I live in Granada, Nicaragua. I'm American but own a European style bistro.
Great little house, fairly basic inside but comfortable. The area can be a little lively with people on the streets all the time, but all seemed to be friendly but if you don't know this it can seem a little scary but it's not and the price is excellent value.
Cute 2 bedrooms Colonial Style.
It’s a perfect place for someone who wants to live the granadian way of life. The house is located about 12 min walk from Parque Central, in a barrio called Pueblo Chiquito. The Central Market is not far and is a great place to buy fruits and vegetables. For meat, there is the Colonia and Union supermarkets not far away. Taxis from anywhere in the city to the house cost 10 cordobas.
The cooking utensils furnished are just basic. Staying there for 2 months, I invested in a few pots and pans, which I left with the housemaid Argentina, who, by the way, is a ‘pearl’.
If you are accustomed to comfort this might not be the best place for you. As mentioned by other renters, the sheets although clean are blood stained, presumably left by beg bugs bites. I had a few of those and the landlord solved the problem by inserting the mattresses in special covers. I bought myself some new sheets. I slept in the front room – door opened – to have air. But I did sleep under a mosquito net – provided by Laurance - because I found some bat poo in the bed in the mornings.
All depending on your tolerance to bugs and other crawling animals, you will certainly enjoy the house, as I did up to a certain point. But my level of tolerance was reached when a rat came running in the kitchen at 9:00 PM... That was it for me! I just packed a small bag and was lucky enough to find a hotel room in the center although it was Semana Santa. The next day, I rented another house and left the ‘ Cute 2 bedrooms’ - 2 weeks before the end of my lease and went living somewhere else.
That being said, I will keep good memories of all that I have lived and discovered about the city, its inhabitants and their way of living.
We stayed at this location for 4 nights. This is indeed a cute, colonial style house in beautiful Granada. For $20/day to rent a whole two-bedroom house with fully-equipped kitchen is a steal! The owner was quite laid-back and easy to communicate with via e-mail for the picking up/dropping off keys. However, there were two drawbacks:
1) Location: it is a little far from the center of town and located in a residential neighborhood. I suggest this location for people who have lived in Granada before and who are pretty comfortable "living with the locals"
2) A bit of cockroach problem sad to say. We saw one live one and quite a few dead ones who died from poison that was around the house
Cute place not too far from the Parque Central. Very spacious place with great friendly neighbors. We stayed there during Christmas and it was insane with all the kids plus fireworks.
Laurence and his wife were nice, the WiFi didn't work during our stay but there are lot's of cafe's with free WiFi (check out the Garden Cafe if you get a chance)
Cheap for size, spacious, you get the whole apartment to yourself but what lets is down is the lack of cleanliness.
Location 3/5 walking distance 30 mins from Parque Central
Atmosphere 3/5 lively local neighbourhood, expect some noise at night
Cleanliness 1/5 had to clean kitchen ourselves, blood stains on pillowcase, sheets not in the best condition, cockroach problem, no toilet paper.
Wifi didn't work
If you want the real nicaraguan experience you should stay in this typical colonial style hous in the middle of the pueblo among the nicaraguenses. There was plenty of space in the hous and a clean bathroom. It was pretty hot in the house even with the ventilors on because there's open
-air space. That's how the weather is like in Granada in summer...very hot!!! We didn't feel very safe out there in this area so we would take a cab back home at night. Laurance already waited for us at his Euro Café, which is higly recommendable for breakfast, to give us the keys, toilet paper and soap. We only cooked there once but kitchen utensils weren't very attractive kind of dirty but other than that it was a cool experience and Laurance is a very friendly host.
la casa es bonita,agradable, fresca
If you are looking for a true Nicaraguan experience, than this is it. The house is within walking distance to the tourist areas, but far enough away to get peace and quiet. It is located in a neighborhood surrounded by other Nicaraguan families so you get to experience the true Nicaraguan culture. We stayed for 2 nights and would have stayed longer if it wasn't already reserved by someone else. Its perfect for a couple...lots of space and privacy. There are lots of ceiling fans which creates great airflow and keeps the house nice and cool. Perfecto!
Okay, I don't know who had more fun during their stay, Laurance and Thelma or my husband and I! We really enjoyed showing them around and going to a local ski area for tubing and skiing. We also enjoyed hearing all about their home in Nicaragua, conversing about the farm, and just about everything under the sun. Come back soon Laurance and Thelma so we can do it again!
They were a very friendly group.