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“Great location, Great Rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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Posada Arco Iris
2.5 of 5 Guest house   |   Carretera Pavimentada Principal, Half Moon Bay, West End, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #5 of 10 West End B&B and Inns
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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“Great location, Great Rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

If you are looking for a small place to stay with a local feel, this is your place. If you are looking for 5 stars, pools, room service, and 1200 thread count sheets -- it isn't! Our rooms was clean, we opted for no AC and in January with fans on and windows open, no problems. They are screens on the windows so there is no problems with bugs. The sheets and towels are a bit tired, but it didn't bother me. If you are a sheet/towel snob, bring your own. The location can't be beat. There are free kayaks for your use and the paddles are found in the office (open 8a-8p). One night some guests were parting loudly, but I mentioned it to the office in the morning and there wasn't any other problems.

Room Tip: The stairs are steep to the second floor with no elevator, so if you have a problem with stairs, ask...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Arco Iris is nicely located down one of the beach across from the popular Sundowners Beach Bar. We had a room on the second floor with two queen beds and one master bedroom and bathroom. There was plenty of space, nice, high ceilings and plenty of fans to keep air circulating. Windows are completely covered with fly-screen to further keep the place nice and breezy.

The balcony was a great place to sit after a day of diving and enjoy a drink. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you need to make meals; a very convenient way to eat on a budget. Food isn't overly expensive of the island but it's not cheap either.

Staff were pretty friendly, if not a little overly directly immediate in requesting payment. Bear in mind there's a 16% surcharge on anything purchased on credit cards on the entire island, so cash is king.

Sundowners is usually open until 10pm or so, after which the Blue Marlin can be great for a few drinks until 12. We dove with Reef Gliders who were amazing and had some really great food just off the taco man across the road from the dive shop.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Arco Iris offers it all - a great location right in the action at an unbeatable price. At $42 a night per couple for a basic room you really can't find anything better.
We stayed here over Christmas-NYE this past December. The posada offers lounge chairs at no cost to their guests on the beach infront of the hotel. This little spot is nice because it is less crowded than the public area where all of the cruise ship visitors go. The rooms are basic but they include a fridge (which is nice if you want to keep cold beers/wine in the room for cocktail hour on the porch). The beds were the only thing that weren't great. They were pretty old and since the rooms don't get direct sunlight the matresses were a bit damp.
Overall if you're not fussy about the little things you'll be very comfortable here.

Room Tip: Rooms near the back are quieter (there is a restaurant at the front) but you will hear the generator...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed here multiple times while completing my house in West Bay. The location is great, the staff knows you by name and the food is some of the best in West End. They have two other locations that are newer, but this one has the best location.
I dropped a satchel containing quite a bit of cash and it was returned to me intact when I got back to my room later that day
There are more luxurious accommodations available on the island, this one is the best value.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Perfect location, Good price, Rooms dated & bed was awful & worn out, Nice staff, Will look for a nicer room next time, A TV would be nice.i did like the "rain forest" look and the beach, however small, is nice. The food in the restaurant is not great & rather pricy. The small local guy cooking on the street is very good and a tenth the cost. I hope they update their rooms. Always pay the extra for the A/C!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Can't beat the location if you are staying on west end. Steps from the beach and they provide beach chairs and kayaks free of charge for their guests. Dive shops and bars are steps away and West Bay (a stunning beach) is only a 5 minute and $3 boat ride away. We stayed in the cheapest rooms with a/c. A little odd how they demand full payment for your entire stay before they even give you the keys. And if you want to use a credit card there is an 16% fee. Only had a couple interactions with the front desk and they make you feel like a nuisance. The attached restaurant is overpriced but there are plenty of other dining options with a 5 minute stroll. As for our room (again the cheapest type) - A/C (which is optional and adds about 30% to the cost of the room) is not very good, hot water and shower are just ok, and the bed is not the best. The cleaning crew is very good however. They were the only positive interaction I had with anyone who worked there.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We stayed 5 nights. Perfect location amongst tropcial trees but still steps away from the beach. Very central. Very very clean. The maid did a fantastic job. Each room has it's own outdoor terasse which was nice to sit and have a few drinks. We did have 2 cockroaches (on 2 separate evenings) in the bathroom but I think this is common in Central America. Fridge is the room was nice to have. Would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Pavimentada Principal, Half Moon Bay, West End, Honduras
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Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in West End
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Posada Arco Iris 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of West End-Half Moon Bay, in front of the beach with beautiful, relaxing view of the ocean in place where looking at the sunsets makes you feel like you never want to leave is located Posada Arco Iris. We have 19 units in total, different types of accommodation, standard rooms, studios with kitchenettes and apartments ... more   less 
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