San Juan del Sur Hotels

What makes a good hotel depends on your priorities. How important is location? Are you just looking for a clean room and efficient service or do you need a place to entertain? Are you looking for a new experience? An adventure? Something out of the ordinary? Your choice may also depend on who is picking up the bill...

The good news is that in San Juan del Sur more and more options have come onto the market in the past few years. You can now take your pick from luxurious retreats in the hills, well-run, well-connected hotels with affordable room rates in the center of town, hotels with iconic views of San Juan del Sur's story-book horseshoe bay, upmarket “eco-chic” experiences, beachfront rooms with private balconies and much much more. Take a look at some of the places you can stay in San Juan del Sur today.

5 Choice Granada Hotels

I’m a beach person.

I’m crazy about the surf in San Juan del Sur which is why I’ve lived here since 2007.

But I do enjoy sneaking away to the nearby colonial city of Granada on occasion because of its diverse selection of restaurants, art galleries, buzzing night life and close proximity to Laguna de Apoyo – a precious Volcanic crater lake.

If you’re planning a visit to Granada, here are 5 choice hotels to consider: [Read more…]

A Jewel on the Emerald Coast

view of wavesYou can’t put a price on the sound of the waves.

But that’s exactly what you get when you stay at Aqua Wellness Resort.  It’s just part of the experience when you book one of their treetop villas set above a lovely white-sand beach in a secluded bay.  

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Buena Vista Surf Club: Surf, Yoga and Natural Beauty


Imagine sitting on a tree top balcony sharing a fruity rum drink with your special someone as you watch the waves roll in at Playa Maderas.

As the owners of Buena Vista Surf Club like to say, “You don’t have to be a surfer to stay here, but we can help you to become one!

You also don’t have to be a yoga practitioner to book a room, but you’re likely to become one after an extended stay and a few sessions on their beautiful ocean view yoga balcony.

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Hotel Victoriano Serves up a Sense of Occasion

Victoriano 1

Hotel Victoriano is a San Juan del Sur landmark and I’d heard good things about the onsite “Vintage Restaurant”.  So when my two dining companions suggested we meet there for lunch, I jumped at the opportunity.

The mansion was built in the early 1900s by British immigrant William Cross, using materials shipped over from England. It later became a weekend retreat for the ruling Somoza family, before being carefully restored into the 21 room Hotel Victoriano.

We were the only ones here for lunch but that didn’t seem to take away from the sense of occasion. [Read more…]

Rancho Chilamate: Its Soul Shines through the Details

Rancho Chilamate Eco Ranch & Horseback Riding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

We endeavor that our life and activity in Nicaragua continually respects and benefits our local community and environment. – Rancho Chilamate

Yearning to escape the busyness of town, I excitedly accepted Blue’s invitation to join Rancho Chilamate’s horseback adventures on an early morning ride to Playa Escamequita.  The 7:30am departure offered a glimpse of San Juan del Sur often hidden from hungover backpackers and sleepy tourists.  On my 20 minute drive south, local fisherman and farmers were already hard at work while children dressed in blue and white uniforms made their way to school. [Read more…]

Playa Hermosa Hotel: San Juan’s Best Kept Secret

Hermosa beach hotel

As a travel writer, this is the type of place that I have mixed emotions writing an article about.  On one hand, I’m thrilled to share this jewel of knowledge with the world having frequented the beach since back when the only public access to Playa Hermosa was by boat.  On the other hand, I cringe at the thought of San Juan’s best kept secret getting out.  Simply put, if it you want great surf, uninterrupted nature and local culture combined with wifi, security and delicious meals, it does not get any better than Playa Hermosa.

The owners have developed this beachfront hotel, bar and grill with a conscience for the environment and the surrounding area.  Most of the hotel staff comes from the nearby community of El Carizal; solar panels attached to the clay tile roof provide power; the water is sourced from a nearby well which is pumped by a windmill and the entire establishment is off the grid (well, except for the wifi).

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Villas De Palermo: A Tranquil Ocean View Resort

Take 50 luxury villas with tiled roof porches nestled in the foothills behind San Juan del Sur, add hardwood designer furniture and local art and throw in panoramic views of the Pacific ocean and the stunningly contoured geography of the area, and there you have Villas de Palermo. Arranged over two floors, the villas have generous bathrooms, comfortable beds, large walk in closets and tall picture windows to bring in the light and energy of the outdoors.

The resort has a gorgeous freeform pool with long views to the ocean and a large clubhouse that combines clean, modern architectural lines with more casual palm thatched sections. Everywhere you look the gardens are well tended and bursting with exotic flora. The resort is set within a reforestation and conservation project so if you are awake at sunrise you may hear the grumbling of howler monkeys from the tree-lined hills to the north and east.

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Hear the Waves Break at the Alcazar Hotel

Alcazar Hotel Balcony

If you prefer the comforts of luxury, combined with the closeness of town and the sound of nearby breaking waves, then you will love the Alcazar Hotel.  The edge that Alcazar has over all the other luxury hotel options in town is the proximity to the beach, restaurants, live music and action.

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A Superb Panorama Awaits You At El Jardin Hotel & Restaurant


Overlooking the superb panorama of Nacascolo bay, this 11 roomed boutique hotel has one of the best views of the area. And, around here, that’s saying something…

Perched on a hill and drenched in a spectrum of bright paint colors, the boxy architecture of the hotel cleverly exploits the areas greatest resources – sun and sea. The large swimming pool is surrounded by sprawling terraces and chaise longues to laze around in. Those seeking a shadier spot can steal away to smaller seating areas dotted around the place, or retreat to their private terrace (most of the rooms have one).
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Pelican Eyes Hotel and Resort: Luxury On San Juan del Sur’s Doorstep


If you had the pick of any location in San Juan del Sur for a hotel, you’d probably choose Pelican Eyes. While there may be higher hills overlooking the bay, few locations deliver the magic combination of full bay views and close proximity to downtown while still managing to feel a million miles away from it all.

From the minute you drive past the the pair of pelicans gracing the entrance gate, you’ll be impressed. The hay-bale construction of this resort allows for a curved, flowing design that befits the contoured landscape. The collection of individually designed studios, multi-story town homes and family sized villas are linked by winding hand made brick pathways. Each turn delivers a surprise – a fountain, an intimate little plaza or a small statue.

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