- Casa de Café (Western Honduras; tel. 504/2651-4620; www.casadecafecopan.com): Casa de Café's rotating breakfasts, clean and comfortable rooms, and lovely views make it one of my favorite hotels in Honduras. Their new boutique hotel a few blocks away, Terramaya, and adjacent rental houses could also qualify.
- Hotel Gran Central (the North Coast; tel. 504/2448-1099; www.hotelgrancentral.com): A blend of tropical and colonial chic sets this restored colonial building in Tela apart from its rivals. Black-and-white checkerboard tiles paired with hand-painted designs on the walls give a welcome air of class and style for a price that's hard to beat.
- Casa Alemania (the North Coast; tel. 504/2434-4466; www.trujillohonduras.com): German food and beer are on hand from owners Gunter and Paula at this intimate hotel right on the Trujillo beach front. The 10 rooms are beyond comfortable and have all the amenities that you'll find at the Hilton. They even have dorm-style beds and camping space for those on a tight budget.
- Posada de Don Juan (Western Honduras; tel. 504/2656-1020; www.posadadedonjuanhotel.com): With recent renovations, this boutique colonial inn has left no questions about which is the top hotel in Gracias. In 2008, they doubled in size, added a pool and Jacuzzi in a colonial courtyard, and built their own hot springs facility outside of the city.
- West Bay B&B (the Bay Islands; tel. 504/2445-5080; www.westbaybedandbreakfast.com): For the price of the rooms here, which are new and surprisingly upscale, you wouldn't be able to buy dinner at one of the nearby resorts. If you don't mind a 5-minute walk to the top beach in the country, you will be rewarded with spacious, comfortable rooms.
- Yamari Savannah Cabañas (La Mosquitia; tel. 504/2443-8009; www.larutamoskitia.com): A stay in this true solar-powered eco-lodge in the wilderness, about an hour from Brus Laguna, costs just $10 a night. It's set in one of La Mosquitia's bizarre savannahs, where you will bird-watch by kayak, inner tube, or traditional Cayucos canoe. Drop these same stilted cabins into Brazil, and you are looking to pay 10 times the price.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.