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Yat B'alam Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Copan
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stay in Copan!”
Reviewed 5 May 2012

I spent two nights at Yat B'alam and highly recommend it. The room was very clean, the fixtures, linens, and furniture were of good quality and the decor is tasteful and understated so it has a pleasant atmosphere. On a practical level it has a number of things going for it. First, great water pressure in the shower and plenty of hot water. Second, they have their own generator so when the power cuts out in Copan (daily) they are still up and running. Third, it is a block south of the main plaza, facing away from the square so you are close enough to walk there but are insulated from the noise. Fourth, they have their own little cafe that serves GREAT coffee (I visited several cafes in Copan and most of the coffee was watered down - but not the coffee at Balam!). And their breakfasts are pretty good as well. Finally, the staff is very nice and eager to help out in any way they can. When I checked out, after I had paid, the manager asked "What's the ONE thing we could do better?" I love that question - they dont have to ask, they have my money and I am out the door but they really want to know how they can improve. Overall this was a better experience than I have had in many American hotels costing twice as much.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

I stayed for 2 nights in April 2012. Very nice little guest house with a small cafe at the street and 4 rooms upstairs with an open area and rockers. Staff spoke very limited (to no) english so it helped to know some spanish, but they were incredibly attentive and very eager to please. We felt so incredibly welcomed. When we arrived, we were sick from a crazy car ride from San Pedro Sula and were immediately provided with free ginger ale to help. They also called and made arrangements as needed for car rides, etc.

The room was cozy but comfortable. The AC struggled until later in the night (presumably less power consumption) so it worked normally. Comfortable beds, fairly quiet, and clean. I would definitely recommend it. Very convenient location right in the center.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2012

We stayed there last February. The place is small and homey. More to the fact that Rina makes in every way possible to make sure you are comfortable, as well as the rest of the staff. There are only four rooms but all of them give you the Same quality and service as expected. The rooms on the front side are the best, the have a nice little balcony, Plus all rooms are soundproof. The place is located a block behind the main square, which makes it perfect. A walking distance from everything and a block of distance from all the noise and heat of town. The place has a very romantic feeling, I strongly recommend it for couples gateways.

  • Stayed February 2012
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franklin, Pa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2012

We had a single and double room here and were not disappointed in any way, even though all of the reviews are raves. We stayed here purely because of the TripAdvisor reviews and were surprised how good it was. Very helpful and friendly staff; exceptionally clean, quiet, air-conditioned rooms, We would love to stay here again! When planning don't forget the 16% Honduran taxes on rooms in Copan.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2012

I did a solo trip to Honduras and was so glad I came across this hotel on the internet. I couldn't believe my luck. In fact the only reason I hate to join the crowd in raving about Yat B'alam is because I don't want it to become too popular to get a reservation.

What can anyone say, it's not just a great little hotel with amazing atmosphere but the staff couldn't be friendlier or more pleasant. This small size only adds to the charm. I really felt at home. The rooms are tastefully furnished and feel warm, the courtyard and reading area are wonderful places to hang out and relax for a few minutes before heading out or having a cup of coffee. The shops have some great souvenirs and sitting at one of the cafe tables for breakfast while you watch the little town wake up is a joy.

I had rented a car but ended up walking everywhere except the trip up to Los Sapos where I rode up with the guide in a little toot toot. There is off street parking available so there was no worries about the vehicle. The proximity to the ruins and the cobblestone streets made walking my favorite mode of transport though.

It's hard to come up with anything negative to say about this hotel...oh, I think I lost internet once right in the middle of emailing about how great the place the trip was.

Seriously, this place is wonderful and deserves the accolades it's getting.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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125 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2012

This is a small boutique hotel just a block from the main square and it is one of the best places I have ever experienced. We stayed there in late Feb with two other couples and had a great stay. Two of the bedrooms overlook the main street and are by far the best choice. The other two room at the back, have two queen size beds making the room a bit cramped. The bathroom is spotless and the maid service outstanding. The staff could not be more helpful and go out of the way to make you feel comfortable. There is a small coffee shop/restaurant which serves a good breakfast and great coffee. Well worth a visit and the place to stay when visiting this charming location.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Elegantly furnished, centrally located, this hotel is just fantastic. The owner is also extremely helpful. The three tiendas that are part of the hotel had some of the best souvenirs that we saw in Honduras, sourced mainly from artisans and co-ops.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Yat B'alam Boutique Hotel
Address: Calle la Independencia | Barrio el Centro, Copan 00504, Honduras
Region: Honduras > Copan Department > Copan
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Copan
#2 Romantic Hotel in Copan
#3 Business Hotel in Copan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small hotel with 6 rooms. Our cafeteria serves delicious breakfasts, great coffee and homemade cakes. For lunch we offer tasty pitabread sandwiches and salads. Our rooms have hot water all day, A/C, refrigerator, ceiling fan, cable TV, DVD player with free movies, and soundproofed windows. The hotel offers free WiFi, a generator, laundry service, a reading lounge, and private parking. ... more   less 
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