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“Very disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
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Barrio De Playa | Playa de Omoa, Omoa 21301, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Omoa B&B and Inns
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“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I stayed for two nights with my sister and two friends and would not recommend this place. On the plus side, the atrium garden is pretty (though not a place to hang out or meet fellow travellers as I believe the website suggests) and it feels secure (as there is a security guard overnight). The AC is effective and the wi-fi works well.

Moving onto the downsides - it is overpriced at $50 per night (as my sister and I wanted a room with two beds in, the couple we were with paid $35 per night). The rooms are dark, not particularly big and very tired/shabby - lots of marks on the ceilings, cobwebs, chipped paintwork where the wall meets the skirting board, the shelf above the sink hanging at a very odd angle (like it was about the fall down).

Even though we had emailed the day previously to ask if we could arrive a day early and stay for an extra night (a mistake in retrospect!), the owner was surprised when we arrived, saying she expected us the following week. One room wasn't ready and therefore was cleaned VERY quickly. The couple's room was apparently ready on arrival but they had to ask for the toilet waste paper bin to be emptied from the previous occupants. The communal area has potential - quite light, lots of table and chairs but it smelt very strongly of "pet" and there was cat faeces under one of the chairs when we got there and which was still there two days later when we left.

The website is misleading. It suggests that for 2 people at $50, breakfast is included. We brought this up and were told that the website is wrong and that because my sister and I had two beds in our room, the rate of $50 excluded breakfast and there was no budging on this from the owner. After pressing the point, she said that she would discount the breakfast - which she did without us having to ask again but the discount was minimal.

We also walked into our room to find it being serviced by the housekeeper (no problem with this!) but to see my sister's shawl being used to beat down the bed - odd and not really acceptable.

This place has potential and is located right on the water's edge, but it needs some TLC. Also, and this may be because of wider problems in Omoa with the current changing and the beach disappearing, it is important to point out that even though the hotel is on the water's edge, there is no beach (it is just rocks and therefore also hard to see how you would snorkel "outside the front door" as suggested by the website but I may be mistaken about this as we didn't ask more because it was raining).

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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76 hotel reviews
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191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Our room at this hotel was small for its $50 a night double room. It was spotlessly clean and Mark, the owner, did move a fridge into it. While the hotel is on the Caribe, no rooms have an ocean view. The atrium garden is pretty but small, no chairs or hammocks. In fact, there was not a hammock to be seen or used. Certainly not for two people. The chairs on the little beach were like you'd find at a table, not for relaxing. The great room lobby areas was nice, The tiny rock edged beach was okay, but unfortunately, it is true that Omoa has lost 60% of its beach in the last five years. Bummer. We left after one night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rio dulce, guatemala
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

A wonderfully clean and well run place to hang out for a beach fix. Free from big crowds during the week, easy to relax and just do as little as you need to make the vacation mean a great break from routine. Owners Karen & Mark make you feel like family .... in a GOOD way.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utila-Bay Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Suenos De Mar is a great spot to stay in Omoa- Right on the water, mellow, clean, affordable and with nice hosts Karen and Mark. As a single traveller, I felt very safe in the rooms, which are circled around a really nice gated garden compound with central entrance through the main entry. I've stayed here a few times when I pass through Omoa and will for sure be back. Thanks Suenos De Mar!

Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

Five rooms surround a pleasant courtyard garden. We felt very safe during our stay there. The Canadian owners were very helpful, with good knowledge of the area and a great bar and food selection.

Our one complaint was that even though our rate included breakfast, and on the menu it says that breakfast includes coffee, and we pointed that out, the owners insisted on charging us 30L per cup (about $1.65 at the time). So we just felt a little nickel-and-dimed.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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estes park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

We have only been back a few days and already we miss Omoa and Suenos de mar! The owners were warm & friendly and the location was EXACTLY what we wanted ...right on the water's edge! The rooms were very well done and had every amenity we needed after a long budget vacation. The beds were VERY comfy! Omoa, itself, is a small, friendly, beautiful and relaxing destination. It is a diamond in the rough with lots of potential for a wonderful vacation spot for those who enjoy some tranquility I must admit we enjoyed NOT having to share our special place with too many. Thank you to Karen & Mark and to the wonderful people of Omoa for sharing your special place!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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des moines
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2009

This is a great get-away-from-it-all at the end of a spit, so no cars can go past you and your view of the ocean. The owners cook a great breakfast or sandwiches and are knowledgeable about the area's attractions. Rooms are new and smallish, but they have a large dining-relaxing-reading room and a long patio out front with a great ocean view where you can sun and swim. A taxi from the highway where the bus lets you off costs one dollar per person. This is on the new road from San Pedro Sula to Pt. Cortes to Pt. Barrios, Guatemala.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barrio De Playa | Playa de Omoa, Omoa 21301, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Cortes Department > Omoa
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Omoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beachfront hotel constructed in 2008 located at the quiet end of the beach. Offers restaurant, Internet, bar, laundry service, air-conditioning, cable TV, hot water, private bathrooms, gift shop, book exchange. Canadian owned and operated. Omoa is a remote, quiet fishing village where you can thoroughly relax and enjoy magnificent sunsets or undertake snorkeling right out the front door. We await your visit! ... more   less 

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