About This Listing
A cold cerveza, tropical breeze and refreshing private pool are waiting for you at Casa del Platero. We have a full-time staff available 24/7 to advise, assist and care for you. 4 bedrooms/3 baths.
Prices vary according to season and accommodations. Discounts offered for stays of 10 days or more.
Low Season (May 1st to Thanksgiving) :
Upper House: $150/night
Lower House $200/night)
High Season (Thanksgiving week - April 30th):
Upper house: $240/night
Lower House: $320/night
Christmas week: Upper House: $400/night
Lower House: $550/night
A cold cerveza and homemade guacamole await your arrival at Casa del Platero. The only private home on La Ropa Beach, Casa del Platero features a panoramic view of the Bay and our famous Zihuatanejo sunsets, which you can enjoy from the patio, infinity pool or upstairs living areas. Our 24/7 on-site staff pampers you with daily maid service and breakfast. Upon request our cook will also prepare authentic mexican meals for you for a small fee.
La Ropa Beach is just out our front gate: there you will find many restaurants to enjoy as well as beach activities like para-sailing, banana boat rides, water-skiing, jet-ski rides, snorkeling and sailing. We are also easy walking distance to Las Gatas, the famous snorkeling reef. Downtown is a 5 minute cab ride; taxi stand and bus stop are 50 meters from the house.
The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, and can sleep up to 8 people. It can be rented in one of three ways:
Upper House is 2 br/1 ba.
Lower House is 2/2.
Whole House 4/3.
Casa del Platero means 'House of the Silversmith" named for famed Taxco silversmith, Hector Aguilar. His artistry can be seen in the beautiful details of the house. The house is decorated with original oil paintings and other fine hand-crafts from the area.
The house is tucked securely behind adobe walls. Each room has a locked safe for your valuables.
There is a local bus stop about 200 yds. from the house. Busses run every 10 minutes into town. Costs about 60 cents.
Maid service, cook, pool, beach, patio, views
Interaction with Guests
As much as they like
Included in the Price
---Daily maid service is provided (beds made, bathroom cleaned, floors cleaned).
---Both bath towels and beach towels are provided. Linens are normally changed every 3 days. Let Mireye know if you need additional towels.
---The grounds and pool are maintained by Laco, who will also deliver your luggage to your room, and will take care of any small problems/tasks (light bulbs, calling taxi, etc.). Please let him know immediately if there any maintenance issues.
---Purified water is provided in large containers in both kitchens. The house is on city water, which is fine for brushing teeth, showers etc., but we like to play it safe and drink and cook with purified water.
---Laundry: You may arrange with Mireye to wash, dry and fold laundry for $5 per load.
---Free wireless internet. The password changes from time to time. Look on the bottom of the modem for the current password. If you have a Mac computer remember to start with the $ sign. If your computer does not have appropriate software/drivers, it can be downloaded using a CD is available in the well house. Please return disk to the well house as it is our only copy.
--- BREAKFAST for your first morning after arrival is provided free of charge, and will include fresh fruit, juice, coffee and bread or pastries. Please let the Mireye know the evening before what time you would like breakfast.
NOT INCLUDED in the price: After the first morning you are responsible for cost of groceries. Mireye will be happy to continue to prepare breakfast for you at no charge except the cost of the groceries. If you do not wish to shop for groceries yourself, Mireye will be happy to purchase them for you. Just give her a list and cash for the food plus her transportation (around $5 U.S. round trip). She will bring you change and the receipt. Please reimburse her promptly for any out-of-pocket expenses.
MEALS other than breakfast can be provided by arrangement with Mireye paid
directly to her. The cost is $25 U.S. per meal for up to four guests. Add $5.00 USD for each additional guest - plus the cost of groceries and transportation.
So, for example, dinner for a group of 8 people would cost $45 plus the cost of the food and transportation. She can prepare enchiladas, tacos, tiritas, chile rellenos, mole dishes, red snapper, shrimp, and just about any Mexican dish you might request. Just tell her what you want for dinner (or let her surprise you!) and provide her grocery money, and she will also do the grocery shopping.
We have a set of keys for your door, your in-room safe and the front gate.
We recently returned from 6 wonderful days at the Casa del Platero in Zihuatanejo. The rental process began with an exchange of e-mails with the host, Melissa. She responded promptly to our concerns and was helpful as we tried to coordinate the schedules of the far-flung parts of our family, some in Mexico and some in the US, and agree on a time frame for our beach vacation.
Since the ages in our party of 8 ranged from 3 1/2 to 72, we looked long and hard to find a place that would be safe, comfortable, and convenient to the beach. We found it. Upon arrival at the home, we were pleased to see that the photos of the property were accurate. Our first glimpse of the bay from the generous patio area was, we thought, sufficiently spectacular, until we took in the vista from the panoramic windows on the second floor. Our first stop was the infinity pool, where we decompressed from our travels and enjoyed the welcoming beverages provided by the host. The beach--La Ropa, the best beach in Zihua--was just steps away, and trips into the town center for shopping at the market, as well as airport runs, were facilitated by the ever-attentive Flaco, the caretaker and chauffeur. Marieye, the housekeeper and cook, was a dynamo with the coffeemaker and the mop, and was the first one in the kitchen every morning.
We rented the entire house, which has begun to show a little wear and tear but is efficiently maintained by Flaco and Marieye, who attended to all our needs and requests. We found the downstairs kitchen to be very well equipped to meet the needs of foodies. If one were renting just the upstairs, the kitchen there would be less functional and would benefit from an upgrade. There is generous lighting in most indoor and outdoor spaces, except for the stairs leading to the second floor entry, which were a little tricky for some of us to navigate at night.
The entire process, from first contact with Melissa to our final goodbyes to Flaco and Marieye, was as stress-free as any vacation could be. We will cherish our memories of Zihua and Casa del Platero.
Nice house close to the beach with a good view, sunset and pool. Only two of the bedrooms have air-conditioning, so be prepared for a fight when you arrive because it is hot and humid... The interior is a bit old some places, especially the kitchen, but the atmosphere is cozy and nautical. You spend most of the time in the very nice pool anyway.
About the Host, Melissa
I am free-lance television and web-site video producer living in Atlanta. My husband is a professor on the faculty of Emory University. We bought our Mexico dream home in 2005 and love sharing it with people who want to experience authentic life in another country. We hope you enjoy your stay.