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Newer/Roomy Condo w/2 Pools. Madera Area/Short Walk 2 Beaches/Restaurants/Market

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,020 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious 1 Bedroom with King Bed and 2 Full Baths. Sleeps 2 Adults

Casa Almendro is located in the lushly landscaped gated and very secure complex of La Ceiba Suites in the Playa Madera district. La Ceiba Suites complex is conveniently and centrally located close to the town center of Zihuatanejo so no car is necessary as you are just steps away from all amenities. Despite being so close to town it is an amazingly private and quiet location. Within short walking distance from the condo there are too numerous to count delicious restaurants serving a broad range of tastes and prices, shopping and entertainment. If needed, taxis and buses are available to you just outside of La Ceiba Suites doors for just a few pesos. Playa Madera beach is an easy short 0.2 mile 5 minute walk from the condo and Playa La Ropa is an approximate 15 minute walk or 5 minute bus/taxi ride. La Ceiba Suites complex has a strong Mexican architectural feel with well manicured lush tropical vegetation throughout. Our condo, Casa Almendro, is a very private and spacious 1020 sqf unit found on the 2nd floor of the complex. Casa Almendro has a very spacious open air concept with Mexican architectural influences with rich tropical hardwoods found throughout the unit. There are views of the tropical landscaping from every window and from the additional two spacious balconies found in the condo. The master bedroom has a king bed with nice quality mattress and pillows, over the bed fan, in room air conditioning and in-suite full bath with walk in shower, stone detailing and Talavera ceramic sink. Right off the master bedroom tropical hardwood french doors lead you to a large open private balcony with built in cushioned seating overlooking the lush vegetation and common area below. A second large full bath with stone detailing tub/shower and ceramic Talavera sink is conveniently located off of the main living area. The main living area stays very comfortable with the 3 overhead fans and the open air balcony providing good air circulation. There is a 32 inch flat screen color TV with cable, wireless internet and built in cushioned seating with numerous pillows for your afternoon siesta. The Fully equipped kitchen is perfect for renters who like to cook full meals with a 4 burner gas range, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, large supply of cookware, cooking utensils and storage containers. Off of the living room/kitchen area through accordion style hardwood doors there is a spacious open air covered balcony. It has additional built-in cushioned seating, glass dining table with four chairs and overhead fan. The dining room balcony has a view overlooking one of the two pools located on the complex grounds. Nice quality bed linens, towels & beach towels are provided to our guests. For our guests staying longer than 7 nights, a weekly maid/cleaning service and linen change is provided for no additional fee. Vanessa, our condo manager will greet you upon your arrival to La Ceiba Suites. She will introduce you to our unit Casa Almendro, give you instructions for your stay as well as answer your questions. Casa Almendro is a non-smoking unit, there is a designated smoking area. The complex has two lovely generously sized pools with plenty of seating, tables and loungers. If you are flying into the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport, it is an approximate 15 minute taxi ride to the complex.

DISCOUNT RATE: Please check my calendar for availability. A 15% discount will be provided for stays 30 nights or greater. This is automatically generated via VRBO instant quote for your viewing.

We welcome you to Casa Almendro our home away from home in beautiful Zihuatanejo Mexico!

More Details

Property Manager
Shelley Frei
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Shelley Frei

We are a married couple living in Moscow, Idaho. We both are still working full time but have dreams of retirement in Zihuatanejo for the winter months. We have traveled to Zihuatanejo for the last several years and have completely fallen in love with the area and the people. We hope you will come and enjoy Zihuatanejo and Casa Almendro as much as we have. Don & Shelley Frei

Shelley Frei purchased this condo in 2013

Why Shelley Frei chose Playa Madera

We chose to buy in the Zihuatanejo area as we found the relaxing Mexican beachfront environment perfect for what we were looking for. The Playa Madera district is conveniently located close to town, beaches and restaurants with no car needed as everything is within walking distance. It is only a 10-minute stroll along the picturesque waterfront walkway and its many delightful local restaurants to beautiful old-fashioned downtown Zihuatanejo with its open-air market, distinctive shops and authentic Mexican night life. There are many fun activities available including first-class dining and shopping, sport fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, sailing, surfing, and a variety of guided tours. Trendy La Ropa Beach is only a 15-minute walk away, and Ixtapa with its El Palmar Beach, golf courses, shopping centers, and marina is only a 15-minute ride away. We feel completely safe and have never felt a moment of uncertainty in this area. The locals are very friendly, loving & hard working people.


Playa Madera Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1020 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Conveniently located off of the main living area
  • 2 Full Sized Bathrooms with beautiful Talavera ceramic sinks. Walk in cement showers with stone detailing
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Large Master bedroom with King bed sleeps two, over bed fan, air-conditioning, in-suite cement walk-in shower with stone detailing, Talavera ceramic sink, private toilet, hardwood french doors leading to a large balcony with built in cushioned seating. Plenty of closet space available for clothing and suite cases. .
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is no laundry facility on site. For personal laundry needs there is a drop off laundry service less than one block away. Inexpensive and you pay by the kg. Drop clothing items off in the morning you can generally get it back later in the day or the following morning.


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Newer/Roomy Condo w/2 Pools. Madera Area/Short Walk 2 Beaches/Restaurants/Market
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews

Casa Almendro - the perfect home away

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Casa Almendro provided everything we needed to make our visit to Zihuatanejo a great vacation. Just down the steps is a wonderful pool or a few minutes walk takes us to a lovely beach. Around the corner is a variety of quality restaurants and another short walk takes us to the town centre or the Fisherman's walkway–vibrant with cafés, more restaurants and local shops. Everything is convenient and close at hand–take your pick and choose what you want to do.

The casa itself is tastefully decorated, furnished and fully equipped with every convenience one could want or need. AC for sleeping and fans throughout keep the casa comfortable all the time. It is obvious that great care has been taken to make anyone's stay in Casa Almendro trouble free and a special experience to enjoy and remember. We appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed all it had to offer. Casa Almendro sets the stage for that perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a fantastic 3 week stay at Casa Almendro. We are so in love with the convenient location of this condo in the Madera area. No taxi needed as we could walk to our destinations but taxis were plentiful if needed. It is always a delight to reunite with good friends we have met over the years while coming down to Zihuatanejo. We had numerous delicious meals, several just within a couple minutes walk from the condo. Highlights for us are the abundant fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. The dorado was on while we were there which is one of our favorite meals grilled simply with garlic. Vanessa, Casa Almendro Manager, is a gem and always helpful and responsive when anything was needed. Great vacation destination!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Roomy Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved our two week stay at Casa Almendro. This condo is bright and roomy and very well appointed.

The location is close to everything we needed for our stay. Short walk to the fresh market for fruits, veggies and fresh seafood. Great restaurants within a nice stroll. Madeira Beach a 5 minute walk.

Shelley and her manager Vanessa were great to deal with and went above and beyond for us.

I highly recommend staying here and we can’t wait to go back

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michele and John for the very helpful review. We love to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. The information you provided is helpful for future guests to know what you found enjoyable. Please do keep us in mind for a future vacation destination, we would love to have you back.
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  • 5 of 5

The upstairs unit was well equipped. Our property manager arranged for laundry and homemade tortillas for Thanksgiving. There was no charge for the bottles of water delivered to our door. Everything was walking distance and we did plenty of it.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary for your helpful review. We are pleased to hear you found our location so convenient allowing you to walk to your destinations. Glad to hear Vanessa was able to help you with your requests, she is such a delight. Please keep us in mind if you return to Zihuatanejo, we would love to have you back.
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Wenatchee, WA

Absolute paradise!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful condo at a beautiful price! We cannot recommend this highly enough! Very close to restaurants, the beach, and shopping in a safe and secure complex within a great neighborhood. The condo was exquisitly decorated and extremely clean. The owners have provided many extras to make their unit more comfortable. The management and maintenance people couldn’t be more helpful and we also appreciated two pools for when we wanted time in the adult pool. We will be back and truly appreciate the helpfulness of the owner regarding our questions when booking travel. This is for sure a five-star condominium !

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jennifer for your helpful review. We are always pleased to hear when our guests have had a wonderful visit. As well, glad to hear how much you enjoyed Casa Almendro and La Ceiba grounds, including the two pools. I'm sure it was fun having family staying close by and enjoying pool time with your kids and your new grand baby. Please think of us when returning to Zihuatanejo. We would love to have you back sooner than later. You were delightful renters .
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Vancouver, BC

Beautiful Landscaping. Close to Town, Restaurants & Beaches

  • 3 of 5

We stayed in this lovely apartment for the month of Oct 2017. It was extremely hot this month and even the locals were complaining of the heat. Over 90 every day and sometimes 95 with very oppressive humidity. I mention this because having stayed in Zihaut in Sept some 8 years back we didn't even need an air conditioner.


1. Very roomy 1 bedroom, 2 bath apartment

2. Well stocked kitchen (we didn't want for any additional appliances)

3. Big patio off the kitchen for eating.

4. Central location so easy walk to town, restaurants & beaches.

5. Taxi stand right out the front door of the complex

6. Laundry service 1 short block away.

7. King bed, quite comfy.

8. TWO pools, one of which is adults only.

9. At this time of year there are very few people in the complex. About 3 full time residents plus 2 or 3 visitors. (approx 35 suites in all).

10. Air con in the bedroom

11. Weekly maid service.

12. The owners are very accommodating and will help if you need anything.


1. During our stay, there was no reprieve from the relentless heat except in the bedroom where the aircon was. The dining area fan was all but useless, same for kitchen, slightly better in the living area, but definitely NOT cool!

2. If you want other folks around you, this is not the place for you in Oct.

3. NO VIEW - I got confused into thinking there was a view to the beach due to the photos on the VRBO site, but there is none whatsoever. From the dining area you look out at the roof of another building.

4. FUMIGATION - this surprised me. They did it 2x while there, 1st time no warning and they did it at 5:30 (just when we were preparing dinner). The fog comes right up to the 2nd floor and permeates the air for about 24 hours. They did change their policy to advise in future and we did get notified so we could make arrangements to be out the evening they did it.

5. POOL - I think the intake skimmer was not working properly because the pool always had leaves and small bugs in it for the entire time we were there. Hopefully they will rectify that.

6. POOL SIDE CHAIRS - There are no cushions for the chairs or chaise lounges and after about an hour you do get tired sitting in them. If would have been nice to have cushions as we tend to spend lots of time at the pool.

7. TOWELS - there were 2 towels for showering & 2 towels for the beach. It wasn't really enough considering the frequency with which you need to shower in the heat & beach towels get quite salty.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat, I was concerned when I received your 3 star rating on your recent stay with us. We have had a long run of 5 star ratings so I have to conclude we cannot please everyone. I do take your comments and recommendations earnestly. Thank you for the numerous positive observations and descriptions of items you liked about Casa Almendro and the surrounding area. I would like to comment on the items you described unfavorably for future guests reading this review. I understand it was quite warm during the month of October in Zihuatanejo, this year in particular. Our description of the property states our unit is an open air condo with AC in the bedroom and fans throughout the condo. I question changing out the current ceiling fans would have changed your opinion. Unfortunately, I have no control with the weather. My VRBO property listing states very clearly our condo is in the Madera downtown area with a 5 minute walk to the beach. In my property description and listing pictures there is absolutely no mention of an ocean view from the condo or attempts to elude potential guests of such. Copy and pasted from the VRBO property description: “There are views of the tropical landscaping from every window and from the additional two spacious balconies found in the condo”. I recommend to you reviewing property details thoroughly reading the provided facts and subtitles accompanying the pictures. I have supplied factual and truthful descriptions of our property listing and the surrounding area to assist people viewing the listing with no intensions of deceiving. Fumigation is common in subtropical areas. This service is arranged by the La Ceiba and Casa Ceiba Condo Association administrator. Pending fumigations are clearly posted on the main complex door as you exit to inform all owners and renters. Your complaint of being unaware of the event was taken very seriously and we made a personal policy change to notify our renters directly of such pending events. My manager Vanessa is very helpful providing service and assistance to our guests. She is a huge part of our success. I’m certain a simple email or call to her with a request, question or concern would have resulted in prompt attention and probable solution of your remaining issues. We can’t improve or fix issues for a guest if we are not made aware of them. I appreciate your comments and recommendations. We sincerely strive to ensure our guests have an enjoyable visit at our casa
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Numerous restaurant/Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Rufo's/Margaritas/La Perla/Salvador's & many more!
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Playa La Madera Beach (easy walk)
Car: not necessary

It is an easy 0.2 mile (5 minute walk) from the condo to La Madera Beach where you will find a nice sandy beach you can sun bathe, swim, enjoy a beautiful sunset, have a drink, snack, or enjoy a traditional Mexican meal in one of the cafes and bistros located on the beach stretch. From La Madera beach, you can walk along the beach walkway to town to enjoy the numerous restaurants, shopping and entertainment. There is a wide choice of dining in every direction from the condo that cover a broad range of tastes and prices. If you want to get out a bit further, taxis and local buses are readily available outside of the La Ceiba Suites entrance for a very reasonable fee. Find the 'Zihuatanejo Artisans' Market' on Calle 5 de Mayo in downtown Zihuatanejo just one block from the waterfront and beginning across from the church. The market is made up of multiple small stalls for a shoppers delight. For a real taste of old Mexico, take a short walk to visit the open air 'Mercado' off of Benito Juarez. It has a vibrant Mexican feel with a large selection of little shops, restaurants and stalls selling fresh local produce, meats and goods. There are activities galore and numerous beaches to visit locally such as Playa Principal, Playa La Madera, Playa La Ropa and one of our favorites is Playa Las Gatas which can be reached by water taxi from the main pier. However, if you get the itch to get out a bit further for the day there are several small beach communities that are fun to travel to by bus or taxi such as Playa El Palmar in Ixtapa, Isla Ixtapa, Playa Troncones, Playa Larga, Playa Blanca and Barra de Potosi. All of these beach communities have numerous beachfront restaurants with activities available to entertain anyone. If relaxation is your goal, grab a hammock, a good book or a siesta. Zihuatanejo has the old-fashioned charm of traditional Mexican culture. It is a town that sprang up from a handful of families who were mostly fishermen. Fishing continues to be a way of life for a large number of the local families and the the area is a popular sport fishing destination. Zihuatanejo's main attraction is its well-protected bay where traveling boaters often spend the winter months moored in its peaceful bay. The bay offers various beaches for relaxation, recreation, dining, or simply enjoying the abundantly beautiful scenery and laid-back local lifestyle. Zihuatanejo is the ideal vacation destination away from high rise hotels, fast food outlets and big box stores. The main part of downtown Zihuatanejo referred to as 'El Centro' is still rather old-fashioned with narrow streets made of paving-stones and where most people still walk to get around. The Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport is located about 15 minutes from town by car or taxi. It is possible to find direct flights from Canada and the U.S. especially during the peak vacation season between December and April. Zihuatanejo provides a warm and sunny climate year round with a short rainy season between July and October. Most visitors come to the area between mid November and late April but the low season also provides beautiful sunny weather with rains typically in the evenings keeping the areas vegetation lush.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

DISCOUNT: A 15% discount is provided for 30 nights of stay or greater. The discount is automatically generated upon booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Return of reservation fee will be given up to 60 days prior to reserved arrival to condo. Within 30 days of intended reserved arrival date, NO return of fees will be given unless an alternative renter can be found. Reservations made within 30 days of stay will require full payment upon booking. No Refunds for No Shows. Travel Insurance is recommended for the unfortunate possibility of an unplanned emergency departure.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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