My fiance and I spent four nights from March 4-7at Punta del Mar, which is located a couple of kilometers down a dirt road, south of Mancora. It's not easy to find, but it is definitely worth checking it out if you're going to be in the area. We paid about $55 a night for a "deluxe" room that was on the second floor facing the beach, with a nice balcony and hammock, and large tub. We thought it was going to be a jacuzzi tub, but it didn't have any jets -- it was just large enough for two people. I felt like it was definitely worth the price and much nicer than the other cheap hostels in Mancora.
Our room was cleaned daily, there was great water pressure in the shower, and we never ran out of hot water once. There was a nice ceiling fan in the room, as well as a small TV hooked up to DirecTV, which we didn't have to pay extra for. The sheets were clean, and I felt like they did a really good job keeping our room and the property neat, tidy and clean. There was a bit of a bug problem, but only due to the fact that there was a small space between the bottom of the front door and the floor, and Mancora has a beetle problem. These large beetles come out en masse at night, and if you touch them or try to move them, they will spray you with a strange-smelling scent that's hard to wash off. The room wasn't infested with these beetles, by any means, but we did catch a couple of them sneaking in under the door at night, and solved that problem by putting a towel in front of the door at night to block the gap.
The hotel pool was not too chlorine-y, was really clean, and was a nice, warm temperature. There was a hot tub area on the side of the pool that confused us because while it looked like a hot tub (it was round, had seats and jets in the walls), it didn't seem to be any warmer than the pool and it was connected to the rest of the pool so the water would mix anyway. I think the pool was built as an infinity pool (the kind that has water flowing over the edge so it looks like the water just ends, instead of there being a pool wall), but the water level was low and so water wasn't flowing over the side like it should have been.
The staff was extremely friendly, although I don't think they spoke much English. We speak Spanish (so I can't evaluate the staff's English very well), but we were the only non-Latino people at the hotel, which was pretty full. I think they cater mostly to Peruvians.
The hotel has a restaurant, but after we ate dinner and breakfast there, it was quickly apparent why there were so few diners at the restaurant. The food is overpriced and not very good, although it's certainly edible. A better bet is to go to one of the neighboring hotels in Las Pocitas, many of which have fabulous restaurants, or else go into Mancora to eat. If you do go into Mancora, do yourself a favor and pay one of the moto-taxi drivers 3 soles (about $1 currently) to take you into Mancora. There are always moto-taxi drivers passing along the dirt road in front of the hotel, so it's easy to flag one down. Walking along the beach from Las Pocitas to Mancora isn't a good idea -- we found this out when we tried to do it and ended up having to walk through the water several times due to high water, and then ran into the local fishery where the boats are docked, and there was no real easy way to get through it and to the other side of the beach. Closer to Mancora the beach is full of litter and dead animals (we saw a couple of blue-footed boobies that had expired), and just generally smells bad. In other words, it's not a pleasant walk and is not recommended.
The beach in front of Punta del Mar was pretty clean, although it was somewhat rocky so we had to be careful where we swam and look out for rocks. There weren't many people on the beach, probably because most people go to Mancora where the beach isn't so rocky.
If you stay at Punta del Mar, get the deluxe room, which is only about $10 or $15 more than the standard room. The standard rooms are located right next to the pool and don't have balconies or large tubs. They're also right in front of some large speakers that blast American 80's music until about 9 or 10pm, so the more expensive rooms are quieter, too, due to their better location.
- Also Known As:
- Punta Del Mar Hotel Mancora
- Punta Del Mar Mancora