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by Curly! @, Great Pacific Northwet, Sunday, December 01, 2019, 13:15 (6 days ago)

I’ve heard of sad happenings at the Catalina. Some of my favorite people got the axe? Is anyone there that can shed some light? Thanks in advance.

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by Seamag51, Monday, December 02, 2019, 21:47 (5 days ago) @ Curly!

My husband and I are longtime Catalina folks and are currently here. It is true that many things of an unfortunate nature are currently happening. Good employees are being fired and the overall mood is one of gloom. They are bringing new and rather inexperienced people in to replace those that are being let go. There are some maintenance issues that are being ignored that are really affecting guests’ comfort. I don’t want to get more specific here but some fears that I’ve had for years about the Catalina’s survival might be playing out.

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by Oeste Hermoso @, Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, December 03, 2019, 05:06 (4 days ago) @ Seamag51

It has been for sale for years.

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by Gregorio M. @, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 00:16 (4 days ago) @ Seamag51

So very sad. The people who made the Catalina such a wonderful place being fired. Management must have lost their minds. I’m sure (I hope) they’ll regret their decisions.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 07:58 (3 days ago) @ Curly!

My understanding is that Eva's son, Alejandro is now in charge. It appears he has fired many of the senior staff. This is very concerning. These folks were the heart and soul of Catalina. My wife and I regarded them as friends. While the Catalina itself is a marvelous spot to vacation, I worry that other changes he might make in the future would cause us to consider other winter vacation plans.

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by northbay @, Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 08:57 (3 days ago) @ Curly!

We arrived a few days ago. Guessing we have been here well over fifty times, we feel qualified to comment on the changes. Over the years, we have marveled that so many of the staff stayed on year after year. That seemed to us the very essence of the place. That makes the recent changes all the more incomprehensible. The old friends still here greeted us with unaccustomed warmth. The new hires seemed eager to prove themselves. Otherwise, things seem about the same. Except for the pervasive climate of gloom and uncertainty.

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by maggie, Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 09:32 (3 days ago) @ northbay

If the grey hair and the gasping valiantly up the stairs is any indication I can safely assume the majority of the clientele at the Catalina have been returning every year for decades :) ~~like the turtles~~
A few years ago Eva's health started failing and I too have been concerned for this lovely place and the people working there, many of whom have become friends~ some I have known since the Sotavento days. I was there recently and when I left I had a strong sense that this would be the last time. No Eva, no Catalina or certainly no Catalina like the hotel we all have grown to love over our lifetimes. A haven, a comfort when stressed, a place to go to heal and to celebrate or to just step off ordinary life, return to a simpler time. This place on La Ropa feels like a second home and Eva and all the wonderful people working there made it so.
Sad news indeed.

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by Roberto!, Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 12:10 (3 days ago) @ maggie

Beautifully said Maggie which mirrors our feelings having spent 22 plus years at the Catalina.
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by JJK @, Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 22:34 (3 days ago) @ northbay

Is Hiliberto still working there? He is definitely one of those loyal employees mentioned, and made it feel like family there.
Even though we don’t stay there anymore( due to the stairs) we still try to stop by to visit.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Thursday, December 05, 2019, 07:42 (2 days ago) @ JJK

I have heard that he is working at the beach restaurant at Sotavento. Xavier is the manager of a new hotel. It seems to be near Palza Kyoto. but I am not certain of it's exact location

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by JJK @, Thursday, December 05, 2019, 16:21 (1 day, 23 hours, 15 min. ago) @ Timmac

Thank you! We won’t be there until next summer, so I’ll try to find him there.

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by Cleo, Thursday, December 05, 2019, 23:32 (1 day, 16 hours, 4 min. ago) @ JJK

The employees at the Catalina have always made it the special place it was. We have been to the Catalina over 15 times but we cannot support an owner that would fire these good people. We knew it would come to an end at some point and it looks like this time has arrived. Thank you to Eva and all her wonderful employees that made the Catalina like coming home. I wish will all my heart that the person making these decisions would see the error of their ways.

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by CountryDancer @, Vancouver, Washington, Saturday, December 07, 2019, 10:52 (4 hours, 44 minutes ago) @ Curly!

We have been here since Monday, will be going home Tuesday.
Celso is the only person I recognize from prior years. There are varying stories as to what's up with Xavier and with Eva

We were told that Xavier has been having high blood sugar issues.

we have heard that Ava took a fall recently and had to be taken to Morales. Her son is supposedly running the hotel from Berlin Germany.

As far as the hotel, maintenance is not up to par, we do see people doing maintenance, but in general it's not the Catalina that I've known.

1 thing specifically the stairs are not as well-lit as they used to be, most of the lights that used to be along the wall are missing.

The food is still very, very good and the pool of course it's wonderful. The restrooms in the restaurant area have been out of order since we arrived. there is a very large ant hill at the top of the stairs as you enter into the restaurant.

Our room as we arrived wasn't very clean, we had a couple of cockroaches visiting, and there's a massive number of ants behind a picture below the air conditioning and they've been very busy.

The area around the pool is sketchy, there are very sharp edges where concrete has broken away. ( this is at the surface outside of the pool.)

I don't know about last night, but Thursday night there was no sunset bar. If you made your way to the restaurant the waiter did make some drinks. The table next to us, wasn't happy with their drinks and one, quest returned her Tequila Sunrise, saying it was undrinkable.

I am fairly certain I will go back to Villa Mexicana next year.

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