The Best Hotels to Book in Manzanillo, Mexico

Take advantage of the vast stretches of beach in Manzanillo
Take advantage of the vast stretches of beach in Manzanillo | © Brian Overcast / Alamy Stock Photo
Ali Ray

A top spot for beach-dwelling sun-worshippers, Manzanillo is also a major port town and famed for its deep-sea fishing. As a result, there’s a happy mix of hotels to suit everyone from beach bums to visiting fishing folk. Most take advantage of the vast stretches of beach, so rooms with a sea view are easy to come by. Read on for a tour of the best hotels in Manzanillo.

1. Las Hadas

Golf Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor pool at Las Hadas at sunset, with towering palm trees set against a reddening sky
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Las Hadas is a collection of gleaming white Arabian-inspired buildings, arches and spires, punctuated with palm trees. Guests with suites enjoy a private pool, rooftop hot tub and evening cocktails on an exclusive terrace. Golfers can take advantage of the golf package, which provides unlimited access to the Pete and Roy Dye-designed fairways of the nearby Las Hadas course. If the water calls, guests can take their dive training at the Padi center, then charter a yacht from the hotel’s marina.

2. Barceló Karmina


Terrace at Barceló Karmina All Inclusive, with table and chairs, loungers and a private hot tub
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Swimmers will be drawn to the vast central pool area, the focus of fun in this large Manzanillo resort. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, palm trees sway over six interconnected pools with waterfalls. Restaurants and bars are woven into the poolscape but you don’t have to leave the water; there are plentiful swim-up bars so you can enjoy a beer while you bathe. Mayan-style buildings front the resort’s private beach.

3. Vista Playa de Oro


Exterior of Vista Playa de Oro with grass lawns and palm trees
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Fun-loving families will make a beeline for the giant fiberglass squid wrapping itself around a pirate ship in the swimming pool. There are waterslides and cannons thrown in for good measure. It sets the scene for the grin-inducing zip lines, mini soccer tournaments and kids’ camping night that make up the schedule of fun at Vista Playa de Oro. The all-inclusive resort, set just across the street from the beach, resembles a Mexican town with cobbled streets and clay-tiled roofs.

5. Palma Real


Exterior of Palma Real Hotel, a white building with grass in front and forested hills behind
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Garden lovers can stretch their legs throughout the extensive grounds of Palma Real. Set on a hillside, this collection of white hacienda-style buildings enjoy enviable vistas of palms, sea and mountains. As well as the playground and soccer nets, the pool will delight the kids. Enhanced with bridges and snaking river sections, they’ll stay entertained while you soak up the Mexican sun.

6. La Posada


Room at Hotel La Posada with a tiled floor, twin beds and colorful ponchos hanging on the wall
Courtesy of Hotel La Posada / Expedia

A top spot for snorkelers, La Posada is opposite Azul beach, one of the best in town for snorkeling. In fact, the owner will help you organize all the water-based fun you need, from deep-sea fishing trips to diving and kayaking. This small Manzanillo hotel is near the port and naval base, so there’s plenty to watch from your lounger. Keep a look out for the passing whales and dolphins that are regularly spotted. Rooms are simple and clean and all have an ocean view.

7. El Hotelito Boutique & Galeria

Boutique Hotel

Simple room at El Hotelito Boutique with a tiled floor, a bed and a balcony with a view of the sea
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Beach-lovers can step out of the hotel and right on to the sand of Manzanillo’s popular Playa Azul. Or, if you don’t want to leave the premises, the view from the infinity pool is pretty beach-perfect too. The rooms are pleasingly simple; think minimalist vibe with primary color pops from the soft furnishings. When you are this close to the natural beauty of the beach and are soothed to sleep by the waves, why would you want anything else? A great budget option.

8. Tesoro

Resort, Hotel

Dining terrace at Tesoro Manzanillo with tables and chairs and the sea beyond
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High-octane holidaymakers will love this all-inclusive resort. Billed as the only hotel in town with a certified clean beach, the sands feature prominently in an activity schedule that encourages beach volleyball and daily snorkeling. A nightly entertainment show gears guests up for a disco with live music into the early hours. Rooms are simply furnished and offer a choice of ocean or mountain views.

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