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... They and three other couples traveled there by bus from Puerto Vallarta. Sayulita is a surfer town, it sits on a point out in the Pacific and the wave can get larger that they do here in Lo de Marcos. We caught the bus at the zocolo and it dropped us off on the highway by the road that leads into Sayulita, we walked about a mile to the beach and found Darlene almost immediately. Right after we get on the bus, the driver stopped, backed up a bit and started talking to a man outside. ...
... we followed him up the stairs to a room that was a shrine to a gorgeous Mexican movie star from the 40’s and 50’s. Our guide spoke some English and Patti speaks some Spanish so with Patti acting as the go-between translator, we were are able to communicate fairly well. From there he lead us from one room to another. In each new room he would present it with a different dramatic action. One room we entered in the dark and ...
... comes in. We can fire it up and for a cup or two of gasoline it charges the batteries. We have been looking all over for one and a fellow here in the marina had one for “coconuts” as they say here. That means for sale. As visiting boaters we are not really supposed to sell anything. So on the boaters check-in net every morning, when you have something to sell, you offer it for coconuts!
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... cold Corona's and at least a few toasts of the most special tequila either one of us has ever tasted (Eva has some secret stash that is to die for!).
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April and I stayed up late and talked for hours. It reminded me of sleepovers we had as girls where we got so wound up by all the conversation that we couldn't sleep and that was the case last night. I finally took a sleeping pill and conked out.
Up early before the sun. More reading, walking and napping was on the agenda today. We are going to have a session with a man named Jay, a ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Posada Real Ixtapa Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
We stayed at Posada Real in March 2001 for the first time visit to Ixtapa. Rooms were clean, flower arrangement on beds were a joy, and the pool area was SO nice! The staff became part of our party! Kudos to Jesus at the pool area! He was fantastic! We returned to Ixtapa in March 2003 to another hotel at the "other end of the bay area" only to be disappointed and constantly comparing to the Posada. Even though it is rated only three stars, we felt it far out-shined other hotels that were "busy and full of kids!" We returned one afternoon to the pool area at the Posada to reminisce, and found Jesus still working there! He remembered our group fondly!
I stayed a the Pasada Real the last week in Jan. I had a wonderful time. The motel was just the right size for me. It only has four floors. The rooms were normal size and very clean. The only thing that I wished for was was a balcony. The two pools were very clean. One is shaded and more private. The other pool is very breath taking and is more popular. It is said to be one of the nices in Ixtapa ( it has a beautiful view of the ocean and a walk up bar ) Most of the guests were 50 + or Mexican families. Everybody - both staff and guests were very friendly and polite. The atmosphere was very relaxing. I would definately stay there again and recomend others to go. It might not be exciting enough for young adults but Carlos and Charlies is next door and there seems to be a young crowd there. Go and enjoy the sun and the nice people of Mexico. I love Mexico!!!! I have been to Ixtapa four times and enjoyed myself everytime I went.
Lost Its Value
I have written glowing reports about this hotel in the past as it was a great value. Unfortunately, the management there decided to raise its rates. The rates there are now the same as the rates in the nearby hotels. The nearby hotels have rooms with balconies facing the ocean, the Posada Real has no rooms with balconies. If there are no balconies, why stay there if you can stay in another hotel with balconies for the same price?
The hotel still has the same friendly staff and boasts one of the better pools on the strip. They also have a putting green and a second pool to the side of the hotel. I am really sad they raised their rates so much. You can still look for intermittent specials (around $100 night before taxes), but the rates for run-of-the-house are $145-160. Bummer.
Actually the stay there at the time was a pleasant week. And some of the other reviews are pretty dead on one way or another. Yes it was a nice small place, and the people there are very nice. Value? yes .. But when we got home.. thats when may jaw hit the floor, We had clothes missing, cell phone, monies,shoes, lets just say around 300.00 worth of personal things missing that had to be taking from the room. Oh yes we wrote the hotel, Best Western, Appple Vacations... so has anyone done anything for us do to this matter? Of course not!!! So there you have it... you decide where you want to stay in Ixtapa.. Over all the trip was great! Ixtapa is a wonder place with wonderful people, but as in any other place,,, a few bad apples..A real shame none of the people we thought were resposible being the companies handling the trip one way or another just wrote us off!
If you are going to Ixtapa and want a nice relaxing small hotel, the Posada Real is for you! The rooms are quaint, no balconies but you are only in the rooms to sleep and get ready. Word has it they will eventually add balconies. The staff there is great! Most speak english..Hercules is the best waiter out by the pool. So if you are there ask for him or Bernardo!! The pool is the best on the ocean, it runs right into the ocean (it looks like it does) unlike the other hotels where you cannot see the ocean from the pool! But do be aware that if you are a light sleeper and go to bed early Carlos and Charlie's is next door and may keep you awake...if you are like me and was there 'til 230a it won't be a problem.
New Posada Real Ixtapa
I find a 1997 report on Posada Real Ixtapa offensive and misleading. In the year 2000 they have totally remodel the property(2 pools, etc.), food is great; they have turned it in to a lovely boutique hotel. The rates are just perfect.Look in to their web site and convince yourself.
My fiance and I went to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo for the 3rd time last year (Feb 2003) We stayed at the Posada Real (for the first 2 nights anyway). The first night was soooo loud that we had to change rooms. We faced the ocean and to the right of the hotel was Carlos N Charlies (which everyone knows plays loud music and is open until about 5am). We could hear every song and voice in our room. We switched to a room in the back of the hotel in the corner facing the street. That room was much quieter but did not have an ocean view. The second night was worse!!! There was a family staying in the room next to us (no one must have been there the first night) and they had about 4 kids in the room and they were up all night coughing and talking. The walls were so thin that you could hear EVERYTHING. They also opened and closed the door about 100 times and we are not exaggerating. The rooms are very small but clean. The pool is great but very cold. Hardly anyone at the hotel spoke any english at all. The service was very slow at the restaurant but the food and drinks were good. The Posada Real was so loud that we switched hotels after the 2nd night. We paid $800.00 more to stay at the Radisson (WHICH INCLUDED ALL DRINKS) and a great ocean-view. We were going to stay at the Radisson in the first place but chose the Posada Real b/c it looked so quiet and intimate, if we would have stayed at the Radisson in the first place it would have only been about $300 more. Do not stay at the Posada Real unless you stay out all night or do not like being bothered by loud music, neighbors, or doors slamming at all hours of the day and night. The Radisson was great!
We recently returned from a two-week stay at the Posada Real in Ixtapa. We stayed there last year and intend to come back next year. The hotel was once the barracks for the workers who built the other hotels on the strip. It has been remodeled and upgraded several times. Each room has its own safe deposit box, TV, AC and electric coffee maker. Great service, clean environment, friendly and helpful staff. Many tourists are repeat customers. Good restaurant, good bars, nice service. Good wine selection in restaurant. Check in is slow. There are no balconies in the rooms. We don't spend a lot of time in the room except for sleeping, but if a balcony was available, perhaps we would take in the sunsets from the room. This is a small, friendly hotel. Great value. We have never been bothered by the noise from Carlos & Charlie's. We loved the live music there and spent many evenings dancing. It is NOT a luxury hotel, but it is very comfortable. It is rated a three-star hotel, if it had balconies it would probably be a four-star. As far as value is concerned, it would be hard to find anything much better. I recommend it highly.
I just returned 3/1 from a stay at the Posada Real in Ixtapa. This hotel is rated a 3+ on a scale of 1-5 with MLT Vacations. The rating is perfect and I was not misled into thinking I was getting a Ritz Carlton. For the value, I give it a 5.... it all has to do with what you expect. The staff was absolutely the friendliest and most helpful. The rooms were spotless and nicely decorated. The 2/26 review was way outdated as they now have a lovely pool which cascades to the ocean. A beautiful open air restaurant with good nightly live music, and great food at the swim-up pool bar. The negatives? People often complain about hard beds in Mexico. I am a travel agent who has visited a lot of Mexican destinations(and YES... I did PAY for this trip), and it is rare to find a bed in Mexico which is not hard... it is not just one or two hotels. The only disappointment here was in not having a balcony, but we were told that they plan on adding them soon. You can see that a lot of work has recently been done on this hotel. There also isn't a refrigerator or a hair dryer. I realize this can ruin some travelers' vacation, but with an open mind, and appreciation of the wonderful staff, and the realistic expectation for the extra money you are not willing to spend for those extras, you should be happy here. My biggest problem was the noise from Carlos & Charlie's next door. That was solved by shutting the window and putting the air conditioner on, but a disappointment when you want to listen to the ocean surf at night. I talked to many people who were on their 3rd or 4th visit to this hotel. Ixtapa is a wonderfully clean destination and there were great restaurants everywhere. Ixtapa hotel and taxi people tell me they are down 50% from last year in visitors from the U.S, so go this year if you don't like crowds! This was truly a destination which made us feel very welcome and definitely worth a re-visit.
Not my kind of place
Hi, stayed at the posada in l997... before their "renovations"... pool was in back, no ocean view. Rooms were tiny.. NO balconies.. ocean view... if you looked out your 4x4 window. Dont' recall the food... Fortunately we had a cousin staying at the Dorado so we hung out their the majority of the time... Looking forward to going back this April... staying at the Radison.. does anyone have any comments about this hotel?