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Hotel Intercontinental Real Metrocentro — Managua

Del Restaurante La Marseillaise, 30m al sur, Los Robles

An oasis of Spanish colonial style and excellent service in the heart of steaming, sprawling Managua, this beautiful boutique hotel offers all the poise and elegance of nearby Granada's ancient edifices alongside every modern amenity.

Enter Hotel Los Robles through the massive wooden portal, distinguished with regal, hand–carved hardwood columns, to enjoy a cool and shady welcome from the professional and multilingual staff. Tours, transportation, and all sorts of suggestions for enjoying the staffers' underrated city are just part of the personalized service that inspires their mainly European clientele to return year after year.

After you've checked in, and received your complimentary cell phone, allow the helpful staff to lead you to one of the 14 salto–tiled rooms. Though they are on the small side, each is immaculately decorated with enormous antique armoires of hand–carved guanacaste, as well as comfortable wrought–iron beds topped with pale hand–crocheted comforters. Lighting is soft and flattering, the television provides all the international channels you'll need, and bathrooms are immaculately outfitted with fine toiletries and hairdryers, two with tubs. Most rooms also offer tiny private balconies, where you can enjoy a cup of rich Nicaraguan coffee in the early morning sunshine.

Or enjoy the breezy interior patio, built around a lush little garden and trickling fountain, per classic Spanish colonial specifications. An appealing sitting area is perfect for relaxing with friends or lovers, but was designed with informal business meetings in mind, tastefully decorated with wooden and wrought–iron furnishings, including several graceful antiques. Enhanced with reliable wireless Internet and access to any business service you might require, this may well be the most romantic spot where you'll ever have a productive meeting. This is also where you'll enjoy your fine buffet breakfast, or perhaps one of their notable gourmet dinners. A set menu of international delicacies is displayed each morning; make reservations with the concierge to enjoy perfectly prepared dishes, often with a French flair, that night.

But if the evening's offerings are't quite to your taste, there's no need to call a cab. Los Robles is ensconced in Managua's very best neighborhood, safe and strollable, with several excellent restaurants as well as upscale bars and art galleries. It's a wonderful place to explore and enjoy, offering quite a different perspective of Managua living that you might get elsewhere in the city.

Then return to your quiet little haven in &the oaks,& where you can relax with a drink and discuss the next day's adventures with the delightful concierge.

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Total Number of Rooms: 14
Published rates: $109 including tax and full breakfast

Review and photos by Paige R. Penland.

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