There are a number of marginal places to stay in Trujillo and being in our fifties we didn't want to adventure in any of these. So, we thumbed through the guidebook and settled on the best--this aging resort style hotel next to an abandoned air strip. Even at the high end here, prices are quite reasonable, and the service here was generally excellent. There's a swimming pool and easy access to the placid waters of Trujllo Bay. There's even a tennis court and play area for children. The hotel restaurant is quite adequate, and the location is close enough to town. Like any hotel in Trujillo, the desk can provide for snorkeling by arranging for the boat, but this hotel has both it's own dock and concrete boat ramp, so launching the craft is simply. There's free WIFI near the pool area.
We had a second floor suite with a balcony and a view. The beach isn't owned by the hotel (Honduran law restricts this), and so a security fence below detracts from the carefree beach scene. The room had cable TV and though we had to wait several minutes, hot water did emerge from the shower head.
Big money went into building this hotel just 17 years ago, but since the airport closed, tourism has slowed, and the hotel was mostly empty at the time of our arrival. Nevertheless, we arrived during the end of the low season, and nearby sales of condos to Canadians suggests the future for this sprawling complex may be better. Price quoted here is not p/person, but per room. We paid about $60 American Dollars per night. As usual for anywhere in Honduras, I don't recommend calling for reservations. They will have plenty of rooms you can check out upon arrival. But, the phone number below may provide some comfort.
So you want to get away from it all – really getaway, but you don’t want to rough it, then consider Casa 17 between Trujillo and Santa Fe, Honduras. Situated high on a hill surrounded by the tropical rainforest and overlooking beautiful Trujillo Bay the luxurious three-bedroom house in a gated community has everything you need. All the appliances including a dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer are brand new as is the beautiful house. The kitchen is fully furnished. All linens are supplies. The expansive porch is perfect for dining, bird watching, lazing in the hammock, or watching the sunset. You will have your own private pool with a view of the rainforest and bay. Bring your own food if you want to prepare your own meals (tip: stop at MetroPlaza in La Ceiba or Tocoa for grocery shopping) or you can venture down the hill to enjoy dining at Tranquility Bay, Campomento, or Banana Beach. Casa 17 is perfect for two but can comfortably accommodate eight people. At only $450++ per week it is an amazing value.
Other than enjoying the peace and quiet that is so hard to attain in this busy world there are other things to do including visiting the historic fort, zip lining, bathing at the hot springs, exploring Guaimoreto Lagoon, checking out a bizarre museum of “stuff,” fishing, visiting Cayos Cochinos, paddle boarding, kayaking, and sail boarding. But the best part is doing nothing but reading, resting, bird watching from the porch, and enjoying a refreshing dip in the pool. Guests enjoy free access to a lovely sandy beach for a refreshing dip in the Caribbean.
What doesn’t Casa 17 have? There is no television (ah, what a blessing) but internet access is available and, a special benefit, because of its location on the hillside above the beach there are no dreaded Honduran sand flies! For more information and images check naturalhonduras.com.
Private pool, no television, great view, no sand flies!
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