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Las Brisas Ixtapa
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in Ixtapa
Los Angeles
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“Wonderful, laid back experience”
Reviewed December 12, 2004

Excellent, relatively informal, resort hotel marred only by occasionally mediocre cusine at high prices. Bella Vista Restaurant is OK for breakfast (buffet) but only fair for dinner. El Mexicano is good, not excellent, leaning heavily to flambe. Best bet: go into town and eat out for dinner. Sunset bar is romantic and "happy hour" 2 for one can't be beaten. Some rooms could use a little sprucing-up. Staff is excellent-extremely gracious and accomodating. Grounds are lush, befitting a mature resort. Would definitely return. Ideal for mature lovers of any age.

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Juarez, Mex/El Paso, Tx
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Reviewed December 2, 2004

Me and my newly wife just got back from the honeymoon at Las Brisas, and we loved it. It was almost empty, the beach was great (very clean and cristal water, but with strong surprising waves at times). Very mexican, the hotel resembled a pyramid. It wasn't luxurious because of it and we loved it because of it. It has long trails were you can walk and see the jungle with a lot of stairs or you can take the elevators if you get tired.

We didn't get the room we wanted, but the one we got was almost at the center part of the hotel so we had a great view. The pools are small. They have like 6 restaurants.

We went to Ixtapa and Zihutanejo using local transportation wich cost us from 40 to 60 cents per person depending on the destination. The Taxi from Zihuatanejo to the hotel cost us 3 dollars.

This destination is definetly not the place for spring breakers (let's keep it that way), great for couples who just want to relax, we didn't saw a lot of night clubs in Ixtapa (we don't like them anyway)...We ate at Frank's but for us it wasn't that great, I guess we were looking for a more local experience. The best we found was at Zihuatanejo in a small restaurant called "La Sirena Gorda" - "The fat mermaid" were they had an incredible green spicy fish soup, this one is near the main bay area so you have to walk there.

We snorkled in Isla Ixtapa, but we would recomend Playa "Las Gatas" which is much more cheaper.

So, great destination if you are lazy like us and just want to have a relaxing time with no botherings at all.

  • Stayed January 2005
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Reviewed December 2, 2004

Las Brisas is the benchmark against which we will measure all our future holidays. We visited the second week of February in 2004. We travelled with Signature, in Canada, which offers a semi all inclusive plan. Many of the guests, however, did not have wrist bans and appeared to be on a regular plan.

The hotel and grounds:
The hotel is a magnificent piece of architecture. It references Mayan design but is contemporary. Many spaces are only partially enclosed, ncluding the lobby, 2 restaurants, the stairwells and portions of the corridors to the rooms.

The property is vertical: many steps and winding pathways, all beautifully and lushly landscaped, spotlessly clean, and well maintained.
It is located within 15-20 minutes walking distence of the town and the hotel zone. The hotel zone has many modern highrise towers that look like those on many beaches throughout the world. They have a cookie cutter commercial look. Las Brisas is unique.

The room:
The room is consistent with the design of the hotel. Floors are quarry tile, the headboard is blue ceramic tile, the walls are stucco and furnishings have a rustic Mexican flavour. The beds are comfortable, the shower water pressure and temperature are not a problem, and all is clean. If you are wanting luxurious accomodation, this is not the place for you. These rooms have character and everything one needs, but they are minimal by deliberate design. The highlight is the balcony. It is enormous and creates another living space. It is equipped with a hammock, a dining table, chairs and a lounger. The hotel is designed so that every room balcony faces the ocean and the view is spectatcular. So are the ocean breezes. We rarely used the air conditioner in the evening. Instead, we slept with the balcony door open. The sound of the waves and the cool wind was the best sleeping pill. Housekeeping was good.
The only problem with the room was that there was no safe. This creates problems for the beach, as we were obliged to take our cash and passports with us.

Food and Restaurants:
There are a total of 6 restaurants on the property, some of which change character. We were on an all inclusive plan that carried some restrictions.

Las Brisas 11
Our plan did not cover Las Brisas 11, which is reputed to be fabulous. We reviewed the menu and it appears to offer continental/ international food. This restaurant is outdoors, is built into the cliff, and must make for an exceptional dining experience.

La Bella Vista???
This is where we ate breakfast most days. It is open to the air and offers magnificent views of the ocean. What a wonderful way to begin one's day. The room is bright and cheerful, the wait staff attentive and pleasant, and the fresh air idylic. It offers either a la carte breakfast or a buffet. The buffet is enormous with a large selection of fruit, pastries, meats, cheeses, juices (try the cucumber), Mexican offerings, as well as more traditional American fare like cereals and milk, toast, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs. In addition, there is an omlette station where you can customize your selection with a wide variety of fillings and toppings, as well as pick up a Mexican treat.
In the evening, this turns into an a la carte dinner restaurant. We ate there once, and although the evening was pleasant, the food was just satisfactory. When we visited, this restaurant was not open for lunch.

Restaurant by the pool
I've forgotten the name of this. It is located beside one of the pools that are all in close proximity to one another. Initially, it was not open for breakfast but later opened when the hotel became busier. It too is open air but considerably smaller than Bella Vista. We found that resulted in more personalized service and waiter recognition of us. Although the buffet here has much to choose from, it is more limited than La Bella Vista. It did, howver, offer more Mexican choices. One morning there were Mexican pork chops and braised short ribs that were quite delicious. There is an omlette station and a la carte service is available.

This restaurant also offers lunch and we ate there several times. Service is a la carte and the food was very good.
When we visited, this restarant was not open for dinner.

La Mexicana
This restaurant is one of the two gourmet restaurants that were included in our plan. They were open on alternate days and we ate in them nightly (with the one exception above). Reservations are required, but we had no difficulty. Moreover, one can eat there as many times as one wishes. Our plan charged a surcharge for lamb and seafood offerings, so we ate other things. The food was exceptional. I have travelled and dined in many superior restarants that have been highly rated and this was comparable or better than some. This is not American Mexcan food but authentic regional Mexican cuisine. We worked our way through the menu and enjoyed everything. Service was white glove and impecccable.

The restaurant offers outdoor dining. Be sure to eat outside and not in. The patio is quite lovely. I found dining there to be magical.
Note that if you are on an all inclusive plan, wine is restricted to some very poor domestic Mexican wines that do not match with the quality of the food.

La Portofino
Ths is an Italian restaurant. The room is attractive. The food is tasty and the menu offers many choices. We noted a fair bit of table side cooking and preparation in this dining room. Service is excellent: Many of the wait staff at La Mexicana also work here. Again, we were restricted in our choices of wine, and lamb and seafood carried a premium charge.

The Beach Snack Bar
We ate here several times for lunch. The offerings are simple. We ate lots of chips and salsa, seviche, and grilled fish. This is not dining. Its about eating on the beach and having the Pacific metres away. The service here is great and the wait staff so very friendly : they literally run to get you your drinks. We thought the beach bar mixed the best pina coladas and margheritas.

The Beach
Guests of this hotel have a beach experience not available to those staying in the hotel zone. Although Las Brisas's beach is officially public, access to it is only through the hotel. That means NO VENDORS and NO SALES PITCHES. Just hot sun, a beautiful sandy beach and peace and quiet.(Once you leave the sanctuary of the hotel, you truly appreciate its comparative isolation. We weren't able to walk more than a few metres on the hotel zone beach without someone pitching us a time share or hawking their wares. ) The hotel is located on a bay and the water was warm and relatively pacific. Palapas and cots are plentiful. No need to reserve with a towel in the early hours. We would go to the beach at about 2:00 pm, after lunch, and never had a problem finding a spot.

In order to access Ixtapa'a main beach ( we did so only for walking) you must leave the hotel and access it from one of the public entrances or through another hotel.

The Pool
There are a number of pools all in close proximity to one another. We visited the pools only a couple of times, as we prefered the beach. Again, no problem with umbrellas or cots.

General Environment
This is a quiet low key resort. If you are looking for hotel entertainment, this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed February 2004
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Reviewed December 1, 2004

OK, so the rooms are a little small. So how much time are you planning on spending in the room? The balcony's just as big and the view's terrific. The restaurants are nice and convenient but actually fairly pricey. Do try the wines from Santo Tomas, though. Mexico not only makes good beer! The service at the hotel could not have been better. The little rose petal arrangements on the bed every evening was very charming. The beach isn't great for swimming (big undertow), but it is private and strolling or sitting under the umbrellas drinking a cold drink was therapeutic. Almost no children at this place, so it's very relaxing. Dowtown Ixtapa is a short cab ride away, and all the touristy shops are there. Yawn. Go into Zihuatenejo and shop at the sidewalk market across from the church. Much better deals on silver! The food's great and also much cheaper. Take the sunset cruise on the 80-foot sailboat; ask the concierge. Learn a few phrases of Spanish before you go. Plenty of people there speak a little English, but they really are impressed when you try out the dusty old high school Espanol. If you don't come back relaxed and happy, I don't know what will help you. There's no other place in Ixtapa at which I'd stay.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed December 1, 2004

My wife I and spent 6 days in late November 2004 at Las Brisas. We loved it, and will go back for sure. The Hotal is huge, and since it was the off season, it was very calm and quiet. We were looking for a place to relax, and we found it. The rooms are very nice and the service is great. I specially liked the balconies and the hammack.The beach is nice and private, although the waves can sometimes be strong. Again, the service, down at the beach was very good. Given the weakness of the US dollar, it is a very affordable place for those comming from Europe.
I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2004
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Reviewed November 28, 2004

We spent the week of Thanksgiving in Ixtapa. I'll start by saying that Las Brisas was a very nice hotel. The balconies are amazing. They're about the size of the room and all of them overlook the ocean and have a hammock. Some people say that the walk to the beach and the ocean is bad but it's not really. It only takes a couple minutes. The beach is beautiful with pure sand, no rocks, and crystal clear water. It was a great place to relax.

Now to the relaxing part......I wanted a quiet vacation where I could just lounge around and chill out. Well this was a little beyond chill. I think it was the off season because you rarely saw more than a dozen people at the pools. It was like a ghost town. Going out at night you expected the bars to still be full of people but they were pretty empty.....every night.

Zihuatenejo was a little disappointing. It's a really small central area and again not much is going on there. They do have really cheap places on the beach though where beers are about $1.50.

My 2 favorite restaurants:
La Perla on playa la ropa. Go there to watch the sunset. It was so beautiful. Even after the sun goes down the sky is full of color there. The food was great.
Franks in centro Ixtapa was the best. The owner is from Canada and was super friendly. We went there with all of the other Americans we met for a Thanksgiving dinner. The have these "Amazing Shrimp" that are truly amazing. They're gigantic and stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon with a sort of butter garlic sauce. I have to say that they are one of the best things I have ever eaten. Frank also has all the sports games on multiple tv's.

Surfing: There is a little surf shop in Ixtapa called Catcha L'Ola. They were great. It cost me $50 for a 3 hour private lesson and all of my gear. The waves are small but I got up on my first try and had a blast doing it. I highly reccomend going here. Ask for Edgar.

In summary, the weather and resort are beautiful. It was perfect every day. If you're going to Ixtapa I definately would stay here. As far as Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo as a destination, I had heard that there's not much to do there and that's definately true. It actually got boring at times. I probably would not come back here next time I go to Mexico.

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Reviewed October 25, 2004

We stayed here for a week in April 2004. First, Ixtapa is very nice and fun, but not as well-developed as some of the other Mexican resorts on the west coast. It is not as lush. So, be sure you know what to expect on that score. Second, the Las Brisas is just fine, but definitely not luxurious in any way. The rooms are exactly as pictured on their site -- concrete with a mini-fridge, small bath and huge private patio. The patio is the most special thing about this hotel. It isn't bad at all, but it isn't super-special either. So if you are an experienced luxury traveler, expect a slightly scaled-down experience here.

  • Stayed April 2004
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Property: 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
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Ixtapa
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ixtapa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ixtapa
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Ixtapa
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ixtapa
#7 Family Hotel in Ixtapa
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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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