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“Great Experience at Dolphin Cove Inn in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico”
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Dolphin Cove Inn
Ranked #10 of 51 Hotels in Manzanillo
Reviewed 23 January 2014

My girlfriend and I had a great time at Dolphin Cove Inn. Breakfast was included in our reservations. The bus #8 that goes to around town was very helpful to go back and forth from the hotel. All the staff were very helpful. The only thing I did not like was that the internet connection was slow.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2014

Hello!

Thank you for your lovely review. We really appreciate it! We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin Cove Inn. We apologize for the slow internet connection. We really appreciate the feedback and want to improve this. Some of our units have better connection than others and we are working to improve this. We are currently installing more hardware to improve our wifi and hope that you will see a great improvement on your next visit!

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This hotel has a great location, next door to the famous Las Hadas resort. The rooms are in need of a little updating but are functional. If you have problems climbing stairs, this is not the place for you. The two pools are comfortable for kids and adults. The breakfast that was included in our rate was more than adequate, although the coffee was not the greatest.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

Thank you for your review of Dolphin Cove Inn. We appreciate your visit and taking the time to write a review. We realize that we do have a lot of stairs, but on the upside, that affords our lovey ocean and bay views. In order to accommodate guests that want or need to minimize the stairs, we do have rooms lower down that are closer to the pool and beach. Also, we have golf carts and our staff can pick up guests and take them to the pool or beach. Again, we thank you for your review and hope to welcome you back again soon!

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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Lovely resort with great views!!! The staff at the Inn, as well as the restaurant are top notch... I really felt at home here, and can't wait to go back.
So glad for "fresh" everything and "homemade" everything!!! The food was super yummy, and the best waiter ever "Chris" was more than accommodating, despite my poor Spanish (which improved considerably while under his tutelage).
Cab ride to town is 4.50 pesos, bus is .80 pesos...Don't suggest the walk unless you are prepared... Lots of incline (on the way back) and about 1 hour walk.
Some days just laying on the beach, or pool, and hanging out at the resort were enough, and other days, we checked out the local market, local beaches, etc...
So much to do, or not do...
I hope to return in 2014!!!

Room Tip: All rooms have a view... We prefer rooms away from pool and restaurant for less noise... Must be i...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank ctrlqueen
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Hello!

What a lovely review! Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We would love to welcome you back again soon!

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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We stayed at the Dolphin Cove Inn in mid February 2013. As soon as we walked in, we knew we had found a true hidden jewel. Our room was located at the very top of the complex, the view was the bay and the Las Hadas. Breakfast is included with the room. The staff is very accommodating and kind. We used the front desk phone to call home to Canada for free. The grounds are very floral and well kept. The rooms are very traditional and clean. There are a lot steps to the pool but there is a golf cart for those that cannot handle the stairs. There is a bus stop located right beside the front entrance to get around the city.. The Las Hadas harbor restaurants are top notch which can be accessed by the path that leads to a locked gate with security, just tell the guard your room number and he will let you through.

Room Tip: Rent a car discover the area. Travel to Barra de Navidad area and take a banana plantation tour.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Dear Holly G:

Thank you for your lovely review of Dolphin Cove Inn. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon. I love the rooms on the top of the complex with the full bay views. The lower rooms also have lovely ocean views and less stairs down to the pool and beach. We really appreciate your feedback and look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

My partner and I just returned from a 3 week stay at the Dolphin Cove Inn. This is our 7th time that we have returned to this hotel and asked if we would go back --- I would not hesitate to say YES YES YES. The reason that we like this facility is that it is a boutique hotel -- it is not a 5 stair hotel; probably by Canadian standards it would be a 2.5; so if you are looking for a luxurious room this would not be the facility for you as it is a bit dated but it does have character that we like and it is clean!

What this hotel does have that rates as a 5 star is its staff ---they CARE, they are efficient, they know how to provide good customer service. An example of those people would be -- two servers in the Paradise Restaurant (Chris & Hugo) - they provided us with exceptional service daily. There is the gardener who toils endlessly and provides the best landscaping in Manzanillo. The landscaping at this hotel far exceeds the two resorts on either side of itt. There is the general manager, Cynthia, who quietly and efficiently sees that our needs are being met and ensures we are happy. This is what makes us want to return to the Dolphin Cove.

When I reflected about what improvements could be made or what I needed to make my stay better, I would have to say one more bath towel each day (we only got 3) and more consisent and better internet. Now I am being "petty".

Our heartfelt thanks to the Dolphin Cove Inn -- once again, we have returned home to Canada feeling rested and like we had a vacation.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Thank you for your lovely review of Dolphin Cove Inn. We understand the time it takes to write a review and we appreciate and care about your feedback. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and that you continue to return to Dolphin Cove. We strive to take good care of our guests and love when you come back! We are constantly battling with our internet and will continue to try and improve that for our guests. We will also look into getting more towels - that is great feedback.

We look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

It was the most amazing holiday ever. Our room was to die for. The view was incedible. The staff looked after everything we needed. I would recommend this beautiful resort to anyone.
Thank you Dolphin Cove for helping make this the very best vacation ever.
We'll be back for sure.

Room Tip: they are all wonderful. We chose the studio because there was only the 2 of us.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2013

Thank you for your glowing review of Dolphin Cove Inn! We really appreciate it and we love to get your feedback. We try hard to make please our guests and make sure you have everything you need during your stay. We were so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and decided to come back and stay with us again. We hope to see you again very soon.

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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We have been to Manzanillo 3 times in the last 3 years, once each winter. We stayed at Dolphin Cove on the first trip, with family on the second trip (but walked to the Dolphin Cove for dinner and drinks one night,) and stayed there again on our third trip.
Obviously we kind of like it there. The setting is amazing with beautifully landscaped paths that meander throughout the grounds. The view is one of the best in the city of Manzanillo bay, you can see the downtown Sailfish monument all the way across the bay on a clear day. The Moorish architecture of the neighbouring Las Hadas hotel and marina is beautifully lit at night. There are always sailboats anchored just off shore and huge cargo ships moving in and out of the port in the distance. You'll notice at night that the street between Dolphin Cove and Las Hadas is lined with locals from all over the place listening to music outside of parked cars along the sidewalk, sharing cervesas and enjoying the evening view of the Manzanillo skyline.
If the locals come here for the view then it must be hard to beat right?
The rooms are just right. Reasonably priced, spacious, air conditioned, with a quaint Mexican décor, a large comfortable bed, and a well provisioned kitchenette that was handy for late night snacks and cool drinks and suchlike.
The rooms are CLEAN, and these housekeepers are amazing. I cant say enough about that, congratulations to the Dolphin Cove Inn for having such amazing staff. We had fresh towel swans and fresh cut flowers in different arrangements every day. We brought a J-cloth with to do dishes and left it by the sink one morning, when we came back from breakfast the J-cloth was folded into a artful fan arrangement. I mean, they ORIGAMIED our dish cloth. Little touches like that are what make me write long gushy reviews like this.
There were 2 cold water bottles in the fridge when we arrived (life savers) and a huge water cooler jug of water with a hand pump to fill them up again if needed, but they replaced the small bottles in the fridge daily anyway.
Our air conditioning wasn't working when we checked in, we waited until the next morning and let the concierge know about it before breakfast. When we returned to our room after breakfast it was cleaned and cool with the AC pounding out frosty goodness.
The concierge was otherwise extremely helpful in assisting us with any requests such as arranging a sunset cruise, scuba dive, dinner reservations. And there is a guy in the lobby who can call you a radio taxi anytime.
The restaurant is actually really pretty good for a hotel, some simple American food and some simple yet fairly authentic and tasty Mexican food too. We like the ceviche a lot, order the ceviche Colima for a huge portion of fish that, with the chips and salsa that they bring when you sit down, is more than enough to fill up two people.
Go for the Mexican breakfasts. MMMMmmm...chiliquiles. *Drools*
The waiters, I don't know where to start.
Oh wait, yes I do...
These guys make one mean margarita,
Actually they make one mean margarita, and then another one, and then another one.
Try the Dolphin special, a blended pina colada with a blackberry swirl. MMmmm...Swirl.
These guys are so friendly and so much fun. After a week you feel like you are hanging around with good friends every time you sit down. Every time we've gone the waiters who are still there have remembered us right away, which is really nice when you think about it.
The location of the hotel on the peninsula is a little remote but there are buses during the day and its a nice, but longish walk to the main road in the cool evening. Just the right distance from Miguel de Madrid to drink a beer, then stop at Mariscos Jr. on the corner for late night tacos, and drink another beer on the way back.
About all the steps throughout the hotel that everyone is talking about:
Yes there are a lot of steps but if you dont want to hoof it around just call or ask and a golf cart will shuttle you from your room to the beach or pool at anytime.
Personally I considered coming home from vacation with nicely toned calves a real bonus.
About the music from the Barcelo hotel next door:
Yup, it's kinda loud and it starts around 11pm. But lets face it, Mexico is kinda loud. This is a big city and there are no noise bylaws and if you ask me the sensual bombardment of car horns blaring, rooster crowing, children laughing, and loudspeakers soliciting your attention on every corner is part of the experience. If you can't sleep you are probably trying to go to bed too early, have another tequila and watch the moon rise over the bay.
We would love to come back here with a bunch of friends, its the perfect base to explore Manzanillo and the surrounding area. Highly recommended.
To the staff of Dolphin Cove -Thanks all the great times, hasta luego!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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DolphinCoveInnMEX, Owner at Dolphin Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review of Dolphin Cove Inn. We understand the time and effort it takes to write a review and we really appreciate your feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back again very soon!

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Address: Avenida Vista Hermosa s/n Peninsula de Santiago | Aun Costado Del Hotel Las Hadas, dentro del condominio Playasol, Manzanillo 28860, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Colima > Manzanillo
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Manzanillo
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Manzanillo
Price Range: £52 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dolphin Cove Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dolphin Cove Inn offers affordable and ideal Manzanillo hotel vacation lodging accommodations and is the perfect Manzanillo Mexico vacation destination for your Mexican Riviera vacation. Manzanillo is ideally located in the Mexican state of Colima just between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Manzanillo vacations have become very popular in recent years as this Mexico Riviera vacation spot is now one of the most important tourist resorts in all of Mexico. ... more   less 
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