sur.
During our stay in Granada, the owners and a particularly helpful young man, Marcos, assisted with scheduling day trips to Masaya, Mombacho (a must do), and a tour of Las Isletas. The hotel itself is like an oasis from the sometimes dirty and loud streets of Granada, and the pictures don't fully do it justice! The pool area is perfectly manicured, the water is always the perfect temperature, and the cocktails, juices, and food are all of the freshest ingredients. The rooms may be small, but they are super clean and comfortable.
All in all, one of our best hotel experiences to date, we would recommend Hotel Patio del Malinche to anyone who is ever in Granada!
Good for the price
I stayed at this hotel for 6 days at the end of May 2008. The good points first, the staff were all very friendly and helpful, the air conditioning was modern split system and really cooled the room down and the cable tv on offer had numerous english channels with even a german channel. Bad points, the room as always looks bigger on their website, it is approximately 9 foot by 10 foot there are no chairs in the room in fact no furniture, the bathroom is about 6 foot by 5 foot, my room had two single beds ( some had 3). The TV was very small a 12 inch model. Biggest concern was the lack of hot water, only got hot water thru about 2 out of the 6 days I stayed. There is a safe in the room, breakfast was a choice of either eggs, tomatoes and toast or fruit platter or cornflakes or muesli and yoghurt (only one to be selected ). The hotel is close to the main square ( 5minutes walk ) The rooms were clean. All the rooms are Non Smoking, this is not on their website.
Friendly and well located
We usually pay a bit more for a hotel, but there are no quality hotels in Granada. But bearing in mind the price, Patio del Malinche is excellent value. I would strongly endorse 50+traveller's comments and those of CharityIan.
As they say, the rooms are very small. But we had no problem with hot water. And if you want to sit in comfort, then there is a delightful courtyard to relax in - best to treat the room as somewhere solely to sleep in.
We found the owners (and indeed all the staff) immensely helpful and friendly, whilst at the same time maintaining high standards for all their guests.