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Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco 3.5

Acapulco, Guerrero, Pacific Coast

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Pros

  • Oceanfront location with amazing views of Acapulco Bay
  • Bright, air-conditioned rooms with gorgeous ocean views and flat-screen TVs
  • Two ocean-view freshwater pools, and one poolside bar 
  • Ocean-view restaurant gets mostly positive reviews; serves buffet breakfast and room service
  • Family-friendly with a kids' club, table-tennis, and kids under 12 eat free
  • Fast and free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Small gym 

Cons

  • Fee for parking and valet only option available 
  • Hotel’s private beach is small and closed when seas are rough
  • Pools can get crowded with splashing children  
  • Rooms are slightly bland

Bottom Line

The Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco is a three-and-a-half pearl oceanfront hotel along crescent-shaped Acapulco Bay. The resort's 220 rooms are a mix of Suites, Superior, and Standard Rooms with bright interiors, natural-toned wood-veneer furniture, flat-screen TVs, and private ocean-view balconies. The ocean-view restaurant gets mostly positive reviews and serves an international and local breakfast buffet, and a la carte lunch and dinner menus. The hotel has also two freshwater pools -- one for adults and one for kids. With it’s kids club, table-tennis table, and free meals for kids under 12, it’s a family-friendly spot, for sure. Other amenities include a small private beach, gym, bar, and free fast Wi-Fi. For an oceanfront stay with four restaurants, two huge pools, and great gym, it's worth pricing out the Grand Hotel Acapulco

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Scene

Family-friendly hotel with gorgeous pools to splash and get splashed 

Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco opened its doors in 2007 and is situated in a 14-story high rise building along a gorgeous sandy oceanfront. The building’s been around for nearly 50 years and received a sprucing up before donning the slightly generic Holiday Inn interior. The resort's double-story lobby blends Old and New World touches like deep green marble counters and carved furniture with billboard-sized modernist paintings and a rough-hewn tile wall that frames the three elevator doors. This is a family-friendly hotel and things get a little loud and splashy in the two freshwater pools (despite having separate kids' and adult pools). There are also perks for children, like kids activities and a weekend kids' club (when lots of families with children stay at the hotel). The hotel attracts mostly families from Mexico. It also has conference rooms, and we saw quite a few business travelers buzzing about. 

Location

Oceanfront location close to restaurants, bars, and bungee jumping

The Holiday Inn Resort is located on Acapulco’s gorgeous oceanfront. The direct waterfront in front of the hotel is rocky, but the public beach is a 30-second walk east and the hotel’s small, private beach is down a set of stairs to the west. Many restaurants (serving Mexican, international, Italian, Argentinian, seafood, pizza, and Peruvian cuisines) are a five-minute or less walk from the hotel. There’s also a handful of bars and nightclubs less than a five-minute walk away. A convenience store is a two-minute walk from the hotel and the closest supermarket is either a 15-minute walk or a five-minute drive. A big shopping mall with a cinema is also a five-minute drive from the Holiday Inn. A popular oceanfront bungee jumping tower is a five-minute walk from the hotel. La Quebrada, a pair of 40 and 80 foot cliffs and the spot to watch local cliff jumpers dive into the churning waves, is a 22-minute drive from the Holiday Inn. Acapulco’s bus station, downtown Acapulco, and the Acapulco Historical Museum is a 15-minute drive. General Juan N. Acapulco Alvarez International Airport is about a 25-minute drive from the hotel. 

Rooms

Bright guest rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, light wood furniture, and ocean-view balconies 

The guest rooms at The Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco are comfortably generic. Rooms are definitely pleasant, especially when the curtains are open and the ocean soundtrack drifts in. Textured white walls are decorated with one photo of a stack of rocks in a neatly raked sand Zen garden. Furniture is a light wood veneer and includes an all-in-one desk/dresser/cabinet. Bed configurations range from a single king to two double beds with white-on-white striped comforters, lots of pillows, and lime-green bed skirts. All rooms have flat-screen TVs with cable channels, coffeemakers with free coffee, and bottled water that's refreshed daily. All rooms have a safe, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, alarm clock, irons and ironing boards, and phones that can make outside calls. Bathrooms have marble counters, floors, and walls. A nice plus are the full-size bathtubs, not just stand-up showers. Bar soap, body lotion, and shampoo are also included. Private balconies are standard and views are breathtaking -- especially the odd-numbered rooms that overlook Acapulco Bay. 

Features

Two freshwater pools, small private beach, ocean-view restaurant, kids' club, and small gym

Features here are focused on beach vacations for families. The Holiday Inn has two freshwater pools with gorgeous views of Acapulco Bay. Technically one pool is for adults and one for kids, but when the hotel’s busy, both pools often get overrun with children. Both pools have lots of plastic lounge chairs and a thatch-roofed pool bar is next to the adult-only pool. The resort's main restaurant, Santa Lucia Terraza Cafe, serves a mix of Mexican and international cuisine. It offers a pricy (compared to nearby restaurants) breakfast buffet and also a la carte lunch and dinner menu. The restaurant has outside seating and great ocean and pool views. Room service is available. A nice bonus is that kids under 12 eat free when their parents are dining. Other kid-friendly amenities include table tennis, a kids' club (only weekend hours), and weekend activities. There’s also a small glass-walled gym with a treadmill and weight machine. The hotel has five meeting rooms and a business center with free printing. Wi-Fi is fast and free throughout. The resort can arrange car rentals. Free lemon water is available in the lobby. Laundry service and valet parking are available (for a fee). 

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Address

Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman 2311, Acapulco, Guerrero 39690, Mexico

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