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“Secluded Elegance, Great AI Value” 4 of 5 stars
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Las Brisas Ixtapa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Playa Vista Hermosa S/N, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Ixtapa
Fort Worth, Texas
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“Secluded Elegance, Great AI Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband and I visited Las Brisas for 6 nights in August 2012. We were on the all-inclusive meal plan. We have been to several AI resorts in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area including LeBlanc (3x), Iberostar Grand (2x), Secrets Maroma and Secrets Silversands.

I would recommend the AI component. I thought the price paid for it was worth it and contrary to what others have written, it is not confusing at all as to what is included and what is not as they provide you with a detailed sheet outlining exactly what the AI plan includes. They actually came to our room and took away the minibar items that were not included so there would be no confusion, which was not necessary but probably saves them headaches with people who do not bother to read the information sheet. The AI includes 2 small bottles of water, one 1.5 liter of water, 2 sodas and 4 beers replenished daily in your mini bar fridge. We found this more than adequate.

The AI plan also includes 50% off of room service but we never took advantage of it so I cannot comment on the quality.

The AI also included 3 dinners in their “premier” restaurants. Since it was off-season, Brisas II was closed so the premier restaurants available for us were the Mexican and the Italian. We ate one meal in the International restaurant (where the breakfast buffet is, there is no limit on how many times you can visit here during your visit) and ate 2 dinners in Zihua. I highly recommend Kau Kan in Zihuah for excellent food, service, and gorgeous view of the bay.

Having read some of the reviews of the food, we were not expecting much. We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the dinners in the Italian and Mexican restaurants and well as the service and atmosphere. I can understand how some people would be confused and perhaps put-off by the Mexican restaurant. Do not expect Tex Mex! If your experience with Mexican food is limited to fast food and chain restaurants, you may be surprised by the menu here. This is authentic Mexican cuisine with an international flair and it is EXCELLENT! If you are confused as to what to order because you are not familiar with this type of cuisine, ask the servers their recommendations. They are very knowledgeable and they will not steer you wrong. Some of the highlights of the Mexican restaurant are the queso served in a molcajete ( I cannot think of the name of this dish but it is similar to queso flameado minus the flameado because it’s baked in the molcajete), the black bean soup, and the osso bucco ( sounds like an odd item for a Mexican restaurant but it had a uniquely Mexican flair and it was delicious).

The Italian restaurant was equally as delicious and the atmosphere is very elegant. This is the restaurant we dined at twice. We really enjoyed the ceasar salad for two prepared tableside. Did you know the ceasar salad was invented in Tijuana? I absolutely love the way ceasar salad is prepared in Mexico and Las Brisas did not disappoint. In fact, on our second visit the salad was prepared by Moises and it was the best salad I have ever had. Please be warned that the ceasar dressing in Mexico is prepared with raw egg yolks so if this concerns you, don’t order it. Other highlights of the Italian restaurant are the steak flambé, bananas foster and the tiramisu. Moises was our server each of the 3 nights we dined in the premier restaurants and he made each meal very special, especially our last night. He is a gracious host and an excellent waiter.

You are presented with a check after each meal since some guests are not on AI. I thought that for the quality of food and the dining experience the total for the meal was very fair. For drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts with coffee (2 people)the totals were in the $130 (US) range. Far below what we would have paid for the same meal in an equally nice restaurant in the DFW area. We also tipped around 15%-20% of the total. We felt strongly that the quality of service and food warranted this.

We spent our days at the beach. The beach service was very good. They have an excellent selection of Mexican beers that they serve to you in a bucket of ice along with bottled water. The beers include XXs, Tecate, Bohemia, Victoria, Indio, Corona, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, and Pacifico. We also ordered lunch on the beach each day. The food was served promptly and it was fresh and for the most part very good snack bar fare. The only thing we didn’t like was the Cuban sandwich but the fries, guacamole, quesadilla, nachos, cheeseburger, and provolone salad were really yummy.

The breakfast buffet was fine, nothing exceptional but more than adequate. Certainly better than what I usually scrounge up at home. I especially liked the pastries, coffee and the chilaquiles.

The lobby bar is a great place to have a cocktail before dinner. Polo and Paulino are great. They have good suggestions if you want to try something different and they’re very nice to chat with. The view from the bar is spectacular and we enjoyed the sunsets very much.

Overall, we had a great time at Las Brisas. As others have said, the fact that the beach is secluded is very nice. It gives it a very exclusive feel. The only drawback to our visit was the timing of it. It was right before school started and there were A LOT of children there, although they were well behaved for the most part…where there are waves, there are screams and squeals. We just would have preferred a little more peace and quiet but overall it was not bad. Most of the guests were nationals this time of year and most families consist of at least 2 and often 3 kids. That’s a lot of kids. However, because the guests were nationals we kept very different schedules. They took breakfast and dinner much later than a typical US family. It was not unusual for us to be finishing up our dinner at 9:15 or 9:30 and notice the restaurants just starting to fill up. There was obviously a long nap involved in their schedules because all the kids were well behaved and not cranky like you might see late night in the US.

You also have to check the pool/beach towels in and out. I’m not used to this and don’t really like having to mess with that but the benefit of this system is that there is no “chair game”. That was nice. I also didn’t really care for the pools. It is a shame that there is no view of the ocean from them. However, I do not go on a beach vacation to sit at a pool so this did not affect our trip at all.

Las Brisas is a AAA 4 diamond resort and it shows. It shows from the speedy check-in and check-out, to the professional staff, the great service and the quality of the food. I thought that all the prices at the hotel ranged from reasonable in the restaurants to typical resort prices in the bar, room service, and mini bar. I do not understand people complaining about the prices. It makes me wonder if they have ever traveled to even moderate level resorts before. Yes, some price gouging occurs. Yes, the price for a bottle of water they put in your room is more than what you pay at an OXXO. This occurs everywhere from sporting events, to restaurants, to airports and amusement parks all over the planet. This is just how it is and why I think the AI component is such a great deal here. It was great and we didn’t even feel bad for eating a couple of dinners off the property.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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HelloLBI, Manager at Las Brisas Ixtapa, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Dear Guest:
It has been a great honor having the opportunity to host you at Las Brisas Ixtapa during your recent stay.
You wrote a fantastic and detailed review about our property and AI meal plan which will be very useful to many of TripAdvisor’s travelers.
Thank you very much for sharing your great experience with us.
Hope to see you soon at this beautiful resort.
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Irvine, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Stayed there for a long weekend for business meeting in the summer July 2012. Had a suite on the high floor. Very nice accommodation. Beach is just at the ground floor of the hotel. Not much to do in the city so this is for a beach weekend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HelloLBI, Manager at Las Brisas Ixtapa, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Dear Guest:
Thank you for sharing with us your nice comments.
It was good to know you had an excellent weekend while your business meeting. We sincerely hope you may come back soon at Las Brisas Ixtapa for pleasure.
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

For anyone thinking of visiting Ixtapa , I highly recommend Las Brisas. We have stayed there 3 times in the last 3 years and love it., ALL rooms are ocean view rooms and the beach is amazing as well as large . Rooms are very clean, for an older resort and happy hour in the main lobby to watch the sunset is not only fun but romantic .
They are not all inclusive but offer that as an option, I would pass on it , its very expensive for one and you can eat alot cheaper in Ixtapa plus its only a $ 4.00 cab ride ,,,dinner for 2 averages about $ 15.00 to $ 20.00 where as eating at the resort for two averages about $ 75.00 to $ 100.00, drinks included . The breakfest buffett there is $ 20.00 per person but not worth it ( thats just my opinion ) again, go to Ixtapa. Breakfest there averages about $ 5.00 and its pretty good . Also visit Zihuatanejo, its about a $ 10.00 cab ride from resort but you can negotiate a better deal heading back with the local cabs . Zihuatanejo offers some great shopping and places to eat lunch and dinner , but then again so does Ixtapa .
All in all,,,very good resort and surrounding towns are alot of fun to shop . In Ixtapa everyone likes to go to Franks restaurant in the main square area at least once ,,,not bad for pizza actually. I also like Momma Norma's ( I thinks that was the name ) damn good Lobster tail's for $ 20.00 Alot of places to eat around the marina area well.
When booking and you want all-inclusive ,,they have a few places in Ixtapa like that but little or no beach at all,,takes the fun out of the day I think . So be watchful when booking one of those .
There are local markets in Ixtapa so you can load up on liquer , beer and snacks , we did !!! since the rooms all have fridges , plus there are a few shops there for last minute items .
I rated the spa low because I never saw it opened . Best value is lunch by the main pool .

But i really did enjoy Las Brisas Resort .

Room Tip: all are beach front rooms , you can't go wrong
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HelloLBI, Manager at Las Brisas Ixtapa, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Dear Guest:
We sincerely appreciate your nice review in reference to your March 2012 stay at Las Brisas Ixtapa.
We feel very happy to know this was your third stay with us, this means you have enjoyed our services and facilities. Please rest assured that we will continue focusing our efforts to exceed our guests expectations.
Look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back at Las Brisas Ixtapa.
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Hotel Las Brisas has beautiful rooms, however, the service, access to the beach, pools, food and everything else didn't meet my expectations. From the day we got there, it took the reception 3 hrs to assign us our rooms (and we already had a reservation...). One could tell that there was a lack of comunication in the staff. Moreover, the food, and I'm referring to one of the best gastronomy's in the world, was not good. Our first night there, we waited for at least 30 min for our meals, and they had forgotten our order of entrees... To make up for it they brought them after the main course, which we didn't want anymore, and our server insisted that we have them. Other than that, the pool is nice, but a bit dangerous for kids and a bit far away from the rooms. It's a nice hotel but it's simply not worth the price you pay for it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HelloLBI, Manager at Las Brisas Ixtapa, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Dear Guest:
Thank you for writing your review related to your recent stay at Las Brisas Ixtapa.
Please accept our sincere apology for not meeting your expectations. Rest assured that we have taken corrective actions in order to improve the service with our Front Desk and restaurants staff.
Hope you will give us the opportunity to regain your confidence in Las Brisas Ixtapa and let us welcome you back in sunny Ixtapa.
Sincerely,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We live in Ixtapa, yesterday we show up at the airport for our flight to Mexico City on Aeromexico and they are closing the airport saying our flight was cancelled. Luckily Aeromexico personnel took care of us by changing our flights to today, sent us to hotel Las Brisas and gave us an allowance of 800 pesos for food only for the both of us.

I have always been curious about Las Brisas and this was our chance to find out.

The positive:
The hotel is in a nice settiing:

staff is helpful and friendly which is the case in most places in Mexico;

The room was nice with a large balcony overlooking the ocean, it was clean and basic;

The beach is small but really nice;

The pools are ok.

The negative:

The food is overpriced and not that good; good fresh food well prepared is plentiful in Mexico, we can eat a great meal downtown Zihua or in some in Ixtapa for much less. As a matter of fact, we had to spend more than the allowance. A bowl of cereal is 73 pesos, add coffee, fruits, toast, its adds up to close to 200 pesos. A rip-off

The hotel is secluded, therefore you need a taxi when you want to go out;

The hotel is ugly, long boring corridors to go anywhere, it is also run down but very clean, it must have been splendid 35 years ago;

Based on the previous excellent reviews, I expected some luxury, it is very basic;

Had to pay 186 pesos for wifi and it did not even work half the time, therefore I asked for a credit and got it without any fuss;

Therefore, personally, I would not recommend to my friends and family to stay there, but I dont mean by that that the place should be avoided as I am sure that with less expectations the place is fine.

Room Tip: We had a room near a compressor that went on all night.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HelloLBI, Manager at Las Brisas Ixtapa, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Dear Guest:

We appreciate your comments about your recent stay at Las Brisas Ixtapa.

We are deeply sorry if we did not meet with your expectations, and look forward to have the opportunity to regain your confidence when you come back to this beautiful destination….Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Sincerely,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Las Brisas Ixtapa is still probably the best hotel in the Ixtapa area. It is perched on a hill with a private beach but still only a 15 minute walk to the main resort area of Ixtapa. The hotel has a simple mexican decor, bright colors and simple elegance. I was there in July, which was the beginning of the mexican high season. Lots of families with kids so the pool was a bit overcrowded with little children. And although the hotel has 2 swimming pools, there do not seem enough for the size of the hotel. But the ocean was the place to be. Big waves to play with and warm ocean temperatures made you want to stay in all day. The surf can be a bit dangerous so it is wise to be cautious when in the water. Great breakfasts but the dinner buffet could be improved quality wise.
Highly recommended...... oh yes... and the huge balconies in the room are a treat!!

Room Tip: All rooms share the same view. Higher rooms are closer to the lobby, restaurants and pools. Rooms in...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HelloLBI, Manager at Las Brisas Ixtapa, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comments and nice description of Las Brisas Ixtapa.

In reference to your recommendation in reference to the dinner buffet, our Chef is taking care in improving it every night.

Look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to Las Brisas Ixtapa in the near future.

Sincerely,

The Management.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

If you like, great service, excellent food, a private beach and lovely junglelike atmosphere this is the place for you! It's so well run that you'll just love everyone there. I've been there many many times and there's no deception. It can get a little pricey mostly for the restaurant services, but you are just a couple dollars away from many restaurants.

Room Tip: Almost all rooms have a pretty nice view.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HelloLBI, Manager at Las Brisas Ixtapa, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Dear Guest:

We appreciate your nice review related to your recent stay at Las Brisas Ixtapa.

Rest assure that we will keep doing our best efforts to try to exceed your expectations to make your next stay a unique experience.

Hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back at Las Brisas Ixtapa.

Sincerely,

The Management.
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Address: Playa Vista Hermosa S/N, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo > Ixtapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ixtapa
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ixtapa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ixtapa
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ixtapa
#6 Family Hotel in Ixtapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Las Brisas Ixtapa 4*
Number of rooms: 416
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled into the side of a mountain and surrounded by tropical vegetation on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Pacific Riviera is where you will find this secluded tropical paradise that offers the perfect balance between recreation and relaxation. A private hilltop entrance leads into a stone courtyard with dramatic fountain, where porters escort new arrivals to the open-air reception area. Bright colors, high ceilings, and keyhole views of the Pacific Ocean highlight hotel's striking architecture. Las Brisas Ixtapa is a particular favorite of honeymooners for its romantic setting and rooms with private terraces, all with ocean views. ... more   less 
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