My husband and twin teenagers were booked to stay at this hotel from June 13th through the 18th. We were spending 3 nights prior to our stay at another hotel. While we were at our first hotel, we decided to take the "fishermans walk" along the beach to check out the Brisas Del Mar. During our walk (around noon) along the paseo we realized we were being followed by 2 men. We were so fearful that we actually started making some contingency plans and then decided to just start running until we reached the end of the walk. We have traveled extensively in Mexico and have never felt threatened until then. While we were running towards the hotel, we saw trash in the water and along the waters edge and even what appeared to be a human or large animal's femur bone laying in the sand. When we arrived at the hotel, my twin sons were shocked. Madera Beach could quite possibly be one of the ugliest beaches I have ever seen. It is SMALL, with trash everywhere, dark sand, trash in the water etc. The hotel is VERY rustic and the pool was so dirty that I wouldn't even think about swimming in it. It looked like no one had taken care of it in weeks. The slide would be fun for a 3-4 yr. old. We proceeded to walk up the stairs to the lobby and saw a Toucan or some exotic bird in a cage with drinking water that looked like it hadn't been changed or cleaned in a month. We were appalled at the condition of this bird's cage. By the time we got to the lobby, we all were think the same thought--"we are not staying here!" I couldn't believe the reviews that I read about this hotel prior to the trip. We knew if we cancelled our stay here (4 nights) that we would have to pay the penalty of half of the trip's stay. (2 nights) We thought about it for about 2 minutes and realized there was still no way we would stay here. I had seen the Club Intrawest on- line before the trip and it looked nice. We immediately took a cab over to check it out and see if we could get a room for the remainder of our trip. Club Intrawest is beautiful, right on Playa La Ropa and light years away from this hotel. I have never written a review before, but felt it necessary to shed the light about the Brisas Del Mar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aura del Mar is a boutique-hotel in a Mexican fishing village, known for its hospitality and privacy. It's the perfect choice to get to know Zihuatanejo, relax and enjoy the sea. We offer a privileged location at the seashore in La Madera beach. Walking distance to downtown Zihua. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brisas Del Mar Zihuatanejo
- Hotel Brisas Del Mar