This was a last minute trip for my 11 yr old daughter and I for spring break. We usually go to PV or Nuevo Vallarta or Cancun but decided to try something different this year. The trip with Canjet was fine although it involved a stop in Calgary and the bus ride from the airport wasn't too bad either. Check in went smoothly and we went up to our room on the 11th floor to change and get a bite to eat after the 10 hr trip.
The hotel is ancient but the view was awesome. Unfortunately the bathroom smelled of raw sewage so we closed the door and hit the buffet. The food was mostly unidentifiable so it was good to have little signs to tell you what was what. When we returned to the room the smell was worse so I inquired about changing rooms and was told I would have to wait until Sunday due to the hotel being fully booked for the weekend. This upset me so that I packed up and tried again with a different staff member. I was told again to wait until Sunday but I refused to stay in the room with that smell so I was moved to the 8th floor with a lovely view of the tent roof over the theatre. Great. I was told to try again on Sunday.
We settled for the 8th floor room and made the best of it. Beds were very comfortable and the room was clean. Saturday was spent at the beach and now I know why they sell sunscreen at 110 spf!! It was very hot & sunny - WONDERFUL - but we both got bitten by something in the water and then later swam past actual sewage floating in the water (it wasn't pee). Sunday we tried to hang out at the crowded pool (chilly) but there were not enough pool loungers so we shared one between us. Turns out it was a long weekend for the Mexicans so the place was heaving and both the beach and the pool were full.
Monday morning I returned to the front desk and was told to come back at 2pm. We finally received a fully functioning room on the 3rd floor by the pool four days into the trip. Now that we could fully unpack and settle in we turned our attention to the nightly shows, activities and excursions. We booked a snorkeling trip the next day that was a great treat but again got stung/bitten by small jellyfish. Intensely itchy ugly red bites after the rash went away. This is no fault of the hotel but really put a damper on my holiday. I spotted them while snorkeling and could feel the sharp stinging sensation when they got between my swimsuit and skin.
We also went to Walmart to pick up snacks, sunscreen and inflatable tubes for the pool. This was great once the crowds were gone. I gave the shows a miss since they were mostly pretty bad. The food wasn't very good and the wine, sickly sweet red & white, was the worst I have ever had in Mexico. At least two people I met got sick. The staff do work hard and are pleasant at all times although not always helpful. JC was AirTransat rep who really knew how to "work" it - nuff said.
It was all over before we knew it and at the airport they seized a bottle of Baileys that was packed in my checked baggage because it had been opened. I thought all liquids over 100 ml went in your checked baggage whether open or closed so go figure... funny they didn't seize my shampoo or lotion?
The flight back was horrible but we ended it with a good night's sleep at the airport Fairmont hotel. Glad to be home. All in all a trip I wouldn't repeat unless I spent more for a direct flight and stayed somewhere else. Manzanillo is a pretty place with lots to offer. There are no timeshare sharks and no vendors, plenty of gorgeous scenery and good excursions. The Tesoro is a hotel for those on a budget looking for a true Mexican immersion. My advice for Air Transat is to drop this really outdated hotel from your list since most of us aren't into slumming it while on holiday and the Tesoro does just fine catering to the Mexicans.
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- Also Known As:
- Tesoro Manzanillo Hotel Manzanillo
- Hotel Tesoro Manzanillo
- Manzanillo Tesoro Hotel
- Tesoro Hotel Manzanillo
- Tesoro Manzanillo Resort