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“Very disappointing”
Review of Bungalows Zicatela

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Bungalows Zicatela
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This hotel is nicely located in a funky neighbourhood near a great surfing beach lined with good, inexpensive restaurants. The rooms were very basic, but clean. That's the good news. The bad news is: the pool was NASTY, so dirty you couldn't see the bottom. The day we left a young man was cleaning the scum ring with a cleaner so toxic he had to wear a scarf over his mouth and nose to avoid breathing in the fumes. The cleaner was dripping into the water while he worked. There was construction all around, with the necessary supplies piled in front of the ground floor rooms. The "breakfast" that was included was 1 and 1/2 slices of toast and a cup of coffee. On principle we didn't eat there at all during our 4 day stay. We wouldn't stay here again, as we do enjoy a swim in the pool, especially in places where it is unsafe to swim in the ocean. We didn't appreciate being ripped off on the breakfast deal. We have stayed at other budget Mexican hotels and have had great breakfasts included, so we know what to expect. Wouldn't recommend this place. There are several hotels in the neighbourhood, most of which looked nicer than this. We collected brochures and checked prices and they are comparable or a little higher.

Room Tip: Make sure room has an air conditioner and is not on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Very helpful staff who speak English, cheap rates and clean, nice rooms. The pools are awesome and big and there is a restaurant with nice food at the front. Excellent location on zicatela beach. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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1  Thank Bessienrob
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed at Bungalows Zicatela last February for the 2nd year in a row, We stay for 13 -14 nites. Bargained a great rate of 450 pesos @ night, with breakfast included. Room was ocean view with air, 2 king beds, and refrigerator with a balcony for 2. Great view of the sunsets. Staff was very friendly. There wsa construction of 6-8 2nd floor rooms so it was a little noisy during the day. Casa Babalon is nex door and it does get noisy 2 nites a weeek. Located just across the road from the beach. many great restaurants nearby. The maid made sure our room ws SPOTTLESS every day when we returned from the beach. Never used the pools but they looked very clean. Going back again this year for a long vacation. never did see a fitness center. One plus was that they have a guard all night long at the entrance, and the hot dog guy has his cart a few feet away.

Room Tip: Upper floors on the west are great sunset watching rooms!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Greybeard51
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We stayed here for one night with the intention of staying for a few more but decided after one night not to leave. While the pool looked nice the room was dirty and the staff not very friendly. Wouldn't recommend this place.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Deirdre060
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Beach:
"Playa Zicatela" is definitely one of the best surfing spots/beaches on earth ... for advanced surfers! Don't (!) go there for swimming or if you're a surfing beginner, but choose e.g. "La Punta", if you surfed before and want to try a fast hollow point-break wave with left direction, sandy/rock bottom and normal length or "Carrizalillo", if you're a beginner and want a beach-break with left and right direction, sandy bottom and normal length.

Food:
Breakfast is more of symbolic value than a treat, but there are a lot of tasty alternatives just a few steps from the hotel.

Location:
Located on the road along "Playa Zicatela", which - road and beach - are busy, but not (too) noisy, all your daily needs are covered by the shops around the hotel, and if you'd like to see/experience something else, the town (centre) is just a (very nice) 15 minutes walk on the beach or a five minutes cab ride away.

Pools:
Clean, sunny and windless pools with some sun loungers around. There's no ocean view, but you have that 50m away at the beach.

Room:
Very clean and tidy rooms with very romantic ocean view in the ones, which cost a bit more. The spacious bed was neither hard nor soft and the AC worked just fine, so sleeping is just as relaxing as it should be.

Service:
Quiet sleepy - especially in the reataurant -, but very friendly staff - especially the room service -, which would help you, but (luckily) not bother you e.g. by trying to sell stuff (as in other more touristy places) in any situation.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank claudiodeugenio
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

We stayed during refurbishment of the hotel. There was noise from the builders in the day and the pool was dirty due to the dust and debris.
Think charging 600pesos a night is abit much in the circumstances.
The location is great and the room itself was lovely with a fantastic view of the ocean.
When the refurb is complete it will be lovely but I'd wait until its finished

Room Tip: rooms on the east side have great views of the ocean and balconies
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

Decent place with generally helpful staff but roms have no screens on door or windows or the screen has holes and is poorly fitted. Tons of mosquitos! NExt door cafe has live music several times a week and it is impossible to sleep. Also have had group of tourists partying all night in the hotel pool; when asked staff to intervene(after 2 am) they smiled and did basically nothing. Internet exists but connection is very poor. Not a place I'd like to visit again!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bungalows Zicatela

Address: Calle del Moro S/N | Col. Marinero, Puerto Escondido 71986, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Puerto Escondido
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 70 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Escondido
Price Range: $55 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small and friendly hotel right on zicatela beach, so you will be able to ride the best wave of your life or even relaxing walks on the beach and beautiful sunsets. We're sticklers for ensuring your stay in puerto is the best it can be, so our rooms are spacious and comfortable, we have 4 types of rooms; standard rooms with fan and all the basics to rest. The standard room with A/C. The Plus room with A/C and terrace with sea view. The Bungalow with a small kitchenette. ... more   less 
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