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June 26, 2009updated Feb 07, 2013

First Lux Boutique Hotel Opens in Nicaragua

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

In a serene tropical-garden setting 11 kilometers from the bustling capital city of Managua, Nicaragua, Hotel Contempo opened on May 15, the first boutique hotel in a country that has only recently emerged as a destination for sophisticated travelers. The hotel’s 18 spacious rooms and suites – each with a unique, modern design and layout – are wrapped in gleaming white marble and local white Travertine tile; many have Jacuzzi bathtubs and skylights that peek into the 1.2-acre property’s canopy of mango, avocado and breadfruit trees. Adding to its appeal to business and leisure travelers alike, Hotel Contempo has a pool, event and meeting space for up to 300 people, a business center, a lobby piano lounge and bar, a wine bar, and a restaurant serving market-driven Mediterranean cuisine with a Nicaraguan touch. “We see Contempo as a luxurious base camp for tourists taking excursions to all parts of our beautiful country,” said Executive Director Bernardo Falcon. “It’s also perfect for business meetings and weddings, both Nicaraguan and North American.”

The largest country in Central America and the safest, Nicaragua has spectacular beaches on both its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, thousands of acres of untouched rain-forest, a dozen volcanoes, the second-largest lake in the Western Hemisphere, charming historic cities with Spanish Colonial architecture, and friendly, welcoming people. There are countless opportunities for ecotourism, agritourism, water sports from surfing to deep-sea fishing and adventure activities from canopy zip-lining to volcano sand skiing—all at extremely affordable prices.

Hotel Contempo was designed and built by a prominent Nicaraguan entrepreneur, Jaime Osorio Bustamante, whose family runs a variety of businesses in Central America. Bustamante plans to add 18 more rooms and suites and a spa to the hotel by year’s end, and create a string of Contempo boutique hotels throughout Central America. “We are delighted that the Bustamante family has built a unique hotel in Nicaragua,” said Mario Salinas Pasos, Nicaragua’s Minister of Tourism. “It offers visitors a different experience, adding glamour in design and great services to the variety of tourist options in our country.”

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