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 team

Our local experts

In 2006, our two owners built the very first hotel in Nicaragua and developed an education program for local children.  A few years later, this 3-star hotel turned into Granada’s best-selling accommodation that helped over 700 children complete their school while serving 40.000 satisfied hotel guests.

These results exceeded our expectations and have proven that funding education through tourism is a very successful concept. So in 2018 we opened our second hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico which became an exceptional accommodation.

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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