Ok... it is now time for us to post our review.
My wife and I stayed at the Park Royal Ixtapa from Jan 24th to the 31st 2009. All we can say right now is..... W O W !
We arrived at the Zihua Airport and found our bus to the resort almost immediately. One thing is...don't be fooled by the timeshare guys who make it sound like they have your ride awaiting. It's a gimmick that almost fooled my wife.
The bus ride was quick (25 minutes) with awesome scenery of local housing and a glimpse of the city of Zihuatanejo.
Once at the hotel, the bellboys were right there waiting to take care of our luggage while you checked in (and check was amazingly fast) while we sipped on a cocktail handed to us during the process. Our room wasn't ready until 4pm (we checked in at 1:00pm) but they eagerly gave us a wristband and told us to enjoy the resort while we waited. So off to the beach we went and had a drink while exploring the grounds.
Once we got to our room, both our jaws dropped at the beautiful scenery through the balcony doors. The room itself was immaculate, beautiful and exceptionally clean. I tipped the bellboy Orlando (Oso) who had a contagious smile on his face and who seemed he couldn't be happier with his job. Every morning we left a $2.00 tip on the pillow for the maid and every day when we returned to the room to shower or change, we were greeted with gorgous floral arrangments on our bed. What pride these people take in their work to make us travellers feel welcome . The floor was swept and mopped clean and you would never find any sand to step on from the previous day....and the room always smelled fresh and clean.
The pool area and the beach: The pool was large and clean, and you never had a problem finding a lounger at either. Antonio and Efrain at the pool bar were eager to serve and always happy. They were more then happy to ask you if you wanted another...and sometimes before the first one was done. On the beach, the ocean was within a few steps away with soft tan sand. This sand does get hot though..it's not the white powdery coral sands of the Dominican, but much softer and cooler then the sands of Manzanillo Mexico which is only 300 miles to the north. Everything by the beach and pool was pain stakenly cleaned and arranged by the staff...it was numbing to watch them make your stay so memorable.
The buffet had great selection which was changed everyday with very tasty food. The al la carte Italian restaurant (which we ate at twice) also had amazing food, but with a lesser selection on the menu..of course. Lunch can be eaten at either the Pescador restaurant with a beautiful menu of food platters or... you can have an afternoon bite at the snack bar which consisted of hamburgers, pizza, hotdogs or nachos. We never had one issue of stomach problems, nor seen anyone with food related problems. Keep in mind, and most people don't know it yet.. easy on the Pina Coladas and milky drinks and the combination of heat. Thats where most of the illnesses come from at any resort, and people are too hasty to blame it on the food.
In the evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm there are 3 guys who come to the lobby and play some music on their bongos/drums & keyboard and sing some local Mexican as well as American tunes for you. One evening we enjoyed the karaoke. Although there are no stage shows, you can usually find something to do, or people to talk to. If you just want to relax after supper, check out the chill-out lounge situated between the pool and beach. Very very relaxing, and a great place to dance and have some drinks. We met some great Canadian and American people there.
A must do is to run to the city of Zihuatanejo via bus (7 pesos) or taxi it there for 50 pesos and experience the Mexcian local life while shopping, having a meal and/or drinks. It will be a trip to remember. Shop for souveniers while there, you are bound to find something you will want to take home.
One tour we did was the bus tour combo which was a trip to a brick factory (where the make bricks by hand outside), a fruit plantation (we learned alot oabout coconuts) a visit to a Large & beautiful church in Petatland and then enjoyed a fresh grilled fish by the lagon where the salt water and fresh waters meet. Excellent way to see the country side. We were also told that we would likely experience a tremor or earthquake during our stay.. we laughed it off until...........one morning sitting on our loungers having our morning coffee..our chairs began to sway back and forth. We both looked back to see who was moving our chairs to only realize that it was an earthquake (4.9 on the richtor scale). I thought it was cool/amazing and my wife was really freaked out about it. Something we will never forget.
I could go on and on, but this is already getting to long. If anyone has any questions they would like to know that we haven't stated here, please feel free to e-mail us and we will be more then happy to answer your question.
And on that note, and on closing, this trip has likely been the most enjoyable, relaxing stay with the most amazing service we have been to from our 4 trips throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic. We highly recommend it.
(Pictures to be attached soon).
- Also Known As:
- Park Royal Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Park Royal Ixtapa Hotel
- Park Royal Hotel Ixtapa
- Ixtapa Park Royal Hotel
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- We offer all inclusive vacation packages and specials that will allow you to do more on your visit to the beautiful Park Royal Ixtapa in Mexico. Seasonal specials and vacations are offered throughout the year, so come back often to see what’s new.Our all-inclusive program lets you enjoy yourself even more by keeping it simple. ... more less
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