Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPenrith Valley Inn
A nice place right on the beach, although most of the beach in front of the hotel is rocky. Has two pools on site and access to the sandy beach just next door. Restaurant and bar on site, but open air (no AC).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Penrith Valley Inn
We were there Christmas '04 through New Year's '05...
All monetary amounts mentioned will be US dollars, not pesos.
My boyfriend and I spent two weeks there--and taking into consideration Christmas and New Year's is peak tourist season for families traveling from Mexico City to Acapulco--here goes....
What we liked:
*Possibly the cleanest room I have ever stayed in, and I'm picky about things like that! And, unlike most hotels, they change the blanket and bedspread every time guests check out. The rooms all have tile floors, no rugs or carpeting, plain but nice enough.
*Even the little balcony was clean and free of seagulls and other birds and the mess they make. We could see the balconies of the adjacent hotel and they were covered with bird droppings, so Fiesta Inn is deterring them somehow!
*There are two nice pools, and a very nice little private beach that is easily accessible. Security guards keep the beach vendors away.
*The location is smack in the middle of the Costera, and that means taxi fare to just about anywhere is $6.00--I think we paid $15.00 to and from the airport.
*The food was pretty good, although we ate most of our meals elsewhere.
*The staff members are, for the most part friendly and accommodating, although if you don't speak Spanish it can be a challenge at times.
What we didn't like:
*Although the hotel advertises high speed Internet in every room, it's pretty much a joke. I was able to get online a couple of times, but the signal strength was very weak and would drop the connection in a matter of minutes.
*So, I bought a card from the hotel to use in their business center (it was about $6.00 for one day's use)--their computers default to Spanish, and although I changed the language to English, the computers kept defaulting back to Spanish. I gave up. Even my incoming E-mail arrived in Spanish on AOL!
*The housekeeper on our floor (eleventh) was rather difficult. She would not leave us coffee until I spoke to the management about that, and we also had some trouble getting towels--she would leave bath towels but not bath mats or face cloths. She did however totally respect the "do not disturb" sign when we had it on the door. I gave her $10.00 the day we checked in and tipped her several other times, so I felt we treated her very fairly.
*The tv was possessed! Every few minutes it would switch itself from whatever you were watching to Lodgenet, the hotel network you see all over the US too. The maintenance guy said he fixed it, but the problem persisted. It wasn't just our tv either, we met another couple that were having the same issue. We figured maybe it's their way of driving you crazy enough to purchase a movie. Thank goodness tv or computers were not a priority for us, but if you rely on your computer for business matters--I would suggest you stay somewhere else.
*The pools were quite very crowded and there were dozens of little kids in the pools all the time. The plastic beach chairs around the hotel are way less than comfy, and other guests would "save" chairs over night or for hours at a time simply by placing towels in the chairs. There is no pool personnel, so get to know the bartenders at the outdoor bar, they will assist you in getting a chair.
*The rooms have a shortage of electrical outlets, glad I had a power bar packed...but I find that to be the case in most hotels.
*I don't think I would go back to Acapulco (if you are 18 to 25 and love discos that's the place to be, LOL)--but if I do I would give this hotel another chance, overall it was just fine.
Very nice rooms
My partner and I (lesbian couple) stayed here for a few days and we were very impressed. The room was spacious, bright, and had a balcony and a great view of the ocean and the mountains. The rooms are tiled throughout and very clean. The hallways were not airconditioned, which seemed odd considering the heat and the prices the hotel charges for rooms, but the rest of the hotel was nice and cool. We ate the overpriced buffet once and were not impressed and did not go back, but there is plenty of other food nearby. The pool, overlooking the ocean is a great part of the hotel. And it's next to a nice stretch of beach.
The staff were very friendly although the concierge is just a thinly disguised hard-sale travel agent...they must get good comissions because they were very eager to sale us overpriced activities. In one case the activity that the woman almost sold us didn't even exist (snorkling on the nearby island...the dock to the island was closed for repair and so the boat wasn't stopping there, we only learned this after going down to where the boats leave from and asking about it there...good thing we didn't buy the tickets in the hotel.)
A few Acapulco tips: we wanted to try a jet ski so we asked a few people on the beach how much they would charge. They wanted $30 for a half hour but we found them quite negotiable, especially when you told them what the guy up the beach was offering (always something lower). If you go see the cliff divers (which is a must) don't expect restaurants nearby. There is one very expensive hotel restaurant there (decent food but you get a better view just paying the small viewing fee to go to the platform across from the divers). And lastly, the estrella de oro busses are truly as nice as every says (for the trip from mexico city to acapulco) but they are very slow. You could probably cut the 5 hour trip in half by driving.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the FIesta Inn for two weeks (end of April beginning of May). The Hotel actually exceeded our expectations and we got a great deal on www.hotelweb.com ($55/night incl. taxes) for the price we were not expecting too much, but once we got there it was pleasant surprise. Me being from Acapulco have never heard about this hotel. apparently is sort of new and I knew approximately where it was located. The location is great, close to the "strip" not in the middle of it, which is nice because it makes it really quiet.
The rooms are nice, clean and I believe all of them have a partial ocean view. We originally made our reservation for 1 week and then we figure we could look for something else if we did not like it, but we loved it so we decided to extend our stay there, hoewever, the price they quoted us for the same room at the front desk was $174/night so we found an internet cafe and made another reservation through the same website as before.
It is true about the maids knocking on the door at 9:00AM and yes they do not have "do not distrub" signs in the room ( I even made my own sign and put it at the door but it did not work), however you can ask the maid to give you one. We found out that you have to ask for them, of course a tip to the maid always helps, especially if you are going to stay there for longer than a week. You would be surprised, after we did that they never knocked if the sign was there.
The pool of the hotel is sort of small and shallow (4ft max) but it is good enough (they are building a new one that they say should be done in Aug.) Overall we had a good experience in the Hotel, the staff was one of the nicest I've encountered anywhere.
If in Acapulco you must visit Palladium, CICI, Puerto Marquez, Pie de la Cuesta, Carlos'n Charlies and of course you need to eat Pozole on thursdays which is a local tradition, senor Frog's is a good choice for doing that (great Pozole, good atmosphere and great drinks. Enjoy Acapulco.
Great value for what you get
We found this hotel to be a great value for what you get out of it. Although it might not be one of the fanciest in Acapulco, it turned out to be a good value. Make sure you stay on the east side of the hotel. That way, you have a beautiful view overlooking the bay. This hotel is located in the heart of the Costera which is the central location of the tourist section of the city. There are plenty of restraunts and/or clubs within walking distance or just a short cab ride away. The hotel was pretty clean, and the maid service was always prompt. We had a few problems getting extra towels, but other than that, I can't complain. The pool is pretty small and poorly located on the west side right next to the hotel. Sometimes, sunlight can be hard to come by near the pool as a result. They are building a new pool which is supposed to be done by August 2004 but I think it will take a little longer than they say. Access to the "private beach" is a bit overrated too. It's not private, it's about a 50 foot stretch located between some large rocks. Vendors will sometimes walk over the rocks to get to the other side so you might still be approached by them. The food is decently priced in the restaurant located at the pool level. The sliding glass gives a great ambiance to the open air effect and view of the bay. The morning buffet is the only buffet worth going to, however, although it is a little overpriced (140 pesos but a big buffet so fill up!) All in all, this room was a terrific value for the price. The room is no fancier than any "Whatever" Inn in another city, but the view from the balcony, location in the heart of city, and access to the beach and pool make this hotel a winner for the price. I would definitely stay here again.
Super deal, super hotel
great place to stay..affordable...cleanest hotel i've ever stayed at...the entire place smelled like chorine bleach-a wecoming sanitary scent...service was great...food at hotel was great, especially the breakfast buffet and their salsa...only problem was the consierge...they are paid by tour companies and only give you info on the tours...kinda lame but they're friendly enough....go to the fiesta americana 2 blocks down the street and speak to a real consierge if you want the straight dope on places....and for god's sake, check out the munciple market, a farmers market in old acapulco..awesome foodie heaven..
I chose the Fiesta Inn Acapulco based on reviews on tripadvisorīs very useful site. We also managed to get a deal within our budget - $414 US for 7 nights - and for that kind of money we were keeping our expectations fairly low.
We stayed at the Fiesta Inn for 7 nights until 30 April 2004 and were more than pleased with the accommodations, particularly for the price paid. Our room was exceptionally clean and of larger than average size. We had an excellent view of Acapulco and the beach from our balcony. Full size bathroom etc.
The housemaids start knocking on your door to get in to clean from about 9am onwards, and there is no īdo not disturbīsign to hang on your door, so you have to put up with this every half hour or so until you want to get up for the day - this was a bit off-putting (considering Acapulco boasts its own nightlife, we thought it slightly incongruous that you were then expected to be up and about early in the morning whilst on holiday!).
The restaurant was well priced and tasty!
Overall we were very pleased with the value that Fiesta Inn presented and would recommend it.
Very nice Hotel
We just finished our vacation at the Fiesta Inn. Other than Hawaii, this is the first non-AI resort I've stayed at. The Fiesta Inn is a beautiful hotel. We were on the 14th floor with a corner room, our view was fantastic. The people at the hotel were very friendly, we didn't eat at the hotel, there are many eating establishments within walking distance. The surf was high and strong this time of year, made swimming tricky. Overall, we had a great time, but I plan on staying with AI's in the future.
I went to the Fiesta Inn Acapulco with my girlfriend at the beginning of february. The rooms were kept clean, and even if some work could be done in decoration, overall it was nice. The view of the bay was awesome from it. The pool is kinda small, but there's a small beach that can only be reached by the hotel residents. There's also an access to the main Acapulco Bay beach. The food was great and cheap. The staff was very friendly and very quick to answer our demands.
The hotel location is very good, a few blocks from downtown Acapulco. I would definitely recommend it.
Perfect for us!
Well, my boyfriend and I wanted to take a nice and inexpensive trip to Acapulco (we are both 20). Fiesta Inn was perfect. I found some great online rates and was worried at first about the quality of the hotel would be, based on such low prices. We both loved the hotel. It was perfect for us. The rooms are all new, clean, and pretty with great view of the beach and the main street of Acapulco (from our room). We even stayed in a smoking room (both my boyfriend and I are non-smokers) and I couldn't find a trace of cigarette smoke anywhere. The pictures depict the hotel very accurately. The maids were wonderful, as were the bellboys, travel agents (how friendly and helpful they were!), and the front desk - they were all very accommodating. The location is perfect... Carlos n Charlies right across the street, great restaurants, shopping, and many clubs all within walking distance. The beach near Fiesta Inn, just walk down a staircase to get to it, was Playa Condesa, a really nice long stretch of beach with awesome waves.
The only negative thing that happened during our stay was that the blowdryer and iron we asked for was never delivered..but who needs dry hair and wrinkle free clothes..you're in Acapulco!
Nice Hotel/Very Hospitable Staff
Just Returned from Acupulco and had a nice week-long stay at the Fiesta Inn. It was well located. On the edge of the Condessa Area. The hotel would be VERY hard to critisize. There are bay views from I assume every room, based on the way the rooms appeared to be laid out. The balcony was nice, two chairs and a table. Unfortunately for the Hotel, every picture I saw made the bayside portion of the property look like ROCKS only. Actually, there was a cute little VERY QUIET beach on the property. Not very large, and a few rocks out a ways. But, nice and very tranquil. The rooms were in VERY good condition and VERY CLEAN. I had two double beds ( I think my room was considered a single). The maid service was great. The staff at the front desk, restuarant, and poolside were very accomodating and nice. I only had lunch a couple of times at the resturant, and ordered tortilla soup off of the menu, instead of having the luncheon buffet. But, my soup was GREAT. That's why I had it the second time.
During my stay in Jan. of 2003 the hotel got very deserted on Monday, then on Wed. started to pick up. The weekends are busier, but still very quiet and nice.
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