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Reviewed 16 March 2017

My review centers around this most wonderful soup made with crab,octopus,shrimp,clams & fish. Although the other dishes are probably very good this is the best soup of its kind in Manzanillo. This soup is a meal in itself. Worth the trip into downtown Manzanillo.

Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank 93woodruff
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I was drawn by the beautiful old colonial architecture of the hotel in what was a disappointing trip to the town of Manzanillo, a drab place totally orientated to budget cruise ships disgorging hundreds of travellers buying loads of cheap trinkets ( made in China...). and sitting around drinking beer and eating ice cream, as there was nothing else to do. Dreadful. Hot, crowded, dirty, nothing to offer except this charming old hotel . We had lunch in the low key restaurant which was busy and to our surprise, was very good. I had red enchiladas which were authentic, my husband had the nachos which he said were prepared correctly. Service was friendly.

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3  Thank Margaret T
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

It's like stepping back in time . Eldest Senioras having a birthday cake and coffee, smiling and patting your arm as they leave . Wood and beam all around and colourful tile welcomes you . It's said it's original , from 1942 , clean and cute . Order the traditional Mexican breakfast , it will not disappoint . The coffee is nutty and fresh baked bread is served on every table . The sconce in the centre atrium area is original I am sure . This is a great way to start your day in Manzanillo .

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank L3755PRandread
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Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

The highlight of our two days in downtown Manzanillo. Beautiful old Spanish style hotel. Friendly staff, decent food. Loved the old doors and architecture of the building and rooms. Old world feel. My only complaint would be the beds felt very old and uncomfortable.

Date of stay: January 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

We arrived at main Coach station in new port area. Grabbed a taxi to old town for mex$ 70 and arrived at Emperador Hotel (an option) which seemed very closed.

We knew Colonial was nearby so taxi dropped us off (with no hike in price) to this magnificent establishment. The best in the whole town it turned out!

On entering the (now left hand arch) side entrance reception the staff were efficient but spoke little English (this place is for better off Mexicans!). Direct door to OXXO now as they took over most of lobby in corner.

We asked for a room for three and were shown a big room 214 with julietteish balcony overlooking the busy noisy street.

Hot water came slowly as a big hotel, perfectly hot in the end. An abundance of towels and soaps and shampoos. We only stayed one Thursday night so way too much! Multiples of Three of everything so great as a proper three person room.

Custom made headboards and decoration around.

Big room with only a few side lights so dim. Even bathroom was relatively dim as one light. I had problems trying to fix a slipped zip on my extendable trousers for dining in the evening (trying to make an effort as relatively posh for us!).

Walk in cupboard with sufficient hangers. Convenient chunky hooks on the wall.

Looks like hotel/tied restaurant Los Candiles is best automatically so reviewing this evening after dining there!

Night-time proved quieter than expected although earplugs were employed it seemed quiet. AC was very efficient although the colonial room deserved a big fan for effect! Pity none was there as would have been quieter than the hard working AC unit. I did not see the bed sheet itself under the top sheet (so dim!) so slept under topshert only and was very cold at 07:00 so turned it off. Beds are big by UK single standards and firm.

Furniture was solid as were the doors! The architecture was spooky by the AC units littering the corridors, pity as essential it seems in this humid and hot port.

Lots of shops selling tat from China, bought in via the huge stacks of containers in the port nearby bearing Chinese names. Very little 'Hecha en Mexico' sadly nowadays!

The (referred to in previous review) Bank has gone on corner, now a yet another OXXO with reception relegated to main arch on side by fab stairwell. Our corner room 214 and balcony is directly above between the crests (missed photo-op grrrr).

I have added a night-time image of the hotel from the seafront square/malecon (no competing singers just loud competing car systems on the evening).

There is a lack of restaurants close by as the eating establishments only serve locals who like basic Mexican, pizza or ice cream!

We have just found Chantilly which is a proper restaurant )not an ice cream parlour) on the corner of the arcade near bandstand, square green umbrellas. It closes at 5pm!!!! We are having a brunch here now as free 'continental' breakfast was a disappointment (soggy university hall stylee) toast, balls of 'butter' and lots of jam OR fresh fruit with Orange Juice or bottomless coffee). Dining room makes up for it though!!
Chantilly (not listed) has great tasty food! Spicy meat, mole nacos as a Ferrocarril. Beer at 27. Coffee (Americano) was actually strong (compared to hotel restaurant)! So extra expresso to bolster it up was not required! Flying now :-)

Overall hotel was great and the only real Gringo hangout even for thrifty travellers! Lots of character. Restaurant best for a la carte. Breakfast was disappointing as described but we could have paid more for a better one.

Very few tourists so very few up to date reviews. Hope this helps!

Date of stay: December 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3  Thank MikeLondonSE
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