Well since this is a review of the hotel and not a review of Ixtapa/Zihua town, I can only give this place 3 stars.
Let's not be alrmed here. The hotel is good. The front desk staff are friendly and helpful as are the poolbar and wait staff. The food is great (but I recommend straying offsite for supper). The problem is that the hotel is starting to show its age and badly needs a restoration.
The furniture in the rooms resembled that of a college dorm room: badly worn, chipped, and banged up. The room was sparse with almost no "amenities" such as pictures, artwork, and whatnot. The tiles are so old that everything is just patch, patch, patch. I expect more from a 14 floor high-rise.
It's a shame that a hotel that consistently gets a high mark (and presumably many customers) hasn't reinvested its money back into the hotel for badly needed renovations.
* great selection of booze at the poolbar. 6 or 7 beers, lots of moderate and luxury brand liquor to choose from.
* food is great at the pool-side restaurant
* the grounds are nice with a good lay-out, lovely view of the ocean, and kept very clean.
* lots of loungers for the pool
* Nice location with restaurants and convenience stores right across the street
* Parents with kids tend to stay at one pool. Adults and adults with teens tend to stay at another pool.
* activities staff need to take the activities down a notch. (What is the fascination with having an activities staff anyhow?? It's bloody silly.) Do we really need waterpolo played beside the swim-up bar between 4 and 5 pm every day. I can't believe that the ball hasn't taken out a row of liquor yet!
* Do we need to have the soundtrack to The Titanic played EVERY SINGLE DAY at sunset?
* If so, could they at least fix the speakers so that they don't distort?
* Typical Mexican concrete construction which means that the rooms have no sound proofing. I sat in the tub at 7 am one morning and could hear a lawnmower and the ground level fountain at the same time. oy...so relaxing.
* typical Mexican beds. Hard as concrete.
The construction from next door is not really a problem. Get a south side room and its no worry.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort offers families, couples and singles an Unlimited-Fun® escape. Each of the 285 guest rooms and suites, located in the 11-story tower, offers a private, furnished balcony with stunning ocean views.The Unlimited-Fun®, vibrant getaway begins with one shimmering pools with two waterslides and a swim-up bar, an Explorer’s Club with a playground, gourmet restaurants, relaxing bars serving premium brands and tons of daily activities. Ideally situated just 10 minutes away from the town of Zihuatanejo, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fantastic golfing, shopping and nightlife for all ages and interests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Hotel Dorado Pacifico
- Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa