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“Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort: Wonderful” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barcelo Huatulco
Ranked #6 of 49 Hotels in Huatulco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort: Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2009

We just came back from visiting the Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort (Jan. 16-23, 2009). We had a direct flight with Skyservice and all was well. Huatulco is very warm and we found it to be very clean. The highway from the airport to the hotel was lovely with grassed and treed center meridians that were well maintained, it only took about 20 minutes to get to our hotel. The wait to check in was a little long but the plane was full and most of the people came to our hotel. We did not get a room higher up and did not get a king size bed but we did get a nice room with a small view of the ocean and only a few steps way from the beach.
The food, the whole time, was great. I do not understand how anyone could complain about it. There was always something good to eat - omelets, waffles, etc. for breakfast, fish, chicken or beef grilled fresh for lunch, burgers, fries, enchiladas, the list could go on and on. Fresh fruit, desserts, breads. My husband and I have been to many resorts including 5 star places and we found the food here to be good. We never went hungry.
The rooms were clean, comfortable, nice warm showers, big soft towels and the firm beds even had a bit of padding on them. We had nothing to complain about the rooms.
The pools were fine - we did not spend a lot of time in them because we spent more time in the ocean snorkeling. As for the snorkeling it was great. You simply walked into the water, put on your snorkel gear and away you went. There were three places right off the beach, the big island, the small rock - barely visible sometimes, and over by the Dreams Hotel- a very short walk. We saw many different kinds of fish and some coral as well. One day we took a short taxi ride to La Entengra beach and had a nice young man - George (in english) be our guide for only $10 US. He took us out for an hour and showed us all kinds of things that we would have never seen if we had only gone out on our own. We got to hold a blow fish, star fish, and other things that I do not know what they are called. It was well worth the money and since we had our own underwater camera he happily took pictures of us as well.
Yes the beach has a slope to it, so what, it is a beach after all and coming from a freezing cold Manitoba, sand is sand and water is water. Yes the sand was a bit corse but it did not stop me from enjoying walks on the beach, in fact it made me appreciate all the different kinds of beaches there are and we have been to a few. The water and the pull from the current was nothing for adults, I would not let a small child go in on their own.
We also took out the sail boats a couple of times. I would have liked to do this more but the winds did not always cooperate.
One day we rented a moped and took a ride to see the surfing beach. Again here only a few miles away was yet different sand yet it was still great to walk in it and enjoy the view. There is a lot of construction going on around Huatulco, many condos as well as a few new hotels. We find the shopping to be the same everywhere we go, it is hard to find something that is unique and made by a local which is what I like to do.
The nightly entertainment would be OK if you only went one or two nights because even though it was good I found it hard to watch the same dancers doing very similar dances night after night. Sometimes they would do a dance that was very good but it would have been nice to have some other entertainment as well. The singer and guitar player in the lobby bar were nice to listen to, the guitar player was amazing.
Two nights were special as far as the food, one night was a mexican fiesta and one night was for the signature guests - which was most of the hotel. We were allowed two nights for the non-buffet restaurants, we chose the mexican - very good, and the spanish - good.
The weather was perfect - hot and sunny every day.
We went with friends and had a great time. This is a nice quiet hotel, mostly middle aged couples and some families. The higher up staff know some english so we did not find it difficult to communicate. People have to realize that the maids, since they are lower on the pay scale, will most likely not understand english and we should not expect them to. We should really try to learn Spanish if we want to go to a spanish speaking country.
The peddlers on the beach were not a problem if you said "no thank you" or "no gracious" .
We would definitely recommend this to couples and families.

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ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2009

I have to say, this was the most beautiful place. The bartenders, the servers, the housekeepers...all the workers are amazing and wonderful people.
I recomend the resort but be aware of travelling with a baby on skyservice and signiture vacations. This is not a baby friendly service. If you want to know why feel free to ask me!

  • Liked — Our room was great and the ocean view was nice.
  • Disliked — Our travel agent for signiture vacations (Prelude Travel) did not comply with ANY of our requests which were important to the happiness of our vacation. Our daughter, son in law and 6 month old baby had a dark room facing the back of the resort next door.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank firstimer50
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Ontario
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2009

This was my first time in Huatulco and I really enjoyed my vacation. The weather was great every day, the ocean was warm, and the snorkeling was amazing. Right in front of the hotel is an island that you can swim to and snorkel. Also near the Dream's hotel there is an area where the water is very calm and clear and people feed the fish. One day we took a kayak to Las Brisas and swam in one of their beaches. Their beach is the only one with a coral reef in this bay. We also took a cab to other beaches in the area and enjoyed the water with the locals.

The only issues I had with the hotel is their lack of restaurant space so if you go during a busy meal time you won't get a seat. Also there are too few beach umbrellas and chairs so everyone has to get up at 6:30 AM to reserve a chair. Finally, the water is too rough and drops very quickly so it's better to swim in the Dream's beach area.

Also, the scuba diving is not very good for someone who's an experienced scuba diver. The dives are all very shallow 40-60 ft, and our dives were a little short at 40 minutes each.

Yes, I agree with the other reviews, that there may be little ants in the hotel room, but you are staying near a beach in the tropics.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 Thank OntarioBeach_bum212
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Alberta
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2009

The best hotel in the best location I have stayed at so far. I have been to Cuba, the Dominican and the Mayan Riviera ranging from 4 to 5 star resorts and this is by far the nicest hotel in the best location so far. The food, staff and rooms are all top notch. The beach and the weather is fantastic although the waves can be a bit rough at times. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

  • Liked — clean rooms, friendly staff, good food
  • Disliked — what's not to like
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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10 Thank bobalong52
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Cambridge, Ontario
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2009

My husband, daughter (5) and I just returned from our stay at the Barcelo Huatulco. We had a great time - I will start by stating the bad things, our toilet leaked (but they fixed it) and we had ants (itty bitty ones) in the bathroom - turned out they liked some of our bath products but once removed we had no issues. The hotel seems a little dated but it was clean and well maintained.

The pools were excellent, plenty of chairs at both the pool and the beach. The beach is on a slanting angle, the sand is a coarser variety than the carribean. The ocean is not for young children to play in - too strong of waves, however you can go down the beach to calmer areas. There is snorkling just down the beach or infront of the Barcelo. There are vendors on the beach but a simple "no gracias" and they move on.

We went to town (Santa Cruz) two nights - it was nice, it is not overly commercialized but the shops are open late. We ate at the Tipsy Blowfish and the La Crema (pizza on open fire) both were quite good and very reasonably priced. We felt safe and not bothered by locals at all.

We booked two excursions with locals to go fishing - one was very successful - caught 5, and the other was not successful in catching fish, but did see dolphins, whales, and mantarays.

We really enjoyed our stay at the Barcelo - the kids club was good but did have functions that were aimed for kids a little older than mine. The drinks were good - the bartenders inside the pool side buffet restaurant were the best drink mixers. The buffets were good, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, and overall a good variety of food at each meal. The mexican a la carte was really enjoyable and we heard good things about the spanish but we did not go.

Overall I would totally recommend the resort and I would go again - not that I usually go to the same place twice.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and food variety
  • Disliked — Difficulty communicating English/Spanish translation
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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12 Thank OntarioLovethesun
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Winnipeg Manitoba
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2009

We spent a week (January 2-9, 2009) at the Barcelo and were generally satisfied with the hotel. Here are just a few observations:
ROOM: Very clean, housekeeping was efficient, awesome water pressure in the shower, very effective air conditioning.
BREAKFAST: Great Danish pastries and made-to-order omelettes, bacon only occasionally, lots of choices.
LUNCH: Burgers, french fries, chili in La Tortuga very good. Steak in Dona Rosa incredibly tough and not much flavour.
DINNER: Buffet in Dona Rosa okay and heavy on pastas, limited selection of main courses but usually something good. Food is better at special outdoor dinner events (Mexican Fiesta and Grlll Night.) Super desserts!
STAFF: Friendly and helpful. We were disappointed to see how seldom our fellow tourists tipped . Hotel workers are paid very little and work very hard. A few pesos a day in tips can make a big difference to their family budgets.
BEACH AND POOL: Waves were a bit high some days with some undertow. Lounges were generally claimed by noon. Bar staff circulated by the pool and on the beach offering drinks.
DON PORFIRIOS: As a break from the buffet, we had dinner twice at Don Porfirios and loved it. The steaks are not as tender as we are used to at home, but very flavourful. Excellent shrimp dishes. Prices are quite reasonable..
BAY CRUISE: We booked the Paradise Bay Cruise offered by Signature ($45 each) and really enjoyed it. We stopped at San Augustin Bay, a calm, uncrowded beach.
WEATHER: Hot, hot, hot, and not even a thought of rain.

On the whole, we enjoyed our week in Huatulco and at the Barcelo.

  • Stayed January 2009
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Coquiltam, British Columbia, Canada
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132 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2009

We booked a Signature Vacation package from Vancouver for a week at the Barcelo Huatulco, in spite of our misgivings about Skyservice. We had stayed at Las Brisas the previous Spring and really enjoyed Huatulco. The sun comes up each morning and, with a cloud or two, remains shining the rest of the day in the dry season. While flying on Skyservice was even worse than we anticipated, it was all worth it. We had our best ever stay at any resort! Our Signature rep, French Canadian Laurance, met us at the Airport and looked after our every need until she saw us all off when we left . Check-in about 6 pm was quick, and our bags were taken up to our very comfortable suite. It had every amenity we needed including coffee maker, stocked fridge TV and in-room safe. While the hotel is not new, it is very well maintained. The buffet restaurant remains open until 11 pm so we were able to enjoy dinner before heading to the theatre for the nightly entertainment. We were offered a choice of two of three specialty restaurants for our week's stay. As there was Fiesta night with Mexican food on the beach and an invitational Signature Dinner another evening we had lots of variety. The Suchi Restaurant was a bit of a disappointment. Their main course seemed more like appetizers. Many people went to the buffet after their dinner at the Suchi Restaurant. Vancouver's Japanese food, though, is a hard act for anyone to follow. Their Tempura was done in what seemed KFC batter. The hotel seemed pretty full with a mix of 75% Mexican, 20% Canadian and 5% American. The Mexican families were friendly and their kids were amazingly well behaved. Our suite looked out to the ocean and the rising sun. It was very quiet. We'd have a leisurely coffee on the spacious balcony until about 10 AM when the sun became too intense. A varied and most enjoyable breakfast was available at the buffet until noon. Then we'd spend a few hours browsing in the shopping complex across the street from the hotel or checking out other hotels in the area. After 2 pm we'd head to the beach. Never any problem in locating chairs. Snorkeling was great with rocky outcrops about 300 metres from shore. Often snorkeled with Karen from BC's Sunshine Coast who was there for 2 weeks. The beach restaurant is open until 6 pm. We'd head there for a snack when the sun started going down about 5 pm. Then a shower and look at what was happening in the world via CNN Asia from Hong Kong. With a quarter of the hotel Canadian you'd think they could bring in a Canadian feed! Nightly entertainment was great. We suspect they have several excellent male Cuban dancers. We were always met at the entrance to the theatre by a hostess with a cocktail. There were many tables set into the seating plan which made ordering drinks from the bar very efficient. We met some very interesting people during our stay. Ron and Steve it turned out were both looking to buy property at Huatulco. We introduced them to each other. They both rented motor cycles separately to check out the area and gave us daily updates. Steve liked it so much that he called to say he was heading back again for a couple of weeks in January. All the staff was friendly and quite laid back. While many did not speak English, we were always able to communicate. Looking back, what more could you wish for than good food and drink, pleasant people, sunshine, clean beaches with snorkeling, a nice suite, great entertainment and our Signature rep Laurance always available for any questions.

  • Liked — Hyggly!
  • Disliked — Sushi Restaurant
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Barcelo Huatulco

Property: Barcelo Huatulco
Address: Paseo Benito Juarez, s/n | Bahias de Huatulco, Huatulco 70989, Mexico (Formerly Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort)
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Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Huatulco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Huatulco
#3 Luxury Hotel in Huatulco
#4 Spa Hotel in Huatulco
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Huatulco
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Huatulco
#6 Family Hotel in Huatulco
#7 Romantic Hotel in Huatulco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Huatulco 4*
Number of rooms: 351
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Barcelo Huatulco invites you to experience the hottest new resort location in Mexico without the hustle and bustle of a big city. Huatulco Bays is quickly becoming a key tourist Mexico beach attraction, offering well-preserved natural landscapes combined with luxury accommodations. This resort is well-positioned in the center of a cove, overlooking dazzling golden beaches and the sapphire blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Live your dream vacation as you bury your feet in the sand, sip a cool drink and watch the waves roll onto shore. ... more   less 
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