OK - it's not the Hilton. This is a Mexican resort designed for upper middle-class Mexicans. Most of the staff, though smiling and helpful, speak no english. WE LOVE IT! Had our 2nd stay in 5 years the first week in December, and we were the token americanos the entire week. Beds are Mexican-traditional firm (OK - HARD), rooms are clean but a little primitive. Food is good, ocean view is idyllic; a very laid-back and wonderful place to kick back and relax. The Qualton is at the very end of Ixtapa's hotel row, and just past the public beach next door is 3 miles of the most beautiful, unspoiled tropical beach you've ever seen. 100 yds past the public beach you'll have the place to yourself. Very romantic. Do bring a can of Off - sunset will bring out a few skeeters to nibble at your ankles. Also - walk out of the resort, turn left, and go 100 feet. There's a great crocodile impoundment with a deck to walk out over. Tropical birds everywhere - many seem to pose for you.
For souvenirs, bypass the over-priced stuff in Ixtapa and hit the dock/beach area in Zihuatenejo - ask the cabbie to take you to Paseo de Pescador. It's 130 pesos by cab (plus tip) (about $10). Craft and silver stores abound in the area. Be sure to grab lunch at La Sirena Gordo (The Fat Mermaid) while you're there. If you want to go deep-sea fishing for sailfish, mahi-mahi, or marlin, Cap Miguelle Valle will take you out of Zihua for 8 hours for $200 - includes lunch, water, and/or beer. Stop at the Cooperativa Triangulo del Sol next to the Sirena Gordo and ask for Cap Miguelle. Our fishing day caught and released 4 sailfish, 2 Mahi-mahi over 25#'s, and 6 or 8 mackerel. Tell him Paul and Sandy sent you.
Overall, this is not the Sheraton nor the Hilton. If you want an American-style hotel stay at the Intercontinental Presidente or at the Melia. If you want to truly experience what Mexico and Mexicans are really like THIS IS THE PLACE! My wife and I highly recommend it.
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- Qualton Club Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Qualton Hotel Ixtapa
- Ixtapa Qualton Hotel