Blenny House and Cabins is a great place to stay, but you really have to be aware of what you are getting.
There are two buildings. Jenny, the delightful owner, lives in one half of the duplex house. The house is two stories with balconies looking out on the water on both levels.
It has a classic island design, with sleeping rooms downstairs and the living/dining/kitchen great room upstairs.
The "cabins" are the two halves of one rustic cabin. Each half has a simple bedroom with a double and a single bed , some basic furniture, and a small closet. They have functional bathrooms with showers. One has a small fridge, the other has a very small fridge and a microwave.
The two cabin spaces share a common porch looking out on the ocean. Along with a hammock and chairs, there are two rudimentary kitchen areas... gas burners, water jugs... and a shared kitchen sink.
The cabins are clean, but this is rustic living. There are some gaps in the floorboards and the porch roof leaks a little in a few places. The screens don't always fit perfectly. Lighting is basic, but you'll need an extra light to read at night. Because you share floorboards with the other unit, noises are transmitted and you can't stay here without having some interaction with the guests in the other half.
Jenny is an important part of the experience. She has lived on the island for a number years and has become one of the "locals." If there is something you lack - we had a dire need for a blender for our daily pina coladas - she probably can help you out... in this case lending us the blender from her house. She is fun and interesting and a window into local life.
The location is great... at the end of the road just before Cocolobo. Best bet is just tell the driver Cocolobo and then get out at the blue buildings before the gate. The walk to Half Moon Bay and good snorkeling is a minute or two... Into town is maybe a five minute walk.
On a very calm day you can get into the water right behind the cabin, but the iron shore is pretty intimidating. Not a swimming beach, but it does provide a delightful surf soundtrack for your stay - and if you experience a major blow, as we did, you will see just how small we are when Mother Nature flexes her muscles.
The price is right... high season is $50 a night, tax included... an extra $10 if you use the air conditioner. The house rental is significantly more refined - and more expensive.
We give Blenny cabin and Jenny a "five" Excellent rating - if you go into it understanding what you are getting. It is a great value, but it ain't the Ritz! Plain, basic, clean, and good location with a great view at a reasonable price.
BTW... the cabin could be a really good option for a family or two couples who really like each other. Rent both sides and you'll know who you will be drinking your morning coffee with out on the deck overlooking the iron shore!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vivaro Roatan is collection of three luxury waterfront homes on the island of Roatan. Vivaro - Beachfront is a five bedroom villa on a private beach in Mangrove Bight. Vivaro - West End - North House and Vivaro - West End - South House were completed in July 2016 and replaced the previous Blenny House and Cabins. Prices start at $400. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vivaro Roatan Honduras - West End