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Tamarindo Hostel
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“Terrific Hosting!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

We landed in San Pedro Sula not knowing how to get to the Hostel, we called Tamarindo and they were great in helping us find a reliable taxi. Lorette and staff we really friendly and they made sure we were comfortable all the time. The bedroom was clean, the bathroom was well taken care of, a living room area to watch movies and to eat. We went to a nearby market and bought food to make meal and we used their kitchen, it saved $$$. The staff always have fresh pots of coffee. After our trip around Honduras we came back the last night because we felt safe and Tamarindo helped us to get a taxi back to the airport, the nice thing is also the staff make sure you are not overcharged in the taxi rides. Really affordable place to stay!!! THey also have a nice little garden outside to read.

Room Tip: The one next to the bathroom is a good choice, closer the the outside garden too.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Venice, Italy
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

I went to Tamarindo hostel with my girlfriend because it was reccommended in the Lonely planet and because it is supposed to be in the safe neighbourhood of San Pedro Sula.
The hostel itself is OK, nothing special and very very overpriced for what you get.
The bed side is that the staff doesn't know anything about the city and that you get ripped of with the late night taxi transfer.
It goes like that, Honduras is not very safe place to travel, so you look for a safe place to spend a night.
You go to Tamarindo beacuse it is kind of a safe place. But the hostel is way out of center and usually all the international buses (Tica bus) leave in the middle of the night. So you have to take a taxi organised by Tamarindo hostel as there is no other chance. And then they charge you a triple of what is the usual price. It got very close to blackmailing and Tamarindo was definitely the worst experince we have had on our travel from Guatemala to Colombia.
There is a new hostel in the center of the city. Maybe it is worth checking it out...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zwevegem, Belgium
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

The hostel is safe located, which makes it a 10 minutes walk to the centre.
The dorm is very clean as well is the bathroom. They had the best mattress I've ever slept on during my travel in Central America of 4 months.
There is wifi all over the place and a tv with your home programmes.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Portland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2011

I stayed here earlier this month and had a good experiance here. The staff made it their #1 priority to make sure we liked our room, had something to eat and felt safe. The only reason I didn't give this place a 5 rating is bacause it was a bit expensive. But in San Pedro Sula, I don't mind paying for "peace" of mind. The room was crazy with satin sheets but they will change them if you don't like them. The food was good for the price but after we ate we realized you can order from any restaurant in town without having to leave. They have cable TV, movies, drinks, and anything else you think u might need. The taxi ride to the airport was a bit expensive but it was on-time. In fact, we had the same taxi driver in the morning. When we went out to the street we found him sleeping in the cab waiting for us to go to the airport.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

This is an overpriced hostel with a room with the nosiest fan ever. 
When I asked them to fix it she looked at the fan for a while and said she
did not know what's wrong with it and we should use the stand up fan in the room. We wanted to use both as it was really hot!
My other reasons for not rating this hostel are:
- ask about a taxi for the morning to the bus terminal - yes, but don't know
how much it will cost.
- ask about a bus to Copan Ruinas - yes, but don't know what time the bus
goes
- ask about a supermarket - yes, but don't know if it is open!
- ask about somewhere we could eat - nothing is open we can make you some food! 
Everything on offer is at crazy prices even by Western standards.
Most travellers stay here the night because they have to spend a night in San Pedro, not because they choose to. So these questions must be asked all the time.
They gave me a book to look up the bus times (which I'm sure they really knew these and asked me if I knew how to read a bus timetable!) 
The staff are rude, insolent, unhelpful, stalk you every time you go in the kitchen and keep switching off the kitchen lights. The water filter on the kitchen tap is broken and they will gladly sell you an expensive bottle of water.
How sad that this hostel and these people give such a bad impression of Honduras. 
Just to be clear, we have been travelling in South and Central America for 9
months, only experienced 4 or 5 bad hostels and this was not a good choice.  Just because they are in the guide books people stay here. They don't deserve to be listed. 
My recommendation - stay somewhere else! There are places closer to the bus station and you won't be so ripped off by the taxi they call for you in the morning. A word of advice. When you arrive at the bus station, don't believe the taxi driver who approaches you and says he has been sent by the hostel. Go to the taxi rank and sort yourself out with a better deal. I could go on and on but there is no point...it's terrible don't bother...

  • Stayed September 2011
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2011

We booked a private room with bathroom. It was clean and the first two nights we had warm water. The last night the water was cold. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The taxi they book for you is more expensive than when you'll arrange it by yourself. But if you arrive after dark, it's nice to have someone already waiting for you at the airport. It's a nice option to stay in San Pedro Sula. It's in a safe area, but for private rooms it's the most expensive hostel we've been in Honduras!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

We had booked 2 dorm beds in advance online. We turned up with 2 other people and they had overbooked, so we waited 30 minutes for them to get another room ready. This room turned out to be 4 mattresses on a floor in a room. The mattresses were very close together with no space in between. We had to ask for pillows and sheets. The woman was helpful but the rest of the staff were not. There was a clean bathroom attached but we had to ask for a bin for it. As it was in a different building we had to walk through a garage. There was no key for the room, but for the enrance to the building. We were assured we would be the only people with access. 1 hour later, more people turn up for the other rooms so we have no key to lock our room. It was quiet, not much noise, but the internet was not free.

The next morning we paid the 12 dollars minus 10%, but the guy wanted to charge us tax because we had booked online! We refused and he eventually let it go, but wouldnt give us change so we paid 11 instead of the 10.80 it was meant to be. The taxi was 10 minutes late and the taxi driver tried to charge us 200 lempira, even though the guy at the desk told us it would be 100 lempira.

They then emailed us asking us where the key to the room was, even though we had given it back when the extra people turned up!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tamarindo Hostel
Address: 10 y 11 avenida, 9 Calle A, N.O. #1015 | 4km from the bus terminal 15km from the airport, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Cortes Department > San Pedro Sula
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 20 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro Sula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Tamarindo Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tamarindo Hostel, the first backpacker's place in San Pedro Sula. We have dorm rooms, private rooms, hammocks, and enough area where you can have a nice rest after an adventure in San Pedro Sula or places near the city. We have a nice garden, terrace, free use of kitchen, reading area, and a lot more. We can inform you of tours and places to go and have fun at very cheap prices. We are close to Souvenir shops, discos, cinemas, shopping mall, restaurants, markets and supermarkets, Hedman Alas Bus station is near, hospitals and drug stores, so come over and find a good and secure area to stay at with a few bucks. We have wifi free but the use of the computers is for a very low price of $1.00 the half hour. ... more   less 
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