Secluded jungle setting on a hill with West End views
Amazing patio and rooftop with ocean views and yoga classes (for a fee)
Big, rustic rooms with ceiling fans, and TVs with satellite channels
Many rooms have king beds or can sleep more than three
Free delicious breakfasts included with all stays; menu changes daily
Friendly atmosphere, easy to meet fellow travelers
Hotel can assist in arranging tours and taxis
Free purified water
Free Wi-Fi and parking
Road leading to resort in disrepair and many taxis won't make trip
Fan rooms can get hot and only one room has air-conditioning
No communal kitchen for those not in apartments
No generator and island power goes out often
Roatan Bed & Breakfast Apartments is a two-and-a-half-pearl hotel above West End, with awesome views of Roatan’s northern coast. Its five Honduran-pine rooms are rustic and quaint, with king, double, or twin beds, TVs, fans, and ocean or jungle views (two have kitchenettes). Rooms can get hot, though, and only one is air-conditioned. The hotel’s a 10-minute walk (or six-minute drive) up a gnarly road from the beach, and it can be tough to find taxis willing to drop off guests. The hotel has an amazing rooftop patio and all stays include a delicious breakfast and Wi-Fi. There are also yoga classes for a fee. Travelers wanting more frills like a restaurant and a dive shop might check out Splash Inn, though rates will be a bit higher.
Quiet mountain refuge with amazing ocean views set deep in the jungle
Roatan Bed & Breakfast Apartments opened in 1995 and feels every part the rustic mountain retreat. The 4,300-square foot home was originally built by the effervescent -- and multilingual -- Italian owner to attract her parents to winter with her in Roatan (they declined). Over time, friends started renting the rooms and the home became Roatan Bed & Breakfast. It’s surrounded by lush jungle and the entire building -- inside and out -- is made of rough-hewn Honduran Pine that adds a sweet, woodsy aroma. (The building’s structure is cement and built to withstand hurricane-force winds.) Blossoming pink and violet bougainvillea flowers climb up the hotel’s exterior. A spiral staircase winds through the hotel’s three floors and leads to a fabulous rooftop deck with lounge chairs and tables and amazing ocean views. There’s also a huge covered balcony with lots of plush couches and hammocks next to the dining room. It’s a laid back spot for sure, and attracts mostly nature lovers and divers between the ages of 18 and 35. It’s also a friendly hotel and guests usually sit together during morning breakfasts and share conversation.
Perched on a hillside, a 10-minute walk to the bustling West End strip and beach
The hotel's secluded, hillside location has its plusses and minuses. It’s a bumpy (at times, seemingly impassible) six-minute taxi drive to the main road, or a 10-minute walk to the heart of West End’s buzzing tourist strip. At night, it’s a dark walk and seems slightly ominous. The main road in West End is lined with bars and clubs, a pharmacy, dive shops, an ATM, and small grocery stores. Nearby restaurants -- a 10-minute walk from the hotel -- include Thai, rotisserie chicken (arguably the best on the island), Honduran, and international cuisines. A bicycle and scooter rental shop is a 15-minute walk from the bed-and-breakfast.
The closest beach is West End Beach. It's a 10-minute walk to the sand, and there's great snorkeling just offshore. Another great beach option is West Bay Beach, which is a 20-minute drive away and lined with big resorts and restaurants, though it gets crowded when cruise ships are in port. Coxen Hole, Roatan’s commercial hub, has banks, restaurants, and two western-style supermarkets. It's a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The ferry to Utila is a 10-minute walk from the hotel while the terminal to La Ceiba is a 35-minute drive, followed by an hour-and-15-minute ferry ride. Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel depending on traffic.
Big, rustic rooms with jungle and ocean views, ceiling fans, and free Wi-FI
Rooms at Roatan Bed & Breakfast are big and rustic, and come in a mix of traditional guest rooms and apartments. While all are spacious and have slatted wood walls, floors, and ceilings, the two-room apartments stand out. These have kitchenettes, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, gas ranges, and exposed-beam ceilings. Even better, their garage-door sized front doors swing open onto private patios. All rooms have either king, queen, or twin beds with gray, quatrefoil-patterned sheets, TVs with satellite channels, ceiling fans, and simple, hardwood end-tables and lamps. They can get hot, as only room CB is air-conditioned. Additionally, it's worth noting that there's no backup generator, so if the power goes out (which it does), the hotel has no electricity. Overall, bathrooms are bit tired, with small vanities and tiled showers or tubs. Bar soap is included with all rooms. DVD players are also available to borrow, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi.
Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking, plus rooftop yoga classes for a fee
The amenities offered here are simple and straightforward. There’s no restaurant, but the included breakfast is delicious and the menu changes daily. Free purified water is also available 24 hours a day. The hotel can assist in arranging tours and taxis and sets up rooftop yoga classes (for a fee). It's also available to rent for weddings. There’s a big DVD library, free parking, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Keep in mind that while apartments have cooking facilities, there's no shared kitchen available for those staying in standard rooms.
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