Decided against the large AIs in the other area of town, we prefer smaller resorts and you get to see a lot more of what's happening locally. LOVED this place!! Check in was quick, rooms were spotless (we took the Jacuzzi Suite as an upgrade, not because we're newly weds or in need of a jacuzzi lol, but because we wanted more room). Two juliette balconies overlooking the courtyard and pool, that was quite nice to watch the families and kids swimming.
Staff were quasi-English speaking, which gave us a good workout on our Spanish, which will really help you out here. Staff were all very friendly and professional and we had some great pieced-together conversations, helping each other out with pronunciation and vocab. Asael was particularly helpful and kind and patient with our babbling!!
Food was INCREDIBLE!! I mean, if you're in Oaxaca, you're going to get some of the best food in MX. And as most of the guests were Mexican families, the food was geared toward local tastes, which was exactly what we wanted. Please understand, the buffet is small relative to other AIs, because the hotel is. But everything was impeccably fresh (and hot and cold as it is supposed to be!).
Beach club is about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel (you can take shuttle), which we liked for exercise. Can sit by the pool or the ocean, whichever, and they get lunch going around 1:00. It too was fantastic!!! Good drink service in both spots (PLEASE, tip these people!!).
From Castillo, can easily walk around Santa Cruz and into La Crucecita, shop, look around at things, go fishing, go for a swim, go to one of the spas. The place was relaxing and quiet but evenings in the lobby bar everyone gathered around before and after supper. There was also live music most nights which was really excellent.
Overall, we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to return here. But if you're looking for a big place, with tons of food, and lots of action, this isn't the place for you. Something more authentic and local?? This is the place!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Castillo Huatulco Hotel & Beach Club, located in the main Bay of Santa Cruz, just a few steps from the handicraft market, area of banks and the main dock of cruises and tours, car rental and travel agency and only 5 minutes from the Centre of the Crucesita. 112 rooms, including: standard rooms with two double beds, rooms Junior with two double beds and a King Size, rooms Juniors and room Master Suites; Beach Club, two Restaurants, two Bars, two Swimming Pools, Children's area featuring all inclusive plans and plan E.P. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castillo Huatulco
- Hotel Castillo Huatulco