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Catalina Beach Resort
Ranked #34 of 78 Hotels in Zihuatanejo
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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126 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“Really enjoyable stay!”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

Really nice place with a great view, peaceful romantic and quiet! The food was very well presented and delicious. The service was excellent.Hector, Hiliberto and Salvador (Don Chava) were friendly, professional and helpful and really made our dinners enjoyable. Javier and Roman at Reception were also a pleasure to meet. However the place needs substantial renovations in order to regain the elegance that once it had and still can be seen in many details. Some pruning to improve the views (magnificent still!), a bit of paint, a touch of varnish in the woods and some method of transportation to the beach! It used to have one, but is no longer functional. Over three hundred (!!!) stairs is good aerobic exercise but not very enjoyable on daily basis to the "older crowd" (the one generally with the money....)
Eva, the owner, is an excellent lady, friendly and well spoken and was a pleasure meeting with her.
I loved the place and I certainly would recommend it and be back!
But my advice to her is to listen to her employees, they have good ideas and are dedicated and loyal and willing to assist to return The Catalina to her former romantic glory!
Regardless of it all it was a great experience and enjoyable memory! If in Zihuatanejo this place is not to be missed!

Room Tip: Room 5 has a nice view and is reasonably priced, also closer to the Restaurant and half way to the b...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Port Ludlow, Washington, USA
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2013

A friendly staff. The breakfast terrace has a breathtaking view. The food is excellent. The resort is on a slope above la Ropa beach,so there is a climb back to your room. Closer to the cottages is a pool with a view. With our open windows, we were bothered by a noisy party near our room. It is a short 20 minute walk to Zihua.

  • Stayed January 2013
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2013

We did not book this hotel for ourselves. It was booked for us by a relative and we were a little reluctant to stay here. This hotel has a lot of stairs just like many of the hotels in Zihuatanejo. It is on La Ropa beach which is very pretty. However, the rooms are completely outdated and the beds are very hard. My husband, who rarely complains, had to turn around and sleep with his head at the foot of the bed. Our room didnt have AC but some of the rooms do. We looked at an upgraded room and decided it was best to switch hotels. If you want beachfront and don't mind a hard bed for a reasonable price, then maybe this hotel will work for you. We moved to Aura del Mar and were very happy.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms do have AC
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2013

Stayed in Playa Suite 19- March 16- 25
hotel was hardly occupied at beginning of trip and nearing the end almost full
-Poor Internet Connection but only Playa Suite with connection
-Closest room to the beach
-Great location on La ropa
-Lots of stairs but so worth the views
-Sunset bar 2 for 1 5PM-8PM (most amazing view)
-AC works great
-Room was clean, great lanai and view!
-Mattresses- hard as a rock!
-Food is great! (tuna tacos, best pina coladas on the beach)
-WILL BE BACK FOR SURE!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2013

It was the first time went had visited Zihuatanejo. My husband does not like Mexico very much but we will be returning there again next year. It was not very crowded and the food was very good. The staff are very helpful and kind. We have met people that have returning every year since the 80's.
It is a little rustic but very quiet. We had a huge "lanai" with 2 hammocks. Very private.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the hacienda because they do not have air conditioning.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Not handicap friendly. Steps to take you to everywhere you want to go. No elevators. By the time I climbed the 92 steps from my room to the restaurant to get the only available filtered water/ice and back down the 92 steps...my ice was melted! Yes, I DID COUNT THE STEPS. From the lobby to the beach = 231 steps! No ac in my room. windows with screens(holes) Take bug spray to protect yourself! The food was good. The beach is one of the prettiest in the area. I would go back for the beach. but will stay somewhere else! The place might be better after the remodel.

Room Tip: Ask for room with air conditioner!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Nevada
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

My wife and I just returned from another stay at the Catalina. Our first visit there was in the mid 70's. Not sure how many times we have been there, but it is the only place we have gone back to and had the same experience as the first visit. We travel to many different places, staying in everything from one to five star locations, but every few years, we just have to go back. This is my favorite--just feels like home. There are certainly newer and fancier hotels/resorts in the area, but I'm not about to move. It is one of the older locations, and perhaps there are better beds and maybe it takes a few minutes for the hot water to get to the shower, but the location, view, staff, service and other friendly visitors more than make up for whatever may be lacking.
We stayed in the older part of the hotel, where we have always stayed. In the last few years new, very modern rooms have been added, and others remodeled. Perhaps these would be a better choice for some who might be a little more particular, but for me, I will take my old room, #36.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Catalina Beach Resort
Address: Calle Playa La Ropa s/n, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Top resorts Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#21 Romantic Hotel in Zihuatanejo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Catalina Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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