Monday, July 16, 2007

The Intimate La Quinta Troppo Hotel

Image: La Ropa Suite at La Quinta Troppo, copyright

A quaint, mid-priced hotel conveniently located in Playa La Ropa: La Quinta Troppo is hard to beat. You won’t find the word “troppo” in any Spanish dictionary because it is an Australian expression used when someone runs away to a tropical destination, never to return. The owner of La Quinta Troppo, David Ferguson (himself Australian), has “gone troppo” and has crafted a beautiful boutique hotel in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico that offers spectacular service at a reasonable price.

The Hotel
La Quinta Troppo is located along the Playa La Ropa strip in Zihuatanejo, 15 minutes from the airport and a short taxi ride from the Paseo del Pescador. While the hotel is not directly on the beach, it is not far to walk to the beach, merely two or three minutes down the hill.

Immediately after passing through the small exterior door, one is immediately struck by the quaintness of the place. (One is also greeted with complimentary margaritas.) The hotel is designed by Enrique Zozaya, the same architect as local hotels, Amuleto and Hotel Las Palmas. The décor is similar to other boutique hotels in the area, filled with charming Mexican handicrafts.

The ambience of the hotel is tranquil, which makes for a very quiet and intimate setting. However, since wedding groups must book the entire hotel, you and your guests can feel free to set your own tone.

The hotel is small, yet it twists and winds upon itself in such a way that you may end up standing in front of someone else’s room. There are two patios outside, one with a long, narrow pool for hiding from the heat, and the other looking out over the pool where meals are served. As something to consider, the hotel is built into the side of a steep hill, making it a less than ideal location for those with impaired mobility.

The hotel’s owner also owns a motorized boat, Troppo, for water tours. The sunset cruise runs for $65 USD/person, or $45 USD/person for wedding groups (max. 10 people), including drinks and finger foods. A day-long trip to either Los Morros de Potosí or La Isla Ixtapa costs $100 USD/person, or $70 USD/person for wedding groups (max. 10 people), including lunch and refreshments.

The Rooms
Each of La Quinta Troppo’s eight rooms is unique, individually styled with Mexican furniture and knickknacks. All rooms have private bathrooms and king-sized beds, and each has either a terrace or a sitting area inside, or both. All rooms include a safe for your valuables, and every day a large bottle of water is provided in your room free of charge. Attention is given to the details with little touches throughout the room such as massage oils, handmade soaps, incense, and floral tapestries on the bed. Guests are also greeted in the morning with French-pressed coffee on trays outside their rooms.

Two of the rooms, La Ropa and Las Gatas, are open-air. Both of these rooms are quite large, with a sizeable sitting area overlooking the bay. If you have never slept in an open-air hotel room before, it can be quite an adventure and very romantic with the netting draping over the bed. Light sleepers may want to keep in mind that along with the sound of waves lapping the shore comes the sound of taxis driving in the street below.

The Food
The food at La Quinta Troppo exceeded our expectations. For a small, boutique hotel, the cuisine is exceptional. All meals are served outside on the patio overlooking Zihuatanejo Bay, surrounded by tropical plants, trees and birds. This makes for an exceptionally peaceful way to wake up in the morning. The complementary continental breakfast, served at 8:30 each morning, includes freshly squeezed juice, coffee, fresh pastries and an assortment of tropical fruit. A half-dozen hot breakfast choices are also available for an additional amount. A light lunch is served from 1:00pm to 4:00pm every day. Dinner is served every night except Wednesdays.

Prices for our meals were approximately $7 USD/person for the hot breakfast, $15 USD/person for lunch, $40 USD/person for the 3-course dinner, and $4.50 USD per margarita.

Weddings at La Quinta Troppo
Weddings at La Quinta Troppo are only ever held during the low season (mid-April to mid-November). To hold your wedding at this hotel, all eight rooms must be booked for a minimum of four nights. It is recommended to book far enough in advance to ensure that the entire hotel is available for your wedding.

Both civil and religious ceremonies can be performed at the hotel. Ceremonies are held on the restaurant patio, as are receptions. Cocktails can be held on the patio or in the area next to the pool. If you prefer, the hotel will arrange for a beach ceremony on the nearby Playa La Ropa beach.

When planning for a wedding at La Quinta Troppo, language will not be a barrier since the owner is Australian and the manager, Erica Islas, speaks fluent English. For your wedding, the hotel offers complimentary planning and concierge service, although you can hire an outside wedding coordinator to do your planning if you wish. Erica is happy to put together whatever you need or want, which means a wedding at La Quinta Troppo is extremely customizable. For instance, you can prepare welcome bags, reserve massages, and arrange for transportation to and from the airport for your guests.

There is a masseuse available for hire who will come to the hotel to render relaxing massages. As well, just down the street there is a full, world-class spa at the hotel La Casa Que Canta.

If your wedding group is larger than that which can be accommodated at La Quinta Troppo, there are plenty of nearby options for guests, including Villa Luz next door, Hotel Tentaciones, Villas del Palmar, Villa del Sol, La Casa Que Canta, and Club Intrawest Zihuatanejo.

Once you stay at La Quinta Troppo, you will understand why the hotel has a loyal following who return year after year.

To download wedding information plus more on the hotel, please visit the page for La Quinta Troppo.

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