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Real Bananas Hotel & Villas
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Av Monterrey 195 Fracc Club Deportivo, Acapulco 39690, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #48 of 177 hotels in Acapulco
Montreal, Quebec
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2008

This place is great for the price. Rooms are simple and clean good A/C fridge in room, nice balcony with a view, staff is very nice, food is good, the beach is really nice although it is a bit of a trek to get there, you can jump on the banana bus that will take you every 15 minutes or so. Hotel is close to downtown. Most of the guests were mexican families so if you are traveling to another country and want to be surrounded by Americans this isnt the place for you but if you want a bit of culture its great. We ended up with a free upgrade to a villa so I cant comment on the actual hotel but I definitely recommend the villas.

  • Liked — Cheap!!
  • Disliked — few activties
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne Australia
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2007

We enjoyed our 5 day stay at the Hotel Club Bananas. The elevators do work! Rooms are quite large and decently equipped although there are no refrigerators! This is a family hotel where the vast majority of guests are working class and midle class Mexicans with lots of kids and a need to have an economical vacation. This gives the hotel a very warm, comforting feel. The food (and this is an all inclusive hotel with all meals and drinks included) was surprisingly good. Lots of choices, plenty of salads and fruit s well as fish and the usual meat and chicken dishes. The pool was modest and not really big enough for all the guests when the hotel is full. But the hotel staff was immensely warm and friendly and this made up for other deficiencies. Its a 10 min wal to the Costera Miguel Aleman and the beaches - no real problem. If you want a taste of Mexico in Mexico's main Mexico-centered resort town - this is quite a good choice. Its especially good if you want to meet Mexicans rather than people from the US, Canada, Europe etc

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2007

for the price everything was ok no complaints but i would advise leaving the hotel for lunch to get some good seafood.
you dont get drinks on there section of the beach.
staff are friendly service was good


not really much to say

  • Disliked — slow music at night made you want to sleap instead of go out
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2006

Considering This was a 2.5 Star resort. I was pleasantly surprised.

They always had cold beer, and good drinks. The food was good considering. I was travelling with my sister and parents. (My sister being the worst eater on the planet) She always had good thigns to eat. Reccommended for picky eaters. Lots of americanized food and mexican food to choose from.

The rooms were a little sketchy, but were cleaned every day with nice maids that barley spoke english. Although tried really hard.

The front desk there was amazing. Always there to help, friendly and willing to chat about anything. Very helpful with directions and things to do....


It wasnt directly on the beach, which kinda stunk but it was close enough and had a very scary shuttle bus to the beach every 1/2 hour. Once at the beach it was really nice. A long strip of white sand which bars and drinks available on the beach (for a cost).

At the beach they had banana boating, parasailing and jet skiing for very reasonable prices. (20 american for parasailing)

All and all this was a pretty good vacation. Our resort mostly had Canadians and Mexicans (party people :) Even though it wasnt the best resort in the world if offered what we were looking for

Sun, Sand, and Drink....:)

  • Liked — It was close to everything and that the staff tried hard to be nice because it was only a 2.5 star
  • Disliked — that it wasnt on the beach
  • Tips/Secrets — People who have high expectations don't bother. Its a great stress free vacation
  • Stayed January 2004, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2006

We had never been to Mexico before and had always heard how beautiful it was there. We were very excited to be going and staying at an All-Inclusive resort. I must admit everything seems to look pretty from a distance, then you get up close and realize how dirty everything is. Upon arrival, we immediately wanted to leave. When we were checking in another guest was asking a worker why there was a used feminine hygiene product in their waste basket because they had just arrived as well and had not even used their facilities yet. As the days progressed, we found that the hotel workers were very rude to us as well. We understood most of the Spanish they were speaking, but we just did not speak it as fluently and they had very rude comments amongst themselves about us.
We got up to our room and there was huge gaps above and below the doors (where bugs or God knows what else could get in). We did not feel safe here at all! The air conditioning barely worked. The tv was junky and there was only two English speaking channels. There were mostly all Mexicans staying at this hotel and we only ran into two other couples that spoke English at this place. The walls were very thin we could hear everything that was going on next door and all around us. The shower was filthy and you either scalded yourself or took a cold shower. The two elevators were broken every day at some point and we were placed on the 8th floor, so we had to hike all the way up and down until they got it fixed for the day.
The hotel was nothing like is was described. The pools were disgusting, one was murky and the other was filled with bugs and debris. The food was pretty much the same thing every day for nearly every meal. It mostly consisted of potatoes and bread. We got fed up with this and went and ate at resturants and getting stuff from Wal-Mart. They claim to have 3 resturants and 3 bars. The one resturant was open only during certain hours and the other was only open 2 nights out of the 7 we were there. The bar (at the hotel) was only open until 11pm, so don't bother trying to get anything after that. The pool bar was only open 2 times during our stay. The beach bar consisted of a plastic table with an umbrella and a cooler with one kind of beer and a very limited selection of sodas.
The hotel beach area was awful! The chairs were ridiculous. They were plastic and the cracks had been patched up with metal wire that had rusted. We started calling them Franken chairs. Oh and don't try and relax on the beach, the locals are constantly trying to sell you junk and they come all in your personal space. It was very very annoying! The beach area was filthy, there was trash and huge dead fish all over. The water was littered with trash. The rip current will also knock you down! It is very strong! The hotel claims that the beach is a block away. It is a good mile walk across a very busy street where you risk your life trying to get across.
They have horse-drawn carriage rides on the extremely busy streets and the poor horses looked like they were being starved and worked to death. After we witnessed that, we refused to take part in any thing that had to do with animals. Cici (a water amusement part) was nearby and the hotel was suppose to have complementary tickets for guests. We requested our tickets and they were ready to charge us for them. We never went to Cici's.
We were very disappointed with Acapulco and we will never go back to Mexico! We could not believe how dirty it was and how rude the locals are. Everywhere we went we were constantly being badgered to buy something or being asked for hand-outs. Hope this helps!

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury, Canada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2005

The resort is geared toward Mexicans from Mexican city so you get a bit of a cultural experience staying here. It is not off the beach so one gets a ride to the beach (which by the way is one of the worst that I have been too--too much gasoline at the water edges and it is too crowded).
The great thing is the local flavour of the foods. The variety is not great and the setting is very much 2* which was fine with us since we were on limited budgets. The daiquiris (lime, bananas) were really tasty to us nonalcoholics... We also got free passes to the water parks.
The hotel room itself is ok--nothing to write home about.
We would never go back to Acapulco...

  • Stayed January 2002
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Middleboro Ma.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2004

If your going on vacation to relax and unwind PLEASE DONT STAY AT THIS HOTEL. This place is the noisiest place on earth. The hotel is old and pretty run down and the food sucks. Only go there if you are Deaf dumb and blind.

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Additional Information about Real Bananas Hotel & Villas

Also Known As:
Club Bananas Acapulco Hotel Acapulco
Club Bananas Acapulco Hotel
Hotel Bananas Acapulco
Address: Av Monterrey 195 Fracc Club Deportivo, Acapulco 39690, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Acapulco
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Acapulco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Real Bananas Hotel & Villas 2.5*
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