Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, is home to more than a quarter of the entire country’s population. Due to its precarious position above 11 different fault lines, it seems that whenever the city had successfully rebuilt itself after one earthquake, it was only knocked right back down again by another. But on December 23, 1972, a massive 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated Managua with more than 5,000 killed, 20,000 injured, and more than 250,000 left homeless. To this day, portions of its older districts still remain eerily abandoned. The overall result is an interesting combination of crumbling ruins inhabited by the poor, quickly built concrete structures for a wide variety of businesses, and some of the region’s best shopping malls and luxury hotels.
Each of the following hotels in Managua offer luxury accommodations, fine dining and a variety of upscale amenities. With convenient locations that also offer its guests with top-quality personal service, it is easy to understand why these are considered by many as some of the best hotels in the city.
Real Metrocentro Managua - This award-winning, five-star accommodation is known as one of the most luxurious in the city. It is conveniently located in the entertainment district adjacent to the country’s largest shopping mall. Known for its high-quality, personal service for both leisure and business travelers, it offers 157 luxury guestrooms and suites with amenities such as soundproof windows, goose-down pillows, feather mattresses with Egyptian-cotton sheets, and 37- or 42-inch flat-screen televisions. It also includes an on-site fine-dining restaurant (Voltes) that provides a choice of an all-day buffet or an a la carte menu. In addition, the hotel includes a beautiful and private swimming pool as well as a state-of-the-art gym. More information can be found at their website: Real MetroCentro Managua.
Hilton Princess Managua - This luxury hotel is located within walking distance of both the entertainment district on the Carretera a Masaya, and the business district that includes the BAC/Credomatic complex, Invercasa and LAFISE. It offers 104 elegant guestrooms and three luxury suites with views of the city. There are two executive floors that provide a complimentary American breakfast along with appetizers and cocktails. Additional amenities include wireless Internet, 24-hour room service, a fitness center and a private outdoor swimming pool. In-room perks include Hilton Serenity luxury bedding and Crabtree & Evelyn bath products. More information can be found at their website: Hilton Princess Managua.
Barceló Managua - This luxury hotel is located in the exclusive Villa Fontana area of Managua and offers panoramic views of the city from its luxury suites. Amenities include king-size beds, in-room Jacuzzis, wireless Internet, and mini-bars. Guests also have access to two on-site restaurants: La Fontana (serving a wide variety of dishes buffet style) and Kyotto (serving delicious Japanese cuisine). It is also five minutes from the upscale Galerías Santo Domingo shopping center. In addition, the hotel provides rental car services as well as shuttles to both the shopping center and airport, which is 20 minutes away. More information can be found at their website: Barceló Managua.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Managua - This luxury hotel is known for its distinctive shape reminiscent of an ancient Mayan Pyramid. Originally the Hotel InterContinental, it offers views of the city from its hillside location. The 140 contemporary guestrooms and 43 luxury suites include amenities such as wireless Internet access, a full-service health and fitness center and three on-site restaurants. It also provides a beautiful private swimming pool and one of the largest convention facilities in Central America with a capacity of up to 3,000 guests. More information can be found at their website: Crowne Plaza Hotel Managua.
Hotel Los Robles - For those who prefer a personal hotel stay away from the larger hotel chains, this boutique hotel is located in a colonial Nicaraguan home within a quiet residential neighborhood. It offers 14 guestrooms complete with antique furniture and artwork situated around a quiet tropical garden and a soothing fountain. Amenities include a delicious breakfast, a private patio, 24-hour room service, wireless Internet and even a complimentary cell phone! It prides itself in personalized service and attention for each of their guests and the home is only a few minutes away from the Carretera a Masaya and the Metrocentro, one of Nicaragua’s largest shopping centers. More information can be found at their website: www.hotellosrobles.com.