Guests going to the 60 foot swimming pool at Mansion de Chocolate  pass through three wall enclosed “patios” (or gardens); the third patio, immediately in front of the entrance to the swimming pool patio contains the old cement “pila”, or wash sink, that probably dates from the early 20th century.  When we renovated the house to turn it into a hotel, some suggested removing it, but we decided that this bit of history made an attractive addition to the setting.  These sorts of cement wash sinks were common in Nicaraguan homes and are still being built in homes constructed today.  Interestingly, the niches in the wall in the back of he pilas were used for ironing boards, and the irons were heated with wood!