I discovered this site a few months ago, and have enjoyed reading through a few of the threads, but hadn't yet posted an introduction.
Our hostel, Roatan Backpackers' Hostel, has been open about 3 1/2 years, growing a bit each year. We're located on the beautiful Caribbean island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras. My name is Mel, I'm the owner, and live on property with my two boys. The hostel has dorms and private loft rooms with a communal kitchen, as well as private apartments, including our one-bedroom cando, which is a converted shipping container. We have a beautiful pool and patio area in the back, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, including banana trees, and have an oceanview deck up top. I've been moving towards sustainability, with installing solar hot water heaters, and a solar energy system as our principal energy source (adding to it as $ allows), and installing a well.
We're about a 3 min walk from the Sandy Bay beach, and 5 min to a botanical gardens, and to the dolphins at Anthony's Key. The closest dive shop is around a 10 min walk away, and West End is a 10 min bus ride.
The hostel is a wonderful place, filled with an interesting mix of people- I love it! The front porch is a great spot for socializing, there are benches lining the porch, and a collection of board games in the kitchen.
I really enjoy projects, so I'm always looking for new ideas on improving the hostel.
Hope some of you will be able to head our way sometime! www.RoatanBackpackers.com