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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.
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.
· Acapulco Hotel Rundown: Las Brisas [HotelChatter]