Review La Gran Francia Hotel. Granada, Nicaragua

Review La Gran Francia Hotel. Granada, Nicaragua

If you want to make your stay in Granada extra special, then le Gran Francia is the hotel you’ve been searching for. Surrounded by #history and #culture it is idyllically located right in the middle of the colonial city of #Granada. There’s no doubt that you’ll be able to #relax in this architectural jewel, which has become Granada’s finest hotel.


Do you like a hotel with a rich and intriguing history that leaves you with a story to tell, a faked suicide after the commission of a gruesome murder perhaps? Throw in some french royalty and a plot to cover up a potential scandal and you have a great place to stay in Granada.

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Hotel La Gran Francia

 Esq. Suroeste Del Parque Central, Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is packed with history and so is the La Gran Francia Hotel. We were lucky enough to be guests at this beautifully restored hotel which sits right on the main square in Granada.

Granada is packed with history and so is the La Gran Francia Hotel. 

Proclaimed Historical Patrimony of the City of Granada, La Gran Francia is an architectural jewel that exemplifies Nicaraguan Colonial Architecture.

The original construction was a one story home and dates back to the first few years after the founding of the city of Granada, in 1524. In 1856, this stately home survived a deadly fire which nearly destroyed the whole city of Granada.

The house or “casona” owes its name to its most famous inhabitant, the French Duke, Georges Choisseul Praslin, whose dramatic story seems to have been taken straight from a novel. As the story goes, after murdering his wife, the Duke of Praslin, helped by King Louis Phillipe of France, feigns his suicide and moves to Nicaragua, where he lived in the city of Granada, in La Gran Francia.

La Gran Francia was restored during the 1990’s, and today houses Granada’s finest hotel.

Arrival

When we arrived at La Gran Francia we were barely out of the cab when a staff member was there collecting our bags ready to escort us to reception. Even though we had arrived too early for check-in, they did their best to ensure a room was ready for us, which was really appreciated after a long morning travelling. The reception staff were very welcoming, as was the stunning foyer space of La Gran Francia which in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the plaza outside, presents like an oasis of calm. Check in was both a pleasure and a breeze.

La Gran Francia which in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the plaza outside, presents like an oasis of calm. 

Service

The attentive service we received at check in was just the beginning of the lovely service we received throughout our stay. The staff were friendly, helpful and as charming as the hotel itself.

The Space

The rooms have been carefully restored to their original colonial elegance. Beautiful rich timbers and elegant luxury with modern comforts incorporated without compromising colonial origins. The rooms are a generous size with big comfortable polished timber beds. All rooms are air conditioned and feature a safe and TV with enough cable channels to keep you amused (if that’s what you need in a hotel).

Nice painting
Nice painting
Lovely furniture
Lovely furniture

The bathrooms have been refurbished with all modern fittings that blend seamlessly with the original design. One feature of the rooms, which you will find throughout the hotel is the lovely hand painted sinks. It is these touches throughout that make La Gran Francia so charming.

Nice bathroom
Nice bathroom
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Mirror, mirror on the wall

Facilities

In the building across the road is the Pablo Antonio Cuadra Banquet Hall which has also been painstakingly restored.

City Streets
City Streets

In addition to the banquet hall, you will find the restaurant and lobby bar. Breakfast is served in the beautiful garden area daily between 7 and 10am. The restaurant offers a high end dining experience with delightful ambience and an excellent menu.

Lobby Bar
Lobby Bar
The bartender
The bartender
Checking the menu
Checking the menu
Amazing view
Amazing view

WIFI is easy to connect to and very fast during non-peak periods. As with most hotels, it has its down moments during those late afternoon/early evening periods.

Nice place
Nice place

Location

La Gran Francia is located right in the historical centre of the city on the south eastern corner of El Parque Colón, close to Granada’s most important government and religious buildings and the finest examples of Granada’s colonial past. There are many restaurants and bars within walking distance and the market district is a short stroll down the road.

right in the historical centre of the city on the south eastern corner of El Parque Colón

Great cathedral
Great cathedral

Would we Stay Here Again

YES! This hotel is nothing short of gorgeous. It has the right amount of little luxuries that make a hotel nice without being pretentious. The restaurant is fabulous and the location is exactly where you want to be in Granada.

Negatives

We don’t really have any negatives, its a lovely hotel with great service.

The Verdict

La Gran Francia is a fantastic boutique hotel and a great example of colonial Granada. If you want to make your stay in Granada special, then this is the hotel for you.

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