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“A fantastic atmosphere to learn how to dive”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Trudy's Hotel

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Trudy's Hotel
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Utila
Stockholm, Sweden
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“A fantastic atmosphere to learn how to dive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2011

When I can to Utila I did what I always do. Look around for what seams to suit me best. Once I walked into Hotel Trudy I instantly got a good wibe, and it only got better.
I stayed in the hotel for 2 weeks and also did a fair share of diving. I took my PADI course and also the advanced course. The instructoros and divemasters I was diving with were very professional and there was always time for fun and games. I really want to point out that the safety procedures they follow with diving were impressive.
The hotel is very nice and clean and during the courses you are offered free accomodation in the dorms.
I will definitly come back and continue my diveeducation.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Trudy's and learned to dive with Underwater Vision this past April during the "Semana Santa" and had a fantastic time!

Both businesses have recently been remodeled with the added extension of a dock and sun deck, bar and restaurant and also brand new dive equipment. The hotel offers a variety of different types of accommodations varying in price that would fit just about everyone's budget. All of the rooms are cleaned regularly and has arguably the best hot water showers on the island. The resort offers their guests dive, snorkel and whale shark excursions, free Wi-Fi, beach volleyball, shared guest kitchen, hammocks, great sundeck, and theme nights at the bar.

If we ever return to Utila, we will definitely stay no where else than with Hotel Trudy’s and dive with Underwater Vision.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2010

I stayed 7 days and recommend the hotel but not the dive shop.

The hotel is in a great location - easy walk to plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping, dive shops, yet removed enough that it is peaceful enough to nap in a hammock during the day and is very quiet at night (and I am a light sleeper). The outdoor restaurant/bar was great. The food was good, they had coffee (great for those early morning dives!), and it was quite the social hub. I was traveling alone and it was very easy to make friends here as there were lots of other very friendly travelers from around the world in their 20's/30's. I had a private upstairs room closest to ocean (it had 2 single beds). The shower had hot water all the time. When the power went out the hotel had a generator for the bar/restaurant. The staff was very friendly (except for the gal who worked the restaurant/bar who was local. I tried to be nice. I always tipped really really really well. But she was never kind to me or anyone else. But I can also understand where she is coming from.) My major problem: I did not have room service (as in basic cleaning) the entire time (7 nights). I'm not kidding. I even asked management about it - they promised to send someone to my room but it never happened. Luckily the second bed in the room was unused so after a few nights I switched to the other bed. When I am paying $25 per night per room for an oceanfront hotel am more than happy that I have a room with hot water, AC, and no insects. (I am absolutely terrified of spiders and the room was really clean with no bugs (I looked under the bed and in the corners) and I never had to use my mosquito net). But seriously, I expected housekeeping at least every other night. I was informed that housekeeping will refuse to clean any room that they deem too dirty. My room wasn't exactly super clean and some sand got tracked in, but at the very least I wanted a clean towel and my sheets changed every few days. Nope. Didn't happen - even after multiple requests. But I would still stay here again.

The dive shop. That's another story.
Although I had my Advanced cert. I only had 15 dives prior to diving with the dive shop associated with Trudy's. Running out of air on a dive was absolutely unheard of with other shops. However, on my first dive with this shop half the group ran out of air. I was later informed that this is normal for them as they feel that there is no need to cut a dive short for others when buddy breathing can be done. No, that is not okay! Although I stayed with this hotel I never did another dive with their shop. I dove with three other shops during my Honduras trip and they were all safety conscious.
I would stay with the hotel, but wouldn't dive with their shop.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2010

This place certifies a lot of new divers. Things are relatively safe if you are diving with an instructor, but somewhat inexperienced divemasters make the 'fun dives' a little bit edgy.
Add to that rental gear that is constantly being used by beginners (faulty depth gages, inaccurate pressure gages, hard to operate BCD inflators, etc.) and you get a recipe for near disaster.

While I was diving there almost everyday there was someone who ran out of air underwater (in all of my 50+ previous dives, I've never seen that happen), in some instances two or three people in the same group ran out of air, indicating that the divemaster did not plan properly. It seems like they are under pressure (no pun intended) to make the dives last as long as possible. At no point was there an agreement on what the 'low air pressure' at which the dive is terminated (usually 50bar ~/ 700 psi) which meant often people were sharing air by the end of the dive, and about half of the divers would surface with less than 300psi, which is below what DAN recommends!!

Anyway, place is great to stay, atmosphere is awesome and people are great, but after you finish your course or if you're there just for fun diving, make sure you're extra careful!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2010

Very nice clean, illuminated private rooms (maybe a little small).
Good price (25$ for a double room) and friendly atmosphere in the diving center.
No room cleaning on Sundays.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2009

We had such an amazing time staying at Trudy's and divning with Underwater Vision. They have new facilities which means great rooms, comfortable beds, amazing location, clean bathroomw with hot water ALL the time, a cool chillout/ hammock area and incredible instructors. Not to mention that the laid-back staff (especially Tamara) was incredibly nice and informative. If I go to Utila again, that's where I'm staying. No internet or breakfast but I didn't care. If you do any certifications with Underwater Vision you stay there for free and if you're diving with them you pay less for those nights.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2008

I stayed at Trudy's for 7 days in May, 2008. Trudy’s is affiliated with Underwater Vision diving (UV). For the following three reasons, they are hands down the BEST operation on UTILA.

First, the people operating the hotel and dive operations were great. Trudy’s/UV is a family owned and operated business. The owner’s live on the property and treat you like family. They dive instructors and dive masters have been trained at UV and are a part of the family.

Second, the diving operation is great. The class sizes are small and affordable. Instructors are very knowledgeable and work with you to make the classes enjoyable. At several of the other dive shops I’d here the divemasters complaining and see the cattle boats going out full every morning. Not at UV.

Lastly, Trudy's Hotel was GREAT. Its right on the water and 30 yards from the water. The hotel is about a year old. You wake up and walk across the volleyball court to the dive boat! Its a 5 minute
walk to the bars so its not as noisy at night. There are three options for rooms.
(1) 4 person dorm rooms with fan/shared bath at $5 a
night town
(2) Private rooms with 2 twins- basic clean rooms with
private bath and A/C. ~$30
(3) Suites with a full and twin bed with private bath,
A/C, refrigerator, A/C and TV(so its quiet at night).
~$50

I got my Advance Open Water Certification there and
can’t wait to get back. Tell them pegleg sent ya.
(I’ve got an amputated leg and a warped sense of
humor)

Email Tamara Cooper @ [--] for
reservations

  • Liked — Rooms were great, pride of a family run business and laid back atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008
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Property: Trudy's Hotel
Address: Utila, Bay Islands, Utila IB3103, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Utila
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Number of rooms: 20

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