There is a range of accommodations and lodgings available in Utila to suit all budgets and all tastes, from shared dormitory-style rooms from as little as $2 per night to luxury private houses and resorts.
You will not find International (or even National) Hotel Chains or brands in Utila. Almost all accommodations, resorts and hotels are owned and operated by local Utila families or people living here in Utila.
Accommodation pricing is fairly competitive in Utila, so you can be generally confident that price is a reasonable indicator of quality, essentially you will get what you pay for.
Prices & Facilities
Note - To be included in this section, the entire island must be available for rental.
Note - To be included in this section, Apartments must have essentially the same type of facilities as a private house, but often on a smaller scale and will probably be connected to other buildings or apartments.
Not all the Hotels and Rooms for Rent in Utila offer an advance bookings or reservations service, especially those at the lower end of the pricing range who tend to operate on a "walk-in" first come, first served basis.
You will most likely need advance reservations for Resorts and Houses for Rent, especially in the peak season and festival times such as Semana Santa (Easter), Carnaval (usually the 3rd week of July) and Sun Jam (usually the 1st weekend in August). For Semana Santa, you would be advised to make reservations well in advance since most of the more popular accommodations, including Hotels and Rooms are often reserved 2-3 months in advance.
This web page only lists about 70% of the accommodations available in Utila. Several "Houses for Rent' and "Apartments for Rent' are not listed by the choice of the owners since these houses and apartments are rarely vacant, usually being occupied by long term renters such as Scuba Diving Instructors, DiveMasters in Training or people building vacation/retirement homes down along the south shore. Vacancies in these accommodations are usually advertised around the Island by "word of mouth".
If you are taking the afternoon ferry to Utila you should consider trying to make a reservation for your first night stay in Utila, in order to avoid the difficulty of trying to find suitable accommodations after sunset. You can always look for more appropriate accommodations the next morning.
Many of the Apartments in Utila are occupied by long stay tourists (those who intend to stay in Utila for more than 1 month), (usually people undertaking a DiveMaster course with an internship program or Scuba Diving Instructors). If you intend to stay in Utila for more than a few weeks, Apartments generally offer good value and are more comfortable. The best value Apartments are rarely vacant, but you can often meet up with people who have a spare bedroom or bed in their Apartment and may offer you a place there for your share of the rent and living expenses.