Qualton Club Ixtapa
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... you and your neighbor, friends, shops, the launderette, the shoe-maker and the butcher and the ice-cream parlor are all “on the same boat”.
It isn’t hard to understand why people smile more.
Here it doesn’t feel like “I’m going OUT” to go somewhere, we all dwell in the same room, the same realm of soft warm air, it brings everything a little closer.
Life here is so colorful.
To me it feels like I have ...
... day of the Earth, and if that would have been the case, my last day would have been a happy one.
I spent hours in the water, swimming for at least one, floating face up the rest of the time, just watching heaven, like I had just surrendered to my fate. Right now my fate is too good, SO DAMN GOOD in fact that it is causing me to wonder if it is really legal to be this happy… Is it REALLY OK to feel this good?
I’ve been mugged!
That is about the only “exciting” thing that has happened lately. (And may I begin by adding that this is a MOST UNUSUAL experience in this otherwise SAFE and wonderful corner of Mexico.).
I’m not saying otherwise life has been uneventful, the days are so good and full of beautiful moments – the kind of moments and people I mentioned in the beginning of this blog, the treasures… I have my pockets so full ...
... drops of sweat on my left thigh grow bigger and bigger until gravity brought them tumbling down creating a gleaming line between other growing drops on my skin.
Then I came out, got rolled up in a white sheet, my face covered with a little towel smelling of herbs and flowers and was served Lupita’s secret recipy tea made of 16 different herbs, one of them being passionfruit. A huge passionfruit plant grew outside, and at three in the afternoon the flowers open, ...
... had owned the land where the field was and his story was more of being offered the opportunity to join the tribe of if you decided not to then in the game you played to win then were sacrificed so that you could die with honor. It is interesting that there are versions of this sport recorded from Northern to Southern Mexico.
Next was a hike to the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Qualton Club Ixtapa Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
A 21yr. old female's honest opinion
I stayed @ this hotel and I do have a lot to say about it. The beaches in Ixtapa are not the clear, blue waters of the Caribbean, but there are fun waves if you like to swim or boogey-board. The food was edible most of the time, for breakfast I stuck with fresh fruit, lunch I ate french freis, salsa and chips, but for dinner they did have a nice little setup besides the buffet. If you made reservations, you got served an a la carte meal outside right by the beach...very nice atmosphere. I never ate the dinner buffet, I heard it was horrible.
This food wasn't too bad and a lot of other people seemed to enjoy it.
As far as alcohol, they did have corona and and a dark beer on tap which are both very good. But they kept running out of hard liquor and wine. They made tequila sunrises w/ vodka, etc. The rooms are small unless you get 2 double beds which I would highly recommend. As for activities you reall don't have to leave the hotel and pretty much can't b/c downtown is so far away. But they do have tequila volleyball, water polo, basketball and ping pong. Most people participated and they were fun. THe disco at the hotel is pretty lame, unless you bring people together by playing drinking games or something. On last not, this hotel basically caters to families and older couples. I found these people interesting but this is definately not a party hotel or place to meet people. I really wouldn't recommend Ixtapa, but if you really want to go then stay downtown where all the action is (I heard Pacifico was very nice).
Great place to relax
My wife and I spent a week at the Q ualton Club Ixtapa and were treated
like king and queen. The staff,with the exeption of the Apple
representative, treated us royally. The food was good and plentiful,
the mixed drinks were watered down a bit so that we could enjoy them
all day while sitting at the great pool or on the beach. The beer and
wine were excellent. We enjoyed the dinners by the beach with male
waiters. During the day hours we were served at the buffets by
The rooms were pleasantly airconditioned. The maids created lovely designs with flower petals on our gigantic bed each day.
Good Economical Family Resort
My Family and I just returned from 4 wonderful days at the Qualton Club Ixtapa. After reading other reviews here prior to my trip I was expecting the worst, but was very pleasantly surprised. While not the Ritz, the room we were in was a second story Ocean view with King bed and balcony. Comparable to any standard "econo" lodge in the united states it was simple, but clean and comfortable. Overrall the resort is well manicured with nice beaches, clean pools, well manicured grounds, and good facilities. The food was not excellent, but it was tasty, warm, and always readily available (think Luby'). Drinks flow freely and afternoons at the pool bar are a welcome treat.
Bottom line: If you want the all-inclusive experience in a nice family-friendly atmosphere without the exorbitant cost, I would recommend the QCI very highly and I intend to return in the near future.
LOVED Ixtapa and the Qualton Club Staff!!!
I went to the Qualton Club from February 21st until February 28th, 2004 and had a blast! At first, I was very nervous to go because of the reviews I read. However, once I got there, I was pleasantly surprised.
The staff is absolutely amazing. Originally, I assumed that the staff wouldn't work that hard since the gratuities are included with the all-inclusive plan. However, I soon felt like a princess and made friends with lots of them! Even though gratuities are included, never be afraid to slip them a dollar or two. They do a wonderful job and are WELL deserving of a tip. Plus the appreciation on their faces makes it well worth your generousity.
The food also exceeded my expectations. I had fresh fruits and create-your-own omelettes every morning. At lunch and dinner they had several choices to choose from including: hamburgers, fajitas, quesadillas, pasta, mexican dishes, etc. It's obviously not the best food I've ever had, but for the all-inclusive deal I sure saved a lot of money by eating in the hotel. Make sure that you try out the hotels candlelit dinners in front of the ocean. Make reservations for this at breakfast because the food, view, and service is absolutely wonderful!
The two pool areas were beautiful and the waitresses come around to take drink requests all day. The pool bartenders are never skimpy on the alcoholic drinks and would make me drinks without me ever asking for them! The combination of the beach, pool, beautiful grounds, and unlimited drinks made me feel like I was in heaven.
If you are concerned about the location, the Qualton Club is right down the street from downtown Ixtapa. Besides, you can take the taxi for like 50 pesos or the bus for 6 pesos (7 if you are going to Zihua). You are also like 5 minutes from Ixtapa Island via either the ferries or any other watercraft you'd like to take. The snorkling is great there and they have hammocks overlooking the ocean!
Some other great things about the hotel were the fresh flowers the housekeepers put on your bed every morning in pretty designs that they put work into, the disco with free drinks every night until 1am (dj jimmy is fantastic), the theme shows the staff puts on every night at 9pm (DEFINITELY check those out), the water and ice cubes are purified in everything at the hotel (don't be scared drinking it), and the 20 dollar massages(GET ONE they are AMAZING) that are available!!!
OF course there is NEVER a vacation without cons so here goes. First off, never exchange money at the hotel unless you have to because you will get a MUCH better exchange rate at the bank. About the rooms...The room is a bit small and are VERY simple so if you are expecting something really fancy, stay somewhere else. The hotel is two stories (you either get a porch or balcony with every room) so it's not a modernized skyscraper by any means. I personally preferred how it felt more "Mexican" to me than the Melia next door, but if you are looking for 5-star quality, you won't find it here. Our shower worked fine, but the bathrooms are immediately to your right when you walk in (close to the door) so you kind of feel like people walking by can hear you! The biggest thing for me was mosquitos...BRING BUG SPRAY. My boyfriend didn't get bit much but I certainly did!
Any vacation is definitely what you make out of it. No, the Qualton Club is not a 5-star hotel by any means, but my boyfriend and I had a wonderful time and will definitely be going back. You definitely get MORE than what you pay for so go with an open-mind and you'll have a GREAT time!
You get what you pay for.
We were there Feb 14th to the 21st. The grounds were nice, food was good, the rooms are small, and the hot water was slim, and the pool bar never ran out of beer. The only complaint I have is we had a family emergency while we were there and it took them two days to get us the message.
Folks, look at the price. It was one of the cheapest vactions in Ixtapa. You get what you pay for and for the price it's hard to complain.
We stayed at the Qualton Club from Jan. 31 thru Feb. 7 2004 and I hated it. The rooms were dirty and needed some remodeling. We barely had any hot water in our showers at all. The resteraunt was also dirty. The food was not good. The pool was o.k. and so was the beach. I did like being so close to Ixtapa Island. That is a great place to spend a day.
This resort was very boring to me. There was really nothing to do there. We ended up having to leave our hotel a lot to find fun, good food and drinks. Which was disappointing since this was an all-inclusive resort, we had planned on staying there to eat and drink.
The drinks were not good at all. The Corona tasted like it came from a stale keg and the frozen drinks were all syrup. Needless to say, we will not be returning to the Qualton Club. I do love Ixtapa, but next time I will stay at a nicer resort.
A very relaxing stay
We have stayed in many places in Mexico and to date this was one of the most enjoyable. While it is no a 5 star resort you are not paying for one and we did no expect it. The food was good and the place is pretty much self contained for recreation. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable. It is also very friendly for children. We will probalby be going back. The neighboring hotel did create a lot of loud music a couple of nites.
Its a teardown to be replaced
Just returned. The huge amount of deferrred maintenance and the encroachment of large hotels tells me the place is for sale and ready to be torn down and replaced with a multi-storied monstrosity. The thump-thump bass of the awful music emanating from the compound music system, 9am 'till late in the evening, will drive you crazy in less than two days. Breakfast is OK, the noon burgers were great, however the evening meal ranged from bland to barf.
Not what i expected.
QUALTON. I taught the food and the rooms would be as great as qualton acapulco. little did i know, the swimming pools are nice. and when i got to mexico city i realized i was missing $100.00 dollars from my purse never again will i stay at qualton ixtapa.
Welcome to an all inclusive motel
My family & I spent 2 days there, because unfortunately every other hotel was booked. Anyway from the moment you walk into the lobby you can tell that this is not your 5 star hotel (but we paid as if it were that). The rooms are exactly those of a motel. They are very small, and the furniture is bad. My drawers were all broken, if you tried to pull them you take the knobs with you! The swimming pools were ok, but the buffets were not good.