A number of people ask me about our accommodations so I thought I would include photos of my favorite places. All of the hotels we stayed in were all clean, well located and comfortable but there are aways some that stand out as extraordinary. The hotels in Granada, Panajachel and Antigua were among those. Our first night and only night in Managua, Nicaragua was at the Camino Real Hotel near the airport; this was not one of my favorites but it did had a lovely pool area.
From Managua we drove to Granada for an extended stay at the Casa del Consulada, a lovely old home that had been converted into a hotel. The rooms opened to the pool and courtyard where we would meet in the morning for breakfast and each evening to talk about the day over a glass of wine before dinner at a local restaurant. We had the place all to ourselves and it felt like home. This was one of the top three in my mind. It may sound strange but I really loved our large bathroom, high ceilings, a jungle scene painted on one wall complete, a striped beach chair and open shower with glass block window wall where the sunlight streamed in each morning. Our double doors open to the pool; in the photo you can see the sitting area where we would congregate for breakfast and happy hour. One of the rooms had a beautiful floor to ceiling stained glass window, sorry no photo.
In Panajachel, Guatemala we stayed at the Regis Hotel and Spa surrounded by beautiful gardens, the attached cabins shared a long veranda with rocking chairs and a table in front of each room. In the garden was a hidden stone steam lodge and vine covered stone hot tub with a waterfall, very private. Near the lobby was an outdoor terrace with tables and chairs and this is where we would gather in the evening for our happy hour before walking to dinner. Again this was ideally located close to everything in town and the lakeshore but sheltered from the noisy street, quiet and comfortable.
Another gem was the hotel in Antigua, Hotel Los Pasos, a little farther from the main plaza but still an easy walk, the rooms were lovely set in a courtyards; our room even had a fireplace. The night it rained we moved happy hour from the rooftop terrace to our room, plenty of space for everyone.
In Santa Elena, Guatemala we began to feel the Caribbean influence with the hotel set on Lago Peten Itza, the rooms were nice but the lakefront setting made this hotel special. Breakfast outdoors by the pool and in the evening warm breezes and sunsets.
The one in Antigua was my very favorite but then anything Antigua is my favorite.