San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras, serves as both the capital of the Cortés Department and the commercial hub for the region's coffee, banana, tobacco and sugar industries. It is located in the northwest corner of the country approximately 165 miles from the capital city of Tegucigalpa and 37 miles south of Puerto Cortés on the Caribbean Sea.
With many of the country's attractions conveniently located close to the city, many visitors tend to choose flying into San Pedro Sula's Aeropuerto Internacional Ramón Villeda Morales instead of Tegucigalpa, which is further south. Today, San Pedro Sula is an active city of the more than one million people and it is rapidly growing due to the focus on business and regional agriculture. The majority of its main roads in and out of the city are well maintained, which provides an easy drive to not only the western and northern regions but to the rest of Honduras as well.
For those wishing to make San Pedro Sula a base while traveling, the following hotels provide luxury accommodations, fine dining, and a variety of upscale amenities, all within easy access of the region's beautiful attractions.
Real InterContinental San Pedro Sula - This luxury hotel has been certified by the Honduran Tourism Institute as the only five-star hotel in Honduras. It is conveniently located near one of the largest and most exclusive shopping centers in the city (Mall Multiplaza) and just seven miles from the Aeropuerto Internacional Ramón Villeda Morales. Each of its 149 luxury guestrooms and suites are individually designed with the "Best Rest" standard, which includes soundproof windows, a feather-bed mattress with 300 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and goose feather and down pillows. Additional amenities include 42-inch flat-screen televisions, high-speed Internet and access to a private swimming pool and fitness center. It also provides a 24-hour business center and the on-site Bambu restaurant, which offers Central American- and Caribbean-influenced cuisine. The attention to service, the luxury amenities and its convenient location makes this hotel one of the best in the area. It is located at Colonia Hernandez and Boulevard del Sur. More information can be found at their website: Real InterContinental San Pedro Sula.
Hilton Princess San Pedro Sula - Located near the most important corporate centers in the city, this hotel includes 124 luxury guestrooms and four suites with amenities such as Hilton Serenity Collection upscale bedding, Crabtree & Evelyn and La Source bath products, and wireless Internet. The executive rooms on two private floors offer larger rooms of up to 323-square-feet in size with access to the Executive Lounge, complimentary refreshments and breakfast, and marble bathrooms complete with bathrobes and slippers. All guests have access to the outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, the Garden Court Restaurant, and Clancy's Bar, which provides live entertainment on selected evenings. For added convenience, the hotel also includes a car rental desk and friendly staff who can provide a wealth of information about the city's nearby attractions. It is located at the Avenida Circunvalación, 10 Calle S.O. More information can be found at their website: Hilton Princess San Pedro Sula.
Crowne Plaza Hotel San Pedro Sula - Catering to both business and leisure travelers, this 14-floor hotel is located minutes from the Expo Centro (the city's major convention center). It also offer easy access to the Lancetilla Gardens, Punta Sal National Park, and the Guamilito Market, which is one of the best places in the city to purchase souvenirs and artwork. Its 122 luxury guestrooms and three suites provide panoramic views of the city and includes amenities such as wireless Internet access, a full-service business center, a fitness center with a full-service spa, and even an on-site casino. The Rio de Piedras Restaurant specializes in sushi and also provides one of the city's best breakfast buffets. The property also includes 1,200-square-feet of meeting space for business and private functions for up to 300 people and includes personalized service from the Crowne Meetings Director, who can tailor any aspect of the event to the client's needs. With all of its luxury aspects, it is easily one of the best hotels in the city. It is located at Boulevard Morazán, 11 Avenida 1 Calle. More information can be found at their website: Crowne Plaza Hotel San Pedro Sula.