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    On returning to the US, our flight left at 7:20am. Since it's an international flight we're supposed to check in three hours or whatever before that, but the Copa check-in desk is not open that early of course. So my wife called Copa to ask when they open, and it was six I think. That meant we had to get up, dress, eat breakfast, and schlepp our bags across the street from the Best Western Las Mercedes at o'crap thirty, and the Las Mercedes restaurant didn't open until six I think it was. So breakfast became the big dilemma.

    The hotel drove us and our Nicamax baggage across the street no problem, and we even got checked in for the flight with ease. Now for breakfast...

    There is food in the airport, even that early. We looked at all the places in the food court, then a young guy kind of got in our face hawking a place that served breakfast, next to the Subway. His aggressive sales tactics worked, we picked it. Bacon, eggs, toast, coffee, etc. and some pancakes for our 5 year old. Gringo airport prices, i.e. insanely expensive. And it took forever for the food to be served.

    Nica restaurants are normally slow, making me wonder if they have to go chase the chicken around the yard first, or in this case, chase down the pig to slice off the bacon. While waiting, it occured to me (the fog of o'crap thirty in the morning) that the Las Mercedes breakfast is a buffet, and it's complementary with the room. So we could have ridden the shuttle back across the street, eaten a good quick breakfast for free, and shuttled back over in plenty of time for our flight.

    The food came, and wasn't that good. Our little one didn't want the pancakes. So when we were done my wife wrapped the leftovers up in a foam clamshell box and as we passed by the curbside looked for street urchins that needed to eat. It was still early so no one was outside, so she asked the armed guard if he would hand it off to someone. No idea if the guard handed it off or ate it himself.

    After that everything went pretty normally. And as it turned out, Copa served us breakfast. So if you have an early flight on Copa, just wait and let them feed you.

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    I agree with you about the price of food in the airport....absolutely ridiculous.....wait!...make that ANY airport.
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    A sandwich at Orlando is $9. At the airport in Panama City, Panama, lunch for two is something like $40.

    Hot meals on Copa, don't worry about eating.

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    Took COPA for the 1st time a year or so and was very impressed, generous baggage allowance, free drinks, decent (free) food, even real silverware.

    Jonh, before I moved down I would do exactly as you described with the Best Western, go check in for the early AA flight, then go back have breakfast and check out, then walk back across to the airport.

    Food Court at MGA is ok. Subway is usually my go to as it is a novelty for me, there are a few spots that sell plates of typico for a decent price, and always a few spots with pizza by the slice if in a real hurry. I know the spot you are talking about, they always have someone out pulling people in, the place on the other side of Subway is ok, have got sandwiches there before.
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    News alert--
    The panda express in Houston just had a major price increase, making MGA a bargain.
    Ditto on cookshow, Subway is the best breakfast.
    In dec I got the 4:45 sardine express from Esteli to the airport, but the driver sucker punched me and didn't stop at the airport because there was a traffic jam, so I had to catch a cab back from La Subasta
    The only good thing about the ride in the fog and dark was the young lady with a bright orange sweater had her left boob in front of my face the whole trip. Lotta stoicism here, aisle completely full of standing passengers the whole 2 hours. We had to go to the bus drivers house to get a reservation the day before, so at least I had a seat. I still fondly remember the Big Orange Boob.

    Coming back the other night, the Chamuca trees really set MGA off from the average city. A little Disneylandish, but cute.

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    You can see the Chamuca trees from the plane at night, looks like Vegas.



    Copa's silverware is a really nice grade of plasticware, I hated to throw it away. They'd probably last 3-4 years at our house.
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    We walked across Nov / 2015 - The Chamu Tree between to hotel and the airport was turned off.

    My Daughter is a front desk person for Best Western up here so we got a family rate of something like $60 for the night. Brother in law stayed in the room with his honey after we lumbered across at 5:30AM. Maria convinced them to check in our bags at 11PM the night previous.
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    MIA got me good a couple months back. Premade sandwich, bottle of water, and bag of granola almost cost me a $20.

    Agreed on the Subway but there is also a hot-cart in the hallway to the food court that we usually eat at. Decent food and prices.

    Not impressed with the Best Western last trip. Came in on late flight, could only get a $100 room. Had to re-book with LaCostena early. Told the manager I was trying for the early flight east but might not be able to get it. Asked if not, could I come back or should I check out now. He said no problem, keep the room key card and if you get the early flight don't worry about it. Had 2 charges from the hotel, the second charge was for $4, had to have been for the room key-card.

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    you guys should try one of the many other hotels in the area if you dont like the 100 dollar price tag.
    Hotel Airport X is 5 minutes from the airport. New, nice, air conditioned and dare i say a bit fancy (for me of course, which still means its pretty normal). 30 bucks a room, and they will shuttle you back and forth when you need. The hotel also has a bar and basic foodery for all your pre flight drinking and snacking needs. I can personally recommend this one.

    There is Hotel Monti Cristi, which a couple friends recommend, but i cant put my stamp of approval on it cause ive never been there myself. But its similarly priced, new, and supposedly decent if not basic. ALso offer shuttles and pickup, etc.


    Or for those coming in late, and just needing a place to crash, a short 5 minute taxi ride up the highway to the "la subasta" stoplights is a place called Hotel Altamira, and for 400 cords you can have a decent air conditioned room with cable and internet and be near some street food places and bars (though, they are a bit on the iffy side). Not Best Western quality, but for 12 bucks, a nice place to crash if you are only there to sleep. Morning can get a bit loud if you are trying to sleep in cause its a busy intersection with lots of buses. but if you are getting up early to travel, its all good.
    I stayed there once when the power went out in my neighborhood and it was soo hot i couldnt sleep, and i needed to get up early for a big day. Well worth the 13 bucks or whatever.

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    Have not stayed at Airport X yet but it looks nice. https://www.facebook.com/airportxmanagua

    Have stayed at Hotel Monti Christi twice. Owner Calvin is a great guy. think it is around $30nt now http://www.hostalmontecristi.com/

    Both these Hotels are in the Monti Christi Neighborhood, less than 1/2 mile from airport, both offer shuttle to and from airport. Really nice little neighborhood, gated, lots of security. Neighborhood has a few small stores, a bakery, and at least 1 restaurant/bar that has decent and reasonably priced food.

    Have stayed at Altamira twice as well. Convenient if you are coming in on Spirit and also if you are going to be using Mayoreo Bus Station. maybe a mile from the airport, right on Car Norte, on the Corner of the road that goes to Mayoreo. If you are not familiar with MGA it may look a little dodgy but has decent basic rooms for cheap. http://hotelrestaurantealtamira.com/
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    If I were traveling alone, I'd try the $12 place. But with a wife and kids to please, it's a different ballgame.

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    Thanks,,, I've been looking for some cheaper places to stay.

    I like the Camino Real,, but it's $100 too usually by the time you pay the taxes. I've gotten it for less,, $85,
    but still,,, you pay for the elegance and service.

    For me a trip to MGA almost mandates an overnight to get everything done.

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    yeah with a wife and kids i dont think i would recommend the hotel altamira either. Its decent, but the area around, particuarly at night isnt the greatest. Sketchy bars with hookers and all that. (its funny cause its right across the street from the police station, but that never stops the action at night). The hotel itself is alright, especially if you are staying in, but if i had kids i wouldnt want them running around at night there i think.

    but the hotel airport x and monti cristo are in private residential gated areas, so its safe and nice, and family friendly. I know two families with children that stayed in airport X and enjoyed it.

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    Did Altamira one time, was not that nice. Looks better now. Will have to try that X Hotel, looks good.

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