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“Amazing place in gorgeous setting” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Lagunita
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Barcina 3 la Playa, Yelapa, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Yelapa
Sacramento, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Amazing place in gorgeous setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

I come to Hotel Lagunitas every year with friends and we always love the atmosphere in this wonderful place.
The food is bountiful, fresh, healthy and tasty.
Atmosphere is outstanding with candle-lit dinners on the beach.

Rooms are romantic with mosquito netting and palapa style construction.
Helpful staff and a full spa service too.

I will be going back next year in March...
Julia Tindall

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  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LucasYelapa, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Lagunita, responded to this review, May 25, 2012
We are happy to read you had a very enjoyable stay. We have made note of the issues with the pool and have addressed those. We will also making upgrades to our rooms during the slow season. We hope to have you back again.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Nelson, Canada
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Sadly the Lagunita is not the same place we stayed in in 2006. Pool was scummy, thief breaking into the palapas on the first night. Sad, but true. Next time I think we will stay at a rental home in the town of Yelapa as it is still a wonderful place to visit.

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Toronto
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Yelapa is heavenly - accessible only by boat, with no cars and transportation in town by mule or ATV. There is a crescent shaped beach, quaint town, hiking, and overall laid-back vibe. (Although the sense of underlyng tension between some locals and ex-pats was a bit weird.) The beach was pretty quiet while we were there with the exception of one day when a cruise ship was in PV and day-trippers arrived.

Hotel Lagunita rooms are VERY basic; really, a step up from camping. As others have noted, the cleanliness factor is not high, if that kind of thing bothers you (spiderwebs, dingy linen, rusty taps, but nothing overly offensive). I understand you are paying for the location, but we felt the rooms were overpriced, expecially as breakfast is not included as it usually is at a Mexican hotel. If you are at all worried about security, this place is not for you - palapas, which are located right on the beach, have a 5-foot opening above the doors - dead easy to scale - and there is little or no security. I question why rooms cannot be more secure while remaining open-air (ie, put in bamboo grills above the doors). It was nice to hear the waves at night, but a bit disconcerting to be that exposed, which made the quality of sleep not great.

A safe is available at the front desk. Desk staff were friendly but seemed a little out of it most of the time. Beach towels were not always available ("being laundered"), the pool is grotty, and they charge $100 pesos per person to use the kayaks, which just sit on the beach all day, which is a bit cheeky given the overpriced room we stayed in for 4 nights. There is an English-book exchange, massage hut, optional excursions and gift store (which was not open in the 4 days we were there although low-key local vendors roamed the beach).

The restaurant was consistently excellent and the wait staff very friendly and helpful. The shrimp omlette for breakfast was fantastic and the coffee piping hot and plentiful. Lunch and drinks could be served at your beach chair or palm-leaf beach hut. Dinner was served at tables on the sand with candles in Mexican blown glass, and a view of the bay at night - absolutely stunning. Plenty of delicious Mexican options including lots of seafood. We ate in town and at other beach cafes, but really preferred the Lagunita restaurant. It was convenient as meals could be charged to the room and other places were cash only (with no cash machine in town).

Overall, if returning to Yelapa I would explore other accommodation options, but eat at the fantastic Lagunita restaurant.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

I whisked my sweetie away to Yelapa to get away from the hustle and bustle of life for a few days. I thought I carefully chose my hotel selection based on photos & limited selection of lodging while in beautiful Yelapa for a few days.

Overall, the Lagunitas "resort" is really just a series of huts -- definitely minimalist, which is fine if you're like us and not planning on being in the room except mainly to sleep. But the room itself really wasn't up to par. In the honeymoon "suite" we found one Full size bed and on the other side of a make-shift "privacy wall", there were two other twin beds. Pretty strange. It wasn't warm (in furnishings), just a bed, a side table, a dresser and mirror. No bottled water, no clock, nothing. For the $150 USD we paid, it really could have been a better experience. Also, there was a serious ant issue, bathroom plumbing was quite the experience (scalding hot water, then freezing cold, then scalding hot). Less than ideal.

Food at the restaurant was consistently great -- I recommend Huevos Rancheros & delicious coffee. I'd eat at the restaurant again but definitely not stay at this place. It needs a face lift, hospitality team checking on folks and some furniture outside the huts where we can sit outside. The "honeymoon suite" had a large tiled flat porch of sorts but because of all of the bugs, we didnt want to sit directly on the ant trail. the only option was to bring out the only chair we had in our room. Kinda weird.

When we arrived, they had lost our reservation. After an hour or so, they finally figured it out and gave us room #17.
Pool wasn't working - wish we had known ahead of time.
Overall experience here at hotel lagunitas is a C+.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MOUNT SHASTA
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

I've returned to Hotel Lagunita on three different occasions. Each time was to be part of a weeklong Yoga Retreat that Thomas Fortel holds there (see www.yogawiththomas.com). The combination of the beauty of the setting, wonderful staff, and superb yoga was so renewing, meaningful and relaxing! The Lagunita is unique. Each dwelling place (palapa) is a little different and all of them are charming, simple and clean, with great views, and just enough amenities to meet be comfortable but not super modern. We didn't want more than that simplicity because the idea is to be in a setting that feels authentic to the country, and vacate usual habits and thoughts. The Lagunita and yoga did that for me, and even though sometimes the celebrating in neighboring beach places was occasionally a bit much (causing me to sleep with earplugs), we got the real out-of-the-way Mexico and loved it!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We booked a night in a honeymoon suite at the Hotel Lagunita through Expedia for January 29, 2012, we also booked one for our friends who were with us. When we got to Yelapa, the gentleman at the front desk said he did not get our reservation from Expedia, but good thing, I had a copy of our confirmation. He apologized and said he only had 3 honeymoon suites and that they were all taken, but he would put us in very nice rooms. Now keep in mind that we paid extra for the honeymoon suites. He told us we would be credited. Turned out that the hotel bought us breakfast the next morning, which did not cover the extra we had paid for the suites. The rooms are very rustic, just what we expected after doing our research on tripadvisor. It was very cool, there were windows with no glass, some rooms had shutters, ours had a curtain on a string. I am glad we did it, it was a nice experience, would I do it again, not here.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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northern michigan
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Lagunita half way through our honeymoon/vacation to nuevo. I will say it is a different experience and we did enjoy it.The only thing we did book a honeymoon package that was about $40.00 US more than other rooms and did not even recieve a drink or anything extra. I did not understand what the honeymoon package was. We ate at the hotel twice one night at the bar and the bartender gave us good service. The other time was only because all the beach restaurants were closed and we did not feel like walking back into the village. We would have eaten there more but the female staff was extremely rude. I would have said something but the owner was only there the first day and then we did not see him again.
The rooms are fun a different experience, I feel 3 days was a long enough stay. It is a beautiful fishing cove and the views are spectacular.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barcina 3 la Playa, Yelapa, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Yelapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Yelapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lagunita 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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