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“Great place for a short stay in Yelapa” 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
Santa Clara, California
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“Great place for a short stay in Yelapa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Hotel Lagunita is beautiful, simple and no frills place. Not luxorious but it was indeed a luxury to stay right on the beach within a jaunt from nice restaurants. This is nice place to stay at if you want to get a taste of Yelapa.

The folks at reception were very helpful. We had almost all of our meals at Lagunita restaurant and they were wonderful. The ladies at the restaurant and the bartender were always open to cater for your needs.

Contrary to recent reviews I did not feel the rooms to be rundown at all. They were pretty nice. We did book the hotel knowing very well that we would be staying in a palapa not in a AC'ed room in a 5* hotel.

We were in room 4, which was a beach palapa. It was right next to reception and restaurant. If you prefer your nights to be silent i suggest taking rooms away from the beach. the sound of waves crashing on the ocean is nice for a few days but you will want calmer nights after that.

The good thing is, although the hotel is small, the management was never in our face. We were left to do whatever we like in the property but they were always there when we needed any information.

Room Tip: We were in room 4, which was a beach palapa. Had AC but we didnt need it in december. It was right n...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LucasYelapa, Owner at Hotel Lagunita, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Lagunita! We are very proud of our staff in the office, restaurant and bar - they do an amazing job and it's great to hear when others take notice.

We hope to see you again during your next visit to Yelapa. Safe travels!

~ Luke and the Lagunita staff
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  • 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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Los Angeles, California
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I stayed at Lagunita about 7 years ago and was charmed. However upon returning last week I found my room depressing and unkept. The paint was chipped, the tiles chipped and dirty and the way the shower tile was configured it was ackward to stand in front of the sink. The towels were worn and frayed. The walls were painted a dated peachy beige. The pool that day was full of algae and the scupture that had held the fountain into the pool was no longer there.. only a bare pipe. At $90 dollars a night it was really disappointing. Mauybe other rooms were in better condition and we did stay in a different room last time that had a view from the bed.. this room had a view, but not from bed. I ended up moving to other accommodations for the next 4 nights that were less money.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Lagunita for only a few short nights in January 2012 as part of our good friends' wedding. Honestly, we were initially hesitant about going to "a little fishing village that only got electricity a few years ago." But wow, could we not have been more wrong.

Lagunita's location right on the bay is perfect! No matter what your room says, you're mere steps away from the beach. The room in which we stayed had very high, thatched-roof ceilings and a huge window that opened up right onto the bay. We were so close to the water, that at night it sounded like the waves were going to crash right through into the room. (WONDERFUL!)

Luke (the proprietor) and his staff as so generous and welcoming that you're immediately put at ease. Even though when we arrived there were a few very minor mishaps, everything was immediately rectified.

Even though all of their supplies are delivered in by boat, the Hotel's restaurant has a very generous menu. Lots of delicious local flavors and everything is topped off with delicious veggies and salsa. All dishes and drinks are moderately priced so that you can really enjoy your vacation without [much] guilt.

A few notes: This IS NOT "The Ritz." Although the accommodations are comfortable, they are rustic. No TV in the rooms; no phones. The hot water works very well, when they have enough gas to heat it. These is not a "five-star hotel," but it is a five star experience.

We cannot stop telling our friends about our stay at Hotel Lagunita and cannot wait to come back again!

Room Tip: If you ask for a room closer to the "front desk" area, you'll be just a bit closer to...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LucasYelapa, Owner at Hotel Lagunita, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thanks, Tomasz - we hope to see again soon at Lagunita! Happy holidays from Luke and the Lagunita staff.
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Snohomish, WA
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our first time in Yelapa and it will not be our last. This is not anything like any other "hotel"I've ever been in. The Palapas, or "huts"as some may call them are very rustic and charming, They are very "open air". There is no glass in the window openings but most have either woven grass shutters or some have solid wood shutters.
We stayed in #4 which was right next to the beach. The surf sound was quite loud and the waves crashed only a few dozen feet away. My wife had trouble sleeping with the sound so we would probably get one with the solid wood window shutters away from the surf if we stayed there again.
The food was very good and we sat right on the beach. The drinks were strong and tasty. Overall a good value.

Room Tip: Most rooms away from the actual beach are a tad bit quieter but still have a great view. Rooms are p...
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LucasYelapa, Owner at Hotel Lagunita, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. The beach front rooms are literally steps away from the ocean and the waves can be quite loud at times. During your next stay we can put you in room #25 (very private, not directly on the beach, but still a great view!) or you can try one of the honeymoon suites which are set back a bit further from the ocean. We hope to see again at Lagunita! Happy holidays!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

gorgeous. relaxing. fun....perfection. clean, charming and perfect. I cannot wait to get back to this Mexican paradise asap. At Hotel Lagunita, everyone was so friendly and the food was fantastic! Next time, i may never leave. seriously. This place is affordable - what a great deal!!i t's a 'best kept secret' for sure. Sleeping so close to the water is amazeballs and we really enjoyed hiking to the waterfall! so perfect, it's just ridiculous. I used to hang out on the Mayan Riviera, but now I'm hooked on Yelapa. I love you Yelapa....and I miss you already. xoxoxo.

  • Stayed September 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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Costa Mesa, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

This was our 4th time staying in Yelapa, and the 1st time in lagunita . Prior to this we had stayed at Mama Rosa's in town, and Casa Bonita.

We loved Lagunita. The casitas are very basic as others have noted, but that is part of the charm of Yelapa (and please don't expect Hilton style accommodation for $50 a night). The location is fantastic, walk out of you casita onto the beach, the restaurant is excellent with good food and good value for the location. I found the staff all very helpful and friendly, and there were kayaks for use for guests for free.

The only downside was the pool. It is a small pool fed by mountain runoff, but due to very low rainfall this year it had low water level and was cloudy. We had used the pool last year when staying at Casa Bonita and it was really nice when the water level was good.

I also wanted to add a comment to a reviewer who gave this place a 1-star without even visiting because they had a problem contacting the hotel via E-mail. We also encountered problems with their on-line booking site and E-mail, so we - "gasp" - picked up a phone and called! I know we live in the instant gratification internet age, but come on folks, it's not hard to actually talk to someone once in a while.

Room Tip: We had casa 7 facing the beach - by pure luck it was one of the few with an AC, although we didn'...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I found Yelapa and Hotel Lagunita in a travel magazine as a place to escape it all. And Yelapa was perfect for that. Luke and his staff are wonderful and provide a beautiful natural setting. I was planning on being there 6 days and if I did nothing but sit on the beach with a beer and a book I would have been very happy. I was lucky to share my time with some other great people I met there. Had a blast exploring the town and playing soccer on the beach and swimming and fishing with my new friends.
It's the best deal you'll ever find for beachfront rooms. I went in August which can be very hot and humid, but afternoon rain cooled off everything. As everyone else says it's not the Ritz but Hotel Lagunita has ten times more charm! Say hi to Charlie and the Pie Lady! I have since recommended it to 2 friends of mine and they both fell in love with the hotel and the people of Yelapa.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Lagunita

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
Hotel Style:
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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