Semi-retired consultant in the clean energy field. Certified personal trainer.
I'm ready to pack it all up and move in with Joel! The house is BEAUTIFUL + SUPER SAFE + VERY WELCOMING + PERFECTLY LOCATED! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in a nice cool room, with a kitchen to use and ample space to hang out and lounge :) It is situated close enough that you are within walking distance of everything, but far enough away that it is quiet. Can't recommend this place enough! Seriously, Joel, save my room for me ;)
Casa Jardines is a lovely home with even lovelier people running it. Joel is a wealth of information and goes out of his way to be helpful and make your trip enjoyable. He responds to everything you ask with kindness (made sure that my linens were without fragrance since I'm chemically sensitive, found me an art class, got me to the market so that I could buy my fruit for my special diet, etc.) and I've found it to be very helpful to my successful journey here. Candy cares for the house and keeps it clean at all times and is a very warm and delightful presence. As much as I've enjoyed the colonial style house, it is the people here that make it a place you want to stay. For me that is a wonderful feeling while exploring a city where I know no one nor the language. Because of staying here, Granada has become a wonderful life experience for me and I hope it is for you, too!
Sometimes when travelling you don't end up with enough time in certain locations. So first impressions are very important. And Joel, the very friendly staff, the animals, and his casa could not have exceeded that hopeful expectation. I instantly felt welcome and was greeted with exceptional kindness. Joel was also very helpful with what to do, what to see, and where to go on limited time.
Not to mention the home! Beautiful! Big open rooms, exposed brick, high ceilings with great airflow, lovely garden, hammocks, rocking chairs to enjoy a morning café, and very close walking distance to the centre of Granada.
I'm sure I will be back, and now I totally know where to stay.
Thanks again Joel!
I highly recommend staying at Casa Jardines! It's in a perfect location if you prefer quite, just 5 min's from the main square. Far enough away that you wake to the sound of morning doves and the clickity Clack of horses hooves on the cobblestone road.
The room's are delightful and spacious and Joel and an absolute joy to speak with and amazing positive energy and always available to help should you need any.
The kitchen is available for cooking meals and has everything you need.
There is a gym right around the corner should you wish to exercise, they have yoga and spa services, highly recommend getting up early and going for a run along the water.
5 ***** for Casa Jardines! Thank you Joel, we may be back when we come back through in a couple of weeks time. See you soon!
Wow, Joel's place was great! He was absolutely fabulous to communicate with, he really enjoys hosting people and helping them have a great experience in Granada.
His house was in a quiet part of town, but just a couple blocks from the main street. My partner and I had a comfortable room with a shower, with a porch that looks into a garden. I will absolutely stay with Joel again if I go to Granada!
I spent a delightful week at Joel's place. What a warm and welcoming home! Joel and Candy, the housekeeper, were extremely cordial and helpful.Joel offered excellent advice on all things Granada (watch where you walk or you can break an ankle!), and was very accommodating to all my requests. I loved the family feel of the place, including the resident dog and cat. Would I return? In a heartbeat!
Casa Jardines is a pleasant and stress free house with courtyard guest quarters that include A/C, fan, and private bath. Joel is an excellent host and the location is off the beaten tourist path. The neighborhood is safe, friendly, and a short walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the scenery of historic architecture that is Granada. Joel is extremely knowledgeable and available to answer any questions and provide assistance for transportation etc. A relaxed and comfortable environment with WIFI and a community use TV in the open air living room, Casa Jardines is a great place to stay.
Joel was probably one of the most helpful hosts we have ever had. We never felt like he was a host but more like a friend. He is extremely witty and has a very very warm heart. Any question about getting around or about Nicaragua he would find the answer to. His house is absolutely lovely with a big garden to lounge in and drink Candi's amazing coffee. Candi is also great! She is funny and sweet. Thanks to Joel and Candi, our experience in Granada was absolutely perfect. Thank you again for everything guys!
Joel was an excellent host and his place was even better than we expected from the pics. Even though we had some mishaps (nothing related or to worry about) Joel was always helpful and supportive. On top of that, we completely fell in love with the people and culture of nicaragua.
This is a fantastic BnB just like a home away from home. Joel's great and he really spends time talking to you about Granada and Nicaragua. Loved the rooms with brick walls, comfy bed and ample storage for 2. The house itself is a traditional Granadian house with hammocks lining the courtyard and typical rocking chairs. Oh, and there's laundry and plenty of clothes lines to line dry your clothes. It's a 10-15 minute walk to the main square but we always felt safe.