My husband and I spent a week at this hotel in Dec 2013-Jan 2014. Our aim was to relax, get some sun, and stay out of daily routines of work life.
We booked our trip a week before being aware that we get what's left that close to Holiday season. We were pleasently surprised by the cleanliness of the hotel, our room, and the beach. Note: it is an old building, so nothing is in its prime any more. Check-in was the usual lining up, get the keys, take the stairs 'cause everyone else is waiting the elevators, in your room separate valuables, get down to reception and get your valuables in a safety box.
Our room on 7th floor was spacious, had balcony facing the ocean - sunsets were pretty stunning from there as well as from the beach. Bathroom was kept in tiptop shape troughout our stay, and when one evening shower's cold water faucet wouldn't close fully, we let the reception to know on our way to dinner and when we got back 2 hrs later, it was fixed.
We loved the beach, it was kept clean by volunteer patrols as well as the staff of the hotels. Fontan does not have enough sun beds, but they provided more parasols for shade for those who decided to lie on the beach. The waves were awesome to play with. However, keep in mind that every now and then there was a "backbraker"... Water was lovely, air temp +35C in the shade the whole week, nights were palmy. We went jogging on bare feet along the beach three mornings, simply because we could - doesn't happen in our latitudes in January...
We had a massage in one of the massage huts/tents they have by the beach. We walked further away from hotel complexes, to the general beach area. It's a hit and miss how good massage you'll, but we both were treated very efficiently but attentively. An hour of full body massage cost $20.
I could keep raving about the beach, as it is probably the best beach in touristy Mexico I've been.
But let's move on, to the point so many other reviewers have commented before me: the Mexican tourists. Yes, they were many in this hotel, as it was the holiday season, new years week and an ordinary weekend to finish it. Families mostly, flying from Mexico City (or Los Angeles!) for a short stay. No party crowds, no obnoxiously drunk folks in this hotel. We loved the fact we were surrounded by the local folks in the hotel: the food was directed more towards their tastes, we could brush up our Spanish, play volley ball, not get harashed by the vendors at the beach as they had more commerce going on with the Mexican tourists, and simply get a feel being abroad when we couldn't understand every dialogue going on in the surroundings.
Only downside we could say about this hotel being so Mexican is that the locals "booked" the sunbeds at 5.30am w/ towel or book or something. So betterments in the sunbed department are desperately needed.
We were looking for sun, sleep, easy meals and swimming in warm sea. For us, hotel Fontan for a week worked perfectly.
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Fontan Ixtapa
- Fontan Ixtapa Beach Resort