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The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in La Ceiba
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Ontario
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“Beautiful--as apart of the 'Reef and Forest' tour”
Reviewed 4 April 2008

We found that Pico Bonito was absolutely beautiful with amazing staff and great food.
The lodge is nicely decorated and comfortable. The staff were always pleasant to deal with and accommodating. The food is a bit pricey (with tax it is approximately $17 for lunch and $32 for dinner) but it was very good and there is a lot. If you are not a big eater they do allow you to split the meal which is what we did as we found the portions were too big for us.
The rooms were quite nice. Beautiful stone work, big comfy beds all set right in the wilderness. Our only complaint about the room was the lack of privacy as there was not a proper door on the bathroom and you could hear the people in the room next door.
We did "The Loop" hike (which was included in our price) and it was good though we were disappointed by the lack of wildlife. In the lobby there is a list of the animals spotted that week but unfortunately all we saw on our walk was birds. At the end of our hike we stopped at a beautiful fresh water swimming area. Later in the afternoon we went to the serpentary and butterfly conservatory--both were interesting.
The lodge also has a pool area which was nice--wooden loungers and cushions--also very quiet there. There were only about 1-3 sets of people there at any given time.
Overall we enjoyed this lodge though realistically for us 2 nights was enough as it is too quiet for our taste and although the scenery is beautiful I think it would be more appreciated by either people who absolutely love nature or people who never get to experience nature (i.e. if you live in the city I am sure you would appreciate the quiet more).

  • Liked — Beautiful scenery.
  • Disliked — too quiet
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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Lauderdale By The Sea
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Reviewed 19 March 2008

We just returned from Honduras and thouroughly enjoyed the Lodge at Pico Bonito. This is summer camp for grown-ups. We stayed five nights and when I booked it, I thought that five days might be too long considering the remote location. Actually, we only got to do a fraction of what we wanted. If I did it over, I would have booked at least seven days. The cabins were comfortable and nicely furnished inside and on the private deck. The cabins are set back from the main buildings and provide privacy and quiet so you can enjoy the sounds of the jungle. The dining room was open and refined with colonial decor. It had a kind out of Africa plantation feel to it. The staff provided excellent service, especially Mario and Howard, the bartender. The food was actually pretty good considering the remote location. The grounds and pool area are meticulously maintained. For an additional $10US per person, they will set up a private dinner on a deck over looking a river. We set this up on the last night and the deck was surrounded by candles andn tiki torches and the table covered with flower pedels. It was incredible. It is available dependent on staffing, The only negative I have, is that they only offer large lunches and just a few snacks. The breakfast are large, and the dinners are four courses, so we never really wanted much for lunch. There are plenty of activities that can be arranged through the lodge. We did most on our own because we had rented a vehicle. A word about LaCeiba -- if you skip LaCeiba, you will not be missing much. It is crowded, dirty and poor. The traffic is crazy. You will also hit a police check point between the lodge and LaCeiba. DO NOT be smoking, eating or on a cell phone when going through the check point. It is illegal as we found out our last day. In general, if they know you are a tourist, they let you go. Just be courteous and let them know where you are staying. All in all, this is a great place to go on holiday.

  • Liked — Crisp white linens and location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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4 Thank travelpoor
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stouffville
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2008

The rating says it all !
This is not a party place, it is a place to relax and enjoy nature.
The staff, food and cabins are excellent. We plan to return in the near future.
Thank you Jim Adams and your staff for a wonderful experience.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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5 Thank stouffvilletravellor
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 January 2008

A beautiful, peaceful lodge in outstanding surroundings, we can heartily recommend Pico Bonito. We were always conscious of the sounds of the forest - birds, insects, water.
Our cabin's bedroom and shower room were spacious, comfortable, clean and well equipped. The decor was in keeping with the location, dark wood, stone and whitewash. There was a ceiling fan but no aircon which anyway was not needed in January. Our veranda had a hammock in the shade. Plentiful free pure drinking water was very welcome as was free access to the internet in the lobby area.
The lodge was sparsely occupied during our 3 night stay but the staff were unfailingly helpful particularly in the well appointed restaurant. Meals were excellent value, well cooked and presented. Easily the best food we ate in 2 weeks in Honduras.
There were lots of activities both in the grounds and a little further afield, including walks, horse riding, white water rafting and a visit to a nearby wildlife reserve by a 'toy train' once used by the coconut planation.
Pretty close to paradise!

  • Liked — Paradise surroundings
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank afcok
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Victoria,BC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2007

Our extended famly rented three cabins in November at the Lodge. The cabins were lovely, private and comfortable and the grounds were well kept. The food at the resturant was average. Breakfast and Lunch menus
were fair and reasonable although dinner was pricely at $25 (included an appetizer, main course and desert). Most people in our party did not feel like eating a large meal every night but had no choice as menu items cannot be ordered seperately (the resort is too remote for other options).

Service during the low season is marginal. We sat by the pool one night drinking wine and noticed the glasses and bottles were left there by staff for the follwing three days, untouched. When our teens used the pool, they spent a good twenty minutes cleaning debirs from the pool themselves using pool equipment with no assistance from staff
(which was absent during most of our stay except in the restaurant and office).

Office staff was accomodating, organizing rafting excursions and transportation for us. The gift shop was surprisingly well priced.

  • Liked — Lovely private cabins
  • Disliked — Restaurant
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
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5 Thank Carolin L
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philidelphia
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Reviewed 14 November 2007

I was here for 3 nights. Unfortunately the weather was not the greatest...the raining season was in full effect and had rain almost the ENTIRE time I was there. I was the only one in the whole resort which was nice yet odd as they keep their full staff year round which was pretty extensive. The grounds are very nice and so are the cabins. The food was pretty good but room for improvement. I do think they are a bit overpriced but still enjoyed my stay. I did a guided hike to the unbelievable falls which was very tough but worth it. They staff a full time guide who was great. In addition to the private trails on their property which is a 3-4 hour loop which is now being extended to a full day hike they back up to the preserve which give you endless oportunity. I was supposed to go rafting which I was really looking forward to but the water levels were too high. I would recommend this place if you can afford the budget, they really have a nice facility.

  • Liked — The grounds!
  • Disliked — The rain, but that wasnt their fault.
  • Stayed November 2007
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2007

My husband and I wanted a secluded and scenic hideaway for a short get-away, and The Lodge at Pico Bonito look like it would fit the bill. We traveled to Belize 2 years ago and split our time between Blancaneaux and Turtle Inn. We were so blown away by that trip, we were worried The Lodge at PB wouldn't measure up. Let me just say, it ABSOLUTELY did. We were amazed at the abundant beauty surrounding the lodge, and all that there was to do there! The lodge itself is peaceful and gorgeous, and the staff amazingly friendly and accommodating. We traveled in October and for the first night we had the entire lodge to ourselves. The whole weekend, there were only a hand full of guests. We opted to do the Unbelievable Falls hike, the night walk, and the white water rafting trip. We had the guides all to ourselves on every activity! A 10 minute self-guided hike up and down hills and stairs took us to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole, with rocks suitable for jumping. Another 15 minutes took us to a second waterfall and swimming hole. We spent a whole day swimming in the crystal clear water. The food at the lodge was very good (all homemade) and our waiters served us wherever, on the property, we wanted. The first night, we had dinner in our cabin. After that, we usually ate on the outside deck of the restaurant overlooking the gardens. The atmosphere is very laid back. We dressed however we wished, and were treated the same whether we were dripping in sweat and mud from our hike, or whether we were showered and coiffed. Our activity guides were knowledgeable and went at our pace. We never felt rushed. The management and staff were willing to do whatever it took to ensure we had an enjoyable experience. The lodge uses Omega Tours for the white water rafting, and I have to say, Omega is an EXCELLENT tour operator. Udo and Silvia (the owners) treated us like family. For the rafting trip, it was always safety first. After the rafting, we were served a homemade lunch in plentiful quantity. We ate around a picnic table family style, then enjoyed drinks at the bar with Udo and Silvia. Omega Lodge is quite a different experience than The Lodge at PB, but equally enjoyable....if not more so. They have two newer cabins that reminded me of summer camp, only with more beautiful surroundings. One cabin is over a stream... it's a simple wooden, screened in structure with two double beds. An outdoor shower and bathroom facilites are short walk away. The second cabin is two stories, with a spacious bedroom downstairs with a BEAUTIFUL view of the mountains and river, and a loft with another double bed. This cabin has it's own private bathroom. Throughout the property, there are private little nooks with hammocks and an outdoor sitting area near the fresh water pool. The small pool pumps water from the stream on one side, then spills the water back into the stream on the other side. The property doesn't have manicured gardens like The Lodge at PB...... it doesn't need them. It's surrounded by beautiful natural rainforest. The pictures on the web do not do this place justice. Both lodges offer a different experience, and I can't say one is better than the other. Omega is definitely the more economical choice, so if you are on a budget, this would be an excellent choice! Also, if looking for a unique experience, Omega is the place for you. If looking for a luxurious locale, for a reasonable price, maybe for a honeymoon, The Lodge at Pico Bonito will not disappoint. While it's an expensive property by Honduran standards, it's a lot cheaper than a trip to the Florida coast with equivilant lodging. So it's all in how you look at it. Let me warn you though, there is too much to do here to only spend a long weekend. You'd better plan at least a week. My husband and I are already planning our return trip. Also, let me mention the hiking in this area is tough. Even the "easy" hikes are a bit difficult, so you will enjoy your trip more if you are in pretty good physical condition. You will also need really good shoes! Keens are perfect---versatile for both rafting and hiking. Lastly, and most importantly, both Omega and The Lodge at PB provide all the filtered water you want at no cost, so remember, don't swallow even a single drop of unfiltered water! You WILL GET SICK! Use the bottled water they provide, for brushing your teeth and even for rinsing your toothbrush. Keep your mouth shut while swimming/rafting/showering. My husband and I both experienced a touch of stomach upset and I can only attribute it to rinsing our toothbrushes under the tap or taking in a few drops of water while swimming, because we were very cautious otherwise.

  • Liked — Friendly staff, Beautiful accomodations, Scenery, Activities
  • Disliked — not convient to craft market shopping
  • Stayed October 2007
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Property: The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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