WHAT TO DO:
Relax. You’re on vacation. And you’ve chosen to stay at Casa Paloma, a fully restored colonial gem in a quiet, safe neighborhood in the heart of Granada, and featuring 20-foot ceilings, endless light and lake breezes.
Create. Cook breakfast with farm fresh eggs purchased from the Central Market just blocks away, or grill your perfect churrasco pool-side using ingredients from street vendors who will deliver right to your door.
Indulge. Sip cocktails and watch the hummingbirds by your garden pool while lounging in custom, locally handcrafted furniture and viewing stunning artworks by local artists.
Connect. Have to check in back home? Enjoy a striking 360-degree view that includes Volcan Mombacho, all of Granada's most important cathedrals, and the colonial splendor of Central Granada while utilizing the high-speed internet.
Luxuriate. Relax in the built-in seats in your brand-new pool while catching up on football—whether American or “futbol”—on the 46' flat-screen TV.
Play. Challenge your companions to a friendly board game in the magnificent sala.
Sleep in. Air conditioned extra-large bedrooms sleeping eight await you with hotel-quality linens.
Take a Break. Allow someone else to take care of you with our complimentary six-day-per-week cleaning service. If you just can’t help yourself, a brand-new washer and dryer is available for your use.
Explore. With Granada’s central square and the famous Calzada just a five-minute walk away, take advantage of all that Granada has to offer. If you’re more adventurous, allow our property manager and renowned tour guide extraordinaire show you the best of Granada and Nicaragua for a reasonable cost.
Help. Be generous and kind to the Nicaraguan people. And be kind to us by telling us what you think of our home: what you love and, even more importantly, what we can do better.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
Worry. Your visit to Granada will exceed all expectations.
We're married Chicagoans who got too eager for very early retirement and bought a house in Nicaragua--and then, crazily, a second house--before we could use it full time! In the meantime, we take care of our dog and cats and assure them how much they'll love Nicaragua when we all get there. 'He' is a professional chef who wants to open a restaurant when we finally make our way there. 'She' is a lawyer who has worked too many long hours for too many years and loves the idea of switching careers entirely and also offering good jobs to Nicaraguans through the restaurant. It's a little hard to do these write-ups as it's not our nature to want to talk about ourselves, but we're happy to answer any questions you might have. And yes, people think we're crazy for planning to move to Nicaragua.
Krista Endres purchased this house in 2012
Luxury. Space. Light.
Comfort and a sense of space.
This is known as the best neighborhood in Granada, for good reason. Quiet and family-oriented, and easy distance to everything you need or want to see. The house is so spacious and light that it feels luxurious, and we added art and high-end furniture to make it feel even more so. The views from the upper-floor bedroom are astonishing.
My group of 7 friends stayed at Casa Paloma and had a great experience. The place is gorgeous -- when we walked in, we thought we were in a large apartment complex lobby, but was actually the main room! The pool was awesome, the kitchen had everything one could need, and the bedrooms were nice and each air conditioned. The house is only a short walk from a lively street of bars and restaurants.
Krista was very friendly and communicative throughout the process. Her property manager, Julio, really put this place over the top -- he was constantly in touch with us and took us out on a driving tour for our one full day in Granada, hiking with us and taking us to all the major sites. The house is beautiful but Julio really made the stay great for us!
This place is great, check it out!
After visiting Granada many times over the past three years, this was our first experience with renting a home. It was delightful. The spacious rooms were perfect for a little entertaining and I loved the mornings with the street sounds and buying fresh fruit and vegetables from the street vendors. The house is very secure and I felt safe at all times. Plus Julio, the manager, and Carmen, the maid were wonderful to us and made sure we had everything we needed. Carmen even fixed and bought us some Nicaraguan food. We felt we made new friends with Julio and Carmen. We did have to contend with ants, mosquitoes and a couple of mice, but this is Granada. And to give a heads up, the only hot water is in the showers, the other sinks have only cool water. It was not a problem for us, I got use to washing dishes in cool water. I didn't have to, Carmen would have taken care of the dishes but I like to do for myself. We were there for three weeks and I can definitely recommend Casa Paloma for a true and fun Granada experience.
This house is fantastic--incredibly spacious, comfortable, beautiful. Having a pool inside the house was a remarkable luxury, especially with three children in hot weather.
Julio, the property manager, was a treasure--he not only picked us up at the airport on Christmas eve (with his youngest of 4 children in tow), he then became our daily guide to Granada and all its surrounding attractions. Our children loved him, and his cheerful, helpful, reliable presence made everything easy. Our kids still miss him now that we've gone home! I can't think of a better place to stay in Granada. Note--the third bedroom is reached via a separate upstairs outdoor stairway, which is safe but apart from the other part of the house. The bathroom for that upstairs bedroom is not inside it,but below it. This is good information for potential families with young children, or those who might get up in the middle of the night to use the facilities!
Wireless worked perfectly, washer dryer in the house, working kitchen, excellent A/C in the bedrooms and fans in the main house. A short walking distance from the city's central square. Everything you could ask for!
We visited Nicaragua over the holidays in December 2014 and ended our stay at Casa Paloma. The house is AMAZING! It was hot, so having a pool that accessible was perfect and the rooms all had AC and fans. Everything was clean and it felt like a castle--we even had views of the volcanoes from the upstairs deck where you can also catch a great sunset. The location was just minutes from the main square making it really easy to get to and from. But above all that, our host, Julio, was by far the most helpful and outstanding addition to our group! He went above and beyond to make our stay incredibly fun and unique. At a moment's notice he scheduled an amazing tour to Ometepe and the islands of Granada, where a monkey and her baby (Lola!) got on our boat. He drove us places, told us where to eat, brought us water daily and we could not have asked for a better person to share our experience with. Anyone looking for a place in Granada, this is it. Julio even arranged for Carmen to cook for us for two nights and the food was outstanding! We really couldn't have asked for more :) all in all, this was an amazing and unforgettable experience in a beautiful city.
We were very impressed with Casa Paloma. The pictures don't do the beauty of the house justice. The owner and the property caretaker (Julio) were both very quick to respond to emails and help with anything that arose before our visit. Upon arrival, Julio gave us a tour of the house, explained how the keys work, and told him we could contact him at any time with any questions.
We felt very secure in Casa Paloma. The location is great - we walked with Carmen to get groceries at the market for breakfast one morning and she made us a typical Nicaraguan breakfast for a very cheap price.
The pool is key - it can get very hot in Granada and we used the pool at all hours of the day. It was especially fun to swim indoors, in the rain, at night... as we visited during the rainy season. There was air conditioning in each of the bedrooms, which we only felt the need to use at night. (We would have been fine without it, too.) We were a group of 7 and felt we had more than enough space in the house. There are several sitting areas around the pool, as well as a TV with cable which we used at night due to the weather.
There were some bugs here and there, but after living in Costa Rica for 2 years, I know it is impossible to keep them out completely. Considering the open roof and number of windows and doors, we did not feel it was unreasonable. Those who do not want to see any ants or crawly bugs might want to consider a less open-aired home. We considered this a plus, especially with the heat, and the few that we saw did not bother us at all. Our group couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. I would highly recommend this house to anyone staying in Granada.
Additionally, after leaving Granada... we realized 2 members of our group misplaced their passports. Feeling frantic, we emailed Julio asking if he wouldn't mind checking the house. Not only did he find them, but he delivered them to us personally at our final hotel in Managua before our departure the following day. You don't get better "customer service" than that!
Thank you for our wonderful stay!
Just wanted to say "Thank you" for everything! We truly enjoyed our vacation home... The house was great and Julio/Carmen were both so helpful. When we arrived Julio gave us a tour of the home and said if we needed anything to call him. Carmen had the house nice and clean everyday we got home. If you want to rent a vacation home make sure it has a pool. Granada can get pretty hot and its so refreshing to jump in after a day of activities. The house feels safe and so we did not worry about leaving our stuff there.
The only thing is that we did come across two bats but that's common in Nica homes. We are not sure how they got in so make sure you have the door from upstairs closed at all times. All and all, I would stay here again and all my family would recommend it. :)