Gay Friendly Hotels Managua

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Managua Nicaragua (2024 Updated)

In general, Nicaragua is not a gay-friendly country, even in larger cities; however, few gay travelers will encounter any issues of discrimination and in the city capital you can find a few gay friendly hotels Managua.

For such a Catholic and conservative country, Nicaragua is a fairly tolerant place regarding homosexuality. Gay bars exist not just in the capital, but in some of the regional cities, as well.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Nicaragua may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Nicaragua. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is banned in certain areas, including in employment and access to health services.

According to Nicaraguan LGBT group Movimiento de la Diversidad Sexual (Movement of Sexual Diversity), there are approximately 600,000 gay people living in Nicaragua.

Managua, on the south shore of Lake Managua, is the capital city of Nicaragua. Its cathedral, a shell since a 1972 earthquake, is on the Plaza of the Revolution. Nearby is the tomb of Sandinista leader Carlos Fonseca. The 1935 National Palace of Culture houses the National Museum. Hilltop Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa is known for its crater lake and huge statue of revolutionary Augusto Sandino.

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1. Art Hotel Managua 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Managua Nicaragua

Art Hotel Managua
Art Hotel Managua

Art Hotel Managua is a property offering its guests free breakfast with the rate. It also has an outdoor pool, a business centre and garden.

The air-conditioned rooms feature cable TV and a private bathroom with shower. All rooms feature a simple décor and tiled floors.

Art Hotel Managua has its own restaurant and bar on site. Other restaurant option, like La Plancha Steak House, can be reached within a 5-minute walk.

All rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom, natural gas powered hot water shower, ethernet cable, cable TV, clock radio. Included in your rate, no matter what agency you book through, is a full free breakfast. Wifi is available throughout the hotel. We have two lobby computers that guests can use. Airport pickup in a car is available for $14.75. Airport drop off in a car is available for $11. If you need a van or truck for a pickup, please contact us for pricing. To arrange a pickup, we need your flight information emailed to us. If your plane is late, we wait. Our lobby is open 24 hours.

Guests checking in on later flights can request a 2p.M. Checkout at no additional fee. We are located one block away from Parque Las Palmas. The hotel is 1 kilometer from the tourist district that includes the Lake Managua tourist area (Malecon), the Presidential Palace, the National Theatre and other landmarks.

The hotel is about 1 kilometer from the Interplaza Mall and 3 kilometers from MetroCentro Mall. We have a swimming pool, big screen television in the lobby, and make refreshments (beers, cold sodas, and snacks) available 24 hours a day. Our rates include a full free breakfast, not just a piece of toast, like most hotels. We have a cafe that offers light meals throughout the day (grilled cheese, french fries, pasta, chicken, etc.). We welcome all people from all places and try to make everyone feel at home.

I really am impressed with the high quality service I got when ordering a burger and snacks, both efficiency and best service was provided, I wasn’t even a guest and was treated like a VIP person, I can only imagine how great it would be the service if I was a guest, therefore I would totally recommend it.

This is not a 5-star Mexican resort. It’s not a Fairmont or a Decameron. However, it is a great little hotel with a ton of personality in an area of Managua you’re going to want to explore.

The hotel offers a transfer from the airport (it was $14.75USD at time of writing), so you can book that ahead if you don’t want to navigate the chaos of the taxi scrum on arrival. You can also arrange a hotel driver instead of taking a taxi, which we opted to do so he would wait on us while we got our phone cards at the mall and we wouldn’t have to explain to another driver how to get us back. At time of writing, that service was $10 USD per hour.

Not all staff speak English, but there was always someone on who did. There’s free wi-fi throughout the hotel, so you can use Google Translate if that helps. Even the staff who spoke no English communicated with us through friendly smiles and accommodating our poorly mimed out requests 🙂

This is a small property, and it’s not luxury but it is clean and comfortable. Like a lot of Central American city properties, it’s a fairly narrow building that doesn’t look like much from the street, but the magic lies beyond the facade. There are a few tables and chairs out front to enjoy. The open air front lobby serves as the front desk, bar (for drinks and snacks), and breakfast dining room. There’s actually a commercial stove and grill in the room too, where they make breakfast right in front of you! It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by, play some cards and enjoy a cold drink in the Central American heat.

The next room is a darker, more shaded but still open air lounging area with souvenirs for sale. There are comfortable tables and chairs there as well for work (if you need to do that, as I did!), playing cards, etc.

Beyond that is an open courtyard with a large monkey habitat built right into the middle of it. They are SO CUTE and super friendly. This is where the hotel rooms begin. I did feel bad when, during a thunderstorm, one of the poor wee guys reached his arms out to me through the bars, wanting a hug. Otherwise they play on their swings, leap around the cage and talk to the guests. We loved having them right outside our door, but if you like to sleep in (say past 6am), you might want to request a room a bit further from the animals. The monkeys aren’t as loud as the parrots (there’s one that yells, Papa! Papa! in the morning) but we thought it was great to have them here, so the noise was a way better wakeup call than an alarm clock and a commute.

Beyond that courtyard is the outdoor patio and pool area. The pool is lovely, part in the sun and partly shaded under a cabana you can sit in. The pool looks small, but it’s very deep in the far end (my 6’4″ husband couldn’t touch bottom) and it’s long enough to do laps. It is SO refreshing after taking a walk around the neighbourhood.

Speaking of which, don’t be afraid to walk around here. There’s a university with several buildings in the neighbourhood, and a lot of food carts and small cafes to accommodate the students. Not even a block up the street there’s a large park with plenty of shade, benches, kids playground equipment, etc. Lots of people and families hang out there during the day.

Walk out the front door of the hotel and turn right (past that park) and in under two blocks, you’re at a four-lane street. Cross that street to access Paseo de Los Proceres, a park-like pedestrian area with manicured gardens that spans several blocks in length.

Ask the front desk for dinner recommendations and they might send you to La Plancha, less than two blocks walk away. It’s a steak house and Chinese restaurant–odd combination, I know, but the steak churrasco was fantastic and the prices very reasonable.

The hotel itself is like staying at a friend’s cottage… the rooms are small but comfortable, and the staff are fantastic and will make sure you have everything you need. There are all kinds of handcrafted items all over the walls in the rooms and common areas (I think most of it is for sale), which makes the property really colourful and warm. Your room will be the only place that’s air conditioned, so it’s nice for sleeping.

Breakfast and wi-fi are both included, and breakfast was delicious. Staff will let you know what’s available (when we were here, we could choose from different types of scrambled egg omelettes, fresh fruit, bacon or sausage, toast, pancakes, rice and beans, etc.) and will cook it fresh for you anytime before 11am. And I mean FRESH… we saw the ingredients come right off the farmer’s cart outside the front door!

You may experience some typical challenges, as you may in any area of the country: the power sometimes goes out, wi-fi sometimes goes down for a few minutes, the sinks and showers don’t drain quickly. Just go with it. Hopefully if you’re staying here, you’re not in a hurry and you’re not expecting a North American 5-star spoiling. Enjoy your time here and don’t be afraid to explore the neighbourhood.

Gay Friendly Hotels Managua
Gay Friendly Hotels Managua

How much does a room costs at Art Hotel Managua ?

Prices start 34 $/night for Standard Double Room.

Where to book online – Art Hotel Managua  – Gay Friendly Hotels Managua  you can find the best hotels deals in Managua during Equestrians of Managua  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Managua on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Hotel Los Robles 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Managua

Hotel Los Robles
Hotel Los Robles

Located 3.7 km from central Managua, Hotel Los Robles greets its guest with breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, and 24 hour front desk service.

Hotel Los Robles is a colonial style hotel with the rooms distributed around a lush tropical garden with a fountain. Some of the services the hotel offer are laundry, dry cleaning, barber/beauty shop, an on-site restaurant with buffet and à la carte service, and a fitness centre.

The room at the hotel feature air conditioning, a safety deposit box, cable TV, and private bathroom that have a bathrobe and free toiletries.

Los Robles has a privileged location, just 100 m from bars and restaurants, 700 m from Metrocentro Shopping Mall. Zona Hippos is 200 m away.

Our most important desire is ensure that your stay in Nicaragua becomes the most entertaining and enjoyable as possible. In an effort to achieve this, we tried to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere within a typical Nicaraguan colonial style with original antiques. The rooms are set around a tropical garden refreshed by a beautiful fountain.

The Hotel is ideally located in the most central and secure residential of Managua. We are a few meters from the highway to Masaya and Metrocentro Mall, which is the largest in the country. Since Hotel Los Robles a small boutique hotel, we are able to offer our guests a specialized qualified service developed through many years of experience with personal attention.

The rooms were clean and had all we needed (water pitchers, magnifying mirror, TV, hairdryer). The garden is serene with many bird-sightings. The staff were friendly and the little restaurant (for breakfast and dinners) was terrific.

A fantastic oasis of peace and nature in the heart of Managua`s safest and most vivid nightlife district. Staff is very helpful and friendly and breakfast excellent. It will always be our first joice in Managua.

It has a colonial feeling to it, with the rooms placed around a central courtyard, where the dining room and a bar and small pool are located. My room was generous and beautifully appointed; I was also pleased that the shower was hot and the air-conditioning cold! The food is also a very pleasant surprise–fresh, thoughtful, and delicious–and the coffee is excellent. I’d also add that the staff is very friendly and kind. (There is also inconspicuous but very good security at the hotel).

This is a lovely small hotel in a quiet location, with a good choice to restaurants in easy walking distance, and of course its own restaurant, but we didn’t eat there. Our room was compact but very comfortable. The pool area at the back is delightful and we spent a very relaxing early evening there drinking some excellent chilled white wine and watching the stars appear.

This is a wonderful, old world style small hotel with 12 rooms surrounding a courtyard. Within the courtyard is a lovely garden fountain and the hotel restaurant. The service is impeccable and attentive; the staff are courteous and go out of their way to assure guests needs are met. Past the courtyard is a lovely swimming pool within the walled-in backyard. Everything was very comfortable and pleasant with a delicious old-world vibe that you cannot find in a contemporary hotel. It is located in a pleasant residential neighborhood in central Managua.

The only cautionary note is that the rooms are rather small – comfortable for the solo traveler such as myself but could be a bit cramped for more than one person, especially if staying for more than a few nights. Otherwise, I was charmed to have had the chance to stay there and would go back in a heartbeat.

Gay Friendly Hotels Managua
Gay Friendly Hotels Managua

How much does a room costs at Hotel Los Robles ?

Prices start 119 $/night for Superior Room. The Deluxe Room  is  129$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite features a tile/marble floor, air conditioning and bathrobe.

Buffet Breakfast included in the rate. Complementary Deluxe Package amenities, open national bar from 6 7 pm and 15 minute spa therapies for free,

Where to book online – Hotel Los Robles  – Gay Friendly Hotels Managua  you can find the best hotels deals in Managua during Equestrians of Managua  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Managua on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Hilton Princess Managua 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Managua Nicaragua

Hilton Princess Managua
Hilton Princess Managua

An outdoor pool and a 24-hour gym can be found at this modern hotel, located a 15-minute drive from Managua Airport. Each luxurious room has plasma-screen cable TV and city or pool views.

Hilton Princess Managua has a central location, within walking distance of the headquarters of the BAC Central American Bank. The Zona Hippos entertainment and dining district is also nearby.

Each airy room has classic décor and includes a coffee maker, mineral water and MP3 clock-radio. The bathroom comes with a hairdryer and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries.

You can enjoy à la carte or buffet meals from the Hilton Princess’s Garden Court restaurant. The English-style Clancy’s pub features a bar menu and live music several nights a week.

The Hilton Princess Managua hotel in Nicaragua is centrally located in the city’s entertainment and business district, only a few minutes from the Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport (MGA).

I always pick this hotel for its location and peace of mind. It’s extremely clean and the staff will go beyond to make sure you feel like home. I have had only great stays here and plan to come back every time I stay in Managua. Restaurant – Pool -Gym and Spa are really nice accommodation in this hotel as well. You will enjoy them a lot.

The Hilton is centrally located in Managua. Close to MetroCentro which now features a Hard Rock cafe if you want the American experience. The Hilton a good option if you get in late or need to leave early. Especially with the protests that start late afternoon through eventing. Exactly what I expected when staying with Hilton.

Good hotel with access to ATMs, across the street from La Union Supermercado and just down the street from MetroCentro and the chicken bus near the university to go to Leon, Granada, and other cities.

Breakfast in the morning is pretty excellent, though not free for non-elite travelers, consisting of an all-you-can-eat choice of eggs, cheese, arroz, fruit, and other sorts of Nicaraguan selections in the lobby area seating.

There is a pool also in the back with cabana-area seating around the pool while there is also an outdoor bar with outdoor shaded seating.

There is also a small fitness center for those who want to get a quick, basic workout in.

The Hilton Princess is smaller hotel with most amenities of larger hotels. The free wifi has a strong signal from anywhere in the hotel. The gym has high end clean equipment that was well maintained. The small lobby bar has 3 televisions and supply of fresh shelled mani (peanuts) served by their jovial bartender Marlon. There is a small outdoor pool with a full service bar and tables where you could dine.

The smaller scale of the hotel enables its guests to develop a rapport with the staff and other travelers. The Hilton Princess is also a great base to start from if you wish to take daily trips to Leon, Granada and other sites and cities.

The rooms are comfortable and clean. The TV gave me mostly Spanish language channels, but I found it a treat to watch MLB playoffs in Spanish, especially in a country that reveres the sport more than we Americans!!

Breakfast in the restaurant was delicious and even had gluten free bread available for me. I also had dinner and room service, which was delicious and delivered in a timely manner.

Gay Friendly Hotels Managua Nicaragua
Gay Friendly Hotels Managua Nicaragua

How much does a room costs at Hilton Princess Managua ?

Prices start 105 $/night for King Room. The Executive King Room  is  155$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Located on the Executive Floor, this airy room has traditional-style décor and offers pool or city views. It includes a coffee maker, mineral water and plasma-screen TV with international cable channels. The bathroom comes with a hairdryer and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries.

It includes Executive Lounge access, with a free continental breakfast, free coffee, soft drinks and snacks all day, and a free evening cocktail hour.

Where to book online – Hilton Princess Managua  – Gay Friendly Hotels Managua  you can find the best hotels deals in Managua during Equestrians of Managua  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Managua on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.