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This is a budget hotel. It is much better to stay at the Las Brisas or Barcelo Huatulco in Tangolunda Bay if you can afford it. If you are looking for a budget hotel this is not a bad choice. It is located in Santa Cruz Bay where the cruise ships dock. There is lots of shopping and restaurants around.
We spent 7 days here beginning April 15. As this was one of the less expensive options for us, we were a bit hesitant but booked it anyway, figuring that we would give it a try. We found everything pretty much as pictured on the hotel website.When we first arrived we were greeted by friendly front desk attendant, and quickly given a welcome drink... Refreshing blend of nice cold juices. We were shown to our room which was just as expected, and the bell hop explained everything well to us. We stayed in 401, which was out of the way and quiet. However, we found the kitchen exhaust fan was not far from our room, so that was annoying when we opened our patio door, but honestly did not spend much time in the room anyway. The room was quaint, basic, but clean. We would suggest updating the bathroom fixtures which worked fine but are ugly and corroded. In general the bathrooms were clean but could use some updating.The bed was comfortable.The food was great. We felt like we were experiencing authentic Mexican/ Oaxacan food for the most part, which is what we were excited about. We had one item on one day that was not good... But set it aside and got other things. Breakfast by the pool with fresh fruit, omelette made to order, the delicious French toast, and fresh juice was a daily highlight.A couple of things really made our experience great. First and most important was the hotel and beach club staff. Juan Jose (head server) was so kind to us, always making sure we were well cared for in the dining area. The servers Esau, Vicente, Asael, Alberto, and Federico were great to us.At the beach club, we enjoyed getting to know Getsemani and Manolo. They offered us great service, as did Diana and Alexis. (We would suggest more umbrellas and more comfortable lounger chairs at the beach please. Some chairs were broken and in need of replacement. It was nice to have lifeguard service at the beach as well, since the waves can be a bit strong at times).Secondly, the location of the hotel is ideal. It is a short walk to the Santa Cruz de Huatulco beach area and just 2 minutes walk to our new favorite place to sit and have coffee (Cafe Huatulco). A short 10 minute walk to the supermarket, 15 or so minutes walk to the centre of Crucecita. Or 5 minutes shuttle to the beach club at Playa Chahue. Or take a reasonable priced taxi if you don't want to wait or its too hot to walk. This place is not 'on the beach', but we enjoyed that it allowed us to meet more people and experience more of this area by walking, taking the shuttle, and the occasional taxi.We really enjoyed our time, and look forward to going back with our kids someday hopefully soon!
I rented the the Jr Suite 5/15-5/18/2017.The Positives Very Clean, Very Friendly Helpful staff. The Club Playa was well looked after and very clean.The Negatives, WiFi was poor couldn't use it in our room, The only access to an outlet by the bed was behind the mattresses which made it hard to charge anything, the other outlets were all behind the dresses holding the TV again very difficult to access. The Staircase up to the second floor of the suite was very awkward to use the kids however had no problem with it. They give you 4 bottles of water the first day but they never give you anymore thought that was weird. Club Playa beach had some very strong riptides while I was there so the kids were not able to take advantage of the ocean We did go to the Main beach later and there was no problems there.If you are traveling with teens and want privacy I would recommend getting two different suites this one is not that suite.I would also recommend if you are looking at doing any snorkeling or fishing tours go to the marina it is a very short walk and you can find some great values. We took a short trip on the Small Froggy with Jorge and it was one of the best excursions I have been on in Mexico. They took us out showed us the beaches and cliffs Trolling for fish and we Caught two huge Tuna. Then because one of the kids was getting seasick they took us to a beach were we spent over an hour Snorkeling over this beautiful reef then took us into a cave in the cove. The food however was a little overpriced on the beach.Another tip if you go by the Chedraui there are street cooks that make great Tamales and Tacos if you don't mind eating with the Locals and they are dirt cheap and delicious best tamales I had.Overall It is not a bad hotel for the price of the suites it is worth it.
I returned to the Castillo for a little solo R&R after a tough winter. I was concerned because I had read that they were renovating but hoped for the best. The renos seemed to be finished by the time I got there; the hotel was quiet and seemed unchanged. I enjoyed the new 'tourist walk' to town and found the staff friendly and helpful as always. Some people reported being troubled by the boisterous Mexican families that frequent the hotel and beach club; I can only say I don't get it. Maybe they'd be better off at the Holiday Inn across the street. (Better coffee at the Starbucks franchise there, though). I experienced a minor health 'incident' at the hotel (nothing to do with the Castillo) and despite the wide language barrier, the staff couldn't have been more concerned and caring. Full marks. So if you're looking for a resort type hotel, this isn't it; if you want a basic clean and friendly place with a great beach club, this might be the place. Hualtulco is changing fast, though, I doubt it will be the same 'undiscovered ' (relatively speaking) jewel that it is now for very much longer. Get it while you can.
This little Mexican hotel had very clean and simple rooms. Not luxurious but I will definitely return because of the friendly service, best location and popular beach club. Walking distance to the town, beach and fun restaurants. The food was mostly buffet style but I ordered off the menu every day for lunch at the beach club. Enough choice at every meal. Entertainment was plentiful. Best night was the beach party night with dinner on the beach. Most of the staff spoke very little english.
There were lots of things we liked here- location, friendly staff and clean premises, but it's doubtful we would return.Prior to arrival, we had emailed the hotel asking for a ground floor room. We got an email saying one had been blocked out for our use. I was impressed. At check in, we were given a room on the fourth floor directly above the construction noise in the dining room. That went on until 10 p.m. one night.The rooms were a good size, but we really missed having an in room fridge and a balcony big enough to sit on.The food was very Mexican and due to the dining room being closed, service in the convention room was off-putting. My husband and I had to sit alone at a table set for 9 or ten people. Food was never made to order and never hot. Several times we walked across the road to the Holiday Inn Starbucks in search of a hot coffee. Unlike other resorts there was no cappuccino machine available in the bar area. Would have liked that.As far as the Beach Club goes, the red flag is up every day. We took taxis almost daily to the more swimmable beaches, as beach time is the reason we came to Mexico.On our first visit to the club, I asked for a menu and was told to eat at the buffet. Did not see one the whole time we were there. Hot dogs, burgers and spaghetti most days.We really enjoyed watching the Mexican families around the pool and the staff was the nicest we have ever seen at a resort, so all in all it was a good stay..
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- 113 rooms in two 4-storey buildings
- 2 buffet restaurants (Mexican, International)
- 2 bars including Beach bar, Lobby bar
- 2 outdoor pools
- Meeting facilities (fee)
- Internet service (fee)
- Shopping nearby
Hotel Rooms include:
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Satellite TV
- Internet access
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Max occ 4, up to 3 adults
Kids Stay Free - Children 0-6 stay and eat free when sharing a room with 2 adults. Children 7-12 pay child rates when sharing with 2 adults. Maximum 2 children.
For the Kids - Kid's section of main pool, Playground and Games room.
Honeymoon Bonus - Receive special room decorations with natural flowers, bottle of wine in room on arrival or during dinner, one special dinner for two (request upon arrival). Request at time of booking. Marriage Certificate required upon arrival.
Weddings - Packages are available. Please inquire for details.
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Blvd Santa Cruz 303 Bahia de Santa Cuz, Huatulco 70989 Mexico
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