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Hotel El Convento is a beautiful colonial-style property located in the heart of historic León. The site was formerly the home of the San Francisco Convent, León's oldest convent, which was founded in 1639 by the Reverend Fray Pedro de Zuniga.

In 1830 religious groups were expelled from Nicaragua and the convent fell into disrepair. In 1960 it was abandoned and demolished. The 31 standard rooms and one suite feature lovely antique furniture and ornate decorations from the colonial period.


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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

    • Juan Venado Island Excursion
      Great egrets, Juan Venado Island

      Juan Venado Island Excursion

      Juan Venado Island Excursion

      Travel by boat to the important ecological sanctuary of Isla Juan Venado, where you will witness a huge variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, caiman, water birds and iguanas, among beautiful natural surroundings.

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    • León City Tour
      Iglesia La Recoleccion, Leon

      León City Tour

      León City Tour

      Enjoy a pleasant walking tour of the wonderfully-atmospheric city of León, including time exploring the delightful art galleries, museums and beautiful colonial architecture of the city's historic buildings.

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    • Volcano Cerro Negro Hike
      Volcan Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

      Volcano Cerro Negro Hike

      Volcano Cerro Negro Hike

      Rising out of the green trees the black walls of Cerro Negro create a bizarre contrast with the surroundings. You hike first on trails and later on a kind of black dune created by former lava. As you reach the foot of the volcano you begin an easy climb up to the first of two active and colorful craters.

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