rooms include balconies with views of either Playa Icacos or Avenida Costera Miguel
location, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and entertainment
access to an attractive beach
pool area offers plenty of seating on cushioned lounge chairs
restaurant overlooking Santa Lucia Bay
Eye-catching central atrium with skylight
Computer for guests' use
Convenience store on-site
Old-fashioned, uninspired decor
No fitness center
Guests have complained about hard mattresses
Acapulco Malibu is a three-pearl hotel located along bustling Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman, the city’s main tourist artery. The
center of Acapulco’s nightlife and entertainment scene, the street is lined
with a huge selection of shops, restaurants, and bars. While the hotel’s 80 rooms
have an interesting circular layout, decor is dated and lackluster. The two pools are pleasant if unremarkable. Tabasco Beach, the on-site restaurant, faces scenic Santa Lucia Bay, and serves international and Mexican fare. It’s worth comparing rates with Emporio Acapulco Hotel down the
street, which offers similar amenities but more modern guest rooms.
Aging beachfront hotel in a prime location for
beach-going and partying
is dominated by a multi-level atrium that stretches up toward a glowing skylight. Long ferns dangle from the circular atrium, creating an
ethereal connection between all levels of the building. It’s a feature that
could look stunning in another hotel, but in the context of the
Acapulco Malibu’s older facilities, it imparts a surreal, abandoned-building kind of ambience.
of the faded hotels lining Santa Lucia Bay, Acapulco Malibu seems to have found
its niche decades ago and stuck with it. With its creaky old elevators and old-fashioned decor, the hotel is far from polished but still packs in plenty of guests. Families
are drawn by the two pools -- one more of a wading pool -- and the fine swimming beach, while revelers come for the
easy access to the bars found along Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman. There’s
nothing particularly stand-out about the hotel, but it offers decent mid-range
value for guests who want to be near the beach and at the heart of the city’s action.
on sandy Playa Icacos, along Acapulco’s main tourist drag
Acapulco Malibu is located in the city’s Golden Zone on Avenida
Costera Miguel Aleman. This buzzing street is packed with other hotels,
restaurants, bars, and shopping malls. The hotel backs onto picturesque Playa
Icacos, one of the largest beaches in the area. The beach is busy but usually less crowded than neighboring Playa Condesa. It’s an excellent beach
for swimming, as well as for such water sports as parasailing and
The CICI Water Park is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Popular attractions like Zocalo, La Quebrada, and El Fuerte de San
Diego are less than a 30-minute drive away. Acapulco International
Airport is a 22- to 30-minute drive, depending on traffic.
Dated yet tidy rooms with balconies, and flat-screen
TVs and mini-fridges
Decor in Acapulco Malibu's 80 rooms is at best confused, with numerous clashing color motifs and design themes competing with one another. The
pale-teal walls and white furniture impart a soft, beachy vibe, which
contrasts jarringly with bold bed runner patterns reminiscent of 1980s sweaters.
All rooms include mini-fridges and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. King Rooms have small sitting areas with drab brown sofas and chairs. Balconies are furnished
with tiny tables and pairs of matching chairs, in addition to sink units with no clear
purpose. Some balconies overlook the hotel’s pool and the coast, while others
face busy Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman.
Bathrooms, which come with hairdryers, include slightly odd shower/tub combos -- it initially looks like a deep shower but turns out it's a shower with a tiny square tub as its base -- with limp white shower curtains. Old-fashioned metal sink faucets set in white-veined black marble add to the rooms’ past-their-prime appearance.
Lovely restaurant overlooking Playa
Icacos, as well as two appealing outdoor pools
open-air restaurant, Tabasco Beach, is quite pretty with its pale-pink tablecloths
and views of Santa Lucia Bay. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and
dinner. Room packages that include breakfast are available.
The octagonal main pool, surrounded of dozens of soft-blue lounge chairs, faces toward beautiful Playa Icacos, but it offers
minimal shade with only a few umbrellas and sparse covering from palm trees. A
garden-lined path behind the main pool leads to a quieter second pool, set
in the shade of a large banyan tree.
The hotel is located on a wide stretch of Playa Icacos. Like
Santa Lucia Bay’s other beaches, the sand here is coarse but the views of the
curved bay backed by the rolling hills of the city is spectacular. It’s one of
the quieter beaches found along the Costera, and the hotel provides pagodas and
chairs for guests.
There’s a small shop in the lobby selling swimming
accessories and basic amenities, along with a travel desk. Free Wi-Fi is
available throughout the hotel, and security boxes are offered at the front