We knew going to El Mirador that it was an old hotel and so it wasn’t any worse or better than what we expected. I can imagine that it was outstanding in its day and it is a shame that there hasn’t been enough revenue to keep the place up. However, it is clean and much of the outdoor space has been repainted so on a first glance it isn’t too bad. The pool is very nicely maintained. When you sit on the sun deck you look out to a spectacular view. But on the way down to the stairs to the bathroom there are crumbling walls and grates.
The funicular needs to be ripped out as it is completely rusted and can’t be used or repaired. The rooms are very basic and haven’t had any remodeling that I can tell but we only saw our room. We stayed in their superior suite. Huge deck with a fantastic view. Two plastic chairs to sit on. A lounger that was bird stained and not inviting to use. The tub on the deck was so old it looked dirty and was badly chipped. The two bathroom tubs inside were in the same condition and the walls needed painting. The mattress was likely new, but cheap and so it was the typical hard mattress. Normally I can sleep on a hard mattress but this one was really bad and I didn’t sleep well at all.
Over the years, I have read many complaints about the musty smell in Mexican hotel rooms but in all the dozens of trips I have taken, it has never bothered me. This room was extremely bad and after airing it out every day, it finally became tolerable at the end of the week. We enjoyed all the space…. bedroom, living room, dining area and two bathrooms. We appreciated having the fridge. It was a bit scary using the hot plate as it looks like it is an original from the 50’s. We hadn’t planned on cooking too much so the minimal kitchen supplies were fine. We tipped the maid to wash our dishes because there was no dish cloth or dish soap to do it ourselves.
It is not a fault of the hotel, but you need to be aware that there is loud partying on Friday and Saturday nights that goes on until the wee hours of the morning and you can’t get away from it. Even with ear plugs, it was loud. But this is an issue in many of the hotels in Acapulco, depending on your location.
On the plus side, the staff are very nice and did their best to make us feel welcome. You can watch the cliff divers every night from the hotel lobby. There is free wireless internet and we could even access it sometimes from our room. And as I said earlier, the pool was lovely with plastic loungers and umbrellas if you wanted shade.
So depending on what your standards are, what price you get, and what experience you are looking for, this place may or may not work for you. For example, 15 years ago when my husband and I backpacked through Asia for one year, this would have felt like the Ritz to us and we would have been thrilled to stay here. But now we prefer a few more creature comforts and so would not return to this hotel. I would love to see an influx of money to this hotel to restore it to its glory days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Mirador Acapulco is the hotel 's tradition as it is strategically located on the cliffs of the gorge is a family hotel, the rooms in staggered over the cliffs all with terrace and sea views , can admire the best sunsets show only sun and diving internationally. Only 5 minutes from the Fort of San Diego Museum and the Zocalo. Free parking for guests Safe deposit boxes at no charge upon request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Mirador Hotel Acapulco
- El Mirador Acapulco