Over a three week period we stayed in three different places in the West End on Roatan. The Mariposa was by far the best value ($40 a night). Located just off the main street (about a minute walk) the Mariposa Lodge is centrally located to all of the restaurants, gift shops, dive shops, taxis, buses and the beach. We stayed at the Mariposa for ten days.
The room offered a kitchenette with two gas burners, a microwave, coffee pot (with great Honduran coffee) and a small refrigerator along with plenty of food storage space for those staying longer term. They also provided 5-gallon bottles of purified drinking water which was great. In other places we stayed which cost more than twice as much we had to provide our own drinking water. The rooms were kept extremely clean by the fantastic housekeeper who was very thorough and obviously takes great pride in what she does. Some things we especially loved about the housekeeping were:
1. Clean towels for both the bathroom and kitchen area each day.
2. The bathroom sink, toilet & shower areas were cleaned each day always smelling fresh & clean upon our return each day.
3. She swept not only the entire place each day but also swept the deck area outside each day which is great considering how much sand and dirt can be tracked in from the dirt roads and beach.
**There was much more than this, but these things in particular were much appreciated by us. Please understand, the overall customer service in the West End is not good at all, so we appreciated the Mariposa a great deal for this feature.
There was a separate room as the bedroom although it just had an open doorway for entering. We stayed in room #1 which had a full bed and a twin bed with a TV for watching movies (in the reception office they offer over 500 titles to choose from, free!) The entire place had nice large tile floors which were always cool and comfortable to walk on and very clean. There was also a nice sized closet with a few hangers and shelves, a dresser and a safe lock box for small valuables.
Sue & Mike were both wonderful hosts and just good people - we observed this with all of the international guests they visited with and their staff during our stay. We had a problem with our shower head the first day we got there and Mike immediately came down and replaced it. We also ran out of propane for the stove (in the middle of cooking dinner a few days after we got there) and Sue had it replaced within a couple of minutes.
There was a one-one book exchange in the reception office and they did offer wifi although in my experience it didn't work very well with my android phone. We didn't bring a laptop so don't know whether it would have been a good connection or not.
Sue offers Shiatsu massage from a room in the Mariposa for just $40 an hour for guests. We didn't take advantage of this but did see a number of others going in for massages while we were there.
The only real negatives to us during our stay in the Mariposa were the following:
1. Room #1 didn't have any REAL windows - just screens, security bars and wooden blinds, thus not keeping out the outside noises which included other guests using the shared porch which has tables & chairs right outside 5 of the room windows; roosters which seem to start crowing at about 4 a.m. each morning and all throughout the day; barking dogs and noisy vehicles which drive right up the dirt road that goes right past the window at the head of the full bed and also many of the bars on main street have very loud music that goes late into the night. Also, if the wood blinds are open so you can see out the window it gives you absolutely NO privacy because of the shared deck. What this means is you really can't have the blinds open for outside air-flow and daylight and have any privacy at all. Luckily, there are two ceiling fans which came in VERY handy during our stay. (I would say that if you're a very light sleeper, the Mairposa/ room #1 may not be the place for you.)
2. We did have our share of very small ants in the room although this was quite common in many places we stayed in Honduras. I mentioned it to the housekeeper and she immediately sprayed and they weren't as bad after that.
3. The bed was VERY uncomfortable, as were most of the beds we slept in while in Honduras.
When I return again to Roatan's West End, especially if staying for a longer time and needing the kitchenette, the Mariposa Lodge would be my number one choice. We walked through all of the West End looking at rooms, getting quotes, etc. and by far Sue & Mike's place was the overall best value. Thanks you guys!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mariposa Lodge, where small is mighty. Mighty good that is! Small means personal, friendly service and answers to your questions day or night. Small means budget friendly with everything you need and nothing you don’t. Small means proximity to island locales and attractions and a quiet place to rest and relax. The Mariposa Lodge is situated 100 meters from the beach in the very center of West End, on the Caribbean island of Roatan, Honduras. The Mariposa Lodge is nestled on a knoll surrounded by tropical gardens, just a few minutes’ walk from dive shops, restaurants, and local artisan’s shops. Ceiling fans, tropical breezes and spacious decks add comfort and enjoyment to your time in the Bay Islands. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mariposa Lodge Roatan, Honduras - West End