Central location in the city’s Golden Zone and direct access to popular Playa Condesa
are clean and large, many have private balconies with ocean views
Suites offer a separate sitting area, and connecting rooms are also available
rates include meals and drinks
activities organized by staff
restaurants face toward the lovely coast
entertainment includes live shows and trivia
Fitness center has weight and cardio machines
Cute kids' club for art projects and games
practical meeting rooms
Free Wi-Fi throughout
dull and dated
offer mainly bland, buffet-style fare
get crowded during peak times
service cuts off at midnight
Fitness center equipment is limited
Ritz Acapulco is a lower-middle-range hotel located in the
city’s Golden Zone on prime beachfront of Acapulco Bay, making the hotel a convenient base for water sports, shopping, and bar-hopping. Its 240
rooms are generic but clean, with the majority featuring furnished balconies and
shower/tub combos. The hotel’s all-inclusive package is extremely
budget-friendly, but the buffet meals are only average and the medium-size pool gets quite busy. The hotel is filled with guests happily piling their plates with food and jumping into the pool to join the aqua aerobics class. Travelers might also want to consider Sands Acapulco Hotel & Bungalows, another budget property that includes mini-golf, trampolines, and zip-lines.
It’s quantity over quality at this affordable
Ritz Acapulco looks and feels like a budget hotel, but it tries hard with its cheerful coral-colored lobby, terra-cotta planters filled with flowers, and palm trees by the pool. The hotel
isn’t romantic or luxurious, but it has a pleasant pool, a decent beach, and
lots of food, and that seems just fine for most of the budget-conscious
families and groups that it attracts. The kids’ club and crowd-pleasing buffet
are ideal for families; while the unlimited drinks and proximity to bars is a
good match for groups looking to party.
restaurants, pool, and beach are all concentrated in one section of the hotel,
and the ambience here is quite lively. This set-up also gives the hotel an
unexpected feeling of intimacy, with most guests hanging out in the same area
and participating in the same activities throughout the day.
Beachfront location, within walking distance of
extensive dining and entertainment options
Ritz Acapulco is located along Avenida Costera Miguel
Alemán, where dozens of bars, restaurants, and shops are found in less than a
five-minute walk in either direction. Aside from a few palm trees, this wide
coastal boulevard looks more like a congested highway than a tourist
attraction, but it’s Acapulco’s main hub of entertainment and nightlife. Parking at the hotel is free and easy, and the property backs onto Playa Condesa, one of the city’s most action-packed beaches.
The shops of Plaza Bahia are an eight-minute walk away. Quieter
Playa Icacos and CiCi Waterpark can both be reached in less than a 20-minute
drive. La Quebrada Cliffs and Zocalo are two-and-half miles away, or an 11-minute drive. It’s a
40-minute drive to Acapulco International Airport.
at the Ritz Acapulco are clean but dated. Bedspreads feature a garish primary
color block pattern, which clashes jarringly with the floral sofa cushions. All
rooms include a simple wooden desk and chairs, with a flat-screen TV propped on the table. Bathrooms
are equally drab with old-fashioned fixtures and gray countertops. Many
bathrooms feature shower/tub combos, although some have showers only. Toiletries are provided in a small basket with a white washcloth. A plastic ice bucket and two water glasses wrapped in plastic bags are provided, but there isn't any bottled water. Most
rooms include private balconies furnished with plastic patio furniture and views of the ocean.
in the suites looks a bit awkward, with big bedside lamps set on top of a long
shelving unit that divides the bed area from the seating area. This odd arrangement
draws the eye to the two unattractive lamps, which end up dominating the center
of the room. Rooms in the newer tower are slightly more polished, but they’re
still basic and utilitarian overall.
entertainment, an '80s fitness center, and a medium-size pool with regular activities
is set on Playa Condesa, overlooking gorgeous Acapulco Bay. Like the other
hotels along the bay, Ritz Acapulco’s stretch of beach is busy and the sands
are coarse; however, it’s less crowded than many neighboring hotel beaches,
with more breathing room between the loungers.
long pool is surrounded by soft blue lounge chairs and beach umbrellas. It’s
not a small pool, but it can fill up quickly when the hotel is at full
capacity. Hotel staff organize regular group activities, such as aqua aerobics
and water polo.
tiny fitness center with a few weight machines as well as a single
stair-climber, although it’s worth stopping by anyway to see the hilarious '80s
workout posters on the walls. The large supervised kids’ club features craft
supplies and some toys. It has large windows facing toward the pool area, which
is a nice feature for parents that might want to peak in.
also has three meeting rooms, which can accommodate groups ranging from 20 to 200
people. The rooms are functional rather than fashionable. Nightly entertainment
takes place in the hotel’s theater, including comedy sketches and dance
performances. The theater is reminiscent of a high school auditorium, and the
performances are similarly amateur, but they’re a hit with most families.
Ritz Acapulco exclusively offers all-inclusive packages, which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, unlimited domestic drinks during fixed hours, as well as access to the snack bar.
Buffet meals are served at Villalinda, the hotel’s main restaurant. It’s a simple, open-air restaurant furnished with white plastic chairs and wooden tables. Food is served in typical buffet style, plopped unceremoniously into metal trays. The Mexican-flag-patterned swag curtains hanging around the buffet tables give the restaurant an old-fashioned banquet-hall-style ambiance. It's a large restaurant, but since virtually all guests are eating here, it’s not uncommon for a wait to be seated.
Alongside Villalinda is La Fiesta, a breezy palapa snack bar open in the afternoon for light meals. Wedged between the two restaurants is tiny Bar Margaritas, which includes a stage where live music is featured on weekends. A second small palapa bar is found by the pool. La Cava, the hotel’s only a la carte restaurant, is located in the lobby. It was closed during our visit, only open during the high season from December to March. All-inclusive packages include one meal at La Cava per week with advanced reservations.