Our team

Who we are

Having such a valuable concept that focusses on the wellbeing of local societies through tourism makes our team one of a kind.
From strategic founders to local hotel experts and education professionals: Hotel con Corazón is a unique mix of skills and talent.
Ready to meet us? Discover the stories from founders to teachers blow!
Onno Oostveen & Marcel Zuidhof

Meet our founders

During our holidays in 2004 we realised we had been very lucky in life. Life had given us many opportunities to develop ourselves so we decided we wanted to do something in return.

So in 2006 we travelled to Nicaragua to discover how we could contribute to the country's welbeing. We found out that the school drop-out rate was very high. Tourism on the other hand offered us some opportunities. The concept of Hotel con Corazón was born.

In 2007 & 2008 we lived in Nicaragua and built the first hotel to then set up educational projects. After seeing the tremendous success of hundreds of educated children we decided to expand our concept and opened another Hotel con Corazón in Mexico.

Now we are determined to expand our impact to support many more children in Central-America. We will serve many more conscious travellers and increase our number of hotels to 5 locations by 2022 and 15 in 2028.

  • Hotel con Corazón social impact team
  • Hotel Con Corazón Mexico Social Impact

Our local experts

Hotel con Corazón thanks its authentic atmosphere to the local teams.

Granada is managed by Gretcheen Gonzalez, a local hotel management expert who made our first Hotel con Corazón and its projects a great success.

Oaxaca is set up and managed by Saskia Fiselier and Erica Donkers. Two Dutch women who saw an opportunity for a second Hotel con Corazón in Oaxaca and made it today's reality.

The entrepreneurs

In 2013, with the help of the Hotel con Corazón Foundation, Saskia Fiselier and Erica Donkers started preparations. They set up a business plan and started looking for donors and investors. 5 years later, Hotel con Corazón Oaxaca became a fact.
entrepreneurs saskia fiselier and erica donkers

And our teachers

Wondering how our teachers support children? Meet Eva, one of our teachers at our school in Nicaragua. Eva here speaks about what its like to work at Hotel con Corazón and how she teaches children.

Interested in our education programs and approach?
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