Posted by Ali M. from 22.214.171.124 (user-11208e0.dsl.mindspring.com) on martes, noviembre 26, 2002 at 14:55:12 :
We recently returned from a wonderful stay in Zihuatenejo and wanted to pass along words of praise for the small, clean friendly hotel with a great view...Villas el Morro. Owner, Eduardo Montes de Oca and his family were wonderful and helpful hosts during our stay - and before we arrived, offering recommendations for activities, transportation options, and dining choices.
With only eight rooms, the hotel is intimate and quiet. We felt almost like we were guests in Eduardo's home rather than guests in a hotel. It is positioned at the top of a hillside overlooking the entire Zihuatenejo bay. You can actually float in the pool and look out over the entire city's activities. Although it is a bit remote, we never tired of the view and sought out the solitude at the end of a long day of sun and sand, not to mention palapa owners hawking coronas and quesadillas and the endless stream of venders passing by.
The off the beaten track locat1on of Villas el Morro also helped us glimpse the real Zihua. There wasn't any manufactured tourist quality about it - just ask the roosters who crow at 2:00 in the morning or the random dog who accompanies you down the hill as you walk to town. If you come to Zihua to escape the tourist traps of Ixtapa -come to Villas el Morro for the real beauty of Zihua.
It is about a fifteen minute downhill walk into town - including 280-ish steps. Not a bad walk down, but we always took a taxi back up. (Since the hotel is so new, we found that many taxi drivers did not know its locat1on. It is helpful to know that Villas el Morro is near Villa Vera - a more expensive hotel about 100 yards away). From the entrance to Villa Vera, it is easy to direct the driver to el Morro).
The rooms were spotlessly clean. For future stays, we recommend taking one of the suites rather than the single room. The suites aren't much more expensive and include air-conditioning and a small kitchen. Although we didn't mind our room without AC - our stay would have been perfect with a stash of snacks, soft drinks, and cold air! The water pressure in the shower left a bit to be desired and at times ran cold, but this still was no deterrent.
Don't skip out on the breakfast Eduardo offers. Continental breakfast was 30 pesos and included yogurt, granola, fresh fruit and juice. For 60 pesos they would whip up eggs to order. Breakfast on their terrace was a great way to kick off each day.
We hope to return sometime soon - and hope that you will find Villas el Morro as enjoyable as we did. Feel free to email me if you have other questions about Villas el Morro or Zihuatenejo.
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