A huge shout out and thanks to Andres Moreno and the staff at Hotel Fuerte for so quickly and generously hosting our family. Our father and child hiking trip to see the volcanoes was enhanced by coming ‘home’ to such lavish accommodations. Mama and the little ones especially enjoyed our time snuggling in the king size beds and soaking in the jacuzzi.
If you are looking for quality accommodations closest to the volcanoes of Colima, Hotel Fuerte Real is your place to stay. When we arrived in Ciudad Guzman (read more here), we were pleasantly surprised. We found a bustling, safe city; even if we had arrived late and started an after-dark hotel hunt.
Although Ciudad Guzman offers a cafe on every corner and many cuisine options, the hotel choices are limited. I am pretty sure we visited every one. For some backpackers looking for a bargain (and traveling with ear plugs and sleeping masks), the youth hostel and other budget-friendly places in the center of town might be a good option.
If you are looking for a more upscale, quiet business/luxury hotel with a 24-hour desk and security at a reasonable cost, then Hotel Fuerte Real is the place to stay.
The hotel is a short drive from centro — close enough to be accessible to downtown but far enough to allow a decent night´s sleep. It is also easily reached from the highway between Guadalajara and Colima.
Although it advertises itself as a business hotel, we found the staff to be very responsive to our needs as adventure travelers. We stayed in a Master Suite. If you are looking to splurge, a stay in the Master Suite will add luxury to your visit.
The suite was impeccably clean with beautiful furnishings fit for a king. In fact, there are two Texas king beds in the room. The high quality mattresses, replete with pillows, 100% cotton sheets and fluffy comforters create a sleep-inducing environment.
The separate living room and office provide a quiet spot for reading or checking e-mail. It’s charmingly decorated; the couches combine elegance with comfort. We loved awakening to the sunrise over the balcony. As needed, drapes are heavy enough to keep out the sun or evening lights on the parking lot. I absolutely love when a suite has a spacious sitting area. It gives a homey feel and provides a place for snuggling, reading, and sharing a pizza. We did all three.
You will enjoy the abundant hot water in the well-pressurized shower, or (before or after your hike) a dip in the private jacuzzi. These can not be praised sufficiently; our children took about four bubble baths on our stay. In Mexico, a room with a tub is a rare find; a private jacuzzi is golden. All of the extra touches were included–large fluffy towels, specialty oatmeal bar soaps, spa-quality shampoo, conditioner and lotion. This was the icing on the cake. It was heavenly to soak in a deep jacuzzi. This alone is why you should upgrade to a master suite when you stay.
Breakfast is included with the room and served from 7 to 11. Standard Mexican fare (fruit, bread, refried beans, chilaquiles, fresh juices) is all self-service. Eggs and/or hotcakes are made-to-order, fast, and friendly. A good cup of local brewed coffee made up for the lack of an in-room coffee maker.
The Standard rooms with doubles (a.k.a. matrimonial beds) are similarly decorated. Those rooms also offer free wifi, cable, and breakfast. There is also a gym, which I never visited (I was too busy soaking in the jacuzzi).
Vacationers need to know there is no pool at the hotel. At around 5,000 ft. elevation, it was too chilly for a pool during our stay. The children we delighted to actually wear light jackets and cuddle under thick comforters–a treat for our beach babies. The hotel is cozy and is a great hub for going and exploring all that Ciudad Guzman has to offer.
If you’re looking to take in the volcanoes and still have a touch of luxury at day’s end, Fuerte Real is the place for you. We are very glad we stayed.