Inter-Continental Presidente Ixtapa
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... and housing programs. It is now a source of pride and strength rather than the historically oppressive context. The economy is so vibrant in GTO that our guide suggests there is only about 2-3% unemployment.
The long history of the region has left many historical monuments and traditions which provide a tourism destination that is very popular with Mexicans to a great extent as well as to "gringos". ...
"Bad habits are hard to break" I said.
"Bad habits are good to break" he said.
"He", is James, I mentioned him briefly in a previous entry. I'm currently living with him as he kindly invited me to come and stay in his gorgeous house on the hill at the far side of La Ropa Beach, overlooking the entire beautiful bay on one side, surrounded by the luscious green hills on the others.
James is awesome. At a young age he worked as an actor ...
... but worst of all.... NO COFFEE!!!!!!!! Bo-o-ri-ING... But a damn cheap price to pay to get better!
So, I'm tripping on a trip instead of seeking highs on my usual and wonderful bad habits. A little road trip to discover other parts of this beautiful country. Accompanied by my trusted and best friend here, Joel Galindo.
Starting in search of the Monarch butterflies in the central highlands of Mexico, Michoacan... Bus leaves in one hour!
... that had been uncovered on his family's property.
Let me back up a bit. La Chole was a cross roads for commerce that was discovered in the past several years. There is evidence of Mayan, Aztec, Olmec, Zapotec, & Toltec, civilizations. There were two adobe pyramids discovered and a playing field for a game celled, Ulama, where those ...
... gotten quite cold. No fans are needed and we even have to close the windows sometimes. We had the beautiful season of the purple flowers covering everything with green mountains and juicy landscapes. By now most of it dried out already and since the rainy season wasn’t very wet at all, most of the rivers are already dried out which is really scary. Lets hope for rain rain rain so nature can charge again.
So here we are now, getting **** together and ready for a new exciting year. Happy New ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Inter-Continental Presidente Ixtapa Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
We just returned from Ixtapa, 1/3/2004, after a seven day stay at the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel. The weather was definitely the best of anywhere in Mexico at this time. My family travels to Mexico 3-5 times a year, because my husband finds it a relaxing place and we have stayed at all the highly ranked hotels and all-inclusive hotels throughout Mexico.I have no grips with the staff or the service or the friendliness of the employees, though tipping makes them quite a bit more attentive then not, especially if you want drinks in a beach palapa. My only comments are these. There were not enough lounge chairs for all guests. People were getting up at 4 and 5 am to save seats, which seems crazy, when you are there to relax. Later in the week we found out people were paying security guards to save seats in choice beach and pool locations, so they would not have to get up early. There were not enough hair dryers, and we our 5 rooms went without one for most of the vacation. The food was OK, definitely not gourmet, though there was plenty of it, unfortunately, I am used to the european standards of the Iberostar chain, and was really disappointed in this respect. Also extra surcharge of 160.0 pesos if you want lobster or shrimp dishes, where the other all-inclusives offer this without charge. No icecream availbe for the children during the day. Good luck with dinner reservation at the specialty restaurants, unless you are in line waiting to make a reservation by 7:30 am!!!The rooms were adequate, still old with probably had a minor facelift. Weak or non-existant activities staff. Depressing Childrens Chiquita Club, stuck in a basement. if you love your children do not put them there, keep them with you or leave them at home. Pool view is better than gardenview or deluxe tower. Keep track of your towels, two of ours were stolen the last day, there is a charge of 350.0 pesos per towel. We also experienced and earthquake of 5.6 strength on 1/1/2004, so I would hate to be trapped in the Deluxe Tower when that happened again. To their defense, this hotel was at 99.8 % capacity when we were there, they did put on a very nice New Year's Eve party- though we did have to wait over 1 hour to make a reservation to attend, when we would of like to have been on the beach. The weather WAS fabulous! I will not stay here again, if we come to Ixtapa, The Melia Azul remains our first choice. Or I hope the Iberostar chain builds a hotel here!!!!
We went to Ixtapa from Dec 26-Jan2/04, and had the most wonderful New Year's Eve at the Presidente InterContinental. They sure know how to put on a party. Lively band which included a 5- course dinner and fireworks at midnight. We took both our teenagers and they loved it.
Me and my family of 4 previoussly stayed at the intercontinental presidente in ixtapa. For starters, lets just say i have no complaints whatsoever. If you have been to Ixtapa you know what it is like. If not, Ixtapa barely ever has rain. The sun lasts all day until about 5:00. Everyday it was about 85-95 degrees ferenheit. The resort exceeded my expectations. One reccomendation I have for you is make sure you book the oceanview room and not the gardenview room. The oceanview room is a nice sized hotel room however the garden room is quite small. The staff at the hotel are very outgoing and always willing to help you. As well there are a couple english speaking employees on campus incase you have any detailed questions. During the day, activities include: beach volleyball, water volleyball, water polo, bingo, and always a daily contest such as hole-in-one putting or ring toss or darts, etc.All of the staff have a great sense of humour.
Just got back from a great 5 day XMAS vacation at the Presidente Inter-Continental in Ixtapa, and I would give it a strong recommendation. My wife and I were there with our four kids (ages range from 7 to 18). We have been to a bunch of different Mexican resorts and hotels, and have much to compare it to.1) The beach and weather are fantastic. Every day it was between 85-90 outside, the ocean temperature 80 and no rain at all. It has perhaps the best winter weather of all the resort locations. It very rarely rains during the winter so you can count on the weather. 2) The resort is somewhat tired, but clean and adequate. Don't expect the Ritz, but it works pretty well. We always insist on seeing the room first, and they tried to stick us in a terrible location. Make sure you see the room before you accept it. 3) The pool and beach are spectacular. Views are wonderful and they do a nice job with the exterior. It has perhaps the best sunets I have ever seen in Mexico. 4) Food - it took a few days to get the lay of the land. The buffets are fine for breakfast and usaully no problem getting in. Lunch also works just fine at one of the three restaurants right near the pool. Dinner another matter - try the Steak terrace place and avoid the Italian restaurant. You might also want to consider a few dinners across the street in Ixtapa village, Frank's is the best. Reservations must be made first thing in the morning since they do fill up. We sometimes had to take a 9:30 reservation just to get in, but then showed up when we wanted and got to sit down.
If location is everything then the Presidente Ixtapa is the place to be. If you want good food service and good food then you may want to look elsewhere. Our first night was spent in a musty room facing the street and Senor Frogs Saturday night bash. Next morning we were able to pay the upgrade to a pool view room that had no smell but as with all their rooms could use an update. Unless you can personally chose your "Garden View Room" get a Pool View Room. Got tired of the over cooked buffets, poorly prepared items in the ala carte, hot plates and cold food and small portions. Breakfasts were good. Had to sign up for the three a la carte venues and you get one voucher for each. Hotel staff did not always know what was available and there is no info posted that tells you what is happening that day or upcoming events.
El Presidente Is A Great All-Inclusive
The El Presidente was such a great deal. We were totally satisfied with our room, the food, the service and all of the amenities. We talked to people who have been going down to Ixtapa for over ten years and they won't think of staying anywhere else. We would definitely stay there again.
We just returned from the Presidente on March 10, 2003. We stayed for a week, it was glorious. But when we first arrived we were a little upset. We didn't have a great room, it was ocean view but it was kind of smelly. No problem! We were taken to several other rooms, given our choice and had a wonderful wonderful time. We ended up in an Ocean front room #3423, it's a good one! The staff, especially bell man Jorge Luis, are fantastic. They all really know what it takes to make picky Americans happy. The food was great, drinks just right, the whole property just breathtaking and beach, wow! We have taken several Mexican vacations and this ranks#2 on our list. #1Gala, Huatulco.
We just got back from Ixtapa. We stayed at the El Presidente and we can't recommend it enough. Very clean, great food and drinks and absolutely the nicest employees possible. Also our travel guide, Miguel with MLT Vacations, was 150% helpful. We would definetly go back there and recommend it to friends and family.
this is our third trip to the el presidente. Last year we went to the east side of Mexico, 'Playa Del Carmen on the riviera mayan'. We went with three other couples because they have been there before. All I could tell them is that they have to go to Ixtapa to see what they are missing. The trip was fine, but nothing comparible to the weather, the landscape & the friendly people we encountered here. We were at the Westin in Ixtapa on our first trip in 1999. Very nice but expensive. We then went to the el presidente the next year & will keep coming back. The rooms were very nice, plus we could get upgraded if available. The help there was unbelievable, so friendly, helpful, & courtieous. The only bad part is that we couldn't get any good golf deals anymore. Please try and do something for the golfers Thanks Alot, Dan Karppinen Cromwell, Minnesota
We just got back from our week long stay at the Presidente in Ixtapa. We had a blast! It was a little slow the week we went but just about everything was open in both Ixtapa and Zihuantinejo. The week after thanksgiving must have been the reason.