Hotel Camino Maya (tel. 651-4518, info@camino mayahotel.com, www.caminomayahotel.com, $55 d) has comfortable rooms with all the usual amenities, including air-conditioning and telephone. There’s also a small lobby with wicker furniture.
In a large building on the southeast corner of the plaza is the similarly priced Plaza Copán (tel. 651-4508, $57–63 d), where well-furnished rooms have tile floors, air-conditioning, minifridge, TV, and private hot-water bathroom. There are a restaurant and small swimming pool.
The town’s fanciest accommodations are found at
Hotel Marina Copán (tel. 651-4070/71, 877/893-9131 toll-free U.S., www.hotelmarinacopan.com, $85–250 d, including breakfast), built in the old family home of Doña Marina Welchez about 60 years ago. There are standard rooms and suites; all rooms have cable TV, ceiling fan, air- conditioning, and telephone. Amenities include a sauna, gym, swimming pool, bar, and the excellent Glifo’s restaurant.
Hotel Don Udo’s (tel. 651-4533, www.donudos.com, $50–80 d) scores major points for atmosphere with comfortable tiled-floor rooms tastefully decorated with Guatemalan furnishings and accents centered around a delightful garden courtyard. There are rooms with or without air-conditioning and TV; all have fan and private hot-water bath. Some bathrooms have a tub. There’s a lobby lounge where you can watch DVDs. Alternatively, you can relax in a sauna or the whirlpool tub. The restaurant here is highly recommended.
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