Villa Mexicana Hotel
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How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Mexicana Hotel Zihuatanejo
My husband and I just returned to Montana after spending a week at the Villa Mexicana. From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. Everyone at this establishment was very nice and helpful, from the check in to the wait staff and even the maid service. The room that we were assigned was absolutely great. Even though it had two double beds we didn't care because we were on the lower level with ocean view. I know there were plenty of people who were complaining that they did not get king size beds, but it didn't matter to us. We didn't have one complaint about our room. (Our travel agent had warned us that the Villa Mexican does not take special requests for rooms and you pretty much take what they have available at the time). I had read several reviews that the beds were really hard so I was a bit leery, however, I didn't think the beds were bad at all, in fact I slept better than I have in years. Maybe it was the ocean or maybe it was the great margaritas, whatever I have nothing bad to say about this establishment at all. As for the beach, there are no words that can explain the beauty of it all and being that close to the beach was paradise. We will definitely stay at this establishment when we go back next year.
Just returned from a week at Villa Mexicana. The direct proximity to a great beach was the best aspect of our stay. Very friendly wait staff and very hard beds which took some getting used to. If you book on-line, don't believe your confirmation. We booked a room with a king bed and balcony on Expedia. When we arrived, we were assigned a room with two double beds and no balcony. When we showed them our Expedia confirmation, we were told that they don't give confirmations to anyone and what our "confirmation" showed was really just our request. After politely complaining, we were told that if we stayed in our assigned room for two nights, then we could move to a better room. That seems to be the standard practice. Every day we saw numerous folks trying to switch rooms. It seemed like most people eventually upgraded. There appears to be just one price, regardless of the type of accommodation. Seems like a strange way to do business but people adjusted with a minimal amount of grumbling. We enjoyed our second room, our friends, the restaurant, the margaritas and most of all the beach at a very affordable price.
we didn't stay here but it looked like the best choice on la ropa unless you are willing to pay villa del sol prices. We talked to people who were staying there and they liked it. The grounds were VERY well kept.
Villa Mexicana: A+
I stayed at the villa mexicana in late June, 2004. The hotel is right on the beach ,La Ropa, which is beautiful, great for swimming, has lots of activities and was not so crowded. The hotel is a great bargain as it is situated between La Casa que Canta and Villa Dorada (?) but is way cheaper. As someone pointed out you can stay at the Villa Mexicana and use the facilities next door if you want. Keep in mind that you are outside of town so you're limited in shopping and restaraunts. People complain about the hard beds but all the hotels I've stayed in in Mexico have hard beds. The small restaraunt at the hotel serves decent food and is a peaceful place for a drink. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
I booked this hotel for three nights for my husband, one-year-old daughter, and I because it was inexpensive. But when we arrived, we were all thrilled with the accommodations. Even thought it's a basic hotel the building and rooms are charming. The two-story hotel is painted in bright colors and the rooms feature Mexican decor. It's directly on the beach. Many of hotels are set up on the cliffs and it's much better to be on the beach. We could hear the waves crashing from our room. Also, we could put our daughter down for a nap in the room and sit out on the sand directly in front of our room. A lot of families were staying at the hotel and there's a shallow pool that our daughter loved. She made lots of friends. It was unfortunate, however, that there wasn't a mini refrigerator in the hotel room to keep baby food and water cold. But you can buy a styrofoam cooler and the hotel restaurant will provide ice. Another downside was the hotel restaurant. The guacamole and chips were delicious but in general the food was quite terrible. I recommend going next door to the Villa del Sol, the ritziest place in Zihaut, for meals. They have an incredible breakfast buffet that's $15 a person. It's the sort that would cost $30 a person in Hawaii.
Enjoyed the Villa Mexicana
Overall: very favorable rating for this hotel. Negatives: some rooms don't have a balcony or terrace. Avoid those rooms and ask for a room with a balcony. Beds are resting on a concrete support and are very hard. Swimming pool is very small, it is for immersion, not swimming. Positives: outstanding location. Excellent prices. Wonderful, helpful staff. They go out of their way to help you make reservations at different places, answer questions, etc. Clean bathrooms. Great restaurant. Above average bar. Right on La Ropa beach. Quiet atmosphere. We spent two weeks there January 2004 and plan on returning. I'm a ten time traveler to Pacific west coast of Mexico, I recommend this hotel.
This was our third trip to the area. We had previously stayed at the Melia a 6+ rated all inclusive. To be quite honest the Villa Mexicana was much more to our liking. We were first assigned a room in the back of the hotel in with a balcony but requested a move to a lower room with and ocean view. We were accomodated as soon as one became available. The staff were great. The beds are hard but having the beach right out your door and many resturants to choose from within walking distance was great. We did take a hot pot to make coffee and tea in our room, some of our neighbors has brought a blender and big cooler. So we had it made. Since it is a smaller property we made some great friends and would return again in a heart beat. The cab to town is only $2.50 US one way. You can exchange books in their libaray. If you get a chance have a taxi take you to Petalan about 18 miles outside the city to shop for gold. If you are willing to bargin you can get some great deals, you can also visit an historic church there where you can take things to have them blessed. We also went fishing with Hipolito Herandez, who can be located at the restuaurt at the pier "Letty's" he owns the Don Gordo. We have fished with him many times both small and big game and have neve been disappointed. Mention my name for a discount. (Paula) The sailfish tournament is coming up in May, He won it last year. I think I will try this year. Have a great trip whenever you go and try the Villa Mexicana. It's not fancy but a great place to stay for the money.
A Wonderful Place
Our family just returned from the Villa Mexicana, having spent 7 nights there. We had originally booked into the Catalina, next door, but moved for a bunch of reasons. The Villa Mexicana provided the perfect location for an amazing, relaxing and enjoyable family vacation. With three kids, 4, 4, and 7, they had ample space to play while we could keep them nearby but also relax ourselves. The staff are friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place strongly! We rate this place excellent for value and location. It's right on a beautiful beach, perfect for the kids. Can't wait to return.
Sopartan and Air conditioned
Somewhat spartan, but clean, confortable and air conditioned which is a necessity in the climate. It is only 50 feet to the beach, no steps. and staff and food were adequate. Compares favorably to Vil de Sol next door at 4 x's the price. Will stay there again. Great location for runners. Is a lot of new building going on in the immediate area which will only make things more lively. Is a $2.00 cab ride to town center with all its activities.
We first arrived at Ziwa with reservations at the Catalina. I had just pulled some muscles in my back, and when I took one look at the 200+ stairs there to get to the beach, we looked elsewhere. We found the Villa Mexicana just down the road. It was about the same $100 a night price, on the same nice beach, but it was flat. the pool, the restaurant, the taxi's, the beach, all flat. Perfect, we checked in and enjoyed our stay there very much. The maids spoiled us daily with towel art masterpieces in various shapes, and it was a relaxing place. The massage gal in the lounge/beach area gives excellent massages for $20 US. ( I had to have one of those every day!) The english skills are mediocre from the staff, but if you know the basics you can communicate fine. The restaurant is just OK, but handy. If you want high end food, there are a bunch of restaurants along that beach. You will not go hungry, they also wait on you hand and foot. The only downsides to the Villa Mexicana: 1: on Friday and Saturday night, don't plan on getting to sleep too early. Most hotels on the beach strip have something going on, and the laughing, dancing and music from the beach could keep you up those two nights. maybe i just caught them on a party weekend, who knows. 2: no refrigerators in the room. kind of a hassle, but they do sell bottled water right there, and at every restaurant. Not such a big deal, heck the catalina didn't even have A/C in the rooms.would we go back, YES we would!! tell em the guy with the sore back who walked bent over recommended them.