Located on the very edge of Leon and Subtiava this is a quiet location but very secure (there is an armed security guard permanently on the gates) and a great base to explore the area. The apartment has a good flat screen TV, fridge/freezer, hob/cooker, sink/drainer, sofa and table/chairs. Both bedrooms have aircon which works pretty well, albeit it can be a bit noisy (earplugs recommended for a good night's sleep). There is a very basic sink and washing line out the back but there is a weekly onsite laundry service available for reasonable prices. Our onsite rep Wendy was a great help and kept in touch as required throughout the visit. An inventory is taken on arrival and departure so make sure you count along and check the form before signing it. We were a knife down at the end of the week! Be aware that English is not widely spoken so at least basic Spanish and having the Google Translate app with an offline spanish dictionary on your mobile device is definitely advised. The apartment includes wifi but it wasn't very fast and had a habit of dropping out which I think it pretty much standard in Nicaragua. They changed the login details a couple of times during the 3 weeks we stayed so perhaps that will be improved. If wifi is essential (for your work for example) then just be aware that it can't be guaranteed. Power cuts or the water going off is also fairly common and again probably more a reflection of the infrastructure in Nicaragua than this apartment.
To get into Leon or Subtiava walk 100m East to the unmarked "bus station" where there are sure to be 2 or 3 buses being cleaned with one due to depart within the next 10 minutes. The bus ride is only 4 cordobas which is about £0.08 (yes 8p) or $0.12.
There is a bus stop for Poneloya/Las Penitas beaches just over the road. Again this only costs 13 cordobas. Be aware that Poneloya beach comes before the bus turns back on itself and swings right for Las Penitas beach so don't get off too early. Both beaches are beautiful but Las Penitas has some bars and restaurants whereas Poneloya is pretty deserted.
Leon has a good variety of restaturants and bars to suit any budget. It's worth paying extra for the better ones as food is still reasonably priced compared to the West. Get a decent travel guide but I would recommend Cafe Nicaraguita, Pan Y Paz, Paz de Luna and Yavoy. For ice-cream, Kiss Me is the best shop in town. The north of the city (back-packer area) has the best restaurants with the South side being a bit run down. You will also find two supermarkets (La Colonia and La Union) in Leon and several banks/ATMs. La Union is part of Walmart with the best prices but La Colonia or a bit more upmarket and has more homeware items. Overall Leon feels very safe even at night if you stick to the more popular well-lit areas. It's a vibrant city and one certain to steal your heart. The suburb of Subtiava is a little closer and well worth a visit. It has a supermarket too but not on the same scale or quality as the two in Leon itself.
We rented this apartment for 3 weeks in Leon and found it very comfortable. Benicia and Fernando were very nice and helpful with some extra things we needed. The beds, linen and pillows were very comfortable and we loved having a soft lounge suite to relax on. There was also a good dining table to work at. The kitchen was a little awkward in that, the cupboards were very high and there is not a lot of cooking gear or bench space. They did however provide a coffee maker, a blender, a rice cooker and a microwave. Note the location is slightly out of town but just a 15 cent bus ride away. This was no problem, usually we got a taxi back with groceries for a couple of dollars.
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