Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Hotels

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Barceló

At a Glance

    Pros

  • convenient to other hotels and restaurants
  • extraordinarily social
  • lots of amenities and activities
  • good service

    Cons

  • rooms need updating
  • very busy
  • restaurants aren't spectacular

Barceló Review

Once you get past its dull exterior, this high-rise turns out to be bright and lively. There's a subdued elegance to its marble-floor lobby and an irresistible cheerfulness to the skylighted inner courtyard—filled with a restaurant and shops—where long vines hang from the balconies of the surrounding rooms. The rooms are nothing special, but they are clean and comfortable; most have small balconies with ocean views (be sure to request one and opt for a higher floor to avoid noise from the pool area). The focus is on the outdoors, from the splendid pool and beach to a sprawling list of recreational options, all facilitated by a helpful staff. There's a quality live show six nights a week, and the hotel's Sanca Bar draws a nice crowd for dancing to Latin music.

    Hotel Details

  • 341 rooms, 5 suites.
  • Rate includes all-inclusive.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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