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The Beach House 3.5

West End, Roatan, Bay Islands

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Pros

  • Right on the beach in bustling West End, amid nightlife and dining
  • Beach has lots of lounge chairs, umbrellas, and free beach towels
  • Free breakfasts included with all stays 
  • Bright rooms with big beds, balconies, and sea views 
  • All rooms are air-conditioned, and many rooms have kitchenettes
  • Two restaurants with ocean views serve seafood, local, and international cuisines
  • Quick walk to the dock for ferries to Utila
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel  

Cons

  • Airport or ferry transportation not included, unlike other Roatan hotels 
  • No on-site dive shop and no snorkeling equipment to use
  • No pool

Bottom Line

The Beach House is a three-and-a-half-pearl beachfront hotel in West End, Roatan’s thriving nightlife and culinary heart. It’s eight air-conditioned rooms are big and bright, with rustic sophistication and sea views. Expect vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and furniture, large balconies, kitchens or kitchenettes, and colorful, abstract art. The hotel’s beach is the best in West End, with soft sand and lots of lounge chairs and beach umbrellas. Unfortunately, though, there’s no pool. Its restaurant has beautiful views (especially for sunsets) and free breakfasts are included with all stays. Other freebies include purified water, beach towels, street parking, and inflatable rafts. Things can get loud in downtown West End, and for a quieter stay with ocean-view villas, a tranquil pool, and free breakfasts, it’s worth checking out Seagrape Plantation Resort. 

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Scene

Quiet, beachy vibe that’s great for relaxing, yet close to all the action

The Beach House is a quiet, laid-back boutique hotel that’s beachy and unpretentious. The wooden, three-floored hotel is painted bright canary yellow and feels like a tropical Cape-Cod style home, with its gabled roof and an ocean-view patio that stretches the hotel’s entire length. The Beach House has been around for a while, but the current owners took over in 2013 and renovated many of the rooms and shared spaces in 2016. The lobby’s built around the hulking trunk of an indio desnuda tree that passes through portholes in the roof and surrounded by a semi-circle, wooden bench. There’s a teardrop-shaped rattan chair hanging from the tree, but the hotel has better places to relax. At the end of the hotel pier, there’s a restaurant with lounge chairs, chairs, and tables. It’s the perfect spot for a sunset. Most hotel guests are from Europe and Latin America, and while couples are common, quite a few families are are drawn to The Beach House.

Location

On the beach in central West End, close to restaurants, bars, and shops

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The Beach House is located in the heart of West End, Roatan’s hub for bars, clubs, restaurants, and nightlife. The hotel’s just past all the hustle and bustle, and is quieter than the hotels on the strip, but everything is still walkable. It’s on the beach and a seven-minute swim to a thriving reef. Within a minute walk from the hotel are restaurants serving Honduran, international, Argentinian, and Italian dishes. There’s a Thai restaurant, laundry shop, and an ATM a five-minute walk away. There’s also a mini-mart, scooter rental shop, and many dive shops a one-minute walk from the hotel. Other actives include swimming and experiencing dolphins at nearby Anthony’s Key, and a botanical garden with naturalist-led hikes, both of which are an eight-minute drive from the hotel. Coxen Hole, the island’s commercial center, has supermarkets, restaurants, shops, and banks, and is a 20-minute drive from The Beach House. The Utila ferry dock is only a two-minute walk from the hotel, followed by a 40-minute ferry ride. The ferry to La Ceiba on the Honduran mainland is a 30-minute drive followed by an hour and 15-minute ferry. Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Bright, air-conditioned rooms with vaulted ceilings, big beds, and balconies or patios with sea views

Ocean views from The Beach House’s air-conditioned rooms are gorgeous, especially from the private patios or balconies. That's not the only highlight, though, as rooms are also big and bright, with exposed-beam ceilings and whitewashed walls. Some have splashes of baby-blue that contrast the beautiful hardwood floors and ceilings. Bed sizes vary by room, but expect either king or queen (and maybe an additional full or twin). The Hemingway Suite is the most recently renovated room and is definitely the most sophisticated offering. It includes rustic hardwood headboards and furniture, artsy panels of live-edge wood tiles on the walls, and ocean views from the bed. 

Flat-screen TVs with cable channels are standard in all rooms as are ceiling fans, safes, and love seats. All also have at least a mini-fridge and microwave, and many have kitchenettes or full kitchens with two-burner electric ranges, blenders, coffeemakers, toasters, mini-fridges, and stunning wooden counters. All bathrooms are modern, but the Daydream Suite stands out with its fabulous outdoor shower. Otherwise, bathrooms are a mixed bag, with stand-up showers, toiletries, and hairdryers. All rooms also have free Wi-Fi.  

Features

Beautiful beachfront, two restaurants with happy hour specials, book exchange, and free Wi-Fi 

There’s no doubt that The Beach House’s top draw is its beautiful beachfront, though the hotel is sadly lacking a pool. The sand on the beach is soft and there are lots of lounge chairs and umbrellas. There’s also a dock that's perfect for jumping into the turquoise water. At the end of the hotel’s dock, Sunset Dock Bar Grill has a menu specializing in burgers, seafood, and fresh fish. They also offer drink and happy-hour specials and live music. The Landing Restaurant is an open-air eatery with ocean views of Half Moon Bay on the hotel’s second floor that serves local and international cuisines. It’s also where the free breakfasts included with all stays are served. The hotel can assist in arranging tours, taxis, and airport-transportation. In the lobby, there’s a book exchange, board games to borrow, and a small shop selling bug spray, sunscreen, sun hats, and bikinis. Hotel freebies include free printing, purified water, coffee, and parking, although the parking is limited and on the street. Importantly, the hotel has a generator for uninterrupted power. Laundry service is available and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. 

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Address

Half Moon Bay, 'The big yellow house at the entrance of West End', West End 90210, Honduras

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