Villa Carolina Hotel
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The drive to Zihuatanejo was broken by a very suspect "police" stop. Maybe they were police. They definitely had side-arms, and their Tshirts stating they were transport security definitely had silk-screened badges...so that's pretty legit. But their road block consisted of stripped tire tread and 2x4s laid out across the road. I got the full inspection by an "officer" trying to act very serious. I smiled and used my ...
Other than that I mostly enjoyed the Zihua life, going to the beach, paddle-boarding, walking the hills, drinking mezcal and sipping fresh cool Micheladas in the sun.
A short visit to Mexico city took me to the house (now museum) of Frida Kahlo and to Xochimilco, 170 km of canals where you can hop on a private colorful wooden boat similar to the gondolas of Venice. Along the way other little boats will pull up ...
... in use anymore.
As for how this water infrastructure worked before indoor plumbing is that water was directed to a number of places like this public laundry area and to fountains (called fuente) which were located at various areas (neighbourhoods) throughout the city from which individual householders would collect water for their own purposes. As you can well imagine these were social centers where ...
... example, and more than once! Basically everything was top notch. We had the "Grand Suite" and it was absolutely exquisite. The service, and food, and EVERYTHING was totally amazing and out of this world. I don't think I've ever showered with a more enchanting view. Or had a luxurious ...
... 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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Carolina Hotel Zihuatanejo
Just back from Villa Carolina, the room was amazing & we were treated as though we were guests in their home. Every request was met immediately & nothing was ever a problem.
The hotel is a two minute walk to the best section on La Ropa beach, we could see the water from our room (just a small ocean view, but we still could hear the waves in the morning & see the cruise ship & sunsets in the distance). Once you are on the beach, there are always lounge chairs available for the day at the various restaurants. Palapas, waiter service, and bathrooms at no charge.
The pool and grounds are immaculate & the property has a very intimate feel. We also liked the choice of restaurants within walking distance. Someone else mentioned that you can hear cars passing & this is true during the day as it would be for all the hotels along this road, but with the shutters closed and A/C on at night, we were not bothered by any noise at all.
If you want the best and biggest room for your money & don't mind not being right on the oceanfront, stay here. We have only good things to say -
Villa Carolina--Words and pictures cannot describe!
We just completed a 12 day stay at the Villa Carolina. Our accomodations by far surpassed our expectations. The pictures on the website are lovely...but in person this place is fantastic. We stayed in the master suites. Everything was elegantly decorated and designed. You had the luxury of enjoying the open air room or cooling off in your airconditioned bedroom. We were able to view both the garden suites and the grand suite as well. The garden suites, although they don't have a view, have the same attention to detail. We also stayed a few nights in the Grand Suite, it is a must see...words cannot explain how lovely this spot is, a great choice for 2 or more couples. We enjoyed visiting with the other guests, many of them repeat customers of Villa Carolina.
The staff was extremely helpful and friendly (only wished we knew Spanish to converse better with them). Tim and Miquel accommodated each inquiry we made, arranged side trips and dinner reservations whenever requested. Two people easier to deal with would be hard to find! They treated us like we were guests in their own home. The rest of the staff goes out of their way to see to your needs. The grounds are kept up imacculately, the rooms are cleaned daily so they shine...and our beds were always decorated with fresh flowers. We treated ourselves to daily room service for breakfast, it was more than reasonable and the french toast is yummy! The pool bar is opened upon request anytime during the day.
We have always stayed at larger establishments right on the beach. The size of Villa Carolina allows for more privacy and individualized service. The beach is so close, not being on it was not an issue. We spent many days on the beach, for $3 you can rent an umbrella and chairs at some of the establishments.
This was our first time vacationing in Zihuatanejo. The weather was fantastic, the people were friendly, but I think our experience at Villa Carolina is what will bring us and many of our friends back.
Villa Carolina feels like home away from home!!
We have been coming down to Zihuatanejo on vacation for over 18 years and have stayed in several hotels here. A few years ago we found Villa Carolina and have been staying here ever since.
There are 4 Garden Suites which are very spacious with everything you would want to feel at home, including Satellite TV to keep you just a little connected to what is going on in the States.
They also have two Master Suites, which has a very large bedroom, full open-air living room, dinning area, kitchen and bath (like a small apartment), which we love and have stayed in the last two years. The Master Suites have a Small Pool/Jacuzzi in the room that we enjoyed relaxing and watching the stars at night. They do not have strong jets, but it was very romantic and relaxing and great to have this in the privacy of your own room.
The last two years we have come down with a group and rented all the rooms. Tim, the owner, made us all feel like family and took care of anything we could even think we might need.
It is true that Villa Carolina is not right on the beach, but that is not an issue. The beach is just across the street and you can go to any of the hotels on the beach and have breakfast or lunch and use the chairs all day. Of course if you choose to go to the Villa Del Sol (one of the most expensive hotels in Zihuat, you will pay highly as the previous writer states).
In fact, food and drink there is about equal to a very expensive hotel in the states and the rooms although very nice are much smaller and much more expensive than the Villa Carolina.
The other writer also stated that the Villa did not have anything to tell you what was offered in Zihuat. We have found that "if you ask" Tim will let you know what is offered and connect you with someone who can book it for you. In addition, he always makes sure there are books in the room that let you know what events are in the town during the time of your stay.
We love it here and would and have recommended the Villa Carolina to many of our friends.
Loved Villa Carolina
Our stay at Villa Carollina was the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. Everything we could want was at our finger tips or a block walk to the beautiful Playa La Ropa Beach. The Staff was happy to fulfill all our requests including making arrangements for daily massages in our room and dinner reservations nightly at some of the area's incredible restaurants. Villa Carolina is one of the best kept secrets in Zihuatanejo. We have talked so much about our stay at Villa Carollina that several friends are planning to go back next year with us.
Best Place in the World
I have vacationed at Villa Carolina for the last 4 years. It's a beautiful place with a penthouse and 2 bedroom suites with a jacuzzi. The resort also has 4 garden suites (my favorite) super acomidations. Beautiful pool very private. Staff is excellent. Built only 5 years ago. I have stayed at many vacation spots in Mexico and US and this by far the very best.
Mr. & Mrs. Gale Astles
Too much money for what you get
My sister and I stayed here for 4 nights recently. The room was very nice (we had a master suite) but very very noisy! Villa Carolina is directly on a busy street and tucked inside a residental complex as well. Since the place is open air - we heard everything (both day and night)...from the cars on the street to the kids in the apartment complex nearby. The staff was out scubbing the pool deck at 7:30am with no regard for how much noise they were making...it woke us up. There's no real view of the bay - only the tops of the buildings around you. Like the previous person said - they offer nothing in terms of activity information and are completely disconnected with the beach in terms of chairs, etc. Since it was our first visit to Zihua I wanted to get a nice place but was completely disappointed. My opinion is they're WAY over priced for what you get.
Now that I'm familiar with the area - I'm returning to Zihua next year but am looking into staying at the Villa Del Sol or Villa Mexicana. They both offer lounge chairs, umbrellas and food/drink services right on the beach. We DID love the true Mexican experience that Zihua offered.
Oh well - lessons learned.
Your own mini-resort
My wife and I just finished a week (late July-early Aug.) at Villa Carolina and we had a wonderful time. It is a small hotel with only six suites but what suites they are! Four are at pool level and are very large with king beds, ceiling fans, a small kitchen, and a big bathroom.
The decor is tasteful and the floors are painted concrete that help keep everything cool. The staff keeps the rooms immaculate and they are very friendly. For example, each suite has two steps up from the entrance to the main living area. Inside our room and going to the pool, my wife uses her wheelchair. To accomodate her, Tim, the owner had a temporary ramp built so she could have free and easy access.
A word of warning--this is not a place to stay if one needs complete wheelchair accessibility--there are steps to get on and off the property. (20)
But the ambiance and quiet relaxation available make Villa Carolina the place to go. It is only a two minute walk to La Ropa Beach, and a taxi stand is one block away. But, if you are looking for a serene, luxurious small hotel at a reasonable price,
then Villa Carolina is what you are looking for. Jim Myers
LOVED this hotel. We stayed in the suite and it was paradise. We would take a dip in our private hot tub (really more of a cold tub) morning and night. The hammock was perfect for reading and relaxing. The room was spacious, well decorated and comfortable. The lighting was soft and in the evenings created wonderful romantic atmosphere. We brought cds to listen to. We bought fruit (mango, banana, pineapple) from the market and ate it every morning. The staff really makes your stay memorable. Will stay here again! I think the website does not do the hotel justice, it is much better and beautiful than shown.
Just returned from 5 days at the Villa Carolina and we could not have asked for more tranquil or spacious accomodations. Being the off-season, we had the hotel to ourselves but even if the hotel was full, your stay would be peaceful. Each suite is like having your own casita. The attention to detail was impressive and the staff was incredibly gracious. We frequented the Villa del Sol (across the street) for dining and their gym, and noted that our accomodations were just as lovely for a fraction of the price. Yes, they have the views and their own beach, but you will pay dearly for it. I would certainly return to the Villa Carolina again!
Villa carolina was paradise
My husband and I and another couple stayed at Villa Carolina in April 2002 for a week in paradise. If you are looking for a quiet romantic setting this was the place. The proprietors Frank and Tim, and their staff couldn't have been more accomadating. The Villa was within walking distance of many local establishments and the fabulous La Ropa Beach. We have traveled a great deal and usually without duplication of destination, however this would be the exception we'd go back in a flash.