We won't repeat all the accolades given this wonderful intimate hotel except that, if possible, the hotel is even better than described. In the past many years, my husband and I have had the pleasure of staying at both Villa del Sol (now Tides) and Casa Que Canta. Our opinion is that at this point in time, hotel Cinco Sentidos surpasses both of them. Previous to Casa Que Canta's "sophisticated" makeover, I would have had to admit that it was equally charming; but the changes are not to our liking although it is still a great property.
Intimacy and privacy are paramount at Cinco Sentidos. You truly feel as though you are renting a private villa with your own staff catering to your every whim. Uriel is so friendly and helpful, always there to carry groceries or luggage up the many steps. He is a master gardener as the property is lovely. Judith is not only a sweet young woman, but very creative. Her daily flower art on your bed is awesome and the room is cleaned to perfection.
Now we get to Heiko. He manages the hotel, but is a man of many talents. Concierge, definitely. But, we were the first guests to experience his latest talent, Chef Extraordinaire. The kitchen is completed and breakfast is now served. The breakfast is included in the price of your lodging. While you sit at your table by the infinity pool gazing out over the ocean, Heiko serves you fresh orange juice, coffee, special breads and jams, and fresh fruits. However, it's just beginning! He asks you now "how" you would like your eggs. To give you a sense of the choices, my husband requested eggs over easy with ham. I had scrambled eggs with chorizo. Another guest ordered a cheese and ham omelet. On your plate will also be small tortillas with refried beans and a spicy guacamole sauce. You can forget eating lunch. On Sunday, Heiko served a special breakfast to all (and by the way the hotel was fully booked). He left the hotel very very early in the morning to visit the mercado where he purchased the most wonderful slow cooked pork. Apparently, if you do not arrive early enough at the market, this delight will be sold out. He then made homemade tamales (no filling) to accompany the pork. He added a fresh cream over the tamale and also a slice of soft creamy cheese (like Cow Girl Creamery for you West coasters). Any guest is in for a real treat!
We had the pleasure of meeting Araceli, the owner. She is a delightful woman and a very astute businesswoman. We enjoyed very much our conversation with her and wish her great success in her business and personal life.
To sum up, take advantage of staying at this unique hotel while it's still so very very affordable. We departed feeling like we were family. We look forward to returning again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on a hillside by la Ropa beach overlooking the very center of Zihuatanejo bay, Cinco Sentidos is a small boutique hotel ideal for those seeking tranquility. The private terraces of the suites feature infinity mini-pools, perfect for soaking up the spectacular vista. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cinco Sentidos Hotel
- Cinco Sentidos Zihuatanejo