The enchanting La Casa de Café (tel. 651-4620, www.casadecafecopan.com, $45 d, breakfast included) is Copán Ruinas’s premiere bed-and-breakfast inn, set in a quiet neighborhood a few blocks southwest of the plaza. The rooms are well furnished and tastefully decorated. You can enjoy fantastic views of the Copán Valley and Guatemala, farther west, from your patio hammock in a wonderful garden setting.
The friendly Honduran-American owners also rent out fully furnished private villas across the street, including the Casa Jaguar (www.casajaguarcopan.com, $70 per night) and Casa de Don Santiago (www.casadedonsantiagocopan.com, $90 per night).
A block north of the plaza across from the Hotel Brisas de Copán and run by the same family is the Acropolis Maya (tel. 651-4634, acropolis [at] copanhonduras [dot] org, $45 d), with well-decorated rooms featuring nice, firm beds, tile floors, ceiling fan, reading lamp, air- conditioning, cable TV, and private hot-water bath. There’s a small courtyard on the ground floor, along with a small living room in the lobby.
Across the street from Hotel Yaragua, Hotel Popol-Nah (tel. 651-4095) is a comfortable and modern 12-room hotel that has rooms with fan and cable TV for $25 d or upstairs rooms with balcony views and air-conditioning for $45 d. All rooms have good mattresses and private hot-water bathroom.
Hotel Los Jaguares (tel. 651-4451), on the plaza’s northwest corner, has rooms that make a stab at decor with air-conditioning, private bath, firm beds, and cable TV.
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