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The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in La Ceiba
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 July 2012

I have lived in Central America for 7 years. Recently made the trip from my home in Roatan to Pico Bonito Lodge outside of La Ceiba. First class experience. Fantastic site, superb flowering gardens, and helpful knowledgeable staff. We hiked to the mermaid falls with our guide, Herman. Strenuous but not overly so. And a spectacular private falls and swimming hole awaited us. Also had opportunity to visit the serpentarium, butterfly farm, and have a guided birdwatching hike. Saw 20 different species of tropical birds. I am not a birder but it was spectacular. We will be back! Seems like a perfect place for a Board retreat for my business! or a romantic getaway. or a honeymoon if you are at that stage of life!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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marcela8a, General Manager at The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Dear friends: thank you very much for the great comments in regards our facilities, we greatly appreciate them. I will extend your comments to our staff, they will be very happy to hear from you.
Rest assured that for your Board retreat you will congratulate yourself for choosing the Lodge at Pico Bonito to be responsible for the event. We take great pride to maintain our standards of service and anticipate to our guests needs.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we all hope to welcome you again.
Kind regards,
Marcela

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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Ads for The Lodge at Pico Bonito in Audubon Magazine have caught my eye for several years so my wife and I finally decided to visit this year. We stayed for 8 days providing plenty of time to gain a good impression of the lodge, its staff and the activities offered. We have both traveled extensively in Central and South America and so have many experiences against which to compare Pico Bonito. We were both interested in enjoying ourselves together in a relaxed atmosphere while still indulging in our particular interests, bird watching in my case and my wife's interest in relaxing and experiencing a variety of activities and local life in Honduras.

The lodge is absolutely wonderful and we would very highly recommend it to anyone with interests ranging from just wanting a beautiful place to stay for a night to the ardent ecotourist. The mostly English-speaking staff was very accommodating, helpful and efficient beginning with our pick-up at the airport in San Pedro Sula through the entire stay. Our air-conditioned room was cleaned immaculately daily. The waiters at the restaurant were professional, attentive, very personable and genuinely cared about the experience we were having. They were kind enough to vary the menu a bit for us at their suggestion over our relatively long stay. Incorporation of a few authentic Honduran dishes would help diversify the menu and coincide with lodge's efforts to buy locally, part of its commendable sustainability program. Receptionists were very helpful beginning with the initial tour of the lodge and extending to the arrangement of excursions during our stay. The lodge managers, Marcela and James, both went out of their way to talk with us, provided valuable suggestions including photographic opportunities and helped us out with problems such as charging camera batteries.

The excursions and activities offered covered the gamut from town tours to guided night walks in the rain forest to white water rafting. They were very easy to arrange with only a day's notice. We traveled to see the Honduran Emerald hummingbird, visited Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, snorkeled in the Cayos Cochinos and took several bird watching hikes on and around the lodge property. All were organized extremely well, our guides were very knowledgeable about the environment and wildlife observed and the longer excursions also incorporated experiences with local culture including a train ride, lunch at a person's house and a visit to the Garifuna Village on Chachahuate Key.

If we were to single out the best aspect of our stay, it was the ability to engage in a full range of activities while staying at a single, extremely comfortable and accommodating lodge, thus eliminating time and logistics normally required to travel from place to place. Our experience was absolutely wonderful, it doesn't get any better than this!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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marcela8a, General Manager at The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Dear friends: thank you very much for the great comments in regards our facilities, we greatly appreciate them. I will extend your comments to our staff, they will be very happy to hear from you.
We take great pride to maintain our standards of service and anticipate to our guest’s needs. Thank you for giving us the pat in the back with your comments; it’s always encouraging in keeping our standards high. We are delighted we were able to give you the holidays you were expecting.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we all hope to welcome you again.
Have an excellent day!
Kind regards
Marcela

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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We stayaed here for 3 nights and I would happily have stayed longer. The lodges are lovely with balconies with a hammock and casual chairs on which to sit quietly and view the birds.
The grounds are lovely and although there is a 'wild' jungle look, the main paths are kept very clear so it's really easy to walk around and explore. I loved listening to the birds busy chattering in the trees.
Staff are friendly but also professional. The food is great and I especially loved the cookies in the afternoon!
The Lodge offers a wide variety of tours and we booked two tours before we arrived. One was to Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge and the other to Cayos Cochinos Marina Sanctuary. We really enjoyed them as they both had a reasonable element of adventure without being unsafe. The guide was efficient and we felt completely confident in his ability to ensure things ran smoothly.
The only thing which made me a bit sad was the butterfly farm and the snake enclosure. There is probably a good reason for breeding them in captivity etc but I'm just not sure and I don't really like seeing things in cages.
However, I would definitely return - we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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marcela8a, General Manager at The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Dear Indira: thank you very much for the great comments in regards our facilities, we greatly appreciate them. I will extend your comments to our staff, they will be very happy to hear from you.
We take great pride to maintain our standards of service and anticipate to our guest’s needs. Thank you for giving us the pat in the back with your comments; it’s always encouraging in keeping our standards high. We are delighted we were able to give you the holidays you were expecting.
In regards to our butterflies and snakes, we do release them from time to time and mainly we keep them for scientist, students and similar for research reasons or learning experiences.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we all hope to welcome you again.
Have an excellent day
Kind regards,
Marcela

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Reviewed 11 July 2012

The grounds and buildings at The Lodge at Pico Bonito were wonderful. The place is a bit pricey - we saw more employees than guests so I wonder if they dropped the price a bit if they'd fill it up a bit more. Despite the price, we had an outstanding stay.

I loved the way we were treated. Howard Gregory, you are the absolute best! He was the waiter on duty for the afternoons and never failed to trudge the path to the pool to make sure we had everything we needed.

The meals were tasty - especially those offering a local flair. I loved the Pico Bonito fish (sea bass spiced and cooked perfectly) and the tamale with jalapeño sauce. It'd be nice to have some snack food on hand for purchase in the gift shop or at the desk. I was sooo stuffed and would have been happy with something a little lighter for lunch, but the staff was very accommodating in letting me order fresh fruit for dinner or lunch.

Santos was our guide for the early morning bird walk where I added 26 more birds to my life list including the Great Potoo - interesting looking bird that I never would have spotted on my own.

The loop trail hike was steep, but beautiful and the side trip hike into Mermaid Falls was very pleasant. Crystal clear and chilly water to swim in.

We especially enjoyed just sitting by the pool or on the deck and admiring the grounds and watching the birds. Absolutely loved the night noises - especially the frogs.

Don't bother with the AC. The evenings cool off nicely and the ceiling fans and screened windows offer plenty of cooling.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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marcela8a, General Manager at The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Dear friends: thank you very much for the great comments in regards our facilities, we greatly appreciate them. I will extend your comments to our staff, they will be very happy to hear from you.
Our dear Howard is also one of our favorite waiters; he is always prompt with a smile and ready to accommodate the smallest requests from our guests.
We take great pride to maintain our standards of service and anticipate to our guest’s needs. Thank you for giving us the pat in the back with your comments; it’s always encouraging in keeping our standards high.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we all hope to welcome you again.
Have an excellent day!
Kind regards
Marcela

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

I saw this property on Samantha Brown's travel show and decided to go as part of a trip to Copan. The property is beautiful. Great pool. Incredible tropical plants almost as if they were on steroids. Beautifully maintained grounds. Nice restaurant. Excellent service. Extremely good guides. They were even able to arrange a custom trip to Garifuna villages for us with a private guide. However, the rooms themselves in the cabins are disappointing. The bathroom areas are sorely in need of renovation. The rooms are very small. The lampshades are covered in old burlap which needs to be changed. Same with the restaurant menus. The biggest problem was the furniture on the porch. It was made of hard slatted wood. No cushions. Very uncomfortable. This is not a porch you can lounge on and relax. The word "eco" means different things in different countries and cultures. The restaurant staff told me they do not recycle glass and plastic bottles. In fact, taking a shortcut back from the butterfly garden, we passed a big pit/pile of plastic and glass container garbage in the woods. Honduras does not have the infrastructure to support recycling much less waste management in general. But what a beautful country.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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marcela8a, General Manager at The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2012

Dear friends:
Thank you very much for your great comments in regards our facilities, we greatly appreciate them.
I do understand and agree with you Honduras does not have the infrastructure to recycle and we try our best with have we have and, yes, it is a beautiful country.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we all hope to welcome you again

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Reviewed 14 May 2012

This lodge has separate "cabins" for two; beautiful wood floors, vaulted ceilings, jungle surroundings, hammock on front porch. Beautiful horticulture viewing. Excellent care from staff. The white water rafting trip they arranged for my family was a highlight of our trip. You can even pay to visit the grounds here for a day visit, which is worth it. SOooooooo beautiful. And very cool temps in the mountain side.

Room Tip: All cabins are the same. I would pack a flashlight to get around paths at night. But everything else...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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marcela8a, General Manager at The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2012

Dear friends:
Thank you very much for your great comments in regards our facilities, we greatly appreciate them. We are soooooo happy we were able to give you the holidays you were expecting; we do have a little paradise in the middle of Pico Bonito wildlife reserve.
We take great pride to maintain our standards of service and anticipate to our guests needs. I will extend your comments to our staff.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we all hope to welcome you again

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Reviewed 6 May 2012

We have stayed at the Lodge a number of times and it remains one of our favorite places on the planet. Few places offer the combination of privacy, nature and wildlife, tranquility and service offered by Pico Bonito Lodge. The management and staff go out of their way to be personable and helpful. It will always receive my highest recommendation.

Room Tip: Pretty tough to get a bad one. They are all excellent. You really don't need the A/C option thou...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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marcela8a, General Manager at The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2012

Dear friends: Thank you very much for coming again and again and again to our little paradise in the middle of Pico Bonito wildlife reserve.
We take great pride to maintain our standards of service and anticipate to our guest’s needs. Thank you for giving us the pat in the back with your comments; it’s always encouraging in keeping our standards high.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we all hope to welcome you again.
Kind regards
Marcela

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Address: AP 710, La Ceiba AT1100, Honduras
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Region: Honduras > Atlantida Department > La Ceiba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in La Ceiba
Price Range: £159 - £254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled at the foot of the Pico Bonito National Park, The Lodge at Pico Bonito seamlessly combines nature and luxurious comfort. The luxury eco-lodge located on the Caribbean coast of Honduras near La Ceiba is a member ofSmall Luxury Hotels of the World. The Lodge offers the adventure of the outdoors, the beauty of the rainforest, and the personal service and luxury of a boutique hotel. ... more   less 
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