We are three friends who just returned from a great trip to Zihuatanejo. Staying at the Villas San Sebastian was definitely the highlight - and thanks to all the previous reviewers for directing us to this delightful hotel! If you want a beautiful place very close to Playa La Ropa (by far the nicest beach in Zihua) and would rather skip the touristy/all-inclusive feel of the big hotels, this is the place for you. It's also quite affordable, esp since having a kitchen saved us eating out for every meal.
We stayed for a week and though we spent a lot of time at the beach, having adventures in town, and exploring the area, we always delighted in returning to our villa for a siesta in the hammock, to cook or make some yummy frozen drinks in the open air kitchenette, or take a dip in the small but sparkling and never-crowded pool. The owner and staff were extraordinarily helpful and friendly, without being at all intrusive. Mario, Jose, and Feli made our stay wonderful and went out of their way to make us feel at home. Highly recommended!
- Diana, Jeannie, and Laura
New York and Boston
p.s. on restaurants and activities in Zihua - we had an old (2003) guidebook with us and there are a few things the book recommended that we definitely wouldn't do again: Los Gatos beach - not good swimming, overpriced food, weird neo-colonial vibe; Coconuts - was much more expensive than guidebook said, total tourist scene and food pretty lousy for the prices; Mercado des Artisans - basically a cruise ship mall with the same trinkets you can get for less (and with less hassling) a few blocks away. We liked going into town, but even though all 3 of us like walking, the walk is not pleasant and taking the bus, which is only 5 pesos and stops right outside the Villas San Sebastian, was definitely the way to go. Things we definitely WOULD do again: Eat pozole at Tamales y Atoles Any; buy fresh fruits, delicious ripe avocados, and all kinds of supplies at the local mercado (the farmer's market, on the other side of town from the tourist market); have sundown cocktails and snacks at Rossy restaurant on the south end of La Ropa (tiritas, a kind of fish-strip ceviche, were tasty and shareable); get on a boat in Zihua to Manzanillo beach for snorkeling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our exclusive villas and condominiums offer you the perfect accommodation for your vacation getaway. Each is unique in its layout, and tastefully decorated with an authentic Mexican flavor. From our beautiful, convenient setting you can walk to the lovely Playa La Ropa. Or take a seaside stroll into El Centro along the winding Paseo del Pescador. Visit the bustling City Pier or take in the Archeological Museum. Amble through the quaint village of downtown Zihuatanejo, with its colorful old buildings and cobblestone streets, and enjoy the many charming craft and clothing shops, fine jewelry stores and wonderful restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villas San Sebastian Hotel Zihuatanejo
- Hotel San Sebastian
- San Sebastian Hotel