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The Lighthouse
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Utila
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 January 2012

We stayed here after staying at our dive centre during while getting our dive certification (accommodation is usually included). The lighthouse is definitely a step up from the average accommodation on Utila where backpacker dorms or very basic rooms are the median. The rooms are delightful with full amenities (aircon, tv, hot shower, microwave, fridge) and the views are unsurpassable. After a week and a bit of some crazy partying it was great to have this paradise to escape to. The prices are not backpacker but they are not expensive, especially if there are two of you and you stay for 7 days or more. But the best thing about this place is the care and attention from the owner (I feel terrible now that I cannot recall her name). She is full of great information about the island and goes above and beyond to ensure that your stay the is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. She has great pride in her hotel and home and it shows in the care that she has towards all her guests. Rather than staying in a hotel it feels more like you are visiting with family. I would recommend this place to stay for anyone wanting something more up market and away from the noise (although close enough to still be involved if you want to me).
Note - there is no dive centre affiliated with this hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We had 3 amazing days and nights at this place. The owners are nice people that give helpful tips for traveling around the island. We loved the spot, the room and the location close to a private beach and some snorkel-fishing spots.

Room Tip: you can have bay room for less expensive than sea room and both are great.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nancypm5554
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

My wife and I stayed here (unexpectedly) for 3 days on our honeymoon. We liked the Bay Islands so much we wanted to stay longer, and our previous hosts (Henry and Victoria Karpinski of Island Life Tours - also excellent, see their website here: http://www.islandlifetours.com/Home_Page.html) recommended the Lighthouse. The accommodations were excellent (hot water, clean, with free hammocks, mini-fridge, etc.) with outstanding views, a secure location, and excellent local suggestions from Thelma. There was a boat dock; it was an easy walk/bike ride to the rest of Utila's attractions. It was a great place to stay. On-site laundry also available as well as early morning rides to the Utila ferry.

Small quibble: the beds in some of the rooms are a bit small for couples.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank James H
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

I stayed at the Lighthouse on a recent 10-day scuba diving trip to Utila. The owners are wonderful - they go above and beyond to make your stay the best it can be. The rooms are great, and for a basic island like Utila it really is worth it to spend the extra few dollars for a/c (especially in the summer) and to stay at such a great place. Stay for a week and get the weekly rate!

I can't wait to go back... hopefully it won't be too long.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the ocean are the best for sunset views.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank Trekkinggirl
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

After many trips to the island, its consistently the best. The kind friendly host Thelma is a clean fanatic, ( probably the only one on the island) . The rooms are always spotless, decorated island style in light blue pastel and clapboard new england style white, and I mean like brand new spotless. Unlike most/many all of the other places a little closer to center of town the bar music will not keep you up at night. 100 yards to two dive schools, Individual hammocks with each room on the astounding veranda--- the entire hotel is built out over the water. The rooms have kitchens, Cable TV which works fine, good supply of hot water too, 4 minute walk to the best public park beach on the island. Good secure place, where you do not have to worry about your stuff or bed bugs.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

The Lighthouse is a wonderfully peaceful and relaxing place to stay on Utila. Thelma and O'Neill are extremely friendly and welcoming and Thelma is fantastically knowledgeable about the island. There was nothing better than swinging in the hammock, drinking a beer and watching the sunset. An excellent stay!

Room Tip: The bays views are wonderful
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jools3000
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

This is a very simple motel on the small island of Utila. We stayed for 7 nights in April, 2011.

The reasons I give it three stars are the following:

No swimming pool and no easy water access. A few hotels/hostels on Utila, at lower prices, have swimming pools and big docks for getting sun or easy water entry. Not having a pool or easy water access is a big downside since it gets very hot there.

It's on the edge of town. This does make it quieter, but it also makes it a bit of a walk to get food or go to most of the scuba shops.

They were doing construction work on the bridge when we were there which meant lots of men on the bridge, looking at the Inn and us any time we left our room. They made comments.

The walls are super thin. You can seriously hear everything through the walls. I felt like there wasn't a lot of privacy and knew too much about my neighbors.

The sun comes up VERY early (like 6 a.m. early) and the curtains allow a LOT of light through them. It gets bright in the room quickly and early!

The beds are fine, but very firm with basic sheets, blanket, pillows. Nothing fancy.

No restaurant/food options on site.

The Bay rooms with two beds feel quite cramped. They are small and the beds take up most of the space.

I could never get the wireless Internet to work. Theoretically, it works near their office, but my iPod Touch could never pick up the signal. Thelma was helpful and directed me to stand near their front gate where I could pickup the neighbor's wireless signal. This wireless worked great, BUT it was a major pain to stand by the road just to get the signal!

It's important to realize that the Wireless Internet does NOT work in the rooms and you do have to be outside to get a wireless signal. That can get hot.

The nice things were having AC and having our room cleaned everyday. You can also see some great sunsets from right outside your room door! The tiny TV's get a wide variety of US channels, including HGTV and other cable channels. It's nice to have the option to watch good TV when you're taking a break in the stiflingly hot afternoon.

On the whole, it's a pleasant place to stay with very nice and helpful owners. They'll fix anything wrong with your room quickly so don't hesitate to tell them if something doesn't work.

If I had to do it again, I would definitely choose a Lagoon/Boardwalk room instead of a Bay room These rooms are not only cheaper, but, when we were there, they got all the breeze. We'd turn the corner to go to our room each night (we stayed 7 nights), and the breeze would disappear and be replaced with stagnant, hot air. Ugh. Definitely try to get a room on the corner, they are larger and get a better breeze than the middle rooms, which don't have any windows other than the glass sliding doors.

On our next trip to Utila, we'll stay somewhere with REAL walls and a pool that's a bit more centrally located. However, The Lighthouse is a nice place with nice owners, and I can understand why people like it...I just don't understand the reviews saying this place is like a four-star hotel in the States. Cuz it's *nothing* like that, just so you know.

Room Tip: Go for a lagoon side room on the corner. The rooms in the middle of the Inn are much smaller than t...
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Lighthouse

Address: Main St, Utilia Bay Islands, Utila IB3103, Honduras
Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Utila
Amenities:
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Utila
Price Range: £38 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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Lighthouse Hotel Utila

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