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Hotel Vistamar  

Petronic 300m S 600m W, Managua 3555, Nicaragua

"Beach and a book getaway."
Posted by: Mark on Mar 17, 2011
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Take your next vacation or group retreat to Pochomil Nicaragua Located in beautiful Pochomil, Hotel Vistamar rests along the exclusive and beautiful beaches of Nicaragua.

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"Beach and a book getaway."

Hotel Vistamar
User Rating:  Hotel Vistamar Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Mark  on Mar 17, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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Stayed here for one week after a week of touring with two Nicaraguan friends. The food from the a la carte menu was fantastic. The staff seemed a bit shy. Not sure if it was their English or my Spanish. For two days we were the only guests which made us wonder if we hadn't heard the tsunami warning and everyone had evacuated without us. The beach is absolutely fabulous. On weekends it is very busy as Nicas with disposable income make the two hour drive from Managua with their families. Monday morning we walked the whole beach and only met one other person. As above this was the day we thought something was wrong. The hotel is also a convention centre so you may have to wait while staff tend to those clients. Bottled wine is not included in the all inclusive package but we had a bottle of some nice Chilean reds every night with supper.Because we left a day early to be closer to the early morning departure at the airport, they didn't charge us for any of the wine. Restaurant hours are not posted and do not appear on the menu. Supper is over by 7 pm so go early.Rooms and balconies are spacious and clean. Because few people were there the bar was closed but local beer and 7 yr. old rum were plentiful at the restaurant counter. Walking around the fishing village of Masachapa is safe and interesting with a few shops and restaurants. Water is not safe to drink anywhere in Nicaragua but botles water is everywhere and cheap (free at the hotel). If you want to relax and really chill stay here. If you want all night discos and drunken tourists falling down at 10am don't stay here.

Room Number:
7-B

Arrival:
Fast and efficient. No one else was checking in.

Rooms:
as above lots of room to swing a cat or your romantic partner.The ones facing the beach are the best.

Restaurants and Bars:
One restaurant. No buffet (which makes sense) unless there is a convention and more people. A la carte is very good especially the chicken asado and the local fish. Best waiters were Roger and Elman. Ruth is good but very shy.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Beach-the best.Must be...President Daniel Ortega has a beachhouse here.
Pool-could use a chlorine puck or two but David the pool cleaner works very hard to keep them clean.
Grounds-tidy

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
On weekends horse-back riding is available, ATV rides, surfing lessons, lots of vendors selling the usual trinkets. Little Jorge (about 6 years old) will tell you that if he doesn't sell any of his chickens and armadillos made of shells he can't go to school. Not true but we bought some anyway.

Other Comments:
As always remember Nicarague is a third world country. Think we have plastic bag pollution issues in Canada...the problem is huge here even in areas posted as "Ecological".

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"We enjoyed our stay here and have no complaints at all"

Hotel Vistamar
User Rating:  Hotel Vistamar Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Lee & Mike  on Mar 1, 2009  >  4 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Because this is the first review of this hotel on this site, we will give an overview of the hotel as well as our comments.

We stayed at Hotel Vistamar for one week March 1 – 8th, 2009. During our stay, there were only 2 other North American guests and the remainder were Spanish speaking. With the exception of a conference group, there was probably no more than a dozen guests at one time.

Our last night before our return flight was spent at Best Western Las Mercedes (directly across the street from Managua airport - you can walk across the road to check In !). You can check our review of the Las Mercedes on this site also.

LOCATION
The hotel is beachfront at Pochomil, approximately 1 ½ - 2hours from Managua airport, depending on traffic.

The community of Pochomil is to the south (left on the beach) of the hotel. To the north (right from the hotel), a 25 minute or so walk will take you to the fishing village of Masachapa.

RESORT
Vistamar is a small complex with the rooms mostly located around the pool and along the oceanfront.

There are 40 rooms in 2 story, 2 unit buildings. We chose an upper oceanfront unit which gave us a large, private verandah with a small table & 4 adirondack rocking chairs and a hammock with sliding doors to the room. Palm trees in front of the resort provided privacy while still giving us a view of the ocean and beach.

Some of the lower units have kitchenettes for an extra cost.

The grounds are nicely landscaped with lots of tropical plants and trees (almond, cashew, tamarind & palm). There are lots of birds – warblers, kiskadees, jays, bluebirds, doves, sparrows, and the odd woodpecker.

There is a good size main pool and 2 smaller ones, and 2 cold water Jacuzzis.

There are several palapas around the pool, one with hammocks, and the rest with chairs and tables. There seemed to be adequate lounge chairs for the number of guests that were there.

There is a small gift shop on-site. Also, on a few occasions, a vendor family was on the grounds near the pool. They will not approach you or bother you. The little girl, Marivel, was very helpful with helping us to figure out dollar vs. Nicaraguan cordobas for our purchases. The prices were very reasonable – earrings were $1.00 US, necklaces $2.00 US and a ball cap was $5.00 U.S.

We found all of the hotel staff to be very friendly and courteous (as were any of the Nicaraguans that we met during our travels). While we were there, only one staff member at the front desk (Marlon) and one restaurant server (Byron) spoke English, so some Spanish is definitely helpful.

Our e-mails to the hotel were answered by Alfredo Gonzales, the manager, whose English is excellent. We booked our stay on-line and everything was handled very professionally, including our pick-up at the airport and return transfer.

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"We enjoyed our stay here and have no complaints at all"

Hotel Vistamar
User Rating:  Hotel Vistamar Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Lee & Mike  on Mar 1, 2009  >  4 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
496 people found this review helpful

Because this is the first review of this hotel on this site, we will give an overview of the hotel as well as our comments.

We stayed at Hotel Vistamar for one week March 1 – 8th, 2009. During our stay, there were only 2 other North American guests and the remainder were Spanish speaking. With the exception of a conference group, there was probably no more than a dozen guests at one time.

Our last night before our return flight was spent at Best Western Las Mercedes (directly across the street from Managua airport - you can walk across the road to check In !). You can check our review of the Las Mercedes on this site also.

LOCATION
The hotel is beachfront at Pochomil, approximately 1 ½ - 2hours from Managua airport, depending on traffic.

The community of Pochomil is to the south (left on the beach) of the hotel. To the north (right from the hotel), a 25 minute or so walk will take you to the fishing village of Masachapa.

RESORT
Vistamar is a small complex with the rooms mostly located around the pool and along the oceanfront.

There are 40 rooms in 2 story, 2 unit buildings. We chose an upper oceanfront unit which gave us a large, private verandah with a small table & 4 adirondack rocking chairs and a hammock with sliding doors to the room. Palm trees in front of the resort provided privacy while still giving us a view of the ocean and beach.

Some of the lower units have kitchenettes for an extra cost.

The grounds are nicely landscaped with lots of tropical plants and trees (almond, cashew, tamarind & palm). There are lots of birds – warblers, kiskadees, jays, bluebirds, doves, sparrows, and the odd woodpecker.

There is a good size main pool and 2 smaller ones, and 2 cold water Jacuzzis.

There are several palapas around the pool, one with hammocks, and the rest with chairs and tables. There seemed to be adequate lounge chairs for the number of guests that were there.

There is a small gift shop on-site. Also, on a few occasions, a vendor family was on the grounds near the pool. They will not approach you or bother you. The little girl, Marivel, was very helpful with helping us to figure out dollar vs. Nicaraguan cordobas for our purchases. The prices were very reasonable – earrings were $1.00 US, necklaces $2.00 US and a ball cap was $5.00 U.S.

We found all of the hotel staff to be very friendly and courteous (as were any of the Nicaraguans that we met during our travels). While we were there, only one staff member at the front desk (Marlon) and one restaurant server (Byron) spoke English, so some Spanish is definitely helpful.

Our e-mails to the hotel were answered by Alfredo Gonzales, the manager, whose English is excellent. We booked our stay on-line and everything was handled very professionally, including our pick-up at the airport and return transfer.

Was this review helpful?   Yes Thank you for giving us your opinion.

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