The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Nicaragua

Casa Xanadu is a five-room guesthouse that a pool and spa
Casa Xanadu is a five-room guesthouse that a pool and spa | Courtesy of Casa Xanadu / Booking.com
Sarah Buder

Explore Granada’s colourful, colonial architecture and the towering volcanoes of Managua from these cozy B&Bs in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua’s landscapes offer something for all types of traveler, from the golden beaches of San Juan del Sur to the dramatic cloud forests of Isla de Ometepe. There are also plenty of unique bed and breakfasts that offer tranquil stays throughout the country; here are some of the best.

1. Miss Margrit's Guesthouse

Hotel

Miss Margrits Guesthouse
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Set around a terraced courtyard with tropical greenery and a central fountain, this colonial-style villa offers a calm ambience within walking distance of Granada’s Central Plaza. Each of its six light-filled rooms feature air conditioning, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom – not to mention decorative accents such as hanging light fixtures and intricately carved wooden headboards. You’ll also have access to a full kitchenette, as well as barbecue facilities and a refreshing outdoor swimming pool.

2. Casa Cha Cha Cha

Bed and Breakfast

Casa Cha Cha Cha
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Situated on a steep hill overlooking the fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Casa Cha Cha Cha offers sweeping views of the Pacific coastline. Its four boutique-style suites have private terraces with cozy hammocks or jacuzzis; lounge here and take in the beach views and ocean breeze. While the serene B&B is slightly removed from the hubbub of the lively surf town, you’re just a quick drive from the action, and the staff can help you arrange a taxi.

3. Casa Xanadu

Hotel

Casa Xanadu
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Situated in a beautifully restored colonial mansion with vaulted ceilings and hand-carved wooden pillars, this five-room guesthouse offers close proximity to Granada’s central plaza, with landmarks including the city’s namesake (and bright yellow) neoclassical cathedral. The B&B’s full-service spa, Shandu, is open daily for relaxing facials and other body treatments. Each room has its own fridge and private terrace. You’ll also have access to an outdoor pool and bar, plus a communal kitchen and free on-site parking.

4. La Bicicleta Hostal

Hostel, Bed and Breakfast

La Bicicleta Hostal
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You’ll feel as if you’ve checked into a peaceful urban oasis at this eco-hostel, located 15 minutes from Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport. Make your way through the greenery-filled courtyard, equipped with comfortable hammocks and chairs, before entering the white-and-wood accented B&B. Inside, there are eight rooms accommodating two to four people, plus an open kitchen and a bar area. The friendly staff can help you organize nearby cultural activities, including local cooking classes and bicycle tours.

5. La Veranera

Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast

la veranera
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Mere steps from the pristine white-sand shores of Playa El Coco, this four-room boutique guesthouse features a wide veranda wrapped around a blue tiled pool. Located 30 minutes south of San Juan del Sur, this beachfront property is among the closest lodgings to La Flor Wildlife Refuge, where thousands of sea turtles lay their eggs in arribadas (mass arrivals) each July through December. La Veranera staff can help you arrange surfing lessons, massages and taxi transport.

6. Hotel La Omaja

Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

Hotel La Omaja
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Situated on the island of Ometepe, Hotel La Omaja offers unparalleled views of Lake Nicaragua and the Concepción and Maderas volcanoes. The homey cabañas at this family-owned property provide a comfortable base from which to explore nearby attractions, including the stunning San Ramón waterfall. You can also opt for a (strenuous) guided hike up one of Ometepe’s volcanoes, after which you’ll likely want to soak in La Omaja’s jacuzzi – and down a Nicaraguan beer from the on-site restaurant and bar.

7. Selvista Guesthouses

Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast

Selvista Guesthouses
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This eco-conscious Ometepe retreat includes six unique accommodations, from a three-story luxury treehouse to a solar-powered dome. Spread across a small farm at the base of Maderas volcano, the private guesthouses were built using local, sustainable materials wherever possible, including bamboo for insulated ceilings and custom-made bed frames. As you can imagine, staying here is a very off-grid experience. However, you can arrange to have a private yoga class or a massage from a local professional on-site.

8. Villa Loma del Socorro

Villa, Bed and Breakfast

Villa Loma del Socorro
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If jungle hikes, surfing lessons, and night-time turtle-watching tours are top activities on your Nicaragua agenda, head to this hilltop estate just south of San Juan del Sur. Its four private suites are dotted across a Mediterranean-style property that includes a lagoon pool with bougainvillea-draped terraces and pergolas. Watch the sunset over the surrounding verdant valley and nearby Playas Hermosa and Escamequita from this luxury B&B.

9. Totoco Ecolodge

Eco-Lodge, Bed and Breakfast

Totoco Ecolodge
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For a sustainability-oriented stay on Ometepe, head to Totoco Ecolodge on the slopes of the Maderas volcano. Located about a mile from the town of Balgüe, the secluded property sits on an organic farm near the cloud forest. Fresh daily meals are prepared at the on-site restaurant, and an outdoor pool offers unrivaled views of Lake Nicaragua. Be prepared for humidity. The lodge is completely off-grid, meaning there’s no air conditioning in guest rooms, only standing fans.

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