Hey guys, I’m michael alan and I’m D’Angelo with http://TravelCostaRicaNow.com Hey guys we just got back from Granada, Nicaragua which we like a lot… we’ve been there quite a few times. We love it a lot… it’s a beautiful town and I’d highly recommend it for anyone traveling around Nicaragua or Costa Rica and has some extra time to go out there. It’s a beautiful colonial style city… It’s old?! One of the oldest… It’s one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. We like it because the people are nice, the arcutecture of the buildings, they even have the lake… Lake Nicaragua right there… Which they have some beautiful island you can tour around. They even have a great cemetery with nice headstones and tombs. Right, we’re going to show you a couple of pictures of those as well.
Bienvenidoa a Hotel Joluva en Granada, Nicaragua! Bienvenidos a Joluva!!
Anyways, when we go there we usually stay at the “Joluva Guest House” aka the “Joluva Hotel” which is primarily a gay hotel, buy if you’re cool and you don’t care, believe me they don’t care either… Yeah, they’re pretty straight friendly… we’ve taken some straight friends that that have had a good time as well.
We’ve actually reviewed it before… We’ve reviewed it before but the last review we did was pretty bland, basic, and plane… with no pictures. We didn’t show you the hotel we didn’t show you Granada we didn’t show you anything… we just talked about it. So, we thought we’d redo it and show you a little bit of the hotel. Give you more information on it as well… Just so you know, this has no affiliation with the now defunked Hotel Joluva that was in San Jose, Costa Rica… so, there’s no connections there.
Um, the Joluva Guest House has four rooms… 4 rooms and it’s a small hotel… I didn’t think it was small! It seemed bigger to me… Well, 4 rooms is pretty small, but it does look like a bigger hotel, and it’s nice and private. The rooms kind of remind you of if you had a extra bedroom in your house or something like that, you know.. They’re nice…. As you can see…. They come with lockboxes (safes), ceiling fans, and wardrobes so you can hang your clothes in…. and as you can see they definitely have hot water otherwise Christopher would not be taking a shower. Oh, but the water…. Well, Granada itself has a water issue where they have water shortages every now and then. But the hotel owners go out of their way to make sure you guys have water here at the hotel. So, they have water tanks so when the water goes out in Granada you guys still have water at the hotel. But it could be an issue. … Air-conditioning also, I don’t think all of the rooms have air-conditioning…. One room does not have air-conditioning so if you are in dire need of air-conditioning make sure you ask for a room that does have airconditioning.. ah, we’ve always just used a ceiling fan… yeah, never had problems, never really needed the air conditioning.
So, three of the rooms are basically the same, and the other room is bigger… it’s a bigger apartment style room with a kitchen and living room in there. … the only problem with that room if it think there is one is it lines the street. And I’m telling you it gets NOISY in the morning and way early in the morning. Granada in general is a very noisy noisy city. So, if you’re a light sleeper I highly recommend earplugs whether you’re staying at this hotel or another hotel in Granada. If you’re a light sleeper earplugs are in need. Definitely!
They kept the prices pretty stable since we’ve been there… around $35 to $55. You know what…. We thing that’s actually undervalued.. yeahm, it’s pretty cheap. So, we would always encourage you to check the website out.
They serve a breakfast there… Its more like a continental style breakfast where it’s toast, juice, milk, fruits, coffee, stuff like that…. The guys that run the hotel … Jan and Frances…. great guys!!! Especially if Jan’s around they have great stories… Great conversations… always lively conversations… I think between them they speak like a thousand languages or something….. hahahaha I’m not sure it’s 1000, but they speak a lot of them. Anyways, these guys are a great source of info they can show you where to get the best money exchange, they know the good restaurants to eat at, and they’re just fun to talk to.
There’s some really cute guys at the Joluva hotel that give massages… they give great massages and they’ll give you a massage in your room or they have another room in the hotel that they can give you a massage in as well. And also, these guys… if you want, you can actually hire these guys, cute guys, to take you around the city. They’ll tour you around and show you all the old churches and the more famous parts of the city. They’ll take you out to the lake and show you the lake area. So, if you want to be shown around and you want one of these guys just ask… they’re around.
Now, what might be even better then the massage is the pool. They have a second property, and on that second property they have a pool which all the hotel guest are free to use. The owners take the hotel guest out every Sunday and Wednesday out to the pool, as
well as a truck full of guys, and it’s a big pool party out there every Sunday and Wednesday. As you can see by the footage… cute guys, it’s fun, and you know what actually… you talked about the gay community right?!? Not yet…
Where the pool is they are starting the beginning stages of a gay community there. They’re building a housing development there so they’re building houses and apartments there. So if you’re ever wanting to move out or get and extra house or buy one in a foreign country talk to Jan and Frances…
So, when we go to Granada, Nicaragua (which we recommend) we’d definitely would recommend staying at Joluva Hotel. Definitely would recommend it. It’s a great place you guys wouldn’t be disappointed. Alright guys, I’m michael alan……. And I’m D’Angelo for www.TravelCostaRicaNow.com …. Hope it helps… PEACE!!!
michael alan's Blog - Saturday, March 21, 2009
It's all about staying GAY and in Granada there's no better place than the Joluva Nicaragua Guesthouse
Being Gay, we like to stay GAY, so when we’re visiting Granada Nicaragua, there’s no better choice than Joluva Nicaragua Guesthouse, aka the Hotel Joluva, Joluva Guesthouse, located in the heart of Granada. (Please don’t confuse this review with that of the Hotel Joluva, also gay, located in San José Costa Rica- that place SUCKS).
Let me back-up a bit. You may be wondering why we’re reviewing a place in Nicaragua… well, we love Nicaragua and Granada in particular and as we are not RESIDENTS of Costa Rica, we have to leave the country every 3 months in order to get our passport stamp, keeping us legal. Plus, we tell everyone if you have a few extra days, a trip across the border into Granada is highly recommended. Read about our last visit to Nicaragua: Do'in GAY Costa Rica DOES GAY Nicaragua.
The Joluva Nicaragua Guesthouse is located a couple blocks from the central park and down the street from the local market, which is HUGE. You’re within walking distance to pretty much everything, restaurants, bars, churches, museums etc. So, the location of Joluva is quite convenient.
There are 3 rooms and an apartment available for rent (damn, I hope they can expand eventually). The rooms are MUCH better than average, quite comfortable with tv, hot water, strong showers, comfy beds, ceiling fans and air conditioning, but AC is an extra charge (we’ve never needed it, but it IS there). The apartment is well, an apartment, 2 floors, kitchen, the works. Being Nicaragua, every once in awhile, they have problems with water… just sayin. Don’t forget to start your day off with a complimentary breakfast, complete with conversation- fruits, toast, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and……….. peanut butter WHOO HOO! Don’t laugh, peanut butter is a luxury item in Latin America and quite pricey, but Jan and Francis understand some of us gringo types just can’t do without our daily dose of Peter Pan... I prefer the smooth Peter Pan.
Jan and Francis are the ultimate hosts. Full of stories, recommendations and can direct you to just about anything you may be interested in- including the BEST hamburger in all Latin America… ok, a little dramatic, but you get the picture.
Joluva is GAY, and it comes with some great gay PERKS. Want a massage, or a tour around the city, the HOTTIES that work at Joluva can help you out. And you don’t want to miss the mini-pool parties every Wednesday and Sunday at Jan and Francis’s other property, Club Alegra- these BOYS (legal of course, don’t even go there), love to have FUN, so you won’t be swimming alone and if you ask nicely they’ll even rub the Coppertone on your back. Check out Joluva's, Club Alegra, a project that is NOW in the works and the first development in Nicaragua that specifically caters towards the gay community.
Needless to say, we love the Joluva Nicaragua Guesthouse and we ALWAYS love to support our gay brothers and sisters by staying exclusively gay (FUCK gay friendly), and the fact that Jan and Francis give back to the community in a host of ways- makes you feel when you stay there, you’re somehow helping out the less fortunate as well. They’ve been known to provide local street kids with shoes, clothes, medical and dental attention, along with food and even some pocket money from time to time…
The Joluva Nicaragua Guesthouse provides- Hotties, Nice Rooms (yup, even a little porn), Massages, Pool Parties, Conversation and Recommendations, Gives Back to the Community, and of course… Peter Pan- what more could a fag ask for.
Here’s our VIDEO review of the Joluva Nicaragua Guesthouse