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My husband and I spent three days at La Posada last week and it was wonderful. The owners, as well as the staff, are friendly and courteous and go out of their way to make your stay special. It was our first trip to Manzanillo and La Posada and I'm sure it won't be our last. It is, indeed, a very charming spot.
A great place to stay in Manzanillo!
A very enjoyable stay! When I saw all the favorable reviews, I was very intrigued, but a bit skeptical that La Posada could be quite that "great". Well...add another one, to the list of satisfied vacationers! The hotel is unassuming (if one can call the cheery bright pink exterior "unassuming"!), but very charming. The common area (The La Sala) is very comfortable; a great place to eat your breakfast, sit and read a book, or just enjoy the beautiful sunsets with a cold beer. We had three rooms in total, and they were a bit of a mixed bag, in terms of size, and comfort, but all were clean, and everything worked. Some renovations and updates, particularly in the baths, would be welcome, but in general, the rooms were a good value.
The staff was excellent. Roberto, a native who also speaks fluent English, is a wealth of information, and very friendly. Lisa (one of the owners) was gracious, and very helpful and concerned and responsive when we briefly lost power (apparently not the hotels fault, but rather a municipal power issue).
The pools were clean and warm, and the beach (literally a few steps away from the hotel) was excellent. As Manzanillo is a very busy commercial port, the water was sort of as expected...warm, but not exactly pristine; there was a fair amount of debris that floated to shore. Not a huge problem, but if you're used to unspoiled, crystal clear water, you will find it objectionable.
Note that the hotel does not have in-room telephones, T.V.'s, or hairdryers. This adds a relaxing element of rustic charm, but might not be everyone's cup-of-tea.
In summary, we very much enjoyed our stay, and are looking forward to returning. The challenge for Juan and Lisa will be to retain La Posada's charm, and solid value-for-the-money, while subtly upgrading the areas that are a bit tired.
You feel like family at La Posada
Our first visit to La Posada in Jan. 04 was a delightful experience. Juan, Lisa, their hotel manager extrordinaire Roberto and the rest of the staff made us feel like a part of the family. Whatever you need, they will bend over backwards to get it for you, with a smile-a sincere one. Not only are the rooms ultra clean and comfortably appointed, but reasonably priced and each one has a view of the ocean! The breakfast is yummy and generous...AND if you want the best cheeseburger in town-this is your place. The cole slaw that goes with it is to DIE for.
We returned in July to find the Martinezes had made lovely improvements throughout, while still maintaining the rustic charm. They are truely rennovating a piece of Manzanillo history, and their love of the place shows in everything they do. But the cincher for us was the Honor System beverage cooler. If they'll trust us, we'll trust them.
Incidentally, we loved it so much we sold our house in California and leased a home right across the street from the passion pink paradise, so we never have to leave the gracious spirit of the Hotel La Posada. Don't miss a remarkable experience.
One of a Kind
My husband & I stayed at the Hotel La Posada the last week of September and we had a great time! We like to stay in hotels that give you a "feel" for the place that you're visiting and this hotel did exactly that. It has a charm and an ambience that is hard to find. The view from our room was spectacular and the ocean was just steps away. The rooms are rustic and have no phones or TVs (for those that need it, there is a phone and internet access in the office), but everything was very clean. Our bathroom needed some updating but, all-in-all, the room was a great value for the money! Lisa and Juan are very welcoming hosts and all of the staff is exceptional. Some of the staff speak very little English (and why should they....it is Mexico after all) so bone up on your Spanish and meet them half-way. This is a very laid back hotel and about as far away as you can get from an "all-inclusive" hotel. But if you like personalized service, a relaxing atmosphere, self-serve honor bars (loved that), and interesting guests...this is definitely the place for you!
best mexico vacation ever
We have never had a more relaxing time or felt so welcome anywhere. Juan and Lisa made us feel like old friends, and Roberto was
a gem. He was tour guide, adviser, and a friend we can't wait to see again soon. The whole staff was wonderful. Two weeks was good, but three will be even better. We booked next years vacation the week we came home. What a beautiful beach and hotel. Can't wait for next year.
..not so great- family of six reaches Manzanillo
Family of six reaches final destination…
Unfortunately our stay at the Pink Posada for the tail end of our winter adventure (see our GDL and Colima postings) was not as wonderful as other guests' postings for this hotel. Our room was small (no door on the bathroom) and expensive. $150 a night for 2 beds and 2 cots.
The included breakfasts were short ordered and geared to imagined gringo tastes (no tortillas or beans), and the staff seemed subservient, harried and overworked. Roberto, indeed, runs the show; but when he has a day off, forget trying to get help from the rest of the staff.
As a guide, Roberto fell within the helpful but “why’d you go there?” category. He has a list of safe bets for the Posada’s upper Midwest Norte Americano clients, so when you want to explore, he makes you think you made a mistake, and the rest of the staff isn’t empowered to provide assistance (including the owners).
The pool was nice (although we had too many kids, so some of the other guests got cranky), the sala was wonderful for reading, the beach is right next door, and the setting couldn’t be better. It’s the best place on the coast of central Mexico for well fed Americans who want to thaw out, don’t like to speak Spanish, want eggs and bacon for breakfast, hamburgers and coleslaw for lunch and pizza down the road for dinner. But don't want an all-inclusive. In other words, not too many surprises.
Although, speaking of surprises, a scorpion stung one of the guests (in his room) while we were there.
I'm not saying it was a disappointment, we were discouraged because we had such a wonderful time in the other places we stayed on this trip, so we may be unfairly judging the Posada. The staff was working all the time (and the Posada prides itself on walking guests through the back of house kitchen and laundry activities). But seeing staff working wringer washers all day long when other hotels use a laundry service harshens the guest to staff differences, accenting the servant culture way too much for our tastes.
We’re going to try the Brisas del Mar next time. same price with villas, suites, and a great little café, and no one speaks english...
great little inn manzanillo
we stayed at la posada rosa manzanillo from january14 to february 4 ,2005.....we only have excellent comments for this little inn situated right on the beach in manzanillo,mexico..the food,staff and guests were all more than expected we found exactly what we were looking for at la posada rosa,quietness,charming people and safety,and most of all ,very clean and nice beach....keep the good work Juan and Lisa...yours truly montreal,february 2005,Richard Kirouac and Evelyn Deblois
Not our cup of tea.
We booked this hotel on the ratings we read on trip adviser. We really regreted it. The place was not up to standards. There was not even a door on the bathroom. Nice. Pool was very small but seemed ample for the amount of people using it.The beach was ok but found lots of dog poo on it so do beware. The beach on the other side of Manzanillo looked much nicer. We really didn't stop to see. The hotel is just about at the end of the road. Not too many resturants within walking distance and the street has no lights for walking at night. It seemed to be in a really shady side of town. When we pulled up the street had a really bad smell to it. The laundry is hung outside. We never did see the owners. We were plannning to stay 3 nights and got out of there first thing, didn't stay for breakfast so cannot comment on it.
We have been coming to LaPosada for eight years, a short time by some returning guests standards. We plan to continue our yearly visits there.
LaPosada has always been a magical place, and the new owners have made so many inprovements. All the while keeping the charm and ambiance that it has been known for so many years. They are just the best hosts!
The staff are wonderful, honest and delightful. They are a hard working group that are genuinely anxious to please any request. Most have been there for many years and take great pride in their careers.
The hotel is located right on the beach, you can't beat that. Even the sunsets there rival our beautiful sunsets so far north.
The rooms are immaculate, the breakfasts great. They also have some of the best sandwiches for lunch that are served up with a cup of beans and fresh made slaw.
It's a safe place to be, especially if you are traveling alone. I suppose it's not the place for everyone with it's quiet charm, but you'll be missing part of the real Mexico if you don't give it a try.
Overall - Average
Clientel is mostly retired to upper middle aged.
Ammenities are bare bones. No TV, radio, telephone, alarm clock and no bathroom door. Place needs some updating, sink was tiny, shower heads and knobs need replacemnt, beds were brutal. Pool area could use some minor work, but pool is clean. The bay does have big vessels parked in it regularly. Beach is nice, but Manzanillo needs to have someone pickup the litter everyday. Get an air conditioned room it does get humid. A lot of wild cats and dogs running around.
Staff worked hard, place is kept clean. Breakfast is free and pretty good. Although people from other hotels come over too so finding a table can be a challenge. Owners and manager very nice, friendly and always willing to help out. Right on the beach. Huge beach, with very few people. Peaceful, quiet retreat. Price is reasonable for the location. Restaurants are great. Manzanillo people are friendly and laid back. No bugs or critters in the hotel. Manzanillo centro is crowded and narrow, we spent most our time in the Santiago area for dining, shopping, etc.