I do want to say that John and Sue tried hard to make everyone's time at Hobbie's a pleasurable experience. John is very knowledgeable concerning the island and Sue is friendly, sometimes a little over the top. The rooms are not designed with couples in mind as they had twin beds. At least ours did and the room next to ours as well as stated by that couple. So if you are going to Roatan for a romantic adventure of any sort, Hobbie's is not the place for you. Also if you are looking for clean, unstained, new linens or towels, this is not the place.
We were a little taken back by the lack of comfort and lack of basic housekeeping in the apartment. We had the one bedroom with twin beds and a twin bed in the lounge area by the TV as well. There were no chairs or comfortable places to sit other than a few stools. I did bring in a chair from the bar area just to have a place to sit comfortably. The bathroom was old and dingy and in need of repair. The kitchen was stocked with old rusty utensils, and old worn out and rusty pans. I do understand that the salt air and humidity can affect these things, but we did not even have a set of forks spoons and knives to use that weren't either stained or rusty. We left the apartment cleaner than we found it as I could not stay there a week and not feel clean or hygenic. The sheets were stained, even the king size one that Sue put on the beds to make them stay together so we could try and sleep as a couple.
Please don't let the beauty of some of the island cloud your reviews of Hobbie's. The glowing reviews are unfounded. We are both very extensive travellers and have stayed at many different types of accommodations in many countries around the world. We know the difference between a rustic environment with island creatures and somewhere that is just poorly maintained. Rustic, yes. Pretty scenery, yes. A nice place to stay if you are a couple and who are expecting a clean environment in which to cook and sleep, no. This is an objective review of the physical appearance and the state of the apartment in which we stayed, not an emotional slight against the hosts. We wish John and Sue great success and hope they take this as constructive criticism.
Just a side note, Roatan is the sand flea and mosquito center of the universe, so to speak. Even DEET couldn't keep them all away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Sandy Bay,just off the main road on a secluded beachfront area that is quiet and tranquil. The white sand beach parallels the reef and inside the Roatan Marine preserve . Here is a pristine reef system with a abundance of tropical fish and corals within swimming distance from your accommodations Hobbies Hideaway offers affordable prices and a excellent location. Close to West End for the night life,bars and restaurants yet far enough away not to hear the bands at night. Coxen Hole has the new supermarkets and sovenier shops. Best prices on the island just a taxi ride away. $2.00 a person ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hobbies Hideaway Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands