We have stayed at the Dorado for many years-always in January. We are not overjoyed with the AI but since we prefer not to leave the hotel for breakfast and lunch anyway, the evening meals and entertainment(plus cost) are the only differences for us. The rooms have all been redone, are very clean and the staff is very prompt to make any adjustments you request. Breakfast buffet is great. Lunch we have always eaten at the now Blue Water Grill and when we first arrived in January they had no sandwiches on the menu--more meal type choices--but the sandwich menu came back--but no club sandwiches nor tuna salad which hopefully they will also add. The evening meals we feel do need improvement. First-they were having grass problems in the Garden area(first time in all of our years this has been an issue) so Fiesta night, Carribean night, any entertainment evenings were held inside in one of the salons on the mezzanine. We did not care for this arrangement---even if the grassy area was unavailable, outdoors makes all of these events more enjoyable. Last year they had entertainment at the Mexican restaurant with the stage put up in that area and it was fine---or moving them to the beach would have been fine --- we(and many other returnees) do not want to be indoors for these events. The Italian Buffet held once a week in Windows(breakfast restaurant) was very good both times we were there. Oceana is still having service problems this year as they did in 2012 also. The BlueWater Grill has a nice evening menu and the service is good. We went across the street to the restaurants for several evening meals and found most Dorado guests were also doing this. Wonder if they should consider a plan with just breakfast and lunch and perhaps a certain number of evening meals included as many people seem to feel the cost was too great when the evening meals and entertainment doesn't meet their expectations. We will return but they do not have all the bugs ironed out in their change to AI as of yet. The beach palapas and pool chairs seemed to be more of an issue this year than in recent years. When we arrived they were not permitting people out of the hotel until 7AM to reserve either area then they relaxed this and said IF you stay with your towels you could go out earlier and by the time our 2 weeks ended(even though they were trying not to let people take towels to their rooms) many chairs by the pool were "toweled" by 5AM and no one showed up for hours to use the chairs. The palapas were not taken as early but again some mornings towels had been left all night in that area and were not picked up. They did have you sign up for the palapas starting about 7AM and we had no problem but seems to us it was reasonable to say people must stay with towels until 7AM and if they don't, security should definitely remove towels from both areas. Great weather and another enjoyable vacation but some changes need to be implemented.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort offers families, couples and singles an Unlimited-Fun® escape. Each of the 285 guest rooms and suites, located in the 11-story tower, offers a private, furnished balcony with stunning ocean views.The Unlimited-Fun®, vibrant getaway begins with one shimmering pools with two waterslides and a swim-up bar, an Explorer’s Club with a playground, gourmet restaurants, relaxing bars serving premium brands and tons of daily activities. Ideally situated just 10 minutes away from the town of Zihuatanejo, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fantastic golfing, shopping and nightlife for all ages and interests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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