We stayed at the Solimar Inn for 3 nights, March 28-31, 2010. I did a lot of reading about hotels in Zihuatanejo (including this site) before choosing this hotel. I was traveling with my parents (both had surgery recently) and needed a location with not too many steps, close to restaurants and shopping. After our 3 night stay, I was most happy with our choice to stay at the Solimar Inn. I speak very little Spanish, so it was also helpful to stay at a location where some English was spoken. Edison (the manager) lived in the U.S. for many years, so his English is perfect. This was very helpful, as I have stayed places before, and it can be disappointing when you cannot speak the language, and therefore, are somewhat disappointed with the service/stay.
We took the bus (VW van) from the airport for only 10 pesos for person. The bus we rode actually dropped us off only steps from the hotel. I took another bus to "CENTRO" later in the stay and that route ended a couple blocks and around the corner, but was very close.
Because my parents had recently had surgery, I asked Edison if we could please have rooms on the lowest floor possible. When we arrived he had rooms on the very lowest floor (one flight of stairs up, as there are none on the ground floor), and our rooms were right next to each other. The rooms were quite large, in my opinion. We stayed in the larger G suite, which included one queen sized bed (very low to the ground on concrete), one single bed, and a couch with two large seats (on concrete). This room could have easily accommodated 5 people, as the couch cushions were quite large. All the beds are quite firm, as all except the single bed were on concrete.
The room included an air conditioner. It is set to one temperature and never got as cold as I probably would have liked, but it was pleasant. During the day I closed the curtains when we were out of the room (with the air off) and it was very pleasant when we returned. The refrigerator was set to one temperature also, and it kept everything very COLD. Each room as a small balcony, most overlooking a very small park. This park was generally very quiet, and very pleasant.
We did not use the kitchenette, but there were plates, silverware, glasses, etc. and pans etc. for cooking. The TV had about 40-50 channels... about 10-15 had English speaking stations... CNN I believe and the rest were pretty much just movie channels. I did not watch the TV at all during the stay, as were were busy touring the city.
If staying for a few days I would find an extension cord and adapter helpful...many of the outlets would not accept my cords with the larger prong, and the outlets only have the 2 prongs (rather than the three that most of our appliances have these days).
If you like using wash clothes, I would advise bringing your own...I have found it typical in Mexico to have these not provided in the hotel rooms, so I generally bring my own. Our rooms did not have washclothes.
I originally wished to have an ocean front or ocean view hotel, but was very happy with the Solimar Inn. It was only about 4 blocks from the Municipal Beach, only about 5 minutes walk. We enjoyed breakfast and dinner on the restaurants along the sidewalk next to the beach. The hotel is only about 2 blocks from major banks, and close to markets and stores. All in all I was quite happy with the location, even though it was not on the beach. Playa La Madera (beach) is only about 5 additional minutes further than the walk to the Municipal Beach. Playa La Ropa (beach) is only about 5 minutes by taxi (which is only $5.00 US).
The pool is very small, and we did not use it, but it was always clean. The night security guy closes the front door about 11:00 p.m., and he cleans the pool each night.
As it says on the website, the internet is only available near the pool and front desk. I had to learn where it worked best, but after I figured it out, I was quite happy with it.
All in all, my favorite parts of this small economical hotel are the location close to shopping and the beach, and the fact that English is spoken. The rooms are quite roomy, clean, but would be considered quite budget/plain to a modern US hotel. We were very happy with our stay at the Solimar Inn and would definitely return here on a future visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four levels Mediterranean style building with only 12 comfortable and nicely decorated suites from 430 to 540 square feet (40 to 50 m2) plus terrace area. Suites have bedroom, living-dining room, private bath, kitchenette (optional), air conditioner, fan, phone and cable TV 32"LED. Swimming pool, WiFi. We are considered a "Hotel with Charm". Allow us to give you our personal and friendly attention. We look forward to see you!!! ... more less
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