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“A very relaxing vacation”
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Aura del Mar Hotel
Ranked #2 of 79 Hotels in Zihuatanejo
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Minnetonka, MN
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Reviewed April 16, 2006

We recently spent a week (April 1-8) at the Brisas del Mar. We absolutely loved it! We stayed in a Jr. Suite and it was exactly what we were looking for. The bathrooms were large, the king-size bed (although a little hard) had different flower arrangements on it everyday and the balcony was the perfect size and had an amazing view. The air condioner worked great, the toilets flushed, we had hot water at all times of the day and the maid came in to clean often.

The hotel itself was amazing! It had everything we needed. (Along with a little store across the street to buy water, snacks and beer). The location was beautiful! It is high enough up to get a great view, but not too high, otherwise the walk up the stairs would be a little tough. The service was great - everyone was really friendly and happy to help.

The beach and pool areas were beautiful! There are plenty of chairs, so you do not have to get up early to stake your claim. The sand on the beach is super soft with little to no shells or rocks. You can tell how soft and fine the sand is when you look in the water - it is not clear, it has little sand particles in it. The water is warm and the waves are good-sized - perfect for boogie boarding. We even saw a bunch of dolphins playing in the bay one of the days. There are not too many people out on the beach during the week. It is kind of nice, it feels secluded. It does get much busier on the weekends when the locals come out to play.

The restaurant had decent food. We had lunch there twice. We opted to go to MJ and Richie's (right down the beach) for lunch most of the days. It was much less expensive. They had great pico de gallo and guacamole that they made to order. We tried most things on the menu and always had a great meal. For dinner, we went out every night. There are a bunch of really great restaurants in Zihuatanejo; La Cala, Il Mare and Coconuts. La Cala and Il Mare both have breathtaking views and great food. Coconuts is right in downtown and was definitely one of our favorites. We also went to Bucaneros and Reuben's Hamburgers in Ixtapa, which were both great!

The bar up near the reservation desk has the best bartender - Frederico. Fred makes the best sangria. He speaks little English, but tries hard and loves to smile and laugh. Make sure to stop up there for happy hour.

All in all, it was a great trip! If you are looking for a incredibly relaxing week or weekend this is the place!

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed March 27, 2006

We stayed in the Bahia Suite with our 2 year old. Loved every minute and everything about Hotel Brisas del Mar. Very Clean, very friendly and personable staff. I would not recommend the resturant-mediocre food at high prices. You can take a short 10 minute stroll along the boardwalk/ocean to downtown for awesome food. And this place is very kid friendly, they had a highchair and crib in the room when we arrived. The location is great on a quiet swimmable beach. Travel Agency in the lobby to help with recommendations and reservations. Go directly to the BLUE building at the end of the pier to book your fishing boats. Do Not go with someone who is not part of the Sportfishing Coop-you are looking to be taken for a ride. Cheapest swim w/ dolphins (Ixtapa) in Mexico.
As a Travel Agent I could go on and on.
Stay at the Hotel Brisas del Mar, you will not regret it!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2006, traveled on business
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12  Thank Tracy S
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Reviewed March 20, 2006

My fiance and I recently stayed at Brisas del Mar from March 2-5 and it was fantastic. Santiago and Janet were so nice! We stayed in a Junior suite and it was beautiful. La Madera beach was very relaxing and not crowded. If you want to get away from it all, I highly recommend staying here. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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7  Thank rwebster79
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Reviewed March 11, 2006

We just returned from a week (March 1-8) at the Brisas Del Mar in Zihuatanejo and it was even better than the reviews that had helped us decide to stay there. First of all, it is always a little scary when you book somewhere that you don't know anything about, but thanks to Trip Advisor's review pages we made the right choice. The staff was more than helpful, even answering and giving suggestions via email before we even got there. Janet and Santiago are fantastic staff that work at the front desk and never tire of one's many questions (and I had alot). Fredrico runs the lobby "happy hour" bar and he makes a mean margarita. He is a lovely man with 6-7 kids and grandchildren. He loves talking (in his broken English, but good) about his family. The rooms are fantastic too. Our first night we stayed in a Master Suite #107 (a great room and large) with hot tub on the deck because our room wasn't available until the next day. It was no problem and they moved us very easily the next day to the Zihua Suite #12 and this was heaven. The room is very large with a small kitchenette, king bed area, living area with two couches, coffee tables,and a table and chairs if you wanted to eat inside. We never did, as the deck had a table and two chairs, two chaise lounges, hammock and hot tub that faced the Zihuatanejo Bay. We would walk into the town every morning (about 10-15 minute walk) and then return to the hotel for pool time or beach time and then the good old hot tub from 5-6pm. The temp was on the average about 85 degrees every day...no wind at all, but still pleasant. Now for eating....there is a very convenient little grocery store directly across the street from the hotel and good prices too..for beers, etc. The restaurant at the hotel is good for maybe your first night and you are tired, but it is so much more interesting to venture out of the area and try some of the many GREAT places to eat. Here are some of our favorites. 1)Rufo's Grill (bottom of hill from hotel) great locals place and everything is grilled on mesquite and is wonderful, try the shrimps. Very inexpensive. Dinner only. 2) La Gula's (up the street from Rufo's) great dinner and the presentation was fantastico. They give you chilled cloths to wipe your hands and very good service to go along with very good food. Moderate prices too. 3) La Mare (up the road from the hotel heading towards Playa La Ropa). Italian style restaurant with outstanding views of the bay (open for B,L& D). The food was excellent, service was mesa mesa and it is pricey. 4)Caprichio's (downtown, next door to the church) very good in a lovely garden and the food and service were great. Dinner only. 5) La Sirena Gorda (downtown near pier) for fish tacos
6)Paty's (on Playa La Ropa) for breakfast or lunch and you can sit on the beach under umbrellas all day as long as you eat there. Things to do....we did nothing, but relax and one day took the water taxi to Playa las Gatas for snorkeling and laying on the beach. Many restaurants along the beach and they all offer their lounges with umbrellas as long as you order food for the entire day. Price of water taxi roundtrip was 30 pesos and you keep your ticket for the return trip. We heard that the catamaran trips, the Picante or the Dancer were good, but we just ran out of time. Saving that for next trip back.
We had a great time and thanks to all of the past reviews that made this trip a success.

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Reviewed February 21, 2006

My wife and I stayed at Brisas del Mar February 11-18, and all the good things said in recent reviews are true. The hotel staff remembered our names, chatted with us as we went in and out, and even arranged for a local Spanish teacher to give me a private class every morning on the hotel veranda overlooking the beach. The location is close enough to town to walk either on the streets, or along the winding beach walk. Or the staff will call a taxi that will take you anywhere for about three dollars. All the other guests seemed very happy to be there. I have never had a better hotel experience.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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15  Thank John B
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Reviewed February 18, 2006

We stayed at Brisas del Mar from Feb 4-11. All the good things we read about it are accurate. The balcony and views are beautiful. The location near town is really convenient. Playa Madera is quiet, so the beachfront palapas at BDM were sooo relaxing. The pool area is beautiful, with more great views. And the staff couldn't be more accomodating. At one point we wanted to get a message to friends staying at a hotel in Ixtapa. With my limited Spanish, that hotel's front desk wasn't able to help me. The BDM front desk, overhearing my problem, offered to leave the message. They spelled it out letter by letter... our friends were suprised to get such a clear message. We stayed the following week at Villa Mexicana in La Ropa, mostly because BDM was booked. Although VM is nice enough, and a good bargain on La Ropa, the difference in the atmoshere was striking. At BDM, we felt like pampered guests, while at VM we felt like hotel management (tho' not the staff) was a little afraid the guests were going to steal from them at every opportunity....lots of rules. We would recommend BDM to anyone!

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed January 7, 2006

Wonderful, Relaxing Stay

My husband and I had a terrific stay at Brisas Del Mar during Dia de los Muertos this year.

Room - clean,lovely
fresh flower and towel art every day
we only used the air conditioning at night
TIP: don't drink the bottled water in the frig. Go across the street to small store and buy a gallon for the cost of a quart
large balcony with terrific view of bay

Pool - clean with fun slide

Staff - very helpful concierge. Converted money and gave us good tips on how to get around by bus

Beach - Playa Madera, not as lovely as Playa La Ropa, but had the advantage of being 5 minute walk to all restaurants and shops in El Centro

I can definitely recommend this hotel and will stay here again when we return to Zihuatanejo.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Address: Eva Samano de Lopez Mateos s/n | Playa La Madera, Zihuatanejo, Mexico (Formerly Brisas del Mar Hotel)
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#2 Spa Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#2 Family Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#6 Romantic Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#7 Best Value Hotel in Zihuatanejo
Price Range: $124 - $472 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aura del Mar Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aura del Mar is a boutique-hotel in a Mexican fishing village, known for its hospitality and privacy. It's the perfect choice to get to know Zihuatanejo, relax and enjoy the sea. We offer a privileged location at the seashore in La Madera beach. Walking distance to downtown Zihua. ... more   less 
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Brisas Del Mar Zihuatanejo
Hotel Brisas Del Mar

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