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Roatan Backpackers' Hostel

Main road, next to Solgas between km 10 and 11, across from Sonrise Calvary Chapel, Sandy Bay, Roatan 00000 Honduras
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 08/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Roatan Backpackers' Hostel
Updated 08/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 12 Specialty lodging in Sandy Bay
Travelers' Choice
GreenLeaders Gold level
Friendly, inexpensive backpackers' hostel in Sandy Bay, just a few minutes walk from the botanical gardens and the dolphins. Dorm rooms with communal kitchen and porch as well as private rooms and apartments also available. Easy access to public transportation. Hostel grounds includes pool and patio, garden pergola and oceanview deck.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Breakfast available
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Street parking
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
374Reviews4Q+A55Room tips
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Popular mentions
ChristopherGoes wrote a review Oct 16
Evergreen, Colorado4 contributions
I initially reserved a private room for 2 weeks and then added a week. Mel built this hostel from the ground up and her devotion shows with grounds that are beautifully cared for. There a variety of room options and great hospitality from the staff, and of course Mel herself. Many unforgettable little parties with people from around the world even during Covid times. The communal kitchen was well stocked and a supermarket is around the corner as is a convenient restaurant serving up baleadas and burritas for cheap. I was looking for a place where i could access great snorkeling from the shore and I found it here. After a 5 - 10 minute walk, t's a brief relatively swim out to the reef at Sandy Bay and once there I saw pretty much everything at least once. It's wild snorkeling, you will not see other snorkelers. I will be back to do video work there. Thanks to Mel and staff.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Lucie d wrote a review Oct 8
Paris, France9 contributions
We spent a week at Roatan backpackers Hostel, the place is beautiful and peaceful. We met a lot of people, good ambiance and Mel is a beautiful person, a'ways willing to help if you need anything, she perfectly know the island and always gives you the best tips.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Matthew D wrote a review Sep 2021
3 contributions
I stayed here for a week and it truly was the best hostel I've ever stayed in. Every one was so friendly. Mel who runs it is amazing. So informative and inviting. I caught a barracuda and she made a family meal for everyone that was delicious. The pool is amazing on the hot afternoons. The little restaurant on premise is very good as well. Multiple spots to hang out and meet people but quiet enough to get away of you want to. It is in a convenient location as well. Can't say enough. Hope to return soon
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Layla E wrote a review Sep 2021
35 contributions24 helpful votes
Great low price option compared to others on Roatan. Staff and owner were super friendly and helpful. Room was clean, WiFi was decent and pool was lovely. Only downside was it felt a bit far away from the busier beach areas but buses and taxis were easy to catch. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Stacey wrote a review Jul 2021
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I have had the chance to stay at Roatan Backpacker's Hostel quite a few times and always enjoy my stay. Every time I arrive to check in I am given a warm welcome by Mel and her boys. It is so nice that they remember returning guests. There are several lodging options available. I have stayed in a private room, small apartment and the Cando Jr all of which were clean, comfortable, and affordable. There are often group outings or activities, sometimes organized by Mel and other times by hostel guests making it easy to meet people and make friends. My favorite part of the hostel is relaxing at the pool with a cold drink and talking to Mel and hostel guests about our travel adventures. I can't wait for my next visit to Roatan and will definitely be staying at Roatan Backpackers' Hostel, my home away from home!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Mel James, Owner at Roatan Backpackers' Hostel
Responded Aug 1, 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. Sorry I couldn't be there for your last visit, but I'm glad you had a great time! I'll be back in a couple weeks, so your next visit, I'll be there to visit with you :) Mel
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$33 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Roatan Backpackers' Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Roatan Backpackers' Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Blue Island Divers (1.8 miles), Manawakie Park (4.3 miles), and Rusty Fish (2.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Roatan Backpackers' Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Roatan Backpackers' Hostel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Roatan Backpackers' Hostel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Roatan Backpackers' Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Palapa Beach Bar, Happy Harry's Hideaway, and Roatan Oasis.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Roatan Backpackers' Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Roatan Backpackers' Hostel have airport transportation?
Yes, Roatan Backpackers' Hostel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Roatan Backpackers' Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.