Hacienda Mérida is located along on the edge of Lake Nicaragua, in a small community with the same name at the foot of the Maderas Volcano. The place, which was one of the most important farms of the Somoza family, now welcomes visitors with spectacular sunsets, a fantastic rear view of the Maderas and Concepción Volcano, a fishing dock, front view to the lake, high speed Internet and an ideal place for a completely enjoyable vacation.
The hotel offers spacious private rooms with view to the lake, hammocks, fans, private bathrooms and very comfortable beds. There are also quadruple rooms with private bathrooms and dorms. In addition, meals are served buffet style and include a combination of traditional Central American cuisine and typical North American dishes. There is also the option to order individual dishes from our continental menu
What makes Hacienda Mérida stand out from other hotels on the island - in addition to providing a ramp and special amenities for wheelchairs - is the surprisingly large variety of activities that can be undertaken from this remote corner of Ometepe, including:
- Biking with excellent mountain bikes
- Kayaking to the Istián River
- Hiking to the San Ramón waterfall or Maderas Maderas Volcano
- Horseback Riding
- Volunteer opportunities (Ometepe Bilingual School)
- Fishing dock
- Santo Domingo Beach within 7 KMs from Hacienda Merida
- The Garbage Palace School
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Jan 09, 2013
The owner and the staff were really helpful with a passeport problem we had and we will always be greatful for everything they did for us.
Cynthia & Simon
May 31, 2011
Dec 09, 2009
The walls are not made of plywood, though if the criticism is that the rooms are not soundproofed, that is correct. The walls, however, are wood paneled and quite sturdy. I had absolutely no problem with noise. Quiet time is quickly enforced between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., which is quite enough for most people.
There are approximately eight private rooms with private baths. Views of the lake from the front rooms are spectacular. The views in the back are of the surrounding trees and all rooms have an outdoor sitting area. I was in the back and loved the view from my shower - about five feet up from the floor the wall was screened in for a lovely view of the trees. I felt like I was showering in the jungle. My room was spacious and quite comfortable. The mosquito netting is the standard variety, and to my mind, unnecesary. There are also dorm rooms and camping available for those who need or desire less privacy.
The food is wonderful - healthy, plentiful morning and dinner buffets are offered - and both are very reasonably priced. There is a limited a la carte lunch menu. Service is friendly and the staff is quite capable. The wireless service is indeed excellent and the clientele is generally engaged, friendly, curious, adventurous and generally environmentally friendly.
The Hacienda's host is fluent in English, very attentive to his guests, an expert on the area and generous but not intrusive with his advice. He has a full range of guided programs as well as independent activities to suggest to visitors looking for things to do. The owner is also very active in the community, offering free English classes to local youth, promoting primary education, sustainable development and healthy eating habits while encouraging volunteerism in the community.
There were no dogs wandering around while I was there and most of the time the donkey was tethered some distance from the restaurant. When he was loosed briefly after breakfast and meandered over to the guests, he was quickly led away and tethered.
I would add that the island of Ometepe is a remote area in a developing country. The surroundings are beautiful and largely unspoiled. There is, however, a trade-off for this type of remote paradise. Guests should not go there expecting the same level of accommodation or service that they would expect - and pay dearly for - in a more developed, accessible part of the world. For those guests looking for adventure and who think the trade-off is worth the reward - clean, comfortable and more than adequate instead of luxury in exchange for unspoiled beauty and an other-world experience - I would highly recommend Nicaragua, Ometepe and the Hacienda Merida.
Jan 21, 2009
Our experience was a good one, meeting friendly travelers of all ages and enjoying this natural setting.
Jan 16, 2009