This condo/villa is part of the newest (and only) condo hotel in Granada. The complex is small with nine luxury units in a quiet safe neighborhood and only 7 blocks away from the Parque Central and all restaurants, shops and nightlife.
This truly is an oasis within the city and a great home base from which to explore all of Nicaragua. The Pacific coast, mountain coffee plantations and magnificent volcanoes are all within 1 1/2 hours drive, but the colonial city of Granada is the main attraction. On the edge of Lake Nicaragua and in the shadow of Mombacho volcano, Granada is a romantic city of colorful colonial homes and churches. Founded in 1524, Granada enjoys the distinction of being the oldest colonial city in the Americas. This relaxed and mellow city has one of the most pleasant central plazas in Latin America which is surrounded by 16th-century colonial buildings, great restaurants, museums and other entertainment. Granada is a great place to base and explore most of Nicaragua's popular highlights.
Granada shares the shoreline with Lake Nicaragua, the 10th-largest freshwater lake in the world. The lake has great sport-fishing in and around over 360 tiny tropical islands (Isletas) that are richly covered with vegetation. The islands of Lake Nicaragua were created hundreds of years ago when the volcano Mombacho exploded. Today, you can explore this extinct volcano along trails in the cloud forest. You'll see more varieties of orchids than just about anywhere else in the world and all kinds of wildlife, including 170 counted species of birds and blue morpho butterflies. You can also take a canopy tour, shooting from treetop to treetop on harnessed zip-lines.
Near Granada you'll find Lake Apoyo. This crater lake, formed over 21,000 years ago when a volcano erupted, is the largest crater lake in the country and one of the most beautiful. The views from the top stretch over the hillsides, taking in the blue waters below. Because of its elevation, Lake Apoyo is generally five degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler than Granada, just 15 minutes away. Its pristine water has therapeutic qualities, thanks to the sulfur and other minerals, and the temperature is 85 degrees all year long. It is in a Nicaraguan natural reserve and a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site.
Masaya's Craft Market and the Masaya Volcano National Park. Nearby Masaya is home to Nicaragua's best craft market, offering just about anything that's hand-crafted in the country—ceramics, leather goods, iron work, hammocks, jewelry, rocking chairs, masks, clothing . . . you name it.
There are five active volcanoes at nearby Masaya Volcano National Park offering the best volcano viewing in Central and North America. It's the only place in the region where you can see hot magma rising from the depths of the Earth—and you can drive right to the top!TripAdvisor property ID 3201030...Read more
Left on 03/21/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | GaryReviewed Mar 21, 2014Stayed Feb 2014
The worst thing about condo/hotel Xalteva is that at some point you have to leave! No matter what you have read, heard or pictures you have seen, it's actually better than that. I have never encountered a more friendly, courteous or efficient staff anywhere. Upon arrival you will notice that it has everything you need; a corkscrew and blender! Sure it has every cooking and eating item you'll need but you are surrounded by great inexpensive restaurants, why cook? You can even get local food cooked on site for a minimal fee. Fresh fruit and coffee by the pool on mornings gives you a chance to meet with some of the other guests. The month we were there we met some truly wonderful folks from all over; this is a very social place but if you want to be alone, no problem. It is about six blocks from the local park area, where many of the great restaurants are and entertainment takes place. Walking is flat, safe and easy but keep an eye out for big holes and tripping hazards, you have been warned! If you come back late, stay on the main streets and when you arrive back at the condo, ring the bell and the night guard will be there in seconds. There is a safe in each room but we never felt the need to use it! Remember, you are in Nicaragua and Spanish is the native language so learn a few basic words and phrases and life will be easier. It's better to learn, where is the bathroom please, before you actually need to. Need anything from an English book to read, taxi, or any type of tour; just go to the front desk and they will make it happen! It short, if you're going to Granada, it doesn't get any better than Xalteva!
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