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“Have to love mexico” 3 of 5 stars
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20 Avenue Los Riscos | Peninsula Santiago, Manzanillo 28860, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #10 of 20 Manzanillo B&B and Inns
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“Have to love mexico”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

The locals are great. You can enjoy a relaxing day on the beach and not be herasted to purchase souvenirs. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2010

We chose La Querencia for a birthday celebration in late Feb. 2010. There were six of us and we did almost every activity we could in Manzanillo, all arranged by Villa LQ's great house manager Cesar. From surfing lessons to snorkelling, golf (nearby), deep-sea fishing, turtle sanctuary tours -- even a rodeo night in a nearby town for the more adventurous young adults in the family -- we had a wonderful time. The best event, though, was the 7-man Mariachi band Cesar arranged for our birthday boy! Such fun.

Though smallish, the villa's plunge pool is perfect for cooling off and you can swim up to the edge and literally look out over all of Manzanillo Bay, including the Las Hadas resort below. Interestingly, Villa LQ was at one time the home of Las Hadas' original owner, the storied Antenor Patino. Juanita is a wonderful chef and her meals are superlative. We loved the tortilla soup, the chicken flautas (sp?) and her egg dishes for breakfast were fantastic, esp. huevos rancheros and a to-die-for-omelette, plus banana pancakes.
Lulu is the housekeeper and is always smiling!

Except for one night when there was a lively party going on below us at one of the Las Hadas villas, we didn't notice the resort noise. One day we paid a fee of $30 per person and spent the day from late morning until late afternoon using the LH amenities, including swimming pool, beach cabana and pool bar/lunch menu. Worth doing for the atmosphere, but we preferred the public La Audiencia beach on the other side of the hill, in Bahia Santiago, for beach swimming. (It's famous as the beach a gorgeous young Bo Derek appeared on in the movie "10"). At this beach, $10 (100 pesos) buys an umbrella and four beach chairs. It's a 15-minute walk but Villa LQ pays the cab ride if that's your pleasure.

We loved our holiday and felt the rental rate was very good when you compare the price of numerous hotel rooms for a family. And we definitely developed a taste for Cesar's margaritas!

If we were taking another family trip to Manzanillo, we would return to this lovely villa in a heartbeat.

Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

The winding cobblestone road past the white-washed hotels, apartments and villas lets you know you're in for something different. Upon entrance into the Villa La Quarencia you are treated immediately to a view through the courtyard to the pool and Manzanillo Bay in the distance.
We stayed here for five days, from just after Christmas through New Year's Day. I stayed with my parents, three siblings, their spouses and children, along with my own children. There were five teenagers and two boys ages 7 and 9. We had a fantastic trip.
There are seven bedrooms--all with private bathrooms. One important note: this is not a house for someone with disabilities. There is only one main-floor bedroom (and it has twin beds). All the other bedrooms are accessed by narrow winding stairways with no handrails. In fact, anyone with knee problems may want to stay away from this peninsula because there are lots of steep hills, cobblestone (treacherous) streets, few sidewalks and stairs in houses are a significant necessity.
The second-floor master suite was well appointed with his and hers bathrooms, plenty of closet space and a sitting area offering views over the terrace below, the resorts down the hill and the bay beyond that. Two more bedrooms round out the second floor.
A narrow winding staircase from the main floor entertainment room takes you past an entrance to the master suite up to the roof. With plenty of built-in seating and stunning views of Manzanillo Bay on one side and Santiago Bay and Playa Audencia on the other, the roof terrace is a great place to entertain during the sunset. There is a bedroom on the roof that gives the illusion of added privacy--but only if no one in your group wants to come up to the roof to enjoy the view. The door to the roof can be locked, however, if you want to ensure privacy.
Another bedroom is located up one level via a separate entrance. This bedroom has an additional window bed that is suitable for a young child, but not a teenager (it was too small for my 5'5" daughter). A small bedroom with twin beds is located on the main floor tucked behind the entertainment room. It was the perfect place for the 7- and 9-year-old cousins to stay. We could put them to bed early while relaxing nearby. When they awoke ahead of the rest of us, they had the terrace and entertainment room all to themselves. The final bedroom is a large room with two extra twin beds located under the main house. The stairs leading down to it make you feel like you are entering an area reserved for the staff and, indeed, the house manager's room is just off the stairway halfway down to the lower bedroom. It's not as inviting as the rest of the rooms.
The service was excellent. House manager, Cesar (whose English is impeccible), took our meal orders each day before doing the shopping, purchased any extras we needed, helped arrange boat and boogie board rentals, set up zip-line tours, and gave general advice on where to go. The three additional staff members provided excellent meals, good humor, laundry and cleaning service, and stayed on top of mopping the tiles drenched from the constant splashing by children in the pool. A menu of meal ideas was provided, but the staff was flexible. When ordering a meal, different meat, fish or vegetarian options are available for that type of meal. For example, one night we had enchiladas--beef, chicken and just cheese so that all appetites were satisfied. All the meals were great, but I highly recommend the nachos, the fajitas and the banana pancakes for breakfast.
If you are looking for a place to rent with family and friends, make sure you enjoy being around them a lot. The covered terrace with bar is the primary place to relax. The terrace overlooks the pool and the Bay. While the roof may offer some seclusion, there is no comfortable place to sit up there. Thus, the only way to remove yourself from the melee is to retreat to your room.
The New Year's Eve celebration at midnight is one to remember--with fireworks lighting up all around the Bay. The display wasn't the best I've seen, but the fact that it seemed to surround us made it incredibly cool.
To visit a free beach, you must walk (or drive) 3/4 mile down the street to Playa Audencia, a public beach teeming with Mexicans on holiday at that time of year. It was very crowded, very public, and not very pleasant. Perhaps it is much nicer when not everyone is on holiday. It is the place you'd go to rent a boat for snorkeling, etc. You can also walk down the other direction to Las Hadas. The resort charges an entrance fee of 300 pesos (approx. $25 as of this writing) for the day that includes food and drink tickets. We did not try this so I cannot attest to whether or not it is worth it. Instead, we chose to drive about 40 minutes north to Playa del Oro, a long secluded beach with fantastic waves. If you go this route, make sure you have an SUV or rough-road worthy vehicle as the 7 km dirt road gets quite dicey at times.
The only complaints we had involved the noise. The largest resort of the peninsula, Las Hadas, is far below Villa La Querencia but the noise traveled up the hillside. The late night music and DJ at the resort often kept us awake. Although loud enough for us to hear every word of the music and DJ, it didn't seem like a big problem at 9 pm. The kids were usually tired enough to fall asleep through the noise. It was a problem at 2 a.m. (and 3:30 a.m. on New Year's). Even with the windows closed and the AC on the music filtered into the bedrooms. The AC in my room was noisy enough on its own that neither option appealed to me. It was a good excuse to take naps during the day.
There were also some tiny mite-like ants that made their way into some of the rooms but not overwhelmingly so. They did not bite and didn't seem to cause any trouble beyond a few northerners saying, "Ewwww."
Overall, it was a wonderful place to feel pampered while enjoying breathtaking views and soaking up the warm Pacific sun.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GoBucks83
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2009

All three couples agreed the Villa La Querencia is among the best places we've ever vacationed. The villa and the villa staff exceeded our expectations. The villa is roomy, comfortable and immaculately maintained. The staff was warm, friendly and helpful. By the end of the week we felt like we were leaving friends. Juanita kept us well fed and Lulu was in constant motion keeping the villa neat and clean. Cesar, the house manager, went above and beyond in being helpful, answering our questions and showing us around town.
Our advice to anyone visiting the villa is to take advantage of Juanita's cooking. We enjoyed great food including lots of fresh fruit, shrimp, mexican favorites and more all for about $5 per person per meal. We enjoyed her fresh salsa and quacamole so much that we had her teach us how to make it! Although I'm certain that it won't taste the same without the view!
We also found after exploring the entire area on foot that the location of the villa provides probably the best view in the area. From incredible sunrises to whale watching in the late afternoon to the city lights at night - the view is breathtaking.
For all these reasons and more we highly recommend the Villa La Querencia if you're looking for a beautiful place to relax and be pampered.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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Martha's Vineyard
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2008

We stayed in this villa over the Holiday to celebrate Christmas. The service was great and plenty of attention was given to our comfort. Our family was a three generation group ranging from the ages of five to sixty five. The house was extremely comfortable, the food was great and plentiful. Enrique drove us to day excursions, like the turtle sanctuary, the town of Colima and a few others. We enjoyed the beach nearby, Miramar, where we could have food from one of the restaurants while on the beach. There isn't anyplace to walk and explore close to the villa. We had to drive everywhere.
Our major complaint, and a big one when traveling for relaxation and with small children that wake up early; Las Hadas, the resort very visible and just below the house on the hill played music, had parties, events and a man on a microphone through a loud speaker all playing late until the night, sometimes until 2am. Closing the windows and turning on the a/c didn't drown the sound enough to sleep. This left us tired in the morning. We were told this happens during the Christmas holiday season. Strange that we didn't see many people at the resort, yet the festivities were loud. For this one reason, I would not recommend this villa during the Christmas season. Ricardo was aware of the planned events, as they happen every year. I would suggest you ask about this before renting.

  • Liked — The excellent service provided by the staff. The view.
  • Disliked — The noise from Las Hadas that kept up up too late
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2008

13 of us (3 families) have vacationed together in many desirable locations, but all agreed that this was the perfect spot. The house is perfectly suited for large groups: the covered 'great space' by the pool was a refuge from the sun and a nighttime battle ground for games-we wore out "Cranium"
We will always remember feasting high above the city lights that sparkled on the bay. Each meal was memorable.
Having Ricardo do the leg work and phone calls for our various excursions and grocery requests was truly concierge service.
We are already planning a sequel.

  • Liked — food
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Maryland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2007

We traveled to the Villa in February of this year (2007). We booked the trip over a year in advance and the anticipation was almost too much to bear. We met dear friends from Seattle and Denver (we are from Maryland) and altogether we had six adults, one 13 yo girl, three 11 yo girls, one 11 yo boy and one 8 yo boy. The rooms, as described by others were clean and comfortable and were decorated in the traditional Mexican style. The staff were absolutely incredible and never have we experienced such fabulous service. Our every need and desire were met. The staff shopped for our food, cooked our meals, cleared the table, cleaned the dishes, mopped the floors, straightened up, made the beds, did our laundry and washed and dried our towels every day, they drove us to the beach and into town and they treated us like absolute royalty. We never felt the need to go out to eat as the food prepared for us was absolute perfection. We chose our menu a day or two in advance and everyday at 5:00 p.m., we were served the most delicious homemade guacamole and tostada chips. With six children of varying ages, we were utterly thrilled to discover that no one EVER complained about anything. They all got along well and I truly believe it was because they were all so relaxed well fed and well rested. The public beach boasted jet skis, banana boating, snorkeling excursions, shopping and hair braiding. For 100 pesos a day ($10) we were all set up with umbrellas and chairs. Be sure to ask Ricardo to bring you Dolphy ice cream (it's too die for). The view was amazingly spectacular and we could actually see whales breeching out in the bay from our pool/deck. And...whatever we wanted to drink was fully stocked in the poolside cooler....What could be better than that? The weather was warm and sunny every day and the entire ambience was exactly what we had hoped for and more. We can unequivocally and wholeheartedly endorse this villa as being the BEST vacation experience we've ever had and trust me when I say that we have been to some top notch spots (can you say the Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman?)...The Ritz doesn't have anything on Villa de la Querencia. Not a day goes by that I don't think back on that week with fond memories and longing for a time when we can return...

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — Not much to do outside of villa and beach
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20 Avenue Los Riscos | Peninsula Santiago, Manzanillo 28860, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Colima > Manzanillo
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Manzanillo
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Number of rooms: 7

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