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“Clean, Comfortable, Affordable, Friendly, Peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
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El Hotelito
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Canonero Bravo 105 | FraccCosta Azul, Acapulco 39850, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #42 of 178 Hotels in Acapulco
San Francisco, California
1 review
“Clean, Comfortable, Affordable, Friendly, Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

El Hotelito... de poco madre
Roughly translates to The Little Hotel is Awesome -- or something like that... ya gotta be Mexican to fully get it I think.
Anyway, it is a great spot. Considering how chaotic Acapulco is, it is a small oasis. Sure there are others places to duck out of the crazy beach scene or the busy main drag, but probably not for the price. This place is right off the beach and equally short distance to dozens of eateries, Starbucks, bars, etc. It's also near the Walmart if you need anything from beer to sunscreen. Crossing the street is dangerous given the driving style, but the median has sidewalk passageways, so I guess you are encouraged to risk your life and jaywalk. We did.

El Hotelito allows no kids, has off-street gated parking and a very friendly and helpful staff. It offers beer and drinks at the Barecito and has a nice little pool (very little, but somehow big enough)

The rooms upstairs might get a little hot from the blasting sun, but all rooms have AC and our room down on the first floor was very comfortable. No frills, and no fridge, but totally workable. Sure it could use some rehab here and there, and a look at some negative reviews makes me think they might have some substance. However, our experience was fully positive. Rooms upstairs do offer a view of sorts, but then again the property next store is a mess and a nearby hotel tower is under some kind of renovation or lack of care... My wife got a few mosquito bites. Small issues... Welcome to Mexico.

The street appeared extra safe as there was a parking lot for the Federal Police about 100 meters toward the main road, and thus lots of cops at various moments.

The beach is so close that trips back to the hotel room are no problem. Beach umbrellas with a table and chairs are something like 50 pesos, and even on the weekend it wasn't too terribly crazy on the beach. The beach there gets a bit trashed as garbage cans didn't exist and culturally it's different to say the least. It does get cleaned up at night, but don't expect a litter-free experience.

All in all El Hotelito was great, and a real support system to the adventure that is Acapulco.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Rego Park, New York
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Small cozy hotel far from center but close to the beach. Plenty of restaurants and bars around. No mosquito nets so can't leave windows open, that's a minus. Quiet rooms. Much nicer upstairs with balconies.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Veracruz, Mexico
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26 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel 2 years ago and it was "Excellent", but on my latest stay I noticed the lack of maintenance.

First I was assigned a room that was flooded and had no light, then reassigned to another one in which the shower was not working properly and finally the one I sayed at was clean but there was some mold growing by the shower the sink was loose, the curtains looked old and not tidy.

Don't get me wrong, it is still a fair place to stay for the price buy it is not what it used to be. For an overnight stay would be ok but maybe not for a whole vacation.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2008

We had planned to stay in Acapulco for five days of our two week trip to Mexico. We had booked at El Hotelito based on the reviews available on this site. When we arrived at the hotel at around 2pm, our room wasn't ready. We waited for about an hour in the lobby for our room. To their credit, they offered us a complimentary beverage while we were waiting. When we got to our room, we were quite disappointed. First of all, the Hotelito does not have an elevator and we were on the third floor. It wasn't a problem just a bit of a pain when you forgot something in the room. Second of all, El Hotelito is not a modern hotel, it's an old Acapulco joint that's been revamped wth a bit of white paint. The room itself was relatively clean. The rest of the hotel, not so much. The cushions on the chairs next to the pool were stained and so were the curtains in the room. It all felt a bit old and dingy. The location however is good. Close to the beach and restaurants. The staff is friendly but very young and somewhat inexperienced. If you are 20 and want a cheap place to go party, this might be for you but it wasn't for us. After two nights, we decided to leave and go back to Mexico D.F. sooner than planned. It took many many weeks and many emails to get our money back, but we managed to get refunded for two night.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — it was old and dingy
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

Hello,
If you are looking for a vacation full of adventure and fun, the Hotelito is not the place where you will find it. Me and my friends just came back from Acapulco and we experienced the worst service an hotel can provide to fulfill your expectations. Despite the fact that Acapulco is an amazing place to go to the Hotelilo will restrict your plans in many ways. When you pay for a place to stay you expect a good service and availabilty of many things. So take this advice seriously.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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159 hotel reviews
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321 helpful votes 321 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2006

El Hotelito is Acapulco's hidden secret. The place is very clean, the location is great (only one block away from the beach and one block away from the restaurants and clubs), and the hotel staff is very friendly! Not once did I have to ask for my key when I returned from the beach because they knew who I was and what room I was staying in! The pool is nicely decorated and it is a refreshing swim under the hot Mexican sun. The rooms are average, but extremely clean! The hotel has a great policy of not allowing anyone under 21, and it really helps. Some of the other hotels were loud and boisterous, but this place was relaxing and mature. My only complaint about this hotel is that there is not elevator, but the fourth floor is the top floor. I would definitly stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2005

Some friends and my self arrived in Acapulco without a hotel reservation... We asked to the taxi driver where could we stay? Nice hotel, not expensive, good location and cool. The taxi driver headed us to el hotelito where more than all that, DO NOT ACCEPT KIDS, great!!!! The price was really nice for the quality of the place. Definetely the pool and the cleaness of the rooms are the strongest points of the place. Also, it is very close to Walmart, restaurants, clubs and 30 steps from the beach. The manager gave us a nice discount so we stayed there and enjoyed it.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Hotelito

Address: Canonero Bravo 105 | FraccCosta Azul, Acapulco 39850, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Acapulco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 178 Hotels in Acapulco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Hotelito 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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