Guest Comments

Guest Comments

“The apartment fit my needs well. Next time, yes there will be, I’ll request the Unit 2 studio.”  Laura, October 2016

“Apartment building and facilities are very nice and overall we thought it was very reasonably priced considering the facilities. The apartment was well equipped (kitchen utensils, bathroom towels etc.). Check-in / check-out procedures were very simple. There is a great pool and outdoor space and the building is very secure with 24hr security. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. Thanks to Glenn for being a great host. ”  Dave, October 2016

“Staying at the apartment was lovely! Quiet, clean, safe, and beautiful. He was very helpful with recommendations around Granada and easy to get in touch with. Overall excellent place.”   Felecia, October 2016

“Glenn is an awesome host, the kindest I have stayed with in my travels. His apartments are exceptional for Nicaragua, built to what you would find in the US. Hot water, A/C if you need it and are exactly as described. His staff is helpful and keeps the property clean at all times. The apartments are close to grocery stores and just a short walk from the central park and tourist areas. I highly recommend Glenn’s property especially for a long stay in Granada.Mickey, September 2016

“Glenn was an excellent host. He reached out with me prior to my arrival and was very accommodating. His team was extremely helpful and friendly. ” Leticia. August 2016

“We had a fantastic trip to Granada! Glenn’s place was a home from home- great location, very comfortable and plenty of amenities. There’s a shared pool which we took a dip in and security 24/7. The security guy was super friendly, always saying hello and goodbye and generally being really cheery and helpful. Staff at the desk were also very helpful, giving us a map and directing us to the main square and bus terminal. We cooked breakfast in the morning which was easy enough once the staff had lent us matches for the hob. Glenn was really easy to contact and really helpful with instructions too! Upon our departure, we were asked to pay for the electric we had used over our stay- it does state this in the description but I hadn’t read it properly so please be aware of this! We only stayed for two nights so it was less than five dollars but if you’re staying for longer remember to keep some change aside! Overall, a brilliant trip in a great apartment! Thanks so much Glenn! (The artwork was fab too)!! :)” Maisie, August 2016

“Glenn’s place is stunning! This listing is spacious and clean and gorgeous. We enjoyed spending time on the cute upstairs patio, and the house was nice and cool at night ahh. The house is just a 5 min walk from parque central. I absolutely recommend staying here!”  Steph, July 2016

“From the get go Glenn was very helpful and informative. His staff is always eager to help. Initially I had some Credit card issues and they were more than willing to help with the situation and were very understanding.. the apartment complex is in a very safe and somewhat quite neighborhood(it’s Nicaragua, they enjoy life, imagine that) very large with open spaces, the roof top terrace/patio is great for entertaining or cooking a quite meal all to yourself. For the amenities, location, and price you absolutely cannot not beat it. This is a gem in Granada. I encourage you to find out for yourself.” Daniel, June 2016

“Good location (10 minute walk to center of town, but not right in the action). The staff were all super helpful and nice. All major amenities needed. Would stay again! Heads up–you pay additionally for electricity at every apartment and house rental in Nicaragua, mine was almost $19. ” Rahel, June 2016

“Perfect! A fitting description of my stay at Vista Mombacho. The unit was just as it was described, the staff were helpful, the location ideal for walking to anywhere you’d want to go. My stay was 30 days and I came to know Glenn and his wife Jeannie very well. Their suggestions for dining, tours and local activities were always spot on. And they know many of the expats in Granada so if you miss English speakers, they can put you in contact with a whole group of them! My stay was made memorable by their caring hosting. They exceeded my expectations. I meet many wonderful people while staying at the apartment as a direct result of Glenn and Jeannie’s ability to include a visitor in the goings on in and around Granada. For that, I thank them both! I’ll be coming back for sure.” Al, June 2016

“We stayed for 5 nights in June 2016. We are a couple. The apartment block is located conveniently near the centre of Granda, in a residential neighbourhood. There are supermarkets and a bakery within 10 mins. The apartment block is well looked after and staff are always available. There is 24/7 security. We didn’t feel unsafe in the area. We liked the apartment.  Our apartment was on the ground floor.  There is a little garden space at the back or our apartment and a very large garden in near the pool and also communal areas that you can use. Energy is extra to the apartment charge, we didn’t pay more than 4 dollars a day. There is a small charge to use the washing machine but it is not significant. All in all a fairly priced and good self catering choice.Jessamy, June 2016

Great time staying here. The place is so charming and we loved it. Can’t wait to be back! Tarik, June 2016

“This place is amazing. It’s literally an apartment complex and he apartment is more than u can ask for. Stocked with plates, cups, pans for cooking. Full stove, AC, kitchen table, closet. U could literally live here for months. It’s about a 10min walk to the Central Park which is awsome. The streets are pretty safe however latest I was out walking was about 10pm. There is a street next to the park with bars that was wonderful. The neighborhood is nice. There is a bus that stops literally right in front which was useful for our day trip to Laguna de appoyo (a must go only 10 cordobas) 24 hour security guard who was helpful and even walked us to the bus station after his shift (it was on his way home) Glen was also nice and helpful.” Robert, June 2016

“We had a very pleasant experience. The staff was friendly and always tried to help us despite our lack of Spanish. Only the fireworks and neighbor’s rooster(s) gave us a hard time in the (too) early mornings as we decided to not use the AC and slept with the window open. We enjoyed sitting in the courtyard, and the pool was clean.  We’d certainly consider staying here again.”  Florian, May 2016

“Vista Mombacho was a totally positive experience for us. Glenn is a great host and provided much useful information. He runs a class establishment and all the staff there were also very pleasant and helpful. I would definitely stay there again when returning to Granada.” Keith, May 2016

“We had an incredible experience in the apartment that Glen provided. The space was perfect and we lacked nothing. The staff was very friendly and very welcoming when we came back after a day out. Because we lived in Managua for 2 years we have friends here and we enjoyed inviting them to our temporary home. I needed to cook and everything worked beautifully. Our first night Glen came into the reception and greeted us. We felt very comfortable and welcomed. The water was hot, the bed was comfortable and we were only 4 blocks from the 2 best supermarkets in Granada. We would love to come back next year. Thanks everyone!!” Sheri, April 2016

“Glenn was a very good host and the apartment was great. Stable wi-fi, well equipped kitchen, hot water showers. Clean, comfortable and well located, a few minutes walk from the city center. Only stayed for a couple of days but would definately stay again next time.” Eric and Mia, April 2016

“Glenn is a wonderful host, always willing and happy to give advice and recommendations on your stay in Granada. He and his wife Jeannie, were more like frinds than our hosts. Glenn runs the apartments to hotel standards, with his friendly staff ever willing to provide whatever you need. The apartments are situated in a great location, only three blocks from two large supermarkets and five blocks from the town centre.”  Norman, April 2016

“We LOVED our stay at Glenn’s Mombacho Apartments. The pictures didn’t do it justice! Glenn was a gracious and helpful host. He took the time to chat with us at length about Granada and was very accommodating. The location was within walking distance of everywhere we wanted to go. We really enjoyed relaxing on the terrace in the evenings. We would highly recommend the apartment to anyone visiting Granada!” Lee, March 2016

“We absolutely loved our stay at Vista Mombacho Apartments. Our room (unit 4) was very comfortable: well-stocked kitchen, strong a/c, nice pool, and beautiful high ceilings. This was by far our favourite place in Nicaragua. We actually ended up changing our travel plans and returning for an extra week because it was so comfortable. Glenn and Jeanie were wonderful hosts. They accommodated us in coming a day early on short notice and were very generous in providing us with information about Granada. There were a lot of couples and families staying here. The building had a comfortable, friendly vibe to it that we loved. Next time we’re in Granada, we will definitely be visiting Vista Mombacho Apartments.” Rachel, March 2016

“Superbe maison, bien située avec toutes les commodités. Merci à notre hôte Glenn pour son accueil et son service à la clientèle.” Marcel, March 2016

Vista Mombacho was just perfect. We were with our one year old daughter and we really enjoy the pool, the AC and the separation between the bed and the rest of the apartment (for nap time!). The apartment was clean, the bathroom was spacious and the surroundings enjoyable. It’s a bit off the city center but you can walk there in 5 minutes. Nothing bad to say about it :). P.s. The electricity isn’t included in the room price, so just be aware of that and add around 5 US a day for it.  Laurence March, 2016

Laurence, thanks for your comments.  I don’t know anyone who includes electricity at these prices.  Each of our apartments are metered individually and we make the readings available to you at any time.  Average for a month is usually about $40 – $60 depending on the amount of time you use the air conditioner.  The big $100 a night hotels do include electricity and some of the smaller places turn off the AC during the day so you don’t even have an option to use it or not.  Some say if you want AC it is an additional $10 per day.  Also make sure about the taxes.  We include them but find out ahead of time as the tax rate is 18% and often times they don’t tell you until it is too late.

Bon rapport qualité – prix. Appartement très propre et bien équipé. L’endroit est calme, à 15 min à pied du centre. Staff très aimable. Climatisé .Bruyant la nuit à cause du concert des chiens et des coqs, relayés par les pintades… mais qu’y faire? La consommation électrique n’est pas incluse. Paul, March 2016

Nous avons passé une dizaine de jours dans le logement de Glenn. Nous avons été très bien accueilli. L’appartement est très spacieux et confortable et la piscine très agréable. L’appartement est situé à 10 minutes environ à pied du parc central. Notre seul souci était la connexion internet, car nous en avions besoin pour travailler. Celle-ci était très lente et quelques heures par jour complètement inexistante. Vista Monbacho est le lieu idéal pour passer les vacances à Granada, si on ne doit pas utiliser l’internet. Laetitna, March 2016

Great location, informative people and fun town! Clayton, March 2016

Glenn and his wife are very nice and helpful. I was there to relax in the sun and getaway from winter in DC. The landline they have was helpful and clearer than Skype so no need to reveal to clients I was barefoot in my swimsuit on calls. Location is great. I rent a bike for my stays in Granada but it’s so walkable and cabs are cheap.  John, March 2016

“Vista Mombacho is a wonderful and clean apartment complex. My wife and I rented Apt. #4 and were very happy with the accommodations. There is a doorman, and managers/administrators of the apartment on the premise in case you need assistance, and the grocery store is within walking distance about four blocks away.”  Stanley, February 2016

“The room was exactly like described.  Everything was clean. It is located a few minutes from the city centre and located in a safe neighbourhood. The bedroom overlooked the entrance, so a bit noisy but the pool and the garden compensated this little disagreement. Just bring earplugs and it will be fine. We would highly recommend this room to our friends.”   Bruno, February 2016

Bruno,

It is hard to get away from the noise that sometimes happens anywhere.  There were several celebrations taking place  during your stay so that may explain it.  There were 4 pair of earplugs in the nightstand drawer, just in case.  We started putting them in all the guest rooms because one guest had suddenly developed a snoring problem that kept his spouse up most of the night.   — Glenn

“Great place and wonderful staff.”  JBY February 2016

“I wish I could have stayed longer but next year I’ll definitely be back for a month.  Karen, Miami February 2016

I “worked from home” for a month.  My boss did not know my new home was Vista Mombacho Apartments.

“This is a great location with a short walk to park and area with a lot resturaunt and bars. Very nice rooftop bar and pool.” Brendan, February 2016

We stayed in Granada for just a few days. The house was beautiful and clean. Glenn and staff went out of their way to accommodate us and both check in/ check out went smooth. Extra charge for electric based on usage, but not much. Location is relatively close to everything. I would definitely stay here again. ” David, February 2016

“Great place. Not too far from anything couple minute walk to many restaurants And attractions.”  Andrew, February 2016

“Glenn was a great host! Very accommodating in getting us familiar with Granada and his place is very well decorated and comfortable. Granada is a warm city and it’s nice to cool off with a dip in the pool and to have a beer at night on the roof.” Eric, January 2016

We arrived in Granada and got dropped off in the town centre we were unsure of where to go.  Not speaking Spanish didn’t help. A person told us what street to go down and we ended up finding a tour guide with the company called “Look to Nicaraugua”. The guide, Darwin walked around with us for a good half hour or more trying to find our apartment. I cannot say enough good things about this gentleman. He helped us so much. When we found the location, Glenn came out to the street and waved us down. He showed us the apartment, it was a cute little place. It had a kitchen, it had essentials already supplied. Glenn also took us to the town centre and showed where the restaurants were and which vendors would give us the best deals if we wanted to purchase items. Glenn is a terrific guy, he took us to the shopping centre so we could buy some food and drinks for our apartment. He was extremely helpful and gave us a lot of good advice for while we would be staying in Granada. We did have to pay for electricity on top of our rent, this came as a bit of a surprise, but we did not read the information on the website closely or we would have seen it.  None of the rentals, except the big expensive hotels provide electricity in the rental price but Vista Mombacho Apartments have their own meter for each unit which is read every day so at any time you can know how much energy you have used.  We were able to use the phone to call our homes at no additional charge, this was a nice bonus.”

The apartment was in a good location (10 min walk to main square) and the apartment was very spacious.”  Steven, January 2016

I wish I could have stayed longer but next year I’ll definitely be back for a month.  Karen January 2016

I “worked from home” for a month.  My boss did not know my new home was Vista Mombacho Apartments. (name withheld by request.)  January 2016

“Glenn was an incredible host and the staff at Vista Mombacho Apartments were fabulous. We would highly recommend staying here if you are considering a trip to Granada, Nicaragua.” Jason, January 2016

“This is great value for the price! In addition to a private bathroom and loft bedroom (with a cool mosquito net), this place has a small pool and a rooftop getaway with hammocks and rope chairs. It is a short walk from the city center, which is actually a nice thing because it is a way to escape the tourist crush. Our host, kindly gave us a basic tour to orient us. One other perk is that it is a close walk to the grocery store, in case you want to eat in.”  Heidi, January 2016

Such a great place to stay! Very close to everything in Granada, also Glenn and his staff were fantastic with all their suggestions and tips for things to do in the area. Jeremiah, December 2015

This was the perfect stay for the glorious time we has in Granada. We felt very looked after and the location couldn’t have been better. Highly recommended. Cressida, December 2015

“Glenn is the perfect host. I was booked for a month. Upon my arrival he gave me a tour of his apartment building, showing me all it’s features and explaining how to use the facilites. On my second day he gave me a 2 hour walking tour of the city, showing my needed service locaciones such as the various ATMs and the big market área of town, among many others.” – Bob, December 2015

“We spent the month of Nov in Apt # 4. Our apt had hot water in the sink and shower, good AC, 2 ceiling fans and a floor fan, although we didn’t need them as there is good ventilation through the screened windows. There is also a lockable wardrobe with a safe inside large enough to accommodate all our valuables including the computers, and the building is very secure. The apartment building is kept very clean. Electricity in Nicaragua is expensive and our bill for the month with very little AC use was $53 USD. Wifi in our apartment was good morning and evening and passable during the day, but the wifi in the lobby was always good, some other apartments had weak signals. You can drink the tap water in Granada but you can also purchase water jugs right from the apt. We spent a lot of time in the pool/garden area swimming and watching the birds, or on the rooftop terrace in a hammock watching the stars. The apts are well located in Granada, 10-15 min walk to all the shops and restaurants and the central park, but far enough out of the centre in a safe part of town. Granada is a very noisy place with fireworks, roosters, barking dogs, and loud music, but the location of the apts is reasonably quiet. A taxi can be hailed in front within a few minutes if you don’t feel like walking. The apartments have 10 units and a guest suite, and we enjoyed the communal atmosphere with our neighbours. There is a guard on duty at all times, and front desk staff during the day, also a laundry facility and twice weekly maid service included. Glenn Koons and all the staff were friendly, courteous and helpful, making our stay enjoyable, simple and easy. We will stay here again next time we are in Granada.” – Louise, December 2015

Glenn was in contact with me before my trip to make sure I had transportation from the airport. When my plans changed and DID need a ride on short notice he answered my message within an hour. He asked if I would like his staff to make advance purchases for me so I would have what I wanted when I arrived. When I arrived I was met by a 24 hour doorman and very help staff. Items I asked for at the desk were delivered immediately. Vista Mombacho Apartments is simply gorgeous; the apartments are well-appointed with every amenity. Tankless hot water heater is a luxury and he has it! Quiet, efficient AC units. A pool in a lovely garden setting of banana trees and tropical flowers. One doesn’t want for anything here, that’s for sure. There are 2 supermarkets within a 3 block walk. And the Parque Central is a mere 4 block walk. You won’t find better accommodations in Granada!!!! Connie, November 2015

enjoyed staying here at Vista Mombacho Apartments. The listing gives you a great idea of what is in store for you. Glenn has done a great job here making sure to provide a number of amenities and services to his guests. I appreciate the privacy granted to guests. However if there were any issues that needed to be addressed, Glenn and his team were ready to help. I also like the comfort and peace of mind that having a guard at the door brings. I didn’t know what to expect while visiting Granada, but it sure made me feel at ease. I would definitely stay here again and I would also recommend Vista Mombacho Apartments to friends and family. Wilber, November 2015

I came into Granada with additional, unforeseen guests in tow. Glenn was very helpful in offering an additional unit he had available (thank goodness!), to accommodate my grandma and aunt last minute. The unit I reserved was just as advertised, but the grounds were so much more! We felt completely welcomed by the staff and comfortable among the locals and other neighbors in the apartment building. Glenn was available to answer our questions from how to get there, where to get a grocery, to how to communicate with family both stateside and in Nicaragua. From the property it was a short and beautiful walk to the central park and La calzada. Added value: pool, garden and rooftop deck with grill made for an amazing stay. My cousins surprised with with a send-off barbecue our last night and everything was perfect! Thank you Glenn for hosting my family, this was an amazing trip. Gaby, November 2015

Glenn and his staff made us feel very welcome! We had some trouble finding our way from the airport, and Glenn guided us step by step to the location – helping us find a safe parking spot for our vehicle each night at the parking lot just a short block away. The “apartments” that he designed and built are absolutely beautiful! On the second day of our time in Nicaragua, we were hit by a tax driver on our way to breakfast. Glenn was absolutely invaluable in helping us navigate the police system and how to reconcile the situation. He even had his manager join us at the police station to help work through the matter. As a side note, we probably wouldn’t recommend walking back from the center of town at night. Our son’s hat was stolen off his head by a couple of youngsters who probably didn’t have much of anything else to do. Although many may feel comfortable walking after dark, it’s not something we would do again. The bottom line is…if you’re going to Granada, Glenn’s place is an awesome place to stay! David, August 2015

So I ended up not staying in the guest suite because Glenn is just a wonderful person. He let me stay in on of the studio apartments but accommodated my guest suite budget. He was away when I first arrived, but I was happy I got to meet him before I left. He was so helpful from the beginning of the process to the end. He even let me look before hand to see if I wanted a studio or one bedroom. Now about the apartment and building. It is amazing! I was there for 13 days and loved every minute of it. I swam everyday. It’s not far from Central Park and the tourist street. I love that the building is in a local community because you can watch the daily parade. There was also a local celebration for idols and the float was assembled on the street in front of the building. IT WAS FUN TO WATCH! The room was immaculate. I didn’t need to use the AC because the fans provided more than enough cool air at night. The staff is the greatest! They are very helpful and friendly. This is truly the best place to stay in Granada. I have stayed at other places but if I ever return, I will only stay at Glenn’s with his pool and wonderful staff. Thanks so much! Beth, June 2015

The apartment at the system embark show was exactly as described. Glenn was very helpful prior to my arrival with transportation, some food in the refrigerator. I never got to meet Glenn he was out of town however his staff was very supportive. I would recommend this to anyone.  Joseph, May 2015

I would recommend this place. Very clean and spacious, friendly and thrusteorthy staff and quiet place to be. Just on 5-10 minutes walking to central parque/plaza. We stayed there for 3 nights. Could use their kitchen. We even could leave our luggage there while we went on a trip to corn island. Thanks! Wouter, May 2015

We highly recommend Vista Mombacho for your trip to Granada. We stayed for a week and the apartment was lovely, comfortable (air conditioning, clean, hot water, wifi, pool, etc.) We did some cooking in and had no problems. The staff could not be nicer and Glenn was a huge help to us in helping us navigate our way around (we don’t speak Spanish). It is a short walk to the center of town. We rarely saw any other guests in the building. It was very quiet. There is always a guard at the door and we felt very secure leaving valuables in the apartment. We are in Nicaragua for 18 days and this apartment was far better than any others – hotels included. Mary, August 2015

It was nice to meet Glenn on our second day in Granada. He gave us telephone numbers for Catherine and Brenda. He was also helpful with advice should we need the doctor for my granddaughter who was sick. The house was lovely, though a little further out of the main square than we would have perhaps liked with the children, it was quiet and secure. The air con was great in the rooms, but it does up the electricity bill at the end of your stay. Despite us be very careful, and only really storing food in the fridge, there were lots of very tiny ants that got into anything that was on the side. Brenda said some stuff would be put down to stop this but it didn’t make any difference. The guys on the gate were great and helped in getting taxis for us when they could. A great city to explore, and a lovely place to stay to do this. Margaret, August 2015

Tuvimos una excelente estadía y la ayuda fue muy buena estamos muy contentos , que had a great stay and great help we are so pleased thanks.  Carlos, July 2015

Very responsive to all needs and easy check-in/check-out. The walk to town is about 4 blocks to the center so no problem and can take a quick taxi back if late and you are uncomfortable walking. A great option for a few days in Granada! Chris, June 2015

Personnage sympathique et très accueillants. Ses employés étaient très serviables. Gonzalo, June 2015

We had such a nice time in Granada. This place suited our needs perfectly, had comfy beds, fans, and luxury touches like artwork, a pool, and library area where we read or sat and people watched. Glenn spent quite a while conversing with us, and we had an awesome dinner at Camel Camel, a place he recommended. Loved our stay! Pamela, June 2015

Arrived in Granada by bus. We had asked the bus driver to drop us off at the cathedral and from there the directions\way to get to the apartments was very very easy. The apartments themselves were super clean, staff was very friendly. The security showed us to our apartment, turned everything on. He even gave us recommendations to eat. We had a hot shower, cool ac and the apartment was only a few blocks from both grocery and the main part of city. Met with Glenn the next day, was very friendly, talked for quite a bit. Altogether best experience. Kimberly, June 2015

I traveled with 4 other friends and we wanted to rent something to spend the weekend in Granada. We are budget travelers and the guest suite at Vista Monbacho was perfect for us. For not much more than a bed in a hostel dormitory, we each had a very comfortable bed. The pool at the back of the building was a great surprise we didn’t expect. Same with the beautiful rooftop terrace. We had a fantastic weekend! The staff were very friendly and with the security guard on watch 24/7 we felt very safe. Our suite didn’t have a kitchen, but we were able to use the kitchen in the lobby, few meters from our suite. We cooked a nice Easter dinner. The building is also very clean and well maintained. I highly recommend this place. Verionque, April 2015

Cannot recommend this place enough for a large group travelling to Granada. It is a fraction of the cost compare to what you would pay at the hotels and has everything you would need: clean accommodations, AC, security, big pool, and great location (easy proximity to the center of town). There are 3 separate bedrooms so even with a large group, you have privacy and don’t fight over the bathrooms or anything. Glenn is great, as well, as he was very accommodating, helping secure rides from the airport, giving recommendations as to what to do, providing an extra bed for our group. Alexander, April 2015

We enjoyed the independence that Mombachu Vista apartments gave us to explore Granada on our own. Our apartment suited 2 perfectly. We really appreciated the prompt replies to all our email questions. We would most definitely stay there again. James,  April, 2015

We stayed there for 6 nights.The apartment was nice and clean. The bed was very comfortable. The centre, supermarkets, bus terminal and the lake are all in a walking distance. The staff were very friendly. It was a nice apartment. Miki, April 2015

I had to cancel my trip for health issues, but my friend and his companion said that Granada and their stay at Glenn’s was the best part of my travel planning and were thankful I chose his place. Also during the planning, Glenn was really helpful and answered my messages almost inmediatly. Lorena, April, 2015

Nice and big apartement just 5 Minutes to the Center. Alex, March, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Vista Mombacho for three nights. We arrived late in the evening, but the security guard promptly welcomed us and showed us everything we needed. The apartment was clean and comfortable. It was very easy to stay at Vista Mombacho. Jill, February 2015

We stayed 6 nights at a Vista Mombacho Apartments unit 1 and we liked it very much. The place was very clean, good location (a walking distance to most tourist attractions in the city and supermarkets) and the staff were very friendly. Glenn Koons was a perfect host, he helped us with whatever he could to make sure our stay at his place enjoyable. Lukas, February 2015

We really enjoyed our 3 days at vista mombacho! Glenn and staff were friendly, room was spacious and had A/C, there was a nice pool and beautiful rooftop terrace, there is always a guard at the door and the wifi worked well. It’s about a 10-15 min walk to the city center which would be my only “complaint” – overall I highly recommend staying here! Katie, February 2015

I enjoyed my 2 weeks in Granada and staying at Vista Mombacho Apts. The apt was clean, spacious, ceiling fans, and if needed, A/C. Great rooftop area. Nice pool area as well! About 10 minute walk to the Main Square. Glenn & Jeannie are great hosts! Glenn had useful advice about Granada. Jeannie invited me to a “lunch and movie” event at their home. If I return to Granada, I will stay there again. Highly recommend! Jennifer, January 2015

“Glenn is an attentive and diligent host, ensuring you are well-armed with any and all details you may need to navigate your stay in Granada. The apartments are located in a very convenient yet quiet area – a quick walk to the Central Park yet without the late night chaos of the main streets.” – Julia, January 2015

Glenn was a very good host with a lot of useful advice and these apartments are very good value for the money. Better suited for long-term stays in my opinion. Nice pool area. Nice rooftop patio. Nice lobby. Rooms are nice, all have A/C, fans, windows; utensils somewhat limited but fine. Where 2 beds in same room they are very close to each other so you will be sleeping practically next to your friend so not much privacy there. The rooms near the back are quieter than those at the front, room #1 has windows to the lobby. Drank the filtered water straight from the taps all week, no health issues. Apparently there was hot water but we didn’t know we had to ask to turn it on 🙂 Good water pressure. Good to have a security guard at gate at all times makes a big difference, there is no curfew (24 hour access). Glenn gave good travel advice and his suggested taxi driver Gustavo was reliable for short trips as well as all day rentals (don’t expect fancy cars or even seatbelts in Nica!). Wi-fi is decent in most areas of building. Within walking distance (10-15 min) of most restaurants and tourist destinations and near the supermarket. Met some very interesting tenants here, many of whom are long-term stays who have good advice to give a tourist like me. I stayed for 7 days and wasn’t disappointed. I would recommend these apartments. Nicholas, January 2015

Glenn is an attentive and diligent host, ensuring you are well-armed with any and all details you may need to navigate your stay in Granada. The apartments are located in a very convenient yet quiet area – a quick walk to the Central Park yet without the late night chaos of the main streets. Julia, January 2015

We stayed in Vista Mombacho Apartments. Good location, clean and cosy rooms, all went smoothly. Thanks Glenn! Tuomas, December 2014

The Vista Mombacho apartment was very nice, spacious, accommodating, and equipped with all the essentials. We enjoyed our time there. Everything went extremely smoothly. We arrived to a clean apartment with a good location, near the Market Plaza, supermarkets, and restaurants. The neighborhood was okay. For less than a dollar, you could park your vehicle safely over night in a gated lot conveniently located about a block away from the property, with 24 hour security. The staff was very helpful in giving us information about places to go, where to eat and other highlights in Granada as well. Our experience in Nicaragua was excellent because we also had the opportunity to visit Masaya and San Juan Del Sur, and being that Granada is centrally located to both cities, it made our trip more enjoyable. I would highly recommend a stay here! Thank you Glenn!!  Julio, October 2014

“I really like the pictures that are up with the listing. I knew what I should expect and that helped ease my anxious mind. You have a great thing going Glenn. Thank you again. I think that the only thing that can be improved on was the wireless internet signal but something tells me that is out of your hands. Other than that, everything was great. I had an amazing time visiting Granada, thank you for allowing me to stay at the Apartments.” Name withheld by request, October 2014

“I enjoyed staying here at Vista Mombacho Apartments. The listing gives you a great idea of what is in store for you. Glenn has done a great job here making sure to provide a number of amenities and services to his guests. I appreciate the privacy granted to guests. However if there were any issues that needed to be addressed, Glenn and his team were ready to help. I also like the comfort and peace of mind that having a guard at the door brings. I didn’t know what to expect while visiting Granada, but it sure made me feel at ease. I would definitely stay here again and I would also recommend Vista Mombacho Apartments to friends and family.” Henry, October 2014

“Glenn and his staff made us feel very welcome! We had some trouble finding our way from the airport, and Glenn guided us step by step to the location – helping us find a safe parking spot for our vehicle each night at the parking lot just a short block away. The “apartments” that he designed and built are absolutely beautiful! On the second day of our time in Nicaragua, we were hit by a tax driver on our way to breakfast. Glenn was absolutely invaluable in helping us navigate the police system and how to reconcile the situation. He even had his manager join us at the police station to help work through the matter. As a side note, we probably wouldn’t recommend walking back from the center of town at night. Our son’s hat was stolen off his head by a couple of youngsters who probably didn’t have much of anything else to do. Although many may feel comfortable walking after dark, it’s not something we would do again. The bottom line is…if you’re going to Granada, Glenn’s place is an awesome place to stay!” – David, September 2013

Our family of 5 stayed as Casa Tranquila for 4 nights. It was a lovely setting with great proximity to most things in town. We felt safe walking the streets to the market or the central square. The security guards were helpful and friendly with tips on where to go. Also the pool was a great place to cool down after a day of activities. All in all, we had a great time in Granada, and a great time at Casa Tranquila! Connie, August 2013

I have stayed in one of Glenn’s studio for two weeks. I would say this is the best value place in Granada. I got more than I pay for. The studiois nice, big size for one person and still very good space for a couple. I have seen rooms in Granada with the same price but tiny space. The swiming pool for me as a YMCA swimmer it is swimmingable. They would clean the room twice a week, the staffs are very responsible and friendly. The door always has one guard on duty. Glenn is very generously providing best service for the guests. The day I arrived, all the units are full. I don’t have the drinking water fountain and the cellphone(Yes, he gives you a phone within your stay ). The staff ran out to buy new ones for me. Everything works just fine in the room. The terrace is a great place to be both in the morning and evening. The only non-perfect is the bathroom is small. I strongly recommend this apartment for family, couple and single. Julie, August 2013

 

Granada In General

We are very pleased that so many people had decided to stay with us this year.  A lot of people say this the worst time for rentals because of rain, even though we have had very little and the insects, I saw a mosquito last week and the heat.  Yes I will agree with that.  The part I like the best is that when it is 103 back in the USA it is still about upper 80’s to mid 90’s here.

We have put a weather map on the website and hope it helps you know more about the weather.  The lake is always cool this time of year and very few insects but those pesky flies can be a problem in certain parts.  Strange, in one place there are not bugs and others they are thick.  Right now is a good time to visit.

For you first timers that have any questions please feel free to drop us a line and we will see what we can do to help you.

Interesting Photos by Steve Owen

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Construction Methods

Just down the street they are remodeling an old house.  It is is pretty bad shape but from a construction standpoint I am most interested in these techniques.  There are adobe walls inside, some brick a little wood and other materials.  I have had a lot of comments about the techniques so I thought I would take a few minutes and go over some things that might be of interest, especially if you are thinking about building here.

First the city is divided into zones.  The historical, the protected and the non historical or protected.  In the historical area you may not do anything on the outside, and some things on the inside, that affect the historical period, which is sort of undetermined.  There are maps at city hall that show the areas.  In the protected you can make some changes but not nearly as liberal as the non-historical or protected.

If for example you are in the historical, which includes most of the downtown area and have an adobe wall and it falls down, as one did a couple of years ago, you must rebuilt it with Adobe.  You may also not change the outside of the structure.

In the protected area you could replace with wall with concrete block but you still must make every effort to keep the appearance authentic.

The non-protected and non-historical you can do pretty much anything you want.  In the lobby of the Vista Mombacho apartments are some sample of the various construction methods that we uncovered when we were remodeling the property.

 

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