Cocolobo Hotel, Roatan
Reviews - Cocolobo Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Cocolobo Hotel
cold, no beachfrom honguito
Generally the atmosphere at Cocolobo was rather "cold", no decorations, no paintings, just plain wooden furniture.
Our hostess Sally was nice and tried to help wherever she could.
The biggest minus was that there was no access to the sea (although we could not have swum anyway because of the rainy weather). The hotel "pool", which looks small at the hotels own website, was more like a bath tub, and the water was extremely cold.
A GREAT Hotel Stayfrom BrooklynFamilyOf3
diving on the island is a short swim away, which was the primary purpose of our visit. For those with more leisurely interests, the private hammocks and verandas, spacious back deck and relaxing infinity pool should fulfill all your needs, if not exceed your expectations. The rooms are huge, clean and seemingly soundproof, with terrific views of the hard-crashing waves. The breakfasts are hearty and delicious. (The never-empty pot of coffee was especially appreciated!)
The best part of the stay was the hosts. The co-owner and manager Rodrigo could not have been more generous with his time and advice, whether it was where to swim safely, where to eat, where to hike, or how much to pay for taxis. Heidi (the cook) and Olivia (the housekeeper) were incredibly kind and attentive, especially to our mischievous son. We were extremely lucky to have Olivia agree to help
us out by babysitting for our son after her shift and on her day off,
which enabled my husband and me to have some time alone for swimming together.
Really, all hotels should be this wonderful. I cannot recommend Cocolobo more highly, and I think it's truly excellent value for the price. (I agree with an earlier poster that having the patio bar up and running would have been great. The walk to the main part of town is less than five minutes at most, however.)
We hope to visit again soon.
Place to stay in West Endfrom sugarlandlass
Still a secret on Roatanfrom Tattoo2
I suggest bringing a flashlight for the very brief walk from the hotel to the strip at night, not because it's dangerous or really dark- there are small lights most of the way, but more because the crabs dart from the shadows as they try to cross the road and trails. A small flashlight will keep you from stepping on one.
The hotel had a super comfortable bed and pillows, nice flat screen TV, lot's of towels, excellent breakfast and very quiet AC (if you are willing to pay the extra $10 daily for it).
What it didn't have was a generator. The island seemed to be without power for a large part of the day while we were there. If you are looking for a hotel to lounge in this may not be the one since without power there is nothing to do but lay in the hammock on your balcony. However if you are going to be out of the hotel and exploring the island like we were this may not be of much concern.
Coming from mainland Honduras I was expecting meal prices to be about the same as what I pay in TGU- $5 for a typical plate. Wrong. Expect to pay about $10 for any simple meal, often it will be closer to $15. With that price factored in in might be better to look into one of the all-inclusive hotels where the daily rate includes meals, beach access, equpment, lodging and I bet they'll have a generator on site. Snorkel rental- $15 daily, Beach chair rental $10.
Back to the Cocolobo-
the staff was very friendly. There is a night watchman who is alert and attentitive and present all night, say hello, take a late night dip in the pool, bring a beer and ask him about how he came to work on the island. It's a slightly funny story.
Don't bother changing your dollars to local currency, everything is priced in dollars, they want dollars and if you try and pay in local currency most retailers give a crappy exchange rate.
One more thing, if you decide to stay on West End but spend the days on West Bay like we did don't pay for a Taxi, their rate is $10 one way, walk down to the water taxi dock and get on a boat that'll take you for L50 (about $2.50) per person. Or just walk, you can walk along the beach the whole way, it'll take you at least 45min but it's a pleasant view.
Bed, Breafast and Personalityfrom larrySacramento
Sally, the London based owner, was both friendly and caring. Often sharing sunset cocktails as we lounged in the infinity pool.
The cook, Tracy, produced wonderful and varied breakfasts, and was quite friendly each morning.
We will be visiting Roatan again this fall, and plan of staying at Cocolobo at least part of the time.
Larry & Ginger
We Were COOCOO About CocoLobofrom bdllml
Just got back last night. Had a fantastic time @ cocolobo. The Owner Rodrigo is about as cool as any james bond character you will ever meet, his staff is Fantastic the lady that cooks breakfeast is Terry and She is super sweet, ask her for an island breakfeast and you will not be dissappointed. It takes a very slow 5 minute walk to be in the heart of the west end, We are so glad we chose this place and not one in the west end. It is nice at night to hear the ocean instead of party music. The bar @ cocolobo is not open Yet, if your like me and like to have a few cocktails by the pool during the heat of the day i would highly recomend taking a collapsable cooler to put ice in. Also a small pocket flashlight is nessacerry.
things not to miss!
Cannaible cafe: Great food, Great Price, Great service Isabellea & Anna will take great care of you.
LandsEnd Pool Bar: A fantastic place to put the sun to bed, and Lars"the Bartender" and Linda"the Manger" are very sweet tell them Big Boy sent you.
Roatan Ricks: When you are hankering for a taste of home
Sundowners: Be very Careful of the Monkey LA-LA's
If you are comfortable with one dive master per 12 divers then diving with sea grapes is a good place to dive.
I will post a full trip report later but right now trying to adjust back to life in cold Kansas
p.s. If you enjoy the breakfeast and feel like it slide terry a few bucks b4 you leave they make very little there for what they do and she is on of the sweetest people we have ever met she will do all she can for you and if you do not make a happy plate she will think you didnt like her cooking"lol" tell her Darling & Sweetie said hello.
Fantastic Views, Great Food, Nice Mgmt. @ Cocolobofrom hola2
Perfect location, Perfect Innfrom zobark
Had a great time.from Harro10
Paradise foundfrom pnygrl
Rodrigo, manager~owner, and staff were delightful, Other guests, diverse, intersting, Not too large, very intimate setting. Beautiful, "Mission style" guest rooms, overall a Superior rating!
I will defintiely return~~ ;)
Top Local Tips for Roatan
Take a flashlight! Since the island is suffering from a lot of power outages recently, we were very glad we brought good flashlights with us. Some of the hotels had flashlights for guests, but most weren't of good quality. Take a nice bright one with you for walking around town after dark on the evenings the electricity is out.
Make an extra effort to pack necessities in your carry-on for Roatan... I usually try to pack a couple of pairs of underwear and emergency toiletries in my carry-on when I travel, but did everything at the last minute on this trip to Roatan and didn't remember. Unfortunately, my luggage was lost for 4 days. This is not uncommon (with any airline, it seems--I flew Continental, but heard similar stories from TACA and British Air passengers) in Roatan, so be extra-sure to keep it in mind when packing for Roatan travel. Access to things like contact lens solution and even underwear is pretty much nonexistent even in the west end, so pack carefully! :) I made do with a special trip for contact lens disinfectant and a couple of newly purchased Honduran bathing suits, which I worked as confidently as I could even though they were more skimpy than my usual! (The fringe benefit was that my boyfriend enjoyed that aspect...)
Dive Shops - Native Sons! Native Sons all the way. They really know what they are talking about and they are very organized and clean. We checked out a few dive shops our first day that were highly advertised on the web, but they didn't seem organized so we kept looking until we met Mark at Native Sons. The entire staff really knows their stuff, and they take care of you. The make it so easy to go on several dives, get certification if needed, and they take you to all the best dive spots. I don't have children, but I did see them work with several kids to get their certification and all the families seemed really pleased with their services. And, I've been told their known in town for their awesome boats. Added bonus: Mark also works at Sundowners; the bar that you're certain to find. So, it's nice to know the bartender of the hip spot in town.
Other names for Cocolobo Hotel
- cocolobo west end
- cocolobo hotel west end
- Address: Seagrape - Roatan - Honduras - Honduras
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