Let’s face it. Honduras is off the beaten path. Most travelers avoid it because they perceive Honduras is unsafe for travel. Those who do visit, find that is as safe as anywhere else in the world. But they also find that it is beautiful, unspoiled and best of all, not overrun by tourists. So, if you decide to visit Honduras, you will certainly want to find the top 10 lodges in Honduras you must stay in. This is not necessarily easy; this is why we have put together a list of the lodges in Honduras that you should not miss while traveling throughout the country.
Our criteria to select these lodges is simple. We are looking for properties that are small, have a true “sense of place” and where you will be pampered by the owners or managers. We are selecting only one per destination, but that does not mean there are not other lodges in Honduras in that same destination that meet our criteria and are a great option.
Hacienda San Lucas is one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras. You simply cannot go wrong here! Authentic, but spartan rooms with a quiet atmosphere. Relax in the expansive gardens and enjoy the view of the Copan Valley. Hidden in the jungle before you, is the magnificent Copan Archaeological Park! Beware, you may even get an unexpected visit from a wild Scarlet Macaw who may want to rest in a nearby tree! Food is out of this world. Best of all, it includes many traditional dishes are still the main staple for the local Maya population. This is property that has been in the same family for over a century. Jose Adan and his wife, Norma are your hosts, and they will go out of their way to make you feel at home.
Gracias has become a popular destination in Honduras. It is a charming colonial town with much history. This is the perfect destination to get a glimpse at the rural life in Honduras. You can also visit some popular hot springs or hike to the peak of Celaque, the highest point in Honduras. One of the first lodges to open their doors in Gracias is the Hotel Guancascos. This is one of my top 10 lodges in Honduras! It is not fancy, but it has a great feeling. It sits on the mountain side next to town, almost between downtown and the San Cristobal Fort. The café – restaurant offers the best view of town while enjoying a great cup of mountain grown coffee or a cold beer. Best of all, Frony, the Dutch owner is a great source of local information. She is usually on premises and is a great host!
Just south of La Ceiba, you will find the Cangrejal River. It is a fantastic destination that affords many activities. This is the adventure and nature hub in Honduras. There are several alternative lodges in the area, but my favorite, without doubt is La Villa de Soledad. This Spanish Style hacienda offers 4 private rooms overlooking Pico Bonito National Park. Hammocks are generously set throughout the property and are ideal to relax after a day hiking in the jungle or rafting in the Cangrejal River. If you are looking for unique lodge in Honduras to relax in Nature, this is probably your best bet! Incidentally, the latest Lonely Planet Honduras guide includes La Villa de Soledad as one of the top places to stay in Honduras! If you are looking for one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras and seeking a jungle experience, then La Villa de Soledad is your perfect match!
This small rural village in the highlands of Western Honduras is one of the most picturesque in all Central America. The community produces rustic clay ceramics and the women wear colorful dresses. The old, colonial church contrasts brightly with the massive cliffs just behind it, creating a surreal setting. Here you can also find the most extreme zip line in Honduras, probably in Central America. Until recently, there were no hotels to stay in the area and you had to overnight in Gracias. But the new Camino Lenca La Campa hotel has changes all of that. A unique setting with a view of the canyon below, with a multilevel swimming pool and comfortable rooms, this is one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras! If you are looking for a place to experience rural Honduras, this is an absolute must!
The NightLand Cabins at the Jade Seahorse is a treat that will impress you. This unique lodge is not on the beach, but rather within the town of Utila on the Bay Islands. This must be the most eclectic, original and artsy lodge in Honduras! Each room is different and has its own charm and theme. The rooms are within a nice tropical garden with winding pathways. This property is unique and fun. You can spend hours discovering small details both inside the rooms and in the gardens. The Treetanic Bar is a treehouse bar that is a lot of fun. This is one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras that you must stay in!
A small, intimate lodge right on the beach. Ibagari is a boutique property that you fall in love with. Although technically on West Bay, it is not on the famous West Bay Beach, but rather in a small cove it shares with the nearby Ixbalanque Hotel. This ensures a private beach that is perfect to relax in. Rooms are all individually appointed and the common areas, such as the pool, bar and restaurant are spectacular. If you want a high-end beach lodge with impeccable service, this is a place to consider. Enjoy the beach and tranquility at Ibagari, one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras that you should visit!
Yes, I said that I was going to select only one lodge per destination, and this is the second one in Roatan. The truth is that the East End is so different from the West End in Roatan, that I consider them different destinations. Camp Bay Lodge is on the far eastern end of Roatan. It on a beautiful white sand beach and offers view towards the sister islands of Morat, Barbaretta and Guanaja. Camp Bay Lodge is on the beach and offers the perfect setting for an idyllic beach getaway. Facilities include a yoga porch, pleasant rooms and a full-service restaurant. Activities on site include snorkel, diving and kite boarding. If you are looking for an intimate beach lodge away from the crowds, Camp Bay Lodge is right up your alley!
The Lodge at Pico Bonito is one of the best known eco lodges in Honduras. It has been around for about two decades and has rightfully earned a great reputation. In addition to great rooms and comfortable public areas, the Lodge offers outstanding trails into Pico Bonito National Park. Observation towers are ideal for birdwatching, and the Lodge at Pico Bonito offers guided tours within their facilities, as well as to other protected areas, such as Cuero y Salado. This is the only member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World within Honduras and is a gem of a property. I fully recommend a stay at this lovely lodge, which is without doubt, one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras!
The D&D Brewery Lodge in El Naranjo, Lake Yojoa es one of those places you must visit. It has become a destination and possibly the most popular lodge in Lake Yojoa and surroundings. At first, it might seem removed and far from everything, but you are within walking distance of several world class attractions. There are coffee estates, kayaking and birdwatching to be done from here. In addition, the management offers a variety of tours to nearby attractions, including PANACAM National Park. The property features different rooms, with the nicest being some small cabins. Take advantage and enjoy the great food served here, and best of all, the beer that is crafted and brewed right there! The overall experience at D&D Brewery lodge makes it one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras.
San Pedro Sula is the most important gateway into Honduras. The airport in this city has more traffic that the one in Tegucigalpa, even though the latter is the capital of Honduras! San Pedro Sula is a bustling metropolis that can be chaotic to the visitor. Yet it is the perfect base from where to discover a variety of nearby destinations, that include Lake Yojoa, Omoa, Tela and even Copan Ruinas. As such, many travelers need to find a hotel where to spend the night in the city. The most charming hotel in town is a small lodge located in a residential area of town. I am talking about the Hotel Casa del Arbol, where you feel at home and pampered by Dorita and Donaldo, the owners who are usually on premises. Because of the attention to detail and outstanding service, Casa del Arbol is one of the top 10 lodges in Honduras you should stay in.