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“The beautiful Zihua bay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tentaciones Hotel
Ranked #18 of 81 Hotels in Zihuatanejo
santa cruz, california
1 review
“The beautiful Zihua bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2008

My husband and I chose Zihuatanejo to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It was a great environment with plenty to do and the perfect place to just sit back and relax. Words can not express the beauty and outstanding service at Tentaciones Hotel. I found Tentaciones online with very little information about the hotel so I really didn’t know what to expect. We had a wonderful and intimate experience with only four rooms in the entire place. The architecture is creative and innovative, with endless water infinity edges that overlook the bay. Salvador and the rest of the staff were very friendly and helpful. I recommend eating at the restaurant for an all around wonderful dinning experience. My husband and I will definitely return to Zihua and Tentaciones in the future.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2008

I stayed for three nights at the Hotel Tentaciones in late September with a friend. This is during the low (supposedly wet but actually quite nice during the day, mostly sunny if a bit cloudy) season.

I spent a few days intesively researching where exactly we should stay in Zihua, as there is a lot of choice and I wanted to make sure we got the most bang for our buck. Boy did we make a good choice!

The hotel is a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport ($32 US fixed rate) and situated a little further up the cliff from the Casa de las Cantas. Its only five rooms, and is seriously beautifully designed. When we first walked in, I couldnt believe what a great view the hotel has, with the restaurant, infinity pool and sundeck all looking over the bay.

It turned out that we had the hotel to ourselves for our three day stay, and Salvator, the extremely cordial and helpful manager, upgraded us from the most basic room to the top suite for the duration of our stay.

The central part of Zihua is a good 20 minute walk away, downhill and along the shore (or uphill on the way back - v uphill at points, but probably a good thing given the amount of good food you will probably be eating!). Nice litte town, a few shops, Mexican restaurants (recommed Tamoles y Antoles Any) etc.

Food at the hotel was good - very nice breakfasts of pastries, coffee, fresh fruit, yogurt and cornflakes. 5-course dinner available at US$50 per head - we had it twice and enjoyed the experience both times - quite fancy food and not traditional mexican at all, but good. One tiny criticism is that its left to you to remove the black thread gut which runs down the back of the big prawns...definately worth doing but should really be done in the kitchen and washed out during prep.

All in all, I couldnt recommed the hotel highly enough, we had an absolutely fab time there and I would be seriously tempted to go back again if there werent another million places other than Zihua which I want to explore! Good value little boutique hotel with great service, great views and great atmosphere. Go!

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Could turn down the bass on the speakers!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tomalby
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riverside, ca
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2008

The greatest stay ever. Tentaciones has the best of every world. I have traveled extensively and I have not had such personal/
professional service anywhere like here. At the same time you feel like family and an honored guest. We had the Thalia suite which overlooked the pool and most of the property. Open the doors to the pool or the balcony and you see nothing but blue skies, beaches, and Zihua bay. Was there for our "luna de miel" and had the most relaxing time. The service was excellent and the food, top notch. Dinners were 5 course wonders of creativity. The hike down to the beaches were easy (@ 5minutes), the hikes up a bit more strenuous. The villa is almost directly in between Playa Madera and Playa Ropa. Madera is more old school authentic Mexico with families from nearby for the weekend. Great food at the south end of the beach (cant remember name), but the camaronillas (shrimp quesadillas) are awesome. La Playa Ropa has more tourists (not as many as Ixtapa), but still maintains some local flavor. A better lookin beach and great to swim, walk, watch, and play.

Wonderful days at Tentaciones includes seeing one beach or the other, coming back for a swim at the pool and a cocktail, going to the other beach, back for another swim (and a cocktail and nap), and dinner. Wonderful place, views, service, people, and, importantly, food!

  • Liked — The Property
  • Disliked — ??????????????
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank juero
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Denver, CO
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2008

We just returned from staying at Hotel Tentaciones and loved it!
Salvador, the manager, was wonderful as was the rest of the staff. We felt like we were staying with old friends.The hotel itself is so amazingly beautiful and relaxing that we didn't want to leave. Dinners there are fabulous and even if you don't stay there, you should go for drinks at sunset and for the dinner experience.

We usually try to stay in different places each trip to Zihuatanejo, but not anymore. We look forward to our next stay at Hotel Tentaciones!

  • Liked — The views and the style
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CTJODenver_CO
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Toronto, Ontario
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49 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2008

Hotel Tentaciones is fabulous place to relax and enjoy the view. The hotel is actually a three room villa being operated as a hotel, which it makes it really unique. After 5 p.m. the hotel also operates as a restaurant. We stayed for 10 days in late December/early January. Overall, it was a fantastic stay. The hotel has a few minor glitches, but we would highly recommend it for discerning travelers looking to have a private and relaxing Mexican getaway.

First, a note on the town. We have traveled extensively in Mexico, and Zihuatanejo is one of our favourite places for being authentically Mexican, not over-developed and for having perfect weather (hot and sunny EVERY day with no clouds in the sky). Golfing is located in nearby Ixtapa, which is more touristy and where all the major resorts are located. The golf courses are decent and usually not busy. A highlight is every Sunday night at the Zihua town square, where all the locals come out to watch some entertainment and eat street food.

The Tentaciones property is gorgeous - set high up on a hill, it has a spectacular view. The infinity pool is large and inviting, though it is being encroached on by the new construction (more on that later). There is a gorgeous lily pond as well. Each of the three rooms is large and comfortable, with satellite TV, air conditioning, huge closets, even bigger bathrooms with double sinks and stand-up double showers. There is also wireless internet. The rooms, and the property in general, are kept immaculately clean. The hotel is only a short drive from the centre of Zihuatanejo, and not too far to go to Ixtapa for golf, restaurants, etc. (15 minute drive). We did a lot of walking from the hotel to both the centre of Zihua and to La Ropa beach (a very nice beach). Flip flops/flat shoes are absolutely necessary for walking. In short walking distance from the hotel are three great restaurants: Casa Que Canta (a very upscale hotel), Il Mare and Kau Kan. There are a couple of "clubs" nearby and at night we sometimes heard loud music. There is also some street noise from the road below, some nearby construction and from some loud geckos, but we were undisturbed by any of this noise.

Continental breakfast is included with the stay, which for us was yogurt, fruit and freshly baked pastries. For our taste, the breakfast was underwhelming so we took to ordering eggs, toast, French toast, etc. The huevos rancheros were amazing! We had one dinner at the hotel - this was absolutely spectacular. Even if you don’t stay at Hotel Tentaciones, make sure you visit for dinner. We usually didn't have lunch at the hotel, but it was good when we did. Meals were generally a slower/longer process than we would have liked (very much on "Mexican" time), but were always good quality.

There are two negative things to note. First, there is a large construction project where they are adding two more rooms. As it stands, the construction is unsightly - it is basically a large concrete slab - and detracts from the otherwise amazing infinity pool. They didn't actually do any work while we were there, so there were no noise disturbances. Mostly we were just surprised to see the construction, since there was no warning except what we read on Trip Advisor. I would ask before you book - supposed to be done by summer 2008. Secondly, there are some kinks in the running of this property at a hotel, i.e. not providing towels/offering drinks without us having to ask, etc. Also, with the hotel being run as a restaurant, there is a lack of privacy in the evening, which is not a big deal except that with the hotel being so small, there is no where to "hang out" at night while there are people in the restaurant.

The staff works really hard, and was a pleasure to be around. Salvador, the manager, is a wonderfully helpful and cheerful person - and he will do whatever he can to make your stay more enjoyable.

We spent a great deal of time at the hotel since it was just so beautiful, relaxing and private. We wouldn't hesitate to go back, and are really curious to see it once the construction is completed.

  • Liked — It was like a private paradise
  • Disliked — Construction
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank mrsgraph
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Minneapolis, MN- USA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2008

The Hotel Tentaciones was a truly amazing experience. I strongly suggest that you eat dinner there at least one night. We had an amazing meal, one of the best I've had in my life.

The pool is fabulous, the views are excellent. One thing to ask about when you talk to Salvador is the construction.

When we visited the property in February 2007, there was no construction. However, when we returned in December 2007, they had decided to add a deck and eventually there will be a small restaurant. It was midly disruptive and the construction obstructed a bit of the view.

All in all, not that big of a deal, we still had an amazing time and spent a lot of time at the hotel.

Tips:
Pay when you get there for the whole stay. Then, open a bar/food tab for the rest of the week. Pay-up and tip generously at the end. All of the personal service is worth a hefty tip, plus, they split it between so many workers.

Bring flats. The hill to get up to the hotel is a killer! You'll burn off the calories from all of those margaritas, though.

Eat your breakfast. The yogurt helps to digest all of the adventurous food you'll try in town. Carolina makes the most amazing coffee and fresh pastries, too!

Try to find Tamales y Atoles Any. It is the most wonderful authentic restaurant in Zihuatanejo. For the most romantic, Il Mare or La Cala.

Enjoy, be open, allow yourself to relax.

  • Liked — Salvador was an amazing host and the hotel was simply wonderful.
  • Disliked — The construction while we were there was the only bummer.
  • Stayed December 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KatyV
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colorado
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2007

Zihau is the cultural alternative to gaudy Ixtapa and Hotel Tentaciones is the exotic alternative to "cookie-cutter" hotel experiences. It sits several hundred feet above the bay and thus has an exceptional view north, west, and south. Their website is a work in progress and still leaves much to be desired, so you may be feeling a little uninformed. We are risk takers and this risk paid off. We went over Thanksgiving week and were the only guests. The staff fixed Thanksgiving dinner and not a turkey in sight. Rather, empanadas, blue chees soup, butterfly shrimp and blackened redfish instead. It is a villa converted into a small hotel - 3 suites and two under construction along with a second infinity pool - it is not disruptive and is quite fun to watch in the tradition of the dying art of hand construction. It should be finished by mid- 2008. The suites are large and attractive, well furnsihed though not extravagant. The bathrooms are exceptionally large and well appointed with a walk in double shower. Zihua is quite tropical so the temperature does not change much from day to night. The rooms have quiet, remote control coolers, but you can also leave your doors and windows open. Satellite TV is provided but don't expect to see your favorite shows and there are only a few channels in English - we seldom turned it on anyway, no need. The hill location makes for nice breezes, though you may hear some noise on occasion from either the road below or one of the other properties. It was never disruptive or a nuisance. Zihua has a reputation for being buggy, but bugs were hard to find anywhere, and the numerous resident Gecko's (small) and equally numerous frogs in the gorgeous lilly ponds on premise keep the ants and no-see-ums well to a minimum. By the way, Geckos and the tropical pond frogs can make an alarming amount of noise vs. their size, and they are particularly fond of midnight choir practice. You will love the infiniti pool and the view of the sunset from your private patio or the pool. The small staff is exceptional - host Salvadore speaks fluent English and the remainder get by with a little Spanish thrown in. You see the same staff everyday and friendships develop quickly. Since Tentaciones is small and new, few cab drivers knew how to find it (we educated several as do other guests so word will eventually get around). There is a cab stand on the road directly below the hotel for trips to town, or you can walk to town on a path that winds along the shoreline - maybe 20 minutes to the Principal or town beach. The hill upon which Tentaciones sits is steep and daunting - good sandals or shoes are helpful on the descent to the road and on to the beach (less than 10 minutes), and the hill will not agree with people with disabilities and perhaps the elderly. Taxis are easy and inexpensive in Zihau so don't let the hill be a barrier to an otherwise exceptional experience. There is no restaurant per se at Tentaciones, but the staff will fix a terrific dinner for you upon request and occasionally the will serve dinner to groups not staying at the hotel - the hotel seems popular with expatriates and second home owners. The dinner at Tentaciones will be served al fresco overlooking the beach and the sunset. We also highly recommend the Il Mare restuarant on the road directly below the hotel. It's Italian and also offers excellent local seafood with an Italian flare. Go at sunset and take your camera. People generally go to Zihau to experience Mexico more as a local than a tourist. While Zihau has no shoratge of touristy stuff, it is much lower profile than Ixtapa - it is actually fun to visit with the vendors. Tentaciones is a terrific and not overly expensive alternative to the condo-hotl experience in Ixtapa and far better than most of the small hotels in Zihau. Although they need to do a little fine tuning (no morning coffee except with the continental breakfast included with the room, and they charge for bottled water so you might want to hit a convenience store) this was a 10 for us and we will be back.

Stayed November 2007
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Property: Tentaciones Hotel
Address: Camino Escenico a Playa La Ropa | Lote, 97-C, Col. La Madera, Zihuatanejo 40894, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#11 Luxury Hotel in Zihuatanejo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tentaciones Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Temptations Hotel" is a luxurious four suite boutique hotel overlooking Zihuatanejo's bay. Architecturally designed with elegant thatched palapa roof, thick tropical wood, sweet water infinity pool and three spectacular ponds adorned with the legendary Egyptian blu water lilies where one can be in touch with nature. ... more   less 
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