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“Rally liked a lot” 4 of 5 stars
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El Alquimista
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Domicilio Conocido S/N, Colonia Roca Blanca | Fin de Playa, Zipolite, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Zipolite
Certificate of Excellence
Chilliwack, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Rally liked a lot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We went for 3 nights but added on 2 more. Loved the location - had one of the (quite basic) but very special cabanas on the beach - daily maid service was good - it's not 5 star but we were quite comfortable and you could not beat the location, sound of the surf and David was delightful & very helpful in service. A few minor problems fixed immediately - very attentive in this way. The restaurant is excellent -especially good breakfasts and lunch (enchilada suiza in verde sauce -awesome). And dinner with torches on the beach all lit -is perfect. There is a naturalist beach here quite popular, but only some nudity down on the beach and near the surf and very discreet - clothing is required as you come up the beach to the hotel or restaurant or the lovely pool and yoga centre/spa. PH and clarity of the pool was perfect and we enjoyed a dip each day with the great ocean view. Will plan for a longer stay next year. (one suggestion - the two resident dogs are great security guards but guests appreciate their being closely supervised throughout the day/evening - which they mostly were
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is a fantastic place to relax for a few days. It is somewhat separated from the rest of beachs since there are some rocks. The cabins are well maintained and have a great view on the beach. The food in the restaurant is excellent and the staff is very helpful and friendly. Only the choice of music in the restaurant is a bit akward.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kitchener
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This set of cabanas and rooms right on the beach in Zipolite has many excellent ingredients. Definitely it makes sense to pay a little extra to be in one of the cabanas higher up the hill--they have lovely views and more privacy, are brighter and somewhat more luxuriously decorated. All in all, there is a nice attention to detail here--simple decorative details, local art, local materials that all fit the location. The infinity pool is lovely and often not occupied, so many quiet swims were had here, especially in the evening under the stars. The yoga classes were very good and the yoga room was lovely (overlooking the ocean--beautiful views!). The restaurant is very good, with excellent service. Rooms are clean and well-kept, but the cabanas closer to the beach are a little dark and don't offer a lot of privacy.
The beach is pretty, if you don't mind the sight of a large number of middle aged male nudists strutting their stuff. The surf can be very dangerous, though, and we witnessed a terrifying situation where a couple who couldn't swim well nearly drowned, almost pulling down a very fit and courageous English traveler who gamely (and perhaps rashly) jumped in and attempted to save them. Several local surfers who are experienced with the currents (serious rip tides) were able to bring the two to safety, but it was a cautionary tale. Apparently the Lonely Planet mention that "drownings are depressingly frequent" here is very true. It would be useful if there were much better sign-posting here in both Spanish and English, and the presence of safety flotation devices (buoys, ropes, etc) for rescue purposes wouldn't be hard to procure and have at the ready for such situations. But really--why do drownings have to happen so frequently in such a place? There should be more safeguards in place.

Room Tip: The higher up the hill you go, the brighter the rooms are and the more privacy you get. Also, terrac...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I stopped at Cabanas el Alquimista with 3 friends for two nights last December during our road trip trough Mexico. After a late arrival at night, the surprise was in the next morning when the sun and Pacific ocean woke us up in this great decor.
This is probably the best hotel I ever stayed in even if I didn't use much of the services offered. The athmosphere is very peaceful and you barely see other guests.
One personal negative note is to noticed: this place is too good to stay with friends, this is the perfect place however for a lover gateaway! ;)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Este espacio te crea como una burbuja . Es como
si tee encapsulara dentro de un espacio de paz,
tranquilidad, armonia del cual no quieres escapar.
Las cabanas estan increibles, el lugar es magico,
su personal te brinda un excelente servicio.
El hotel cuenta con clases de yoga q hacen de
tu estancia un complemento maravilloso.
Segun me comentaron estan por abrir un Spa
tambien asi como la alberca. Genial!
La comida del restaurant es excelente.
Voy llegando y ya quiero volver. Ese lugar me atrapa y
me encanta. Te desconecta del acelere de la ciudad
y te conecta con la naturaleza.
El dueno encantador , te hace sentir como si
estuvieras en casa.
Rosy Zozaya

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 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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Lodz, Poland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

El Alquimista cabanas are located in the most beautiful cove of Zipolite. The cabanas are right on the beach and each of them has a hammock on the front porch. Although baths could have been cleaner and better equipped, the cabanas interior is generally lovely with excellent beds. Waking up there with the view of the ocean is an unforgettable experience.
The food is also great. The restaurant has also many hammocks and beds right on the beach and is a perfect place to chill.

Overall - an excellent place, would definiteley come back there and would not hesitate a second when choosing location to stay in Zipolite.

Room Tip: every cabana is great, even the one which is cheaper as it supposedly has a partial view of the ocea...
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisiana
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150 reviews 150 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

A cabana on the beach was ideal for convenience, view, and relaxation! When we opened the door to our cabana, we were literally on the beach, front row! So incredible to have our porch with a "hamaca" right there, almost surreal. Listening to the Pacific's powerful waves crashing was such a sweet lullaby. Tears came to my eyes upon arrival at the beauty and majesty of the views. You just could not get more convenient and beautiful.
Of course, though, the bathroom in our room could have been updated to be fresher but you just get used to the different ways over there anyway, brushing teeth with our own bottled water, etc. And sharing the walls with a few lizards even got acceptable, although you might not have thought so on my first night of noticing their cohabitation with us. After hearing that they help by eating mosquitoes and we closed our mosquito net around our bed, which felt like sleeping in a safe haven, all was well.
I think maybe big bottles of water could be provided, that would help too.
But, my bottom line, is that this place, El Alquimista, was like paradise for its setting and views. It was like alchemy for my mind, transforming me to a complete state of peace.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Domicilio Conocido S/N, Colonia Roca Blanca | Fin de Playa, Zipolite, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Zipolite
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Zipolite
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Alquimista 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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