Farmstay El Porton Verde Reviews – Airbnb, Alexandra

Alexandra

Mike was very helpful with our traveling logistics, he picked us up from the airport for $20 and helped us get cordobas and on a bus the next day . His farm,family and Bnb were all lovely . His wife made a delicious local breakfast and mike gave us a tour of the farm . We enjoyed the quiet location and pool. Thanks so Much Mike , Tara and señor Micky!

Pool Bunkbeds Tranquil Farm B&B (w)

December 2014

via Mike’s Profile – Airbnb.

Managua hotel with airport transfer – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor

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Managua hotel

Swimming pool at El Portón Verde

Managua, Nicaragua

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3. Re: Managua hotel with airport transfer

Aug 01, 2014, 8:00 AM

Greetings DD690:

I wrote a blog post awhile back on this very subject. “Where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua” which you can find here: elportonverde.com/2012/…

Hopefully that might help you understand your options.

Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

via Managua hotel with airport transfer – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor.

This subject comes up fairly frequently on the TripAdvisor Nicaragua forum where a first-time traveler to Nicaragua is trying to figure out how to get to a decent hotel for that first night, as most of the flights to MGA, Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport arrive later in the day, most after 8 pm, and you’re probably going to want to have a plan for that first night.

It’s best that you arrange a hotel that offers transport from the airport to the hotel, and I offer my post “Where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua?” as a sort of a guide to one’s options, including whether you need to stay in Managua that first night at all!

Of course, we think staying at El Porton Verde is your best bet, and that our soft landing service beats any other lodging option in terms of price and service to the traveler, but hey, that’s just our opinion, right dude?

And speaking of opinions, there’s a case to be made that even for folks who would rather start their Nicaraguan vacation in Granada might be better off staying with us at the farm rather than pay $40 or $50 for a shuttle ride to Granada. But again, we want you the prospective visitor to decide what is best for you as our ambiance of tranquility, peace and fresh climate isn’t for everybody! Cheers, Mike @ El Porton Verde, Managua

 

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If your first tour stop is a morning hike of Masaya Volcano, I would stay nearer to Masaya if possible, not Granada, as it is backtracking to get to the volcano from there. So you could stay at Apoyo (further away from the airport) or nearer to Masaya (closer to the airport).

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Since this was on a TripAdvisor forum, I couldn’t come out and say that it is too bad that most visitors are Granada focused even if it makes their first day of vacation a little more complicated then is necessary!

If this nice person writing on the forum is a representative sample, then there are lots of folks going all the way to Granada from the Managua airport (MGA) and then they are backtracking twenty-five or thirty kilometers to get to the Masaya Volcano.

Masaya Volcano is the most visited tourist site in Nicaragua and the Farmstay is only about 12 kilometers from there. We are ideally situated for those coming in to the Managua Airport (MGA) at anytime, but especially so on a late night flight who want to do a volcano Masaya hike the next morning. The Farmstay “soft landing” service is a great option for these folks!

What Nightlife is Near the Managua (MGA) Airport?

What Nightlife is near the Managua (MGA) Airport?

The nightlife options near the Managua airport are limited. The airport is located to the far northeastern part of the city of Managua, and is a good distance from the more centrally located dining and entertainment districts such as the Zona Piratas, Carretera a Masaya, the shopping malls, and other neighborhoods with such activities available.

The most likely option is to head over to the Camino Real on Carretera Norte about one kilometer to the west of the airport to visit the Pharoah’s Casino. It’s one of the better casinos in Managua, with the typical slot machines, video poker, and table games such as poker and blackjack. There is also a restaurant and on the weekends they usually have a live band playing.casino-farahos

 

The only other nightlife near to the airport are some bars and one or two dance clubs. One worth mentioning is called Mama Naya 2. This is near the stoplights known as “La Subasta” located about 1.5 km to the west of the airport. This is a hip hop dance club known for its Caribbean music. If you like lots of “wining”, grinding, twerking, perreo and freak-type dancing, then this is the place for you! This club is especially popping on a weekend night.mamanaya

A little further to the west (about ten minutes drive from the airport) is the neighborhood of Bello Horizonte. The dining and entertainment area is located around a roundabout where bars and restaurants are located. Roving bands of mariachi groups roam the area and there are street carts serving greasy hamburgers, tacos, burritos, hot dogs and french fries. There is a disco, karoake, casino, and various restaurants, including chinese, pizza, traditional Nicaraguan, and a variety of other dining options.bellohorizonte

That’s a quick overview for the nightlife options near to the Managua airport. I hope you enjoyed it!

The Fast and Furious Banana-Man

Not sure if this photo is actually from Nicaragua or not, but certainly lots of old vehicles go to market loaded in plantains. I should know, I’m one of them!

Taking Fruit to Market

As you go towards Managua early in the morning, before the 7-9 am rush hour on Carretera a Masaya, you will see lots of these sorts of vehicles bringing fruit to market. One morning I was going downtown and a truck full of pineapples was in front of me. As they got to the downtown stoplights, the street kids, window washers and assorted vendors were asking for a pineapple. The guy in the passenger seat gets out of the cabin, and hangs onto the back of the truck. Not to protect the pineapples, but to start tossing them out to the kids on the street! Everybody got a pineapple that day…love that story about the heart and soul of Nicaragua.

I may not be known as the banana man, but I’ve had my runs to go to the market and sell my fruit. My good day is when I have a pickup or a drop off at the airport of Managua scheduled and I can also load up on plantains to sell on the way back at the Mercado Mayoreo, the fruit and vegetable wholesale market.

I usually don’t make much, and it does make one realize how hard our farmers work for such little recompense. Believe me, I fight to get 2 cordobas a plantain! They retail for 5 cordobas so I figure the vendors are getting a good deal.

Recently, my MIL started taking plantains into the countryside, way out there and selling plantains from here, Managua to the folks out there, in the rural areas. I don’t understand it, but they sold and at a better price then we could get for them in Managua. Even including the cost of shipping them on the bus!

 

First time in Nicaragua? Try our “soft landing” service w/MGA p/u B&B

First time in Nicaragua? Try our “soft landing” service w/MGA p/u B&B (km 10.5 C a Masaya, Managua)

Looking for a friendly face and a tranquil and cool place to stay that first or last night in Nicaragua?

Due to airline schedules and travel times, many visitors to Nicaragua arrive late at night or depart very early in the morning. For some, that means staying overnight in the Managua area.

Assuming you did not come to Nicaragua to stay at a chain hotel similar to what you have in your hometown, consider staying in the best-rated lodging in Managua that has a Nicaraguan flavor with first-world comforts and customer service.

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small bed and breakfast located on a farm in the breezy hills south of Managua approx. 2 km off of kilometer 10.5 of the Road to Masaya (Carretera a Masaya). With our outstanding views, four-star quality guest rooms, and gorgeous swimming pool, we offer a quiet and fresh alternative to the airport- and downtown-area chain hotels and small inns. Our motto is: “we are located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away…” but the only way to really appreciate it is to be here for yourself. We invite you to visit and stay with us at the farm.

Your host Mike welcomes you with personalized service and attention to detail that the most discerning travelers can appreciate. We hope to help you have a relaxing stay here in Nicaragua from the moment you leave the customs area at MGA airport to the moment you pass through security on your way back home. For those first-time visitors, here is a link to my blog about What’s the drill? What to expect when arriving at MGA Managua’s Augusto Sandino International Airport

We work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua, overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua. We enjoy the views, peace and tranquility here so much, we decided to share it with a select group of travelers…if are you one of those who want a unique Nicaraguan vibe from your first to your last night in-country, then we are the right place for you!

You will not be ‘roughing it’ at El Porton Verde, far from it, as the property has excellent amenities usually found in four star hotels such as custom-made furniture, quality beds, bedding and towels. We also have a swimming pool, free high speed WiFi, and delicious Nicaraguan breakfasts that typically include ingredients grown and raised here on the farm.

Airport pickup and drop off service is available. We give you the “soft landing” treatment from the moment you pass through Customs at the airport until you go home. We also provide local half-day and full-day tours of our local area such as Volcano Masaya, the Masaya Artisan’s Market, the Pueblos Blancos, Granada, etc.

If you would like a little slice of Paradise, Nicaragua-style, we welcome you to stay with your host Mike.

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Travelling from Managua Airport to Granada

We were robbed at gunpoint travelling at night in a Paxeos shuttle from the airport to Granada in July of 08.  There were 9 norteamericanos in the Paxeos van, including young children.  I no longer travel at night, and would emphasize this rule for travelling in a van full of gringos fresh from the US with all their cash and goodies.  I recently heard that several other groups of tourists have been robbed on the same road (Tipitapa cut off) traveling from the airport to Granada at night.  Cuidado.

via Travelling from Managua Airport to Granada.

Another reason to stay at Farmstay El Porton Verde that first night in Nicaragua!

VIP Lounge at Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport

VIP Lounge.

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If you want a more comfortable entry to Nicaragua, we recommend using the VIP Service!

If you want a more comfortable entry to Nicaragua, we recommend using the VIP Service!

The VIP Lounge in the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport has an excellent location and spacious rooms. It is located on the second floor, next to the international departure and boarding lounges.

It is an ideal spot for passengers who are waiting for their flight, or or those who wish to bid farewell or welcome friends, relatives, or business associates in a pleasant setting.

The lounge is comfortable and cozy, with spacious windows letting in natural light and a view of the parking lot and public areas. It has a tropical ambience that matches the climate of Managua. Televisions and wireless internet conexion are available for those who wish to check e-mails, watch the news or other entertainment programs. Its first-class services and highly trained staff make it even more attractive.

Relax, you're in the VIP Lounge!

Relax, you’re in the VIP Lounge!

VIP services are provided to:

  • Business people or company executives who travel regularly or receive visits from executives doing business with their companies.

  • Passengers who like to use the VIP Lounge when they make family, tourism, pleasure, or health trips.

  • Artists who perform in the country and other celebrities who feel more comfortable and secure in the VIP Lounge.

Recently, I picked up guests from the Managua airport who chose to avail themselves of this VIP service. I was impressed by the level of customer service, the comfortable lounge,  free snacks and beverages and overall atmosphere. So, Iwant to let folks know that this is a good option for some visitors.

The VIP Salon is very comfortable!

The VIP Salon is very comfortable!

The guests I picked up were moving to Nicaragua. When I went to collect them, I was led through the entrance in the main terminal and went up the stairs into the lounge. My guests were relaxing at a table, eating some savory snacks and enjoying a cold Toña beer.

Since they were relocating to Nicaragua, they had over 20 pieces of luggage and a very sweet but somewhat elderly dog with them. Instead of wrangling all their luggage and dealing with customs on bringing an animal into the country, they were able to chill out in the lounge. Every few minutes a member of the VIP staff would give them an update, bringing them documents to sign, returning passports, etc.

After about fifteen minutes, the VIP staff announced that everything was ready and that they had all the luggage downstairs ready to load into my truck. We went downstairs, I brought the truck around to the terminal, and they loaded all 20+ bags in the bed, tied and secured it, delivered the dog, and off we went!

For those with lots of luggage, who want to have a very easy entry into Nicaragua, and for those bringing live animals into the country, I highly recommend the VIP service. The best $30 you will ever spend!

Managua Airport Tips: What to expect when arriving at MGA Augusto Sandino International Airport

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Exterior of the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

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The main lobby of the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

Will you be arriving at MGA, the Managua International Airport soon?

Would you like some Managua airport tips and a step-by-step look at what to expect? Here you go, enjoy!
The drill will be:
  1. Get off the plane, follow the people and signs down hallway and then down the escalator to Immigration.
    (Note: If you use the VIP service, you will stay on the same level and someone from the service will have a placard with your name on it!)
  2. Get in one of the lines (the ones on the right side of the room seem to be shorter generally speaking, but YMMV).
  3. Have your forms, passports, and $10 USD in cash ready. The immigration officer will normally just swipe your passport, stamp it, then take the money from you and give you a receipt.
    Note: Speaking of forms, if you are coming to stay at the Farmstay, write down “km. 10 1/2 Carretera a Masaya, Managua” in the space on the form titled “Direccion Prevista”
    Note: Keep the little piece of paper they give you, this is your visa and should be kept with your passport. It is automatically given for a 90 day period and can be renewed one time.
  4. Follow the other people towards the baggage claim area…there is a tourist information desk on your left if you want to grab some brochures and you can stop and use the bathroom on the right if necessary (optional 🙂 )
    Note: There is a money exchange there too, but I do not recommend exchanging money at the airport. They give you a really lousy exchange rate, about a fifth less then what you can get from a bank or a street exchange.
  5. Get a free baggage cart or two if needed (they are on the left side of the baggage claim area, near the windows where you will see lots of people waiting for the new arrivals)
    Note: There will be airport workers there to help you if you want it, they will just want a tip of a dollar or so…could be well worth it if you have multiple pieces of luggage.
  6. Get your bags off of one of the two carousels.
  7. Get in the line for the bags to be checked and give that person your remaining customs form. (Also, have your baggage claim tickets ready, they check to make sure you are taking the correct bags.)
  8. After that you move towards your final check, where you will put your bags on a conveyor belt. It will go through an x-ray machine (half the time no one is even looking at the screen). There are a lot more customs officials and stations here now, so this part can go very quickly.
  9. Put your bags back on the cart and turn left.
  10. After retrieving your bags, head towards the exits. There are three sliding glass doors, two on your right which takes you curbside, and the other by going forward, staying in the terminal building, heading towards the Rental Car desks.
  11. If you have arranged transport for your first night’s lodging already, look for them but don’t panic if you don’t see your pickup person immediately. They’ll find you!
    Note: If you are staying at the Farmstay, do not go out to the curb, after turning left, go straight through the automatic glass doors into the terminal. I usually stand away from the waiting people that tend to crowd the area just on the other side of the sliding glass doors. Just keep your head high and with complete confidence, keep walking past all of them, ignoring their offers for taxis and transport, and look for me in front of a little coffee bar on the right with my sign saying “FARMSTAY”.
    Note: If you have a scheduled pickup with another lodging option, look for their sign. If you are looking to rent a car, keep going forward and you will see the sign pointing to the rental cars. If you need a taxi, look for the men in the yellow or blue shirts, they are the official airport taxis. Actually, they’ll find you!
  12. If you are staying with us, look for me holding the sign “FARMSTAY
    Note: If you have nothing previously arranged, you have some decisions to make. You can stay across the highway at the Best Western, which, while rather expensive, has an undeniably handy location, or any number of other hotels. See my guide to your lodging options: Where should I stay on my first night (or last night) in Nicaragua?
    There are now two tourism-services kiosks on your left as you enter the main terminal. They will have their representatives at the sliding glass doors. They can help you in case you come in to Managua without any sort of plan whatsoever and you want them to set you up with transport and lodging for the night. 
    Note: You can also set you up for transport to Granada, which many people do. It will cost you about $40. But before you decide on that, there’s a case to be made for staying that first night in Managua because you can catch the public bus to Granada the next day and save money. Plus there are several other reasons, especially to stay at FEPV.

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    Your host Mike will be waiting for you at the airport with his FARMSTAY sign.

streetchildNote: Once you are in the terminal or outside on the sidewalk (or even inside the terminal), there may be street urchins looking to give you a sort of origami flower made from straw, help you with your bags, or just asking for “dame un dollar” (give me a dollar) usually followed by “chele” (roughly translated as “whitey”). Lately, the authorities have done a better job keeping them off the airport grounds but they still are around at times.
Welcome to Nicaragua!  If you are going to Granada and to a lesser extent Leon and San Juan del Sur, expect to see lots more of these children. The best way to deal with them in my experience is to give them a firm “No gracias” followed by a stern (louder) “No!” and keep an eye on your things, do not maintain eye contact. If you do want to give them money, best you give them a Nicaraguan coin, no more than five cordobas.  But just understand, you do not have enough coins/money on you to give money to everyone who asks! There are several orphanages, street children’s help centers, and other worthy charities in the major cities where you can help these young people at risk.

First (or last) night in Nicaragua: Where should I stay?

Hello kind readers (and robots):

Just a (not so) quick story here about the options for the visitor on where they can stay their first (or last) night in Nicaragua.The aim of this post is to help readers planning to visit Nicaragua decide where they should stay during their one or two nights that they may need to be in or near the capital city of Managua. This is usually the first (or last) night in Nicaragua. We’ll go over the reasons why you may need to stay here, where your lodging options are located, and what type of properties are available. Our mutual goal: to help you find best place to stay in Managua (or elsewhere, as you needs and desires direct…)

Now first of all is the disclaimer: My family and I operate El Portón Verde, Managua so we think staying here your first night in Nicaragua is your best bet, hands down! But as one of those old sayings go, there’s a reason that there are 31 flavors at the ice cream store, if you know what I mean, so please check this post out and find what is truly the best option for you. We won’t take it personal 🙂

Okay with that said, let’s get down to what is real when you arrive in Nicaragua.  First of all, this post won’t even get into detail about arriving in any other way other than an international flight coming into Augusto Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua, Nicaragua. Sure one can bus in from Costa Rica, El Salvador, or Honduras. If you are hitchhiking after taking the chicken bus from Liberia to Penas Blancas, then let us know and we can come and get you from the bus station or have a safe taxi there waiting for you…no problem.

However, 99% of people reading this are likely coming in directly to Nicaragua via airplane to Managua, so let’s talk about the airport and the best advice for someone flying in for the the first time. If you want more details on what to expect when you arrive at the airport, check this post:

What’s the drill? What to expect when arriving at MGA Managua’s Augusto Sandino International Airport

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First Night Nicaragua

 

Doesn’t Everyone Just Go To Granada that First Night?

Well not everyone! But the reality is that yes, lots of people head right to Granada to stay their first night in Nicaragua. And it makes sense for many visitors. It’s only about 45 minutes away from the airport, so not terribly far. It has the best-developed tourism infrastructure in the country, Colonial architecture, etc.

While I’ve written before how you might be able to save some money and have a superior first night experience by staying at El Porton Verde instead of heading directly to Granada, I urge you to keep reading to figure out if it makes sense for you to do something a little bit different, something that offers you a truly meaningful experience that first or last night in Nicaragua that you might not experience elsewhere.

There are some reasons why you might want or need to stay in Managua.

What is the deal with Managua anyway?

Most visitors are not really planning on spend any more time than is necessary in Managua.  This is because there is not much to see in the capital city as opposed to the lovely colonial towns, the brilliant beaches, and the wonderful nature reserves and other protected areas. Let’s face it, Managua is hot, dusty, and for the most part, an ugly and sad reminder that Nicaragua is a developing country that has quite a far bit to go in terms of making the city a real jewel as some capital cities around the world are. (This ain’t Paree or London-town pardner!)

That is not to say that Managua does not have its redeeming qualities that are worth seeing, far from it, only that the things one appreciates about Managua don’t generally come to you on the first impression.  (For some, if ever!) No worries, the point is that sometimes you do need to spend some time in Managua.  This is the point of this post, when it is a good idea to spend a night or two in Managua and where would you want to stay during that time?

You might want to stay on your first (or last) night in Managua when:

  • Your incoming flight arrives late in the day and you will just want to get a bite to eat, try your first Toña beer and get somewhere nice to spend the night.
  • You are traveling on to the Caribbean coast and need to wait until the next morning’s flight on La Costeña airlines to Bluefields, Corn Island, Puerto Cabezas, etc.
  • Your flight came in late and you are planning on going first to somewhere kind of far away, such as Chinandega, Matagalpa, Esteli, San Juan del Sur, Rio San Juan, Ometepe Island, etc., which you cannot or should not attempt to travel to at night.
  • You have some dental work or doctor’s visits/procedures/surgeries to take care of by the best doctors and dentists in Nicaragua. Medical tourism is a growing industry here in Nicaragua.
  • You are seriously thinking of relocating and understand that it is a good idea to get to know the biggest city in the country before moving on and deciding where you want to live in Nicaragua.
  • You understand that the best way to check out the different areas, especially along the Pacific Coast is to stay in the Managua area because transport is simpler.

if your situation does not fall into any of the above you probably don’t need to worry too much about where to stay in Managua.  So enjoy your stay elsewhere and thanks for reading!

Understanding Your Managua Lodging Options

Okay, so looks like you need to stay in Managua! I would say there are five categories of short-term lodging in Managua:

  1. Near the airport.
  2. Smallish hotels closer to the airport, but in an area with dining and entertainment options.
  3. Big hotels in the more downtown areas.
  4. Small- to medium-sized inns in residential neighborhoods close to the downtown areas.
  5. Ecolodging, ecotourism options located up in the hills with a cooler, more natural and inviting atmosphere.

Let’s quickly look at the options in more detail.

  1. Near the Airport: You have the Best Western Las Mercedes and the Camino Real. Either of these are okay options if being near to the airport is the number one consideration. Reviews on sites like Trip Advisor aren’t real good. You are sort of stuck there since it is a few miles to the East of the city; if you decided to go out for dining and dancing you’d have to take a taxi across town, so its not really super convenient. Its probably best to stay on the hotel grounds. These options cost approximately $75-125 per night.
    UPDATE OCTOBER 2015: There are two new places very near the airport that you should know about. They are Hotel Airport X and Hostal Monte Cristi. I haven’t seen either of these properties yet, but I do know Calvin Wong who runs the Monte Cristi (I see him at the airport all the time!) and he seems like a nice young man. These two run about $25-45 per night.
  2. Smallish hotels closer to the Airport: There are a few hotels located more or less in the neighborhood called Bello Horizonte that might work for some visitors. B.H. is located about ten minutes drive from the airport, and has a roundabout with bars and nightlife such as roving mariachi bands! It also has a shopping mall called Multicentro Las Americas. In this area you can find the Hotel Hex, Hotel Estrella, Hooters Hotel, and Hotel Don Quijote. These options can cost anywhere from $35-60 double occupancy.
  3. Big hotels downtown: Most of the major chains have hotels in the more central areas such as near a shopping mall, an entertainment zone with fun bars and restaurants, etc. You can find Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental as well as similar properties such as Barcelo and Seminole. These can be nice if you really want that “North American” experience, all the usual amenities, and are okay with paying for the privilege. Staying here can cost anywhere from $80-$125 per night.
  4. Small- to mid-size inns: These can be a good option as the quality of service is usually higher than at the chain properties and the prices similar or perhaps even less. There are some absolutely lovely properties in this category.Some examples with links are listed below. The small-to-mid size places can charge approximately $50-90 per night.
  5. Ecolodges in Elevation: This is where El Porton Verde fits in! There are at present only two real eco-tourism options in the Managua area; we are located closer to town and on the road to places like Masaya Volcano, Granada, Laguna Apoyo, Pueblos Blancos, etc. while our competition is further outside of town and on a different road that goes to Nandaime and Jinotepe. But Bosque Las Nubes is an elegant property, just maybe a tad too isolated. EPV charges between $30 something to about $60 a night depending on room type. No prices could be found for Bosque Las Nubes.

Links to lodgings and TripAdvisor reviews: (TripAdvisor all Managua hotels)

  1. Las Mercedes, Camino Real, Hotel Airport X, Hostal Monte Cristi
  2. Hotel Hex, Hotel Estrella, Hooters Hotel, Hotel Don Quijote
  3. Hilton Princess, Barcelo Managua, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Seminole Plaza
  4. El Mozonte, Hotel La ToraHotel Aloha, Hotel Los Pinos, Hotel Pyramide, etc. (see general TripAdvisor link)
  5. Bosque Las Nubes, Farmstay El Porton Verde

Random Other Specialty Lodging Options

There are a couple of other options that don’t fit into the above categories that I’ll mention. First is an area about five minutes away from the airport called La Subasta or Mercado Mayoreo. There are hotels in that area that charge probably $20-$30 a night. The main one I know of personally is called Hotel Le Voyagueur. It´s a fairly dangerous area to be out at night in though, so take caution.

The other specific mention I’ll give is for a couple-three other options. One that comes to mind is Managua Backpackers Inn which is located in a good central Managua location, near malls and nightlife. You might want to check out some reviews before booking there though…

A second place that comes up often is in an area called Las Colinas. Managua Hills Bed and Breakfast, is out towards where we are but still more in the city than the Farmstay. They get good reviews. (Note that they are rated #3 currently in specialty lodging and FEPV is #2…)

Number one in the TripAdvisor Specialty Lodging reviews right now is Lost Inn Hostel. Located in downtown Managua, again near the nightlife, which while despite having only ten reviews so far, the ones they have are very excellent.

I hope this post helped you to decipher where you want to stay while you are in Managua, Nicaragua.  I would love to hear feedback from readers with any questions you might have or if someone has stayed at any of the above places, let others know what you think!

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First night in Nicaragua

This is in front of the apartment and bunk bed rooms. Swimming pool and volcano views!