León is a charming university city with cobbled streets and bustling plazas. With awe-inspiring churches, fabulous art collections, stunning streetscapes and cosmopolitan eateries it strikes a good balance between modern and traditional.
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City hotel - Central LéonPreviously a convent, this hotel retains many of its original colonial features, including the chapel. The corridors are filled with antiques and local artefacts. There is a restaurant (although breakfast is served on the terrace), a small gym and an outdoor pool.
City hotel - Central LeónA restored colonial mansion house a short walk from the main square and an example of the neoclassical style of architecture found in Nicaragua. The rooms are set around a central courtyard with a fountain and impressive marble lion sculptures, there is a small pool and a restaurant that opens out onto the street.
City hotel - ManaguaA charming colonial hotel in a quiet residential area and within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Originally a family house it has a central courtyard and contains many original features, antiques and typical furnishings from Nicaragua. There is a small garden, outdoor pool, restaurant for breakfast (only) and communal lounge area.