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.
We chose a table in front of a balcony window that perfectly framed the bay and decided to do justice to the full drinks menu by ordering two Bloody Marys (one spicy one not) and a Margarita on the rocks. Top marks for these.
There was more good news to follow on the food front. Most of the dishes are Nicaraguan inspired, with a few Mediterranean options mixed in. We ordered two churrascos (flank steak) and a grilled filet of fish. The steak came with a choice of jalapeño or chimichuri sauce; the fish only needing a hint of lime to draw out its flavor.
It’s not the cheapest place to eat in town, but nowhere has quite the sense of history. The intricate Victorian architecture, the fine wood paneling and the beautiful ocean views all play their part. Plus the fact that Mark Twain stayed at the hotel adds something extra to the proceedings.
The art gallery and Mark Twain Lounge are highly recommended for history buffs. Throughout the hotel the walkways are decorated with photographs capturing San Juan del Sur’s storied past.
The hotel patio offers a beach front swimming pool and heated jacuzzi. You’ll have to cross the road to get to the beach but the view is completely unobstructed. There are also multiple shaded terraces perfect for people watching along the malecon or for taking in a sunset over the Pacific.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:00am to 10:00pm.
The 21 hotel rooms have air-conditioning, wifi, fans, cable TV, safe and refrigerator.
Tel: +505 2568 2005 or 2568 2091