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“Nice Resort, Great Beach & Snorkelling, Food not so great” 3 of 5 stars
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Las Sirenas Hotel & Condos
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Carretera Pavimentada Ppal , West Bay Beach, West Bay IB3100, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 hotels in West Bay
Toronto
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“Nice Resort, Great Beach & Snorkelling, Food not so great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Las Sirenas resort during the first week of February. It was the tail end of rainy season and we did experience about 3 half days of rain, however the rest of the time the weather was lovely and sunny!

The resort was very nice, and we enjoyed our room on the second floor, with it's own private balcony overlooking the pool. The pool area was great; a nice calm oasis to relax at any time of the day. The pool itself was cleaned regularly hence was always spotless. The staff at the resort were friendly, hard working, very responsive and kept the resort spotless. The resort is quite small and the upside of this was that we met many wonderful people during our stay at Las Sirenas.

The only downside of this resort is the food which was not very appealing or appetizing. with a very minimal selection of dishes that were repeated day after day. I strongly suspect that the food was the root cause of many gastrointestinal issues that plagued a high percentage of the guests staying at this resort. We got to know roughly 20-25 guests at the resort and approximately 70-75% had been sick during their stay at the Las Sirenas. This clearly points to a systemic issue at the resort and the most common factor across the group would be the food. Most likely cross-contamination occurring in the kitchen during food prep. The resort owners need to take this issue very seriously and investigate to determine the root cause of illness at their resort and correct it, I was sick by day two of our vacation and by day 4 had made the decision to no longer eat ANY food from Las Sirenas.

Now back to the positives, we discovered some 'gems' such as the Java Vine for coffee, wine, tapas, breakfast sandwiches, etc. The wood oven pizzas at BananaRama were delicious for lunch. We had a nice lobster tail dinner at Beachers, although it took almost 2 hours for dinner to be served. The restaurant did not seem to be prepared for the volume of patrons who ordered the lobster special.,

We were fortunate enough to hear some local talent, Brion James and his band, who regularly perform at Beachers on Saturday nights. They were absolutely terrific and a must see if you are vacationing in Roatan. We danced the night away!

Also, the Bite on the Beach, offered fabulous views day and night, along with delicious food. We had an amazing dinner there on our last evening, with a large group of terrific folks we'd met at Las Sirenas.

P.S. many women were covered in bites from 'sand fleas'. The locals recommend applying baby oil on top of your sun screen. Others suggest bug sprays like Deep Woods Off. If you are bug bait at home, then you will be bitten by sand fleas so be for-warned at come prepared.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for a week, we really enjoyed the hotel it is very clean and the staff work hard. The food is prepared on site and is acceptable, but some things should be changed out for items that are favoured by guests, however those items are actually local fair. Omelette bar for breakfast,lots of fruit, always pasta but could be warmer, chicken beef fish pork always a couple of choices. As with any AI you will get bored of the food about day 3. Plan to eat out 2 or 3 times for dinner to mix it up. Thirsty turtle next door has good pizza 2-4-1 on monday and 6 or 8 beers for about 30$. Also a must eat is Bite on the Beach, we had about 18 canadians from Las Sirenas there for our last night, you gotta eat here.Pool dinner once a week, beautiful ambiance, great effort by staff. Centre court yard pool is to our liking.We stayed on the second floor because of our dive gear but it was unnecessary and next time I would choose the ground floor, larger sitting area outside and quick in and out from the quiet pool area. Pool chairs were replaced on our last day and are new. Beach lovers can enjoy themselves right in front of the resort in a private guest area.

We were at the end of rainy season, and although we did not get sick, a lot did. It is a guessing game as to what causes the problem. We think the commonality was probably the beach, our impression is that runoff due to rain and terrain may be to blame. We only dove from a boat away from shore and the majority of those getting sick we're snorkelling from shore. This is not a hotel issue, run off does not occur here, but at the far end of the beach.We talked with a couple that was staying the week after as well and they said no one was getting sick and there own illness was over. No Rain. The beach is great busy and quiet depending on day and time.

Water taxi to west end 3$. Great shoreline viewing.

We have been to west bay before and knew what to expect, if you like Roatan you will love Las Sirenas. About 20 hotel rooms 75% Canadian during our week, you knew everyone very quickly. You'll love the mocking birds in the afternoon and starting about 5:30am :-) in the morning. They talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk they are amazing.

We are divers and dove a second time with Mayan Divers which is at the next resort over, great people very professional,but still laid back, appears to be 5/6 divers max per master. Highly recommend using them and very convenient to las sirenas.

We recommend Las Sirenas, and will stay here again. Great Value.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is a small quaint resort. They go out of their way to make you happy, the staff is friendly and hotel was spotless. You are limited on food selection but there are many places to eat within a short distance. On saturday night we were treated to candlelight dinner around the pool, spectacular!. The snorkling right outside the hotel is awesome a definate must!. The clear blue water will amaze you everyday.
If you plan on visiting please take some school supplies for the staff or school as it is still a very poor country and they have to import everything.
We will definately return next year.

  • Stayed February 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at La Sirenas for a week and am glad the choice was made to stay there. It is small and quiet allowing for relaxing and quiet time. It is affiliated with Henry Morgan which allows you to walk down the beach and enjoy all a big resort has to offer. Complaints about food are ridiculous as the food is good and made on the resort. Variety is limited but after talking to other resort people it's the same all over. The staff work very hard and are always pleasant. I would suggest this resort to everyone I know.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Try another resort on West Bay beach, if you can't find one, stay here anyway the location is perfect!
Stayed in this hotel and as a hotel it was great! As an all-inclusive resort, not so much! The food was poor to mediocre, you might attribute this to it being a poor country or a small island, except all the restaurants ten feet away have fantastic food! The bar for the hotel is only staffed during meal hours and even when someone is there you treated like an imposition just asking for a drink! I ordered a total of 4 drinks from the bar in a week and just gave up! Had to pay for food and drinks away from the hotel every day!
For better value get the European plan, no meals, no drinks! All this being said the location of this hotel is perfect, it is right on West Bay beach which is the nicest beach on the island! Great snorkeling right outside the hotel! The grounds and pool are beautiful; the rooms spacious and clean; and excellent security.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

First off I have to tell you that for our travel style Roatan is my number one sun destination and trying to find a way to retire here, it's true. And our first stay at Las Sirenas Hotel & Condos started it all off. We stayed in the beach front condo and all I have to say is it was bigger and nicer then my apartment! This place had everything you would want at your house and then some. The staff at the resort will do anything they can for you and because it's such a small place by the second day your chair will even be put out for you on the beach where you prefer to sit. The beach is a good stretch of perfect white sand with crystal clear waters, reminds almost of a swimming pool it's so calm because the reef blocks all the waves from crashing in.

Housekeeping is spot on, drinks are not bad Pina Colada is killer good and their beers taste and refreshing. The meals are not bad they are cocked at the Henry Morgan (owned by same people and its only 2 min away) but plenty to eat. To be honest though the way this Island is laid out and hope it never changes we ended up eating out at the local restaurants more often. The food is really good and very inexpensive. Fosters, Bite on the Beach, Sundowners, Thirsty Turtle just to name a few but the list goes on and on.

Snorkeling and diving our big thing, this place is like no other I have seen so far its paradise. For great snorkeling it's a short walk to the west tip of the Island and you are in the marine park and hours of snorkeling just meters off the shore. For divers well when you get there you will see what I mean you can't NOT find a dive shop or boat they are everywhere.
On top of that you have some good zip lines on the Island, all your standard Parasail, SeaDoos, Nature trails act. Just go explore the place its super safe and loads of fun. And don't forget Friday night in West End it's a great party! Come check it out you won't regret it no matter where you stay and I will let you know how Paradise Beach is as I will be back there in December. Happy travels everyone and stay safe.

A VERY FRIENDLY REMINDER TO ALL DO NOT TOUCH THE CORAL! EVEN IF IT LOOKS JUST LIKE ROCK LEAVE IT ALONE! ONCE YOU TOUCH IT, IT IS DEAD AND WILL NEVER GROW BACK.

Really peeves me off when I am out there and people just stand on it like it nothing and believe me if I see you I will swim over and tell you. Just respect it so we can enjoy it for years to come, please and thank you.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

First of all I have to say this resort based on its prime location and absolute attention to cleanliness and friendly staff is at the top of the 3 star food chain for any location.

Overall summary:

This is a small 30ish unit resort surrounded by combo room/condo resorts in west bay Roatan. 3 of the 1/2 dozen or so boutique resorts in the area are owned by the same company including this one and some benefit comes from that being able to dine (with reservations) at any of the other hotels in this group. This is a good thing because the selection in the small buffet left us with a lot to be desired. Our room was immaculately kept by the staff and the grounds never had a piece of sand on the tile that didnt belong there long before someone picked it up. The beach and grounds are also patrolled by armed private security people that seemed both friendly and attentive to their duties.

The resort includes a dedicated strip of beach along its frontage and the beach backs right into the "Beachfront condo rooms" which is where we were on the second floor. You could throw rocks into the water from the balcony. The resort also includes a series of pool view rooms with small 2 chair balconies on the second floor as well as small single and double units all facing into the pool area. Even the smallest rooms had a small outside sitting area with cushioned seats.

Our Room:

We booked condo unit#7 and were not disappointed with much, especially considering its "3 star status" The condos retail for about $300,000 USD all though one was listed higher in the local real estate magazine and are all privately owned. So that should give you an idea of the quality of fixtures and furnishings within. We took a lot of photos of it so people would see what they are getting for their hard earned money if you go this route.

The room itself being on the top floor had cathedral ceilings with skylights, several ceiling fans and a VERY powerful central air unit that was modern and quiet. The appliances were all top of the line bordering on gourmet and ours came with a full compliment of top end cookware and utensils that were nicer then we have at home. Be warned though, we met another couple with a similar unit but it didnt come with any of the "extras" like dishes and cookware that ours did but we could have easily skipped the all inclusive and fed ourselves with a cheep local grocery trip to town.

The room had a large flat screen TV and DVD player that we never used and the room did NOT have a phone. None of them do. It had 1 bedroom with a nice queen bed and walk in closet with an en-suite bathroom and large shower. The unit had a separate entrance for an "en-suite second bedroom and bathroom that is reserved for the owners use only" which was locked from both sides. The dining area would seat 6-8 people. two HUGE glass doors opened out to the balcony which had several chairs and a large table. The view and proximity to the beach was fantastic while still offering the privacy of being on the second floor. It also kept the bugs away, which was a real issue for folks on the ground floor when the sun went down. Needless to say the room was 5 star. IT DID NOT come with a safe, in the suite, but there was one for our use at the front desk at no charge which suited our needs just fine. A nice final touch was a guest book that the owners of the condo annotated with various phone #s and locations for the island. Like good places to eat, cell #s for trustworthy cab drivers and things like that. Nice touch that came in really handy.

Hotel Grounds and Amenities:

The rest of the hotel was an enigma to rate. The pool was large enough to accommodate the # of rooms and was as clean as everything else in the resort. Up the beach is the Henry Morgan, owned by the same company and the pool was so dirty I wouldn't dream of using it and it has a higher star rating. The majority of the accommodations surround the pool with the prime ocean front space belonging to the condos. None of the rooms are farther then a 30 second walk to the beach however.

There is only 1 bar on site and it opens for breakfast and serves till 11. There are no bottles but all beer is poured from bottles to plastic cups big enough to hold them. The liquor list is NOT large so be warned if you want a lot of variety in your selection.

The bar is attached to the small buffet restaurant. There is NO a la carte on site but you can book dinners at the other resorts the company owns. Overall it is a Very pretty little resort

Food:

Definitely the worse part of the hotel. The food is trucked in from the above mentioned Henry Morgan and really left a lot to be desired. I suppose it was 2-3 star food but being 3 meals of buffet all tasting like re heated catering truck stuff got old after a very short time.

There were some exceptional dishes on a number of meals but even they lost a lot to the time between cooking and serving If I owned the place id expand into the unused parking lot and make a proper restaurant. I believe if they did that they would be an instant 4 star + rating and its size and overal condition, cleanliness and the great staff would keep the place exclusive and packed every week. Alas the food really brought the place down. We actually ate more out then using our all inclusive meals at an average price of 25bucks for 2 with drinks at the various spots a long the beach. Ironically eating at the Henry Morgan where our meals originated wasn't really any better. Just more of the poor food to choose from.

Roatan and West Bay:

Diver's paradise. That's it, the island is all about diving. Ton's of excursions with a huge variation in prices all revolve around the islands biggest treasure and that's the huge coastal reefs. we did a lot of snorkeling right off the beach of our hotel for free and enjoyed the reef to its fullest. To really get a feel for what this spot offers for the diver, you need to hook up with a charter and hit the uncountable dive spots around the island, like Spooky channel for one ^^ We used our trusty guest book in the condo to find a guide to take us and a few others for a 4 hour snorkel trip and dolphin show for 20bucks a head as long as we brought a case of beer and let the guide partake (the 4 6 packs cost under 10 bucks) so it was no hardship. Ironically our tour provider offered the same boat with the same guide for 75 per person for the same trip, so as I mentioned smart shopping is required on Roatan as will most third world destinations.

Other then diving, the landscape is hilly jungle and beautiful. Much like St. Lucia if your comparing but without the in your face poverty. There are dangers (robbery for one) to tourists that get off the beaten track so we were warned but the locals we talked too were all very friendly and helped us out when we looked lost. But they all want a piece of the pie. You have to be smart when shopping for guides and excursions and even taxi's as there really isn't a set price for any cash service. A ride to west end from west bay can cost you from $10 a head to 40 depending on the driver and many will try to extort you for more if they feel they can get away with it. Using people recommended by your travel provider will generally fix that issue for you but you may pay more for the "no haggle price."

West Bay is the lagoon that the hotel is located in and its pretty much in the middle of the stretch of beach surrounded by small 2 story resorts. It is a popular place for cruise ship guests and the beach can get fairly crowded but the resort staff does its best to ensure you always have a place in the shade or sun in front of the hotel. If your looking for night life, West bay dies a quick death at 11pm. Up to that point there is dancing, live bands and various activities. Anything after 11 you need to take a water taxi or land taxi to West end and partake in more local clubs and bars. Wasn't our scene but its there for people that want it.

A word of caution for people that care. The Italian owned resorts that are part of the group that this one is owned by have made the beach in front of their hotels top optional. Be warned if this is your thing, the locals reallllllly dont approve of the lack of modesty when it comes to topless tanning but they tolerate it in this stretch. I would ask wherever your planning on going if this is important to you one way or the other what the policy is as Roatan is generally accepted as a place you DON'T go to tan topless or nude.

Many of the local businesses in this area are actually owned by North American ex pats and some of the restaurants, coffee shops and groceries they run are pretty good.

Biggest issues:

Other then the food which is a no brainer

1. the lack of phones in the rooms was a pain. Not that we wanted to call anyone, but there is no alarm clock either so there is no wake up call service Bring an alarm clock or something to wake you up. Our check in time at the airport to depart was 6am and it was a shaky thing ensuring we got up that morning. Fortunately someone we met had an alarm (we dont own cell phones) and banged on our door to get us up for our flight.

2. Even though there are 3 resorts that share food and facilities (like playing pool at the Henry Morgan or swimming in the princess's beautiful pool, you can only use the bar at your home resort, I thought that was kinda silly but what can you do.

3. The lack of potable water. There is none on the island really so everything is out of bottles which is fine if your prepared for it, but you have to take precautions to ensure you spend your vacation on the beach and not locked in your room with bad tummy problems. We noticed our resort staff washed everything with boiled water and rinsed with bottled spring water then dried completely before they were used for anything which was nice to see.
ALL ice on the island is purified or so we were told. We took precautions like with the toothbrush and keeping your mouth closed in the shower for example and had no issues what so ever.

4. Bugs. But for us on the balcony they were NO issue, especially since we brought mosquito coils from home. Which we only ran out of giving them away to people on the lower floors when they were using their porches. We didn't have the reported issue with sand fleas there either, but I attribute that to the fact the staff raked the beach nightly and every morning as well as fog it once a week in the late evening.

5. Money. There was a lot of confusion on currency for us in the beginning. We were told that under no uncertain terms you needed 35dollars or something like USD to get off the island as departure tax. So we brought american dollars to use as currency for the trip. The problem with this is that if you dont keep up with the exchange rate, your liable to get ripped off on the exchange into the local currency when you use it and if you run out of American dollars dont even bother trying to find more, Its not worth the hassle. I found that local currency was easier to use and I had no trouble spending even the larger denominations and having change made. Also the Bank at the airport was more then happy to take local currency for the departure taxes and exchanged the rest of our currency back into american dollars for our flight home (most Canadian banks will not even issue Roatan's local currency)

So where money was an issue, it turned out to NOT be a problem. However there are some issues with modern chip bank cards and you would be wise to ensure you at least have enough American Dollars for the trip just in case.

Do yourself a favour bring some american money but hit an ATM when you get there and load up on the local stuff to use, you'll save money in the long run on dirty exchanges.

As always we welcome all comments and questions regarding our trip

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Pavimentada Ppal , West Bay Beach, West Bay IB3100, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > West Bay
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in West Bay
#7 On the Beach Hotel in West Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Las Sirenas Hotel & Condos 4*
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