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Las Brisas Ixtapa
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Ixtapa
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed February 25, 2005

We just returned from a five-day family trip to Las Brisas Ixtapa in February, 2005. I must say that Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo was not our first choice of destinations -- we enjoy the Mayan Riviera -- but we were pleasantly surprised and very glad that we chose Las Brisas.

The structure and rooms are what I would call simple Mexican elegance. Little touches, such as the fresh flowers and petals on the bed each day, make it seem special. The employees, for the most part, seem focused on service, eager to please, and trustworthy.

The pools are clean and relaxing. Lounge chairs were readily available both at the pools and at the large, private beach. The only drawback to the setting was that the water at the beach could get quite rough at times. (Although our children enjoyed playing in the rough surf, a hotel lifeguard repeatedly warned us not to let them venture too far into the water. One adult guest was finally instructed to get out of the water after he repeatedly ventured too far on a "red flag" day.) We did, however, take side trips to two other excellent (though public) beaches at Las Gatas and Playa la Ropa.

The majority of our dining at the hotel consisted of the buffet breakfast; we largely skipped lunch after this, and only had dinner twice at the hotel. The breakfast was excellent. The dinner was fine but it was no bargain; from my point of view there are better (and for the most part) less pricey places to have dinner in Zihuatanejo, which is only a four dollar cab ride each way.

If you enjoy an elegant, relaxing setting and real Mexican hotels, Las Brisas Ixtapa would probably be a good choice for you. However, if you enjoy blaring music or loudspeakers announcing the next wet t-shirt contest or beach volleyball game, drunken tourists guzzling free booze out of dixie cups, or screaming unsupervised children, this is not the place for you. Personally, we are glad we went.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Reviewed February 7, 2005

We came back to Las Brisas for the fifth straight year and just got back on 2/5. The property is showing it's age and needs some updating but overall it is a fantastic resort. We like the fact that it is very spread out and not the run of the mill high-rise that you see in the rest of Ixtapa. Every room is guaranteed an ocean view and the balcony is larger than the room itself.

The beach is fantastic as it is totally private and swimming in the ocean tackling the small breakers is a riot. The beach service is the best! Waiters in white uniforms actually run to your lounge chair to serve you. Fish tacos, fresh guacamole and coconut ice cream are my favorites.

Nightly happy hour on the 18th floor watching the sunset is another highlight. The restaurants are good but not great. The best restaurants are in Zihuatanejo -- Casa Que Canta, Villa Del Sol, Puerto Mio and Kau Kan. All are great but can get expensive ($100+ USD).

As mentioned in all the other reviews, the best feature is the staff who after 5 years we've gotten to know. There is literally no turn-over of employees and it's fun to reunite with them each year.

My only concern is that they pump some money into the resort in the near future to keep it up to par. It doesn't look like it's been updated since it was built and originally managed by Westin hotels. With that said I'd still highly recommend it!

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Reviewed February 5, 2005

Back last night after 8 nights at Las Brisas. I hope the pros/cons are helpful

1) Staff, staff and staff. They are truly incredible. Enough said!
2) Views... great from every room
3) Rooms... good to great but not 5 star
4) Balconies...the reason to stay here
5) Location... very easy walk TO Ixtapa but could be challenging to those with respiratory or weight issues due to hill side location
6) Location...1.20 bus ride to Zihua or Marina Ixtapa. Taxis never cost more than 9.00 even from Playa La Ropa . Avg cost was about 2.50
7) Restaurants... good with great selection. Breakfast Buffet best breakfast deal and includes tip.
8) Beach...Beautiful but very small
9) kids...none

1) Balconies ...construction allows for max view but curtails breeze substantially
2) Beach...very small

Overall we enjoyed our stay at the hotel and very much liked Ixtapa/Zihua. The area offers 2 "towns" for the price of one. Centro is is clean and safe as is Ixtapa. The Ixt. marina is nice but don't plan on spending alot of time there. We ate at 2 of the 3 waterfront restaurants and found them good. The Lobster fri eve was certainly not worth the 275 pesos but the crocs in the water were pretty fun.
Downtown Zihua has more to offer for us and offers a more traditional mexican feel. Playa La Ropa would be a place we would look to next time but the proximity to town may be self limiting. Party atmosphere can be found in both Ixt and Zihua. Try Daniels in Zihua for dinner. What with the daytime temps hovering around 90 with 75% humidty, we found late nights were simply to tiring
We walked Playa Palmera with its 1-2 mile stretch of sand and found it cooler with the breeze but many many more people. If we were taking kids, we would definetly consider this beach and resorts rather than L.B.

For the room beers and chips stuff, take a taxi to La Bodega or Commercial Mexican both in Zihua. The is no Walmart around but either of these stores will get you what you need. The taxi ride is about 6.00 1/way including taxi driver waiting for you for the return trip. The hotel frowns on people bringing alcohol on the premises but was frequently done. Few were drinking non-hotel drinks on the beach tho. Many Reviews have mentioned the long walk to/from beach and pools at the resort but you will find those reports over blown. The mosquitos were a slight issue on our balcony especially in those very still areas . For the most part, even this issue is a non-event

So it always comes back to ...."Would you go back?". We have decided the area rates up there due to the scenery and people etc. The L.B. is very nice but we would probably look elsewhere

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Reviewed January 31, 2005

Just returned from a one week all inclusive deluxe package at Las Brisas and I can only confirm what has been stated in previous reports. The location is superb, the room is comfortable and adequate but not luxurious, the hotel Staff are very friendly and the service they provided was outstanding. The food served at all restaurants was very good to excellent. The only minor difficulty that I encountered was at check out - where the clerk attempted to present me with certain charges that were included in the all inclusive package. The situation was eventually resolved - I think it was a 'dumb like fox' situation. Highly recommended hotel for those who wish to relax and enjoy a slower pace; there is little to no night activity in and around the complex.

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Reviewed January 31, 2005

I just returned from a week at Las Brisas in Ixtapa and it was great. The service at the hotel is far and away the best service I have received at any hotel anywhere. Everyone who works at the hotel goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The other top draw of the Las Brisas is the beautiful views from everywhere! Since the hotel is built into a cliff, every room has an ocean view that is spectacular.

The hotel has 4 pools, one of which is adults only. Again, I'm going to rave about the service. Someone (thanks Rosario!) came by every half hour or so to see if you needed a fresh drink or maybe a lunch menu. There are plenty of chairs around the pool - it never felt crowded at all. No need to "reserve" chairs early in the day!

The regular rooms are small, but have a king size bed and a large balcony with a hammock, a deck chair and a small table and two regular chairs. The last two nights of my stay I splurged and moved to a junior suite - WOW - these were really nice. It was the size of 2 regular rooms (so the balcony was twice the size of the regular room) and it had a jacuzzi tub on the balcony as well.

The only thing that kept me from giving this hotel 4 stars was the food at the dinner restaurants. I felt that the quality of the entrees did not match the prices that they were charging at the Portofino and the El Mexicano restaurants. The service was fantastic - at Portofino they specialize in tableside cooking. Watching the head waiter create bananas flambe was truly an experience! The appetizers and salads at both of these restaurants were good as well, but I was disappointed in the overcooked meals. I regret that we didn't go out for more meals in Ixtapa - because the dinners that we had were outstanding at Beccofino and Casa Morelos especially! However, the breakfast and lunches that I had at the hotels Bella Vista and Solarium restaurants were good.

Overall this was a great hotel. I would return here because of the wonderful welcome provided by the hotel staff and the beautiful ocean views.

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Reviewed January 18, 2005

We just got back from staying at Las Brisas (jan 12). The resort is very clean and the staff is great. The rooms have a spectacular view from the balcony. The private beach was awesome and very relaxing.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Reviewed December 22, 2004

We have been going to the Las brisas every year since 1985-when it was known as the Camino Real then the Westin. We absolutely love this place- everything about it! We have gotten to personally many of the courteous staff through the years- some of whom have been with the hotel since we been visiting.

What we really enjoy is the tranquil peace and quiet of the gorgeous pool area and the beach. The beach is totally private and separated from the other hotels by mountains and the pool area is just beautiful! Total relaxation! The sunsets from the lobby bar are awesome! (ask for Romando in the bar)

We are booked to vacation there again(our 20th time) at the end of January 05'- can't wait!

We have been to all the warm places- but for the money Las Brisas is one of the best hotels you will find. Enjoy!!!

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Address: Playa Vista Hermosa S/N, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo > Ixtapa
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 Romantic Hotel in Ixtapa
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ixtapa
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Ixtapa
#6 Family Hotel in Ixtapa
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ixtapa
Price Range: $92 - $240 (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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