Great for Events
Avaliou em 13 de Novembro de 2017
This past week we hosted an event here in conjunction with Compassion International - a total of about 75 people including 15 children. Farallones ensured the day was wonderful! The pool is beautiful - recently retiled, clean, and very spacious with plenty of room in both shallow and deep ends. There are plenty of tables and lounge seating with shade. Farallones provided breakfast, a buffet lunch and drinks through the day, as well as ice cream snacks - all flawlessly executed. The food was great!!! The staff was very professional yet friendly. While our adults had booked rooms at another hotel in the city, we all agreed that we liked Farallones much better and we hope to stay here on our next visit.
12 day stay & we'll be back
Avaliou em 6 de Junho de 2017
The circumstances that resulted in our spending 12 days in a Chinandega hotel weren't great, so we really lucked out by ending up at Hotel Farallones. Long story short: the food is excellent, rooms are clean and comfortable, and staff are exceptional. Now, for the details...
Upon relocating to Nicaragua, our first rental home turned out to be not as advertised and not workable for us. We found Hotel Farallones on Booking.com at the very last minute and went for it, mostly for the promise of free wi-fi (I work online) and a pool.
Our first impressions were good... the property is beautiful and clean, reception staff are friendly, and an English speaking manager greeted us immediately to assist with the check-in, as our Spanish is very limited. We were disappointed that the pool was closed for renovation (it's all been retiled), but the managers quickly arranged for us to visit a beautiful property nearby, with a free shuttle! That was more than we expected, and we were grateful for it. We saw the new pool coming together over our stay and can't wait to check it out on our next visit.
Our room was outfitted with two doubles, a nightstand with reading lamp, a TV on a stand with drawers, a desk and chair, and a large closet wardrobe with a safe (included in room price). The washroom was clean and modern, with both hot and cold running water (don't take that for granted down here!). Fixtures were in good repair, linens were clean and the AC worked like a charm.
Hotel Farallones is set up in a large square centred around the pool and courtyard, with outdoor seating areas on two sides. One leads to a children's playground, and the other to the housekeeping area and laundry. These areas were super comfortable to curl up on one of the padded wicker seats or couches with a book, and the hotel was quiet throughout our stay. This was despite a lot of events going on up at the front of the hotel.
We were initially worried that we'd blow the budget on eating meals out, or get bored with the hotel's food, but that wasn't the case at all. The food at Legend, the Hotel Farallones bar and restaurant is FANTASTIC. It would be top shelf anywhere in North or South America. Free breakfast included freshly ground coffee or lattes and juice, with a choice of a typical Nicaraguan breakfast (eggs your way, sausage, gallo pinto, toast) or continental (yogurt with fresh fruit). We ate about half of our lunches and dinners there and didn't have a single bad meal. There are more affordable options like the chicken sandwich with fries for $6.5 USD, or you can splurge and get a ribeye. The pastas were surprisingly tasty and reasonably priced, and the scallops gratin was to die for. Often, my husband ordered a meat entree and I ordered a pasta, and we shared. Regardless, we found that they used good quality cuts of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables cooked properly, and rich, delicious soups and sauces.
The servers in the restaurant/bar were so accommodating, even when I'd take my laptop in and sit and work for a few hours. There's a comfortable seating area in the bar with couches where you can hang out and have coffees or cervezas if you want to get out of the heat but not be cooped up in your room. Several spoke a bit of English, and were willing to work with us as we worked our way through trying to order in Spanish for practice. They were good sports and work hard to make sure guests are well taken care of.
If you want to try something different, there's also a thatched roof restaurant right across the road with a pretty decent selection. The Pasadita just out the front gate and to the left also makes delicious fresh panini sandwiches, if you just want something quick to take out.
Hotel Farallones' wi-fi didn't fail me, which was my main concern as I had to work throughout our stay. The power went out very briefly during a thunderstorm, but other than that we had power and internet for the entire 12 days.
We learned that they offer an airport shuttle to Managua, so we plan on making Farallones our stopover in Chinandega while traveling between northern Nicaragua and Canada.
If you're looking for a clean, safe, reasonably priced hotel with good amenities and amazing staff in a convenient Chinandega location, this is your best bet.
- if traveling from North America, the nearby Pasadita has an ATM on the "plus" network that is compatible with a lot of out of country banks.
- pedicabs and taxis are widely available right in front of the hotel. You should be able to get downtown by pedicab for under 20 cordobas and taxis are 30 cords for 2 people.
- Hotel Farallones offers a laundry service that's reasonably priced and pretty quick, if you're staying a while.
It's a Motel at best.
Avaliou em 15 de Maio de 2017
They did let us check in early. Room was clean, regular box with view of the employees/maintenance house. Pool is empty, did not notify when making reservation and when noted on arrival was greeted with a shrug of the shoulders. Coffee, they have an espresso machine but do not know how to use it. Customer service, as I write this review I am sitting beside an empty pool in an empty motel drinking terrible coffee smoking cigarettes for an hour, not one person has approached me to offer anything, not even an ashtray. The restaurant has about 6 tables and the menu is WAY expensive. I am not looking forward to breakfast! $87 USD for the night, maybe $45 would make it palatable. You guys need to do some serious work!
A week in Chinandega
Avaliou em 22 de Fevereiro de 2017
Hotel staff are very friendly. The maids were sure to clean our party's rooms first, knowing we would be back for lunch after leaving each day very early. The bed was comfortable and ac worked well. Dinner and lunch in the restaurant is serviceable. Bartenders are great. They fresh squeeze juice for drinks and make a great margarita.
If you have to stay there...
Avaliou em 13 de Janeiro de 2017
Pool was not clean. Room looked cleaned. Bathroom full of mildew, toilet was definitely not clean at all, hardware to hang the towels was full of dust, sticky residue around the sink. Breakfast is not good.
Be prepared and bring your disinfecting wipes and chlorine bathroom spray cleaner.
Avoid staying overnight in Chinandega, better stay in Leon. There you have better and cleaner hotels.