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Villa Mexicana Hotel
Ranked #26 of 79 Hotels in Zihuatanejo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 11, 2008

Finally - a place in Mexico that we absolutely said we have to return to! (Of course alot has to do with Zihau itself). Great beach - nice sandy, level beach - walked it every day sometimes twice a day.
Hotel:
We started off in one of the rooms that overlook the courtyard but asked to be put on the list for an oceanview one which took just 2 nights before we were able to move. But to be honest we spent very little time in our room so we felt we really wouldn't have needed to move.

We didn't find the beds to be terribly hard as others have reported - in fact I thought they looked like fairly new mattresses. We brought a small coffeepot so we could make coffee in the morning but they have coffee for free from 7 - 8 each morning at the restaurant so we could have left it at home.

Restaurant:
We found the food in the restaurant to be very good - we ate breakfast there almost every day as well as some afternoon snacks. We only ate there one evening for dinner and thought it was quite expensive for what we got but it was still delicious.

Reception & Staff:
The front desk was very helpful and friendly doing whatever they can to make your stay enjoyable. They arranged our room change, called taxis for us, took care of beach towels etc.

The staff was polite, attentive and friendly. They were more than happy to take care of anything you needed - you just had to ask.

All in all we had a wonderful stay and will definitely come back - probably next year. We LOVED Zihau - we ate mostly on La Ropa beach area although we did get into town a couple of times. Every place we ate at we enjoyed and everything is a very short/inexpensive taxi ride to. We'll be back!!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank WIBadgergirl
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Reviewed January 27, 2008

This wonderful two-story hotel, done in Mexican style, is right on a beautiful beach. On-site restaurant is quite good and another is next door, access is on the beach. Soft drinks and beer from the bar are overpriced but a few yards away is a small beach store with these same things at 1/2 the price. Three pools, each at different depths. The largest overlooks the beach. Beach has significant waves, toddlers would need supervision. The hotel has air-conditioning in all units. About a third of the rooms are ocean front. Most folks have to stay in one of the back rooms for two or three days until one becomes available in the front. All rooms are the same price.

Rooms are simple and clean, some have two doubles and some have king-size. Beds are very firm. Includes TV (CNN for English news). Rooms are either smoking or non-smoking. We stayed in both and found no smell in the smoking room because of the ocean breezes, tile floors and polyester bed covers which don't absorb the smell. Hair dryers in all rooms. Hotel supplies beach towels, shampoo. Walk to town is a steep 20 minutes. Cabs are $3.00 each way.

Desk staff was helpful and bi lingual. They call for cabs, make restaurant reservations, etc.
Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed January 27, 2008

We just returned from 2 weeks at Villa Mexicana. The first night we arrived at 9 PM and had to take what was available - that room was a nice size but the A/C didn't work well, it smelled musty and had no balcony. They were aware of the problems, were apologetic and moved us the following day to a much nicer, if slightly smaller, room that was great. The beds are definitely "firm" as others have noted - since I am very sensitive to that, I actually took a 1" foam topper with me and it worked beautifully.

The staff here is super friendly and helpful. We never had trouble finding available lounge chairs and totally enjoyed just vegging on the beach - the restaurant staff serves drinks and snacks right there. You could spend entire days in your swimsuit if you want to - there are plenty of beach restaurants along Playa La Ropa open from breakfast through dinner. Sit on the sand under the umbrellas, or up on the terraces if you prefer, watch the bay, the sunset, the parasails, the surfers. There are also loads of nice restaurants within a 15-30 minute walk (or a $3 cab ride) into town.

Beach towels can be checked out at the desk; the rooms were cleaned and linens replaced daily; one liter bottle of water is provided daily and you can easily buy more at numerous small stores - the closest is just a few steps from the hotel.

I would characterize Villa Mexicana as at the "lower end of the really nice places on La Ropa." Awesome location, friendly people, very clean and comfortable. Definitely a "best buy" for us in terms of price for the value you get.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank fotobug
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Reviewed January 26, 2008

Villas Mexicana

This is a very nice small low rise property on a great section of beach.

What I liked
We had a ground floor ocean front corner room. The room was large and clean with a small patio in front where we could sit out and watch the ocean and the “adult” pool without having people walk by. We really lucked out.

The room was quite large, it had a closet and shelves, but no dresser with drawers, nice sink area, with storage underneath, and a hairdryer. I brought my heating coil and made instant coffee in the morning - I heard there is free coffee at the restaurant, but did not go to find out. Everything was clean and bright, and our housekeeper kept our room spotless. She arrived early each day without fail and always left different beautiful towel art. I left her $3.00 per day on the pillow - that is the same amount I leave everywhere. I type out envelopes in Spanish in advance, thanking her for her work.

The cats do not roam the property, once in a while you will see one with the Manager, but that was rare. Our room was next to her apartment and we could see them if we looked, but did not hear them.

What I didn’t like
Chair savers – there was a group of 6 who would go out at 6am each morning and save all the chairs in the front row. Some days they would not use the chairs at all and would spend their time in the pool drinking beer. They were “regulars” from LA and went there twice a year, seemed to know everyone. I made the mistake of talking to the “head” guy one day and he nearly talked my ear off. After that, I avoided them like the plague. They were loud and boorish and not young; they would all sit around the pool edge with glass beer bottles and no one said a word. Everyone saved chairs each morning, this seemed to be the norm.
Adult pool – many, many people in the pool with little kids and babies, why they couldn’t use their two designated pools is beyond me, kids were jumping and splashing, and babies were doing who knows what.

La Ropa Beach

What I liked
Gorgeous beach, deep and wide, with very small waves, warm water and a sandy bottom. I know some people don’t like them, but I thought the cruise ships were interesting and I enjoyed watching the tenders through my binoculars. Very interesting how they take them up onto the ship at the end of the day. There were only two cruise ships when we were there. In keeping with the other folks, I would go out at 7am to claim our chairs, the only difference is, we were in them by 8:00am each day. I walked the beach end to end each morning, picking up shells and taking pictures, beautiful beach.

What I didn’t like
Vendors, I know they have to make a living, but when you have told them no once, why do they keep asking day after day, they nearly drove me crazy with their persistence. Towards the end of our stay they were actually walking amongst the chairs on the property. To her credit the Manager saw them one day and proceeded to give them H, she was a firecracker and I liked her very much.
I also did not like the guy who sold fishing charters, he asked us a few times and we told him no, and he left us alone, he had a bad vibe about him, very creepy.

We went to Commercial Mexicana to buy some booze, snacks and an ice chest (good investment). The desk at VM told us the cab ride should be $3.00, but the cabbie charged us $5.00, fine, no tip for him. CM is a big sprawling warehouse store with anything you could ask for. We bought a few things and caught a cab back to the hotel - $4.00…hmmm.

Miscellaneous
Paty's and Elviras are next door and have wonderful food and service, Elviras shows NFL football and NBA basketball.

Best restaurants were Casa Bahia and La Escollera, both are excellent in every way. (see my detailed reviews on the Z forum)

Parasailing - a word to the wise - don't! We watched them every day, and it is a dangerous operation, we saw one girl about 12 that they did not catch on landing, and she appeared to be hurt, she was crying her eyes out, her parents were standing there like idiots, and the guys with the parasail jumped in their boat and took off. We saw several near misses with people nearly landing in the trees.

Market - there is a great little market place next to VM, many vendors with the same stuff they sell on the beach, a place that sells food, and there is a store that sells beer and snacks, water, etc, cheap prices. We learned to go early as they are out of ice by mid-afternoon. The cooler we bought at CM was great, we loaded it with drinks and ice each morning and it lasted us til the next day.

Feel free to email me with any questions.
Ellen

Stayed: November 2007
9  Thank EIIen
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Reviewed November 15, 2007

The worst part of our stay is that Villa Mexicana lost our reservation. For a while, they were not going to honor it until we asked to speak to the manager and got mad. We had our paper reservation and our receipt and repeatedly had to say, we already paid for our stay. Our reservation was made through Apple Travel. Eventually, the hotel staff upgraded our room after one with a queen bed opened up, For the first night we had two singles beds and had to wait until 5 p.m. for a room. This wasn't the end of the world but not what we pictured for our romantic get away.

Villa Mexicana is right on La Ropa and we couldn't beat waking up and taking a walk on the beach. The beach has these little stingrays and my husband and of a couple of other guests got stung by them. It hurt and numbed their foot but no trip to the Dr. was needed. The water is was clean (no garbage) but a bit murkey while we were there. It was very easy to get to town by walking, bus or taxi. The hotel rooms were cleaned every day and the hotel staff was hard working and responsive. We did find one cockroach in our room.

Overall, we loved our stay in Zihuatanejo. We ate extremely well while we we here. The restaurant next to the Mexicana has great breakfast (and oddly enough the NFL cable package so on Sundays there was football.)

Be aware that the cruise ships have discovered the town so I don't know how long it will stay peaceful. Cruise ships came about 2 days a week, prices go up and we left town on those days.

Stayed: November 2006
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Reviewed November 15, 2007

In Feb 2007, My husband and I were married at La Perla down the beach. We contacted Villa Mexicana directly to get several rooms blocked for our guests. They were extremely helpful! We had about 20 people stay at the hotel with us. Our room was fantastic! It was right on the beach and at the pool. The servers would come to our room, as we sat on the porch, and bring us drinks and snacks from the restaurant. We ate at the restaurant each morning and really enjoyed the food.

The rooms were clean and spacious for our use. The beds, as others have mentioned, could be better but that was the only complaint really. Our room didn't have hot water but it was warm enough to where we didn't care.

I would definitely come back to VM and stay. It is in the perfect location! It is right on the beach, has a restaurant, next door to Villa Del Sol (we frequented the bar there each night...say hi to Omar!), taxi's were right around the corner and they would call one for you, a walk down the beach to La Perla was fantastic and had great chicken taco's and shrimp, a walk in the other direction took you past several other great restaurants.

Everyone in our party had a great time and really enjoyed the area and the friendly people at Villa Mexicana. Everyone that came down was ready to go back right away! If you don't care about the fancy sheets and gold sinks then this is the place for you.

We will be back! And we don't like going to the same places twice.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 8, 2007

The beach here is fantastic--sandy and safe. That's really the best feature of this hotel. It's clean and basic and the small garden area is lush and pretty, but not overly manicured. It is a smaller hotel so there are not as many guests and that gives it a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The hotel restaurant is very good at some menu items, and average at others. We found that breakfast was slightly better at either one of the two restaurants just to the right of the hotel. Both offered seating directly ON the beach where you could dig your toes in the sand to your heart's delight. We ate at the fancy restaurant to the left one night for a change of pace and it was a pricey, upscale multicourse meal--they did require a reservation only at this place. It was perfect if you're looking for a special romantic evening. You will not get much nightlife here, although the bar is open for guests who choose to drink. There are several families that stay here and they allowed the children to swim in all three of the pools. Because of the holiday weekend (Day of the Dead) it appeared that the hotel was near full capacity, but it never felt crowded. There were ample lounge chairs available--although saving chairs all day for an hour or two of use is a pet peeve of mine....only some people did this while we were there. The palapas are up a couple steps off the beach and vendors are not allowed to come up there which gives you fewer disturbances. Our room was about 100 paces from the water's edge. The rooms had safe deposit boxes and hair dryers as well as a tv (which we never turned on). Staff was pleasant and accommodating, although they didn't always understand our English as well as we understood theirs. We chocked it up to being in a foreign country--not a big deal and sometimes it was humorous! It was 95 degrees and humid while we were there, so walking up and down hills to go to town wasn't something we were interested in. $3 cab ride each way for that---buses are cheaper and a stop is about two blocks from the hotel. Always felt very safe on the hotel grounds and the beach. A wonderful place to rest and rejuvenate. Parasailing and fishing can be done from the beach. We did go to Ixtapa Island for a snorkeling tour---the front desk could help you find whatever you're looking for.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with friends
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6  Thank MexicoLuvver
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Address: Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Zihuatanejo
Price Range: $116 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Mexicana Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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