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Manzanillo is a town on Costa Alegre in Mexico. Costa Alegre translates to happy coast. It was a good getaway to come here although there is literally nothing to do in town. There is a giant port and a marlin statue with some shops and that is it. There aren’t even local restaurants or cathedrals here. I guess on the bright side, I think this …
In Mexico, unlike the United States, Carnaval celebrations do not end on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of lent but go on for weeks. This past week friends told us about the big celebration in Cuyutlan and so we decided to check it out. Cuyutlan is a small Pacific beach town one of the closest to Ajijic. Friday night the fiesta began with a Rey ...
We hung around after dinner until the mosquitos started getting us and still the dancers hadn't shown, so we left. "We'll come back later," we told them. We'd changed clothes and were sitting round reading when Donna comes over...you want to go see the dancers? They've started.
So here we go, me in the tshirt I wear to bed--we were just going to watch, after all, but so glad we went because the dancers were cute and fun and lively.
You can skip the entire entry and go to the end and see our photos. This entry is about preparing for our next Mexican journey to the Caribbean coast. ENJOY!! We have been in San Patricio Melaque since November 14 and we are starting to break down our site and preparing for another Mexican adventure. We should be heading out around the 14th ...
... for 4 days. The consistent foot traffic that climbs and descends the hill to and from the beach, has created a make-shift treacherous path that has been the scene of many slips, falls and sometimes comical acts of balancing techniques. We have witnessed some incredible acts of endurance just to cross this short and steep path over rocks, dirt and sometimes-shallow body of moving water. When the water is deeper, probably 12” at its’ highest, some folks ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTesoro Manzanillo
What you need to know....
-Bring your confirmation paper. If you do not bring this, they may charge you extra and the check in process may take 45 minutes. The queue to check in and out can be up to 2 hours
-There is supposed to be a choice of restaurant every night. Not true. Italian is your only other choice is it is only open approximately once per week. We were not able to get a reservation the first night we arrived so had to have Mexican buffet. The 2nd night, we had the choice between Mexican buffet and Mexican a la Carte, the third night both were closed. We had to have the same gross food every night and it was disappointing to eat crap every night. The a la carte restaurant was full of international tourist because they couldn't stand the buffet and the Mexicans just loved the buffet and stuffed their faces until they couldn't walk.
- there are not enough elevators here. There is a new one going in as we speak, but that still won't be enough. Sometimes waits for the elevator can be as long as 15 minutes. There were 2 separate times when I was on the bottom floor and ran up 5 flights of stairs to the lobby bar, then up to room and still beat my wife using the elevator.
-The snorkel is supposed to be inclusive, but the man there is quite stingy and only likes to rent them out if you buy a tour from him and he only gives them to you for 2 hours. We complained at the front desk and the manager said we need to meet everyones needs. My wife replied by saying what if my need is to have the snorkel for a day or not have Mexican food everyday?
-No internet in rooms. Only in lobby. You would think with a top notch hotel, they would have this
This resort is not a crazy spring break resort. It is for families with low expectations who like food that is poor in quality and Mexican families. The only positives I can say about the hotel is that the staff in the restaurants bust their asses and work hard and the housekeeping was not bad. Housekeeping was late one day (4:00), but not bad.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Tesoro Manzanillo
We love Sierra Manzanillo
Just returned from a 2 week stay at Sierra Manzanilo - loved every minute of it! There is always something to do - beach volleyball, water polo, aquasize, - we hardly dented the possibilities. The activities staff is terrific. They work all day at poolside and perform in dance shows at night. After the show there is a disco or karaoke or a pub crawl (depends on the night). And they are bilingual (for those of us whose Spanish is non-existent). Rooms are accessible by elevator - a great boon if you have a bad knee and are averse to climbing stairs. One flight of stairs down to the beach from the pool area. We enjoyed mixing with folks from Mexico who stay at Sierra Manzanillo. A great way to learn more about the country. Food was great some nights, not so great others, but out of a group of 14 people, no one went hungry through lack of choice and no one got sick. I can't wait to go back next year!!
Wouldn't go back
Perhaps I am spoiled? I have traveled a fair bit in a variety of different countries, and this trip was my first to Mexico. I had heard good things about Manzanillo, and more specifically, the Hotel Sierra. I was a little disappointed to be honest. Firstly, the hotel is in rough shape - the room I was in was dirty and falling apart, the tub was stained, the marble flooring was cracked and broken. Secondly, the food was unbearably horrible. The food was mostly leftovers (perpetually at lunch, all the previous evenings also rans), the quality was poor (tough beef, odd tasting chicken, etc..), and the overall taste was not stellar. In short, if I was eating that at a restaurant here in Canada I would've sent it back to the kitchen and left. Thirdly, tipping is not "optional" if you want good service. In fact, if you even want moderately good service you have to tip. That was NOT made clear when I booked my vacation, something that I found upsetting. Fourthly, there are very few staff members who seem to be at all happy tourists are there. I often felt like they would've rather me not be there, this was esecially true of the local mexicans who showed up on the weekends. Once the mexicans came the staff became much more attentive to the local (who tipped) and less attentive to the tourists (most of whom tipped little if at all). Finally, the "a la carte" dinners were a joke; they were as bad as the buffet. In fact, they may have been worse... if that's possible. Basically I would recommed people that want to get drunk and swim in the ocean to go to this destination. After all, that was readily avaliable. Nice weather, lots of booze, sand, etc.. However, if you want a relaxing vacation in a clean resort, with good food and hospitality, I would decline.
Our family was down to the Sierra in December before the Christmas Rush. We had a wonderful time. The beach was beautiful and the pool was great. We will return to this resort again. Unlike the Carribean side it does not rain here!!!
Sierra Best Value
Our family has gone to Manzanillo for the past three years. Previously, we have stayed at Karmina Palace but decided to try Sierra this time. The pools are better at Karmina...but thats about it. Excellent staff, food and overall experience was terrific. Compare the costs and there's no comparison for value between Sierra and the rest!
I had a marvelous vacation at Sierra Manzanillo. Marble floors were impressive. The view from my room balcony was breathtaking. The beach was small and crowded with locals. The food was above average. The all inclusive aspect was very convenient. I would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet Mexican vacation.
Great location, building needs reno
Strengths of the Sierra Manzanillo:
Weather is great in the dry season: October to June, they say. We had 7 days of 30 degree Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) days
Location- right on a large, 400m wide beach, unlike many in the area, which may have small beaches or none at all
Beach- sandy and clean, not too many pedlars. The water was bathtub warm
Cleanliness- the hotel is for the most part very clean
Staff were generally friendly
Good place for non-Mexican families to meet Mexican families. Not overrun with Americans and Canadians
Construction practices are poor in Mexico, so buildings crumble fast. The Sierra, which looks to be 25+ years old, is showing signs of wear: chipped paint on the furniture, bathrooms need refurbishing. The Karmina Palace, which is right next door, is a much newer building with nicer public spaces and much more luxurious rooms
Service left something to be desired- requests for towels, calls to repair a plugged toilet and an attempt to get the TV not to wake us up automatically at 8 AM were all fielded cheerfully but not executed
Food was OK. Breakfast was great, as we could have fresh omelettes and waffles. Other meals were mixed: great when it was made fresh, as was occasionally possible, but mostly the food sat for long periods in warming trays. Much of the stuff they served was very Mexican, as one would expect, but be aware that means a lot of gooey, stewy stuff 3 times a day. Quality of ingredients was also an issue, especially for beef. They would have a tray labeled top sirloin that contained tough, thin, gristly meat. Chicken and pork dishes were usually better. The Palapa snack place made burgers and hotdogs available noon to 5 PM, which was a nice break from the buffet.
Manzanillo was OK. Not a lot to see but not unpleasant
Overall, if we went back to Manzanillo, wed go elsewhere. Based on what we sawe and heard, wed recommend Las Hadas (great beach, lots of stairs) for those without kids and the Karmina Palace (great building, nice pools, more restaurants, small beach) for families
Stayed at the Sierra Manzanillo
Just got back from a stay at the Sierra Manzanillo. Altogether, a nice budget property and very, very clean. The downsides: they claim to have several more restaurants than they actually do; they have two, both of which are closed some nights, and on those nights they simply change the name of the open restaurant. Voila - more restaurants, at least on paper. Room service prices were 5X more than the prices printed in the room service guide. Faucets leaked like mad. All over the hotel are these neat alcoves and niches, obviously designed to hold some fascinating or beautiful artifacts or art, but mysteriously empty. Very limited alcohol beverage choices. Lighting is all done with those long-life fluorescent bulbs, which cast an ugly light. The place just feels like corners cut everywhere.
Weather is always great!
Weather is simply awesome. Rooms are very well kept and food is above average with a wide variety.
Most of the staff is helpful, but some seem to not enjoy their jobs. If you are the punctual type, you'll be dissapointed. If the bar/restaurant is set to open at 11:00am .... try 11:30am. And this is a normal occurence for most venues. Front desk and pool bar are the worst. The common answer to your request qill be ..."no" ... but with a smile. If you're looking for some special attention, this is not the place.
For a dinning experience you must visit the L'Recif. A very nice restaurant located on a rock cliff 20 minutes drive from the hotel. Sunset is spectacular.
The Sierra is a nice place to relax, but definetely not a 5 star. More of a 3-4 star.
We just returned from 1 week at the All Inclusive Sierra. It exceeded our expectations. Hotel was clean and the food and drink endless and service was great. Brand Name liquor used in drinks which were excellent. Different theme night for dinners (Mexican, Italian, Japenese, Tropical etc). The entertainment staff kept everyone busy in the pool and beach with endless activites, along with 3 theme dinners and shows in the evening. Mostly Canadians and Mexican visitors. Snorkling was awesome. This hotel is highly recommended.
Intimate pool area
The Sierra is a white airy romantic hotel with wide breezy marble hallways open to the ocean. the pool area was great for meeting people and one of the most enjoyable i've been at.The sun sets are incredible and setting beautiful. The location and feel is 5 star but the food and Hotel itself lacks if your used to five star accomodations. The sand is hot on the Pacific side. Take a trip to town and see how this truly Mexican life style contrasts the Hotels and Golf Courses.