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Yat B'alam Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Copan
Ocala, Florida
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637 reviews
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“Absolutely Gem Quality”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

What a nice little gem! There's not much more that can be added to the legions of happy guests who have reviewed Yat B'Alam other that to say THIS is the right way to locate, outfit, and operate a small hotel. Period.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

I have stayed in at least 7 different hotels in Copan and I'm not sure what took me so long to try Yat B'alam. What a perfectly amazing little place! The staff was wonderfully accommodating and friendly, the rooms were immaculate, clean and comfortable, I enjoyed the best shower I've ever had in Honduras, and the location is perfect. Nice touches and amenities like sound proof windows, fridges in the room, and a little sitting area upstairs with rocking chairs. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Copan Ruinas is a small town within walking distance of the Copan archeaological site. Yat B'alam is only a block off the central plaza, making it very convenient for exploring the town and the Mayan ruins. The rooms are spectacular -- mine had a balcony overlooking the street -- being well-appointed and large. The staff are friendly and the caafe on the lower level offers great breakfasts. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Found this place to be absolutely perfect. A small hotel with only 4 rooms but there is such pride taken by the owners that staying anywhere else would be a mistake. Beautifully furnished, very clean with everything you need to have a lovely stay in Copan. Reena, the owner is always ready to help with any questions you may have and make you feel so very welcome. Wonderful spot to stay to experience Honduran history and people. Make sure you visit.

Room Tip: All the rooms are upstairs and it feels like home. Not a bad room to be had.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Tucson
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

I'm not sure I have much to add to the terrific reviews received for this small inn.What makes this little inn special is truly, as others have said, the owners and the staff. Such genuine friendliness.I am still smiling about my stay. For instance, I became fascinated by the Lencan jewelry and pottery in one of the shops downstairs. And they took the time to tell me all about it, how it was made, where it was made etc. Additionally the help with the transportation back to Antigua, was above and beyond. The welcome fruit plate was perfect. And such a nice surprise.
The inn has a wonderful location, just a block or so from the town square and a very short walk (2 minutes maybe) to numerous restaurants.
It only has 4 rooms, up on the second floor- 2 on the street and 2 at the back. They are placed around an attractive open air patio with plants and comfortable seating. The down stairs is given over to 3 shops with high quality Honduran merchandise (not the typical tourist stuff), so do stop in the shops also.
The rooms are simple ( and very clean), with tiled floors and high wood ceiling with fans. Plus all are air conditioned- welcome after a hot day at the ruins. My room was somewhat small (room 3) with 2 double beds.It might have been a bit small for 2 of us (my husband has a habit of exploding out of his suitcase), and there is always the problem of where to put suitcases, which few places have resolved very well. But for me-traveling alone this trip- it was just perfect. (I believe the rooms on the street side were a bit bigger and have larger windows) My room had one smallish window, but oddly that didn't bother me at all, I just went out on the patio- which I pretty much had to myself most of the time. And if not, the patio is a lovely place to say hello to your fellow travelers. Each room had a small refrigerator, which was welcome to keep my water cold. A small hanging space was also provided which was more than adequate.
The bathroom was also small, although the shower was a very comfortable size with good pressure and hot water, with shampoos and the usual amenities.Please note that there is no hairdryer though if this is important to you.. Again, simple but very adequate. The beds, linens and pillows were quite comfortable and, one of my constant gripes about hotels- the lack bedside lighting- was not a problem and the bedside light was adequate for reading.
I only have 2 comments.Both more personal to me. I think I would recommend just having a hairdryer behind the front desk if someone really wants one to use. Secondly, and this is again personal to me, I would have loved to see just a bit of local color in the rooms. A throw on the bed, a pillow or something incorporating the beauty of the local craft men..
All in all, Yat Balam is a lovely place at a very good value, which will make you feel exceptionally welcomed.
A thank you to my hosts.I hope to return.

Room Tip: I believe the rooms facing the street are somewhat bigger. (Room #1 and ?). Room #3 is the most priv...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Redmond, Washington
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Our Copan experience was greatly enhanced by the Yat B’alam hospitality. The lobby of the charming four-room hotel, looks like a street, lined by a tiny cafeteria with a delectable menu, an attractive gallery and a water fountain that sings all day long. Rina, the owner of Yat B’alam was personally present to enthusiastically welcome us. Her gorgeous smile lights up the place and her attention to detail is evident in every single item on display and use.

http://www.sunilshinde.com/2013/01/the-modern-town-of-copan-ruinas.html

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This is a wonderful small hotel because of the great hospitality from Rina, her husband and staff. They are genuinely friendly and helpful with anything that you need. We came to Honduras for the first time and were treated very well. It was much more than just having a room to sleep in. We would love to come back to Copan and would stay at Yat Balam again.

Room Tip: Use Room number 1 - it has a queen bed, two twin beds and a balcony.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Yat B'alam Boutique Hotel
Address: Calle la Independencia | Barrio el Centro, Copan 00504, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Copan Department > Copan
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Copan
#2 Romantic Hotel in Copan
#3 Business Hotel in Copan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small hotel with 6 rooms. Our cafeteria serves delicious breakfasts, great coffee and homemade cakes. For lunch we offer tasty pitabread sandwiches and salads. Our rooms have hot water all day, A/C, refrigerator, ceiling fan, cable TV, DVD player with free movies, and soundproofed windows. The hotel offers free WiFi, a generator, laundry service, a reading lounge, and private parking. ... more   less 
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