Banana Republic

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La Ceiba, Honduras

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Banana Republic La Ceiba Reviews

andrejav andrejav
751 reviews
Banana Republic Guesthouse Jul 31, 2012

I slept in the hostel on 22nd March, and got bitten more than 500 times by bedbugs!!! I was in the room on the first floor. Other visitors that I talked to did not have any problems sleeping on the second floor.


Dorm bed costs 8$ and it is very basic accommodation. This is my fourth time visiting this hostel, and this time I went for “private” room with my friends. Privates are on the second floor, and this one had shared bathroom with cold water, and it was kind of clean. Lockers are also provided in the dorm area.

This hostel is part of Jungle River Lodge, which is much, much nicer place in the mountains, seven kilometers outside of La Ceiba. Only issue transportation to Jungle River Lodge, which you have to pay taxi around 300 Lempira if you are not going for one of the activities (such as rafting, zip lines, climbing…). If you are doing one of these activities, they will pick you up at 8 or 1pm and also you can stay in Jungle Lodge for free one night.

Banana Republic is close to the town "center", but there is not much to do there. La Ceiba is supposed to be a party town, and there is number of clubs close to the beach, but area is very sketchy and without transportation it is not really smart to go by foot. Town center has an interesting market that sprawls in the streets between center square and the beach. Bunch of makeshift tables and stalls are occupying pavements in neighboring streets.

Coming to La Ceiba, bus can drop you at the few stations around the town. Depending of Transportation Company, you can end up in the town or a bit outside. Most common transportation options include Mirna, Diana and HA bus companies. They are covering transportation needs to the most of the Honduras east coast. Buses usually go around from early 5 o’clock till 4:30pm, so plan accordingly if you have to be somewhere. You can walk from some of their stations, but if you are not sure where you are going, take the cab, that should cost no more than 20L per person. If you are going from hostel to the port (going to Roatan or Utila island) to catch the ferry, that would cost you 50L per person. Utila ferry is called “Utila Princess”and leaves in the morning at 9:30 and afternoon at 4pm (price is around 24$).

There are few restaurants around the hostel, and some have ok food. Large supermarket is located on NW part of the main plaza, and you could buy food needed for short time spent in this town. Hostel does not have their own bar, but they have some beer in the cooler that you can buy for pretty good price. People working in the hostel are very helpful and will provide map of the area and tell you everything you need to know.

Keep in mind that La Ceiba is ugly town, a bit dangerous and you should use the caution, especially at night. There is beach, but it is dirty and I would not go in that water. Maybe there is nicer place in town surrounding, but I did not find it.
La Ceiba Harbor viewed from ferry …
Private room
Buses from SPS to La Ceiba
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cicie says:
i just to know Banana Republic is name of hotel also:)
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011
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MrD3071 MrD3071
20 reviews
Not worth going bananas about Jun 26, 2011
I found the banana republic to be fairly average at the hostel base level, the dorms are fairly standard, no bunk beds which makes a refreshing change (from personal experience).

The hostel was pretty empty during my stay, with only three residents out of the 12 dorm beds, which didn't make my stay as exciting as it could have been. The staff seemed less interest in making conversation as well, but that may be in my own fault too (it would help if I could speak a little of their language). That being said there is very limited English spoken by staff, which made it a little difficult to work out where I was going etc. However I got by, and since this was only an overnight stay it was less of a problem. I guess my experience was dulled a little by the quietness of the hostel at the time of my visit, its not a bad place to stay if your only here overnight.

I didn't notice if food was offered at this hostel, there was a small communal kitchen however. One definite plus for this hostel is the abundance of hammocks in the communal area, with three hammocks in range of a TV it inspires a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. I ended up watching some lucha libre with one of the hostel staff who gave me a free beer, before relaxing long into the night with one of the other residents discussing the important things in life, such as favourite beer brand and ice hockey.

One major selling point for this hostel is its sister lodge located south of La Ceiba in the forest, where guided tours and hikes are offered. You can book excursion pick ups at the hostel reception, so long as your in a group of 2 or more. The prices vary depending on what trip you wish to take and the amount of people with you, its worth checking out the links on the hostel website.

Overall its a fairly standard hostel, comfortable beds for the night, which is all your going to need in La Ceiba, the 'party capital' of Honduras right? Its also worth at least having a look at the excursions, but bear in mind they are relatively pricey (around $60 for a 2 day trip).
My dorm, door side.
The suprisingly spacious bathrooms…
Large spacious lockers, you should…
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