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Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in La Ceiba
Reviewed 1 June 2014

This place can either be a place where you can relax and enjoy or a place where you can party and have a great time. The staff is friendly. The location is away from the city but the view is beautiful with the mountiains. Beers are limited to national beers but hey, oh well. The tours provided are pretty neat too. The zip line, hot springs, Cayos Cochinos. It is all a great time. Wouldnt stay more than a week and half.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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10  Thank Ty K
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Hotel location is ok, close to Sambo Creek and the water park. BUt, honestly theres nothing GREAT about this hotel!
Beach is nasty, dirty, kayaks smell, there's no water activities, drinks are limited to two national beers. Rooms are ok, service could be better!!!
I would rather stay in Ceiba city and walk to the beach than pay what i payed for nothing!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Arleni U
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

beautiful location, well organized staff, great food, lots of pools and a beautiful beach - had a great stay in one of the bungalows - a place you will want to go back to!! If you get the chance to go to samba creek be sure to go !!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank ticinogirl
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Our family had a great stay at one of the villas at Palma Real. There was a problem with our original villa (no AC, broken fridge and microwave), and although it was a very busy week, they fixed everything quickly, and then moved us into an upgraded villa as soon as they could for the rest of our stay. Very good customer service. Beach was lovely, nice and clean. Maid service and cleaners were excellent. Buffet was surprisingly good. Very lively place, live music on Friday night, with fireworks. Everyone was very friendly, and it was nice to stay with other Hondurans, not lots of American tourists (as we are). Also security seemed excellent, I felt totally safe. They had a small convenience store and an office where you can book trips to surrounding sights.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank Cay T
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Remember that you are in a 3rd world country. What does that mean? Not first class but first rate service. AC not working? Get a different room. Limited hot water? Tough it out by enjoying the beauty of this tropical location. Stayed here with a group of teens after a week long missions trip with NO amenities whatsoever. So this was paradise to us. It was only an overnight stay but we took full advantage of all that was offered. Kayaking, swimming in pool, lounging in hammocks, having virgin cocktails at poolside, and indulging in the buffet.. Beautiful location with limited amenities but staff does try to accommodate you in anyway that they can. Just keep in mind that you are in a third world country and you will really enjoy the experience offered.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Nicemeany
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Nice hotel, very clean, very friendly personnel. Amazing trips offered - my favourite were Canopy line over the jungle in the mountain, the hot springs and the boat trip to the islands.
The food is simple, but always fresh and tasty. I really enjoyed local cooking.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the mountain are quieter - you only hear the dancing musing if you choose to
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank evp000
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Great how they do check in at the airport so you can go straight to your room. Most workers are very good, work hard all day ,cleaners especially. Lobby girl a little excessive though , floor not even dry and she would wet it again.?? It was like a skating rink , really quite dangerous .
Trips -all fixed they take you on tour of the town stop at big mall and one shop $$,all too much $$$ take a cab and make them stop where you want ,there are flea markets along roadside with great stuff and way better deals.Snorkel trip ,arrange at 8am on beach with boat guy and meet on beach just off resort for same trip at half price .
Rooms are dated but comfy enough,but who cares ,its only to sleep and beds are ok ,quite comfy. Issues with hot water at times (NONE)and lots power outages .
Bad pillows ,they gave us newer ones but they where no better really.
Had first two days of rain ,think that's where sickness started , bad flood (DID NOT STOP FOR 24 HRS STRAIGHT) during which time the lobby and the first floor halls where swimming with a 3-4 inches of water ,it was in the lower rooms ,smelled like sewage and guessing that's why so many of us got sick walking though it ??? There was just no getting around it , can you imagine waking up in the night to go pee and splashing your way to the bathroom ,serious drainage issues here!!.
During the rains people sat in the lobby or in their rooms if second floor ,disappointed they made no effort to bring a bar area to the lobby,only one bar and it is past the pool , you had to get soaked plus the wind was like a monsoon to get a drink for the first two days ,NO effort made to accommodate people in a dry area.The drinks are bad , they give you two shots of cheap liquor and some tang ,swear they had no real juice all week.BAD DRINKS ,THEY HAVE NO IDEA AT ALL .THey charge for premium liquor like 3-4 $ A SHOT ,DID I SAY CHEAP!! They must have saved a bundle that week between us not drinking because we did not want to walk through a monsoon and not eating while sick and afraid to rest of the week ,I am telling you only a handful of people actually eating ,dining area rarely busy all.
ACTIVATION PEOPLE .Did not see them first two days.they seem more interested in taking pictures of themselves all week long ,messing with their hair and on cell phones ??
On weekend especially Saturday it is invaded by locals ,its like a holiday camp,they leave litter everywhere,fill their bags with all the food they can carry and they are catered to!!!!? with piñatas(where was our piñatas party),we were evicted from the dining area to the beach gazebo to eat lunch in the wind,our upgrade for the day was a serviette around the cup of the first drink we received.!!.
About 120 Canadians at the resort,all but three that I know of where not sick ,there was one poor girl who was on iv most of the week .It became so bad that they ended up paying for the DR to see people and we went to his clinic on the resort for needles if we where still sick and pills to make sure we did not have a relapse. Giving them credit ,the first people paid for their needles ,as the week wore on the resort paid for the DR to stay all day and dispense meds and needles .It was ecoli,all locals have it but we are NOT immune to it like they are and dropped like flies all week long,you don't feel like eating for days after ,most of us lived on bananas for the rest of the week.
The food -there was not a great selection at all ,got bacon on Saturday when most people where too sick to eat it like me and on our last day ,my husband was most disappointed about this.The ala carte > Japanese was ok the Italian was disgusting as were a lot of pasta dishes,it was like they threw the whole salt shaker in it ,the Hondurans put hot sauce on everything ,I am thinking they all have no tastebuds left,it truly was a waste of food . Canadians complained of it all week long but it did not change .All the pastas where inedible because of the extreme salt content ,that's all you could taste.!!!YUCK. The tractor driver who takes you from the resort to the Ala carte nearly drove off the bridge one night ,we had to scream at him to stop and let us off as he took out 65 feet of fence on a bridge with the side of wagon he was pulling us in. JUST NUTS!!!! and when we told the manager ,he was a little confused a first as apparently it was not the first time !!!Safety is a week point!.
Hullio in the caferteria big guy in a pale blue shirt about 65 years ,think he is the superisor of the area. Usually eating while standing !!!Atrocious behaviour in that he threw boiling water at a poor beach dog ,it was yelping and running round in circles ,people where outraged ,crying ,he is lucky the same did not happen to him !!!.Manager told ,but have a feeling by looking at one of the dogs that he had done this many times before . One dog looked a little mangy like ,but upon closer look the skin was pink but and the dark thick patches where old scar tissue I think from being burned before?? . Makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it . There was only a couple quiet dogs that might pass through a few times a day did not hurt or bother anyone ,whats a resort whithout a few beach dogs !!,BUt I have never seem nor hope to hear of this intolerable cruelty again and HUllio would not have a job already !!!
This resort could be quite good, but think the resort is too low in spots and water is going to be an issue always ,I would not take kids here , could not imagine poor people that had sick kids in stages of illness and recovery all week ,what a nightmare .Spoke with people that went to the Tela RESORT THEY HAD NO WATER ISSUES ,NO SICKNESS ,BUT FOOD CHOICE WAS EVEN LESS THAN OURS ,BUT OK TASTE WISE . SO, THATS THE GOOD ,BAD AND UGLY THAT I HAVE TO SAY ,MAKE YOUR OWN MIND UP ,HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY TRIP . WOULD I GO BACK ,AH NO! .That being said spend a little extra and try ROATAN folks ,its Honduras also ,but is paradise in comparison and you don't need an excursion to see nice sand beach and coral reefs/fish .

Room Tip: In the 400 or second floor ,if you want to avoid water issues
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank 49aces
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Additional Information about Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas

Address: Km. 20 Carretera La Ceiba-Trujillo, La Ceiba 9999, Honduras (Formerly Barcelo Palma Real Resort)
Region: Honduras > Atlantida Department > La Ceiba
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in La Ceiba
Price Range: £109 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 160
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