Roatan Backpackers' Hostel
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Roatan Backpackers' Hostel Reviews
Small but cosy Jun 21, 2011
Roatan backpackers hostel seems to be the main hostel on the Island since Valerie's shut down a while back. The hostel itself its very new, the owner Mel (whom is pretty awesome it has to be said) has only had the hostel for about 4 months now. That being said, the hostel at a glance seems rather basic, however I believe its good value for its price.
The hostel itself only has a few beds available, 12 to my knowledge, split into one 6 bed dorm (where I stayed), a 4 bed dorm and a 2 bed studio room. The interiors have a nice wooden finish, though for the dorms there isn't much else to look at. The bathrooms are fairly standard (en suite for the 6 bed dorm, separate for the 4 bed dorm). The kitchen for public use is small but well enough equipped, it was a little dirty during my stay, but I guess its up to the hostel stayers to play their part in keeping it clean too. There is also a small swimming pool and a nice hammock at the top of the property.
The highlight for me is the porch, where the guests of the hostel can congregate, share a beer and swap stories. I ended up getting into a rather comical fitness challenge with some of the other guys staying here at the time, which slowly went downhill as the rum we were drinking started kicking in. The owner Mel usually joins the hostel guests for a sneaky drink after her children have gone to bed, which I personally think is a nice touch, it is important for the owners to mingle with their guests. Although the hostel was fairly quiet at the time I stayed, I would return to stay again if I find myself in Roatan, I'll be interested to see how the hostels future developments pan out.
My only problem with the hostel is its location, which is located in a quiet residential area, there are only a few restaurants within appropriate walking distance. The nearest town of West End (where the beaches/pubs/restaurants are) is about a 45 minute walk, 5 or so minute cab ride (its not hard to pick up a cab) which if you know how to get a cab in the 'local' fashion costs about $1 one way.
The hostel is also home to the 'smiliest' dog I've ever seen, Lilly, whom hostel guests are welcome to take on a short walk if they so desire.
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