2014 seemed a busy year in Granada, I don’t take much notice of Government figures and look at our own bookings and from what I hear of other businesses in the city. We did have a good year and I felt we were turning more guests away when we were full than we did in 2013 which leads me on to this topic which I have covered before but would like to cover it again for those tourists who may be thinking of visiting the city.
With my own travel experience in the past I would always arrive in a city and find somewhere once I was there, only three times have I ever had real trouble finding a bed, once on an island in Thailand and the other time in a city in India,both times when there was a festival on….oh and the other time,yes here in Granada when there was not a festival on and it wasn’t even peak season, why ??
My theory is this and maybe times have changed but the two times I had trouble in Thailand and India was back in 1999, no cell phones, no Wifi,no laptops , no Trip Advisor, a few websites but everyone had a guide book, backpackers in particular just arrived at a destination, some phoned ahead.
We have noticed that when we are full many of the other hostels we phone to help the guest are also full, this happens alot throughout the year except maybe for June,September and October. Granada is located only an our from the airport and many guests want to have a booking for their first 2 or 3 nights in a new country until they have become accustomed , many do not want to stay in Managua and come straight here. Also with its location Granada is centrally located for guests to return from Leon or SJDS then head north or south again. This plus the ease of now being able to get free wifi, going on your cell phone and sending an email and getting your information from Trip Advisor and other websites.
We get many guests arriving and in complete shock that ourselves and other hostels are full, recently we had some Ticos arrive and commented “People make reservations in Nicaragua” !!! My guess is that because the country is relatively new on the tourist scene many travellers think it is still untouched which it is in many parts but Granada is different and it’s location does have an advantage.
So for future tourists,backpackers,travellers etc remember the country has about 5 main locations, Granada,Leon,SJDS,Ometepe and Corn Islands and other smaller locations and towns, they will be busy from December until Easter but May, July and August can also be busy in some of the main locations also. Don’t make the mistake I made and be aware of the festivals also but for those who are fancy free and prefer a