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“Rustic gem”
Review of Bungalows Lydia

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Bungalows Lydia
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Bungalows Lydia may be in one of the most picturesque, perfect settings I've seen. The Panorama suite has a balcony that overlooks the ocean; the infinity pool is perfect for watching the sunset; and the two beaches accessible from the property are quiet and private. I'd go back every year now that I know about it, especially as it is only an hour's drive from PVR.

Bungalows Lydia is an anti-resort. If you enjoy rustic accommodations in a gorgeous natural setting, and want to unplug, you will love this. But if you prefer super modern amenities and luxury service levels, this probably won't be for you. It is completely self-serve (we picked up a bunch of groceries and bottled water in town and cooked breakfast and dinner each day), and it's a little like living outdoors. If you leave the door open without the screen, insects or lizards will get inside; and there is no air conditioning, so on a warm day you have to rely on the breeze (or pool) to cool down.

It is true that the staff can be a bit hard to track down for requests, but we appreciated the privacy and there was nothing so urgent that this was an issue. It is also true that it is preferable to have a rental car, as the management advises when they confirm your booking by email.

We enjoyed the simplicity of watching for dolphins and flying fish; whipping up homemade margaritas in the blender and of cooking dinner in the small outdoor kitchen; and of listening to the waves below. On balance, this is a place I will remember for a long time for all the right reasons.

Room Tip: Panorama Suite is excellent. Would definitely stay in this suite again.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

This is a true paradise in Riviera Nayarit. Beautiful views and sunsets and a very private place to enjoy the beach and pool. We saw dolphins in front the hotel two days in a row!!!
Excellent service by Mayte and her sister.
We go to San Pancho once a year, and we always stay at Bungalows Lydia.

Room Tip: Best Views
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

My fiance and I visited Bungalows Lydia after I heard about this lovely place from a cousin who lives in the area.
First off the reservation process was a bit concerning as I had to contact the hotel directly to confirm my booking was all good after not receiving a confirmation immediately after requesting the booking. That was sorted out within a couple of days.

When we arrived to San Pancho in taxi from PVR I could only tell the taxi to follow the signs to the hotel. After about 20 minutes of driving in the jungle we managed to find the hotel.
Upon arrival we were directed to our room without what you might considered a standard check-in process (credit card authorization, payments, license). We were immediately intrigued.

We had a five night stay in the Panoram and it was absolutely spectacular. The hotel is chill, very quiet, and often times the management is no where to be found. It's also a hike from town and we often found it difficult to get a taxi back to the hotel after a certain time. Next time we'll rent a golf card.

Be prepared for the noise of waves (beautiful), a long walk down the steps to the secluded beach, and spotty wifi. It will also be helpful to stock up on groceries one in town. The hotel and the immediate area offers nothing of the sort.

The two sisters who manage the hotel are lovely and when we did find them around they were very responsive to our requests (water jug refill, taxi, excursions).

I was hesitant to write the review so as to keep the place a secret but I felt I should praise this lovely gem. Not many places like this left.

Room Tip: Spotty wifi, if you stay more than two nights I recommend a car or golf cart rental. This hotel offe...
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

Have been there almost every March for 10 years. Beautiful place in a nice little town. Long climb down to the beach. An outdoor pavilion and kitchen makes it unnecessary to go into town to dine. Hotel staff are excllent.

Room Tip: You need a rental car to get into town. There are taxis but a car is handy.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank jamescgraves
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

We give 4 stars primarily for the location, beauty, and cleanliness of the grounds.

The location cannot be beat if you appreciate simplicity, peace, and natural beauty. The accommodations are charming, traditional, and very basic.

We do not give 5 stars because we had no hot water, the hot tub was cold, and it was not always possible to find management. The kitchen was stocked with the very basic cookware, salt, and olive oil. When you stop for groceries, consider picking up some seasonings and a few gallons of drinking water. Cellular service and wifi are very spotty.

All this being said, we would return to Bungalows Lydia for the spectacular vistas, pristine, isolated beaches, gorgeous sunsets and star gazing to write home about.

The hosts, Maria and Lydia were charming and friendly, but not always available.

The walk to town is fascinating, (we saw many beautiful butterflies walking through this tropical jungle) and takes at least 30 minutes.

We recommend you bring your own pillow. Seriously.

Maria contacted Alejandro Perla of Lo De Perla Jungle Orchid Garden (see the poster by the modem) and he picked us up and took us on an unforgettable tour of his land.

We recommend La Perla restaurant on the beach and La Chalupa restaurant (open air and spartan) in town for excellent shrimp and huachinango.

The waves crashing into the rocks was a constant, and sometimes you could feel the vibrations of that in bed. Which for us wqs pretty awe-inspiring.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Address: Km 118, Hwy 200 | San Francisco Mpo. de Bahía de Banderas, San Francisco 63732, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > San Francisco
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range: $109 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Bungalows Lydia Hotel San Pancho

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