Zihuatanejo Travel Guide

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Here's What a Perfect Cabana Can Do at Viceroy Zihuatanejo

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  Site Where: Playa La Ropa S/N , Zihuatanejo, Guerrero , Mexico, 40880
September 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Warning: parents with young children may cry over this view at Viceroy Zihuatanejo

When it comes to family-friendly hotel stays, those of us who are parents at HotelChatter can’t help but to be hyper aware of what works and what doesn’t. Is there a place for the littles to burn off energy, will they really find this or that fun (or is it just another backpack with crayons), do the sleeping arrangements make sense, and, hey, what's in it for the parents?

Which is why we're anxious to tell you about what we saw recently at Viceroy Zihuatanejo. While lounging in the sun and looking out at lovely Playa La Ropa, the happening beach on which the resort sits, we spied a young family with an adorable curly-haired daughter, say two or three years old, enjoying a chill afternoon at the beach. Families on vacation with kids this age are rarely as relaxed as these folks were and while we may never know for certain why, we're banking on one reason: a great family-style cabana.

Arranged by request at Viceroy Zihuatanejo, cabanas consist of a huge floating bed with towels and pillows under a generous palapa, all right at the water's edge; ask for the family style touch and for no extra charge you also get beach toys in a basket and a table set up that includes a high chair (yes, a HIGH CHAIR!).

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Zihuatanejo Hotel Help:: March Getaway for $200 or Less a Night

February 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

HotelChatter Questions: In which, the intrepid HotelChatter editors and our hotel maven readers answer hotel questions that pop into our inbox. Have a question for us? Send it along. Think you have a better answer than we gave, or better yet, want to give a vote of confidence to our answer? Comment away.

Once again, we have a question from a reader about where to stay in Zihuatanejo. Over the summer, we looked at some hotels for honeymooners. This time reader Gary wants to know about a quiet hotel for a March getaway:

My wife and I are going down there for 3 days in March and want a nice, quiet beach hotel to relax, without breaking the bank. Our budget is up to $200/nt and we would like to be within walking distance to shops and restaurants if possible, since we won't be getting a car.

Based on your review, Brisas del Mar looked promising. Any others that you can recommend?

Mexico hotel expert Tim Leffel actually did the review of Brisas del Mar during a trip to Zihuatanejo over a year ago and he also popped in at the Casa que Canta hotel which has been picked several times as a top romantic getaway. Rates in the Fall of 2007 were high at $400+ a night and when we checked for next month, rates were close to $500 a night. That said, Brisas del Mar might be your best affordable pick.

However, if you can splurge a little the Tides Zihuatanejo has some specials going on including airfare credits and discounts for booking far in advance.

Readers: Any other Zihuatanejo suggestions for Gary? Let him know in comments below.

[Photo: Tim Leffel]

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Tides Zihuatanejo Hosting Yoga Retreat with Celeb Instructor Tom Morley

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  Site Where: Playa La Ropa S N, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
July 23, 2008 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Do you love Mexico? Do you love Yoga? Then maybe you should consider signing up for the Yoga Retreat series at the Tides Zihuatanejo which is taking place from October 3-7, 2008. (Or if you can't stand yoga and its yoginis, then you may want to hit up the resort another week.)

The retreat is being led by celebrity instructor Tom Morley, one of LA's hottest yoga instructors who has taught such celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Helen Hunt.

For over 10 years, Morley has redefined the traditional approach to yoga by adapting the practice to individual preferences. Morley draws from a range of yoga styles (such as vinyasa and yin), breathing exercises, meditation, partner yoga and dance to bring a vibrant sense of joy, humor and ease to each session.

Now he's taking his teachings to Playa la Ropa beach at the Tides Zihuatanejo.

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HotelChatter Questions :: What's The Best Room at the Tides Zihuatanejo for Honeymooners?

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  Site Where: Playa la Ropa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
July 8, 2008 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (4)

HotelChatter Questions: In which, the intrepid HotelChatter editors and our hotel maven readers answer hotel questions that pop into our inbox. Have a question for us? Send it along. Think you have a better answer than we gave, or better yet, want to give a vote of confidence to our answer? Comment away.

A curious HotelChatter reader is pondering a stay at the Tides Zihuatanejo for his honeymoon and was interested to know which suite would be the best to book: the Lagoon suite or the Beach suite? Here are his questions:

Looking to do a honeymoon at the tides in Zihuatanejo in August of this year and I have a couple of questions: How does the beach suite compare the lagoon suite? Are there typically small children around? Also, is there some nightlife outside of hotel?

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Sweet Suites: The Presidential Suite at the Tides Zihuatanejo

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  Site Where: Playa La Ropa S N, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
January 7, 2008 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Add this to both the Sweet Suites category, our growing list of cool Hotel Infinity Pools and our Best Hotel Balconies stories.

This is a shot of the Presidential suite at The Tides Zihuatanejo which has a 435-sq.ft. terrace with its own private infinity pool that overlooks the ocean thus offering up 180-degree views of Zihuatanejo Bay. Overall the suite encompasses 1,465-sq.ft. and has two bedrooms and two baths. More on the suite from the Tides website:

An expansive open-air living area is intricately tiled with marble and inset with natural pebbles and features an over-sized wicker daybed, two comfortable seating areas, a complete wet-bar and a gorgeous private infinity pool with panoramic views of the bay.

Of course, a private infinity pool comes at Forbes 500 prices. The Presidential suite costs $1,150 in the low season to around $1,700 in the high season.

But don't give up hope yet. All suites at the Tides come with their own private infinity pools. The lagoon suite is the smallest of the bunch ranging from 700 to 800-sq.ft. High season prices start at $875 a night and include a private terrace with outdoor infinity pool (a teeny one), a separate sitting area and lagoon views. When we hit it big, we're coming here...in the low season of course.

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Zihuatanejo Beach Hotel Rundown: Looking at Your Options

November 1, 2007 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around. He's left Acapulco for Zihuatanejo, Mexico where's he scoping out the burgeoning hotel scene. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco or Zihuatanejo, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

In the package hotel resort area of Ixtapa, there's basically one long beach lined with predictable hotel chains furnishing the usual all-inclusive arrangement. Just a few miles away in Zihuatanejo, however, there are three distinct beaches with very different looks and personalities.

Playa La Ropa is the swankiest, with Hotel Casa que Canta on one end, The Tides in the middle, and a Viceroy next door on the drawing board. This doesn't mean you have to be upper crust to stay here, however. There are plenty of hotels on La Ropa beach with great views from the balcony and easy beach access. Check out Catalina Beach Resort ($75 to $216 double) or Villa Mexicana ($99 to $169 double).

La Madera beach has more small, family-owned hotels and is an easy walk from Zihuatanejo town, making cabs or a rental car unnecessary. It also feels more Mexican than La Ropa, with a lot more domestic tourists. The best choices here are Brisas del Mar and Hotel Irma, with rates ranging from around $75 to $185 depending on the season and size. It's easy to wander around and find another hotel here if you don't like your first choice: they're all steps from each other on the same street.

Las Gatas beach (pictured here) is reached by a quick ferry boat ride from Zihuatanejo. The string of restaurants along the beach set you up with lounge chairs and then keep the food and margaritas coming while you tan and snorkel. At night, the whole beach empties out except for the guests at Las Gatas Beach Club. This collection of nice bungalows offers seclusion and quiet nights, but you're pretty much stuck after the last boat runs at sunset. Rates are a reasonable $115 a night though and drop to a bargain $65 from mid-May to October 1.

Related Stories:
· Zihuatanejo Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]
· Acapulco Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]

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Kor Opening Second Zihuatanejo Resort, The Viceroy

October 31, 2007 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (3)

Fresh off our review of The Tides Zihuatanejo comes word that the Kor Hotels Group is taking over a nearby plot of land to build a Viceroy and some expensive condos. This is also on top of their other Mexican in-development project, Viceroy Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya.

In our interview of Nicholas Clayton of Kor Hotels, he said the Viceroy brand was more of a city hotel style with great dining and bars. We're not sure how that applies to a small beach resort area with no city for hours in either direction, but "Tides II" doesn't have the same marketing appeal we suppose.

"Viceroy Zihuatanejo will feature all of the Viceroy brand's elite features, including provocative design, personalized and uniquely customized service, an array of opulent and modern amenities designed for leisure travelers, signature dining venues that reflect the distinctive character of their settings and a holistic wellness program offering contemporary, natural spa treatments," says the official news release.

Will the Viceroy Santa Monica push its celebrity guests to take a jaunt to the sister property in Zihuatanejo? We won't know until 2010 since this property hasn't broken ground yet, so you're safe from paparazzi photographers on the beach until then.

Related Stories:
· Pitch Your Hotel: Nicholas Clayton of Kor Hotels [HotelChatter]
· Zihuatanejo Hotel Rundown: The Tides [HotelChatter]

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Zihuatanejo Hotel Rundown: Brisas del Mar

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  Site Where: Eva Samano de López Mateos s/n, Playa la Madera, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
October 30, 2007 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around. He's left Acapulco for Zihuatanejo, Mexico where's he scoping out the burgeoning hotel scene. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco or Zihuatanejo, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

If The Tides or Casa que Canta would require a lottery win to get into your vacation budget range, fret not. Zihuatanejo, Mexico is loaded with killer view hotels that give you plenty of bang for the buck. We spent a few nights at the impressive Brisas del Mar for an easy-to-stomach $102 a night. (Not including the local 17 percent hotel tax--grrrrrr.)

For that price we got a nice room with a view that emptied out onto a huge terrace with a whirlpool, two cushioned lounge chairs, a dinette set, and a hammock. (View from it pictured here.) There's free WiFi in the lobby, a large pool with a built-in slide for the kids, and a nice restaurant and bar right on La Madera beach. This beach is not as long as Playa La Ropa on the other side of the cliffs, but a walkway connects this one to the town, where there are dozens of restaurants serving fresh seafood and buck-fifty beers.

There's a a gym and game room on site, a great sunset bar with a panoramic view of the bay, and the bilingual staff is generous with fluffy beach towels and boogie boards to borrow. Rates go up by about 50 percent in the high season, but considering what beachfront room prices are like in many Mexican beach resorts these days, Brisas del Mar is a screaming bargain.

Related Stories:
· Zihuatanejo Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]
· Acapulco Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]

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Zihuatanejo Hotel Rundown: Casa que Canta

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  Site Where: Camino Escenico a Playa la Ropa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, 40880
October 29, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around. He's left Acapulco for Zihuatanejo, Mexico where's he scoping out the burgeoning hotel scene. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco or Zihuatanejo, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

The Tides may be the best place to stay on the beach in Zihuatanejo, but Casa que Canta continually tops readers' polls each year, nabbing the #1 spot for Mexico in both T&L and Conde Nast Traveler in '06. It's a favorite with honeymooners and those looking for a romantic escape that will impress their significant other.

The hotel made an appearance in the Meg Ryan/Andy Garcia movie When a Man Loves a Woman and recently got lots of play as the place hosting Samantha Brown on her Latin America Travel Channel show.

So what's all the fuss about? Dramatic architecture and killer views in every direction for a start, plus waves crashing against the rocks to lull you to sleep at night. Throw in an impressive infinity pool looking out at the bay and another one on the cliffside (pictured here). Then wrap it up with personalized service from a staff used to catering to the rich and picky. If you're celebrating a special occasion, they'll set up a candlelit dinner on one of the many small terraces dotted around the cliffs.

This is not a place for those with mobility issues--expect to be climbing a lot of stairs--but when you get back to your room it's a welcoming place to hang. Each is spacious and has a private furnished balcony or terrace mostly shielded from the view of others. The swanky marble baths have toiletries in clay pots. (As in no plastic to throw into a landfill.) Some suites have a hammock in addition to cushioned chaises and a dining set. The master suites are a bit larger and add a private pool.

None of this comes cheap of course: official rates start at $435 in the rainy season and bump up close to a grand for the largest suite. If you're not staying here, don't expect to be able to just pop by for a drink though. The hotel grounds are restricted to guests except for dinner.

Related Stories:
· Zihuatanejo Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]
· Acapulco Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]

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Zihuatanejo Hotel Rundown: The Tides

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  Site Where: Zihuatanejo Playa La Ropa S/N, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, 40880
October 26, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around. He's left Acapulco for Zihuatanejo, Mexico where's he scoping out the burgeoning hotel scene. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco or Zihuatanejo, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

We've covered the Kor Hotel Group quite a bit here, but "The Tides" coverage has mostly concerned the ongoing construction at Tides South Beach. In Mexico, it's a different story. They seamlessly took over the Ikal del Mar south of Cancun and the former Villa del Sol in Zihuatanejo.

On our visit, The Tides Zihuatanejo was full of California money looking for a place to be spent, but pretensions aside, it's hard to beat what they have to offer for several hundred miles in either direction on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

There are only 70 rooms and suites, but they are sprawled out along Playa La Ropa: a long stretch of picture-perfect crescent beach with a view of the hills on each side. Three pools, a spa, a well-equipped gym, and tennis courts are on site, while on the beach you can indulge in parasailing or catamaran sailing.

Most choose to just kick back though, lounging on cushioned chaises with terrycloth neck pillows, sampling one of the dozens of tequilas in the bar, or eating some of the finest food in the region at one of the two restaurants with a view. Hey, where else do waiters ask you what flavoring you would like in your water--presenting ginger, cinnamon, rasberries, and lime?

Since taking over, the Kor group has put most of its effort into upgrading the already attractive rooms and bringing them up a notch. Most beds here are in the center of the room, draped with white gauzy fabric, with a vanity area behind the headboard. Even the standard rooms have a nice sitting area and a terrace or balcony, while marble baths with an array of toiletries leave plenty of space for two.

It's all visually impressive, with plenty of well-placed lighting, but also comfortable and functional. Rates officially start at $330 a night in the low season and if you have kids you'll have to step up to a suite--listed at $670. But if you're looking for luxe amenities and service, Tides Zihuatanejo is the magnet.

Related Stories:
· Acapulco Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]

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The Tides Roll in at Zihuatanejo

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  Site Where: Zihuatanejo Playa La Ropa S/N, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, 40880
August 16, 2007 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Zihuatanejo is a mouthful of a town on the southwest coast of Mexico, a few hours from Acapulco and next to the Cancun-like planned resort area of Ixtapa. The Kor Hotel Group recently took over one of the two top resorts in town, Hotel Villa del Sol, and turned it into The Tides Zihuatenajo. (The other player nearby is La Casa que Canta.)

So what's up? The rates for one thing.

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Cubicle With A View

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  Site Where: Camino Escénico, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
December 9, 2005 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

To the left is the reality we are faced with here at HotelChatter headquarters. It is not a nice day in the Northeast. Where would we rather be? In the place pictured to the right, of course.

La Casa Que Canta is a 18 room thatched roof resort with adobe walls that overlooks Zihuatanejo Bay.

One couple books a room here year in and year out:

My husband and I have been going to casa que canta for 11 consecutive years. actually we went 2x the 1st year. its a place to rest and relax. the food is great and we have never gotten sick. we stay a week each time and do venture into town by foot (during the day) or by taxi. the town is authentic and less touristy then most although the city depends on its tourists. the views from each room are beautiful and u can walk to the beach down the hill which seems never crowded. our hosts are wonderful and the service perfect.

Thanks for making us even more jealous. Did we tell you that as we write this some sort of ice thunderstorm is going on outside? A freakin' ice thunderstorm. Think about that as you quaff your next tequila shot--you lucky bastards.

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·   La Casa Que Canta Reviews [TripAdvisor]