Nicaragua pictures while at the Montelimar Hotel…Link below:
We went to the Montelimar Hotel from Montreal, Air Transat (Nolitours). Departed on time and arrived on time, getting through the airport was a breeze. The bus ride to the hotel was interesting but long. The Nolitour/TMR Reps, husband and wife team, Nancy and Yves, have things down to a science. Everything is orderly and quick from arrival to departure. After a 90 minute bus ride we arrived at the resort.
Check in was quick and easy (minutes). Room keys are plastic (two) and safety deposit box key (no charge), towel cards, etc included in packet. Luggage stickers with your room number were provided at airport and automatically arrives at your room about the same time you do. We arrived late afternoon and could eat at the snack bar or the main restaurant was open early on arrival days.
Rooms are in a four storey building just behind the lobby or in two unit buildings on streets towards the ocean from the main building. The rooms are old but well maintained. The bathrooms have many mirrors, kleenex, toothbrush and paste, Q-tips, cleaning pads, etc. There also are hairdryers, and soap and lotion dispenser. The shower has a body gel and shampoo dispenser. Room had mini bar (free soda and water), alarm clock, coffee maker, safety deposit box and TV with CNN, HBO and few others in English.
The food was typical all inclusive food, with good red, white and rose wine. They had a fresh squeeze orange juice machine, good fruit all meals, bacon every morning. Pasta bar was available everyday, lunch and dinner with better than average deserts and good ice cream everyday. Ice water was always poured. All settings had place mats and cloth napkins. Three a la carte menus by reservations in the morning in the main restaurant upon entering, never seen a line.
The seafood menu offered whole lobster or grilled tails, which were very good (no extra charge). The steak was also not bad, cooked medium and fairly tender. The snack bar had decent, hotdogs, hamburgers, fresh cut fries, real chicken breast on a bun, fruit and all the veggie fixings.
This complex is huge with endless flowers, shrubs and jungle trees. There are people haulers, farm tractors with trailers that have stopping areas throughout. The main pool is like a huge lake with a snack bar, bar and rest rooms in the middle. The giant Jacuzzi sits 30-40 people. Also on the grounds are bars, casino, horse riding, four-wheelers ($25 hour), mini golf, archery, small zoo, gardens, ping pong,. Around the main building a internet ($5 hour), Telephone (.60 minute US or Canada), Bank, 24 hr drugstore, day spa (massage $30 hr), travel office, and complex with about 10 assorted stores.
The travel office offers many tours of which we took five and were very good with excellent English speaking guides. If you take a English tour request Elvis, who will make your day. I had a group of 14 and no problems what so ever. We found the country very safe and friendly. We did tours to Managua, Granada, Leon, canopy and shopping.
There is a fishing village near the hotel where most of the employees (600 during busy season) live. Three wheel bicycle taxis ($5 hour) will pedal you on a tour.
Beach is dark volcanic sand and is miles long. Very good walking as it is very hard where damp. No vendors on the beach except a half mile away a half dozen are set up and have a few wares when ever the police don’t chase them out. Plan on carrying water when walking as you can get a long way before you realize it. It can be a long hot walk back without water. You can rent a four wheeler or bicycle and tour the beach for miles.
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