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“Quiet location, breathtaking views”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bungalows Lydia

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Bungalows Lydia
Portland, OR
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Quiet location, breathtaking views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

This was our second stay at Bungalows Lydia (the first being in 2011). For this trip we were in the Sunflower Suite - which is a nice location when traveling with kids (closest to the pool). Amazing views, beautiful grounds, clean pool and a very friendly staff.

The pool is fantastic but not very big so if the resort is full, it can be a bit crowded. The kitchen was outside and consisted of a decent fridge and gas fired cook top. The kitchen is extremely spartan - I cannot stress this enough. The sunflower suite is billed as two bedrooms. It's more like one big room with two beds (a king and a queen). There is little if no privacy between the beds.

Bungalows Lydia is located at the north end of town and thus very quiet, with a private beach. It's definitely worth having a rental car for trips to and from town.

We found the prices to be reasonable and loved the location and setting. We will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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BAYOU VISTA, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

We LOVE Bungalows Lydia! Let me repeat: We LOVE Bungalows Lydia! My wife and I just completed 7 fantastic nights in the Panorama Suite celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. All of the outstanding reviews of Bungalows Lydia are right-on and accurate. This is a dream paradise. We have previously traveled extensively to many beach locations in Mexico, the Carribbean, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Barbados, etc. and Bungalows Lydia and the town of San Pancho beat them all!
From the moment we arrived, the owners Mayte and Lydia made us feel welcome while at the same time allowed us plenty of privacy. The support staff -Lupita (who does the housekeeping, breakfast cooking, etc.) and Jose Guadalupe- (combination groundskeeper and security guard) are also outstanding!
The view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, with the 2 very private North & South beaches and jungle and mountains behind was fantastic! We spent hours on our private patio overlooking the rocks and water below, lounging in the infiniti swimming pool overlooking the ocean, exploring the beaches below, watching the unbelievable sunsets every evening, and listening to the sounds of the ocean waves at night added to the ambiance of this dream paradise.

If you are looking for a 5 star all-inclusive hotel with your every whim catered to and all the trimmings then don't come here because you probably would be happier in Puerto Valalrta at one of the resorts. The rooms here are simple. You will need to dispose of your toilet paper in the bathroom trash can.There are no door locks or safe vaults in the room, but you don't need them here anyway. We brought our ipad, iphones (yes, they do have w-ifi here and Facebook is just a click away on your mobile phone), left our wallets, jewelry etc. in the room and had absolutely no problems. If you don't rent a car you can either ride a taxi into town or walk on the jungle road. (San Pancho is about 2 miles away-if you are on foot-bring a flashlight with you at night as the road is dark)
Tips from us:
(1.) A rental car is handy to have here as Bungalows Lydia is approx. 2 miles from San Pancho We got our car at Hertz Car Rentals at the PV Airport.
(2.) Stop at either Wal-Mart or the new Mega store in Bucerias on your way up. (We missed the Wal-mart exit and went to Mega). Since the rooms have gas stoves and refrigerators, we bought breakfast foods, milk, bottled water, chips, lunchmeat, coffee, etc. Most nighst we had dinner at the various restaurants in San Pancho-all were very good: Maria's, La Playa, La Perla, and Las Palmas (think mahi-mahi cooked in a banana leaf with delicious cheese and shrimp on top, guacamole salad that is to die for!) We went out to lunch twice at Baja Takeria (delicious shrimp and fish tacos)
(3.) Two of the rooms at Bungalows Lydia have outdoor refrigerators: the Panorama Suite and also the Sunflower Suite. If you rent either of these rooms and bring your own groceries/food like we did beware- you will most likely have raccoon visitors at night. They will go after your bread, potato chips, etc.-almost any food you bring. The first night we were there I was awakened around 2:30 AM by chirping sounds on our patio-at first I thought they were birds, but when I opened the patio door I discovered 3 raccoons devouring a loaf of bread my wife had left out. The next day Mayte told me to use the bungee cord (which is provided) to keep them out of the refrigerator. I did use it and they still managed to pry open the refrigerator door again the second night. We finally resorted to wedging a patio chair against the refrigerator door the remaining nights and that did the trick-no more problems!
(4.) If you have trouble sleeping you might want to bring some earplugs, particularly if you rent the Panorama Suite as the ocean waves can be loud crashing on the rocks at night. However, my wife and I had no difficulty falling asleep and found the ocean sounds to be very relaxing. The other suites (with the exception of the Sunset Suite which is below the Panorama Suite) are further away from the ocean and should be better if sleeping is an issue.
In conclusion: for a romantic, quiet, private vacation to an unbelievable beach paradise whose locale and beauty is unparalleled we heartily recommend Bungalows Lydia and are dreaming about our return again in the near future!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago and Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

We had a wonderful 5 days, only wish we could have stayed longer.
Mayte, Lydia and staff were always available and assured we had a great stay.
I read a review, someone complained about bed bugs and lack of Wi-Fi. There are no bed bugs there is no see-ums, so take your bug spray if you a prone to bug bites...you are in the jungle. There are two modems for Wi-Fi, so just ask for both codes and you will be connected.
San Pancho is a great small town, but next time, we will be more organized and stay at Lydia's and grill our own fresh fish.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

Stunning views! Very secluded. A little further away from town that other spots. Need a car or golf cart. Staff was very nice. San Pancho is a great town. We had a wonderful time. Would be very nice to go back.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

My wife and I spent 5 wonderful days at Bungalows Lydia , Jan 5th - 10. We were sad to leave. The property is absolutely stunning and gives you the sense of being very secluded, while only 10 min from San Pancho. Mayte and staff were very accommodating and even helped us set up a very successful fishing / snorkeling / whale watching trip.
We spent our days watching whales breech in the distance from our outdoor kitchen/patio, and lounging by the beautiful infinity pool and lavish hot tub. We definitely plan to return to this beautiful slice of paradise and tranquility.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

My husband and I just spent 11 nights at Bungalows Lydia and like everyone else (it seems) we are planning a return visit. The views from this property is out of this world - so very beautiful. You have to see it to believe it. This is a place to go to relax and enjoy your privacy. The staff is friendly and make you feel right at home. We went kayaking (using Tail Winds Lodge - ask for Tiger - and he also gave us some great hiking trails). We found everyone in San Pancho to be friendly and welcoming. Truly!! Many excellent restaurants. You will want a rental car.
If you are a light sleeper, bring some ear plugs.....the waves crashing on the rocks are so beautiful...but loud.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent depending on what you want.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2012

We stayed for the first week of December 2012 and we were virtually the only people there, other than the wonderful staff. This place is a paradise and so secluded that a car is needed, although it's only 10 minutes to town. We managed with taxis but next time might rent a car.Breakfast was included which was varied and always excellent. The pool is divine and the ocean is spectacular but not safe for swimming; the pounding surf is always with you The owners were very accommodating and altogether charming!

Room Tip: Not on the ocean if the noise of the waves would keep you up.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bungalows Lydia
Address: Km 118, Hwy 200 | San Francisco Mpo. de Bahía de Banderas, San Francisco 63732, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > San Francisco
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Bungalows Lydia Hotel San Pancho

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