After a great week at the nearby Aura del Mar Hotel I decided to stay on another week in Zihua but needed to economise a bit so moved over here. Hotel Irma is also in Playa la Madera with outstanding views over Zihuatanejo Bay. There are two swimming pools, one a great infinity pool. You need to descend a substantial staircase and walk around the corner to get onto the beach and hopefully not find the gate locked once you get there as I did. Free WiFi is available in the restaurant bar and the lobby but nowhere else.
The rooms are basic, no fridge or microwave etc, but are clean and have great views and individual private decks looking across the bay. Hot water for the shower was only at night and even then variable. The hotel is concrete and tile blockhouse construction and transmits sound very well, so if you have neighbours door closures, footsteps and cell phone conversations can be intrusive. Without the human factor the only sounds is that of the gently breaking surf.
The restaurant is OK for breakfast but otherwise there is much better to be had at any number of restaurants nearby. The bar looks out across the pools and the bay. Service throughout the hotel is achieved only by seeking out one of the very few staff on duty (who are usually around the corner on their cell phone).
This is definitely not a 4 or 5 star hotel but in the final analysis I got my cheaper extra week in Zihua in a clean room, with great views for about $50 night. The view alone is worth that. And on those magic days when your neighbour doesn’t party on the outside deck until 3am, the hot water works and wait-staff is waiting when you enter the restaurant for breakfast, well then it is a very nice hotel. But if I was here on anything approaching a romantic getaway I would certainly go somewhere nicer.
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- Also Known As:
- Irma Hotel Zihuatanejo
- Hotel Irma Zihuatanejo
- Irma Hotel Mexico