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Bungalows Arena Dorada
Ranked #62 of 79 Hotels in Zihuatanejo
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
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“Fabuloso 4 years running”
Reviewed 17 February 2013

We love Arena Dorada and Victor and Maricela. This is our home away from home for 4 years now. Our son and his bride-to-be plus our future in-laws visited this year. The grounds, pool, service, proximity to Playa la Ropa...everything has been spectacular. Victor and Maricela make us feel "at home." We stay for 2 months each winter, to escape the Wisconsin cold. Everything we need is here...bus at our door step, laundry, a charming and attending staff, wonderful family, security, and an immaculate dwelling. We opt for the 1 bedroom unit (there are 6) plus the penthouse. The pool/alberca is to die for. You are steps from the beach/Playa la Ropa. This is paradise/paraiso.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are charming with a special "Mexican" feel.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Sidney, Canada
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We have just returned home from a lovely 4 week stay at Bungalows Arena Dorada (our second) in Zihuatanejo and have booked again for next year. It was disappointing to read the negative comments of Mickey1952 and we could not let them be without comment especially as we had spent 2 great weeks in the very same unit in Feb. 2011. Like a cave ? Get a grip. Yes, it is the darker of the units but 5 seconds after walking out of those sliding doors you can be poolside in lots of light. And, you can easily read on your own balcony in natural light. Shower water was (very) hot and kitchen and bathroom was cool, not cold. So what ? Soap works just as well in cool water for washing ! Vertigo ?! For cryin' out loud; how many ranchers vs. 2 and 3 storey homes in your area ? No privacy; what BS ! Coming down the stairs (we were on the top floor) you absolutely cannot see into the bedroom of that, or any other unit unless the main door is open and then you would still have to move sideways to "see in" ! Yes, the pool area is indeed very nice and it is "in front" of all 7 units. Happy hour was not directly in front of your unit; was roughly from 4:30 to 6:00 and was a great little get together as you will know as you also joined in ! I am not sure what research you did before booking at Arena Dorada but, as seasoned travellers I am surprised that you let these "horrible conditions" build up over a 2 week period before acting on your discomfort. I will only comment on the financial discussion so far as to say that we have always been treated fairly by Victor, the owner. Yes, you are absolutely correct in saying that the other guests had no problem with the accommodation; wonder of wonders ! The units, the pool area and the patio area are kept spotlessly clean by staff who are also very obliging when it comes to bringing drinking water to your unit, or helping with your groceries, etc. Bungalows Arena Dorada are a very good value and we would not hesitate occupying any of the units in future.

Sincerely, Anne & Terry L.

Room Tip: IF available, try for the penthouse. Larger, great views and wonderful hammock !!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Vancouver Island, BC
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

This is a difficult review to write because we left with a bad taste in our mouths, but I try to be fair and the other people staying there seem to like it. Firstly, we had the worst suite, on the ground floor right above the pool. The only natural light was provided by the sliding glass doors. It was like going into a cave! There is no hot water in the kitchen or bathroom sinks. To wash dishes in the very small kitchen area meant boiling water in the one large saucepan provided. Each area had one step up to the next, meaning there were three different levels. This is not great for someone with vertigo. The only natural light to the bedroom came from the front doors, through the living room and three internal windows placed so anyone coming down the stairs could see directly into the bed. Can we say, no privacy? The pool area is very nice but everyone conjigated at happy hour right in front of our unit. The design with the house in front and the suites at the back causes the sounds to bounce off the walls, so you can hear every whisper. We had booked for a month at a very reasonable rate. After two weeks we were going crazy. Luckily, we managed to find other accommodation. We discussed the situation with Victor, and other quests. We managed to find someone to fill our final week and asked for a reasonable refund for that week. That's when things got dicey. First Victor seemed to have no problem. Then after we had returned four times to try and speak with him, my husband was finally told that because we only stayed three weeks we would be charged a weekly rate that was much higher. He was already getting the weekly rate from another couple and we asked for a compromise. There was none and we received a very small refund. We would never return there, regardless. I must say, other guests don't seem to mind having no hot water, or having to buy their own toilet paper, or the noise. Whatever you do, don't take one on the ground floor. Note: all the suites are the same price except the penthouse.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bungalows Arena Dorada
Address: Calle 6 Manzana 4 | Playa la ropa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo
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Ranked #62 of 79 Hotels in Zihuatanejo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bungalows Arena Dorada 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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