While researching my family vacation to Copan Ruins in Honduras, I was incredibly impressed with the hotels that were available in such a cute little town. However, I came upon a Copan hotel called Yat Balam and just fell in love.
Since I already had reservations for Hacienda San Lucas, which was more in the countryside, I knew that I wanted to somehow experience Yat Balam Boutique Hotel as well. Finding out they had a tasty cafe, I immediately signed up to meet with them and also get a tour of the place, for our next visit.
Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award for 2011
I am a huge of Tripadvisor. Like most people, I research what to do, where to stay and where to eat religiously on their website. It truly amazed me to find that Yat Balam out of 400,000 hotels around the world, won as one of the top best in the world!
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After arriving and taking a tour of this most adorable, extremely well designed hotel, it made sense.
What Makes a Hotel Boutique
I have stayed in many hotels all around the world, from huge resorts to tiny cottages. I must say, though, I am drawn more and more to locally owned boutique hotels. There is a special something to them that makes the staying experience completely different than at a regular hotel.
Yat Balam’s Special Something:
1. The interior design is truly unique. When you enter the tiny building it looks like you’ve entered an immaculate little cobble stoned street with stores selling candles, jewelry and Mayan artificats.
2. I was given a tour of the rooms. There are 4 in total and each has it’s own style and character. 2 of them are junior suites with a sitting area, porch and sound proof windows since they face out to the street.
3. The service is great. I was greeted by the manager and he was just a delight, not pushy but genuinely helpful and so proud of the hotel.
4. Normally boutique hotels range in prices on the higher end, Yat Balam is without a doubt one of the most affordable hotels I’ve ever seen – $65 for a junior suite!
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What to eat?
Traveling with a 7 year old – world’s most pickiest eater – can be REALLY fun sometimes. A lot of the restaurants in Central America aren’t very accomadating and don’t seem helpful to kids with food aversions or simply annoying behaviors. The adorable cafe, even though they didn’t have it on their menu, whipped up a special plate for my son of nachos and pita bread.
The other goodies were bagels, a very rare treat in this part of the world, salads and lots of pita dishes and sandwiches.
We dined in the middle of the street while my kids went a bit nuts!
Copan Ruinas town is a tiny, colorful town full of activity day and night. I would really recommend staying here. Thanks Rina, Hugo and Heinz for a great lunch and fun tour!