Kate Atkinson

Bubu Hotel

Granada

by: Kate Atkinson

  • Why

    A pit stop for 24 hours of self-worth treatment en route to pick up my American work visa.

  • When

    April 2015

  • Who

    Solo bureaucracy run.

Highs + Lows

  • The service; I was having a visa meltdown as no one in the city seemed to know where the visa center was, which was not an official destination, but an unmarked villa with no signage whatsoever. I was escorted by a staff member to another hotel that luckily directed us to the right place…without this personal assistance, I may still be living in Granada, sans passport. Pierre and his partner were extremely accommodating.

  • The luxurious elegance; the rooms were really beautiful, well curated and thought out. From the personalized art touches to the bed and the furniture, everything felt luxe. I loved the slightly offbeat pieces, like the two-headed tiger in the bar, which Pierre’s friend Cyndi Lauper also apparently loved. Great minds.

  • The pool; I just loved the setting and the terrace. It really felt like an oasis.

  • Ambience; I did not meet anyone also staying at the hotel. It was more quiet - I wanted a bit more atmosphere. But then again, atmos gets me in trouble, so the serenity was a blessing in disguise.

: 43/50
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  • Stealable Stuff

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Important Bits

  • Type

    A grand colonial house.

  • Vibe

    Chichi... an exclusive haven for the jetset traveller.

  • Location

    Located in the heart of Granada, Nicaragua’s most charming city with colorful Spanish architecture, markets, quaint shopping and a tourist-free environment. Granada is within easy reach of the (much less desirable) capital Managua and airport as well as arms length away from the local volcano Mombacho and its active bubblings. Also close to the Isletas, born from the volcano’s eruptions a few million years ago.

  • Rooms

    Five junior suites.

  • Music

    Well curated but chilled.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    The property was meticulously restored using the best materials from local artisans. The vision was overseen by a French specialist of luxury hotel design and an architect.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, divine. I had my own private corner that looked out onto the 43 foot lap pool. No gym, but with the option of private yoga lessons or walking around the local town, who needs a horrid treadmill?

  • Restaurant

    Yes, beautiful Nicaraguan breakfast with local fare on the patio & lunch throughout the day.

  • Bar

    The bar here is a really big deal…moody but saucily lit, it has a mature feel to it and is the perfect place to sink into a chair and savor a cocktail or a cigar from the local mountains.

  • Minibar

    Yes

  • Wifi

    Yes

  • Children

    Too sophisticated, hire a nanny.

  • Price

    Costly, but with due cause.

In the Area

This is the city’s main fixture, and everything seems to stem from it. Highly recommend your walk starts here.

Parque Central

Parque Central, Ave Vega, Granada, Nicaragua

This is the city’s main fixture, and everything seems to stem from it. Highly recommend your walk starts here.

1345 meters up, with an active crater. There were Nicaraguan cowboys near the entrance when I visited…highly recommend.

Reserva Natural Volcán Mombacho

Reserva Natural Volcan Mombacho, Granada

1345 meters up, with an active crater. There were Nicaraguan cowboys near the entrance when I visited…highly recommend.

Nothing beats a back alley stroll when there are men on horses, women brandishing pigeons, fruit stalls, local art and crafts and friendly people to see. With a mountainous backdrop –just wandering around is the best way to experience Central American scenery at its finest.

Go for a wander

Granada, Nicaragua

Nothing beats a back alley stroll when there are men on horses, women brandishing pigeons, fruit stalls, local art and crafts and friendly people to see. With a mountainous backdrop –just wandering around is the best way to experience Central American scenery at its finest.

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Bubu Hotel

Bubu Hotel, Granada, Nicaragua

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