You could be forgiven for glancing at the exterior of Hotel La Recolección in Leon and thinking it has been there for centuries. It’s named after the church it fronts, built in 1786, in the heart of the colonial center.
This property actually went up in this decade, as new construction, but with a keen eye on the past.
Local craftsmen created the period details, including a spiral entry staircase and intricately carved wooden fixtures. All the spaces in the hotel, including corridors, rooms, and bathrooms, use classic cement tiles colored with the traditional red mud color. Fanciful art pieces by Nicaraguans are scattered throughout.
So you get a true sense of place in this Leon, Nicaragua hotel, while also enjoying the modern amenities you would expect, including complimentary WiFi that doesn’t have to struggle to get through meter-thick stone walls from the 1700s.
It has 50 rooms total, which is usually enough for whole tour groups since this city doesn’t get nearly the number of visitors as better-known Grenada. The standard rooms are fine, with spacious showers and locally crafted furniture, but go for one of the four Master Suites or six Junior Suites for more room to spread out. As in much of Nicaragua, rates here are a terrific value, so you might as well splurge on an upgrade. Room prices max out at under $200 for a suite, including continental breakfast for two.
The Esquina restaurant on the ground floor serves a range of local specialties and some international dishes, plus it has a full bar where you can get your favorite cocktail with local rum. There’s a gym on site if you need to work it off and those getting around Nicaragua by car can take advantage of the full parking.
Staffers can arrange excursions into the countryside or suggest cultural activities in this center of arts and culture, but you might be tempted to just stroll the streets of El Centro. One of the greatest advantages of staying here is that you’re right in the center of the action, a short walk to multiple bars, restaurants, museums, and the central plaza.
If you want to stay in a truly historic property, then go for the other hotel we have featured, El Convento, but if you’re not a purist, this is a great choice that will help you get a real feel for the city.
See our detailed review of Hotel La Recoleccion in the historic center of Leon, Nicaragua.