Spent two nights at the Hotel Boca Chica following a recomendation of a friend of mine to try out something new.
Location: it is located on the far end of the Acapulco main bay, on the peninsula facing an island. If you want to be in the middle of the happening of Acapulco this is certainly not the place to stay since it is quite a trip to get there, either from the airport or to the main attractions like restaurants or bars. You definetely need a car to get there, either taxi, own or rental car. That part of Acapulco is certainly one of the poorer areas which you instantly notice when driving there.
Property: I am not sure when it was constructed but it has a 50's or early 60's feel. The property is beautifully restored, all key elements form the old days were maintained. The garden with all the plants is gorgeous. The view to the sea fantastic.
Guest rooms: I was lucky to have one of the corner suites (room 210) on the second floor (there are only 30 something guest rooms). It was spacious, the shower is placed in the room surrounded by a shower curtain which is not everyone's piece of cake but I did not mind since I stayed myself in the room. There is WIFI throughout the hotel, guestrooms and pool area and it is included in the room rate. There is a minibar, they provide sandals, there is a bathrobe, amenities, safe deposit box, TV, telephone and a nice seating area on the balcony as well as a hammock. There is no glass in the windows, there are nets placed instead and shutters which regulate the air and light coming into the room. I liked that detail in particular since it gives you a nice feel of colonial times.
Breakfast: continental breakfast (toast, butter, marmelade, coffee and orange or grapefruit juice) is included in the rate. Everything else is to be paid in addition. When I asked for tea instead of coffee it was not possible to change this without paying extra for the tea which I found pretty annoying.
Staff: In general, staff is efficient though not particularly empathic about what they are doing. You rarely encountered a smile or some charming comments which I would expect in such kind of hotel and size. Only the ladies making up the rooms showed some sign of smiles in their face when you met them on the corridors.
Other amenities: there is a restaurant placed in a Palapa (the typical local palm leave covered roofs), serving quite good food. The choice is not overly big but sufficient for the size of the hotel.There is also a swimming pool, not very big but sufficient. Sun beds and chairs are there as well as towels. There is also a spa where treatments are provided though I did not check that out. There is no sand beach but you could swim in the ocean if you do not mind the rocks.
Summary: a great property, great architecture, lovely gardens, nicely appointed rooms. You need transportation to get to the main attractions. Efficient though not overly charming service provided by staff. I would certainly stay again but would feel more comfortable if staff showed a bit more of empathy when serving the guests.
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- Also Known As:
- Boca Chica Acapulco