Hotel Las Palmas
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... little town of Zihuatanejo looked so pretty from the sea, with its yellow lights gleaming in the dark, I could barely see the outlines of the mountains surrounding it, and we could hear the music and rhythms of Noel’s drums echoing out at sea.
And then…the engine died.
I’m not sure how long we spent out there in the dark, our captain trying to get the darned engine going again, but with no success. Thankfully it didn’t take ...
... chocolate diminish, revealing the soft white interior which fate was to have a party in my mouth… Chocolate dancing salsa with vanilla - uno, dos, tres!
Today I started with a jog along the canal and then I went shopping in the markets. There were flowers and food and people everywhere, more than usual as tomorrow is the big celebration of “Día de los muertos” – a Mexican holiday that is ...
... in his hand, he held it low but near my side, his knuckles white with the tightness of his grip.
That’s when the penny dropped and I realized the guy wasn’t trying to have a conversation about wildlife/dining/directions – I was actually being mugged!
Surprised at the situation, I remember saying “Really?” (Conversation in Spanish – the poor guy must have been frustrated with my somewhat stumbling language as it took me ...
... and spread the smoke and sweet scent by swooshing them around causing extra heat in the little chamber. In the middle at the top there’s a small opening that was covered with a prism, causing the light to break into a few thin straight beams of magical light, ending in a rainbow-colored spotlight, sometimes beautifully illuminating a circle of wet shiny sweaty and tanned skin. None even came close to me, I felt that I sat in the only spot of darkness, thinking my ...
... an opportunity to play for their life – a ball sport of a resin ball, and shooting it off your hip into a hole. Still not clear on the rules or who actually won – but it was a spectator sport and lives were lost. There were also considerable pieces of jewelry, sculpture, and other things. Most of the artifacts had been removed by the government, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
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- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Las Palmas Playa Blanca
Loved our Honeymoon in Paradise
A quiet, clean, cozy and romantic place. If you are looking for a honeymoon or romantic stay on the beach, do not pass this one up! We couldn't decide between Hotel Las Palmas and Hotel Casa Don Fransisco, I am positive we made the right choice! The town of Zihuatanejo is a nice place to visit for a day($20-$25 cab ride each way), but we loved the time we spent at the hotel and wouldn't trade it for anything! The food is very good and the drinks are very reasonable! Make sure you try a coco loco (big enough to share)or a sangria while you are there! The staff took great care of us and always made sure we got whatever we wanted or needed... including a bonfire on the beach for our last night there. During our stay a typical day included:
1. the cooked to order breakfast with fresh fruit, yogurt and juice just to start off...We tried everything on the menu and nothing dissapointed! 2. relaxing in and around the pool (there is a huge collection of books to choose from!) 3. sunset walks on the beach with Paloma and Pistolo (the resident pups)...the sunsets there were amazing, especially the reflection on the water, don't settle for just watching it from the pool deck! 4. yummy dinners with salad, bread, soup, entree and desert($25 each was well worth it!) 5. conversation at the bar with what felt like family because the hotel is so small 6. watching shooting stars by the pool 7. sleeping on soft sheets in a king sized bed and listening to the cd's we brought on the cd player in our room, or winding down in the hammock on our private patio. You won't find this quality or this price at any all-inclusive! Flight, food, drink and 7-nights included we spent around $3,500. One tip: don't forget the bug spray, the mosquitos came out around sunset, but didn't last long, of course if you forget... the staff will have some for you.
Very nice, private hotel
My husband and I are always on the look out for a good quality, quiet hotel when we travel. We found it in Hotel Las Palmas.
The hotel is less than ten minutes south of the airport but don't worry about any noise. It is on a very quiet dirt road with mainly residences around it and it is very peaceful. The only thing we heard was the sound of the ocean.
We had a great room with a large private balcony and bathroom. We were impressed with the size and cleanliness of everything at the hotel. The pool and grounds were well maintained and the staff was very friendly.
The food was good and about the best you can find in the area. Everything was extremely fresh and the portions were generous.
The one thing I would caution you on is that if you are looking for a ton of excitement and entertainment, this may not be your place. It is pretty isolated. We took about a 3-mile walk on the beach every day and rarely encountered anyone. It was great!
Every afternoon we chose to bike into Barra de Potosi, which was about 4 miles away. It was a great way to get some exercise and check out daily life in Mexico. The road we biked on was very scenic with a view of the ocean on the entire journey. You also encountered a fair share of donkeys and goats, which gave everything a sense of authenticity. You can take a taxi into Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo and I think the cost is around $50.00 (U.S.). We chose not to just because we were looking for peace and tranquility.
Finally, we also got a big kick out of the REAL bosses at Hotel Las Palmas. Their names are Paloma and Pistolo and they are the hotel's two dogs. They provided plenty of entertainment and joined us on our daily walks along the beach. They added a lot of character to the place and really made you feel at home.
Love it a lot!
This was our fifth visit to this most incredible boutique hotel. playa blanca is so clean and the hotel is a gem----clean, fantastic staff, wonderful food, charming and engaging owners, and animals that make you feel right at home.. right down the road (we use the bikes provided by the hotel) is the fishing village of potosi--fresh fish, hammocks and great swimming. we never want to leave-----why leave paradise?
A True Gem
A fabulous view. A beautiful beach. A serene pool area. Wonderful food. A warm staff. Great hosts. Hotel Las Palmas is a true gem.
My wife and I stayed at Las Palmas for five nights after Christmas(including New Year's Eve), and we had a fabulous time.
We took long strolls on the beautiful beach without seeing anyone, enjoyed a day of kayaking near Barra, got a couples massage on our patio, and took in Zihautanejo for a day (though we were ready to return to Las Palmas for dinner - make sure and try to the ahi).
As others have mentioned in their reviews, the Web site does not capture the beauty of the hotel or its surroundings, and Scott and Shari make sure your every need is attended to.
We knew we had picked the right place, when we began noticing a constant stream of visitors, from the folks on our kayak trip to random passerbys, who almost universally asked, "How did you find this place?" and "Are there any rooms available?"
We highly recommend this sliver of paradise and hope to return very soon.
My wife and I spent seven days at las palmas and had the most relaxing vacation ever. I have to say that we loved this place, the hotel is beautifull and pictures do it no justice, the rooms all have ocean views so you can watch dolphins in the morning, and then have breakfast that is included in the price of your room, the hotel is on a amazing beach that goes for miles.We went to Barra De Potosi but were not really interested in what it had to offer, we also went to Ixtapa but that was to built up and touristy,we did however enjoy Zihuatanejo and las gatas, but when the day was over we were so happy with the decision we made to stay at las palmas it was much nicer than any hotel in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo.
The owners of the hotel were two of the funest and nicest people we have ever met, it was the first time on vacation that I felt like anyone truely cared if the food was good or if we were having a fun time, they made our stay amazing, Scott took us on a tour of all the areas surrounding Zihuatanejo, the main market,and Ixtapa. We found the food at the hotel to be a great deal and the best food in the area, we usually go to a different restauraunt every day on our other trips but the food at las palmas was so good that we only went out one night for dinner. On our last night Scott roasted a Chicken on the grill and we all had dinner together, it felt like I was having dinner with family. We then made a huge fire on the beach, enjoyed some nice cigars, a few fine cleansing ales, and fun conversation.
I have to say that the hotel las palmas is the true jewel of Zihuatanejo and I would love to go back and see my friends.
Relaxing and fun
It has been years since I was there. In fact they had just opened up. I came upon some photos and I had to let everyone know that Shari and her staff took care of me wonderfully. I hope that she and te staff are still running it.
We stayed in the town of Zihuatanejo for two nights and then moved to Barra de Potosi. As we pulled into the grounds of the hotel, all I could think of was WOW! When you walk through the large doorway you see the beach and the ocean and the beautiful hotel lobby, bar area. What a sight. We were immediately greeted by Shari, the owner. They quickly had our bags taken to room number 4 (the last room on the left) and she showed us around our room. The room looked out onto our private patio, which looked over the grounds of the hotel and then over to the beach and ocean. The rooms come equipped with a CD player, which was so nice to have. The open-air bathroom was perfect. As you shower, you look out the window onto palm fronds...truly magical. Our room had air-conditioning (all four rooms downstairs do) and a fan. The lights in the rooms are on dimmers, so you can have as much or as little lighting as you want. There was tons of storage space. Very, very clean.
The room included a breakfast each morning. You could have your food in your room (with advance notice) or in the restaurant area. The choices were really great. You started with a fruit plate each morning, then had a choice of yogurt, cereals, eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc.
You could have dinner each night at the hotel for $25.00 per person. There was always a great variety to choose from. The food was outstanding and there was tons of it. Dinner came with soup, salad, bread, the main course and dessert. We also ate great lunches at the hotel....get the chili rellenos, you won't be sorry. And the paublano (I know I am not spelling this right) sauce they make for the tuna is amazing! And did I mention the chili rellenos?
The hotel has bicycles that you can ride into town. It took us about 35 minutes to get into Barra and the ride was so much fun. The people were supper friendly, always smiling, waving or greeting us. When we arrived into town, we parked ourselves at La Condessa and proceeded to spend a few hours, eating, drinking and swimming. For some reason, the bike ride back to the hotel seemed to be harder. I am not sure why, since I thought the couple of shots of tequila and all that good guacamole and shrimp would give me the energy to make it back.
The purpose of the trip, besides for eating and drinking, was to celebrate my 40th birthday. Shari and Scott (owners) helped make my entrance into my 40's a memorable one. We had dinner family style that night where we all sat together. We had ribs, coleslaw and home made macaroni.... what great food and great conversation. Oh yeah, and my favorite part of the night, getting my fake tattoo. Too much fun!
This small slice of heaven is a perfect place for a honeymoon or just a place to get away. The staff is awesome, the setting is phenomenal and frankly I can't think of a better place to be. And, if you are a golfer, Shari will arrange for a taxi to either golf courses (my husband liked the Marina best since it was the more challenging course, but thought Omar...the caddy at the Palm Real...was outstanding).
Oh, and the beach is the best. It is long and isolated. I walked it each morning and never saw anyone. Even during the day, we would see only a few people walk by.
One of the best hotel experiences we have ever had!
The Hotel Las Palmas is our favorite hotel in all our travels. Our 5th trip this past Xmas included our kid's and their wives. Now it's their favorite too. Shari and Scott Crawford, the owners are gracious and endearing hosts. The staff is first rate and will go the extra mile to accomodate your requests. We even get our daily Spanish leasons. The 6 room hotel is a delighful oasis on the 9 mile long Playa Blanco Beach located south of Zihuatanejo. The fact that you can clear customs, be met by Shari or Scott, chauffered to the hotel and have a refreshing Margarita all within 15 minutes is a real treat. Not to be found almost anywhere else. I could go on and on but take our word for it; your stay in Zihua/Ixtapa should be at the secluded luxury of the Las Palmas
Do You Want Total Relaxation in a Gorgeous Setting?
We absolutely loved Hotel Las Palmas, Shari and her staff. My fiance and I went to Zihautanejo to celebrate my 40th birthday and began our stay there. If you really want to get away from it all and completely relax this is the place for you. This is a world-class hotel and setting.
The architecture, decor and landscaping is beautiful and very well-done. Organic, artistic finishes and architecture, the smell of cedar, lots of flowers, simple decor, the ocean in your backyard - everywhere you look you see beauty. It's a feast for the senses.
But, it isn't enough for a place to just be beautiful. It's the people (and animals) that complete the environment. Shari has given attention to every detail and you will notice it. (Outstanding margaritas and delicious quac - very important!) She's very much a people person and very gracious. I also love that she chooses to have animals around. In all, the atmosphere is delightful - private, quiet, relaxed, fun, sophisticated and casual. Wonderful.
We chowed, napped, drank, beach walked, read and even danced. I don't want to forget to mention the "beach treatment" we enjoyed. The first morning there the staff set up right on the shoreline a couple of lounge chairs with cushions and towels, umbrellas and a cooler with water, soda and cerveza. I felt like a queen! (Bring sandals - the beach is wide and on the walk back the sand gets hot!) The other welcome surprise that you hardly see at U.S. beaches is a wide range of bird species. Well, and no people for miles and miles!! The pelicans all line up and glide just inside the curve of the incoming waves. The sand pipers run back and forth with the waves. And, many other types of birds.
There is much more to say about Hotel Las Palmas, but for me these are the very special things I will remember for a very long time...
Did I mention Shari's killer margaritas?
We could not have picked a more perfect place for our 10 year anniversary. The hotel is very private and beautiful. The staff caters to all your personal needs. The rooms are luxurious, very clean and romantic.
The food is to die for, fresh fruit, juices and cook to order breakfasts to start. Shari made the best margaritas which we enjoyed with homemade chips and guacamole listening to the ocean every afternoon. The beach is beautiful and the pool is relaxing and gorgeous as well.
It was a perfect trip, seclusion, romance and beauty are the words to describe Hotel Las Palmas. Great service and hospitality-we have recommended it to everyone we know and can't wait for our next trip back!!