I didn’t know what to expect when we booked this hotel. I usually stay at a very small, very local place and this was a “regular” hotel. I was ready to be critical but, as it turned out, I really enjoyed myself. In the future, if I can’t get into my local digs, I’ll book this hotel again in a minute.
As a general overview, this hotel consists of a number of 2-story buildings. The rooms are either facing the beach, pool area, courtyards, or (I’m told) the street. Although I’d usually prefer a 2nd floor room – I like to keep the curtains open – we went with a 1st floor room tucked into the corner. We looked at a few of the available rooms and noticed that there were big differences. For instance, one of the 2nd floor rooms we took a peak at had virtually no closet space -- there were a few open shelves near the door. The one we chose had a good size closet space, some additional shelving scattered throughout the room, along with a king size bed. It had a walk-in shower that was great. All the rooms had A/C and ours was quiet and efficient. That said, if you require upscale digs, you won’t find them here. For us, the room was terrific and we settled in and took it over – very comfortable and convenient.
There is a pool, as I’ve mentioned, but you should know that it’s quite small. You won’t be doing any lap swimming in it. It has large, very shallow steps, which is great for young children, or to cool your feet after crossing the hot sand. There’s a great big ocean right in front of you for swimming, so the size of the pool was not an issue for me at all. I loved that the water toys were left floating in the pool – just like they would be at home. At times you’d see a group of small children and their parents playing there and, at other times, there’d be a group of adults cooling off in the late afternoon having a beer. It made the whole place seem familiar and comfortable. There’s an attached bar/restaurant that extends out to the beach (a couple of steps and you are on the sand) and the numerous and comfortable lounge chairs are scattered on the tile patio or right in the sand, your choice. There’s a palapa in the middle of the patio where the WIFI device is located. It’s there that your free WIFI connection will be the strongest. (I’ve read previous posts that suggest that there is a charge or time limit on WIFI connectivity, but that is no longer the case. It’s free 24/7.) The palapa has a circular countertop, with checkerboards and parcheesi boards built into it, with lots of available bar stools. It looks as though this was once a working outdoor bar, but now people congregate with their iPads, laptops, and beers … or with the free coffee in the morning.
Because of the hotels great location, you never have to leave the beach (or put on shoes) if that’s what you suits you. The stretch of beach (La Playa Ropa) is about ¾ mile long and great for walking, especially in the morning before the sun gets hot. There are many great restaurants that you can simply walk to. Almost every afternoon we’d wander down the beach and plop down at an available table – set in the sand with an umbrella for shade – and enjoy a cold beer and maybe a fish taco or guacamole and chips. These places are wonderful, friendly and very local. Be sure to check first what sort of payment they’ll accept. Some only deal in pesos. (By the way, you can change money at the hotel desk. We found this to offer the same or better rates than most of the money exchange places in Zihua, and much more convenient.)
If you want to go into Zihuatanejo, it’s about a 30 minute walk. I wouldn’t advise anyone to walk there in the dark – not due to personal safety issues, but more because of the condition of the sidewalks and the lack of lighting. If you’d rather take a taxi in, there’s taxis always parked right outside the hotel entrance. Just walk down the street a 100 feet, or ask the desk to hail you one. It’ll cost you approximately 40-50 pesos – settle on an amount as soon as you get into the taxi. (It’s best to have near the total amount in cash with you – some drivers can’t give you change for larger bills.)
The last thing I should mention is that the staff is wonderful here. We came to know a few by name and they were always very friendly and helpful. We were sad to have to leave.