After spending more time than usual reading reviews of a place to sleep in between bus and ferry rides coming/going from la ceiba I'm not sure why this place got so many good reviews. We have been in Guatemala and Honduras for a month and this is twice as much as we have paid anywhere else and the room the worst. When you add in their extra fees, $10 for transfers and $5 each for breakfast, this was double what we have paid most nights.
We arrived after a soccer game to the streets covered in garbage and people still celebrating/commiserating. Our room was on the third floor but the noise made it seem we were on the street. Of the 5 curtains in the room only 2 matched. Everything seemed cheaply put together with whatever material was salvaged. I tried not to spend enough time in the bathroom to count all the different tiles used and the fixture above the sink to put items was downright scary it was so dirty. There were also electrical wires above the shower which is a huge hazard!!! The toilet seat was also broken. There was no handle on the door and the only way to lock the door is from the outside (?!?!).
The bed was awful, it seemed like both a waterbed and sleeping in a hot dog bun - there was literally zero support and every time I woke up completely uncomfortable in the night I would wish for the night to finally be over. No room at all for the two of us in this bed.
With all the features listed online it's a scam they call the room a suite - it has a tiny fridge, one old chair, and nothing else. The balcony was covered in laundry from other people which made me wonder how safe it was. Oh and internet that is promised in the rooms doesn't work.
I know it doesn't seem like there are a lot of good places to stay in la ceiba but trust me that it's worth it to keep looking. For these prices for what you get - it's a total rip off in my opinion.
Another pet peeve was the amount of time we were asked to like them on Facebook.
If you do have to sleep here, lower your standards, bring ear plugs and try to spend as little time here as possible. At least the sheets and one towel they gave us looked clean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel El Estadio now is offering transport services from & to San Pedro Sula airport,Leon Nicaragua,Puerto Barrios Guatemala,call us or e-mail us for more details...We are a small hotel/hostel three story building with private rooms & mixed & female dorms avail,Bar & Restaurant. Located in the heart of La Ceiba, Honduras right next to the city's main soccer stadium. Great place 4 all you Soccer or football fans to watch the city's premier soccer league team matches or very well an international match. We mainly cater to tourists, making it a great safe haven for tourists to network; also have available activities like: white Water Rafting, Hot Springs or Sulpher Water, Hiking, Zip-lining, Canopy, Snorkeling, Scuba diving - if you need classes for certification we can arrange it as well. Just tell the taxi driver you want to go to Hotel El Estadio right next "El Estadio de Ceiba", or The Soccer Stadium of Ceiba, which is the City's soccer Stadium & say you already have a RESERVATION even if you don't have one, so he doesn't take you somewhere else where they get commission,better yet just give us a call & we'll come pick you up from the Air or Sea port, bus terminal. ... more less
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