Mayan Sea Garden Acapulco
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... been dubbed the most violent city in the world. That title has been shrugged off recently, and the tourist rush is back on.
There are really 2 sides to Acapulco - Antiguo and Nuevo. Antiguo is the old city, where it used to be the hot international destination. But as it started to get overcrowded with the riff-raff (backpackers and tourists like me), the elites moved elsewhere. They moved down the bay and built it up to a degree that you ...
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.
I was expecting Acapulco to be overrun by Americans but apparently the resort had bad press a few years ago so the Americans and Canadians now head to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. It seemed quite a safe place to me. This is probably helped by the fact that the Mexican Presidents two daughters are currently in the town. Armed police are very ...
... Quebrada which is a GIANT rock, where some Olympic Divers throw themselves off… just for giggles yknow.
As it was Friday, the place was pretty packed out and had some (awful) music concert going on, along with people drinking from the streets, and generally having a good time. I inadvertedly walked across a TV set where some Mexican presenter was doing a live broadcast, but didn’t make it on screen as about 5 people rushed round to intercept me – would have ...
Just are we were thinking about starting to get ready for supper, the power on the ship went out.....visions of CNN’s news cast of the Carnival Splendour from last November danced in our heads. Jack was already planning where we would take our free cruise. Within about 20 minutes the lights came back on, but the air conditioner did not. Our already hot cabin heated up to outside temperature. Dad & ...
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Mayan Sea Garden was great!
We just returned from a week at the Mayan Sea Gardens in Acapulco. The place was beautiful, clean, well-kept, and the people were so friendly! The room was clean. The maids brought clean towels every day and did light housekeeping. The kitchen is small but we didn't do much cooking so this was okay. The refridgerator was under the counter and held our beverages and some snack foods just fine. The pool was large and the activities staff was wonderful. They had daily activities at the pool that kept us laughing and having fun. There is a pool bar and happy hour starts at 4:00. The restaurant, Rummba's, was a great place to eat. The wait staff was very helpful and the food was delicious. The prices were reasonable too. There is a trolley every half hour that takes you to the Mayan Palace or Grand Mayan. We ate at the Mayan Palace once and the food was okay. The Mayan Palace is huge with lots of activities and at least 4 restaurants and as many bars. The Sea Garden wasn't as busy and noisy as the Palace which was just fine with us. There are activities every night at the Palace and the trolley goes until 12:30 a.m. The Sea Garden is not on the beach. You cross the street and walk about a block to the beach. On the way you pass the Sea Market (grocery store) and another pool (Sea Club) that also has a snack bar. (It's not a bad walk.) There are lounge chairs on the beach and towels available everywhere. The only bad thing we experienced was the hard beds.
Very friendly, small and private resort!
We visited this resort for one week in November 2004. We couldn't get into the Mayan Palace and were put into theis resort for one week instead and then moved to the Mayan Palace. We were very disapointed when we found out but ended up wishing we had stayed there for our second week instead of the Mayan. It is a very small resort and very quite. The pool was never busy, in fact we were usually the first one there and the kids club was a life saver. The girls were great with my son and always made sure he was welcome. The added bonus was the great pool and bar down at the beach. We thought it might be a hassle to walk across to the beach but it ended up being much closer thatn staying at the Mayan and walking to the beach. It is a great little resort and would recommend it to anyone that just wants to relax. The restaurant is not great but the food at the Mayan was great and a great little shuttle over there. Overall if I had to choose again I would stay at the Sea Garden over Mayan Palace.
You can do much better than the Mayan Sea Garden
We were immediately greeted for a time share pitch. Then we were taken to our room which was clean, but disgustingly old, depressing, dark, faded bedcovers, hard couch and even harder bed.
People were nice enough. The mayanseagarden site shows a beach and nice rooms. It's bait and switch advertising. The place is not even on the ocean. The restaurant is good, but I would go to the Princess Hotel not the Mayan Sea Palace which needs a total renovation.
Great place, great vacation
My husband and I just returned from a great week in beautiful Acapulco. The Sea Garden was a great place overall. The service was very good and the room was wonderful. The hotel is located in the Diamante zone, very upscale locale, but also very out of the way if you want to go into town and see the sights, so be prepared to pay a lot of taxi fares. (Bargain with the taxi drivers) The Rumba Cafe, the hotel restaurant, was WONDERFUL! The service was great and the food was too. The one minor snag was that, upon entering our room, we were dismayed to find that the air conditioning unit was not working. To management's credit, they replaced the wall units twice until we insisted that they move us to another room. The staff was extremely courteous and eager to please. We loved Acapulco and would definitely stay at the Sea Garden again.
Not very impressed
My family and I visited Acapulco this year. We stayed at the Mayan Sea-Garden Resort. We were very dissapointed because the air condition unit in the room was too LOUD. The mini refrigerator could not even fit a six-pack of beer let alone food. When we were checking-out, the front desk receptionist told us we needed to pay for a bottle of water we did not use. The sheets and bed comforters were dirty. Since we arrived to the hotel at mid-night, we were not given the "white band", which apperantly entitles you to use some of the Mayan-Palace facilities. If you travel by plane, do not travel by AEROMEXICO. My son got food poison on our way back from Mexico City. AEROMEXICO tends to cancel their flights without customer notification, therefore, you end up waiting for a new flight for hours and hours. Overall, we were not impressed with Acapulco at all. Also, be EXTREMELY careful at the beaches. We were wondering what the brown sea foam was and we discovered it was waste water. One day was enough for us in Acapulco. We truly encourage you to visit TAXCO de Alarcon, Amacuzan, Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, Chilpancingo, Tequesquitengo and Mexico City. These places are absolutely beautiful!!
Great family vacation spot
Went to the Alcapulco and the Sea Garden April 16 - 23rd. We tried for the Mayan Palace and couldn't get in. We ended up at the Sea Garden and it actually worked out better for us. We had a room looking out to the pool area. The buildings are only two stories with windows looking out to the golf course or the pool. If you have children being near the pool is key. We found the hotel rooms to be dated but clean. The rooms are cleaned every morning and fresh towels brought in. Every evening the beds are turned down. The restaurant on the premises is called the RumBa. We throughly enjoyed the restaurant and the waiters were very friendly. The pool area was fine for us. They have one good sized pool with a bar area and bathrooms (very clean). The pool staff was wonderful. They have all sorts of activities for kids going on all the time. My daughter loved it. They also have a guard near the pool area who checks to make sure that onyone going there belongs to the hotel. For those who want some shade there are two large tents set up with lounge chairs set up underneath. We had no trouble getting space out of the sun.
Because the Sea Garden is part of the Mayan Palace, we were able to use all of their facilities except their pool. Dinners there were excellent.
A trolly takes you from the Sea Garden to the Mayan Palace and also the golf course (which is nearby).
The beach and a small convenience store are across the street from the hotel. Although the hotel is not on the beach, just walk across the street and you are there.
Taxi cab rates to the city are posted on a board at the front desk. It costs $9.00 to get into the city if you use a blue and white cab in front of the hotel. These cabs are connected to the hotel. The yellow and white ones are not. It's all about negotiation in Mexico. There are many things to do in Alcapulco and there are great restaurants. We paricularly loved the Linda Vista. We did not use the tours set up by the Mayan Palace but used Accurario Tours instead. I highly recommend them. Going for a day trip to Taxco is a must. This hotel definitely has a warm and friendly atmosphere about it. We would definitely go back again.
Get a great tour
Just returned from a great week in Acapulco. The Sea Garden is very nice. Not a big resort but they are very friendly.The drawback is it costs $10 each way to go into Acapulco and there are no restaurants around the resort. The restaurant at the resort had a very good breakfast and lunch. We did not do there for dinner.Our cab driver was Tony Miranda. He is very professional and speaks english very well. We hired him for a city tour which lasted six hours. He charged us $30 apiece and it was really great. Much better than one through the travel companies. And I have taken these many times.We also hired him one night to take us to Quinta Real for dinner. Very expensive place to eat but worth it if you like a beautiful place. Then we went to the cliff divers for the 10:30 show where they dive with torches at the end. He took such great care of us.I highly recommend him. You can reach him at *****************
My husband, myself and our two teenage children stayed in The Sea Garden Dec 20-27, 2003. We had a great time in Acapulco, but we took pleasure in and enjoyed the ideosyncrecies of the Mexican way of doing business. The staff was wonderful, the room was quiet and well maintained. Our only complaint was that the beds were too hard.
The resort is on the Playa Diamante, which is the newest developing area of Acapulco. Because of this you must find a means of transportation into town. Acapulco has many things to see and experience. We were fortunate to find a local member of our Church who chauffered us around the city. Do avoid allowing taxi drivers to make decisions about where you eat or shop or buy services. They receive a % from their compadres.
Sea Gardens combined the quiet, private, laid back atmosphere so necessary to a good vacation. It was small enough not to be a problem to walk everywhere. A shuttle takes you to the Myan Palace for more variety of food, pools, etc.Take a taxi (negotiate before you go) to any of the fine restaurants (Su Casa) or sights. We were always well taken care of, we always felt safe, the restaurants etc. were awesome. Driving is confusing. Taxi is the way to go.Acapulco is extremely clean, has no paper littering the streets, you can walk about undisturbed. Take one of the trips to the lagoon, diving, etc.
I f your thinking of a great acapulco resort the sea garden is just perfect , the staff go out of there way to help in anyway possible, the happy hours line up just right too. the restaurant is great and even the market has just what you need , and very very clean , this is the best vacation we ever took, you can have quiet or have hector drive you to the night life either way youll have fun ,,