Trudy Suites Hostel allows you as much or as little as you like of the two things Utila is about -- diving and drinking. Featuring a lively bar with a free pool table, large communal areas, and thrice-daily scuba boat departures, you need to look no further on the island than this sandy oasis.
As it is located a ten-minute walk from the ferry dock, there are admittedly better-located hostels in Utila. Having said this, the hostel is very easy to find by turning right off the dock onto Main Street. Main Street itself is crammed with hostels, bars, and restaurants; wherever you stay on the island, you will never be more than a fifteen-minute stroll away from anything.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are very small, with four beds per room. Due to the absence of working lockers, people tend to leave their valuables lying around, leaving a question mark over security. It should be noted, though, that we never heard of any problems during our stay. The wooden beds are sturdy and pretty comfortable, although there is very little headroom in the bottom bunk. This, in spite of the efforts of the fans, mean that it can get a little stuffy in the rooms at night.
There are two bathrooms both with a shower. On the face of it, this appears to be inadequate for the number of people in the hostel, but we never experienced any backlog in the mornings. Believe us, though, even if you do, those showers are well worth the wait. With piping-hot water any time of day or night at pressure, these showers are among of the best we encountered in three months traveling around Central America.
The open-air bar is located beneath the office and is one of the first things you see when you arrive at the hostel. Drinks prices are reasonable and there is a substantial food menu, often featuring a BBQ. The bar contains a pool table and television. This area then opens up onto a sandy area where you can sunbathe, laze in the hammocks, or play a game of volleyball on the adjacent volleyball court. The hostel borders onto the sea, and although it doesn't have a beach, it does feature a small port from where you can snorkel, sunbathe, or jump off for a refreshing cool in the clear blue seawater. There are no kitchen facilities available, but you can order food from the bar at prices similar to the local restaurants.
While simultaneously laid back and lively, Hostel Trudy is an excellent option for whatever you want to do on Utila. As it offers an array of diving courses (most including free accommodation during your course), the Underwater Vision School is one of the most reputable on the island. Whatever your plans, the friendly staff will be happy to accommodate. This isn't to say that the hostel is all about diving. With excellent common spaces to kick back in the sun, or facilities to drink in the bar you might never leave. We wouldn't blame you.