Staying in the Coolest Guesthouse in Copan Ruinas, Honduras: La Casa De Cafe

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My cosy room in La Casa de Cafe, Copan Ruinas, Honduras.

Central America continues to impress me with its range of unique, tranquil and simply comfortable guesthouses and yes I’ve been mixing my vintage backpacking hostels (like El Hostal Antigua) with some decent upmarket places (like Hotel San Buenaventura) as quite frankly, it’s nice to be able to mix things up nowadays. Of course at heart I’m still a hardcore backpacker, but with bus bugs and bed bugs (in Casa Atitlan, San Pedro, Guatemala), I’m leaning to a decent bed these days!!

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Hola Honduras! Crossing at El Florido.

When I finally left El Salvador, I decided on a quick trip into Honduras to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Copan Ruinas, and after a few days of chicken buses all over El Salvador and then the border crossings, La Casa de Cafe was just the place I needed  to chill on my first night in Honduras. This opened in 1995 and therefore was the first Bed and Breakfast in the town. Owner Howard saw a gap in the market when clearly there wasn’t much tourism back then. Now Copan Ruinas is becoming popular and there are more Guesthouses, Hotels and Hostels than you’d believe.

First night in Honduras and I was staying in Copan Ruinas.

First night in Honduras and I was staying in Copan Ruinas.

La Casa de Cafe is in Copan Ruinas, which is a small town. La Casa de Cafe is a place to relax – it’s safe and so is the town itself. In fact the town is fairly relaxing as a whole and feels like it’s custom made just because of the ruins but yet it’s still not too touristy for you to feel nothing is authentic. I liked the town. Most people pass in and out of Copan Ruinas quite quickly, and I was the same in fact – I went there to see the World Heritage Site, some birds and got an impromptu tour of the German Micro Brewery too. But I needed a cosy place to relax, blog and believe it or not – sleep!

La Casa de Cafe is understandably ranked highly on Tripadvisor

La Casa de Cafe is understandably ranked highly on Tripadvisor

La Casa de Cafe is ranked highly on Trip Advisor and I can see why!! Here are 5 reasons why La Casa De Cafe was just perfect and would be a great choice for any traveller to Copan.

1. Views!
From the balcony in front of my room, I had a view of the mountains and countryside. The view got even better when you went upstairs to the patio.

Countryside views from La Casa de Cafe

Countryside views from La Casa de Cafe

2. Fast Wi-Fi
The Wi-Fi here is fast. The owners themselves know all about the travel industry, Howard who runs the place is an established writer and travel expert with a story or two to tell. Hence he respects the fact that modern travellers (and travel bloggers and writers) rely on a fast connection!

Yes blogging from this spot with decent wifi!

Yes blogging from this spot with decent wifi!

3. Great Food (and Coffee!!)
The restaurant here is voted the 4th best in town by Trip Advisor and it’s easy to see why. They cook everything fresh here for you. The breakfast is excellent and you have to try the coffee!!

Enjoying my breakfast!

Enjoying my breakfast!

Great coffee and fruit for breakfast

Great coffee and fruit for breakfast

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The fantastic breakfast at La Casa de Cafe, Copan Ruinas, Honduras.

4. Ambient, Peaceful Gardens
The gardens in La Casa de Cafe have an air of optimism about them. I just felt good here. I kind of came to Copan to recharge my travel batteries for a day, as Panny and I were travelling separate for a few more days and I spent some time in the gardens relaxing, reading, planning and actually for once – being offline for a bit.

Gardens at La Casa de Cafe

Gardens at La Casa de Cafe

Relaxing gardens at La Casa de Cafe

Relaxing gardens at La Casa de Cafe

Decent place to relax with a coffee!

Decent place to relax with a coffee!

5. Comfort
My introduction to Honduras was stuffy, hot and sweaty. After dumping my bags off in my cosy room, the comfort here was the perfect tonic.

Loving my comfortable room

Loving my comfortable room

How to book La Casa de Cafe in Copan Ruinas:
– Go direct to their website and book it
La Casa de Café
Barrio El Centro
Copan Ruinas
Honduras
[email protected]
Tel 504 2651-4620
Rates: US$48 single / night, plus tax
US$58 double / night, plus tax

Rates include fast wi-fi, full breakfast and unlimited coffee, tea and iced tea all day long!!

And honestly – for you real budget backpackers reading, don’t worry – if La Casa de Cafe is beyond your budget there is a cool backpackers hostel just next door, called Hostel Iguana Azul so I’ll give you the link too and you can book through there:
Hostel Iguana Azul

Here are my videos from La Casa de Cafe in Copan Ruinas, Honduras:

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