This resort is not fancy by any means but it is clean, Tonia the owner is super friendly, it is away from the noise of the crowds partying in Utila, the house reef is superb for snorkeling and the food is simple fare but well prepared and reasonably priced. Definitely would stay again if we return to Utila.
I tried to answer as many of the unknowns I had upon arriving in the review below.
We had the penthouse suite, which is very bright and airy though rustic. Depending on what you desire it may or may not be worth the $15 / night price difference. The room really doesn’t offer any special amenities that we could tell but what it gives you is your own large roof top patio only accessible by yourself. From here you have a great view, ample space to have clothes line, two wooden loungers, couple of plastic chairs and a rugged wooden table. None of the outdoor lights for the penthouse patio area worked. What is really nice is you are the only one on the fourth floor (39 steps) so nobody is walking by your room in the evening or early morning, though sound does travel up the staircase if the rooms below you come to the room late and are loud. It also has windows on each side of the room so you get great airflow. We stayed for several days in...This resort is not fancy by any means but it is clean, Tonia the owner is super friendly, it is away from the noise of the crowds partying in Utila, the house reef is superb for snorkeling and the food is simple fare but well prepared and reasonably priced. Definitely would stay again if we return to Utila.
I tried to answer as many of the unknowns I had upon arriving in the review below.
We had the penthouse suite, which is very bright and airy though rustic. Depending on what you desire it may or may not be worth the $15 / night price difference. The room really doesn’t offer any special amenities that we could tell but what it gives you is your own large roof top patio only accessible by yourself. From here you have a great view, ample space to have clothes line, two wooden loungers, couple of plastic chairs and a rugged wooden table. None of the outdoor lights for the penthouse patio area worked. What is really nice is you are the only one on the fourth floor (39 steps) so nobody is walking by your room in the evening or early morning, though sound does travel up the staircase if the rooms below you come to the room late and are loud. It also has windows on each side of the room so you get great airflow. We stayed for several days in Feb. 2018 and never had to turn on the air conditioning as we controlled heat with the windows and occasionally the ceiling fan. Another bonus was we had wifi in the room which was a pleasant surprise as we had been expecting wifi only in the lobby as per earlier reviews and hotel’s info page. We had a TV but are not sure if the other rooms also offer this.
The room had a double bed (this was a drawback for us as we are used to a king sized bed) but it was comfortable despite its size. Had four pillows and a comforter which we never used. Two end tables with drawers, desk like table, a plastic chair, a closet / dresser combo with five drawers a full length mirror and 4 hangers. The curtains had a cloth lining so kept out a bit more light. Drawback is the head of the bed is against the stairwell which the outside lights shine on so the light was bright for me. Second night I used clothespins we brought and hung up towels and that did the trick. There is a mid sized bar refrigerator, AC, ceiling fan, and the bathroom has a decent sized step in shower. Bonus was the great water pressure and always present truly hot water. In Roatan our water temperature always seemed to be variable and warm instead of hot. The bathroom window was nice to have though the screen on it was in pretty rough shape though that didn’t seem to matter. I am very susceptible to bug bites and I had only two mosquito bites for the duration of our stay. I only used bug spray twice when I walked to utila but the other times I went without. I did avoid the beach in Utila though as Tonia advised that I would likely get sand flea bites there if I didn’t have repellant on. There are bars of soap and packages of shampoo available. Towels were in good shape and cute though they didn’t absorb water great and left lots of coloured lint on our bodies. However, the towels that were used for the animal art on the bed were excellent. Thick, a good size and absorbent, so we used those instead. No facecloths, hand towels or sink plug but that didn’t bother us. The door has a knob lock as well as a safety chain.
There are plenty of areas to sit in the lobby area and the amazing house reef is steps away from the hotel. You access it via the dock, which also has a bar and a second story to relax and look out over the ocean. If you want to order food from the hotel restaurant they will bring it to the dock for you. There are wooden tables and chairs and on the upper level wooden loungers (though none of the wooden loungers at the hotel have any cushioning). The dive shop is located to the rear of the hotel and easily accessible. My husband will do a separate review on the dive shop.
The restaurant has a limited menu but it is more than adequate to meet your needs if you wanted to stay on site for all your meals. Everything we had was good and reasonably priced. It appeared that things were prepared from scratch so a little slower than one might expect but certainly not a problem (that is until the large group arrived then it was brutally slow so we opted to eat dinner offsite). Breakfast was included with the stay so we persevered through the slowness when the large crowd was there. There is a filtered water dispenser in the restaurant that we filled our water bottles from daily. Dinner was always great. We didn’t eat lunch at the hotel and breakfast which was included with our stay was fine but we found that each day items such as toast, French toast and pancakes were warm at best until the last morning when the food was served hot and tasted great. One day our toast was cool enough that the margarine wouldn’t melt. Coffee was excellent. Restaurant is not fancy with plastic chairs for seating but always clean. You can pay in lps or USD and pay each time you eat or they will run a tab and you settle up when you pay for your stay. The first night we arrived the restaurant was dark so we weren’t sure it was open but learned that you simply go in and someone arrives to take your order as they are always around but conserve energy when nobody is in the restaurant. There are no hours posted for the restaurant which wasn’t a problem till Sunday morning when we went down for breakfast at 7 am in order for my husband to be ready for an 8 am dive. We did some web surfing and finally left around 7:30 as there was no one around to serve us. I came back down for breakfast on my own Sunday and the large group was there so I waited a half hour for coffee and my simple order of an omelet took over 45 minutes to receive. When you check in there is no explanation of anything they simply sign you in and away you go which is awesome for a speedy check in but in hindsight, I should have asked restaurant hours.
Wifi was great the first day we arrived as there were only a few people at the resort. Second day a large group arrived (likely 30 plus people) who were all on their phones and wifi speed slowed to a crawl, sometimes barley useable.
Tonia (the owner) was waiting for us at the ferry dock holding a Coral View sign and greeted us with a hug. She is so friendly and speaks perfect English. She was truly a delight. We were transported to the hotel in a golf cart over a pretty rough strip of gravel road (as it had rained heavily the night before). She explained the sites as we traveled.
As mentioned in earlier reviews Coral View is located away from the heart of Utila. It took me 25 minutes to walk from the hotel to the bank (which is located close to the ferry dock) but it was a lovely walk. There are no street lights though so if you were to travel back by foot at night you would be best to have a flashlight with you as there are tons of huge potholes and rocks just waiting to twist your ankle, also the tuk tuks travel at crazy speeds. Its only a couple of dollars (40 lps) per person if you prefer to use the tuk tuks to and from town.
Banking was quite the experience. Three guards outside and a guard inside. You have to remove sunglasses to enter the bank and they search your purse / bag if you are carrying one. No cell phones can be used while inside the bank. Once the outside guards clear you, they knock on the door and the inside guard lets you in. The bank is air-conditioned. You wait in line for your turn and can exchange a maximum of $200 USD per visit into lps. Exchange rate was 23 lps for 1 USD. Line moved slowly. There were 8 people ahead of me and it took 25 minutes to get the money exchanged. The second time I exchanged money there were 8 people ahead of me and it took 15 minutes.
The street running through Utila is not very wide and accommodates motor cycles, tuk tuks, golf carts, people and the occasional vehicle, going both directions. There are lots of little stores to buy groceries, etc., several pharmacies, a medical clinic, etc. and of course plenty of bars and restaurants. There is only the one bank (located at the top of the street where you come off the ferry). Archie’s place just down a bit from the bank will exchange money at pretty close to the same rate as the bank and no lines up. You can also get very reasonably priced salavida beer there (6 pack was 110 lps).
Things we brought that proved useful
- Water bottles to fill (there is no where close by to purchase bottled water, you will need to walk to town)
- Clothes pins and string to make a clothes line
- Flashlight (if you are going to walk to and from town at night)
- Travel clock ( so we had an easily visible source of time)
- Power bar (for easy of charging all our devices)
- Carrot peeler and knife (we bought carrots and oranges for healthy snacks in our room)
- Bug spray (just to be safe)
- Hair dryer if you use one regularly
- Beach towels
- Running shoes for the walk to town
- Plenty of sunscreen and a hat as the sun is hotMore
- Free Wifi