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I entered the San Juan Cosala Spa on Sunday morning around 8:30 am. There were very few people around. I would say that on Sunday from 8:30 am to 1 pm there are not that many people there. The pools of thermal water had very few people in them. I enjoyed my 3 hours in the pools of 40 degree temperatures.

i went there with my family ... it´s great option to stay and have fun ... Great prices, you can eat and it´s great too. The SPA is amazing! Hot pools , security, great facilities. You will love it, You will want to back asap.

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.

My friend & I went to this spa today by bus from Chapala. Bus stop very near spa. On arrival you have to pay 280 pesos per adult to get in (not sure why we paid this as we never wanted to use the swimming pools) Go thru the entrance to get into the Spa you have to pay another 175 pesos per adult. This will get you into 6 outdoor spa's. You are all timed, very organised spa. Each hot spa has a different flavor in the water, ie red wine, petals, salt, coffee, apple cider vinegar. Spread mud all over your body, let it dry in the sunshine & then go in last muddy spa! There are facials steam & sauna caves, hot showers. Stands by each spa for your towel/purse/belongings. Drinks are provided hot tea & water to stay hydrated, wine not recommended dehydrate! Takes abot 2hrs 15mins to go thru this cycle. The bus back to Chapala top of the main road on your right see green seat & shelter. Bus saying "Guadalajara " will stop in Chapala 40min ride $2. FOOD: They have a restaurant by the swimming pools, not recommended. Best to bring your own food everyone else had picnic/hamper. We had a great day out, really worth going to this place.

Excellent service and great prices after Aeromar cancel my flight I stayed in San Juan Cósala balneario very clean and excellent place very relaxing I really recommend this place definitely we will come back

Mood for a getaway from city trip? This place is your place!!! Thermal waters all hot pools, Spa water treatments, massages, hot and cold tea while you’re there, at the view of Chapala’s lake, away from noise, the excellent weather. Great food also. Relax and enjoy!

We took a bus ($70MN per person) to San Juan Cosala from Guadalajara centro. The bus driver dropped us off on the main road and the balneario was a block away. At first, when I saw the entrance, I thought it might be a ghetto place. We were already there so we went for it anyway. $280MN gets you in to the public pools (balneario). Once we got in, our negative thoughts left our mind. The grounds looked clean, pools are very clean, and even though we went on a Thursday, the place was busy but not outrageous . We arrived hungry so we ordered some taquitos, fries, a beer, and a cazuela and it was all great. We headed for the bathroom to put on our bathing suits and they have showers, and dressing rooms too. Again, all very clean. We head on over to the spa and we only had enough time to do the Recorrido Basico ($100MN). The staff at the spa entrance were not very helpful in explaining what the spa included or what our options were. They basically told us to look a the board with the options. We thought that we would be alone in the spa journey through the different thermal waters, but it's in groups of 6-8 people (unless you choose a time slot when others have not booked). This group journey actually turned out to be awesome, because we met a lot of friendly and fun people. It was a mix of locals, expats, and tourists. The spa area has numbered cups (so you keep track of yours) for the water and tea provided. After every tub, you go through a tunnel stone-like shower before entering the next tub. Our package included the vinegar and flower pools, mud bake, temascal (steam), inhalers (eucalyptus & 2 others). If the hot springs water is not hot enough for you, and everyone in the group agrees, they will add more hot springs water directly from their source. I wish we would have had enough time to do the 2 1/2 hour package. The spa also offers manicures, pedicures, massages, and facials. I later found out they have private hot spring tubs at the spa and you can rent them for 2 hours. I don't remember the price, but I would recommend the group one. It was a lot of fun meeting new people. They sell creams, salts, gifts, and other stuff in the spa reception area. Bring you own towel, and your stressed and tired body, and you will leave a new person! Getting back to Guadalajara was a bit of a challenge since we were pressed for time (we had to be at the airport by 5:30pm). We didn't see any buses on the main road, there were no Uber cars nearby, and taxi's we found did not want to make the trip to Guadalajara. After about 25-30 minutes, we finally found a cab, but he could only take us directly to the airport (he had to do a pickup). We still needed to get our luggage from the hotel, but decided we can catch a cab to the hotel once at the airport. We were almost at the airport when the cab got a flat tire. Fortunately, Uber was available and the guy picked us up from the road in 3 minutes and took us to our hotel. It was an adventure!

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

La Paz Oriente No. 420 San Juan Cosala JAL

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Lake Chapala
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Hotel Balneario San Juan Cosalá places you next to Lake Chapala and within a 10-minute walk of San Juan Cosala Boardwalk. This 36-room, 3-star hotel has 2 indoor pools along with a full-service spa and a free water park.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with cooked-to-order breakfast, available for a fee from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.


Hotel Balneario San Juan Cosalá's 36 rooms are individually decorated and provide refrigerators, free bottled water, and ceiling fans. For entertainment, guests can expect to find cable TV. Beds sport down comforters and bathrooms offer free toiletries. Rooms also include safes.

Property features

Hotel Balneario San Juan Cosalá features a full-service spa, 2 indoor pools, and a free water park. Extended parking is offered for a fee. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this hot springs hotel include an outdoor pool, a lazy river, and a children's pool.

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Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 113 reviews

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