There was a guy somewhere on this forum asking which is better La rocas or WBL, and that thread is already closed, but here is my answer.
We went to West Bay this summer and stayed at WBL. I hated that place. This place has #1 rating on trip advisor, so I decided to trust it and went for it. The description of the hotel did not sound good to me. I was really concerned about not having a place on the beach and about tiny cabanas i saw on the pics, but I thought that I should rely on other travellers experience, I was wrong!. It turned out to be such an uncomfortable stay, besides, I thought that the place really needs to improve their ecco friendliness.
First of all they have parrots with severely clipped wings, so that they cannot fly. These poor creatures are stuck on the poles around the restrant area yelling from boredom all days long. their yell is really loud and disturbing.
There are stray cats that reside on the territory and seem to be reproducing in geometric progression (is it so difficult to sterilize the cat that they consider to be their pets??). they are undernourished and beg for food at their restrant.
And the most of all - they have dead corals as decoration all over the place. Yes, you heard me right - DEAD PEACES OF CORALS. They are in the restrant area and in the cabanas serving as a decoration to the note on the wall saying "Help us protect the Roatan" (the note itself is issued by some preservation folks of the island, not the West Lodgers, the later cannot care less.
They use white towels - which means bleaching. Whic means killing the reef.
They use plastic bottles.
Their so called"Spa toiletures" consist of cheap department store shampoos like "Suav" with ingredients that are harmful for environment (that is the reef!).
Speaking about so many times mentioned beer in the cabana fridge (or minibar). They sell it for the same price at Infinity Bay restrant on the beach. Just in case... A lot of people say that the beer is very cheap at the lodge - not true. First of all there is no such things as cheap supermarket in West Bay to begin with.
The location . It is acutally bad. yes, it is 5 minutes walk just to get to the ocean line, but .. the thing is: there is no place right there of their own, like other hotels have. So, you come to the beach and realize, that there is no place for you there to sit down, let alone no shade. The sun is usually burning unbearably at 9 am on the island and you do need some shade. And the West Bay lodge serves breakfast at 8! long after the sun is up.
You can walk to Tabiana beach and rent a 5 dollar chair (chezlong) , but they will kick you out of their territory on cruise days . Yes, the cruise serving stuff is very rude to other tourists.
So, it is not a problem that you have to walk to the beach, it is a problem you have nowhere to stay there. There is no shade, nobody to guard your stuff. And if you walk past Tabiana beach, (which sums up to 10 min walk on burning sun already) then you should better bring all you need for the day. And bring some other people to watch your stuff while you are swimming. Be prepared to carry all that stuff with you when you go to lunch.
All in all, it makes a lot more sense to pay extra 25 dollars a day and get a room at a hotel that has chairs on the beach and a guard who looks after your stuff, like at Infinity Bay, or Captain Morgan. La roca , which is at the very left edge of the beach, is still a better choice. they have some place by the water. and their restrant is so much better.
Yes, the restrant at West Bay lodge is called "Selesté's Cuisine". It should be called Seleste's FOOD. The ingredients they use are usually ok, but the cooking! they have no respect for good produce. They have no idea how to cook. They put raw onien and carrots into breakfast egg tortillas, but no cilantro. it looks like somebody is experimenting with what to put in a tortilla. All their dishes at dinner is a variation of stuffed tortillas. They should get themselves a cook book. Yes, the restrant food is cheap, but no thank you. We were on a budget and still preferred other places to eat. The breakfast was Ok. It was very scanty. And coffee at breakfast is BAD. Bring the coffee you like.
I think WBL is overrated and overpriced. I did not like the handicapped parrots, turtles in a kinda ditch (see the picture of those too), neither did I like the trapped auguti in a cage (why the hell they had to trap those???) which we saw them living in the wild in that island, not a poor rabbit, always sitting in a cage.
The pool, with its cloudy dirty water, I did not like eigther ,
But most of all I hated the cabana which was so tiny with no room for suitcases, with no glass in the windows and old air conditioner. It only gets cool inside in the middle of the night. I got cold sores while I was staying there because we kept the thermostate on the air conditioner all the way down at night and at some point it got too cold while you were asleep.
I really do not recomend this place. Especially for the price.
I chose that place following the reviews on this web site and now I am sure that a great deal of them is planted.
So, I will not trust Trip Advisor reviews so much. I will only be sorting out bare facts. And if you just filter out the facts from the reivews, you will see that WBL is not a great place to stay at all.