28 year old Dutch guy living in Nicaragua for around 8 years now. You can ask me anything about central America and in particular about Nicaragua, I'm happy to help you out.
I would stay in Backpackers Inn or Backpackers Manahuac if you are on a budget. Those two are close to the bar/restaurant area Hippos. If you have a bit more to spend you could find some beter hotels in Zona Hippos... See More
It is not possible to make sure your laptop doesn't get stolen. Try to always use the safe in your room. If there is no safe or locker with a secure lock you might consider leaving it at front desk. If it is a sketchy hotel maybe you shouldn't do that either. See More
Matagalpa. Mountain town with a fresh climate and a lot of good coffee! Not very touristy, it's still a real Nicaraguan city, you can see real Nicaragua life. There are some nice hikes around, waterfalls, farms and more. See More