Cocolobo Hotel

, Roatan, Honduras
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Cocolobo Hotel

, Roatan
4 star

Rooms: 10

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10/10
Loved Cocolobo - best of West End
Submitted by: Dave in 18/10/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
You may have read some stories that West End is quite busy and you are better off out of it. Well at Cocolobo you have the best of both worlds. Great setting with ocean views - quiet and peaceful - but with an evening bar - but then you can just walk five minutes up the road to the restaurants and clubs for an evening out.

Big, clean rooms - we won't forget lazing on our deck and watching the sun go down for a long, long time. Great staff and service too. Can't recommend it highly enough!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Cocolobo Hotel

cold, no beach

from honguito
Due to the recommendations at the tripadvisor page we booked a week in December 2007 at Cocolobo. Unfortunately the weather was so bad, that we left after four days - of course, this was not the fault of the hotel. Yet we had big troubles in our rooms because the rain entered through windows, the floor etc. so that they had to move us to other rooms (fortunately it stopped raining).
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 Stay

from BrooklynFamilyOf3
My husband, baby son and I thoroughly enjoyed a five night stay at Cocolobo at the beginning of October. Some of the best snorkeling and
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 End

from sugarlandlass
This is the place to stay on West End. Relatively new to the area, the accommodations are clean, spacious, and well maintained. The deck areas are a pleasure to sit and view the world. Sally and Rodrigo are great hosts and are very accommodating on requests. The refrig is stocked with beer and sodas for a modest price. Heidi cooks a mean breakfast which is served quickly and with a smile. The location is far enough away from town to keep the noise level low but close enough to get in with a pleasant walk to West end. They do however need to get their bar stocked and up and ready so guests can hang there instead of making the trek into town for a drink. Land's end bar is close though so it's not a major inconvenience. Again. this is the place to stay. when we head back, we'll book there without any hesitation.

Still a secret on Roatan

from Tattoo2
My Girlfriend and I stayed at the Cocolobo for 4 nights in mid-July. The hotel is a bit hard to find since it is new and tucked behind another more well known hotel. Excellent ocenfront view. No sandy beaches at this hotel though, instead you have a nice view of dead coral, it's tough to walk on with shoes, I wouldn't even try it barefooted. It is a nice view though and far enough from the busy drag of West End that at night you won't hear anything more then the crickets and crashing surf. On a side note the beach is 100% better on West Bay, West End and the adjoining Half Moon Bay have very little beach, it's only about 3M wide and the ocean floor is covered with vegetation whereas the beach at West Bay is a few KM long, 10M wide and the water crystal clear, no surf to push you arround and nothing but pure sand to wiggle your toes in as you wade in the ultra calm ocean.
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 Personality

from larrySacramento
My wife and I spent four great days at Cocolobo the last week of June. This nearly new smaller B&B was clean, quiet, and cool (quiet air conditioning, even though we didn't use it one evening).

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
Sacramento

We Were COOCOO About CocoLobo

from bdllml
This Review was from April 2007
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. @ Cocolobo

from hola2
My husband and I had a terrific stay @ Cocolobo while staying in West End during April, 2007. It is far enough away from the nightlife/ restaurants to avoid the noise and disruptions but close enough to walk to everything within 5 minutes or less. The accomodations are by far the nicest I saw while visiting West End. I was a little leary at first seeing that Cocolobo is a new facility, and it wasn't even rated at all on Tripadvisor---which my husband and I always rely upon when making travel arrangements. However, after seeing other options online, I decided to chance it. Upon arriving, our doubts were definately put aside, especially after meeting Rodrigo, the owner/manager, and having our first breakfast the following morning (which is included, by the way). We met some really great people while staying at Cocolobo during our breakfasts, even someone from the state we live in. The facilities are basic but nice, new, and comfortable. The view and balcony cannot be beat. Cocolobo even has a small pool to enjoy that faces the ocean. Great place! Great price! I'll definately go back when we return to West End, Roatan!

Perfect location, Perfect Inn

from zobark
The Cocolobo was the perfect hotel for staying in Roatan's West End. The West End is where all the action is and all the serious dive shops. And, this hotel is perfectly located about 2 blocks from all the action, with breathtaking views from the decks off all the rooms. Even the locals we met were impressed with this new hotel. The rooms are very comfortable and modern. They even have a docking station for iPods. The pool area is great and the bar is almost completed. The breakfasts served daily were delicious as was the Honduran coffee. And, I can forget the air conditioning, a must in Roatan. I can't wait to come back. Although we don't have kids, I would assume this would be the perfect spot to bring them because you're just enough removed from the main strip that it's not loud, but close enough to all the action when needed. (And if you need a dive shop recommendation, go with Native Sons. It's just down the street and they are better organized than the others we saw. They have great instructors and once they get your information down they'll have everything all ready to go for each of your dives. It's like your part of their family for your stay.)

Had a great time.

from Harro10
I stayed at Cocolobo in April shortly after it first opened and it was an excellent choice for me. The room was new, large, and clean. It is right on the water and the view can not be beat. The breakfasts were very good also. It is a short walk to town and all the dive shops and restaurants but is far enough away so that you no not hear the noise from the bars late at night. Of course if you are in the bars that is not an issue. It is by the point off the bay and there was always a breeze to help keep the dreaded no-see-ums down. I do wish there were screens on the windows and sliding doors. It was not a problem during the day. When I was in the room I kept them open with no problem. But in the evening the flying insects would come out (as in all of Roatan) so I had to close the windows and sliding doors and use the a/c. I would have preferred to leave them open and listen to the water. During a very bad storm one night some water did drip into the room and I hope that can be addressed. It did not cause me any problem. I considered giving Cocolobo an above average rating instead of an excellent one because of the mentioned issues but I had such a great time and enjoyed the room, the personable and helpful staff, and the views so much that I thought it was excellent. Cocolobo is really more of an Inn than a hotel.

Paradise found

from pnygrl
Looking for a treasure in the West End? Try CocoLobo, right on the iron shore. New in 07 Beautiful, pristene, peaceful, yet very convenient to the town, restaurants, etc
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.

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