Hotel Villablanca Huatulco
12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice hotel for a good price.
"Just returned from a week at Villa Blanca (Dec 31-Jan7). This is a small, rustic hotel...certainly not a 'resort'. The grounds/pool are very clean and the rooms are meticulously maintained. We had a junior suite (very large) with the loft area for our two daughters. I will agree with a previous review about the beds as they are quite hard. I had to move to the small futon in the living room after a couple of nights as my back was not agreeing with the firmness of the bed. Our suite was on the third floor and there is no elevator, which was no problem for us, but it is worth mentioning in case you have someone in your party who might have an issue with that. The staff are very friendly and accommodating despite not speaking much English. Every request was eventually worked out save for one (we couldn't get a fridge in our room as they were all in use). We were always met with a smile and every attempt was made to understand our needs. We weren't quite as happy with the restaurant as some reviewers have been. If it had been just my wife and I, I'm sure we would have been fine, but it could have been better. We have a bit of a 'picky eater' in our youngest daughter and she was unable to find anything that she would eat at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We ended up buying food from the nearby 'Super Che' and making due that way for her. I will add that this was not specifically a problem with Hotel Villa Blanca as we had the same issue with pretty much everywhere we ate. I'm sure it's mostly a matter of our tastes and the fact that this location is a little closer to "Authentic Mexico", than other areas like Cancun and PV. There is currently a construction project going on next door (I think it's an expansion of the VB), and they start work at 7AM sharp. We were in the block immediately adjacent to this construction, so there was no sleeping in. Again, fine with me and my wife, but the kids weren't exactly happy with that ;) The Beach Club: The front desk told me that it's part of the VB, but I think it's actually a public area (from what I could figure out)...either way it's nice. It's a short walk from the hotel and has a full restaurant and bar with a couple of pools and (of course) the beach. The surf is very strong here, so be careful and don't go in too far unless you have experience swimming in this kind of surf. (The beach down at Santa Cruz is much calmer and is safe for everyone. A $20 Pesos cab ride will get you there.) There is another beach club immediately to the left that belongs to another hotel and you can pay to go there (about $30 Pesos each). We walked through it once, and while it's a bit nicer, the beach is the same and they only have a buffet with no menu...not sure that was worth the extra cost so we immediately went back over the the free one. Overall this was a very nice little hotel with great staff in a great location."
- Travel date: 9th January 2010
Gem of a hotel and great staff
"We stayed at Villa Blanca Hotel Sept 13 - 26th and are so glad we did. The grounds and rooms are exactly as pictured and you are truely made to feel welcome. Just spent two week at Villa Blanca and we will definitely be returning. The hotel is centrally located, just a short walk to Santa Cruz, La Crucecita and the two Chahue beach clubs. Stayed in a Jr Suite and it was great! We had a king sized bed, requested and got a mini fridge. Rooms are very clean and the sitting and table areas give you a nice place to relax and lots of room to spread out in. No better way to start the day than with the buffet breakfast that is included. There was a very good selection of food including cereal, fruit, mexican hot dishes, waffles, french toast and pancakes but the best part is being waited on by friendly and fun staff while looking out onto the pool and pretty grounds. My husband has always said he doesn't like waffles, but the fresh made ones he tried here soon became a favorite and he was eating as many as 4 at a time. The restaurant area is very peaceful and quiet and makes for a very relaxing way to start your day. Staff never were in a hurry to get you out the door and were more than happy to keep the fresh coffee coming until you were ready to start your day. The pool and surrounding garden area are kept very clean. Many times it was just ourselves and one other couple using it during the afternoon siesta time. Staff can't do enough for you and are happy to answer any questions you have or to point you in the right direction. There is a very nice small bar here but we didn't use it as we went into La Crucecita most nights to eat and take in the local sights. I would recommend this hotel to anyone as they really know the meaning of customer service and you feel at home very quickly !!!"
- Travel date: 4th October 2009
Nice hotel, great breakfast buffet, good location
"This is a solid three star hotel in a good location. Rooms were very clean, beds firm, with private bathrooms, and air conditioning. Rooms had shampoo, lotion, towels, washcloths and soap, and a coffee maker with coffee. Like all hotels in this area, each hotel room seems to have individual irregularities, perhaps reflecting the building codes and strategies found in Mexico. I was in a Jr Suite, which had a second floor loft; however, the stairs were irregular and there were spaces between the planks on the floor of the loft where I could see through to the first floor. I felt a little unsafe (might fall in a late night pee run to bathroom on first floor), and slept on the futon (comfortable) on the first floor. The first floor was large and spacious with the futon and a TV, plus a table and four chairs. There were probably 70 channels on the TV ranging the full spectrum of choices in Spanish and English and sometimes other languages too. There are several rooms on the first floor (115 â 118) that have a nice table and garden space that opens up to the pool. From my room, a small balcony overlooked the pool, but it was too small to do anything except stand on and look at the pool. The swimming pool was large and kept clean. This hotel had two outdoor showers, which I used most of the time, as the shower in my room was angled up and to the left (I could not get the nozzle to move), and there was lots of water that would splash everywhere from it. The hotel had signs in the room that the faucet water was safe to drink, but also provided a small bottle for the room. I did not try the faucet water. The breakfast buffet, as others have noted, is great. There are many options and choices, although there was no separate menu provided (perhaps they don't do this when busy?). The breakfast buffet was included with my room. As well, the restaurant was open during the day and evening, and had reasonably priced and tasty options in case one was too blown out from the day's adventures to go back out for dinner. As other writers noted, the waiter, Elio, was able to speak some English, and insisted on practicing with me. He was shocked that I could speak Spanish, so I guess they must not see a lot of Americans who speak Spanish. As well, some of the concierge guys spoke English, and I think some of the front desk staff did also, but not very much. It is useful to have at least a few Spanish words nailed down for things you really need. The location is good. The hotel is not actually in âHuatulco,â but rather on the outskirts of La Crucecita and Santa Cruz, close to the water. It about a 15 min walk to the swimming beach and shopping plaza in Santa Cruz (or there are taxis and bus options). There is a Super Che about one block away from the hotel with good prices on many interesting things including food, toiletries, and alcohol, along with firearms, major appliances and whatever else one might need to set up housekeeping in Mexico."
- Travel date: 13th August 2009
Villa Blanca an oasis of calm
"We have travelled to many destinations in Mexico over the past 10 years and we found that the Huatulco region is the best by far. Having stayed in 5-star resorts in Cancun, Playa de Carmel, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Nuovo Vallarta, Acapulco and Mexico city, it was great to experience something new and different. Nothing resembles the south western coast region of Mexico called Huatulco. We stayed at the Villa Blanca and were mesmerized by the huge variety of birds singing in the gardens surrounding the pool. The Villa Blanca is very clean and the staff is very polite. Even though most do not master the English language we found this to be quite charming and we did our best to speak the few Spanish words we new. We highly recommend the Villa Blanca without hesitation. This is not a "see and be seen type" of environment. It is good down to earth wholesome mexican atmosphere in a well-kept 3 star resort. We are definitely going back next winter. We are looking forward to roaming around the beaches, having dinner in La Crucecita and enjoying mexican hospitality at its best. Hotel Villa Blanca is a well-kept secret."
- Travel date: 22nd March 2009
Villa Blanca was FANTASTIC!
"My husband and I just returned from our first visit to Huatulco, having found a great last-minute deal at the Villa Blanca for two weeks on "Sell-Off Vacations". The price for 14 days ending Mar. 16 was incredible...about what we have always paid in the past for the two of us for a one week holiday. This hotel is not all-inclusive...BREAKFAST only, but oh what a breakfast! Freshly squeezed OJ every morning, waffles made to order, platters of pineapple, cantaloupe, papaya and watermelon, cereals, Mexican breakfast fare of many varieties and coffee to die for. If your preference is for a more 'Americanized' breakfast, you can opt to order separately, instead of enjoying the buffet breakfast each morning...eggs cooked to order, toast, fruit, coffee. We did this once, but honestly, the buffet was fabulous, always hot a lots of choice and quantity. The wait staff were friendly and accomodating...especially Elio, Juan and Christian...Elio's English was very good and as a senior waiter, he took pride in being right there with whatever you needed. All Villa Blanca staff members were cheerful, helpful and hardworking...always on the job and eager to satisfy. Breakfast starts around 8 a.m. and there is no hurry to wrap it up if you choose to linger for a second or third glass of orange juice, as we always did. So freakin' good! We paid for a Junior Suite and that's what we got....a room on the third of three floors, overlooking the pool, with a loft up a set of wooden stairs that housed two double beds, a wardrobe, desk, two lamps and a bedside table. The beds are hard and so be prepared to take a few nights to get used to it...the bedding is changed daily, the room was left spotless for us by our housekeeper Ana and her staff. They obviously took pride in doing things well...never saw a bug anywhere in our room...bathroom was scoured clean every morning and the effort was more than deserving of our monetary tips and small gifts that we left daily. The bathroom sink is Mexican-style porcelain, and the shower stall tiled with a convenient bench built in. A small balcony over-looked the pool and the Sierra Madre Mountains layered back in shades of blue in the distance. The French doors to this balcony stayed open all day in our suite...the birds are plentiful and the birdsong WONDERFUL! The suite has a circular wooden table and four chairs, a sofabed and tv...end tables, ceiling fan and light over the table, and framed art prints on the white stucco walls. The bedroom has an air-conditioner that we ran only at night, but at a low setting. Huatulco has low humidity, so the 30 degree C temps daily didn't warrant too much alteration. Floors in the suite are red tile and cleaned daily...soap, body lotion, kleenex and shampoo are provided. A large closet with bifold doors near the bathroom also houses a safe. The room key, safe key and tv remote are provided to you on check-in. Beach towels are provided at Reception...sign them out and sign them back in...all very orderly and easy. The pool is not deep, but kept clean and maintained daily, as are the grounds....flowering shrubs, grass and trees line the pool edges and are watered daily. There is a shallow section for young children with a great ledge dividing the two to lounge/sit on and read. The birds are everywhere around the pool...hummingbirds, swallows that like to skim the surface to cool off and other varieties of exotic birds that we have yet to identify with curled crests sprouting from their heads. A large green iguana lives nearby and we saw him shyly scamper by one day, striped tail dragging along behind. Look closely and you'll see a lizard living in a hole in a tree near the pool...his head sticks out during the day...but he's shy! Often during the day, the pool was ours alone...everyone else went about their day to the various attractions the area has to offer. Blissful. The restaurant is open-air, and overlooks the pool....lots of tables in the restaurant or you can eat at tables near the pool that have umbrellas to shade them. The restaurant provides lunch and dinner and the aromas were very enticing. We chose to self-cater our lunch and dinner...easy to do with a supermarket one block away (Super Che)...lots of fresh produce and bread to choose from...we highly recommend the carrots, mangos, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese. The small town of La Crucecita is an easy walk and there are lots of jewellery shops, restaurants, and fabric weaving factories with large wooden looms placed around a lovely green town square. Huatulco has many bays to visit...some good for surfing, some for snorkelling, some just for walking on....St. Augustin and La Engrega are the snorkelling beaches and there are plenty of fish to see, if the visibility is good that day...apparently it changes on a daily basis. We hired a small boat to take us out for two hours at a cost of 500 Pesos...John was our driver...to see the beautiful landscape from the ocean perspective...it was delightful, but make sure you agree on the time you want to be out for...John brought us back 15 minutes early and we didn't argue the difference. We are newly retired, so took the two weeks to mostly relax and do things our way...we didn't do any organized tours but spoke to folks who did and they all enjoyed the "Bay Tours", Waterfall trip, Coffee Plantation tour....Fishing seemed to be good for those who paid for those expeditions...no one felt that they had been overcharged or understimulated! Taxicabs are inexpensive in Huatulco...the hotel has a bulletin board that lists the approx. costs involved with a variety of destinations...also a small library of books left by other guests that you can borrow or add to...a nice touch. Two biggies...there is FREE internet access in the lobby and the drinking water is SAFE! The latter is unheard of in other parts of Mexico...the hotel provides bottled water each day, but we brushed our teeth and make tea/coffee in our room (coffeemaker provided) with no ill-affects. The infrastructure in place in Huatulco ensures that water and sewer are modern and ecologically sound...Huatulco has already received an award for it's efforts, and prides itself on improving on Cancun's mistakes right from the get-go. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to the ocean and a Beach Club that is wonderful...lovely sand beach, huge waves, clean pool with restaurant and washroom facilities that are maintained to a very high standard. The drinks and menu at the Beach Club Restaurant are affordable and very good! This is a free and public facility, but we always bought beverages there and tipped the wait staff. There are lots of chairs, tables, loungers in the sun and in sheltered areas nearer to the bar. Something for everyone. Next door to this Beach Club is the beach property for the Castillo Hotel in Santa Cruz....a shuttle service is provided for those guests and you can choose to enjoy those facilities for 30 Pesos ($3.00). So, would we return...oh yes. There is great value to be found at Villa Blanca...a lovely little oasis where you can enjoy being in the company of Mexican families on vacation, with a few other Canadian guests and international guests. This is NOT Cancun and organized nightlife is not to be found at Villa Blanca, but there are clubs nearby, certainly. What this means is that you can sleep at night and not be bothered by loud music or people. This is a happy destination, with a dedicated contingent of staff members who really try to make your holiday special. We felt at home and wanted for absolutely nothing! Huatulco is on the brink of development and NOW is the time to visit. Enjoy!!!!"
- Travel date: 19th March 2009
excellent value for the money
"I stayed here in Feb. 2009. It is quiet, clean, and close to everything in this area. The staff is very friendly, and helpful. The included breakfast was more than adequate.The room was a loft style with lots of space and was well furnished. This hotel uses the beach club which is 2 blocks down the road. This beachclub was a nice quiet spot to go to right on Chahue bay. La Cruciceta is walking distance away or 20 pesos by cab. About the same to Santa Cruz. This hotel is not a party place and you probably won't find any spring breakers there. This applies to the whole region as well. Very much old Mexico. I really recommend it."
- Travel date: 11th March 2009
"To all keeping a eye on this place go for it . Small , clean well located and relaxed . Nothing to really boost about its all you need as the town and its beaches are your playground . Breakfast was enough , they really should do some a la cart with eggs etc as i dont like my scrambled eggs to sit there for more then a couple of minutes, but i was satisfied daily with very fresh sweet ripe pineaplle melons etc . First time for us in Mexico and first time not doing the all inclusive . Best choice we could have made as the town became our play ground for great dinners starting at 25 pesos for taco's to Filet mignon at 150 pesos . Sugar cone scoop icecream wait for this one 6 pesos and delicious . Taxis everywhere to drive you for a couple of pesos , from hotel to down town 20 pesos . Hotel is 2 minute walk from one of the many beaches , sorry names of them to hard to remember . This one has 2 beach clubs where one is free and other with nice shade and good service is 30 pesos per person a day . Food served here well priced and good . Nacho's cheese and salsa 45 pesos , a bucket with 6 Corona's on ice 125 pesos. Beach is nice , water is only for those that know and respect the ocean . I do not believe this water is right for any kids and you will be wise to take a cab to some of the other bays where we went with taxi's and enjoy calm safe water to swim in . Grocery store a large one is right behind hotel and anything can be had at prices better or equel at home . Beer 6 pack for less then 50 pesos For Canadians 1 dollar at this time was 11.7 and US was almost worth 14 But paying in US dollars does not really work as they only give you 10 pesos to one dollar , so bring pesos , or for Canadians use the Scotia banks cash machine at the marina in Santa Cruz and get a great rate as i did If i had known this i would have taken all my cash this way. Some people i know from our town where staying at one of the all inclusive resort and when we met again at end of week at the airport they told us they never left the resort . That would have been us in the past and we are so glad we did not do this as this ended up being one of the most injoyable vacations we have ever had . Ps Airport has no duty free , therefore buy your boose in town $7.24 Can or 80 pesos for one liter vodka . This Hotel and what we spend in town and on the beach ended up costing us the same as staying in a all inclusive . go ahead try it . Viva Villa Blanca , Viva Huatulco"
- Travel date: 1st March 2009
"My husband and I stayed at this hotel in low season (November) for his birthday. We found a great deal that included breakfast. The hotel is very pretty with a nice large pool and one computer downstairs for public use. We stayed in the Junior Suite which has two levels. The first morning we went downstairs for our included americano breakfast and were told that we were more than welcome to have the full buffet for the same price. The second morning we had the americano breakfast. It was great! They came and took our order and you can have pancakes or eggs/ juice or fruit and then they bring you toast and coffee and tea. We loved this hotel and the service was good. My only two complaints would be the light in the room was very dim and the website said they have cable but they only had 10 channels and only 2 in English. Other than that we loved it."
- Travel date: 8th November 2008
"When we realized we'd booked too much time in Oaxaca city and the beach was calling us, we found a good Internet rate at the Hotel Villablanca in Huatulco. We like to avoid places that cater to Americans (such as the various all-inclusive resorts on Bahia Tangolunda), instead looking for local ambience and culture. Nearly all guests were middle-class Mexicans who loved the breakfast buffet (included) as much as we did (the restaurant was good for dinner too). The pool-side room was pleasant but a bit warm and noisy. We spent days on the Santa Cruz beach at the Jess y Mar restaurant (there are many others), where one gets a place to hang out for the price of lunch and drinks. But the best thing about Huatulco was the water: warm, easy to get into because of a rapid drop-off, and wonderful to stay in for a half hour at a time, even for this woman who hates cold water and gets cold easily. My partner loved going as fast a possible on jet-skis (about $30 for a half hour). In some ways we liked the boat trip that supposedly stops at all seven beaches but actually stopped at maybe three. Snorkeling (not great and costs extra but we still enjoyed it) was only at the western-most first beach. Lunch and swimming at another beach was fun, as was the Mexican party atmosphere on board (complete with DJ, loud music, and entertaining crew). But it is definitely missable."
- Travel date: 13th October 2008
nice economical hotel
"Just returned from Huatulco Mexico where we stayed at the hotel Villa Blanca. The Hotel itself is probably a three star property. We were booked in a junior suite on the third floor. There is no elevator so people with difficulty climbing stairs should definitely ask for a room on the 1st floor. The junior suite was quite large. It was a loft style accommodation with a a dining table, television, sofabed and coffee table on the first foor and two queen beds in the upper loft area. The only problem with this is that the bathroom is downstairs and the stair case is very rustic and can be tricky in the middle of the night especially of you were a little buzzed from partying. The service in the hotel was excellent with a warm and friendly staff. Especially helpful was William the head waiter at there little restaurant and of course Hugo who works behind the scenes in the hotels reservations and sales center. We had a little mix up in our reservation and he promptly corrected it with a reassuring smile. The rooms are on the rustic side with mexican paver tiles on the 1st floor and rustic wood flooring upstairs. The beds were firm, There was air condtioning upstairs and a ceiling fan dowstairs. The pool area was nice and rarley used even though we were there Christmas week which of course is there busiest time. The buffet breakfast was not very good and not recommended. none of the food was covered and bees were everywhere and there were no warmers on any of the food items, as far as I could tell, so I would suggest you order off the menu so you will be assured something fresh and warm. Because it was Christmas week the popular beaches were packed and I mean wall to wall people. We did get a great little tip and found an incredible beach practically deserted at "Bahia de Conejos" It is a little tricky to get to but worth the small trek. The cab fare to this beach was about $4.50 from Las Crusecitas downtown. Overall Huatulco is an amazing destination with great snorkeling, white water rafting and no Mcdonalds or Burger Kings within 100 miles. This is real Mexico!!"
- Travel date: 2nd January 2008
"Charming Mexican hotel, away from American tourists. Loved the loft bedroom, bathroom off by itself. We had a lovely view of the turtle mosaics in the pool from our balcony. Mosquitos are pests."
- Travel date: 8th August 2006
"I visited this hotel, in Summer of 2000. Is a nice hotel, far from the beach, with a ok pool. Is not necesary to stay in a hotel with a beach, because the most beutifull beaches in Huatulco are far from ANY hotel, and you must to visit by car or taxi. For the price (like $60 per night, double), is ok. Includes a delicius mexican or american breakfast."
- Travel date: 29th December 2004
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