The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Granada, Nicaragua

Stay in a magnificent colonial mansion whose blue-tiled pool was the first in the city
Stay in a magnificent colonial mansion whose blue-tiled pool was the first in the city | Courtesy of Hotel Real La Merced / Expedia
Russell Maddicks

Easily the most glamorous city in Central America, Granada is filled with colonial mansions painted in sunny pastel colors. It’s home to the country’s best boutique hotels and surrounded by eco-luxe retreats, offering access to Nicaragua’s natural treasures. Here are the best.

1. Jicaro Island Lodge

Boutique Hotel, Lodge

Wood-pannelled seating area in Jicaro Island Lodge in Granada. A table and bench are alongside a wooden ladder leading up to the first floor.
Courtesy of Jicaro Island Lodge / Expedia

Lapped by the freshwater waves of Lake Nicaragua, Jicaro Island is one of around 360 tiny islands off Granada that make up Las Isletas. A tranquil, tropical getaway where the gourmet meals are organic and the wooden casitas have been built from sustainable timbers, it was named one of National Geographic‘s “Unique Lodges of the World.” You’ll get stunning views of Mombacho volcano from the infinity pool. Perfect your downward dog on the yoga deck or explore the islands by kayak.

2. Tribal Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Outdoor pool area at Tribal Hotel in Granada. Four poster beach beds are facing the pool with potted plants either side.
Courtesy of Tribal Hotel / Expedia

Like the set for a Vogue fashion shoot, Tribal Hotel is in a colonial house decked out with modern art, tribal rugs from far off lands and quirky antiques. New York restaurateurs Jean-Marc Houmard and Yvan Cussigh designed this space on a quiet street away from the center as their own private retreat, with a boho-chic vibe and an emphasis on comfort. Whitewashed, art-bedecked rooms have balconies overlooking the palm-filled courtyard where four-poster loungers offer a place to laze after a plunge in the pool.

3. Hotel Con Corazon

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Eco Hotel

Hotel Con Corazon seating area with deckchairs and tables next to a hole-in-the-wall showing various types of greenery
Courtesy of Hotel Con Corazon / Expedia

Located in a converted colonial house with terracotta roof tiles, soaring ceilings and dark wood furnishings, this popular boutique hotel is just a few blocks from the main drag. Inside, there’s a small but refreshing pool and good wifi, plus they serve up hearty Nica breakfasts. Staff are friendly and can arrange tours to Las Isletas, the Mombacho volcano and Laguna de Apoyo. Con Corazon means “with heart,” and staying at this social enterprise offers a feel-good factor, as profits support local education initiatives to get kids through school.

4. Casa Del Consulado

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

A long hotel room in the Casa Del Consulado in Granada. An exposed thatched ceiling sits above a double bed and dark wooden furniture.
Courtesy of Casa Del Consulado / Expedia

A large converted mansion with high ceilings, wooden beams and antique tiles, the Casa Del Consulado offers an immersion in Granada’s colonial past. It’s just two blocks from the central plaza. A cool, inviting pool in a garden courtyard is the main attraction here, alongside the spacious rooms that sleep up to four people. There are also single rooms for solo travelers.

5. El Respiro Ecolodge

Resort, Hotel

El Respiro Ecolodge outdoor pool area. Just behind the edge of the pool sits a wall of thick green vegetation, with some deckchairs also in view.
Courtesy of El Respiro Ecolodge / Expedia

El Respiro is a sustainably run hilltop retreat, located 1,150ft (350m) above sea level in lush forest inhabited by howler monkeys and hummingbirds. It’s only 15 minutes from Granada, but feels a world away from the heat of the city. The two-storey lodge captures magnificent views of Granada and Las Isletas below and the majestic Mombacho volcano above. With a farm-to-table ethos, the European owners serve gourmet meals made from their own organic produce, while the pool offers a refreshing diversion.

6. Hotel Darío

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

Room at the Hotel Dario in Granada. Two beds sit against a yellow wall with basic photo decorations, whilst at the end of the room theres a shuttered window.
Courtesy of Hotel Darío / Booking.com

This charming colonial mansion is conveniently located on La Calzada, the main strip of restaurants and bars that runs down to the lake. Baroque furnishings, checkerboard tiles and lush courtyards make up the hotel interior, which is named after the famous Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío. Opt for a courtyard room to retreat from the street sounds. The plunge pool in a manicured garden offers a relaxing mid-afternoon splash.

7. Hotel Plaza Colon

Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel

Smartly-decorated bar area at the Hotel Plaza Colon in Granada. Quirky floor tiles, modern wall art and plush blue seats make up the furniture.
Courtesy of Hotel Plaza Colon / Expedia

Decorated with vibrant paintings by renowned Nicaraguan artists, there’s an elegance to this beautifully converted colonial mansion that sets it apart from the rest. Located on the central plaza, it is close to all the major attractions, bars and restaurants. Inside, the coveted suites at the front have balconies with unbeatable views across the square to the iconic mustard-yellow cathedral. High ceilings and airy corridors offer respite from the sweltering street, and the swimming pool in a leafy courtyard is long enough for lengths.

8. Hacienda Puerta del Cielo Ecolodge and Spa

Eco-Lodge

A room at the Hacienda Puerta Del Cielo Ecolodge & Spa. A vivid nature-themed wall painting covers the back of the room, with a large bed in the middle and windows overlooking vegetation on the left.
Courtesy of Hacienda Puerta del Cielo Ecolodge and Spa / Expedia

With its thatched-roof cabins and bright murals of macaws in the rooms, there’s a distinct jungle vibe at this remote ecolodge in Masatepe. While it is about an hour from Granada, the main draw here is the spectacular panorama that takes in the Masaya volcano and large crater lake below, best enjoyed from the infinity pool. Activities include an evening tour to see the bubbling lava lake and a day trip to the craft market in Masaya.

9. Plaza Marbella Granada Condominiums

Hotel, Luxury

A seating area at the Plaza Marbella Granada Condominiums. Neutral coloured-furniture sit alongside a wall-mounted TV and some French windows.
Courtesy of Plaza Marbella Granada Condominiums / Expedia

A gated vacation apartment complex set around a large pool, the Plaza Marbella is aimed at families and couples who want bright, modern space where they can feel at home. Watch TV in your own lounge and explore Granada at your leisure. Fully furnished apartments come with king-sized beds and equipped kitchens, so you can prepare your own meals. The pool area is perfect for lazing away the hottest parts of the day, kicking back with a book or hanging out in the evenings.

10. Hotel Real La Merced

Boutique Hotel

Hotel Real La Merced hotel room. A plainly-furnished room contains a bed on a wooden frame, a painting and a rocking chair next to a private balcony.
Courtesy of Hotel Real La Merced / Expedia

This magnificent colonial mansion harks back to the golden age of Granada; it has a pink marble staircase designed by the Italian architect Mario Favilli and a gorgeous blue-tiled central swimming pool that was the first in the city. Rooms are elegant and cozy with dark wood floors, large comfy beds and a coffeemaker stocked with locally sourced, top-quality Nicaraguan beans. The best rooms have balconies that overlook the Iglesia La Merced, which stands opposite. Climb the bell tower for the perfect sunset photo spot.

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