My teenage son and I returned recently from a wonderful 5-day/night stay at the Hotel Irma. When I first checked pricing, the July 2005 rates seemed to run the highest in comparison to other months. We paid a final tab in pesos of 5,206.50 pesos or in dollars $489.95, which amounted to $98 US dollars per night. It was well worth it! Next time though, I will call the hotel directly and book that way, since the reservation staff is English speaking too. July is a busy month for the hotel as many Mexican families spend their vacation time now. We did not run into any Americans during our stay at Irma (a positive feature for those wishing to truly get away).
We had a beachfront room with a gorgeous view of the Zihuatanejo bay! The room was on the same level as the two swimming pools, although we never bothered to swim in it since we had our hearts set on visiting the local beaches. Besides, the pools were teeming with families and children at all hours of the day it seemed. Every day, I left a 40-50 peso tip for the maid and each day we found one of our fresh towels folded into a flower, a snail, or into a little woman all decorated with flowers! It was a lovely touch.
I recommend that Hotel Irma guests request a beachfront ocean view, even if it costs a little more…it is worth it! The room was very basic but very clean. It has nice Mexican tile and shelves to place your items on. The a/c was a portable (in the window type) that looked like a 1970s model, but it worked fine. The shower is the type you might see at a public swimming pool, but it meets your basic needs. The room is equipped with a safe (about 12” x 12”) and you can safely lock all your cash, cards, and documents easily. However, beware not to lose your key to the safe! One day, we had an excellent lunch at Villa Del Sol’s beachfront restaurant (on La Ropa) and then we rented out two palapas (thatched umbrellas), lounge chairs, and towels from Hotel Catalina (this also gave us use of their facilities). Anyway, we carelessly left our keys there on Hotel Catalina’s beachfront area. When I returned to Hotel Irma, Hyme, the hotel clerk, warned me that the safe key costs $100 to replace! I asked him to call the management at Villa Del Sol and at Hotel Catalina for me. Luckily for me, my keys were found at Hotel Catalina! This saved me an otherwise unpleasant fee. So, don’t lose your room or safe key…as you receive only one set that can be very costly to replace!
Hotel Irma serves a buffet-style breakfast on weekends for about 87 pesos each (~$8 US). We spent most of our time eating at other restaurants though. There is an excellent (but fancy) restaurant next door just up the hill from Irma. My son had a delicious tuna steak that melted in his mouth, it was so good! The ocean view at this restaurant (next to Irma’s) was stunning and perhaps more appropriate for romantic couples; but, my son and I enjoyed every bit of it, even though we were wearing our sand dusted beach wear.
Hotel Irma is closer to downtown Zihua than any of the fancier hotels on Playa de La Ropa. This was a big plus in my opinion, since shopping, ATMs, and the Muelle Pier (the only Zihua Pier) are all located downtown. We could walk to downtown along the beach path from Irma or we could walk along the cobblestone back road (Calle Adelita ‘Street’) behind Hotel Irma. There is a sweet elderly lady with a small store on Calle Adelita just below Valentina Road. She sells cold, 1-Liter bottled water for 10 pesos (~$1 US). This little stand/store is very close to Hotel Irma and is the quickest way to get cold bottled water.
Hotel Irma is located on Playa Madera, which is the least kept up of the all the beaches in the Zihua bay, unfortunately. This beach is very popular with Mexican families; however, it does not cater so much to tourists, so trash pick up is not up to par like it is on the beaches at Playa La Ropa. In fact, you will find most of the tourists (Spaniards and Americans) at the cleaner beaches and those more expensive hotels on Playa La Ropa. However, still it is a pleasant walk from Hotel Irma along Playa Madera to the downtown region. If you don’t want to walk, there are taxies located on an outside platform just above Hotel Irma. It cost 20 pesos to ride to downtown or to visit Playa La Ropa. So, over all, I think Hotel Irma is an excellent deal and I will return in a heart beat! The Irma staff is great, very helpful, and the management is good. Also, the hotel provided a contact person who arranged a stunning cruise of the Zihuatanejo Bay for us ($49 US/person or pay in pesos). The cruise was the highlight of our entire trip!!! Also, Irma is one of the few hotels which is closer to downtown and is only a 10-15 minute walk (uphill) to Playa La Ropa or to downtown (or just 20 pesos for a cab to either place). Hotel Irma has rooms with beautiful ocean views which will make you forget all about everyday troubles while you revel in Zihua's flowery beauty by day and by the mystery of the Zihua bay at night!
- Also Known As:
- Irma Hotel Zihuatanejo
- Hotel Irma Zihuatanejo
- Irma Hotel Mexico
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