Help with Catalina room overviews

by findmatt77, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 16:38 (192 days ago)

Hey gang,

I've been visiting Zihua ever since this board guided me on my first visit in 2003. So let me start with heartfelt thanks to everyone who has ever invested time here helping others.

We are headed back to Zihua this coming December/January and considering our first stay at the Catalina. I roughly know the property from visiting at sunset, but don't have a sense of the rooms. Can anyone shed some light on what exactly differentiates the room categories below?

Casita
Bungalow
Playa Suite
Linda Vista Suite

Thanks for reading. I appreciate any insights!

Matt

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 16:55 (192 days ago) @ findmatt77

I just looked at their website, and it seems as though they did a nice job of describing each of their 5 + Honeymoon Suite choices.

http://www.catalina-beach-resort.com/english/04/index.html

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by findmatt77, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 17:09 (192 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Yep. I saw that page. But the descriptions seem nearly identical. And given the expansive property, I am also interested in locations.

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by qwerty @, Oregon, USA, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 18:03 (192 days ago) @ findmatt77

The Playa Suites are closer to the beach and recently (within the past 5 years) redone. We really like them. Our first visit in 2012 we were in a bungalow and while it had A/C it was located so it blew right on my travel partner at night. Our next trip, we asked for something better and they put us in a Playa Suite. They're a little further stair-wise to go to the restaurant or the bar, but closer to the beach and easy access to the pool as well. We figured out how to go down to the beach and through the passage between the former Elvira's (?now Cantinita) and Paty's to the taxi stand to go to town. Easier than hiking up the stairs. The first 4 that they did (rooms 19-22) have a fairly obstructed view but are well shaded. I think they were working on the other 4 when we were last there (I suspect rooms 15-18) and they probably have a better view, but also more sun and get hotter.

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, June 07, 2019, 11:55 (191 days ago) @ findmatt77

People who stay at Catalina usually have a preference for one set of rooms. Many prefer a specific rooms. People who return often start in one room, look at other rooms and settle on what they want the next year. Rooms are different but I’ll try. All rooms face the ocean. Views run from unobstructed to through the trees but all have views. The trouble with trying to describe the various rooms is that they are all a bit different. And as many Catalina guests as you ask, you will get a different (and often passionate) testimony about the best rooms to stay in. But part of the charm of Catalina is that it is a different kind of hotel.

Casitas are close to the pool and beach. As I recall, views are unobstructed. They are the smallest and oldest rooms. No AC. Great location. They are a great value and quite popular. They tend to be booked year to year. Rooms have a double bed and single bed.

There are a couple of Standard Casitas still in original condition. They are larger than Casitas and further up the hill. No AC. They are a good value if you can get along with sea breeze instead of AC.

Bungalows are located in the iconic terraced white building you see from the beach. All the rooms are slightly different so it’s hard to be general. They have AC. Either one king or two queen beds. Good sitting area in the room which can be used as beds (for children). Rooms have a sheltered private private patio and an open shared deck. Views are panoramic. Rooms are located on the mid-level of the property so you breakup the stair climb. If you prefer more privacy, there are a couple of bungalows on the lower level closer to the pool that don’t have the shared deck.

Playa Suites are remodeled Standard Casitas. They have a private patio set out as a living area. They are spacious. King bed or two queens. AC. Close to the beach. Furthest from the office and bar/restaurant. I think all the views of the ocean are through trees.

Linda Vista Suites are new construction. I really haven’t seen much of the interior. They are very pretty rooms in a nice setting.
Linda Vista Suites are popular.

The Honeymoon Suite is a freestanding bungalow. It offers privacy (hence the name). It has a private deck. Quite spacious.

Disclaimer: we stay in a Playa Suite. We like the proximity to the beach. We like the room layout. We stayed there before they were redone, when they were Standard Casitas and loved them then, too. We love the view of the ocean through the trees. We love the patio. We also stayed in Bungalows for many years and loved the panoramic views and the space in the rooms.

I’d say make your best guess for your first year. If you like being at Catalina, ask to see other rooms while you are there. As you meet people, they may be willing to show you their room. And if you have specific questions you can send me a message through the envelope next to my name.

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by Curly! @, Great Pacific Northwet, Friday, June 07, 2019, 14:03 (191 days ago) @ Fran

Very well put Fran. It's my thinking that if you choose the 20's' 30's. or 40's rooms you'll do fine. My fave rooms are 25 and 40 but I could be happy just about anywhere. I don't care for room 11 and that row though. 40's row is close to the Sunset bar and the restaurant. The 20's row is close to the pool, and a bit more private as you don't have the big shared patio, but just the private lanai.

By the way, my reports pages are all but gone. They are worthless. I believe I'll take them down. Was going to do it years ago but someone talked me out of it. However, reports are missing, images not there, it's pretty sad so I'll probably bow out the back door.

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Curly!

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, June 07, 2019, 14:52 (191 days ago) @ Curly!

Actually, I have stayed in both rooms - 40 and 25 and liked them both. We stayed in 40 for many years. Honestly, the advice I give friends is exactly what you said: book a bungalow and see what you like after that. However, I know my friends’ tastes. Harder to recommend for someone you haven’t spent time with.

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by findmatt77, Friday, June 07, 2019, 14:07 (191 days ago) @ findmatt77

Qwerty, Fran, Curly,

Thanks so much for the input. That really allows me to get a sense of the layout and differences.

I remember on my first visit to the area how cool this old hotel was. In this era of soulless resorts, it's hard to find a place that has real texture. Sort of the difference between buying a 1930s bungalow vs. new construction.

Matt

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, June 07, 2019, 15:35 (191 days ago) @ findmatt77

I agree. For us, there is a charm in a property like Catalina that makes it special. And I have to say,Catalina has a staff that matches the charm and hospitality of the hotel. They make you feel like family. Catalina May not be for for someone looking for a more conventional resort or hotel but we would’t have it any other way.

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Friday, June 07, 2019, 16:24 (191 days ago) @ Fran

That’s a good way to think about it. It all really depends on what you want in a vacation. Everyone should have the vacation they want. Catalina people like that experience. Others want a resort experience. People who return tend to find their spot and it's all about finding a good visit.

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by Gregorio M. @, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Saturday, June 08, 2019, 23:59 (190 days ago) @ Fran

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