This has been the second time I've been in Mexico and I have to say it's been very enjoyable so far. I know there is constant danger with all the gang wars etc but Manzanillo was very nice.
Got off the plane and was pleasantly surprise by the mini tour/ride to the hotel. We had a guy give a mini spiel about Manzanillo and the upsides of the place. It was rather funny that almost all the people who went to Manzanillo was either Mexican or Canadians. Americans were like 1 in 20 or something like that.
The hotel was snugged right into a small cove and was huge upon first impressions. The architecture was fairly old but was fabulous to look at. I"m a big fan of old stuff so that was a plus on my behalf.
Inside the area was again wonderful. Old Spanish architecture in my eyes and I thought it was rather neat. A few things that stuck out that were very out dated. The lights, light switches (they are the little flip switches which are sideways. Rather weird), the shower heads and elevators are pretty worn down. But to me it was just part of the rustic charm.
When we booked through Itravel we upgraded to a master suite and in my opinion it was worth the extra 50 bucks or so. Huge living area with a small fridge which was restocked with water every day. A small sink with a full dining set of plates, silverware, etc. You got a semi free room service one per day for a meal. More on room service later. There was a TV in the living room along with a ET center which doubled as a dresser. The mini fridge was in there as well. Old style tvs no flat screens. The bedroom was enormous with a king size bed and another ET/dresser with another tv as well. Very sparse. The bathroom was huge! Two sinks, a huge mirror, a small alcove that had the toilet, a tub/shower and a huge walk in shower which you could park a scooter in. There was no fan so if you took a hot shower (god why?!?!) it would steam the entire mirror up but it'd go away. Both bedroom and living room had air conditioning by the way which kept the entire place super cool if you needed it. All the floors were marble save for the bedroom which was carpet. We had an amazing balcony that spanned from the living room all the way to the bedroom. Three sliding glass doors.. it was great for opening all of them and letting the air flow through. All in and all I thought the suite was acceptable and had no problems with it. It was rustic sure but in my eyes it did more then what we had asked for. Leave 20 pesos or so every other day and you'll come back to a room well cleaned and re supplied. Just make sure to hide any extra things like extra sheets or pillows. My g/f hid the extra sheet and had to get a fresh sheet from them cause they got rid of it once. The room service came around in our area (floor 4) aprox at 11am-2pm. We were mostly out of the room by 11.
I'm going to start with the room service since the suite is right above. Try it. Make use of the one time per day deal because their room service is a notch above the regular buffet food. They ask that you pay 20 pesos per person who orders but they give you huge servings so in my eyes it was worth it. We never got a chance to order for dinner or lunch through room service but why would you? Try it and see. I"m sure it'll be just as nice as breakfast. The buffet food was... traditional Mexican tourist food I believe. Since they served largely to a Mexican/Canadian clientele it was largely the same pretty much all day save for breakfast. Breakfast was somewhat different from lunch and dinner with the eggs, sausages (mini weird hotdogs), yogurt, fruit, and granola. Lunch and Dinner pretty much always had fish of some sort, rice, meat, fresh veggies (loved that), pasta and a very small salad bar. Small meaning like... small. Three/four salads pretty much. There was always home made salsa, and hot sauce. There was also just about every other name brand hot sauce by the pillar in the middle. Desert consisted of a ton of pastries. There was always fresh fruit of cantaloupe, water melon, pineapple and mango. Two of their prime export is watermelon and cantaloupe so they were always great. The mango was rather funky tasting but was decent as well but it was shipped to Manzanillo from another town because it wasn't the season for mango there. I stuck to mostly fruit for the trip as I'm a fruit eater. G/f had to try all the pastries out so I helped her with that. Some of them are hard and crusty, while others are sweet and pleasant. They had two types of juice, a rice water with cinnamon (loved it!), and a red water with.. something else in it. I forget what. They had milk and chocolate milk as well which everyone could get. You could order beers both light (probably Corona) or dark. Don't get the dark. I had a few thinking they were decent then got a smell from it that smelled like bathroom water. Totally put me off from dark. They have decent white wine in my opinion and lousy red wine. You can also order any types of drink if you know what you want and they know what it is. They don't have any menu at the buffet nor did they seem very well versed in drinks. One last thing in the buffet area. There is a small island off to the far right side which cooks specialty food. Every meal they usually have someone making something special there. Omelets in the morning, fresh fish marinade, teryiaki stir-fry, fresh tortillas with pork, chicken or beef that I saw. It varied every day. Only one cook was there usually and the line would get backed up really quickly and other times it would be empty. I tried a few things from the line and it was a notch above the buffet food. But it's cooked fresh so what do you expect. Over all the buffet was more then enough food for anyone. It wasn't flashy or elaborate but it was more then enough. If you wanted fancy food or expecting five star quality you will be disappointed. The servers were good at cleaning up the plates quickly and I rarely had to go back for seconds. Tipping didn't really make the service any different but we rarely sat in the same area and the servers were always different. The buffet opened from 7am to 11am for breakfast, 1-4pm for lunch and 7-11pm for dinnertime. So it can be a hassle if you are one of those party hardy people who sleep in late. But of course there is always the room service option.
There is a snack shack that opens around 4 for the grease mongeres who want burgers, fries, nachos etc. We didn't go there once. There is also A la catrte restaurant on the sixth floor but it fills really quickly. We never checked it out but you need to reserve at 9am sharp or else you probably won't get in. They said you can go up and see if it's fully and if not see if you can bribe your way in with a few pesos but when we went it up it was full.
There is a bar upstairs that opens around 8 or 9 but again.. tell them what you want. Don't expect them to make suggestions. I loved Mojitos but theirs was just a mix which I did not like. I love fresh mix. We ended up drinking Miami Vices and Pina Colodas. There is a swim up bar as well that pretty much serves the entire beach side and poolside. There would always have waitresses wandering the beach side checking up on people. There was one exceptional waitress named Gaby which was a sweet little thing who was always there to pick up your empties and seemed to arrive right when you were done your drink. Their service for drinks was expectational I found for keeping you topped up.
Over all the food and drink service was fine for me. I didn't have a problem with anything save for the dark beer which stank like sewage water. Would so not recommend that. Could've been a bad glass or bottom of a keg. I don't know.
There was a fair bit of things to do from boat trips, zip-lines, snorkeling trips, etc. We didn't go on any of them so I can't recommend or not recommend anything. I pretty much swam in the ocean for the entire stay save for one day where we went to the market which was on every Saturday. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who stays there. It's a huge open fair like market and it was fun to barter with the locals. I never swam in the pool there but it was always full. The staff always had activities going ranging from water exercises (was funny to watch but they looked like they were having fun), beach volley ball, sand hockey (for the canadians), water volley ball, and dancing lessons that I saw. There was others but they never did them. Seemed to be only for off season? I"m not sure. There was shows at night which were decent but mostly just like the rest of the shows that they have down there. They had a huge entertainment room up on floor six for the shows, however, they were renovating it so the staff had to use the conference rooms down on floor 5 (aka the L) or outside by the pools. They had two amusing shows which were the pool show which started out slow but turned out to be a mini cirque du soleil and the second was a Pirate Night which got the entire audience active. I won't say anything minus to say that running around a beer glass with one hand on it's bottom 10 times and then running backwards is verrrrrrry disorienting! there was free kayaks to use as well but we never used them. Over all I can't give a good review on the entertainment because I only attended two shows and pretty much swam in the ocean.
The ocean was fabulous there. The beach was always busy and there were always tourist boats out in the water but it was never over crowded. There was a couple tourist boats which liked to blare Black Eye Peas music which I was ready to shoot but for the most part it was very enjoyable. I pretty much was swimming every day down there. There are quite a few jellyfish in the water when the tide comes in (around 1-2pm and then on) in but they were mostly harmless. I DID get stung quite a few times by something (I"m thinking mini jellyfish or tendrils from dieing jellyfish when the tide comes in.). The only time I got stun by a visible jellyfish was one live one with a blue ring around it. It did nothing to me save for a small zap like electricity like the rest of the times I got stung. The locals were chucking them around at their family members. Other then that it was fabulous water to swim in if you can get past the jellyfish and the stings. I and snorkeled a bit around the cove and saw a few fish and two sting rays. It was fairly murky straight on but if you go to the left or right side of the cove you can swim along the edges (mind the current.. it pushes you into the rocks) and there's a variety of fish and if your are lucky you'll see a few sting rays. I free dived down (as the water goes cloudy about 5 to 8 feet or so) to about 20 feet or so and there's quite a bit down there. There used to be coral but it looks like it all died off. There are a few small nubs here or there of fresh coral but not much. Please be very careful if you see any. They take years to grow. Lots of sea urchins as well. Beware of them as they can be found in crevices quite close to the edge of the rocks. There is free kayaks to use to paddle around the cove and jet skis for a price. There's also a banana boat to ride for a price as are the big tourist boats which can take you on a booze cruise or a snorkel cruise. We didn't go on any of those. Oh! Watch out for there sand mid afternoon. You'll get burns if you're not careful. Over all the ocean side was awesome. It's what I came for that's where I stayed pretty much. It was my highlight of the place and I enjoyed every minute of it. You have to be careful of the current and don't leave your children alone unless you know they understand waves, currents and are strong swimmers. That goes double for the Mirimar beach. I"ll get to that later though.
They were really polite. Apparently it's against the law to harass you in Manzanillo so if you tell them no once they'll go away for two, three hours then come back and ask again then go away again. Or if you make a firm no they'll leave you alone for the entire day. They are very polite and you won't find anyone trying to shove time shares in your face. It's mostly small gifts, buns, lobsters, trips, etc. They people at the hotel say take the trips/adventures from them but I heard from other people who stayed there that they locals can rip you off if you pay up front. Don't. Comon sense. I didn't see any bad experience. Oh! The Thong Guy was indeed there but someone made him put some shorts on. He's got some faded orange shorts and he sells trips which I would recommend doing. His name is Ernie or something like that and is very friendly. He helped out a couple folks set up their umbrellas as they were massive to stand up in the sand. Great guy.
We only went out twice via bus. It's cheaper to take a cab if you have more then six people but by bus worked fine by us. It's about 15-45 mins to get to anywhere you want to go depending on where you want to go and how fast you move. I won't go into it to much because it can get confusing. Bus fare is six pesos and cab fares range depending on where you are going. There is a board with the fares on it at the entrance to the right on a pillar. Semi hidden so check it out before you take a cab. They should always be in that range and if they charge higher you can barter them down or just get them to what price you want. Most of the town is under construction from what I saw. We only went to the market fair on Saturday and Walmart. Walmart has everything you want. 10.00 booze.. you got it. 5 dollar hat... it's yours. They have very very very cheap alcohol so if you like to booze go there to get it. Most of the town is under construction but it's fairly easy to get to where you want to go. Lots of buses but it's very hot. They are very cleans compared tom some places that I've seen. Lots of construction but that's about it.
Over all it was a great time. There was a bit of noise from some construction workers off to the left side of the hotel as they were building a huge apartment building but I did not find it to be very noticeable. It's a three star and a half star hotel and it does it justice. Their food was eatable (not picky to a point), they had decent entertainment (that I saw), and it was clean and tidy. The staff didn't go out of their way to make you happy but they did do a good efficient job. If you want to go someplace to relax and enjoy the ocean and tan this is the place for you. Temperature was 28-35+ for the most part.
That about covers it up. Any questions feel free to give me a shout.
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