Hotel Fuerte Real: The Best Place to Stay in Ciudad Guzman

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Hotel Fuerte Real: The Best Place to Stay in Ciudad Guzman

Hotel Fuerte Real

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. Hotel Fuerte Real Rooms

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.

King Size Beds, Hotel Fuerte Real

Two king size beds in the Master suite.


Living Room, Hotel Fuerte Real

The living room

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.

Jacuzzi, Hotel Fuerte Real

The children took lots of bubble baths in the jacuzzi.

Deck, Hotel Fuerte Real

I enjoyed coffee on the balcony while overlooking the volcano.

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.

Hotel Fuerte Real Breakfast

Traditional breakfast can be included with the room.

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.
Fuerte Real
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.


Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion, parents of nine (including four children adopted with special needs), 2014 National Geographic Travelers of the Year and the National Geographic Travelers People's Choice Travelers of the Year. They love to laugh, to read and to explore as a family. The secret to their marital bliss is an early morning cup of freshly brewed coffee before the children awake.


  1. Jayce Cairo says:

    That is one nice hotel room! And I’m sure the jacuzzi would beat any pool any time. 😀

  2. This looks like a wonderful hotel. I always enjoy the occasional luxury of getting to spread out in king size beds when traveling.

  3. What lovely accommodations! I lived in Guadalajara for a year when I was in eighth grade. My parents were missionaries in language school there. Your post brings back memories.

  4. Meg Jerrard says:

    I love that there is a separate living room and office – definitely comes in handy when you’re traveling with kids I bet! And hotels with large bathtubs are my favorite – I’ll have to remember to pack the bubble bath :D! Looks like a great place!

    • Stacey-jean Inion says:

      Having a separate living room and office may be asset a hotel can offer a family with kids. Definitely add the bubbles.

  5. Aileen says:

    That’s amazing! It’s indeed a great thing that they accommodated you guys 😀 Your kids looked very happy in that bath!

  6. Mary says:

    That place looks amazing! I bet all the kiddos had a blast with all those beds and big tubs:)

    • Stacey-jean Inion says:

      The children begged to stay longer than just the two nights we were there. That’s always a sign of a good time.

  7. Sky says:

    Fuerte Real definitely looks like a great place to splurge! I could probably spend all night in that jacuzzi!

  8. Alli says:

    Aw that bubble bath photo is adorable! Love the divided living room and office (something I don’t even have in my own home!) 😉

  9. Nice hotel pics! Indoor photography sure is an underrated art form!

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