Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas

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There isn't that much to do in Copan Ruinas other than their namesake, at least not enough to keep travelers around for a night or two and Iguana Azul gets this completely. This is a comfy little hostel that doesn't appeal for a long-term stay due to the lack of kitchen and an overall cozy vibe that can turn to crowded with a revolving door of roommates. But if you are only town for the required night or two, it will fit the bill perfectly as a base from which to check out the ruins and prep for/recover from that border crossing.

The Location

While this is a little bit away from both the bus "stations" and from the town centre, it is nonetheless still within a comfortable walking distance. It can be a little difficult to find -- not the hostel itself, as it is the Blue Iguana hostel and it is painted completely in bright blue, but the street it's located on is a little tricky to get to but nothing terrible. There isn't much in the immediate neighbourhood, but a quick walk to the town centre gets you access to all the restaurants, banks, and stores you could require. There is plentiful parking available on the street.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms available are either six-person, bunk-bed dorm rooms or private doubles. Rooms are spacious and clean with comfortable mattresses and in-room lockers with locks provided for guest use. The dorms do not lock but the doors in and out of the hostel are kept locked, so security isn't an issue.

Bathrooms are plentiful and clean, and while they are a little tight in the showers, there is sufficient hanging space for this setup to work just fine. The sinks are also separate from the toilet/shower cubicles, so it's hard to see a situation where there could ever be a traffic jam around these necessities.

Common Spaces

Common spaces are divided into the indoor lounge with some couches and chairs; there's not much, but it isn't a very populated hostel even when full, with a fridge for guest use, a television, and an extensive book exchange. The hotel next door is under the same ownership, and while you probably can't jump next door to hang out, they do have more books -- specifically, reference books for Central American travel.

There isn't a kitchen, but again there is a fridge if you have anything you need to keep cold, and out the back there is a hand-washing area for clothes plus a clothesline, so it's a give-and-take situation. Speaking of out the back, there is a pleasant little sitting area next to the sink/bathroom area, which is a great place to hang out and relax as well.

Summary

This is a good, solid hostel that knows what it wants to do/offer and does so well. The trade-off between a good hand-washing opportunity and a kitchen is kind of funny, so it would just depend on where you are in your travels if it's a worthwhile trade-off.
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Iguana Azul, Copán Ruinas
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Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer Candy

Published on 2019-05-23

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Address: Calle Independencia, Five Blocks West from Central Park, Copán Ruinas (Copan), Honduras


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Website Iguana Azul Copán Ruinas (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: 504-2651-46-20

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews


Quiet and Comfortable

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood a few blocks from the noisy tourist center, the Iguana is clean and very convenient. I used it a base whilst spending most of the days in town walking around the countryside and farmers' fields on rural roads ... of course you can walk to the ruins easily from town, too. Not crowded and plenty of hot water in the showers.

Jeremias del Norte

(USA)
2014-12-26


Iguana Azul is a cheap, clean, and comfortable option to kick back and rest your weary limbs after a long, hard day scaling the impressive Copan ruins.

The Location

Copan is tiny and you can cross the city in just over ten minutes on foot. The hostel is on the far side of town from the ruins, but as it is only a kilometer away, these are easily within walking distance, or you can pick up one of the many tuk-tuks that buzz around the streets. The building itself is a pleasant, colonial-style building set slightly back from the main road. The area is safe to walk around at night and your sleep will not be disturbed by noise from the surrounding area. Very much catering for the tourist trade, Copan Ruinas is packed with restaurants and souvenir stores. All of these are a stone's throw away from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are two dorms with three wooden bunk beds catering for six people. They feature small lockers that will fit a daybag, and padlocks are provided free of charge by the hostel. There are three showers and three toilets located outside. All are frequently cleaned and the showers offer hot water on demand twenty-four hours a day.

Common Spaces

Common spaces are sparse in the hostel, but due to the small number of beds, it never seems to have a crowded feeling. The main doors open onto a main room with a few seats and an abundance of recommendations of things to do while in town. The courtyard at the back has one table and can seat four people. Alongside are the communal toilets and showers, and facility to hand wash your clothes. There are no kitchen facilities in the hostel, although free purified water is available all day.

The staff are friendly and helpful when they are around, which is a rarity. To access the building you need to ring the bell, which is normally answered by one of your fellow travelers. This can cause some minor problems should you want to discuss options for onward travel or to pay your bill.

Summary

Iguana Azul is a good, clean option to spend a night or two while visiting the ruins at Copan. The only real drawback is the lack of kitchen, which forces you to eat out in a town that charges above the odds to the tourist market.

Elgrumpygringo

2013-04-08


Iguana Azul is a clean, low-key hostel that's just close enough to the heart of town to be convenient without having to listen to the bars all night. There aren't many amenities at this hostel, but it's a great place for anyone looking for a cheap, clean bed.

The Location

Iguana Azul is located on Calle Rosalila, five blocks west and two blocks south of the main square in Copan Ruinas. It's on a quiet, residential street away from the bars and the noise. It is about a mile from the ruins themselves, and only a few blocks from restaurants and shops. The front door is locked twenty-four hours per day, but there are always staff or guests hanging around in the front room to answer the door. At night, the hostel has an employee specifically to man the door.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The entire hostel is immaculately clean. There are two dorm rooms with three bunk beds each and three private rooms with one bed and the possibility of adding a cot. All linens look (and smell) new and freshly washed. The decorating is sparse but tasteful. Windows open to the street but have bars firmly attached to keep out guests.

Bathrooms are in a separate small building behind the hostel. There are three or four toilet stalls and two or three showers, with sinks in a separate area. Showers and sinks feature real hot water. Like the rest of the hostel, all bathroom areas are spotless.

Common Spaces

The main common space is a living room area inside the hostel. There are couches and comfy chairs along with bookshelves of books left by fellow travelers, a wireless router, and information about activities in the area and transportation to other locations. There is a water cooler that is free for guest use. There is also a small garden area in back, featuring several potted plants, a cast iron table, and some chairs. There is no kitchen or cooking area.

Summary

The owner lives next door and is both friendly and knowledgeable about the area, the ruins, restaurants, and bars, and other places to continue traveling.

johnnysmash

2013-02-14

Hostel from the street 1-bed room with extra cot Back area with bathrooms, showers, and sinks Nice, clean toilets

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