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“Good hotel along the beach” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Noray

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Hotel Noray
Ranked #20 of 80 Hotels in Veracruz
's-Gravenzande
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83 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Good hotel along the beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2008

On our way from Xalapa to Papantla we wanted to spend some days at Costa Esmeralda. It's easy to take the ADO bus which stops next to a hostel. Although there was no real taxi available a man who was at the bus station took us to hotel Noray, we had to pay him 50 pesos for the service. We only could stay for 2 nights, after that the hotel was fully booked. Room was 1000 pesos cash for 3 people or 1200 for payments made by credit card. Hotel is very nice and the room included a living room with fridge and television, clean bathroom and safe. Swimming and kiddy pool and the very quiet beach is less than 1 minute away.
After we checked in we walked for about half an hour and the beach was empty. We could use a drink and some food and we ended up at the wonderful garden of hotel Taboga. This is a new hotel and we talked to the English owner and he and his wife showed us some great rooms so we made up our minds and only stayed at the Best Western for 1 night and moved to this hotel. Not because it wasn't OK but Taboga was nicer.

  • Liked — Close to the very quiet, clean beach
  • Disliked — everything was very OK
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank hetden
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2007

We stayed two nights at the Best Western Noray, at the beach in a Gulf coast zone called "Costa Esmeralda" (Emerald Coast), between La Guadalupe and Nautla.
The hotel is quite small, with about 10 rooms around a regular sized adult pool and a kiddie pool (both clean and with warm water).
The room was cozy, with two full beds in a bedroom and a little living room with a cable TV and a small fridge (so you are invited to bring your own beverages).
Everything was clean and there was air conditioned, a nice bathroom and a closet. There were plastic chairs and tables outside every room, making meals a great deal: we asked for room service for food (without extra charge), so we were able to drink our own cool beverages (remember the fridge?). This meant, for instance, that I could have a salad or soup and an excellent shrimp dish with Chilean wine for under 12 dollars. The trick is to bring your beverages from a supermarket. In our case, I went to a Chedraui store in Poza Rica (for water, juices, softdrinks, milk, wine, pastries, cookies and snacks) before heading to the hotel, about 70 kilometers away. Obviously, you need to drive your car or rent one. There are convenience stores and buses in the Costa Esmeralda too, but if you look for a decent wine or discount prices, forget it.
I was surprised that the beach was completely clean, with some little crabs walking from time to time and plenty of seashells. But the most amazing fact was the lack of crowds, taking in account that we visited the area in the middle of school Summer vacations. See my photos of nearby Tecolutla beach and you will see what I mean with crowds: vendors, loud music, kids noise and trash.
The hotel price is a deal: 1404 pesos (about 130 dollars) for a double room per night, including taxes. The hotel has a private parking lot and security boxes in the room.
The Noray is not a luxury hotel, but you will get what a luxury hotel won't be able to give: a closer contact with Mother Nature, no crowds, attention from the owner and still enjoy the good things of civilization (especially the air conditioned and the fridge) without a big price tag.

  • Liked — The beach was like being in a virgin zone
  • Disliked — Some problems with the card-lock system of doors, probably because of humid conditions
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank EmilioMex
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Additional Information about Hotel Noray

Property: Hotel Noray
Address: Carretera Federal 180, km. 80.5 Poza Rica-Nautla | Costa Esmeralda, Veracruz 93620, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Veracruz > Veracruz
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Veracruz
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Best Western Veracruz
Veracruz Best Western

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