Travel Blogs from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
... we could lose steerage and would have to dive to get the rope off) .The watermaker ticked away and made 15 gallons (60 litres) in 3 hours. Now we can shower and wash our clothes in fresh water. I still managed to make us a cooked breakfast,but nearly fainted with the heat. Coming into Zihuatanejo I was shocked by the amount of building structures and thought it would be a souless 'gringolandia'.After we'd anchored I read the pilot ...
... meant to be kicking off at 7pm but when we walked past at 6:55pm old mate was still on the side of the stage painting the props. We left to go have dinner and came back later when every thing was in full swing. The music and atmosphere was great fun so we were glad to have stumbled upon that. We only stayed in Zihuatanejo for a couple of nights but I think that's all you need there. The beaches weren't that great and it's just another big city. And off we go ...
... around I said " what's going on here?". Wease replies " it's the military". The large group of people on the beach all whipped out their brass instruments. Not the military but in fact a musical group filming a Mexican film clip. Quite a sight to see. We spent some time down there, Wease was loitering around hoping to be called on set. She'd already had her big break on a soapey in South America and she was praying to make it big all over Latin America. ...
... sandy beaches. It's very pretty here. The wind has picked up a little from yesterday, not enough to sail by, but enough to keep the heat from being too oppressive. It's nice out right now, hot, but nice. We are motoring along at about 5.5 knots and head deeper south to Acapulco.
Good news for me! Out next stop is Zihuatanejo! I don't know why I am so stoked about it, but it is the place Andy Dufresne and Red end up in the Shawshank Redemption. I just wanted to go ...
... was not enough money nor partnering, so he and his family are holding out.
From the church, he asked us if we wanted to walk to see more. Of course the answer was “yes”! We headed down a path to a river, shoes off and up the bank on the other side. We passed a field of sorrano chiles, then crawled through a barbed wire fence into a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Krystal Ixtapa Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Watch your suitcases/clothes
Stayed at the Krystal for the first time in Mexico with long time friends that go there every year.Found that a Tommy Hillfinger tank top (women's) and a pair of shorts was stolen from my suitcase.Also, a nighshirt inside out and un-folded.I had yet to wear these items.Night-shirt was left.
Advice: Lock you suitcases! They think you may have forgotten to pack these "little" items and really don't do anything to accommodate your loss.They make You feel like you are "lying".
Alll in all...everything else was good.Clean rooms and friendly staff.Don't get roped into the "free" buffet breakfast.They want you to buy a 10 year package for hotel discounts.
A group of 5 of us traveled to Ixtapa Nov 1 through 8, 2003. When we left, Los Angeles was just starting to chill a bit, so our timing was perfect. The weather was great in Ixtapa, although a bit humid. This must have been the time to travel for low season. We were looking to have a relaxing vacation, but occasionally a little bit of partying too. We got the relaxing part, but not the partying part, although that was ok. From what we were told Ixtapa starts to get busy mid November so we just missed the crowds. The clubs weren't really happening. There were still enough people out there to interact with. You didn't have to worry about getting up early to reserve a lounge chair. The hotel was by no means deserted, but certainly wasn't crowded either. Overall, everything about the hotel was nice - the hotel appearance, the pool, the beach, the food (although pricey) and the service. We ate only once at the hotel for breakfast. The breakfast buffet cost us about $16 each. There were palapas and beach chairs by the beach area which made it really nice. The rooms were decent, the AC was functioning well, and the bathrooms were mediocre (probably a bit below average). All the hotels on the strip are walking distance to one another and walking distance to the shopping center and clubs right accross the street.
We just returned 3 days ago & are already planning our next trip back.
We went here for our honeymoon in late September 2003. There were very few people there, but it was the off-season. It rained most every night, but it was no huge deal. I've seen this hotel get 4 star rating, but I'm not certain it's that great. Rooms were adequate, but nothing awesome. We didn't eat at the hotel as it seemed rather pricy compared to the other area restaurants. Beer/drinks are rather expensive at the hotel. About $3.50 for a beer. My best advice is to bring some alcohol with you and buy some mixers/coke at the local shops.
I just spend four days in Ixtapa at the Krystal, the hotel is very nice right in front of a beautiful beach and just across for a shopping mall where youŽll find anything you need and many restaurants and bars. Rooms are simple but comfortable all with a great view of the bay. The staff is very nice and helpful. If you are looking for a very romantic and unforgettable dinner I recommend ŽLa Villa de la SelvaŽ. I am already planning to return.
I stayed at the krystal hotel a total of two times on our five years of being in Ixtapa. It was SOOOO NICE i will never forget the hotel and the people who worked there. We enjoyed it so much we kept on coming back!
The Krystal Hotel is wonderful!
The place is absolute paradise. Beautiful beach, warm water, great big pool with a slide and small cliff you can jump off of. -It is really a nice place. The service was excellent, everything thing is neat, clean, safe, excellent food, lots to do and no need to worry about illness from their water or food. Little touches like all the fresh flowers & flower petals they would leave on the bed and in the bathroom every day after cleaning your room, were very impressive to me. I wish could afford to go back again, it was the best vacation I have ever had in my life!
My wife and I have stayed at the Krystal on 3 separate vacations and we're returning this March with 2 other couples. It's a wonderful complex, pool is heated, cabanas are extremely comfortable and relaxing, service is outstanding, food is delicious with a wide variety available for lunch and dinner. Here are our recommendations that we've given to many. Charge everything back to the room except the tip. We always bring a large quantity of small bills for tipping at lunch, dinner and room service for breakfast. Keep track of all of your receipts so you know exactly what your bill should be at checkout. Make sure the seal is on the serv bar when you check in, if not have them seal it or you will see those items on your bill (typical Mexico). We bring 1-2 bottles of rum with us and buy soda and beer at the local shops in the market, there is ice on every other floor. We also book the booze cruise out of Zihuatanejo where there also a famous restaurant to have dinner at. If you go on the booze cruise you'll meet many friendly people from Canada and the sunset pictures are unbelievable. There is a carlos and charlies, senor frogs and a flea market within walking distance. Bottom line when you're in a cabana or at the pool you don't need to walk anywhere for food or drink, those items are brought to you. There are no room safes, you can rent a safe deposit box behind the lobby desk, and you can also exchange your currency for pesos in the lobby. Checkout at the end of your trip with an American Express card so you receive the best exchange rate. Allow for extra time to check out, nothing moves quickly in this part of Mexico.
We Loved It (Going Back)
My husband and a few of our friends went to Ixtapa
in January 2002 for my 50th Birthday. We stayed at the Krystal hotel and we had a wonderful 7 days. The staff was the best we have had since Hawaii. We are now planning another trip there in November but staying 10 days this time and taking my daughter and her boyfriend. We would tell anyone we know to stay there.
Description: This is a 12-story high-rise centrally located on the beautiful Ixtapa beach and just across the street from the north end of Ixtapa's extensive shopping/dining area. In typical resort fashion it offers sufficient facilities to allow you to comfortably exist for a week without leaving the grounds, should you so desire. Multiple dining facilities range from an ocean-front patio setup to Bogart's, a semi-fancy eatery. From beach sand to pool area to lobby, you are never more than a few steps from a bar. A large free-form pool complex has areas for swimming, water games, a water slide/waterfall, and a separate kiddie pool. There is a kid's playground with play equipment and a nice landscaped section suitable for romantic strolls. The beach features lounging, volleyball, parasailing, powered hang-glider rides, massage tents (true) and, of course, the sea. Water is warm but the surf, which breaks sharply close to shore, may be a bit intimidating for some. (For those preferring pond-calm water, try a day trip to Ixtapa island, which has lee-side beaches sheltered from the ocean swell.)