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“One place in Mexico to come back over and over again” 4 of 5 stars
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Dolphin Cove Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. Vista Hermosa s/n, Manzanillo 28860, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #6 of 52 hotels in Manzanillo
Tucson, Arizona
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“One place in Mexico to come back over and over again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We have had a wonderful week’s stay at Karen Brown's Dolphin Cove Inn in Manzanillo, Mexico. Each room has a balcony and faces the beautiful bay – very comfortable beach living. There is a man-made narrow beach with comfortable lounges, tables, umbrellas for shade. There is also a pool by the restaurant (that serves Very Good food).

We rented a car at the airport and took day trips all but one day – Manzanillo, Colima, etc. The driving was easy, very polite road traffic. A driving tip is to follow the signs to 'Zona Hotelera' to find the Dolphin Cove Inn. It is on the bay side of mountains housing other hotels, resorts, homes. The road up is cobble stone, extremely bumpy.

There is a small market at the Inn and another in an indoor mall on the main street xxxMadrid. Hearty walkers can get there by foot through the Hadas golf course.

One recommendation that was not palatable was the Shrimp Tempura at the recommended Toscana Restaurant. It was not tempura but more fried like fish n chips.

There are not maps available but the folks in the office will provide details on how to get anywhere. After a day locally, one knows the way around.

We ran into no one who did not speak English. We also overheard many conversations by English speakers saying this was their 10th or so year down here.

We have traveled Karen Brown's itineraries in Spain and the west coast of the US. She has good directions, taste, interesting things to do.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
On behalf of our staff we thank you for taking the time to review our property. All of us at Dolphin Cove Inn really appreciate your genuinely positive comments in reference to your most recent stay. We look forward to serving you as our loyal guest again in the near future.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Goal: For my boyfriend and I to spend a few days together in Manzanillo relaxing and prepping for our month of camping/surfing in the south...
Achieved!
This is our 7th time staying at Dolphin Cove.
We like it because we enjoy a quiet spot that allows us to enjoy each other's company and have easy access to the stores and facilities of Manzanillo so that we can stock up for our camping trip.
Rooms: always well appointed. We often get upgraded when we check in. Depending what you are looking for in a room, just ask for it. Want to be close to the pool and resto? Want to have a quiet isolated room? Everytime we ask (sometime at check in, sometimes by email in advance), we get it. We adore the walk in showers (not always the hottest water) and the balconies as well as the fridge and kitchen area. Wireless works best on balcony or in rooms closest to resto in our experience.

Beach: Manzanillo is not known for its beaches, that being said, there is one here... in the bay. Very quiet and uncrowded.

Pool area: lovely, clean, just the right temp

Restaurant: the blackberry margaritas are a neccessary treat. The breakfast is included in the room price and we are usually one of the first ones there (8:30 am). Lovely fruit and eggs. The restaurant has a full menu and we will occasionally order snacks (nachos, pizza, fries) from there, but we tend to buy groceries and have them in our room (ex: cheese and crackers etc)

Staff: the staff that we have encountered (front desk, resto etc) has been kind and helpful.

If you are looking for an easy-going, relaxed, not fancy but nice place, I recommend it... there is lots more that I didnt talk about ex: kids pool, amazing landscaping etc.

I hope you enjoy Dolphin Cove as much as we did... we will be going back, it's our go-to spot in Manzanillo!

Room Tip: Depends on what you are looking for, just ask and they will set you up :)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review of Dolphin Cove Inn. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to serving you as our loyal guest again in the near future. Please come back for another Blackberry Margarita!
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I have been visiting Dolphin Cove for many years and I never tire of its beauty. Our balcony had breathtaking views of the bay where we spotted a humpback whale and dolphins. The staff was eager and extremely helpful, making sure our stay was memorable. They set up a sail fishing excursion for us (great time!) and their own restaurant prepared the fish that we caught. Don't forget to try their margaritas; I think they are the best in Mexico. This is a great property. It's immaculate, well-maintained, and everywhere you look there are beautiful flowers... stunning! You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CCHColorado, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Hello!
Thanks for coming back to Dolphin Cove and spending your vacation time with us. We hope we exceeded your expectations! ! We love our returning guests and we are so happy to have you back again. We appreciate you taking the time to write a lovely review. Please come back again soon!
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Lake Villa, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We had a great trip to Dolphin Cove Inn. The staff welcomed us and we had a nice room with porch and a small kitchen. It was very clean and the grounds of the hotel were amazing. There were little winding pathways all around the property and everywhere you walked you could see the ocean... beautiful landscape, as well! One day we went sailing and saw some dolphins. Another day we rented jet skis from the marina next door which was a blast. The ocean temperature was over 80 degrees! We spent most of the time in the ocean. The hotel has a small beach which is nice. One night we ate at Toscana (about a 10 min drive) and watched the sunset. We can't wait to go back! Just an overall best trip - relaxing, fun and very enjoyable activities ... a perfect mix of both!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CCHColorado, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Thank you for your glowing review of Dolphin Cove Inn! We love to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We try hard to make our guests happy and feel like part of the Dolphin Cove family. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

this was my second trip to manzanillo and what a treat it was! the one bedroom suite we stayed in has expansive views of the bay from each of the connected balconies in front of the bedroom and living room spaces. we had a small kitchen well equipped enough for our needs as we were intent on sampling the local cuisine for many meals. (we brought a pound of our favorite coffee with us for first thing in the morning, which you might consider.) the shower was so huge it could house a bench. the property abounds with beautiful bougainvillea and many other flowering shrubs, the names of which I mostly don't know. next to the pool there's the onsite restaurant, paradiso: fabulous blended margaritas made with local blackberries, good food, all reasonably priced. we caught a couple of mahi-mahi when we went charter boat fishing one day and brought the 20 pounder back to have them prepare it for us three ways. delicious! I snorkeled in front of the inn one afternoon in front of the inn and saw many colorful fish amongst the rocks. the staff is really friendly. the concierge arranged for massages (in our room!) and taxi's to nearby markets and restaurants. I recommend checking out local establishments. we had a great dinner at oasis, a short taxi ride north of the dolphin cove.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CCHColorado, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of Dolphin Cove Inn! We are so glad you came back to stay with us again and that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

This hotel was more than what I expected! The hotel staff was very accomadating and friendly. The food at the restaurant was oh so yummy, woke up daily to fresh coffee, sweet plate of fruit and a variety of selections to eat. It was centrally located to local markets as well as three grocery stores, that you buy and have simple snacks for young ones. The suite had a fridge and microwave and stove with all the kitchen necessary needs. Daily cleaning of the room and the entire facility was clean and well kept!
We can't wait to return there very soon

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CCHColorado, Manager at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you for your lovely review of Dolphin Cove Inn! We love your wonderful feedback and appreciate your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back and stay with us again soon!
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Vancouver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

I absolutely loved the look of the hotel and grounds. Flowers everywhere - a gorgeous contrast to the less-adorned hotels on either side. The buildings and walkways are pure white - apparently painted three times a year to keep it pristine, again in contrast with the dirtier, peeling hotels around it. Several sailboats anchored in front of the Dolphin Cove Inn during our stay, no doubt because it's easily the prettiest sea-to-shore view in the entire bay.

There are a lot of stairs to get anywhere but I am out of shape and didn't suffer; just needed to stop occasionally. If you are more physically limited or have small children to carry, this will be a challenge for you. No doubt, any of the immediate area's hotels will have too many stairs.

The room wasn't great. As mentioned in many reviews, the bedding was worn-looking and not as colourful as it should be. The bathroom facility, while adequate, wasn't as nice as one in a less-expensive hotel we've used previously. The kitchenette was again just adequate and nothing to mention in a postcard. There is a mosquito problem, despite being a breezy seaside location, and the balcony door screen had several holes. We were kept up through the night swatting mosquitos despite closing the glass door shortly after bedtime. Ants are also a problem in Mexico and this facility is no different.

Although the hotel itself is very quiet, we could hear a "disco" that overlooks the bay at least 2 kms away. The music blared and thumped until the early morning hours, which was intrusive. I'm not sure if it's a nightly occurence but I'm guessing so since our one-night visit was a Tuesday, not a weekend.

The restaurant is a pretty covered balcony overlooking the water, pool area, and grounds. The meals were tasty and well-priced, and the staff was very nice. There is a very small store near the office that offers a few pool/beach toys, Manzanillo souvenirs, and a limited amount of groceries. Again, adequate but not great.

The beach area is quite rocky and pretty much unusable during high tide, however, there are "beach balconies", complete with sand, loungers, tables, chairs, and umbrellas if you feel like wiggling your toes in the sand during these hours. A really great idea. They're tended regularly and very tidy.

My overall opinion is that if the rooms were spruced up, this would be an ideal hotel for anyone who can manage the stairs. The balconies are gorgeous, the grounds are fabulous, and the staff is wonderful. Thanks to the Dolphin Cove Inn for everything. See you next time!

Room Tip: Facing the bay (rather than the pool) ensures a lovely view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CCHColorado, Manager at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you for your review of Dolphin Cove Inn. We appreciate your time and effort. We understand the stairs can be an issue. We have some golf carts available to help guests get from their rooms down to the beach and pool/restaurant area. We also have some rooms lower down and closer to the beach to minimize the stairs. Hopefully this will help. We are also working on upgrading our bedding. Thank you for your feedback. We take your comments seriously and want to work to constantly improve our hotel!
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Address: Av. Vista Hermosa s/n, Manzanillo 28860, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Colima > Manzanillo
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Manzanillo
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Manzanillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dolphin Cove Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dolphin Cove Inn offers affordable and ideal Manzanillo hotel vacation lodging accommodations and is the perfect Manzanillo Mexico vacation destination for your Mexican Riviera vacation. Manzanillo is ideally located in the Mexican state of Colima just between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Manzanillo vacations have become very popular in recent years as this Mexico Riviera vacation spot is now one of the most important tourist resorts in all of Mexico. ... more   less 
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