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“20 Years Later -- Las Brisas/Ixtapa Still Rules!”
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Las Brisas Ixtapa
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Ixtapa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 23, 2004

My husband & I just returned from Las Brisas Ixtapa after a week's stay. We had honeymooned there 20 years ago (when it was "Camino Real") and were looking forward to returning for our anniversary. It was virtually unchanged! Beautiful, clean beach, lovely pools, wonderful restaurants, sparkling clean room, friendly and attentive staff in every area. We were particularly happy to be staying on the 20th floor -- the Brisas Beach Club. Every day we had a lovely "continental" breakfast buffet from 7-11am. It was so much more than rolls and coffee. A variety of sweet rolls, toast, fresh fruit, cereal, sometimes eggs, sometimes sandwiches, coffee, tea, juices -- something for everyone. We also had a complimentary "cocktail party" each day from 6-7pm. This included hot hors d'oeuvres, chips and salsas/guacamole dips, mini desserts, margaritas, wine, sodas. Both had terrific service, ample portions ( you could make a dinner of the cocktail party foods) and were great ways to meet other people. Restaurants had good menus and amazingly attentive service. Our room was always clean and decorated with beautiful fresh flowers; at night there was turndown service with chocolates. The grounds are amazing -- hilly with every variety of exotic tree and flower, all ending at the pristine beach with the blue waters of the Pacific, and views of the mountains. The view from ANYWHERE on the premises is not to be believed! If you stay here, you will not be disappointed!

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Reviewed August 23, 2004

Just returned from Ixtapa. Ten days at Las Brisas was fun but somewhat expensive. Apple Vacations provided the transfers -- no all inclusive here.

Was worried that we would be rained in everyday after looking at the online weather forecasts but it only rained for about 2 hours one day. If you like to swim in the ocean you have to get past the waves which were very strong. Hotel doesn't rent boogie boards, snorkel gear, and no other water sports are offered because of the waves. (Red flags were up throughout our stay.) My daughter's surf instructor told her that Las Brisa's waves were not the right shape for surfing either. But, it was great being caressed by the crashing waves every night as I fell asleep. And, the view was really beautiful.

Rooms were nice. Not as small as some of the entries I've read here. The patio was awesome and I didn't hear a single neighbor. Except, for the kids running up and down the hall and someone smoking on their patio (either below or above us as I was on a no smoking floor -- both happened on a few occasions) it was peaceful. About the walking... Went to the Palladium at Playa De Carmen last year and definately walked more there.

The Portofino Restaurant was wonderful, didn't get to try El Mexicano but heard it was very good. The Lobby Bar was quite fun as I worked myself through all of the specialty drinks on the menu. The food on the beach wasn't bad, but stay away from the other restaurants. Overpriced and the quality was very mediocre. No entertainment at the hotel -- it's absolutely dead at about 8-9 o'clock. You have to go into town to Senior Frogs or Carlos & Charlies for the nightlife. Great restaurants in town too: Mama Norma's (awesome), Tucan, & Frank's. Bogart's restaurant wasn't as nice as the Portofino but was good.

The Mexican people are very friendly and most speak enough English to get by. Convert your money immediately, it will save you $. Also, watch for tips already added to your bill. I missed a few and double tipped. In the future, I would pay the $50 cab fare to go to the town (?) that sells gold/silver to get better prices on jewelry. Ask the porters they will know what town it is.

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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed August 22, 2004

Las Brisas is an exceptional hotel with impeccable service! The rooms were comfortable and quaint without the typical hotel decor. Every room has an ocean view and a balcony complete with a hammock. Everyday housekeeping left fresh, local flowers on the bed...arranged in a pattern no less. The food was very good although extraordinary meals could be discovered in town. Families are welcome, but part of the appeal of Las Brisas is the primarily adult visitor. It's a wonderfully romantic destination.

Another reviewer complained about lizards and bats...if you're visiting a tropical destination, then expect nature to be at your back door. Las Brisas is built into a hillside surrounded by lush foliage and a roaring ocean...that's the appeal!

Regarding children, again, Las Brisas is intended primarily for adults. Although, many couples bring their children and appear to have a good time. The beach is breathtaking, but hazardous and you will not be at ease with your children playing on its shores. Even adults should be extremely cautious on this beach. Las Brisas offers an orientation that informs all guests about activities offered at the resort and by third parties including diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, etc. In other words, there are many activities for adults and children alike, but it's not Disney...again, that's the appeal!

As for the rooms being "expensive," resorts are expensive in the US so why should we be required to pay less in Mexico? For my husband and I, a middle-class couple, the expense was well worth it. I've spent much more at resorts with less ammenities, pretentious employees, and ill-working airconditioning.

I highly recommend Las Brisas!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed August 8, 2004

Considering how much this hotel costs, I wouldn't recommend it. Below are what we found to be the plus and minuses of the hotel.

The Good:
- Great beach
- All the restaurants (about 7 of them) have great food, but it is quite expensive. I highly recommend the table side flaming steak and table side ceaser salad.
- The service from all the staff was amazing.
- This hotel is geared more toward couples looking for a romantic (and expensive) get away.
- All of the rooms are ocean view and it is a very nice section of beach and ocean.
- All the rooms have a nice balcony with a hammock that was very enjoyable for reading and relaxing and just listening to the ocean.

The Bad:
- This hotel is pretty old, so the mechanics of it don't work very well. The air conditioning in our room was marginal at best (our room was uncomfortably hot the entire week). The hot water came and went sporadically, so one minute you were taking a cold shower and the next you were being scalded.
- It is an open air hotel, so there were crabs and lizards in the hallways and sometimes a lizard would come pay us a visit in our room. Someone else said they had bats on their balcony, but they didn't mind because it kept away the mosquitos.
- This hotel is not at all good for kids. The kid pool is basically just a large bath tub with no shade. All of the restaurants are pretty fancy (with lots of dishes for kids to break, which ours did) and very expensive. Even though the restaurants are a bit too fancy for kids, the staff was so great that they really did well with our kids and provided nice kids meals. There weren't any kids activities at all at the hotel.
- The rooms are very small and not very comfortable since the hotel is an old spanish style hotel. Other than the staff, the facilities of this hotel did not live up to the luxurious reputation of a Las Brisas hotel.

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Reviewed July 4, 2004

We stayed at Las Brisas back at the end of Feb. We read many reviews about what an outstanding resort Las Brisas was. When we first arrived we were impressed everyone seemed extremely friendly and the views were breath taking!! The rooms were quiet small, but the balcony seemed to make up for it!! We spent every night out on the balcony watching the sunset! And they seemed queit secluded to us. The beach is also worth the stay. We went to the hotel zone one day and turned right back around and went to our beach! As big as the hotel was, it never felt over crowded. But as the week went on, so did my love for the hotel. Everything was way too over priced and the food....word of advice "go into town"!! But the most upsetting thing that happend to me which was the least of my worries was that my undergarments were stolen on multiple occasions!!! Yes that is right my undergarments!!!!! We did not have a safe in our room, like they said there would be so we locked everything you would think to lock up in our suitcase(ie, electronics, jewely)but undergarments no. When we approached the hotel about it they said they would reimburse us for the stolen items. Well we never heard from them again!! Overall, it was a nice place, but would I stay there again? No!

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Chicago, Illinois
14
Reviewed May 21, 2004

I Have Stayed At Las Brisas For The Last Four Years. This Year We stayed there from 2/28/04 to 3/6/04. We love the hotel for the open air architecture and true Mexican atmosphere. The rooms are great especially the large balcony off each room. They are private and set up nicely for entertaining are friends before dinner. The staff take care of the room cleanings impeccably always bringing towels, toiletries, and beautiful flowers each day. THE STAFF elsewhere (pool, restaurants, lobby bar) are incredibly friendly and give you the best service anywhere. We have made good friends of the staff over the years and they are like family now. It says something when the staff remains the same year anfter year. We love the four pools and private beach again food and drinks available at all times and soo good. We only leave our hotel for dining and entertainment at night. The breakfast buffet is wonderful with alot of options, the lunch menu by the pool great and again lots of options all good. The snack shop great for homemade sandwiches whe we were hungry but tired. Room service efficient and nice to have a meal on the balcony overlooking the beach etc.... Dinner in ixtapa at the Marina and in ZW has never dissappointed us. We have had nothing but outstanding reccommendations from long time guests at Las Brisas. We look forward already to our return in March of 2005.!!

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
15
Reviewed April 26, 2004

My boyfriend and I stayed at Las Brisas Ixtapa from April 17-24, and we loved it. We had a wonderful time there. The only minor problem we had was that the pillows were a bit stinky, but room service replaced those pillows within minutes of us calling them.

ROOM: When you first walk in, the room seems small, but then you realize that the balcony should be considered part of the room because it is enormous! I would even venture to say that the balcony area is larger than the sleeping area inside. My boyfriend and I spent mornings waking up to incredible sunsets on the balcony and then spent romantic evenings in the hammock looking up at the stars at night. Bring candles! Makes the balcony very romantic with the ocean crashing in the background against a starlit sky. Bring soft music too (Norah Jones highly recommended). The rooms are kept very clean, the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating, and the building is beautiful.

POOL/BEACH: The beach, of course, is breathtaking. It's private, it's clean, and it is a lovely walk from your room (although as others have warned, make sure you don't forget anything when you head to the pool/beach). They have a little outdoor cafe downthere and they have servers to bring you drinks if you'd like. It was easy to get a palapa at a choice spot, and it was never crowded. The ocean waves, however, did crest pretty high, so swimming is not exactly a relaxing event. The 4 pools are pretty nice, although the tile could use some upkeep. There are unique waterfalls in some of the pools, and one pool even has a descending step pool. Although the petals from flowers made it into the pool often, the pool seemed quite clean and felt refreshing. Again, the pools are near a restaurant and there is waitstaff to bring you an awesome huge drink in a pineapple "glass"! It is a hike from the hotel rooms, but you can get transportation there from the lobby. My boyfriend and I didn't mind the walk at all, although if you forget something, it's a good 20-30 minute excursion back to the room.

RESTAURANTS: We ate at Portofino and Bella Vista -- both are good, but they are relatively pricey (compared to in-town restaurants). Portofino was upscale but they let us in even in our casual clothing and sandals. Bella Vista is the breakfast buffet place ... a bit pricey at $17 USD, but you can't beat the view or the convenience. We often went into downtown Ixtapa or Zihua to eat, but we thought these two restaurants were fine. For a quick snack or cheap eats, try out the deli which is near the tour info offices. They have snacks, drinks, little prepared meals, candy that you can buy at decent prices.

LOBBY BAR: What a gorgeous place to have a drink and watch the sunset! Happy hour is short (6-7 pm) but you can get a 2 for 1 drink special. The view is outstanding, though it can get a bit warm. The staff is friendly, and the drinks are very yummy!

LOCATION: Las Brisas is in a good locale because it is not located in the busy hotel zone in Ixtapa, and it is closer to Zihua than the hotel zone anyway. I like its privacy very much.

EXCHANGE: The hotel will exchange your dollars for pesos, but the exchange rate is not as good...10.50 pesos per dollar when we were there (banks showed 11.60). Still, it is convenient.

SHOPPING: It's better to shop in Zihua than Ixtapa, but you probably already knew that.

TRANSPORTATION: It's easy to take a taxi anywhere...be sure to check out the taxi rate board in the area where the bellhop stand is so that the drivers don't take you for a ride. About $2.50 to Ixtapa central or $5-6 to Zihua. You can always take the bus for only 6 pesos a ride...very convenient if you're just going into Ixtapa...a bit uncomfortable and hot if you're going to Zihua. Perhaps the only downside of Las Brisas Ixtapa is that it is not really close to anything within walking distance...you can walk to Ixtapa Central, but in the heat, it's not exactly a fun walk. But I guess that's the price to pay for a secluded hotel!

Anyway, I could go on and on with favorable comments. We enjoyed Las Brisas, and in checking out the other hotels in Ixtapa, we believe we stayed at the best hotel in Ixtapa. In the future, however, we would like to try the hotels in Zihua, because we prefer the restaurant and shopping there. Playa La Ropa is a stunning beach, too!

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Additional Information about Las Brisas Ixtapa

Address: Playa Vista Hermosa S/N, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo > Ixtapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ixtapa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ixtapa
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Ixtapa
#6 Family Hotel in Ixtapa
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ixtapa
Price Range: $93 - $310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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