This was our 4th year in a row @ the Barcelo in Ixtapa...We love the e-a-s-e of its location, first and foremost...The place is very clean & always has been. The food is fairly good most of the time @ the buffets, we always found something, but would strongly recommend using your 'specialty restaurant' tickets as they are very nice & totally different than the buffets. (Jumbo butterfly shrimp, rib eyes, etc. @ the Sunset Terrace, order off a menu, with the salad bar - book the 7pm seating - beautiful sunset!) Don Quixote was very good too, don't miss the Spanish coffee - even if you don't like coffee!! (9pm was too late to have such a rich meal...) The burgers @ the swim up bar are pretty 'leg kickin' too. Have one of those about 3pm, good to go...We're foodies & we've been very content w/ the vittles available. We love breakfast @ the LaPalapa - staring @ the water, hi Philly! - it doesn't get any better for those of us who left home w/ over a foot of snow on the ground!!! Good coffee...what a way to go...Off to the pool for the day...Swim up bar opens @ 11am - and those guys work their butts off 'til it closes @ 6. Watch them! (I think they serve food 'til 5pm??) Most days we had waiters/waitresses @ the pool...Some days not?? Don't know what was up with that? When we had them, they were GREAT! Remembered what we were drinking after 1 order! YES! Bring an insulated mug, don't fight it...It's warm down there & drinks melt - FAST! Blue eyed Roberto and the boys @ the swim up bar were FAB! Done @ the pool? Stop @ the Sanca Bar @ 6pm, have one & take one up to your room..."Junior's" team was working the Sanca this month & they were AWESOME! Don't miss karaoke nite @ the Sanca...It's CRAZY! OMG! The house band gets old, but they were fun early in the 10 day vacation...(How that chick can sing that one song for over 10 min.??? Yikes!) Venture out to eat tho...you gotta go to Frank's. Have the "bacon wrapped cheese stuffed grilled jumbo prawns" - Franks' Zappetizer. You get 2 & can split them with a fellow foodie. The pizzas are very good there too - wood stove - but no sausage, only pepperoni?? Thin crust...We also went to Luna's for grilled lobster - kitty corner from Senor' Frogs...We made pigs of ourselves, 2# of lobster for each, of the 4 of us!! We recommend not using their melted butter as it SUCKED! (We're from WISCONSIN!!) But the lobster was good w/out it...Sisco was our server & he was wonderful! I had the biggest Bacardi Limon & diet Coke w/ lime that I ever had in my LIFE! Mmmm...Sisco recommended we put the meal on our credit card as the exchange rate was better, & he was right...Very accommodating, got to watch the Senor' Frogs craziness...(The Blue Shots aren't bad there either.)
Now the things that bugged us...
The plumbing in the rooms need a MAJOR facelift...everything is very clean, but you never know what's up with the water? And that hasn't changed for us in 4 years...The elevators still suck. Quite a wait @ key times of the day...The smoking policy has changed drastically @ the Barcelo...Good for most, but for those of us who have always enjoyed going to Mexico to NOT get yelled at.... the Barcelo has restrictions...It turned out fine, but was unexpected. We e-mailed the hotel prior to our arrival (using the e-mail address on their website) with our "ocean view - above the 6th floor, please" request) & were disappointed that they had not received it?? They did accomodate us with an 8th floor room - ocean view, after a bit of a haggling. We were not disappointed with the room nor view. OMG! The room frig leaves alot to be desired...Ours got cold after the 5th day. (We called.) No more "frig snacks to buy." A tip will get your frig re-filler guy to load yours up with what you want/don't want. And if that is all we have to "complain" about in our 4th, 10 day stay, that's pretty good!!
The really good???
The weather...we had a cloud for about 2 min. in 10 days!!!!!!!!!
The service. From the bellboys to the cab callers to the gals that clean the swim up bar latrines all the time...Horray! And smiling! Even the maintenace guys that were re-grouting the floor in front of the elevators @ 4 in the morning...Smilin'!!
Deal w/ the guys on the beach for goodies...they are good people & their prices are fair...Have a massage for an hour and 15 min. @ the massage hut on the beach...$25. Listen to the ocean & smile when you think what you would pay @ home...Zihu is fun but too hot in the afternoon...Don't be surprised by the Mexican police @ nite, they've got issues right now - & don't be a fool & go to an ATM @ nite also. We do our Kahlua/Marlboro shopping @ the grocery store in Ixtapa, Scruples. Marlboros are $21.50 a carton...you can do better in Zihu, but it's right there! Roberto's is our fave silver shop in Ixtapa. But DO barter, they'll come down. Their stuff is class...The guys outside the hotel aren't bad for jewelry either...We've been happy with what we bought....The theme nites aren't a big deal for us...we've seen them. (Daffy Duck's butt freaked us out this year! Was great seeing Javier tho!) If you must go...do the Mexican Fiesta on Wed. nite. The colors are awesome!
But vacations can be good/bad with the people you meet/deal with...we met some great/goofy people from Bismarck, ND - Vancouver/Vancouver Island - Bemidji, MN...Alot of regulars go the same time every year...It's nice to see familiar faces...Hey Janet, Brian, Bob w/ an R, Bridget, Carmen, & Cindy....hope to see you next year! We TOTALLY missed our fave bartender, Cesar, who is rumored to be working @ the Melia'. He's the Barcelo's loss, believe me!!
OK, I'm done...1st review I wrote in 4 years....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barcelo Ixtapa***** is located in the heart of Ixtapa, right on "El Palmar" beach, one of the most attractive destinations in Mexico. It is the ideal place to go on family holidays, celebrate romantic weddings, organize successful business meetings and also to spend an unforgettable honeymoon. The Barcelo Ixtapa***** hotel offers a convenient way to enjoy your holidays and experience the Barcelo All Inclusive program. It also offers the perfect location for those guests wanting to experience excursions to other parts of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Ixtapa Beach Hotel Ixtapa
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