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“A unique and charming place to stay in Copan Ruinas.”
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Hacienda San Lucas
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Copan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 21, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at this charming hacienda. We were on a birding trip with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. There were so many things we loved: the mouth-watering food that honored the Mayan culture (where else will I ever have tortillas that were hand-ground on the premises from locally-grown corn? I am already missing them!). The candles lighting the dining area, lawn and stairs set the tone for such a calm and relaxing environment. The beautiful stone shower and comfy furniture in the room. We loved your creative decorations in the room as well. The screens were much appreciated (many Central American countries don't have them) - so we had wonderful breezes to sleep by, rocked to sleep by the sounds of the critters outside. One night we had a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl calling that was so close it could have been on our windowsill - a birder's delight for sure! The ever-smiling staff with those helpful flashlights at dusk and dawn. Cesar's carved figures are decorating our dining room and bookcases. THE DOGS! So friendly and calm. We enjoyed reading the little "Guide to the Dogs" which we found helpfully tucked into a window. And of course, I smiled every time we returned to our room in the evenings, lit up by candles. We never found it to be a problem; the solar lights were a perfect supplement when they were needed. Yobani was a wonderful guide, and we had a blast in that silly truck on our birding jaunts. And to have those Mayan ruins right there on one of your trails is a special treat, although the um, bloodletting ritual described makes me wince for my male friends ;) My only complaint? I wish you would finish that cookbook! I am already missing the food and the smiling local women that prepared it under authentic conditions and then served it with such warmth. We truly enjoyed our stay, and hope that fate will bring us back one day. Hasta luego y mucho amor a mi amigos nuevos.

Room Tip: The cabins are a better choice than the main house - quieter and updated with that awesome stone sho...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

This hacienda is a real treat for travelers who are not looking to live in the center of touristy Copan. The hacienda is located on a hillside across the river from the town of Copan. From the hacienda grounds, guests can see the Copan ruins located below as well as the town of Copan . The staff is really polite and attentive. We ate two excellent breakfasts (which were included) and two tasty dinners at the hacienda. In the evening, they use numerous candles to illuminate the grounds. This is not the place where you will find bright lights and TVs. The staff speaks adequate English. We noticed they had a guard providing security for the hacienda at night, which gave us a sense of security.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

How to describe Hacienda San Lucas? It is so perfect!

The hacienda main building is 100 years old - we arrived a night - a 15 minute bumpy ride out of town - where are we going? - and then - a candel lit hacienda with the warmest welcome - truly beautiful.
The main building is where you will dine - in the cosy cucina by the fire if cool or outside with beautiful vistas or candel light. Flavia or Argi will be your host - full of information of the surrounding area, ruins and history. The staff speak a little English and were so helpful with our limited Spanish. The meals are fantastic - we ate all dinners there - why go anywhere else.
The rooms are built to resemble the old architecture - yes they are cande lit at night but you have lights in the bathroom and bedside and plugs for charging - lovely. They are large and linens in both the bedroom and bathroom are excellent.
We walked back and forth to town along the river several times - about a 40 minute walk - or they will drive you in and pick you up or arrange a tuktuk.

This is the only place to stay in Copan!

Room Tip: All rooms are equal.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

I loved this place.
- The staff are super-nice and the managers make you feel very welcome and went beyond my expectations in making sure I made the most of my short stay in Copan ruinas. From picking me up in town when I arrived, to arranging a guide for me to enjoy my visit to the ruins, giving me tips on where to eat in town. Service was as quick or as relaxed as I needed it to be almost without havign to say anything - staff seem able to read what the customer wants or needs!
- My room was great. Very quiet, super clean. It had everything you might need.
- The food is excellent. Both for breakfast and dinner. For dinner they have a different set menu every night and I enjoyed every dish they served.
- The location is great. At first I thought that this being out of town would be difficult. But the reality was that this made it very quiet without feeling isolated, particularly as the hotel can easily shuttle guests back and forth.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Thank Cyba
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Hacienda San Lucas is welcoming and friendly, but also, due to price and the small number of rooms, an "exclusive" hotel that caters to wealthy foreigners and small tour groups (neither of which applies to us). Before staying here, we had coffee in the outdoor restaurant with local "Copaneco" friends. Despite living in Copan their entire lives, our friends had never been on the property, and joined us in ooh'ing and ahh'ing and snapping photos. When they later found out how much one night cost (2,800 lempiras, or $140), they were speechless and we were embarrassed. As it surely has always been, Hacienda San Lucas is a world away from most Hondurans, a jewel that has been in the wealthy Cueva family for generations. To transform the house into a hotel, beautiful cabanas were added in the back, and the main house modified -- all without sacrificing the hacienda's original rustic charm. The atmosphere throughout is one of Spanish colonial elegance. The wooden rooms are spacious with high ceilings, beds are firm and hammocks on the wrap-around deck are inviting. Our thanks and gratitude to the lovely staff who were attentive and gracious. Without our asking, the manager adjusted our room charge down based on a lower rate accidentally quoted to us when we reserved our room. The restaurant even prepared a special vegetarian meal on a night when the dinner menu featured beef and pork. In the evening, the gardens were gently lit, and we sat in comfortable chairs on the hillside in front of the hacienda to take in a glorious view of the Rio Copan valley and the lights of Copan below. The hotel arranges tours and there's a spa nearby as well. However, the view, the grounds and the hammocks are enough to make us want to return for a longer stay!

Room Tip: We had room 12, but it looked like all the rooms were equally wonderful.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

Great ambience and views from this farm house. Warm service and good food. Hotel is slightly overpriced for what it is but a good base for seeing/ exploring the ruins.
They were particularly helpful in assisting a member of our party who was suffering from a stomach bug, for which many thanks.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank instantnirvana
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We only spent one night and we have huge regrets, the place is amazing, the service top notch and the food, the food is otherworldly. Rooms were clean and roomy, the only issue I had was the poor light output of the solar lamps. The grounds are made to be walk early in the morning, the amount of birds was incredible. The dogs are truly amazing they serve as guides and are very patient with you.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Hacienda San Lucas, Copan, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Copan Department > Copan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Copan
#7 Family Hotel in Copan
Price Range: $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eco Hacienda San Lucas is a hundred year old family hacienda/lodge offering a unique and exclusive cultural experience. It is located directly across and above the archeological park of Copan Ruinas. San Lucas is renown by its five star individualized services, eg, culinary destination, small intimate weddings, yoga retreats and more. It is a magic space where visitors from around the world are able to stop time, feel and renew energy. Hacienda San Lucas combines century-old ambiance with first-class service, authentic Maya country cuisine and a spectacular view of the Valley and Ruins of Copan. Eight distinct rooms with solar lighting, comfortable hammocks, nature trails, ceremonial archaeological site and candlelit dinners allow you to relax and enjoy the healing energy of this unique hacienda. ... more   less 
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