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“Don't look anywhere else, you need to stay at the Lily Pond House” 5 of 5 stars
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Half Moon Bay, West End 34101, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 West End B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
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“Don't look anywhere else, you need to stay at the Lily Pond House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed at the LiIly Pond House for 3 nights. The rooms are well maintained with wood floors, cultural decor, and cleanliness. We loved the bed and slept well all 3 nights undisturbed. We stayed on the 2nd floor and had a nice sized deck with beautiful wooden chairs and a table where we could take our breakfast.that Luis made custom- from excellent egg omelettes to a generous portion of fresh fruit salad, or home-made bread and fried potatoes- he and Zach were willing to accommodate anything.
Zach, the ex-pat who visited Honduras 8 years ago and decided he liked it so much he wanted to stay, is extremely friendly and was more than willing to give us his local perspective on everything and graciously offered for us to borrow a phone from him with his number in it in case anything happened. He even offered to drive us to the airport at the end of our stay. This place made you feel more like a friend than a visitor.

Things to note:
Lily Pond is within easy walking distance- minutes to West End, and perfectly situated near Sundowners where we ended most nights.
Bring a flashlight- Lily Pond has a generator but the electricity on Roatan tends to go out so be prepared to be walking in the dark if you're headed downtown like us.

Long story short, we would recommend Lily Pond House to anyone looking to experience Roatan and escape the dreaded all-inclusive or extreme budget backpacker options

Room Tip: 2nd floor,
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
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Dayville, Connecticut
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Overall we had a good time at the Lily Pond house. The owners - Zak and Luis - were very nice and personable. The location was great - it was right off the main road in West End so it offered you something off the beaten path. They also have three dogs that roam around the courtyard and are all really cute and sweet and they help you feel a bit safer at night. Breakfast every morning was reliable, you could let them know when you wanted to have breakfast and Luis made great omelets and fruit salad.

The layout of the Lily Pond House means that there are three rooms, all pretty much equal in size in the first, second, and third floor. We stayed for a week in the garden room, which is the ground floor room. While we liked Zak and Luis personally, we felt that we needed to let other fellow travelers know about some issues we had.

1. The Garden room is really really musty. I suspect that most people stay on the 2nd and 3rd floor and we only ended up in the garden room because it was at capacity. Talking with our fellow guests and peeking in their rooms, it appears that the garden room isn't as great as the other two. After we got home, it became apparent to us how bad the problem is - everything we brought reeked and needed washing, some twice.

2. It's a lively house where music is played from 9AM to around 10PM in the evenings. The ground floor/entrance area/bar is essentially Zak and Luis' entertaining area. They sit there and listen to music and sometimes watch tv on a large outdoor screen and being so nice, always had a lot of people that liked to come and visit. While this was great on most days, it became a nuisance when we wanted to sleep in or have a quiet relaxing night. We think that the situation would have been much better if we were on a different floor as the door to the garden room opens out to the bar/entertaining area of the Lily Pond House.

3. The linens and towels were not that great. Our bedding had a fairly large burn in it from a cigarette or candle, and the towels were a ratty mix of beach and shower towels. The shower itself was also not in the best shape. All in all not that large a deal, but given the price premium we paid compared to other places in Roatan, we were pretty surprised.

4. Again, for the price, we thought that it would have been appropriate to get regular room cleanings and access to bottled water as we've seen at other places where you cannot drink the local water. A nice 5 gallon water cooler would have went a long way, but instead we found ourselves having to lug in water from the convenience store down the road. Regarding the cleanings, we were told they only enter the room if you ask, which to be honest felt awkward. We felt strange asking them to do something we consider standard so we didn't. The only thing we did ask for was a new set of sheets half way through our stay -- they did replace the sheets but they were the same poor quality as the previous set, and the blanket with the large burn mark remained.

To be fair, it was very difficult to communicate these things because when you stay at a B&B, it *does* feel like staying at a friends house. You sometimes have to go with the flow of how they do things, but between the music and the mustiness, we found ourselves wanting to spend very little time there, which we were hoping from the reviews would be a good place to hang our hat while we enjoyed Roatan.

So in short, don't stay in the garden room and stay here if you like to meet a lot of people and like lively music.

Room Tip: Third floor room for the most privacy.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I am so glad we found the Lily Pond House in Roatan via Tripadvisor for our recent trip. The place is done nicely by the owner, Zak and you can see his care in every corner of the house. Our room on the third floor was great with a balcony. Luis the chef whips out meals beautifully in his kitchen and they were both great hosts. I had a medical emergency during my trip and Zak drove us to the emergency care center and made sure that everything was okay with us. What we experience at the Lily Pond House was a friendship, not a business transaction. Even though we had a storm and raining days during our trip, our trip was saved by the two wonderful hosts.
I strongly recommend the Lily Pond House for those who appreciate the little things in life.

P.S:
Bring your own soap/shampoo/conditioner; water pressure is uneven - it's in an island. A hairdryer in the bathroom came handy.
Oh and I have to mention the dogs; Zak and Luis take care of a handful of friendly dogs who are very respectable to the guests.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Fantastic bed and breakfast. Zach, the owner, is a fantastic guy and will go out of his way to make you feel welcome, from picking you up at the airport, to giving you a brief tour around West End, to politely declining and then graciously accepting the tip at the end of your trip. The beatiful decor and the fact that it is slightly removed from the main strip make it an ideal spot to relax (as if you needed any help with that in Roatan. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: Note: there is no fitness center or pool, but I can't erase the rating. All the rooms are wond...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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katy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

can someone provide me the website or telephone number where i can book this hotel i would appreciate the help thank you . it looks very beautiful this would be my first trip to roatan and cant wait to go and chill on the beach during the day and party at night

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ottawa, Ontario
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Zak and Luis are incredibly wonderful hosts, and we enjoyed every minute of our one-week stay at Lily Pond. Luis' cooking is spectacular, and Zak went out of his way to be helpful and cater to our every need, providing us with snorkeling equipment, contacting local tour operators to set up excursions, etc. We stayed in the Penthouse suite, which is spacious and light-filled with tons of closet space. Being out on the porch feels like sitting in the treetops! The small bar downstairs is a great place to chill out and have a drink while listening to an eclectic mix of music. And the location is perfect - literally one minute from the "main strip" of West End. Our only complaint is that it was sometimes difficult to get the water running in the sink or shower on the third floor, since the pump seems to work inconsistently.

We miss Roatan and the dogs already...big kisses for Lola, Zeus, Amy and Wendy!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

As many of the other reviews mention Zac and Luis are the perfect hosts, the rooms are beautiful as are the dogs and the food! This is a great place to hang out, get a little merry and have fun but it is also very chilled and a great place to relax and soak up the island atmosphere. All I can say really is that it rocks! We really miss the doggies and wish you all best for 2013 and thanks for having us! Vicky and Mel x

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Half Moon Bay, West End 34101, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in West End
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lily Pond Guest House offers the most luxurious accommodation in Half Moon Bay. Located only seconds from the beach and a stroll from the shops, bars and restaurants of the West End. Relax on your own private balcony or take a cocktail or two and marvel at the breathtaking views of the jungle and the Caribbean Sea.The Lily Pond Guest House also has its own bar and restaurant and is quite happy to deliver to your room or the roof top garden while you take in the views and tropical sun. ... more   less 
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The Lily Pond House Hotel Roatan, Honduras - West End

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