Barceló Montelimar Beach Hotel Interiors

Barceló Montelimar

Texto: 40257 Unique All Inclusive hotel located in Nicaragua in the beautiful natural setting of Montelimar. Carretera a Masachapa, Km. 65 | 01262 Municipio San Rafael del Sur, Managua
+505 2 2649310 +505 2 2697757
Barceló Montelimar Texto: 40257 4 out of 5 based on 1861 ratings. 1861 user reviews.
Barceló Montelimar reviewed by Miguel D on . Great location and facilities.Not so great amenities Due to the long holiday weekend,many locals were staying here or enjoying the resort for a day. The lobby was packed, confusing and chaotic. Front Desk and other staff all day were helpful at times... Rating: 3
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Barceló Montelimar

Carretera a Masachapa, Km. 65   01262 Municipio San Rafael del Sur, Managua  


Places of Interest

75.1 km Augusto C. Sandino International Airport

300 m Montelimar beach

110 km Colonial city of Granada

17 km Gran Pacífica Golf Course

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Barceló Montelimar

4.0/5 Round Indicators
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    Bulba Basel. 01/13/2018 Family

    “Great potential, horrible food!”

    Amazing place with great potential and great personnel but horrible food and dirty rooms! For the price you pay per person in Nicaragua you can get more. The advantage is that once there you'll not have to think about anything but the buffet food is really poor with bad bad quality food and absence of any fresh seafood!

    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
     Dear Mr(s) Bulba, Thanks a lot for all your comments about your experience in our hotel. We certainly believe that there is always room for improvement and your constructive feedback is very much appreciated. We also regret that our buffet could not meet your expectations. We will take your comments regarding our cuisine very seriously, and hope that you will allow us another opportunity to demonstrate our true level of hospitality and interest in serving you properly in the future. Regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    Miguel D 01/08/2018 Couples

    “Great location and facilities.Not so great amenities”

    Due to the long holiday weekend,many locals were staying here or enjoying the resort for a day. The lobby was packed, confusing and chaotic. Front Desk and other staff all day were helpful at times and but met the minimum standard of being "friendly".The rooms were okay with quite a distant Ocean View and did have a decent A/C. Beds were soft. The buffet restaurant and the pool snack bar for lunch were a nightmare. A line of at least 40+ waiting to get into the buffet and seemed to never move. The stay improved from here with better service and actually a fabulous dinner at the Pacific Seafood Restaurant which was offered if you booked three nights, but having been to over 20+ all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, and Caribbean, this one would rank low. I'm used to a higher level of quality and service with Barceló Hotels, but maybe their resorts are more "budget" oriented, which could explain the heavy bookings by locals which I'm not used to seeing in other destinations. Not the resort's fault, and trust me, I feel that the Nicaraguan people were some of the friendliest I've ever met, but I could not believe how wasteful!!! I've never seen such wasteful gluttony. Food piled high on plates only to have 40-60% of it consumed. Come the night we had neighbors in the next rooms who arrived from the Disco located on the premises running and yelling kicking a soccer ball at 0230, which woke me up. I reported them the next day and it was better. The Waste mentality is understood and prevalent with cups of beer and soft drinks left everywhere. Why?, because the locals are in a country which is not all that wealthy so they go to hog wild and don't know how to act. I saw the same thing in Panama, Playa Blanca resort. I'm still shocked at the waste. I know it's not always possible to achieve but I try to only take what I truly feel think I can finish eating. Something for everyone around the world to try to follow. Barcelo has to do a better job at controlling the minors from drinking and running amok.The beach area is great, which was a better alternative to the pool which was crowded and noisy.Lots of great nature and hot as hell. La Casona is a night spot close by either by foot or a local bus takes you there on an 20 mins basis, Mini casino, and some local entertainment on the weekends, plus the Disco. The all inclusive is more less inclusive with local drinks only included.The better stuff is out of pocket.

    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
     Dear Mr. Miguel, Thank you very much for the time you spent to share your personal impressions on details. We always welcome feedback, as it allows us to continually improve the experience we create for our guests. Our hotel is open in general public to all may enjoy all-inclusive service. Unfortunately there are a lot of facts that influence in our clients behavior; our sincere apologies for the inconsistencies you may have experienced during your stay. Please be assured that your comments will be taken into serious consideration and that they will help us to improve our services and we look forward to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Warm regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    red_jye Fergus, Canada. 01/08/2018 Family

    “Latest country you must visit in Central America!”

    Barceló Montelimar receives a varied rating here at Trip Advisor. One must remember where you are travelling, a country in CA getting on its feet in tourism. The resort is lush, customer service is great, staff is helpful. Food is good, not great, however, the food at New Year's was incredible. The Japanese and Seafood restaurants were worth the visit. Temper expectations folks and you will be pleasantly surprised!

    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
     Dear Mr(s), Thank you very much for choosing our Barceló Montelimar hotel on this occasion. Your positive feedback keeps us motivated to encounter the compliance of our demanding quality standards. To read an opinion like yours is undoubtedly the best reward for us all. We appreciate all your comments and we look forward to serving you again in the near future. Best regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    Toronto_Travelling Toronto. 01/03/2018

    “You Get What You Pay For”

    This resort is located 2 hours from Managua airport on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The grounds are lush and vast. But the hotel itself has challenges that Barcelo has yet to address for a North American crowd. Let me categorize those challenges below: Lack of English comprehension by staff: Currently, it appears that the resort is targeted towards Central American families that make up the bulk (95%) of the guest count. Consequently, the staff only speaks Spanish and has great difficulty communicating with the remaining 5% North American English speaking clientele. This can lead to great frustration since basic asks, such as extra towel requests or directions to town, are not understood. As a further example, our room 132, was infested with ants and try as we might to direct the staff to fumigate the room, it was all for naught. Instead we were handed a can of mosquito spray and left to fend for ourselves. (1 out of 5) WIFI Availability and Speed: We purchased our Air Transat Vacations package through Expedia which stated that wifi was free. Indeed, it was free but only available in limited areas of the resort (lobby, pool, restaurant). It was not available in our rooms. And when we were able to connect to the wifi, the speed was poor thus making streaming impossible. (2 out of 5) Food Availability and Quality: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are buffet style in the central restaurant. There is an abundance of choices but after a week at the resort, we found that much of the food choices were repetitive. Regardless, the food for the most part, was flavourful and appealing to the eye. Air Transat package guests also had the option of having two dinners at one of the three “specialty” restaurants (seafood, Italian, Japanese). We opted for the seafood and Italian. While the service was very good, the quality of the specialty restaurants was mediocre. (3 out of 5) Rooms: Rooms in the resort are spread out between the main building, which contains typical hotel rooms, and a vast number of bungalow structures that house anywhere between 1 and 4 separate units. We opted to stay in the bungalows – one triple and one double. Our triple room family was lucky that the resort decided to fumigate their unit just before their arrival to avoid the “ant problem”. Our double room family was not so lucky as discussed above. Clearly, the resort needs to handle the insect problem better. Still, the rooms themselves were clean with plenty of storage space for all. The washrooms, however, appear tired with cracked tiles and broken toilet paper roll holders. There also seemed to be an issue with weak water pressure in the shower however the pressure problem was limited to the shower as the sink and toilet worked well. If you have a choice, do not stay in the 300’s, 400’s or 500’s series of bungalows. They are too far from the main building (where you will find the best internet reception), the main pool and the main restaurant. Best to stay in the 100’s and 200’s but stay away from 117, 118 and 119 as these three bungalows are right on the main walkway between the pool and the restaurant (lots of foot traffic). (3 out of 5) Resort Location: As stated above, this resort is a two hour drive from Managua, leaving you in a remote part of Nicaguara. If you are the type of traveller who enjoys staying on the resort, basking in the sun beside a pool or ocean, then this is perfect for you. If, like us, you need the stimulation of doing other things besides just sitting in the sun, then look elsewhere. The resort offers little in the way of activities. However, Air Transat does offer a series of tours that range from $75 per person and up. And if you are thinking of renting a car, forget it. There are no car rental facilities on the resort nor in the nearby town of Masachapa. Consider yourself stranded in paradise. (2 out of 5) Staff Effectiveness: It is a shame that most of the staff are unable to speak English to us. They are so willing to help and truly want to help but the language is a barrier for most. Still, for the few who can communicate with us, there are some stars, like Kimberley at the front desk who let me tether my iPhone to hers when the resort internet server went down during a power outage. Kimberley really went above and beyond. (5 out of 5) Resort Property: The property itself is spectacularly beautiful, requiring an army of gardeners to maintain it. From early morning to late at night, you see these green clad gentlemen planting and pruning. The property is huge so an army is truly needed to keep it up for the rest of us to enjoy. (5 out of 5) In my opinion, this property could easily be brought up to North American standards (and thereby command a higher price point) by: - Training staff to speak English (or make communication in English a hiring requirement) - Allocating resources to improve the condition of the washrooms - Focusing on keeping rooms insect free - Expanding on site offerings to allow for more activities (eg snorkeling; water sports)

    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
     Dear Mr/Mrs. Thank you so much for your opinion about your recent experience at Barceló Montelimar hotel. Our guests' feedback is of utmost importance to ensure a quality service at all times; please accept our apologies for any inconsistency you may have experienced during your stay. We have read each of your comments with attention and will take note of your constructive criticisms for sharing them with the management. We sincerely hope that you will allow us another opportunity to demonstrate our true level of hospitality and interest in serving you properly in the future. Warm regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    jamilpri Toronto, Canada. 01/01/2018 Family

    “Barcelo Montelimar in Nicaragua is Good, But not Great, All-Inclusive Resort Value ”

    We chose this resort seeking a winter getaway vacation for Christmas with a great beach and good value for money and in a country we had not yet visited. We didn't realize that the other bonuses such as the beautiful lush grounds, a spectacular beach with surprisingly very few people on that beach during the week of Christmas. We chose an Air TransAt package out of Toronto with a direct flight from Toronto to Managua and it was indeed a great price for an all-inclusive package for my wife and I and our 14 year old son. The flights to and from were good and great service by Air TransAt staff. As others reported, the on-boarding was quick and effective: upon exiting the terminal in Managua we were immediately greeted by staff with a sign for the resort, provided with an information package for reading on the bus which included our room number and keys, quickly loaded up and then the 2 hour drive to the resort which included a very slow but interesting drive through Managua during rush hour. We found our rooms ourselves quite easily upon arrival and our luggage arrived within a few minutes of our entering the room. We had a bungalow (number 135) in a good location close to the beautiful central pool and only a couple of minutes walk from the main dining hall and the beach. The room was clean upon arrival but smelled badly from insecticide which must have been applied earlier that same day. The smell disappeared by the end of the day, together with the few ants we noticed upon arrival so the insecticide was effective in our bungalow. We had only a few ants in the room over the course of the week that we noticed. The food was fine, not great but certainly sufficient and a wide variety. We took one packaged tour offered by the Air Trans At tour provider and on another day arranged for our own taxi and guide for another trip. As others have commented, English is spoken and understood by only a few of the staff. Most of the guests the week we were there seemed to be locals (either from Nicaragua or nearby Central American counties) who were there for a single day. The lunch buffet was very crowded as a result, but breakfast and dinners were not. We met only one US couple while we were there, and our group out of Toronto was less than a dozen and then a group from Quebec arrived mid-week but there were very few North Americans --- we were surprised but quite satisfied in that regard. There was entertainment each evening (all in Spanish only) but the level of talent and engagement with the audience were relatively low. Staff were, in general, very polite and attentive if you could communicate with them (I speak very little Spanish and very poorly but managed to make myself known --- Google Translate sure came in handy). But, the room cleaning staff are not yet trained to provide service to which North Americans are accustomed and receive in other countries. It's fine but don't expect daily cleaning that covers all parts of your room. There were a few minor but irritating things that could be easily rectified with an examination of the house-cleanings processes: our bathroom towels were removed and only partially replaced every day at the time they were removed --- for some reason the the rest of the towels were always brought later in the day. It is possible for the towels to all be removed and not replaced until much later in the day so that there could be several hours where the room has no towels. Internet service was poor and limited to only the main Reception area of the resort. Because of a power outage that. apparently fried the servers we were without any internet for about 3 days of the week we were there. The central swimming pool is great as is the snack bar in the middle of it which provided some food in between meals. There are other bars throughout the resort at good strategic locations adjacent to the beach. The beach is spectacular and clean. There is a tide pattern that brings in waves with a significant undertow so small kids can't or should not be playing in the water without an adult right beside them.The sunset watching and playing in the waves at the end of the day were the highlight of our daily routine. Our 14-y old son was bored. There were few teens his age in general and none that spoke English. Yes, there is horse-back riding and ATV rentals (both at an additional cost) but not much else that grabbed his attention. I don't think I would recommend this resort for those with teens or those seeking children's programming. All in all -- the two adults in our family found it to be a very relaxing and satisfactory week at a good value-for-money all-inclusive beachfront resort. The opportunity to learn about a country we had not visited was an additional important benefit.

    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
     Dear Mr. Jacob Ira, First of all, we would like to wish you a happy new year and hope that you and your family made it well into 2018! Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent holiday experience among us, your comments are crucial in the process, therefore we highly value your time and constructive critics. We are sincerely sorry to read your dissatisfaction with the cleaning of your room, at Barceló Montelimar we strive to provide total confidence in this area by training our housekeeping staff, for a future occasion we strongly recommend you to contact our public relations representative to point out any service imperfection, our team will be swift in addressing the issue and correct any situation that is not in accordance with our established standards. Once again, many thanks for your help to get to know the points where we can still improve the experiences of the ones that come to visit us and we truly hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on your next visit to Nicaragua. Kind regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    • january 13 2018
    • Basel
    • Family

    Bulba

    “Great potential, horrible food!”


    Amazing place with great potential and great personnel but horrible food and dirty rooms! For the price you pay per person in Nicaragua you can get more. The advantage is that once there you'll not have to think about anything but the buffet food is really poor with bad bad quality food and absence of any fresh seafood!


    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
    Dear Mr(s) Bulba, Thanks a lot for all your comments about your experience in our hotel. We certainly believe that there is always room for improvement and your constructive feedback is very much appreciated. We also regret that our buffet could not meet your expectations. We will take your comments regarding our cuisine very seriously, and hope that you will allow us another opportunity to demonstrate our true level of hospitality and interest in serving you properly in the future. Regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    • january 8 2018
    • Couples

    Miguel D

    “Great location and facilities.Not so great amenities”


    Due to the long holiday weekend,many locals were staying here or enjoying the resort for a day. The lobby was packed, confusing and chaotic. Front Desk and other staff all day were helpful at times and but met the minimum standard of being "friendly".The rooms were okay with quite a distant Ocean View and did have a decent A/C. Beds were soft. The buffet restaurant and the pool snack bar for lunch were a nightmare. A line of at least 40+ waiting to get into the buffet and seemed to never move. The stay improved from here with better service and actually a fabulous dinner at the Pacific Seafood Restaurant which was offered if you booked three nights, but having been to over 20+ all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, and Caribbean, this one would rank low. I'm used to a higher level of quality and service with Barceló Hotels, but maybe their resorts are more "budget" oriented, which could explain the heavy bookings by locals which I'm not used to seeing in other destinations. Not the resort's fault, and trust me, I feel that the Nicaraguan people were some of the friendliest I've ever met, but I could not believe how wasteful!!! I've never seen such wasteful gluttony. Food piled high on plates only to have 40-60% of it consumed. Come the night we had neighbors in the next rooms who arrived from the Disco located on the premises running and yelling kicking a soccer ball at 0230, which woke me up. I reported them the next day and it was better. The Waste mentality is understood and prevalent with cups of beer and soft drinks left everywhere. Why?, because the locals are in a country which is not all that wealthy so they go to hog wild and don't know how to act. I saw the same thing in Panama, Playa Blanca resort. I'm still shocked at the waste. I know it's not always possible to achieve but I try to only take what I truly feel think I can finish eating. Something for everyone around the world to try to follow. Barcelo has to do a better job at controlling the minors from drinking and running amok.The beach area is great, which was a better alternative to the pool which was crowded and noisy.Lots of great nature and hot as hell. La Casona is a night spot close by either by foot or a local bus takes you there on an 20 mins basis, Mini casino, and some local entertainment on the weekends, plus the Disco. The all inclusive is more less inclusive with local drinks only included.The better stuff is out of pocket.


    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
    Dear Mr. Miguel, Thank you very much for the time you spent to share your personal impressions on details. We always welcome feedback, as it allows us to continually improve the experience we create for our guests. Our hotel is open in general public to all may enjoy all-inclusive service. Unfortunately there are a lot of facts that influence in our clients behavior; our sincere apologies for the inconsistencies you may have experienced during your stay. Please be assured that your comments will be taken into serious consideration and that they will help us to improve our services and we look forward to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Warm regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    • january 8 2018
    • Fergus, Canada
    • Family

    red_jye

    “Latest country you must visit in Central America!”


    Barceló Montelimar receives a varied rating here at Trip Advisor. One must remember where you are travelling, a country in CA getting on its feet in tourism. The resort is lush, customer service is great, staff is helpful. Food is good, not great, however, the food at New Year's was incredible. The Japanese and Seafood restaurants were worth the visit. Temper expectations folks and you will be pleasantly surprised!


    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
    Dear Mr(s), Thank you very much for choosing our Barceló Montelimar hotel on this occasion. Your positive feedback keeps us motivated to encounter the compliance of our demanding quality standards. To read an opinion like yours is undoubtedly the best reward for us all. We appreciate all your comments and we look forward to serving you again in the near future. Best regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    • january 3 2018
    • Toronto

    Toronto_Travelling

    “You Get What You Pay For”


    This resort is located 2 hours from Managua airport on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The grounds are lush and vast. But the hotel itself has challenges that Barcelo has yet to address for a North American crowd. Let me categorize those challenges below: Lack of English comprehension by staff: Currently, it appears that the resort is targeted towards Central American families that make up the bulk (95%) of the guest count. Consequently, the staff only speaks Spanish and has great difficulty communicating with the remaining 5% North American English speaking clientele. This can lead to great frustration since basic asks, such as extra towel requests or directions to town, are not understood. As a further example, our room 132, was infested with ants and try as we might to direct the staff to fumigate the room, it was all for naught. Instead we were handed a can of mosquito spray and left to fend for ourselves. (1 out of 5) WIFI Availability and Speed: We purchased our Air Transat Vacations package through Expedia which stated that wifi was free. Indeed, it was free but only available in limited areas of the resort (lobby, pool, restaurant). It was not available in our rooms. And when we were able to connect to the wifi, the speed was poor thus making streaming impossible. (2 out of 5) Food Availability and Quality: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are buffet style in the central restaurant. There is an abundance of choices but after a week at the resort, we found that much of the food choices were repetitive. Regardless, the food for the most part, was flavourful and appealing to the eye. Air Transat package guests also had the option of having two dinners at one of the three “specialty” restaurants (seafood, Italian, Japanese). We opted for the seafood and Italian. While the service was very good, the quality of the specialty restaurants was mediocre. (3 out of 5) Rooms: Rooms in the resort are spread out between the main building, which contains typical hotel rooms, and a vast number of bungalow structures that house anywhere between 1 and 4 separate units. We opted to stay in the bungalows – one triple and one double. Our triple room family was lucky that the resort decided to fumigate their unit just before their arrival to avoid the “ant problem”. Our double room family was not so lucky as discussed above. Clearly, the resort needs to handle the insect problem better. Still, the rooms themselves were clean with plenty of storage space for all. The washrooms, however, appear tired with cracked tiles and broken toilet paper roll holders. There also seemed to be an issue with weak water pressure in the shower however the pressure problem was limited to the shower as the sink and toilet worked well. If you have a choice, do not stay in the 300’s, 400’s or 500’s series of bungalows. They are too far from the main building (where you will find the best internet reception), the main pool and the main restaurant. Best to stay in the 100’s and 200’s but stay away from 117, 118 and 119 as these three bungalows are right on the main walkway between the pool and the restaurant (lots of foot traffic). (3 out of 5) Resort Location: As stated above, this resort is a two hour drive from Managua, leaving you in a remote part of Nicaguara. If you are the type of traveller who enjoys staying on the resort, basking in the sun beside a pool or ocean, then this is perfect for you. If, like us, you need the stimulation of doing other things besides just sitting in the sun, then look elsewhere. The resort offers little in the way of activities. However, Air Transat does offer a series of tours that range from $75 per person and up. And if you are thinking of renting a car, forget it. There are no car rental facilities on the resort nor in the nearby town of Masachapa. Consider yourself stranded in paradise. (2 out of 5) Staff Effectiveness: It is a shame that most of the staff are unable to speak English to us. They are so willing to help and truly want to help but the language is a barrier for most. Still, for the few who can communicate with us, there are some stars, like Kimberley at the front desk who let me tether my iPhone to hers when the resort internet server went down during a power outage. Kimberley really went above and beyond. (5 out of 5) Resort Property: The property itself is spectacularly beautiful, requiring an army of gardeners to maintain it. From early morning to late at night, you see these green clad gentlemen planting and pruning. The property is huge so an army is truly needed to keep it up for the rest of us to enjoy. (5 out of 5) In my opinion, this property could easily be brought up to North American standards (and thereby command a higher price point) by: - Training staff to speak English (or make communication in English a hiring requirement) - Allocating resources to improve the condition of the washrooms - Focusing on keeping rooms insect free - Expanding on site offerings to allow for more activities (eg snorkeling; water sports)


    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
    Dear Mr/Mrs. Thank you so much for your opinion about your recent experience at Barceló Montelimar hotel. Our guests' feedback is of utmost importance to ensure a quality service at all times; please accept our apologies for any inconsistency you may have experienced during your stay. We have read each of your comments with attention and will take note of your constructive criticisms for sharing them with the management. We sincerely hope that you will allow us another opportunity to demonstrate our true level of hospitality and interest in serving you properly in the future. Warm regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    • january 1 2018
    • Toronto, Canada
    • Family

    jamilpri

    “Barcelo Montelimar in Nicaragua is Good, But not Great, All-Inclusive Resort Value ”


    We chose this resort seeking a winter getaway vacation for Christmas with a great beach and good value for money and in a country we had not yet visited. We didn't realize that the other bonuses such as the beautiful lush grounds, a spectacular beach with surprisingly very few people on that beach during the week of Christmas. We chose an Air TransAt package out of Toronto with a direct flight from Toronto to Managua and it was indeed a great price for an all-inclusive package for my wife and I and our 14 year old son. The flights to and from were good and great service by Air TransAt staff. As others reported, the on-boarding was quick and effective: upon exiting the terminal in Managua we were immediately greeted by staff with a sign for the resort, provided with an information package for reading on the bus which included our room number and keys, quickly loaded up and then the 2 hour drive to the resort which included a very slow but interesting drive through Managua during rush hour. We found our rooms ourselves quite easily upon arrival and our luggage arrived within a few minutes of our entering the room. We had a bungalow (number 135) in a good location close to the beautiful central pool and only a couple of minutes walk from the main dining hall and the beach. The room was clean upon arrival but smelled badly from insecticide which must have been applied earlier that same day. The smell disappeared by the end of the day, together with the few ants we noticed upon arrival so the insecticide was effective in our bungalow. We had only a few ants in the room over the course of the week that we noticed. The food was fine, not great but certainly sufficient and a wide variety. We took one packaged tour offered by the Air Trans At tour provider and on another day arranged for our own taxi and guide for another trip. As others have commented, English is spoken and understood by only a few of the staff. Most of the guests the week we were there seemed to be locals (either from Nicaragua or nearby Central American counties) who were there for a single day. The lunch buffet was very crowded as a result, but breakfast and dinners were not. We met only one US couple while we were there, and our group out of Toronto was less than a dozen and then a group from Quebec arrived mid-week but there were very few North Americans --- we were surprised but quite satisfied in that regard. There was entertainment each evening (all in Spanish only) but the level of talent and engagement with the audience were relatively low. Staff were, in general, very polite and attentive if you could communicate with them (I speak very little Spanish and very poorly but managed to make myself known --- Google Translate sure came in handy). But, the room cleaning staff are not yet trained to provide service to which North Americans are accustomed and receive in other countries. It's fine but don't expect daily cleaning that covers all parts of your room. There were a few minor but irritating things that could be easily rectified with an examination of the house-cleanings processes: our bathroom towels were removed and only partially replaced every day at the time they were removed --- for some reason the the rest of the towels were always brought later in the day. It is possible for the towels to all be removed and not replaced until much later in the day so that there could be several hours where the room has no towels. Internet service was poor and limited to only the main Reception area of the resort. Because of a power outage that. apparently fried the servers we were without any internet for about 3 days of the week we were there. The central swimming pool is great as is the snack bar in the middle of it which provided some food in between meals. There are other bars throughout the resort at good strategic locations adjacent to the beach. The beach is spectacular and clean. There is a tide pattern that brings in waves with a significant undertow so small kids can't or should not be playing in the water without an adult right beside them.The sunset watching and playing in the waves at the end of the day were the highlight of our daily routine. Our 14-y old son was bored. There were few teens his age in general and none that spoke English. Yes, there is horse-back riding and ATV rentals (both at an additional cost) but not much else that grabbed his attention. I don't think I would recommend this resort for those with teens or those seeking children's programming. All in all -- the two adults in our family found it to be a very relaxing and satisfactory week at a good value-for-money all-inclusive beachfront resort. The opportunity to learn about a country we had not visited was an additional important benefit.


    montelimar_rrpp, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo Montelimar, responded to this review
    Dear Mr. Jacob Ira, First of all, we would like to wish you a happy new year and hope that you and your family made it well into 2018! Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent holiday experience among us, your comments are crucial in the process, therefore we highly value your time and constructive critics. We are sincerely sorry to read your dissatisfaction with the cleaning of your room, at Barceló Montelimar we strive to provide total confidence in this area by training our housekeeping staff, for a future occasion we strongly recommend you to contact our public relations representative to point out any service imperfection, our team will be swift in addressing the issue and correct any situation that is not in accordance with our established standards. Once again, many thanks for your help to get to know the points where we can still improve the experiences of the ones that come to visit us and we truly hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on your next visit to Nicaragua. Kind regards, Barceló Montelimar.

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    A discount* or promotional code (also appears as “promo code”) is a combination of letters and/or numbers that gives a discount on the normal rate. If you have a discount code, enter it when booking and you will receive a discount on your booking. Once you have entered this code, the prices shown in step 1 of the booking process will already include the relevant discount. 

    The discount does not apply to prices on extras and/or extra services, neither does it apply to prices on last available rooms. You can only apply one discount code per booking which will only be valid at the time of making your booking.** 

    The maximum amount of accumulated discount will be at most 25% off the rate for hotels in Latin America and at most 20% off the rate for European and Mediterranean hotels. It is possible to combine a discount code with a special discount*** (discounts when you book multiple rooms, senior, resident, millennials, large families, etc.) and the discount for being a my Barceló client. 

    *Barceló reserves the right to accept the application of advertised discounts. 

    **The application of the discount code is not valid upon arrival at the hotel; the discount is only applicable at the time of booking. 

    ***The hotel will request to see valid official documents to verify compliance with the conditions for the discount codes and special discounts. In the event of not providing valid official documents or non-compliance, the hotel reserves the right to charge the amounts that were deducted from the original reservation.

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