Tegucigalpa is still redefining itself
as a democratic and economic power after serving as a hub for
the Contra rebels fighting in neighboring Nicaragua in the 1980s.
Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, is located at an altitude
of 975 meters (3,200 feet), surrounded by mountains. Formerly
a gold- and silver-mining center, "Tegucigalpa" means "Silver
Hills" in Nahuatl, the ancient language of the region.
Unlike most Honduran cities, Tegucigalpa has never been devastated
by floods, fires, or earthquakes, so it has never had to rebuild.
This makes the city a jumble of old adobe and 1960s-era concrete
buildings, with an erratic street pattern. The Choluteca River
separates Tegucigalpa from its sister city Comayagua, but the
two have grown into one metropolitan area, sharing a mayor and
many municipal services. Tegucigalpa does not have strong attractions
for tourists. Local sites include La Leona Park , Los
Dolores Church , Morzan Plaza , the National Museum
of Anthropology , the Republic Museum , and the National
Palace of Congress . Tegucigalpa enjoys a pleasant climate,
drier and cooler than most of the country.
Spanish is the official language, but a large number of professionals
and businesspeople speak English, in part because many were
educated in the United States. Since the 1980s, Honduras has
been moving toward market reforms and a modernization of its
economy. Industries include food processing (especially bananas
and vegetable oil), light manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and
cigars, plus handicrafts such as pottery, leather goods, pewter,
Petty crime is a problem in Tegucigalpa, and visitors should
take care after dark. The situation becomes worse in Comayagua,
where travel is unsafe even during the day. Acts of political
violence, however, are rare. Traffic is always a problem. Taxi
service is adequate in the downtown areas, but drivers often
pick up more than one fare at a time. Major hotels and the airport
have their own taxi fleets. Water should be boiled and filtered,
and is in short supply during the dry season.
Corruption remains a problem, especially within the judiciary,
although the government is committed to addressing it, and the
country faces a growing deficit. Rising demand for electricity
may produce shortfalls in the future. In spite of its problems,
Tegucigalpa remains the center of attraction for U.S. investment
in the region, and, if its internal problems can be controlled,
has the potential for great progress in the near future.
Note: Be sure to have advance reservations
before traveling to Honduras during the high season. (January, February,
March, April, June, July, December)
Real Inter Continental
P.O. Box 2122
Tel:  231-1300
Fax:  231-1400
157 rooms and suites; 2 Club floors;
handicapped room; in business district; restaurant; cafeteria;
bar; casino; conference rooms; business center; Internet access;
in-room a/c, kitchenette, direct-dial phone, 2 phone lines,
voicemail, cable TV, temperature control, alarm clock, hairdryer,
newspaper, radio, safe, desk, movies, minibar; non-smoking
rooms available; laundry; house nurse; safe boxes; courier
service; shops; currency exchange; guest relations; bellman;
concierge; tour/airline desk; car rental; complimentary airport
shuttle; 24-hour security; secure parking; gym; spa; pool;
Maya Hotel and Convention Center
Avenida Republica de Chile
Tel:  232-3191
Fax:  232-7629
rooms; located in Palmira District; restaurant; coffee shop;
bar; conference facilities (up to 450); business center; Internet
access; in-room a/c; room service; laundry; safe; beauty parlor/barber;
shopping arcade; travel agency; car rental; secure parking;
health spa; pool; corporate rates; US$149-165.
Col. Alameda, Calle Principal
Boulevard Juan Pablo II
rooms, executive floors; northern part of city; restaurant;
cafeteria; bar; conference rooms; business center; Internet
access; in-room a/c, bathroom, hairdryer, phone, cable TV,
iron/ironing board, writing desk; laundry; safe box; gym;
spa; pool; Jacuzzi; shows; US$140-180.
Colonia Humuya 1150
Tel:  239-2206, 239-8962, 235-7275
rooms and 5 apartments with kitchen, dining and living room,
executive services; restaurant; cafe; meeting facilities (up
to 15); Internet access; secretarial service; translation
service; in-room bath, a/c, alarm clock, hairdryer on request,
color cable TV, shower, direct-dial phone, desk, modem connection;
room service; laundry; shops; currency exchange; free newspaper;
concierge; valet parking; fitness; health spa; massage; racquetball/squash;
bicycle/jogging trail; garden; US$105-165.
Plaza San Martin
Frente Plaza San Martin
Tel:  237-2928, 232-8268
Fax:  231-1366
city center; restaurant; bar; conference facilities (up to
1,000); business center; secretarial service; translation
service; in-room bathroom, shower, tea/coffeemaker, hairdryer,
minibar, modem connection, Internet access, cable TV/movies,
a/c, safe, desk, iron/ironing board, balcony; room service;
laundry/dry cleaning; disabled facilities; barber/beauty salon;
airport transportation; parking; fitness; nightclub; corporate
Tel:  235-6851, 235-8764
Fax:  235-8767
and apartments; cafeteria; fax/photocopy facilities; secretarial/translation
service; in-room modem connection, bathroom, hairdryer, closet,
phone, a/c, safe, minibar, coffee, cable TV, kitchen; room
service; laundry/dry cleaning; daily mail service; complimentary
shuttle to mall and airport; on-site security; parking; sauna;
Best Western Hotel Excelsior
Avenido Ceruantes, number 1515 between downtown and Morazan
Tel:  237-2638
Fax:  238-0468
located in financial district; restaurant; bar; convention
center (up to 200); in-room cable TV, a/c, phone, bathroom;
suites with kitchenette; room service; boutique; drugstore;
Colonia Miramontes, Calle Paseo Miramontes, frente Larach
Tel:  232-8179
Fax:  239-1855
rooms; office/meeting rooms; in-room a/c, radio/alarm clock,
phone, cable TV, bathroom; secure parking.
Hotel Plaza del Libertador
Colonia Palmira Plaza de San Martin
81 rooms and suites; conference rooms; business center; secretarial
service; in-room bathroom, shower, hairdryer, minibar, refrigerator,
Internet access, cable TV, a/c, safe, smoke detector, balcony,
desk, free local calls; parking; gym; sauna; US$80+.
Portal del Angel
2115 Avenida Republica del Peru, Colonia Palmira
Tel:  239-6538
Fax:  235-8839
new boutique hotel; complimentary breakfast; meeting room;
laptop computers available; fax/photocopy facilities; secretarial
service; in-room a/c, bath, TV, safe, desk, direct-dial phone,
modem connection; fitness room; on-site security.
Vista Bed and Breakfast
Calle Las Acacias No. 1438, Colonia
Tel.  231-0099, 231-0188
Fax:  232-4294
single and 2 double rooms; dining area; fax service; in-room
cable TV, direct-dial phone, a/c, hot water, bathroom, Internet
access; laundry service; safe boxes; taxi service; US$60.
Colonia Tepeyac, Ave. Luis Bogran, No. 1519
Tel:  232-9891
Fax:  232-0188
suites; restaurant; in-room a/c, bathroom, TV, phone; pool;
Tel:  232-6902
Fax:  232-6932
75 rooms; restaurant; in-room a/c, bathroom, TV; pool; US$54.
5 Ave. entre 7 y 8, Calle no. 1438
Tel:  237-1639, 237-1638
Fax:  237-1446
rooms; city center; restaurant; bar; cafeteria; conference
room (up to 30); in-room a/c, kitchenette, bathroom, phone,
TV; laundry; travel agency; car rental; secure parking; corporate
6a Calle Avenida Jerez
Tel:  237-8151
Fax:  237-1454
50 rooms; city center; restaurant; bar; conference facilities
(up to 400); fax/photocopy facilities; secretarial service;
in-room a/c, direct-dial phone, radio, shower, cable TV, room
service; laundry/valet; handicap facilities; drugstore; tour
desk, concierge desk; disco; cabaret; corporate rates; US$45/65.
Leslie's Bed and Breakfast Place
Colonia Palmira San Martin #452
Tel:  239-0641
Fax:  232-1687
breakfast cafe (included); fax services; in-room data-port,
cable TV, phone, bathroom; laundry; fitness center; US$59/69.
Note: Use country code  when dialing from outside Honduras.
Half block from Hotel Honduras, Colonia Palmira; open for lunch on
Juan Pablo II Avenue, Colonia Alameda.
Hacienda El Trapiche
Boulevard Suyapa, opposite Campus of the Honduran National Autonomous
Jose & Pepe's
Near Plaza San Martin Hotel and Honduras Maya
La Cumbre $$$
On the road to El Hatillo; nice views.
La Veranda $$$
In the Hotel Honduras Maya; Avenida Republica de Chile, Colonia Palmira
Lunch and dinner.
On the highway to Battalion, opposite Supermarcado la Colonia #2
Lunch and dinner.
Los Guijarros $$$
Lomas de Guijarro district; exclusive dining.
Portal del Angel $$$
In the Portal del Angel hotel, Colonial Palmeira; elegant dining.
Restaurant Alondra $$$
Colonia Palmira; indoor and terrace seating; lunch and dinner.
Restaurante Jimmy West Bar-B-Q $$
Steak, seafood, and chicken barbecue.
Restaurant El Candelero $$
Hotel Honduras Maya; Avenida Republica de Chile, Colonia Palmira
Restaurante Roma $$
Pizza and pasta
Avenida Republicana Dominicana
In the La Ronda Hotel, 6a Calle Avenida Jerez
Lunch and dinner.
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