Acapulco Travel Guide

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Another Place to Sit, Soak and Stare: The Banyan Tree Resort in Acapulco

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  Site Where: Boulevard Cabo Marques Lote 1 Colonia , Acapulco, GR, Mexico, 39907
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We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

We're very fortunate to not only have a dedicated group of tipsters who love hotels just as much as we did but we're also fortunate to have a group that travels to amazing places. These folks are our ears and eyes when we can't be somewhere...like the brand new Banyan Tree Cabo Marques Resort in Acapulco.

This is a view of the ocean from the bathtub, one of our favorite places to admire the view. Our reader, He Who Travels, tells us:

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Las Brisas Acapulco Has a Jeep That Would Make "Pretty in Pink" Proud

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  Site Where: Carretera Escenica, Clemente Mejia #5255, Acapulco, Mexico, 39868
September 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

The other day we wrote about how the Las Brisas Acapulco resort has a Magic Box. Get your mind out of the gutter, the box is simply referring to a room service box which enables servers to drop off the food without disturbing guests.

Now we notice that Las Brisas has another cool amenity on site--a pink and white striped Jeep. OMG. So cute, right? And wait, it's not just one Jeep on site. They have a whole phalanx of these pretty-in-pink jeeps. We love. love. love.

If you know of any other cool or fugly hotel cars, send 'em our way!

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Spring Breakers + Mexico + Hotel = Fire

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  Site Where: Av Costera Miguel Aleman No 123, Acapulco, Mexico, 39670
March 18, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

We're pretty sure the Best Western Playa Suites in Acapulco, Mexico won't be keen on hosting Spring Breakers again.

Several Spring Breakers from the University of New Hampshire and Penn State were staying at the hotel when it caught fire early Monday morning.

The students had booked the trip through StudentCity.com and several had just arrived only a few hours before the fire broke out.

One senior from Bedford said she and her friends ran down 12 flights of stairs after their suite began to fill with smoke.

They stood outside in their pajamas and watched the smoke climb, unable to collect their belongings until many hours later, said the student, Ashley Herrin, 22.

"I was stranded with no money, no shoes, no passport in Mexico, with nowhere to go. It was just miserable," she said.

The hotel had recently passed a fire inspection but several students said they never heard any smoke or fire alarms. Fortunately, no one was injured and some students were able to enter last night to retrieve their belongings. The hotel hasn't updated their website but we are sure they won't be taking any guests anytime soon.

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Acapulco Beach Hotel Rundown: Looking at Your Options

Where: Acapulco, Mexico
November 2, 2007 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is the last of the Mexico Hotel stories from HotelChatter Contributor Editor Tim Leffel. In case you missed one, check out his Acapulco Hotel Guide or his Zihuatanejo Hotel Guide.

For those in their 40s or older, the word "Acapulco" conjures up images of The Love Boat pulling into the dramatic bay and cliff divers just over the ridge. Decades before that it was a place where the Hollywood stars went to when they didn't want to be bothered. Despite the standard press lines about a comeback and "the return of glamour," Acapulco still feels a bit like a place struggling to regain its lost youth.

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Acapulco Hotel Rundown: Quinta Real Acapulco

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  Site Where: Paseo de la Quinta 6, Fracc. Real Diamante, Acapulco, Mexico, 39907
October 25, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel left Hungary and the Czech Republic and headed for warmer climates in Acapulco, Mexico. For the next few days, we'll be running his hotel reports. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

The Quinta Real chain is one of the luxury leaders in Mexico. (See a review of their Guadalajara hotel here.) The Quinta Real Acapulco opened ten years ago on a prime spot between the hubbub of the bay and the construction hubbub at the newer beach near the airport. Perched on a hillside with steps down to a secluded beach, this ten-year-old hotel dukes it out with Las Brisas as the most deluxe place to bed down in the region.

As with Las Brisas, the views here are panoramic and captivating, though with more open sea than a winding bay. After a sit-down check-in, you follow the right steps to a room that some may find oddly frilly and fancy for a beach resort. Like the other Quinta Real hotels, rooms here feature creamy marble floors, elaborate carved headboards, antiqued coffee tables and wardrobes, and lacy white curtains over the entrance to the bathtub. Throw in Hermes toiletries and the region's most expensive minibars and it's obvious this hotel is aiming for the upper crust.

With only 74 suites, it can feel a little lonely here during slow seasons, but when the snowbirds flock south the cliffside is buzzing. The bar here is one of the most attractive around, with crafted leather chairs, colorful masks on the walls, a fireplace, and a great view out the glass doors. Both the chairs and the walls in the fancier restaurant feature hand-painted designs.

The water is reputedly much cleaner here than in Acapulco Bay and the long surf breaks are good for surfing and boogie boarding. If something gets out of whack after the wave pummeling, retire to the pool with a view or the spa. When it's time to head to the airport, it's only a 15-minute ride: another plus in a city known as much for its traffic as its beaches.

Related Stories:
· Acapulco Hotel Rundown: Las Brisas [HotelChatter]

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Acapulco Hotel Rundown: Camino Real Diamante

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  Site Where: Carretera Escénica Km.14 Baja Catita 18, Fracc. Pichilingue Diamante, Acapulco, Mexico, 39880
October 24, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel left Hungary and the Czech Republic and headed for warmer climates in Acapulco, Mexico. For the next few days, we'll be running his hotel reports. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

If you head to the heart of Acapulco, you won't be in for a mellow, relaxing vacation. Over a million people cram onto limited roads, with the one going along the beach and all the way out to the airport carrying the bulk of the traffic. Between the honking horns and beach vendors, it's not easy finding a quiet space.

Out where Camino Real Diamante is located, it's a different place altogether. On a secluded bay approached by a gated community road, this hotel gets the benefit of pure seclusion. It's one of the few spots in the area where you can take a photo not filled with other buildings. (Like this killer view shot which could be from almost any of the 146 rooms.) Plus although its pocket beaches are rather small, they're truly private: the only way for a non-guest to reach them would be by boat.

Three swimming pools are on separate levels, with other terraces scattered around to offer as much or as little privacy as you would like. If you have kids though, this hotel scores higher than most, with a kids menu in both restaurants and an activity center for them open outside of low season.

Speaking of low season, there's major renovation construction going on at the moment, with chisels and jackhammers transforming all of the rooms and painters freshening up the decor. Book from December on and it'll be like staying in a new hotel.

Related Stories:
· Acapulco Hotel Guide [HotelChatter]

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Acapulco Hotel Rundown: Crowne Plaza Acapulco

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  Site Where: Av. Costera Miguel Aleman 123, Acapulco, Mexico, 39670
October 23, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel left Hungary and the Czech Republic and headed for warmer climates in Acapulco, Mexico. For the next few days, we'll be running his hotel reports. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

The Crowne Plaza Acapulco may be a typical chain hotel without a lot of personality, but when you can score an off-season rate of $79 a night as we did, who cares?! It's got killer views of the bay (like this one pictured, from room 2703), there's ample terrace space around the three pools, and you can walk right out to the beach and loads of restaurants.

It's hard to go wrong with any room in this high-rise, since all but the premium ocean front rooms face either one side of the bay or another and this hotel is smack in the middle. There's a bar at the pool, one with live nightly entertainment in the lobby, and restaurants on two levels. The friendly staffers speak fluent English.

You'll pay $14 to log on to the WiFi system here and coverage is iffy at rooms far from the elevator and at the pool. This hotel started out as something else before it became a Crowne Plaza, so expect smallish rooms with basic furniture and fabrics. In other words, this one won't wow you apart from the view, but with good rates and a convenient location for walking to other bars and restaurants, it's a good "no surprises" option.

Related Stories:
· Acapulco Hotel Rundown: Las Brisas [HotelChatter]

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Acapulco Hotel Rundown: Las Brisas

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  Site Where: Carretera Escenica 5255, Acapulco, Mexico, 39868
October 22, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel left Hungary and the Czech Republic and headed for warmer climates in Acapulco, Mexico. For the next few days, we'll be running his hotel reports. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

If a killer ocean view is at the top of your priority list and you fantasize about having your own hillside pool with a view outside your bedroom, Las Brisas Acapulco is your place. Billed as a hotel "where children are seldom seen but often made," it has been a favorite of honeymooners and romantic couples for 50 years.

Since it was established so long ago, it sprawls up and down a prime hillside with a view of the bay and ocean. The 231 rooms are actually individual casitas accompanied by 210 swimming pools: obviously having your own pool here is not just a luxury for the presidential suite guests. Many of the 32 master and junior suites have large pool terraces private enough for the elimination of tan lines. (Be advised though that the southern Pacific Coast sun is not to be taken lightly.)

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