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The Inn at Manzanillo Bay
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

This place was a splurge for us, after spending a week in Zihuatanejo with my family we were looking forward to a nice place with just the two of us. We arrived and got our room and had lunch and a few beers on the beach.

The food was pretty good, though overpriced compared to what else we had been getting at other places. The beers are in cans, not particularly cold and very expensive. The beer prices weren't on the menu, and when we asked they were 34 pesos, about 50% higher than any other place we had been in Mexico. I wouldn't complain if that was one icy cold glass of beer, but instead we were being served luke warm cans of overpriced cervesa. In contrast, a beach bar north of there was serving possibly the coldest bottle of beer I've ever had for 12 pesos. I don't mind the price, but if I pay more I expect things to be really good. And that pretty much sums up our experience at the Inn at Manzanillo bay.

We felt like we were nickel and dimed for every thing they could think of, and in return we got a mediocre experience. We were given the internet password, but there was no mention of a charge, till we settled our bill. Bland coffee was out in the mornings, but again, no mention of the charge until the bill came. I don't have a problem for paying for services, but I found this practice not mentioning the cost of an item to be deceitful.

The rooms were decent, though the beds were very hard an uncomfortable. There was also one of those spring loaded water saver things in the tiny bathroom sink. The upshot of this was that it was hard to use, and sprayed water everywhere. I respect the attempt to save water, but the irony was too much for me when I saw the rainwater style showerhead in the shower, and the fountain in the pool outside.

A small sign in our room said "No outside food or beverages, please enjoy our reasonably priced restaurant.". Uh...what? I can't bring my own water, beer, or whatever? And the restaurant is not reasonably priced. All I want is some $5 dollar fish tacos like you can get everywhere else on the beach, not your Asian fusion soy wasabi shrimp whatever. Just cheap fish tacos. Its okay though, we only ate there once plus Christmas dinner, we just took our business down the street. If they want to serve food like that it is certainly their right to do so, but I’m not going to eat it.

The surfing is mediocre, so beware if you are coming for that. I've no doubt that the break can be good, but it is a fast left that peaks over a shallow rocky reef, so I wouldn't go for it unless you are confident in those conditions. We understand from the locals that when it is a little bigger it also has a second break inside the bay that is a little more forgiving, but still getting in and out is rocky in places.

Renting a board here was painful. The boards are pretty good, definitely a cut above your average Mexican surf shop. We were asked to fill out a form, complete with a picture of the board where we were supposed to indicate dings and so forth. It gave the feeling of distrust and unwelcomeness. Everywhere else in Mexico when you get a board they just give it to you and you leave something for collateral and that's it. When we asked for a little wax, were were told it was $4 dollars in the shop. Renting someone a board without wax is like renting someone a car with no air in the tires. Seriously, no wax?! Nobody charges for wax the first time.

Christmas dinner I think was really the icing on the cake. When we booked we were told that Christmas dinner was mandatory, which seemed strange, but that it was a special occasion here and they made it very nice and that it cost $48 dollars a person. They also told us that town would be closed down and that there wouldn't be anywhere else to eat on Christmas anyway. Which turned out to be totally untrue. Another place right down the beach was open, but I digress... I thought to myself, this better be one special dinner, but the owner is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, so it probably going to be fantastic.

Wow was I wrong. First of all, the owner never once went in the Kitchen when we were eating, he just sat and drank wine (no food) while his staff worked the kitchen. Second, this was the worst meal I ate in our entire 10 days in Mexico. The first course was an okay soup, followed by a plate of mashed potatoes, grey over cooked beef smothered in gravy with a side of green beans. Desert was some sort of apple tart with ice cream that was pretty decent. 48 bucks! Really? Holy smokes was I mad. It was a meal designed for profit and ease of preparation, not quality. The meat was overcooked, and frankly I didn't come to Mexico to eat Meat and potatoes smothered in gravy. I assumed that for that price it came with wine or something, but that cost extra, naturally.

So in the end we left sad about our experience. It felt like a place that was managed by a large impersonal hotel chain, not the boutique intimate setting it has so much potential to be. As the petty charges flooded on to our bill our enthusiasm ebbed, and we ended up spending as much time not at our hotel as possible

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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15  Thank AndrewM920
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

We originally booked to stay 5 nights on the recommendation of a few friends. Our stay was so terrific that we extended to a week. For me the most important is that i can travel with my little pup. It was no problem at all at the inn. Everyone was so cool with her. I did not know but we had booked the cheapest room...as a result the bed was rock hard. Mike and Winn and staff were all so amazing offered to upgrade us at no extra charge. We declined because of my pup. They fixed the bed and thereafter it was no problem. Also make sure to take enough cash as there are no machines. I took enough but did not plan on staying the extra days so was concerned that i wouldnt have enough to last the duration of our stay. Mike and Winn were so trusting and said it was no problem to pay once i returned home. Troncones and Manzanillo Bay are really special areas. Everyone is so calm and relaxed...nothing was a problem. Thanks once again to everyone there. Hope to see you soon.xx

Room Tip: Make sure when you book to ask for a good bed.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank shoshani
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Our first impression upon arrival was of stunning beauty! The Inn at Manzanillo Bay is beautifully laid out and well maintained. All cabinas face the ocean and the pool is clean and refreshing. The staff was attentive and kept us happy! The owner is a gracious host and a lot of fun to have a beer with. In our opinion, it is the nicest place in Troncones! We hope to be back soon.

Room Tip: Cabinas 1 and 8 are closest to the beach.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank phrank69
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

This spot has 7 thatched roof bungalows with ocean views surrounding a nice pool with a waterfall. It is a super relaxing spot with crashing surf to lull you to sleep every night. The beach is nice and very clean and uncrowded if not empty. The restaurant has good food at a fairly reasonable price. Great rellenos, tacos, shrimp, and seared ahi. Margaritas are delicious and intoxicating made with tequila aged in bourbon barrels. They do live music once a week as well.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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6  Thank MonkeyBoySB
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

I took my wife there for her 60th bday and then her 70th. Mike is a great host and restauranteur. The staff is caring and welcoming. The location is peaceful, warm and right on the beach.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 8 are closest to the beach. Great sounds of surf.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank kenseattle
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