My boyfriend and I had spent the past night sequestered in a "hotel room" in La Union, El Salvador. Sheets had cost extra, the manager would not let us leave the property for fear of our lives, and the shower was located directly above our lid-free toilet.
When we walked into the spacious, newly-renovated yet still dated (in a good way) lobby of the Honduras Maya Hotel, we were done with the 0 star backpacker-hovel phase of our Central American journey. Toilet-shower combos do not build charachter, they just piss you off and make you wish your boyfriend wasn't such a cheapskate. Besides, you don't need character when you have a soft bed, clean bathroom, and reconciliation-inspiring views of city and mountains-- you just need booze, thank you, Maya mini-bar.
Our room was exactly what we wanted after many "exotic" nights-- standard above average business, could have been a nicer Hilton or a Marriott. The one thing that was far from standard, however, were the gorgeous views from our high floor room- beautiful at night, spectacular during the day-time.
The hotel was virtually empty during our stay, we saw, perhaps, a total of 20 guests other than ourselves including in the lobby, dinner, and breakfast. The receptionist's English was almost as bad as my Spanish, but we worked things out with alot of interpretive body-language and smiles and in the end the charge for our room was $60, a very good deal.
The neighborhood, I believe, is the ritziest in Tegucigalpa (it certainly looked it). We were surrounded by nice shops and restaurants, however, they never seemed to open. We went to one club which our guidebook had touted as the chicest in all of Honduras. We were seated next to the only other party in the place-- a beautiful Spanish family. At one point, the grandmother of the family leaned over to our table and asked me,
"Where is everyone?"
I don't know.
I guess don't go to Tegucigalpa for upscale night-life. I would have liked to have ventured into the real city, but we were exhausted from showering above toilets....
FYI, cocktail service in the downstairs restaurant / lounge was just o.k. Breakfast buffet wasn't great.
The pool area, however, looked fantastic. If we hadn't been rushed to get to Tela I would have loved to have lounged a bit and taken in the views-- they had a good deal of character: central american skyline, verdant mountains, a hillside complex that I decided was a convent for wealthy, beautiful girls who had succumbed to imprudent love, and a sweet old-school Coca-Cola sign.
Overall, an above average hotel, with incredible views, in an unlively upscale neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Icon Hotel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for those seeking tranquility and relaxation in a privileged environment. Tegucigalpa , capital of Honduras perfect for families , couples , business, weekend getaways . Our location is unbeatable and we distinguish ourselves by the quality of our facilities and the attention of a staff that is constantly striving to make unforgettable your stay in the capital of Honduras , the Honduras Maya find large green areas and quiet places for those who prefer the calm in the city, our proven experience , we have been recognized by important awards in national and international tourism industry top prize at Copan Tourism Award 2013 Excellence Award Central Tourism without Borders . Our facilities include a semi- Olympic pool, children's pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, casino , ample parking and a commercial area. ... more less
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