My sister and I stayed 2 nights in Copan, at Iguana Azul. This hostel is by far the best option to stay in Copan.
Getting there was easy - we took a tuktuk from the bus stop which was like, $2USD. I think the rate is a flate rate anywhere in the area, from what I remember. It's 5-6 blocks from town, as others have said, but it takes less than 10m to walk from the hostel into the town centre (as the town is so small) and the outlying streets are some of the most beautiful that we saw in our month long trip in Central America.
The hostel itself it quite small. If you are looking for a private room, I suggest booking ahead. We did, and got one of the rooms (I believe there are only 2 privates at the hostel), but there was a girl who was on our bus who requested one as well, and didn't get one. The room was simple and clean, the sheets were changed daily. There WERE a lot of bugs. What do you expect though in Central America? We had a giant beetle/junebug in our room, and some other creepy-crawlies but not a lot compared to other places we went. It can't be avoided. The cleaning ladies were very helpful and nice - definitely the friendliest on our stay. They do come into the room, like a hotel, and clean - we were unaware of this on our first day, and felt bad because we left most of our things on the bed. They organized them and put everything back on the bed - including cash, electronics, etc. The room was bright and airy and the neighbourhood is quiet so we got a good night's sleep.
The bathrooms were clean - which was surprising considering they're their own sort-of outside structure (you would expect bugs). The showers were hot with good water pressure.
There is free filtered water, and a nicely organized small communal area with information about local things to do/restos/getting out. The hostel wasn't the most social, as the common area and hostel itself is quite small, but we didn't mind. Wifi was good, and strong enough for a skype conversation in the common area (I tried in the room and it worked but it was a bit choppy and cut out a few times).
Two things we found were not so good:
1) it felt a bit bare bones - the staff were almost always on the B&B side, so it felt a bit weird being in the hostel alone. As others said, it did feel a bit cast-off but it wasn't a big deal. It was definitely had a hotel versus hostel vibe though.
2) the management were not on-site and they had someone (staff) covering for them. We were two females traveling alone, and we found him a bit...too friendly. He was pretty blatent about it. At this point we'd been traveling for a few weeks, and we were used to some unwanted male attention, and although we felt that he was quite helpful, we also felt he was a bit inappropriate as an employee representing the hostel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1997 Iguana Azul is Copan's first & best hostel. Featuring 2 bunk rooms, 4 private rooms, all w/shared bath, great showers w/ piping hot H2O, all you can drink free purified drinking water, fast wifi, bulletin board, garden/sitting area, book exchange, funky colonial ambiance, best breakfasts in town, yummy homemade snacks,laundry area, refrigerator for exclusive use of guests, great bilingual staff, sparkling clean, and the downright comfiest prices in the village. Just a few blocks to the center of town & all restaurants, cafes, bars and museums. Just tell your friends, I Slept with the Blue Iguana Last Night! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Iguana Azul Hotel Copan