This is THE place to stay in Copan Ruinas. The hotel is small (4 rooms, i think), but the service and value is enourmous. The owner, Hugo, and his wife, Reyna, are exceptional hosts. Heinz was very helpful too and helped organize activities/tours.
Top notch all the way! With four rooms I suppose it is easy for them to know all their guests, but even so - we felt incredibly welcome and comfortable here. Everyone who worked there was kind and over the top helpful. The owners were especially fantastic because American Airlines lost my wife's luggage on the way down to Honduras from the US. The owners of Y'at Balam probably made 5 or 6 different calls to the airline during the several days in an effort to track it down. They eventually were able to get us reconnected to our bag. This freed us up to explore the city and not deal with that headache. There is also a night security guard that stands downstairs all night. Although the city didn't seem dangerous to us (especially after being there a few nights) it is still very comforting to have someone on patrol 24/7.
We stayed in room #1 which had a balcony that over looked the street below and the hills in the distance. I believe all four of the rooms were on the second level. There was a king bed and two smaller day beds/couches. The rooms are very clean and very comfortable. The sound proof windows were great because otherwise everytime a rundown car drove by or the bar down the block cranked up it's radio we would've woken up. The windows also had black out blinds that made sleeping in easy. The AC cranked out cold air, there was a TV/DVD (didnt use it though), a nice private in-room bathroom and the showers were hot...what more can you ask for?
They have a little cafe downstairs. We would usually grab a coffee and small sandwich in the mornings. Very tasty and very inexpensive. It's not really a dinner place but perfect for breakfast or lunch or just a cold beer. There were also some very nice small shops on the bottom floor.
Recap: This place was a great find...Stay here, you wont be disappointed!
- 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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