It's dirty, uncomfortable, but the worst part is the terrible service they have, you couldn't pay me to stay there again.More
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It's dirty, uncomfortable, but the worst part is the terrible service they have, you couldn't pay me to stay there again.MoreShow less
We're sorry you had a less than pleasant experience at Shambhala. During your visit we were recovering from Hurrican Carlotta, which struck Playa Zipolite in June of 2012. We continue to recover from the property damage the hurricane brought.
We are traveling on motorcycles for 8 months and normally stay in cheap places, but we fell for the location of Shambala and the view over the entire Zipolite beach. We loved the crazy stairs leading to our house, which was at the very top and the amazing view from our balcony.
The beds were clean but not super comfortable and the mosquito net didn't really fit.
The room was not too big, but sinces there was a double bed and an extra single bed, we could use the other bed for our luggage. We paid 500 pesos for the room.
We had breakfast at the restaurant. It wasn't cheap, but it was really good (not included in the price for the room)
The fact that the place is located up on the hill, decreases the noise from the enormous waves and makes it easier to sleep at night.
We really enjoyed it here, and would gladly stay here another time. Nice relaxed atmosphere, and a different experience than what you usually get.
Shambala is primary a spiritual place where monks from Tibet and people everywhere around the world comes for the Karma celebration on evrery new year`s eve. Gloria went tru so many hurricane recovery during her 38 years there, you can feel the energy walking on the land, every thing is relative for the eye or mind looking at it, every one is a world by itself ,an article about a bed has not a lot of importance for me, you have to know the inside Shambahla to understand.the living , Paulina took 10 years to rebuilt, and she did not need Frank in august 2010 to destroy again a part of Shambahla in Zipolite
Just wanted to restablish heart of Shambhala and it`s creator...Gloria
I`ll be there for the celebration and probably sleep in a hamac, where i fell the best with nature and it`s surrounding.....on the top of the hill at the meditation center .
There is also a place for every bubget from dormitory to bungalow with kitchen.
Hope everyone will gather for celebration.
We actually didn't stay at Shambala because it was so disgusting. We left feeling like we needed a shower. My friend and I aren't the fancy kind of travelers who need things like air conditioning and daily maid service, but neither are we the kind who like to sleep on FILTHY DIRT-COVERED MATTRESSES!! Tiny, cramped rooms on the side of the hill with lots of steep, rickety stairs for -- wait for it -- $900 USD/month!! Yes, I'm staying for three months, and I went down the hill to the "main drag" (such as it is, it's about a dozen or so little shops on a street that runs behind the beach) and found a lovely, clean cabana right on the water for $300/month (the place is called Mar Abierto, is run by a great Italian couple named Juliano y Juliana, and has a good restaurant as well.)
In short, there is no reason whatsoever to stay at Shambala. Just show up in Zipolite, stroll the beach for a while checking out cabanas, and negotiate a good rate with a place you like. They all have vacancies. The San Cristobal is right next door and also has clean, cheap rooms and a great garden. Pretty much anyplace in town is better than Shambala.