Mayan Palace Acapulco
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMayan Palace Acapulco
We initially booked the sister hotel but were diverted here as it was undergoing renovation. What a treat, the facilties in room were excellent, it was a little cramped maybe with all three kids on sofa beds in the lounge but that was the only down side. The kitchenette was great, it had all the stuff I needed to cook (the restaurants and bars are very expensive!) and the kids just didn't want to leave. The pools are extensive with a lazy river and you can use all the facilites at the clubhouse as well. My only criticism you have to pay quite a lot for use of the internet which these days is a very strange concept!!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mayan Palace Acapulco
Great,, Just don't buy a time share
It's a lovely place...magnificant...just DON'T get suckered in to buying a time share...they are real expensive...try to sell it for more than it is worth...the customer service once you are a member pretty much stinks. If you can afford to stay here...it is beautiful...just don't get a time share...I highly regret every getting one there. Thanks!
My Big Mistake
After reading what I had signed, I told the sales personal within my five day cooling off period I did not want to be a member of Mayan Palace. I was told that once I signed, it was too late. I should have called my credit card company immediately.
Will be returning for the fifth time!
Mayan Palace is my favorite resort! It is beautiful, romantic, and relaxing; whether lying by the pool, reading a paperback, or sitting under the waterfalls, you couldn't find a better place to be with the one you love. Can't wait to return in March of 2003. The staff is top notch!
Beautiful & Romantic
Mayan Palace in Acapulco is absolutely wonderful! Love the pools, waterfalls, food & ambiance! Close to airport and far enough from busy downtown to be romantic and quaint. Grab a taxi nightly and it's a 15 min ride to Acapulco's hot spots. You'll love the Mayan Palace!
Wonderful - great place to visit
We have stayed at Mayan Palace, Acapulco three times - returning for fourth trip January 2003. A great/fabulous palce to stay. Simply beutiful in the evenings. Weather always great.
Truly amazing. We visit a Vidafel resort every year, but this is our favorite. Been there three times now. After several visits using RCI exchanges, we ended up purchasing a week at their resort in Nuevo Vallarta. You can buy into thier system at any Vidafel property and you have access to all the others. Here are some tidbits:
- The most friendly staff you'll ever come across. Camp out at the end of the pool and give all your business to "Martha" She's great!!
- The golf course is great, but recommend getting off before 8am. Otherwise it just gets too hot. I think it was around $70 per round, with slight discounts to owners. You can actually get free golf thrown into the deal if you buy into the resort. If they don't offer that, push for it.
- By going on the "tour" where they give you the standard timeshare spiel, you can get 10% off your food tab at the end of your stay. Doesn't apply to alcohol though...drats! We go every year just to find out what's new in the Vidafel system. It gets easier to say no every year, even though the deals get better.
- Food at the resort is very expensive, along with the items at the gift store. Hot dogs and hamburgers while sitting next to the pool aren't too bad, and happy hour drinks are two for one. We do the WalMart thing and occasionally eat in the room. I remember paying $34 for shorts to play golf in, and around $16 bucks for the breakfast buffet.
- If going into town, you'll get a better deal on the taxi ride if you walk down to the staging area and solicit the best price. If you catch the cab in front of the lobby, they have standard rates which are higher. This is Mexico, so expect to pay more to get home than you payed to go downtown.
- There's no need to leave the resort except to buy groceries. We don't bother with going downtown anymore except for special occasions like birthdays and such.
- The Mexican Fiesta is always fun so I'd recommend buying tickets for that. It's held at the resort, it's open bar, and the entertainment is great.
- The airport is very close by. Even so, the taxi ride from there to the hotel is outrageously expensive. Going to the airport at the end of your stay isn't too bad, and you can arrange this with any of your cab drivers during the week. They'll be there waiting for you at checkout. With cabs, I usually negotiate a good price, and then give them the difference from their asking price as a tip.
- The beach is fantastic, even in March. The water is clean and warm. The number of vendors on the beach are limited, so it's not too bad.
- The beds are very hard, which is the Mexican standard. The rooms are air conditioned and elegant, yet spartan. After laying in the sun and swimming/drinking all day, you won't have much problem going to sleep. ;-)
- The water park at the end of resort is a blast, especially for the kids. Basically, you float around the water course in big innertubes, and try to avoid things like gigantic buckets (200 gal+) of water dumping on you.
- A six pack of Corona, packed in ice and loaded in your golf cart is approx. $25. Not sure how to get around this. Guess you can always drink water. :-(
- Restaurants in town are a lot cheaper, and the food is much better. The resort is about 25 mins. from town, so it's not really that convienent to go every night. We usually load up on junk food during the day, and eat in the room at night.
- The daily entertainment is fun, but not overbearing. At some resorts all you hear is the guy on the loudspeaker trying to get people interested in water aerobics. Not here.
That's about all. We love this place, and plan to visit a Vidafel resort every year.
The Mayan Palace Acapulco it's not just the most beautiful resort to us it is Paradise, we stayed there at least 5 times 4 to 8 weeks at the time and we are going back. The weather is allways perfect and sunny.
What a property!
We stayed at the Mayan Palace about a year ago and we cannot wait to go back. The property is beautiful and the pool was amazing. The staff was frendly and always helpful. The beach was beatiful and far enough from downtown that it wasn't crowded. Next time we're bring the kids!
Beautiful grounds, expensive food
My family visited the Vidafel Mayan Palace and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the property. The beach, despite the vendadores, horses and dune buggy rentals, was pleasant with great board surfing, body surfing and boogie boarding waves. My six and nine year olds were able to enjoy the surf, as long as we kept them out of the rip tide area, directly in front of the life guard tower.
Our only complaint was the price of the food. For excellent food, I am willing to pay the prices, but, the quality was adequate and at times, just poor, with the typical buffet problems of over-cooked foods. The main restaurant was pleasant with excellent service. But the breakfast buffet was 16 dollars and dinner was 25 dollars.
The seafood restaurant, Tumkah (sp?) was 36 dollars per peron for a shrimp buffet. None of the shrimp were peeled and all were overcooked. Very poor quality with an amazingly poor choice of side dishes.
There is a store, sort of like a 7-11 on the property, down the road, with a free shuttle. But the prices there were also exhorbitant. A 6-pack of Corona was over 12 dollars.
Many of the units at the Mayan Palace have a small kitchen and refrigerator. If you plan on cooking some meals, or having snacks in your room, take a taxi to Walmart or another off-property grocery store and stock up. You will save much more than the price of the taxi.
Best In Acapulco
I have been to the Mayan Palace twice now and I would have to say that it is the most beautifull, extravagant, and luxurious hotel that I have ever stayed at. The staff and service is wonderfull, the pool is amazing, and the hotel facilities are the best that you could find anywhere in the world. If you plan on visition Acapulco Vidafel Mayan Palace should be you first choice, believe me.
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... market full of places to eat and before we'd even stepped out the car hordes of people waving menus and brochures for trips in Acapulco descended on us. Kindly declining all of the offers for burritos, eggs and gringo food, we walked around the market to a small restaurant that I'd noticed when we drove past; it had pink and yellow flower tablecloths that caught my eye. The waitress brought over the menus and we realised that the girls working there were ...
... s. Elvis made a song (and a movie) about it, John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned here and celebs like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor were regulars. But then the city fell on hard times with crime and drug wars bringing horrible violence to the streets and tourism came to a halt. That, coupled with the Yucatan cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen developing into the party towns they now are, Acapulco has ...
... s devastating Hurricane Manuel, so tourism (the main industry) has hit an all-time low. The lack of other foreign tourists in the area made us easy targets for determined salespeople and long stares. We didn't feel safe walking around at night, nor comfortable laying on the beach (though we did stumble upon an awesome veggie restaurant). We paid upfront for three nights' stay at our hotel and left after ...
Today we spent the day sailing down the coast of Mexico. From our map, we are off the coast of Acapulco. No port stops today as we are heading to Guatamala, which takes two nights and two days sailing to arrive. The waters are very calm and the sailing very smooth. We are both very relaxed and Johnny is enjoying the variety of foods on board.
... on the trip so far. In total it must have been rather close to 400 miles.
We left the hotel right on 8am and after filling up our tanks found our way out the city easily.
This road today was to be extremely windy just about every inch of the way and so of course on any such road this means we have to ride slower and concentrate much more than we would on a long straight road. However this road had something else that slowed us down much more than ...