Utila hotels and hostels
Deep Blue Divers
Utila Dive Centre And Mango Inn
Hotel Kayla Ii
This is located across from Myrna’s Café. It offers immaculately clean rooms and friendly service.
The Lighthouse Hotel
Based on the plans of the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans, this hotel sits over the water and has the best rooms in town. The only thing it lacks is a good beach or sunning deck.
While it’s a bit west of the action, this smallish hotel has good rooms though they are a bit small, a sundeck looking out onto the water, and decently manicured grounds.
A bizarre boutique hotel, the Jade Seahorse features five oddly shaped but comfortable bungalows, each eclectically decorated with bottle art, mosaic tiles and iridescent glass stones.
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
About 100m from Chepes Beach, Margaritaville is a two-story Caribbean-style house with two wrap-around porches.
Ideal for long-stay visitors, these fully furnished apartments are brand-spanking new. You’re not beachfront, but they have hardwood floors, cable TVs and decently appointed kitchens, plus, you’ll save a bundle over the long haul.
Colibri Hill Resort
Located on a hilltop overlooking the bay – but still just a minute’s walk to the main drag – the Colibri has stunning grounds, a nice pool area (though there’s green water in the pool), and even a colibri (hummingbird) or two.
Deep Blue Resort
This low-key, 12-room dive resort is one of just a handful of establishments – more surely to come – on the mostly uninhabited west end of the island.
The brand new Harbor House does it all: there’s a gym, internet café (L$1 per minute), a second-story diner-style restaurant, and a third-story bar. It also rents out a studio apartment for a three-day package (per person L$4750).
Two buildings with breezy porches house eight acceptable rooms in this cold-water affair. The walls need a coat of fresh paint, or at least a scrubbing, but the sheets are clean and the price is right.
A simple place with six rooms on the 2nd floor of a big house, accommodations here are small, spotless, and boast polished hardwood floors and tile bathrooms. All rooms share a wrap-around porch, which is great for relaxing after a day of diving.
Straight up the hill from the pier, the Mango Inn sits on lush grounds with two sundecks and a great three-tiered pool with hot tub.
Located on Jewel Cay (Upper Cay) and operated by Captain Morgan’s, Hotel Kayla is a large, airy, wooden building with a long foyer framed with arches that’s kind of southern belle-ish. Rooms are large and clean.
While bugs often get into the rooms at night, and the beds are a bit concave, this remains a solid buy. Topping the amenities list are clean, comfortable rooms, a nice sundeck and mini-fridges in all the rooms.
There’s sweet beauty-parloresque furniture in the oh-so-’60s-lobby of this fairly clean budget spot opposite Deep Blue Diving. It’s quite dark, but you get electrically-charged hot water and the cable TV.
Laguna Beach Resort
Utila’s best resort has 13 bungalows set on a narrow peninsula across from Blue Bayou Beach, with the ocean on one side and the lagoon on the other. Cabins are clean and quaint, with hot water, air-con and a covered porch overlooking the lagoon.
Hotel Roses Inn
Situated out in the countryside, this bare-bones option has a shared kitchen and a pleasant backdoor porch. There’s no night watchman, so security might be an issue. Enquire at the Supermarket Rose (on the main street).