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Bungalows La Madera
Ranked #4 of 63 Zihuatanejo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 February 2013

We have stayed here for several years and have witnessed the additions which have definitely added to the attraction and choice of rooms. The named rooms (Coconut etc) are still our favorites being close to the pool and with lots of privacy. On the other hand, the upper rooms across the street are attractive for their breezy ambience and spectacular views. As with most of Zihua-Madeira area, get used to hiking up and down hills and stairs to get to where you are going as it is worth it and likely good for you. The rooms with kitchens are well appointed with necessary goods and the new bbq in the recently added social area make a difficult choice to cook or go to the excellent nearby restaurants.
Mark manages this place professionally very well and never hesitates to take time to genuinely assist with your concerns. (By the way, bring US$ to pay for the rooms and save).
As for security, the compound is secure with cardlocks. Get to know others in the place and make sure you close gates and watch out for everyone. After all, it is Mexico.
Additionally, this is a social complex where guests seem to get together around the pool and social areas and Mark promotes that by a variety of events such as movie nights etc. Thanks for the fun Super Bowl party.
See you again next year.

Room Tip: There are no concerns about traffic noise in this complex as it is not near a busy road.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank DJP16
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

We stayed at Bungalows La Madera Nov. 21-Dec 6. This is our third time here and my second review. I wanted to send in another review as Mark and staff have made some improvements since last year. This year they added a new kitchen/sitting area with a grill just off the pool area in the opposite direction of the other kitchen/sitting area. This is where Mark hosted a Thanksgiving Day turkey with all the fixins meal. Thank you! it was great.
Something else that was new this year, was the addition of "Masajes La Madera" which Elvia gives wonderful massages. Both I and my husband had one for $250 pesos each which you can have in the comfort of your own room. I highly recommend.
We missed Carmina, which brings me to a concern I have about the new receptionist. I know she trys, but I hope in the near future she learns some English as communication is nil. I know this is Mexico, but as far as I can see, the vast majority of the clientel is English speaking.
Another concern I have is about dogs. I dont know if this is a new thing here, allowing pets, as I have never seen dogs on site before but if people want pets, PLEASE pick up after them.
It is so unfair to the maintenance people that have to pick up their dogs s**t. With the hot weather it becomes ripe in a very short time so please be considerate of others.
We truly did have a wonderful time here, and was nice to visit with 2 other repeat couples, so as you can see, once you have been here, you will likely never look elsewhere for accomodations. Bungalows La Madera is so central to everything.
As for anything else, I have pretty much said it before in a previous review.
We definately will be back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank lmanze
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

We stayed at Bungalows Madera, December 1 through 6, on the recommendation of friends and from reading previous TA reviews. We chose a room in the "Original" (older) section called "Coconut". This review is *specific to that room only*. It is located about midway between the street and the beach, The stairs were many but manageable. I would note that they could be hazardous and we did pay careful attention when we walked them. We used small LED headlamps when walking up and down at night, as well as on the streets. There *was* reasonably good lighting, but we are extra cautious.

The room itself was modest, nothing fancy, but nicely outfitted with nearly everything we night need for our stay. The beds were middling comfortable, the dining nook was small, even a bit cramped. We slept quite well. There was little if any street noise, and we liked the surge of the surf that lulled us to sleep.

Kitchen has plenty of counter space and under shelves, the refrigerator was surprisingly large. The 4 burner gas stove worked fine and even had a small oven, which we did not use.

The bathroom was small, but was in good order, and we thought the bathroom ceiling fan, one of three in the room, was a very good touch. Hot water was plentiful and took only a few moments to arrive.

The in-bathroom closet was capacious, lots of shelves and had plenty of real hangers.

The desk was large, but slightly awkward as my knees wouldn't quite fit under the low desktop. However, it was not a big deal.

We made good use of the AC during the very hot afternoons and used at least one and often two of the three ceiling fans, night and day.

The wifi worked very well most of the time. That was a really big plus for me.

The staff and Mark, the manager, were congenial and outstandingly helpful. Security was a bit weak within the compound, as the room door locked with only a push button, and not all the windows *in Coconut* were lockable.Yet we experienced no problems in regard to security. The compound itself was reasonably secure with magnetic card door locks, both at the street and beach entrances.

The pool and the pool area were very nice and very well kept. Mark made special efforts to set up the cold water jacuzzi for my benefit, but I only used it once.

The window blinds and curtains were just adequate for privacy, but the location itself, set back 30 feet from the access path gave adequate privacy.

The terrace was narrow, with a day bed and a hammock as well as a clothes drying rack. The latter got quite a lot of use. Note that this specific terrace had no guard rail and we did not use it at night.

Overall, our stay at Bungalows Madera was very pleasant. We would definitely return but would be willing to pay more for a more modern and more spacious room, with more luxurious features, as are available closer to the pool deck. There are many types of rooms offered, with may options for most visitor's needs and tastes.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Don C
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

We are presently staying at Bungalows La Madera. The room is clean and large, and includes a refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, etc. Mark has been readily available to answer questions, give directions, etc. And, very important to us, there was no problem with bringing our two small dogs! Secure, lovely pool, and direct beach access.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Caroline E
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

This was our 6th visit to Zihuatanejo.We booked for the first two weeks in November. We have stayed at Hotel Irma and Casa Sun And Moon in the past and we wanted something that neither of the two could offer, a large clean nice room with a full kitchen and a swimming pool overlooking the bay. We got both at Bungalows La Madera.

We booked suite 17 and I think it's the best room in the place. Great view, large terrace, nice pool, flat screen cable TV and a very well equiped kitchen. We couldn,t have picked a better place to stay. We will return on our next trip.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank sannman
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

Had a great time in Zihua and enjoyed the location of the hotel, views of the beach, the lovely swimming pool and cooking in the kitchen. Of course, Zihua is in the tropics and critters are to be expected. However, there was a gang of territorial roaches who came out at night (every night for our 3 night stay) who were quite possessive of their bathroom. Not one or two, but roaches that travelled in packs - it was impressive (and I am from new orleans - the land of aggressive flying roaches). And no hot water, at least we didn't have any for our stay. That aside, lovely place and I'd recommend with the roach and cold water caveat.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
5  Thank N0pe
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

we had a great time in zihua and bungalows la madera. everything lived up to my expectations. page was really a great help when we had to cut our vacation short and return home when our condo was flooded. she did everything possible to relieve the sting of our problems. i highly recommend bungalows la madera! thank you to page and everyone else.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank miamimikeinmn
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Additional Information about Bungalows La Madera

Address: Calle Eva Samano de Lopez Mateos # 25 | Colonia Playa La Madera, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Zihuatanejo
Price Range: £38 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bungalows La Madera 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bungalows La Madera is set on a hillside, surrounded by nature and overlooking the bay of Zihuatanejo. We specialize in offering a truly relaxed lodging experience. Hang out in a hammock, cool off in the pool, take in some sun or watch the sunset from the comfort of your bungalow, Bungalows La Madera will be is sure to satisfy your needs. Located just steps from the La Madera beach and only a couple minutes walk from downtown, its the perfect vacation destination. ... more   less 
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