I once thought this hotel was an under utilised hidden gem and penned several reviews to sing its praises. Not so since Sunwing started sending guests there. Their one week all-inclusive patrons are often mistakenly looking for a party place and would probably be happier in a larger resort in Tangolunda Bay. The VB is a small quiet Mexican hotel, frequented mostly by a repeat older patronage. In the past, it was quieter and almost abandoned during the day when guests went off site. The newer clientele don't do that as much so the poolside is now busier and noisier. So is the buffet area. And it's getting smokier, too. I wish the hotel would ban all smoking in the restaurant because it drifts from the small smoking section across the full room, And limit smoking to your patio, or a section on the far side of the pool.
My partner and I were at the VB for our 7th month-long stay and we noticed the VB experience has dwindled.as follows. The breakfast buffet is not as good as it used to be; probably to save money given how cheap its 1 week Sunwing packages cost. Another change is that the hotel now plays soft American pop music in the dining room instead of Mexican music, jazz or universal new age stuff. Sunwing might have mistakenly said this is what we gringos like. We were also disappointed that we didn't meet any Mexican tourists tat VB this year because Sunwing is filling VB with gringos, displacing the Mexican families that used to stop over on tour bus packages. IMHO, these kind of changes, along with events like pool aerobics, have diminished the 'Mexico experience' at VB. As did some of the new guests who were toting coolers to the pool area, hiding them under tables, so they could sneak drinks into their 'big bubba' mugs and avoid spending a buck for a beer: how low brow, boorish and inconsiderate of the hotel. These guests pay rock bottom price for their stay, yet complain they didn't get a pool side room or a room fridge. And when they bring their coolers to a table or palapa at a local beach, they're annoyed when the beach restaurant owners charge for use of the table. Really? The Mexicans have 4 months at best to make a few tourist dollars off of you, which they need to survive for the next 8 months, in return for the pleasure you get to stay in a hot, safe, idyllic beach zone, in their wonderful country. As an aside, I get a fridge but I wish the hotel would charge a daily rental rate for them, to make up for the times when I drink my own beer or have a snack bought at Super Che. This way, all rooms could be fridge equipped and the hotel would still benefit financially,
Overall, if VB continues this general downward trend, my wife and a few friends from VB are looking at other Huatulco Mexican hotels. I hope it doesn't come to that as the VB is charming, staff are wonderful and they, along with the former VB experience, would be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Villablanca Huatulco has an atmosphere of rest with careful details of Mexican architecture and style that stand out in the Bay of Chahue. During your visit you will be provided with warm comfort to experience perfect relaxation during your vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Blanca Huatulco Hotel Huatulco
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