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“A wonderful place where to stay close to Maya ruins”
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Hacienda San Lucas
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Copan
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Milan, Italy
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“A wonderful place where to stay close to Maya ruins”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

If you want to visit the archelogical Maya site of Copan, I suggest to stay for the nght and dinner at Hacienda San Lucas. The place is fascinating and cozy: an old 'finca' restaured by the owner Leah taking care of the nature and saving energy.
The view from the place is stunning, the atmosphere both elegant and easy, the nature marvellous
I really appreciated everything

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

A unique and wonderful place. The setting overlooking the mountains, Copan River, ruins and town is spectacular. The staff and service are exceptional (e.g., they even provide complimentary laundry service daily). Cuisine is excellent - they use very fresh local ingredients and prepare traditional but very healthy dishes. Many activities are available, and HSL will make the arrangements for you seamlessly. We chose to visit the ruins of Copan and Quirigua and to spend 3 days birding; HCL arranged for a wonderful guide for all of this. Hiking, horseback riding, yoga and massage are also on offer. As for birds: a ferruginous pygmy owl roosts next to the main lodge and just on the premises can be seen and heard blue-crowned and turquoise browed mot-mots, Montezuma Oropendulas, several species of hummingbird, black-headed saltators, white crested magpie jays and many others. A variety of different habitats can be visited within a few miles of HSL and the bird life is quite prolific. WiFi is free but the WiFi server is a bit erratic. However, telecom is consistent and clear, so e-mail can easily be done with BlackBerry or smartphone. Lighting in rooms is solar-powered and low-intensity, so if you like to read in bed, bring a headlamp or booklamp. Flavia, owner and hostess of Hacienda San Lucas, is warm and charming and will make you feel welcome and at home. The Copan area is well patrolled by police and you will feel quite safe there. HSL will arrange a private car and driver to transport you between the San Pedro Sula airport and HSL (it's a 3-hour drive), or you can take a Hedman Alas bus and HSL will meet you at the bus stop.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Syosset, New York
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

I’m a world traveler, yet rarely do I return home with such fond memories of my stay in a specific establishment. In the case of Copan, Honduras, I have nothing but the highest of praise for the Hacienda San Lucas.

Immediately upon our arrival, we were greeted with refreshing tropical drinks and warm smiles. The quality of a hotel or resort is gauged by the degree of cordiality offered - in the case of the Hacienda, we were delighted beyond expectations.

The ambience was casual and warm; the staff were hospitable and friendly, the food was superior. Each meal was prepared with an eye toward taste and presentation, with an emphasis on the local ingredients and flavors.

The cottage-style rooms were simple but well appointed, extremely clean and comfortable, set in a woodsy tropical environment. The gardens were well manicured and allowed for relaxation. What a pleasure it was to sit perched on the eco-friendly property’s hill, overlooking the ancient Mayan valley and flowing river, sipping on a tropical drink, and coming to peace with tranquility and nature.

No visit to Copan, Honduras would be complete without a stay at the Hacienda Can Lucas!!!!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Greensboro NC
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

We absolutely loved the Hacienda San Lucas. We felt right at home as Flavia (the owner) met us at the bus station. The hacienda is built around a 100 year old family farm house, beautifully simple and simply beautiful, overlooking the valley where Copan sits and the mountains that surround the city.

The hacienda will set up excursions for you or you can relax on the property, have a massage, take a yoga class from Leah, hike some of the trails to a local village or sit back in a chair and watch the Copan River meander through the valley. The yoga studio was open to nature and was sitting on the crest of the mountain in a beautiful spot.
Each night the hacienda cooks a wonderful four course meal of local fare and each morning a home cooked breakfast (breakfast is included). You feel like you are eating with family as you get to know the other guests, Flavia and her family.

As you head back to your room each night you are greeted by a room full of candles, in fact most of the hacienda is lit by candles each night. Very romantic, very cool and the Hacienda San Lucas will probably make my top ten list of places to stay in the world, five stars in my book.

For a full trip report go to my blog at www.mggreen.wordpress.com

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

we came to Hacienda San Lucas with my boyfriend because we read some excellent reviews here on Trip Advisor. We didn't stay in the rooms, but I must say the food and the "experience" is over rated! Had the most expensive tamale, cheese, and carrott soup of my life. $30 for mediocre food... Never again

  • Stayed December 2011
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

I've stayed here on two different occasions while visiting the area and have never had a single complaint. The owner, Flavia Cueva, is a very caring and sweet lady. She'll do all she can to help you have a wonderful time while staying at her lodge. The location of the lodge is magnificent and the hundreds of candles that are lit every night make for some romantic evenings! You can easily walk to town from the lodge or simply stay there and relax in a chair at the front of the lodge while looking out over the Copan Valley.

There are some amazing birds in the area and the lodge has some mountain trails to walk down for bird watching. Many people visit the nearby Maya village of La Pintada, but the locals there will try to sell you all sorts of souvenirs while you're there. I find it to be annoying, myself. The friendly dogs, Luna & Cook, are nice to hang out with and the gourmet dinners cooked by the local Chorti Maya women are absolutely amazing! Everyone should go there at least once in their lifetime. It's one of those places that shouldn't be missed!

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Eugene, OR
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

Loved the people and the location. This place is a bit off the beaten path, but it really is quite worth the distance. It is quiet and safe. That is something that is a bit of a problem in Copan. Many of the hotels are right in the downtown and it is quite chaotic. Here, there are breathtaking vistas and it is very secure. Copan is not a dangerous town, but there has been some violence in the past few years. This place takes you totally out of that. The owner, Flavia, is simply fabulous. We stayed both here and Don Udos and loved them both.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hacienda San Lucas
Address: Hacienda San Lucas, Copan, Honduras
Region: Honduras > Copan Department > Copan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Copan
#7 Family Hotel in Copan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eco Hacienda San Lucas is a hundred year old family hacienda/lodge offering a unique and exclusive cultural experience. It is located directly across and above the archeological park of Copan Ruinas. San Lucas is renown by its five star individualized services, eg, culinary destination, small intimate weddings, yoga retreats and more. It is a magic space where visitors from around the world are able to stop time, feel and renew energy. Hacienda San Lucas combines century-old ambiance with first-class service, authentic Maya country cuisine and a spectacular view of the Valley and Ruins of Copan. Eight distinct rooms with solar lighting, comfortable hammocks, nature trails, ceremonial archaeological site and candlelit dinners allow you to relax and enjoy the healing energy of this unique hacienda. ... more   less 
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Hacienda San Lucas Hotel Copan

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