This is a small villa that has been converted into an 8 roomed hotel. If you are expecting fulll ameneties and activities as you would get from a big, all inclusive hotel then this is the wrong place for you. If your idea of a good holiday is spending the day by the pool reading a good book and watching the waves crash onto the beach and boats chugging about the harbour then this is the ideal spot!
After looking at all the hotels around Manzanillo this quirky little hotel caught my eye. It is on a spot of beach that is unsuitable for swiming and super quiete spent most of the day by the petite but stunning infinity pool just loving the silence and the need to do very little! The rooms themselves could do with a bit of refurbishment which is why I haven't rated the hotel with top marks but they are incredibly comfortable and after dinner it was great to wind down in the king-size bed and fall asleep to a movie at the end of the day.
The first room I was given (4) was quite poky as it had no windows but I was quickly moved to room 1 which opened right out onto the pool and was light and airy (although the AC had a tendency to drip). Also, it takes a while for the hot water to come through. The staff were incredibly accommodating and I really like the fact that they left you alone but as soon as you didn't something they would drop everything to help you straight away. One of my pet peeves is obsequious staff when you just want to be left alone to go through the process of unwinding.
I have to say that Maria Gutierrez, the housekeeper and her daughter were incredibly charming. They even allowed me to use the shower and change in one of the rooms to prepare for my return to Mexico City even though I had checked out 6 hours earlier. You would never be given this service in a larger hotel. The area around Playa Azul is really quiet too. I walked down to wards the Centro Commercial everyday where there is a little strip of restaurants. This is where I ate and the food was incredible. There are plenty of regular buses into town and I can recommend getting a taxi to the viewpoint to enjoy the view of both of the bays.
This is a great little hotel for spending a few days if your only mission is to completely relax and unwind. If you are looking for something more lively and tourist focused, I suggest staying elsewhere. I wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manzanillo Inn is a small grand hotel with 8 rooms uniquely decorated, with magnificent views of the ocean. Separate bar, continental breakfast included, excellent location. ... more less