Semi-retired consultant in the clean energy field. Certified personal trainer.
Joel was a wonderful host. The room we had was great and Joel said we could even use the air conditioner as long as we stayed in the room (prices are expensive out here for this). We only booked one night but decided to stay for two. There was an incident where the guard dog was a little loud, but she only barks for long periods of time when something really bugged her. The fact that we were safe and lost a handful of hours of sleep didn't bug us too badly. We recovered the next night. We had a nice basic breakfast included with our meal. Joel and the others that lived here were fantastic and helped us with whatever we needed, directions, getting transportation, etc. Our room was big for just the two of us and we really enjoyed the temperature of the shower. Our toilet was having an issue with flushing, but we were able to fix it ourselves. We had no worries staying with Joel and I'd highly recommend booking with him :) He's also a very interesting character to talk to! The location was okay, you have to walk a bit farther out to get to where you'd like to, which is a bummer in hot humid weather, but it's pretty cheap to take at taxi if you'd like to do so. They run by the road outside of Joel's place very often so you don't have to worry about hunting one down. Stay here if you have the opportunity!
Our stay was great! Casa Jardines is a beautiful home within walking distance of Granada's historic center with a lovely garden, open kitchen and quaint, traditional rooms. Joel and his housekeeper Candi were tremendous hosts and made our stay comfortable and memorable. Because of the brick construction, the rooms stayed cool despite the heat, and the air conditioning was there when we needed it. It was a wonderful place to return to and relax, so we will definitely stay again the next time we are in Granada!
Our stay at Casa Jardines was absolutely DELIGHTFUL!!!! Joel, our host is such a wonderful and knowledgeable person to be around. He made us feel welcomed as soon as we stepped through the front door. Our first night there, he informed us of all the do’s and don’ts around the area, made us aware of the conditions of the streets – little pot holes, high and low pavements which are throughout the town, and of course, a little advice on little critters such as mosquitoes. The house is situated perfectly in a quiet and SAFE neighborhood and less than 5 minutes away from the center of town. There’s a garden by the rooms, with a hammock to relax after a long day of sightseeing as well as a sitting area with comfy couches. Candy, the housekeeper will prepare breakfast for you at your request which was a plus but most of the time we ate out because we wanted to try the local food around the area. If we return to Nicaragua for a second visit, we’ll definitely be staying with Joel again.
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.