Hotel Escuela Teosintal
Muelle 2c E, Moyogalpa, Nicaragua
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Hotel Escuela Teosintal Moyogalpa Reviews
Simple and clean May 14, 2010
We arrived on Ometepe after 1 hour of sailing on Ferry El Che Guevara. We had not booked any hotel room so we were back to the findings of Lonely Planet. The city of Moyogalpa was quite different from Granada; it was rather small and the road from the raised steeply from the harbour. It was yet a city without street signs but it was on the other hand quite small. We asked once and got guided towards the Hotel Escuela Teosintal that was our pick.
Afterwards I have to say that the review in Lonely Planet was an overselling of the hotel compared to the facts that we experienced.
The hotel is situated some 500-600 meter from the harbour; you have to follow the road directly from the ferry and up five blocks and turn 100 meters to the right, it was actually easy to find. The hotel is one of the largest houses in the street and the entrance is mighty and spacious compared to many of the other buildings. The reception was situated as a box in the middle with some really nice colourful chairs behind. These chairs were the only example of coziness and romance I saw in the otherwise quite cold and simple interior.
The Hotel is run by an agricultural cooperative which is visualized several places in the hotel; they do also sell organic preserves and coffee beans in the reception but they were not pushed towards us at any time.
The receptionist spoke some English and we had no problem in getting two rooms. The hotel is primitive but clean and very cheap; being off season we paid 15$ per night. The rooms were spacious, very simple and clean. There were no extras in the room; I had 3 beds in my room and a standing fan. There was also a fan in the ceiling and that was it.
The bathroom was large and fulfilled the basic needs. There was no hot water but it didn’t matter; it was extremely warm. It was probably the warmest night I spent on the holiday and I had the fan standing a blowing straight on me all night.
There was a possibility to park the car in their garden; it was not the easiest to get in because the car hit the ground every time I had to drive over the pavement and into the garden. The garden needed a caretaker; there were a couple of large mango trees and I was several times very close to get hit by falling fruit.
We used their space outside the small kitchen for our aperitif both evenings we stayed at the hotel. There were not any nice tables but they fulfilled our needs; it was like staying at a scout camp. The different receptionists stayed all the time in a small box that was the reception; we only saw 3 different persons doing 8 hours shifts watching TV and playing the computer. It must have been a lonely job, because we saw only one other guest than us.
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