Do you ever wonder how life innkeeping in Honduras might be?
Although I have been involved in tourism for over 30 years, with over two thirds of them in Honduras, I did not have any hands on experience as an innkeeper. After buying a lovely property in the Cangrejal River Valley 16 years ago, I started planning a home to live in. The requirements were simple: I wanted something with some “sense of place”, with spacious verandah’s overlooking the Cangrejal River and Pico Bonito National Park. (Nombre de Dios National Park did not exist back then). I needed to make a design that would allow me not to need air-conditioning, so high ceilings and cross ventilation where a must. An interior courtyard was also on the wish list, so as I got out a piece of paper and started making some drawings for the architect I had hired, one thing became apparent: it was going to be a huge house…
One thing led to another, and soon we had decided that we would build our dream home and use the extra bedrooms as a bed and breakfast in La Ceiba. After, all Soledad, my lovely wife had worked at the Hotel Marina Copan in Copan Ruinas for many years and was a great hostess. As we moved into our unfinished home, Honduras came to an important crossroad in its recent history, and then President Zelaya was literally thrown out of the country, creating a serious political crisis that affected tourism to Honduras. No doubt that these were the wrong days to start a bed and breakfast and start a new life innkeeping in Honduras! Or was it?
On the brightside, when we finally did open our doors in 2012, we were allowed a soft opening and had a chance to learn more about innkeeping in Honduras. Our business is slowly, but steadily growing at La Villa de Soledad B&B, and more and more tourists from around the World have chosen us as the place to stay in when visiting La Ceiba and the wonderful Pico Bonito National Park.
Incredibly, we have few guests that are Honduran. It seems that what we offer is not what they want, however, what we offer is fortunately very attractive to the international traveler coming through Honduras. We are the ideal location to Relax in Nature, reconnect with yourself and enjoy nature at its fullest. You can tailor make your visit at La Villa de Soledad to be an adventure filled holiday, a nature retreat, or a bit of both.
Designed by Honduran architect Mauricio Castaneda, La Villa de Soledad is the perfect setting for innkeeping in Honduras. Just this week we had a couple from the United Kingdom, Francoise & Trevor Goul-Wheeker who are experienced World travelers tell us that they had been in many lovely, luxury hotels and inns worldwide, but had never encountered a couple that took better care of their guests! Now is that a compliment or what?
Innkeeping in Honduras has been a lot of fun, and given us the opportunity to meet wonderful adventurers from around the World. Guests from afar as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, as well as from throughout Europe and of course, North America, have passed through our inn, shared their experiences and provided us with the opportunity to meet good people from around the world that we would have never met otherwise. Innkeeping in Honduras has been a wonderful experience that provides unique moments on a regular schedule. Yes looking back at that moment when we decided we would build a Bed and Breakfast, was definitely a moment of genius that has provided us with a fantastic way of meeting great and interesting people and making a living out if! Innkeeping in Honduras is without doubt one of the best decisions we have taken during our lives!