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“The diving operation was superb. The hotel was convenient and a great value.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Coral View Beach Resort

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Coral View Beach Resort
Blue Bayou, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #5 of 9 hotels in Utila
Denver, Colorado
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The diving operation was superb. The hotel was convenient and a great value.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

The dive shop and hotel staff are wonderfully accommodating. They tailored a flexible package to meet out needs. It was a tremendous value compared to other places on Utila and far better than anything we could find on Roatan. The dive shop had new equipment and no add on charges (all equipment was included in the dive cost). After a familiarization dive they took us anywhere we wanted to go...on wrecks, night dives, deep dives, two tank dives in small groups of two to four divers. It was unbelievably fun and uncomplicated. All we had to do was walk 50 yards to to the dive shop from the hotel and the divemasters had everything ready for us to go. The instructors were there to take care of us and insure we had a great time.

The hotel is run by a very friendly family and staff that will do anything to make your stay enjoyable. The atmosphere is very congenial and we were immediately welcomed by the owners and other guests in the dining room and bar when we arrived. The room we had was large, air conditioned and clean but definitely a no frills experience. This is a small economical hotel and it is a 20 minute walk from town. My son and I took a taxi to town once during our 4 day stay to go shopping and were perfectly content relaxing at our hotel the rest of our visit. We were not interested bar hopping and were happy eating all meals in the hotel. Visiting with the other guests and staff from all over the world during the family style meals was an unexpected pleasure.

If you are looking for a safe and memorable diving experience in a comfortable hotel I cannot image a better choice. The prices were very reasonable for the excellent services that we received.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2010

It was amazing. there are many helpers there for you. they had the best food on the island. clean nice sized rooms. owner is very sweet and helpful. the deck is beautiful soo relaxing. i cant wait to go back

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tegucigapla
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2009

The hotel was pretty average - the rooms were clean, but the sheets were threadbare and old. The food in the restaurant was average and we only ate there once, as there are much better choices in town. The worst part about it is that it is WAY out of town, and when it is almost 100 degrees every day, walking that mile into town and a mile back can kill you. We ended up havnig to rent a golf cart to do all teh things we wanted to do. THe owners are friendly and nice. The biggest plus to this place is that it has a dock connected to it that puts you out onto the absolute best snorkeling on the entire island. You don't need to rent a boat or do anythind to see the most spectacular sea creatures. Some pros, some cons.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

Myself and fellow students stayed at this hotel while in honduras. We were with a group there to do a reef ecology course, and to become PADI certified by the professional dive instructors on site. The hotel its self is very simple but with staff that our very accomadating. After a night dive, the owner was the only one awake and on the way to bed, when I asked for a piece of bread to tie me over til morning she made me a whole bowl of soup, definatly not expected, but very appreishated. Even if you don't dive, great people to teach you! And awsome night life in town about a half hour walk to awsome bars. Happy Diving!

  • Liked — dive staff
  • Disliked — sand fleas
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Portland, OR
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2008

My wife, another couple and I stayed at Coral View Resort March 7, 2008. Although we had already paid for 2 nights and ultimately planned on staying for 4 (half payment of total stay required to confirm reservation), we left after only one day to go back to the Mango Inn, where we had been for the past week.

First, the good things about Coral View:
Terrific views off of the “penthouse” balcony
Easy access to water for snorkeling off of the deck. I didn’t get a chance to check-out the snorkeling, because we didn’t stay long enough.

Now the bad things:
Tiny, bare, charmless over-priced rooms. My wife and I sprang for the extra $20/night for the “penthouse”, the “best room” in the resort.
In the bathroom, the showerhead hung limply off the end of the pipe and was so clogged that it barely dribbled water. I removed it to see if there was removable debris blocking the flow, but it was merely wear, being hopelessly clogged through years of use. We ended up taking showers with it completely removed from the pipe. The toilet seat was smaller than the bowl and there were no shelves, drawers or cabinets of any kind. It also smelled strongly of vinegar, maybe for cleaning of mold.

Two double beds with scratchy, thin sheets were what we slept on.

The air conditioner was loud, with gaps between it and the wall stuffed with toilet paper. Although effective in cooling the room, virtually anything would have done the job, given the room size.

The balcony was large, heavily worn, with no hammock, one plastic lounge, a couple of plastic chairs and a crude wooden table. An open railing configuration removed much hope of privacy from the ground below. I had little luck in getting wifi connection from our deck, despite their website claims. To top it off, one of the 3 six-foot tall lamp posts had been snapped off of the railing and was literally lying on the deck with the electrical cord attached and yes, it was still electrically “hot”.

Our travel companions were not as lucky. Their room was smaller than a college dorm. With their four standard-sized suitcases, they literally had to JUMP over their stuff to get on the bed. There were tiny (non-biting, thank God) ants in their bathroom as well as ours. No closet, nor rod to hang clothes on and one tiny cabinet made even partially unpacking their stuff not feasible.

The main deck/bar (the resorts’ main selling point) was a large, grey basic two-storied wooden structure with four wooden chaise lounges. The enclosed sea-water pool (used for dive training) had scum on the surface and smelled like it doesn’t get much opportunity to mix with fresh sea-water.

Besides these specifics, what was just as bad was the overall disrepair and lack of charm of the entire facility. For example, the 2 light fixtures in the room were homemade wooden half-boxes with a toogle switch, socket and a fluorescent bulb screwed in. I guess giving the rooms an actual lamp or two was not in the budget for $70 a night.

Okay, that covers the structural, now lets’ go to the “customer service”. Mango Inn had arranged to taxi my wife and me out to the facility. Our other couple went diving that afternoon, thereby needing Coral View to pick them up at the dive shop which is a 30-35 minute walk from downtown. After more than 45 minutes had passed and no one from the resort had shown up, our friends were forced to walk to the resort in the late afternoon heat after a 3-dive day.

During check-in, my wife requested that the hotel arrange taxi service at 7:30 the next morning to take us all to the dive shop for that day’s diving. At 7:40AM, with the taxi not yet there, we asked the front desk where the taxi was, and were told that “because of the weather, I figured the boat wasn’t going, so I didn’t call the taxi for you”. Despite being breezy and overcast, the dive boat left (without us) as scheduled.

At this point, we’d had enough. We had NO FAITH in them being able to get us down to the ferry to leave later that week at 6:00AM. When we asked if any refund was possible, we were told that we would have to talk to the manager who, of course, wasn’t there. We described the desk clerk to the manager at Mango Inn later that day and were told that she was, in fact, the owner!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m totally understand that I’m in a third-world country here. I do not expect (nor want) the 4-5 star all-inclusive, corporate, sanitized resort. I’ve stayed in a couple of them and trust me-they’re not for me. I’m always the last guy at the table to complain if the steaks not done right, so to speak.

It’s sort of sad, in that the location makes this a potentially wonderful facility. Despite claiming that the resort is only a couple of years old, it appears and feels a lot older. It just seems that the owners want to get your money, but not spend a dime to make the resort someplace they could be proud of. Absolutely no pride in ownership.

In closing, if you do want to spend time here, I would strongly suggest you do 2 things:

1) Get the penthouse, in that you get a bigger (slightly) room than
the postage-stamp sized ones everyone else gets. And you do get the balcony. Just pray for good weather, so at least you can enjoy the view.

2) Rent a scooter or at least a bicycle so you can get around, because taxis don’t like to go out there. Admittedly, we did not try the resort restaurant, but we quickly lost confidence in the resort as a whole and decided not to chance it.

Likes: View from balcony, easy access to water

Dislikes: small, bare, non-functional rooms; long distance from anything and unreliable, indifferent staff.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Omro, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2008

We are a group of 9 divers who recently spent 12 wonderful days at the Coral View Beach Resort. The rooms were simple, but nice. Always had hot water for the showers. Meals and dives were included in our package. Tonia and C.J. the owners made you feel right at home and took care of all of our needs. Tonia's meals were excellent, omelets or pancakes for breakfast, a nice lunch and fresh fish for dinner.
The front of the resort faces the ocean and has a wonderful deck that has a bar and second story for sunbathing or star gazing. Snorkeling right out in front is great!!
The back of the resort is on a bay. The dive boat is right there along with newer nice dive equipment that was also included in our package, so some of us didn't have to drag ours along from home. Calvin, C.J. and Tonia's son is the boat captain, so it is a real family operation.
The walk to town was about 20 minutes along the ocean, which kept us away from the noise of down town.
This was a very nice place to stay and I would go back in a minute!!!

  • Liked — The quiet location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2007

Coral View is ideal if you are looking for a stay that is away from the bar and music scene on Utila. It's about a 20 minute walk from the town center. Renting a bike or golf cart would be useful if you see yourself wanting to pop into town for dinner or music. For my husband and I, we were happy to while away the time quietly on the dock or in a sea kayak. Coral View's dock extends right out to the coral reef - you just step off the dock onto the reef. Snorkelling gear comes as part of the price of your stay ($50 for a double room); we were able to go snorkelling whenever we wanted. The reef is alive and beautiful even if the weather is overcast (as it was when we stayed). One can swim out over the reef for about 40' at which point it drops down about 20 or 30'; if you can free dive it's a great chance to go over the shelf. Soon enough the reef drops off even deeper. With it's placement on both the ocean on the south side and the lagoon on the north side, there's lots to do for the outdoors person. We kakayed into the mangroves and followed the canal for a while. A tandem sit-on-top sea kayak was $10 for the day. The proprietors, Mrs. Tonia and Mr. C.J. were friendly and helfpul. Ms. Tonia is a great cook; the meals were all individually prepared which meant they took a while. But when was the last time that you had home-made french fries and freshly cut/steamed vegetables? Our red snapper was outstanding and very fresh. Ice and water are all purified. The bar on the dock opens mid-afternoon and the sunsets from the dock are great. Our room was small, but comfortable; absolutely no need for the air conditioning in February. In fact, a light jacket was useful in the evening. No TVs in the room; but hey, if I wanted TV I could stay home, right? Internet on Utila was spotty during our stay due to government problems, but a phone call directly to Coral View confirmed our reservations. If Ms. Tonia asks you to mail a check for the deposit, don't hesitate. It's OK. The family is just that...family.

Our best treat was swimming with dolphins late one afternoon, right off their dive boat. It was a spontaneous thing, and wouldn't be likely to happen often, but after that experience it was hard to imagine that our trip to Honduras could get any better! You'll love the enthusiasm of Ms. Tonia and her daughter, Toniette.

Stayed February 2007
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Address: Blue Bayou, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Utila
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 hotels in Utila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are seeking relaxation or adventure, Coral View Beach Resort has the perfect tropical vacation in store for you. Experience incomparable personal service at this family-owned and operated resort. Stay in a luxury room with air-conditioning, hot water, a private bath, wireless internet access and an ocean or lagoon view. Dive with our full-service PADI Dive Center (packages and certification available). Make your trip an adventure with our whale watching, snorkeling and kayaking excursions. ... more   less 
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