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Barcelo Karmina
Ranked #1 of 53 Hotels in Manzanillo
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful resort”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed at this resort for a week in March and thoroughly enjoyed it. The rooms are very nice and the bathrooms super with separate sinks, a full tub and then a separate shower and toilet. Fully equiped of course with hairdryers, and full amenities.
The one buffet restaurant was closed (open for dinner some nights as the Italian ala carte restaurant) so we ate breakfast and lunch at the other which has fabulous ocean views. How can you not like it? Food was varied and good. I personally liked the soups different every day (skip weekends when you get some very odd Mexican specialties) We tried the Mexican and Italian ala carte restaurants. I had higher hopes for the Mexican after reading reviews . The appetizers / soups were good, but the main courses to us were awful.I had the filet & Mexican plate. the "filet" was overdone and had a sauce mole? maybe that was bitter. My husband has a chicken dish, well described but also overcooked. So we went to the buffet.
The rooms are nice, large and the bed was comfortable. We would return again here as the service is excellent and the resort beautiful

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Queremos darle las gracias por compartir esta opinión sobre su estancia en el Barceló Karmina. Estamos encantados de que haya disfrutado de su estancia y coincidimos con usted en que nuestro atento personal juega un papel clave en la experiencia global de nuestros huéspedes. Todo el equipo trabaja muy duro para garantizar que ofrecemos un servicio de alta calidad y una Experiencia diferente y memorable.
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Wonderful resort but..,..
We would walk into the buffet for breakfast and would be dirty looked all the way to our table by other local hotel guests . Adult pool and hot tub had kids sometimes.,..We have been to all areas in Mexico in the last twelve yrs and have never been treated so poorly and made to feel so unwanted. Loved the resort but not treatment from alot of Mexican guests. Not sure if it was my blonde hair and green eyes????? We were told to come before easter by an American taxi driver more diverse crowd ?????

  • Stayed April 2013
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Silvia G, Guest Experience Manager at Barcelo Karmina, responded to this review, April 20, 2017
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Le damos las gracias por compartir su opinión sobre sus vacaciones con nosotros, nuestro principal objetivo es asegurar que seguimos ofreciendo experiencias inolvidables a nuestros huéspedes y sus comentarios nos ayudan a ello. Apreciamos el tiempo que ha dedicado en compartir sus opiniones y comentarios constructivos.
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winnipeg, Manitoba
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at the Barcelo Karmina Palace Feb.12 to 19, 2013. Beautiful Resort with very spacious, lovely junior suites. We lucked out be getting a suite on the 7th floor (top floor) ...so was very quiet !! We had partial ocean view and partial golf course view. Fabulous weather everyday (32 deg.C. )...not a cloud in the sky. There were 3 a la carte restaurants at the Resort. We only tried the Mexican and Italian restaurants....they were pretty good but not exceptional. The daily buffet restaurant had a very nice selection of food. Service in all restaurants was great. Staff @ Front Desk were very obliging esp. "Jalid". We did find the Resort noisy at times (esp. at the restaurants and pools) as there were alot of young children there.
We tried some restaurants downtown most were very good but one was exceptional - The Toscana...terrific seafood. We also enjoyed 2 Bus excursions. The first was "Colima and Comala"...very picturesque tour. We had a fabulous typical tapas lunch at Comala.
Our second tour was the "Turtle Ecotour ". We were actually able to release some baby turtles into the ocean...how exciting !! This tour also included a boat ride thru the mangroves. We saw many different birds and some crocodiles. Our guide was "Ponco" for both transit tours. He spoke English very well. We totally enjoyed both tours.
We would definitely go back to this Resort. It's one of the nicest places we've stayed.
Manzanilla is now our new favorite Mexican destination.

Room Tip: Top floor (7th) is the quietest. Try not to get a room facing the Mexican Restaurant as it turns i...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Queremos darle las gracias por compartir esta opinión sobre su estancia en el Barceló Karmina. Estamos encantados de que haya disfrutado de su estancia y coincidimos con usted en que nuestro atento personal juega un papel clave en la experiencia global de nuestros huéspedes. Todo el equipo trabaja muy duro para garantizar que ofrecemos un servicio de alta calidad y una Experiencia diferente y memorable.
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St. Paul, Canada
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here at the end of April into the beginning of May. The resort was nothing short of amazing. The grounds and lobby were simply beautiful and well maintained. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were wonderful. I stayed in a gardenview room for 4 nights and the upgraded to an ocean view on the top floor for the remainder of my stay. Let me tell you the ocean view is definitely worth the upgrade. With this upgrade you also receive a complimentary massage on the beach in the VIP area. The resort is not huge by any means. A little bit of everything at the buffet for breakfast, lunch and supper. The Japanese restaurant is so tasty. Who thought the first place I would try sushi would be in Mexico! There is a restaurant that overlooks the ocean and is built up on one side of the man made cove. This was seriously the most romantic supper I had ever been on in my life. There was a secluded table that was down off the backside of the main floor of the restaurant that was completely suspended out over the ocean. It was private and just amazing. The Mexican restaurant was also very good. Drinks at the resort were great. Always could find a place to sit around the pool or by the ocean. There were day beds all over the beach you could lay out a towel and relax in the sun. The beach really is nothing special...sad to say this was the one downfall of the resort. BUT.....right beside the resort just off the buffet is a black volcanic sand beach and now that is something special. The ocean is very rough but it was nice to swim in. Had never been to the pacific coast of Mexico so the dark blue water took some time getting use to. However it is hotter temperature wise on the pacific coast. +30 all week long. Not a cloud in site. I had also gotten pictures taken by an on staff photographer at the resort, right at sunset and they made a beautiful keepsake. Overall it was a picturesque stay and I will return again.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Silvia G, Guest Experience Manager at Barcelo Karmina, responded to this review, April 20, 2017
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Nos gustaría expresar nuestro agradecimiento por los comentarios que ha realizado sobre su visita, puesto que nos ayudan a entender como nuestros huéspedes disfrutan de su estancia con nosotros. Es siempre nuestro objetivo alcanzar la máxima satisfacción de nuestros clientes y estamos encantados de escuchar que disfrutaron de sus vacaciones en el hotel Barceló Karmina. Nos esforzamos continuamente en ofrecer la mejor calidad y asegurar que todos nuestros huéspedes regresan a sus casas con bonitos recuerdos de sus vacaciones.
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guelph ont
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed at Barcelo Karmina Palace deluxe March 20-27/2013.(Hi to all my new friends from Markham and Barrie) First time on this side of Mexico had a great time - What can I say, everything about the trip was excellent - resort - staff- food- shows - bar service (Christian) waited on us everyday at the pool. The Mexican and the Italian resturants are amazing (being married to a chef) he even thought it was amazing. Sitting outside overlooking the ocean with great food /friends who could ask for anything more. Our room was 7023 - overlooking the 17th hole and the beach. the rooms are large, the beds and pillows were very comfortable- the bathroom has two sinks (I don't even have that at home) our housekeeper did an amazing job everyday and always kept our fridge full. I would say the only thing negative was we had to come home and there was no duty free at the airport in Manzanillo. Can't wait to go back. A big thank you to the Barcelo - they have a fabulous hotel and staff.

Room Tip: all rooms are great - Oceanview or lagoon - If you are going to upgrade your room don't wait unt...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Queremos darle las gracias por compartir esta opinión sobre su estancia en el Barceló Karmina. Estamos encantados de que haya disfrutado de su estancia y coincidimos con usted en que nuestro atento personal juega un papel clave en la experiencia global de nuestros huéspedes. Todo el equipo trabaja muy duro para garantizar que ofrecemos un servicio de alta calidad y una Experiencia diferente y memorable.
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Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

My husband and I (age 61 & 51) stayed at Barcelo Karmina 3/16-3/23. We are golfers, so we do not sit around the pool or do daytime activities at the resort, we played 12 rounds of golf from Sunday to Saturday. That being said, we do not stay up real late so we did not go to any of the shows. But the rest of the stuff we did at the resort was excellent.
The only bad comment that we have is that since we go to bed fairly early, we were not able to sleep with the windows/doors open which we like to do to hear the waves (we are from Arizona and enjoy the warm weather). The nightly entertainment goes until 1 p.m. and is very loud with the doors open.
I booked the upgraded suite with plunge pool premium club. I would recommend this. Our room was the best room we have ever had on a vacation (we have been going to all inclusive resorts for the last 6 years, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican, Costa Rica). Room 7012 was the best, the afternoon sun warmed up our plunge pool so it was refreshing to go in after our rounds of golf.
I would also recommend booking the romantic dinner, well worth the extra cost. It was the best meal we had, our own private table on the beach, lots of food, 2 bottles of wine and champagne and not rushed at all. It was great.
We ate 3 times at the Mexican, once at the Italian, room service once and the buffet once. They were all good but the Mexican was the best as far as food and atmosphere.
Bed was comfortable, shower was good although if you are up really early you have to let the hot water run for awhile to get it hot, it gets there, just takes awhile, mini fridge with beer, sodas and snacks replenished daily. Our room was huge and had 3 balconies, one large one with the plunge pool and lounge chairs.
Las Hadas Golf course was disappointing. We played 4 courses this one being the worst. If you want to play golf I would recommend El Tamarindo (a little over an hour drive), Isla Navidad (about an hour drive) or a new course only 15 minutes from the hotel called El Corazon. If you need any help with transportation or tee times I would recommend getting a hold of Daniel Haro (dani tours), he will book your tee times and drive you for a reasonable rate (we booked Daniel for the whole week, he was great).
Overall – this was one of our better vacations, great resort, great food, great golf.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Silvia G, Guest Experience Manager at Barcelo Karmina, responded to this review, April 20, 2017
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Nos gustaría expresar nuestro agradecimiento por los comentarios que ha realizado sobre su visita, puesto que nos ayudan a entender como nuestros huéspedes disfrutan de su estancia con nosotros. Es siempre nuestro objetivo alcanzar la máxima satisfacción de nuestros clientes y estamos encantados de escuchar que disfrutaron de sus vacaciones en el hotel Barceló Karmina. Nos esforzamos continuamente en ofrecer la mejor calidad y asegurar que todos nuestros huéspedes regresan a sus casas con bonitos recuerdos de sus vacaciones.
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

One of the nicest Ocean view rooms we have had anywhere in the world. Exceptional service from top to bottom with golf, fishing,tennis out the front door & shopping close as a $5. Cab ride. Nothing like room service and a little Bailey's to start the day as you watch the Seaport action enter the harbour. You wont go hungry, however, reservations are required for the ala carte restaurants.Thank you to all the staff for a wonderfull 2 week vacation!

Room Tip: Ocean view room a must!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nos gustaría expresar nuestro agradecimiento por los comentarios que ha realizado sobre su visita, puesto que nos ayudan a entender como nuestros huéspedes disfrutan de su estancia con nosotros. Es siempre nuestro objetivo alcanzar la máxima satisfacción de nuestros clientes y estamos encantados de escuchar que disfrutaron de sus vacaciones en el hotel Barceló Karmina. Nos esforzamos continuamente en ofrecer la mejor calidad y asegurar que todos nuestros huéspedes regresan a sus casas con bonitos recuerdos de sus vacaciones.
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Property: Barcelo Karmina
Address: Ave Vista Hermosa 13, Manzanillo 28867, Mexico (Formerly Barcelo Karmina Palace Deluxe)
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Colima > Manzanillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manzanillo
#1 Luxury Hotel in Manzanillo
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Manzanillo
#1 Spa Hotel in Manzanillo
#2 Romantic Hotel in Manzanillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Karmina 4*
Number of rooms: 324
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barcelo Karmina***** hotel has been recognised with the prestigious AAA 4-Diamonds award. It is a spectacular feat of architecture inspired by the Mayan temples. Its tropical gardens with palm trees, along with 6 interconnecting swimming pools with waterfalls, create a romantic and relaxing paradise in a place brimming with fun for all the family. This 5-star hotel offers 324 luxury suites fully fitted with everything you need for a comfortable stay. In addition, all suites have balconies and excellent views of either the tropical gardens or the sea. The Barcelo All Inclusive programme at Barcelo Karmina hotel has been designed to ensure your complete satisfaction, enabling you to enjoy our 4 restaurants and their varied cuisine from different countries: Japanese, Mexican, Italian and international. And to complete your holiday in this spectacular luxurious resort, relax in the U-Spa, enjoy the gym, the beauty centre and attend the nightly shows and lively nightclub. ... more   less 
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