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Some of Sayulita’s hotels have style, others great rates and still others excel when it comes to creature comforts. Arinko Bungalows is the only one in town that rounds all three bases. Rates are among the most reasonable in the area (see above). The units (some one-bedroom, some two) each are attached to a large patio, which has a living room area and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining table. The beds are much softer than the rocky Mexican norm. And boy, are these rooms pretty! The owners, a married couple (one from Mexico, the other from Finland) have filled them with pretty works of art, and furnishings with a touch of whimsy (gotta love the old-fashioned sewing machine turned into a lamp). All are painted in vibrant colors and are kept spotlessly clean. A real find.

-Pauline Frommer