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Catalina Beach Resort
Ranked #35 of 79 Hotels in Zihuatanejo
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Despite its advanced age, this hotel, set in a garden that cascades down to a perfect beach, is still a pleasant place to spend a week. My husband and I lolled on our private terrace, splashed about in the beautiful pool, spent happy hours under a shady palapa on the beach, and ate in the hotel's restaurant. We saw iguanas, chachalacas, squirrels, geckos foraging in the hotel garden which is a tropical jungle. The scratchy hotel towels and block like pillows were the only downside. The restaurant is a bit pricey for what you get, but the pleasure in watching a tropical downpour as the sun set made up for the food. It is not bad, just boring. The service was fine and friendly. The hotel could use a little spiffing up but not to the level of its chichi neighbors, which look like gringo style ripoffs.

Room Tip: All have ocean views.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank chazdews
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Haven't stayed in the hotel, but have visited 2 times for the Sunset Happy Hour at the bar. Drinks are 2 for 1, nothing spectacular. What you come for here though is the Sunset View! Amazing place to watch the sun go down in Zihuatanejo! This is on Playa la Ropa beach so it is a hilly walk, or a short cab ride from downtown. Worth every step or the cab ride!

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WeAlwaysWAnder
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

This hotel's saving grace is the stunning location directly on La Ropa beach and the excellent staff. Breakfast was good. Other than that, the hotel public areas and in particular the rooms need refurbishment, although clean there is an overall grubby feel due to outdated facilities and shoddy workmanship. Towels although clearly laundered, were greyish white, frayed and in some cases had holes in them, I do not think this is acceptable at any establishment. The pool area was of particular disappointment, this area was small, unclean and every sunbed was broken. Fortunately, the hotel's private section of the beach and sunbeds are lovely, head there! Also worth a mention is the amount of steps, approx. 200 from reception down to beach. Most accommodation is about half way down. Very disappointed that reception refused us a late check out, later I asked housekeeping how busy they were and was told 12 rooms leaving, 3 checking in that day.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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3  Thank AuntieAlli
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stayed for a week on Playa La Ropa at the Catalina Beach Resort.

We have stayed in another hotel in the area several times over the past 20 years.
The decision was made to try something new. We enjoy the views from a resort as well as the beach.

Catalina Beach Resort was chosen for its unique architecture, location and beach
Initially we were somewhat disappointed with the property's condition. It was built in 1952 and has seen better days. BUT.......once we checked in and looked around, we really enjoyed the quirkiness!

The staff was very pleasant and helpful.
The Sunset Bar offered an amazing sunset and unrivaled views. It's over 250 steps from the top to the beach however, many of the rooms are located part way. Our particular room was about 1/2 way. We were a few steps away from the Sunset Bar and a flight below the restaurant.
This worked great! The walk to the beach was a little bit of a workout but by the 3rd day we were accustomed.

The beach is private and the service was great. We were able to leave our phones, cameras etc by our lounges and hop in the ocean without being worried at all.

Most all of the other guests were repeat with some staying several times a year for 20 and even 30 years!

All had very fond memories of previous owner and current

If you want tranquility and something a little out of the ordinary, this is it.

Great experience and will do it again!

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Greg F
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

We luckily only had to stay one night because the room was very run down. The bathroom had a cracked sink, the towels that were supposed to be white were grey and dingy. The room had cracks on the walls and there were red fire ants in the room. I was so afraid to sleep on the bed I literally just kept my clothes on and slept on top of the bedspread. No airconditioning in our room, we just had a fan that sounded like a helicopter which made a ton of noise. The outside was decent looking and the beach was nice. This is just an old place that needs alot of TLC. Would not recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Not sure what the other rooms look like but this one was the one closer to the pool and it was calle...
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Susan H
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Additional Information about Catalina Beach Resort

Address: Calle Playa La Ropa s/n, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo
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:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Zihuatanejo
#21 Romantic Hotel in Zihuatanejo
Price Range: RM 254 - RM 896 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Catalina Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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