Your skin will THANK YOU after leaving. We accidentally found San Juan Cosala, our original location yo stay was Chapala. We drove around Chapala and none of the hotels looked fun or comfy to stay, we traveled with our 5 year old toddler and a pool was a must. We drove To Ajijic, didn’t find a Resort there either. Googled the next town San Juan Cosala, The Hotel Balneario had great positive reviews, so we drove to find it.
If your first time at like we were, this can be a little confusing and hard to figure out if it’s all a resort or many different spas. We parked right in front of the Hotel that googled mapped us to and saw how the outside of the color of the buildings was that they were all different hotels. It’s 4 to 5 different Spas and Hotels. All with Termal Waters? I just saw Great review and Pool didn’t read much more. They had rooms available, the very nice receptionist helped us out and we ended up getting the NEWER Jacuzzi in room only a few more hundred pesos. We paid $2600 pesos and they had a special promotion 2 nights get the 3rd free. That’s $96 dollars a night! GREAT DEAL!
Our room was perfect, Big Spacious and a Jacuzzi in the patio. Not a fancy hotel or Luxury but PERFECT!
We settled in a went for a swim to relax after a long day of driving from Michoacán to San Juan Cosala.
The waters on all the pools were nice and warm! And SUPER CLEAN! The grounds are very well kept taken care of. Staying in the upstairs facing the lake suite we could see early in the morning employees, scrubbing and cleaning every chair umbrella pool, floors and so on. Not that they made loud noises or woke us up! This was 7-8 am we were up by then.
There’s a hotel only side that I loved. The pools were more private and relaxing.
My 5 year old toddler absolutely loved loved it here. He made many friends and the different kids water area are perfect.
After our first day, my skin was super soft and we were very relaxed, we had done a 7 day drive from Guadalajara to Patzcuaro to Las Zarquillas and back to Guadalajara area. We had 3 days to enjoy this resort, and WE DID!
The food is excellent and great prices and the drinks are perfect.
We did a drive to Ajijic to try a restaurant that had great reviews, it was So expensive and the food was not as flavorful like the one at Hotel Balneario.
We ate the remainder stay at the hotel, they even had pancakes for my picky son.
There’s a walk to 24 hours market with snacks Waters alcohol. It’s right at the corner of the entrance.
The only thing I that I found bad was the service on the lower spa. I was very curious to know about it and woke up early to explore the grounds, it was 8:40 and I walked to the receptionist and asked her how the Spa worked and how I could sign in, she clearly announced that there was 4 people in front of me and that they didn’t open until 9 and turned her back to me and walked away??
The lady sitting waiting to eater at 9:00 explain that only a certain amount of people could go in at a time, So why couldn’t the employee tell me this? Or sign me up for the next available time?
This is one part of the hotel I didn’t get to try or use. Very sad but the rest of the hotel and services made up for this bad incident.
We were very sad to leave.
Already planning our 2020 trip, with a stay here to start our trip.
Several hot spring pools of varying temperatures right in the hotel grounds. Very hygienic as each pool is frequently cleaned. Hot, natural saunas too. Also this facility open for day use only, for a fee of course. Day use heavy on the weekends. Day users bring your own towels. But if you are a guest here there are private pools and a sauna too ,and beach towels supplied..
Hotel itself is old, motel style. Good sized rooms. Ample closet space. Has a room safe , for a fee, but older style not laptop size.There is a large cafeteria style restaurants on site as well as a bar.Food is good, beer cheap There is at least one other burger type place as well..Be aware though that all shut very early ,about 6pm or so. There is 'fridge in the room.Frequent buses on highway,a couple of minutes walk away, go to Chapala and Ajijic.Do go to Jacotepic via a walk on Malecon (opposite direction to Ajijic) for good restaurants.
A good place to buy beer/etc. Walk up to the highway, cross highway, turn left, walk 3 or 4 minutes and there is one of those brewery outlets. There numerous other places too.
When checking-in you will see a sign Stay 2 nights get 3rd free.However, you'll probably still do better going through an online travel booking sites.
This is our 2ND visit to this lovely spa. Many choices for a number of hot tubs, saunas, etc. With booking directly through the hotel for 2 nights, you get the 3rd one free. Our room was spacious with a fridge. Beds comfortable, cable TV, and in room WiFi.
This hotel has day rates, so there were a lot of families there during the day. But they have special pools for the kids, a water slide and pool, and they may bring in their own foid, drinks, etc.with lots of tables, chairs , loungers and BR faclities. Restaurants on site.
Nearby is the Malecon, a lovely walk along Lake Chapala with many species of birds. In San Juan Cosala, you must go to the restaurant, Vive Mexico, featured on CNN, other TV channels and newspapers. Delicious food, reasonably priced, owner, Augustine, will cater to your needs.
This is a motel (the key room still says motel) with a public water park (balneario). The building is motel style in an old building. With access to your rooms from the street. The parking lot is in the street. The rooms are very simple. Our room and bathroom were clean. And they have great friendly staff. You can see the staff all day long cleaning around and checking everything is in order.
A negative thing is that it does not have a restaurant. You can buy food at small "puestos" at the water park. The private section is extremely small with two small pools and a couple of jacuzzi. The balenario is extremely busy especially during holidays and weekends (we went during a public holiday).
The pools are clean, nice and warm. We did not try the spa. Our kids were very happy with the kiddie pool and the slides. However, after 11am it was so crowded we rather went to travel around Ajijic.
The location is very nice. Unfortunately you cannot really appreciate Lago de Chapala since the tables are very crowded. They have a more private section near the lake with nice views. The bad side is the metal fence.
It has nice gardens but they are tiny
Stopped by for another visit on our way back to the states, on previous comments I spoke on the staff and management well that has not changed this place is fantastic, but I would like to mention, this time we traveled with our pets which they DO NOT allow at the spa. I found a place to put our Dobie and shepherd it's called Dee's place it's on the road to chapala can't say enough great things about this place, all the animals have there own hotel type room, limited space , book early..