Catalina Beach Resort
Travel Blogs from Zihuatanejo
... went back down and I surveyed the boat and the sheepish look on the young pangueros faces in the moonlight and saw their net entangled in our rigging! I thought briefly about hauling the net onboard as punishment,then I untangled it and cast it back.I have too much respect for fishermen,but someone needs to teach the young ones how to catch fish!
Zihuatanejo, is Cihuatlan in Aztec and means Land of the Female Goddesses. I go with that.
Zihuatanejo was the next destination on the road we call life! It's only about a 30 minute trip on the local bus that passes by the Trancones turn off. We hitched a ride to the highway and waited for a bus to finally stop (we weren't at the most ideal bus stop since the locals were waiting down the road). We bounced around on the bus like rag dolls while it stopped in all the small villages along the way. We got off at the bus terminal and walked around the ...
... jump in to. We start driving and the road keeps going and going. I'm looking at Wease and she's looking at me. We are so glad we do our research on the places we go... 3 miles later we hit the small but vibrant Main Street of Troncones. Spot on the dot we were. The village was right on the water front, small and quite like we had imagined. Jumping off the back of the ute we set off in search for cheap accomodation. We walked down the Main Street to the ...
... to three. We would have stayed longer but my friends in Morelia were waiting for us. The high season prices for the holidays began the day after we left. Phew! We were blessed with a fantastic room rate.
The night before we left Troncones, we got to see the release of the ...
... but still alive!) body dangles as the salty sea-breeze STINGS her open wounds, as the vultures feast on the remains…
Now – THEME TUNE!!!! “The hills are alive, with the sound of muuuusiiiic” (three flutes of various birds do the A-a-a-aaaaaaah), are you with me?!
HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! Never a dull moment!
Yesterday evening I went with Paco, a neighbor of mine, to Ixtapa. He wanted to do a little surfing ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Catalina Beach Resort Zihuatanejo
We stayed at Catalina Beach Reort in Zihua over the Easter vacation and I am still raving about it to my friends! (I guess procrastination pays off b/c the April 18th review at this site by email@example.com exactly sums up our experience (and she is a far more picturesque writer! )
My husband, three daughters and I just returned from a heavenly week at the Catalina. The weather was great - in the 80's during the day and always sunny. Only uncomfortable if we were out in the sun at high noon. La Ropa beach is lovely - white sand, palm trees, warm swimming water, fun but not dangerous surf, lots of interesting activity - vendors of jewelry, hammocks, etc, open-air restaurants, etc. The hotel has plenty of palupas with lounge chairs on the beach, large beach towels and a beach bar. The infinity pool is the most beautiful I've been in - we loved to linger in the pool watching the stars come out.
My boyfriend and I just got back from a fabulous vacation in ZIH. I loved it there! The first night we stayed in Hotel Irma. I like the place. The hotel was very clean and the room and bathroom was nice. The only downfall was the fact it is not on the beach. The rest of our vacation we stayed at the Catalina. The location cannot be any better.
After searching the internet, we decided on staying at the Catalina Beach Hotel on Playa LaRopa. We stayed there one night and left the next morning! Between all the steep steps every time you wanted to go from the check-in to your room, or to the bar, or to the pool, and then walking to town (some very steep parts from this hotel) my calves were killing me the following day !! We were told this place had the best view of the bay, but when we sat down out on the terrace, the plants had all but blocked any view!! No air conditioning (we thought maybe the fan and any breeze might be enough) and only one bartender at happy hour was not enough to make us happy! We then went to Hotel Irma-----wow!! It was half the price for a room over-looking the bay (and had air-conditioning), the pool was beautiful, the room was great, (the staff makes those cute little animals out of towels and flowers when they make up your bed in the morning) and the staff in the open-air restaurant were always friendly and very attentive!! One night I had a craving for chocolate ice cream and they were all out. Ten minutes later, one of the waiters surprised me with chocolate ice cream that he had gone out to get for me !! You can't go wrong if you stay here !! And the walk to town is a cinch from here !!
Although it's taken almost 6 months to write this review, our vacation is still on our minds. We arrived in Zihua at the end of August and stayed just short of 10 days total into September. It was our honeymoon and naturally we were excited but nervous that it might not live up to expectations. Upon arrival, it was hot, very hot, but the staff was super nice while they prepared our room - we arrived a few hours early and our "honeymoon suite" wasn't ready. Not a problem as we were jet lagged and took naps in hammocks in a temporary room while we listened to the waves lap the beach below.Our room was simple, very room, and the fans were moving pretty fast to keep the place cool on a hot day.
First, I should mention that the service was great. We were there for a wedding (no me, but my friend) and upon arrival we needed help locating the wedding party. Given I spoke little Spanish, the manager of the Catalina explained to the taxi driver where we were going and how to get there and confirmed our fare, before we left. Did I mention that he also called (long distance) to the wedding coordinator to confirm the wedding parties location.
Loved it, but it does get a little toasty in summer
This is a late review, we were there in June 2003. Pluses: Very friendly & helpful staff, clean and well maintained place, very nice infinity pool, very nice beach with plenty of palapas. We didn't find the steps to be bad, though in the heat it can get to be a workout walking up from the beach all the way to the top. Our bungalow was very nice. Large and airy, hammocks outside, and the view from the room and the patio was simply amazing. $2 cab rides to town made it an easy trip. The only negative in our view was the heat. Do not underestimate the heat and humidity in summer. We will definitely be back.
Back in the 1950s, the Catalina was probably a fabulous hotel. Just look at all of the movie stars that have visited.
The Catalina Hotel on Playa de la Ropa Beach is paradise at affordable prices. This is one trip that is a must see and experience wonderful destination. Our vacation there was in October 2003 which is considered the rainy season. We did not experience much rain and was in the pool and ocean every day. The Hotel Catalina is very quaint and romantic. Its strong points are its magnificent location and attentative staff. The draw backs are the hotel is beginning to show signs of wear and tear and some neglect. The rooms are large. comfortable, and clean and have some of the best views of Zihuatanejo Bay.We stayed in one of the deluxe bungalows which was not air conditioned. This fact made a major portion of our stay a challenge because of the extreme heat dissipated at night. Our nights were totally miserable. We noticed many hotel guests we encountered stayed briefly one or two nights and checked out into other newer air conditioned locations. Guest were further aggravated with the fact the Catalina is built along a steep cliff with approximatel 300 steps from top to bottom. Ther is a strenuous climb associated with all aspects of the hotel and there are no elevators/dumb waiters or lifts. Guests have to tolerate strenous climbs to all parts of the hotel. This fact also influenced some guest to leave.Although it is difficult to stay 7 nights at the Catalina due to the heat and arduouis stairs to the beach and pool, however, if one wants to truly experience a step back in time and an authenic unique hotel experience the sacrafices are well worth it. We endured and loved our stay at the hotel and will go back. This hotel is not for the squeamish. It is located in rain forest conditions and we found rain forest criiters in our room, i.e. mosquitoes, land crabs, geckos and a scorpion. We were never injured by any of the naturally occurring creatures. The Catalina is real Mexican Spirit hotel, where many repeat customers are long time visitors who continously go back to the Catalina for her charm and unique experience.There is a tremendous amount of affection for this grand old place. We did not meet the owner, but she must truly be an outstanding person because, the Catalina Hotel Staff is the friendliest and most helpful and inspiring staff one will encounter.The Catalina Hotel was installing air conditioning in the the top 4 deluxe bungalows at the time of our stay. Reservation can be made via fax or telephone just go to the Catalina Hotel web site or the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo visitors page on the internet.
Loved it but had to leave!
This was our second trip to Zihua, we came 11 years ago when we stayed at the Sotovento, and decided to return with our two kids. The hotel was everything we expected it to be: simple and clean, friendly staff, tons of steps, good food and great views. The pool and beach occupied our kids for hours during the day and they loved the hammocks, the only problem was we couldn't sleep at night! Unusually hot August weather forced us home - even with fans going full blast in the room it was suffocating. As we, and others, checked out early, management apologised and told us they would be installing A/C next year.
Exquisitely beautiful place, but be careful when you go and take lots of bug spray/bite cream - the mosquitos loved us!