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Historical Traveler Reviews Elcano Hotel Acapulco
Just got back and miss the place already. This is a great hotel. It is spotless and every room overlooks the beach. The rooms and the pool look just like the pictures on Expedia. It is located on a great part of the beach and it is close to zillions of restaurants, a couple of grocery stores and Wal-Mart. It is an older hotel which is not as high and narrow as the newer ones. That means that it has a whole lotta beach front for fewer guests than the high-rises. There were more than enough palapas on the beach and more than enough lounge chairs around the pool. It was not like other places where you had to run down at 7:00 in the morning to try to reserve a chair for the day. I couldn't believe my good fortune when I realized that they the almost all-inclusive pachage includes Corona Extra, Victoria and Modelo beers. We found that , like all resorts, the buffet can get a little repetetive. However there is lots of good stuff on the menu for a reasonable price and the strip is lined with taco stands, fine restaurants, and everything in-between. Overall, the staff is excellent and Hoger is the greatest waiter in the world. We will definitely go back to this hotel.
My husband and I just came back last monday night from a one week vacation at El Cano Hotel.
The hotel is super in every way EXCEPT FOR THE FOOD.
There is only a buffet and it is not very good, and if you have an All Included plan, you can have "a la carte" (sometimes) because they are not used for the "a la carte" and they often refuse to give you something else than the buffet.
We had to go and eat outside the hotel because we were sick of the buffet, and we went to McDonald's for a hamburger (I never go to McDonald's at home) and we went for a steak also outside de hotel because at the hotel you can't have a steak even if you want to pay for it.
We were very disappointed and I don't think we will ever go back to this hotel, we will try another one next time.
El cano is really like paradise!
Last June (2004) I went on holiday with my boyfriend to Acapulco. We already read some reviews about El Cano and expected a lot. And I can tell you, it was great! The hotel is beautiful with her white and blue accents. The pool is very clean and the terrace is very relaxing. We stayed for 2 weeks in El Cano and I cannot tell you one negative experience. The staff is very friendly! We had breakfast included and most of the time we got it a-la-carte. Very nice and delicious! A great variety of meals. Sometimes we got buffet for breakfast. (when the hotel is more crowded) But the buffet is also very good and tastfull. The room was above expectation. I was very surprised when I saw the bathroom. It was large and beautiful. For girls very important!! If you are considering to stay in El Cano, do not hesitate. You will have a great and beautiful stay. It is paradise...
Wish i was there now
i've been visiting acapulco since i was a kid, but this is my new favorite hotel. we loved the simple white and blue decor, the extensive juice selection at breakfast, the amazing view from our room and the quiet, off-street location. it's not fairmont luxury, but it makes me imagine acapulco of yesteryear. we will keep coming back to acapulco for the weather...we couldn't help but enjoy the sun at elcano's pool and beach area.
Enjoy my vacations at El Cano Hotel
On January 26,2004,I stay 2 weeks at the El Cano,all I can say the hotel service is excellent,the room are beautiful and so clean. The buffet for the breakfeast and the lunch was very good,but the dinner buffet wasn't good,many people complaint about it.and for the service bar close at 20.00 PM.
But all in all,I recommend this hotel,this is the most beautiful hotel in the center of Acapulco.
best location for a base in acapulco. rooms plain and decorated in blue & white. no air conditioned dining rooms.very good food at fair prices,try the adjoining lighthouse restaurant which is air conditioned. very clean pool and own private streach of beach . all rooms have wonderful views of the bay & acapulco by night & nearly all have large balcolnies. this hotel is not suitable for children. staff very obliging even if not tipped. a very good smaller quieter hotel with a more cosmapolitan gaggle of guests .
Really good and lovely hotel
We have been to Hotel Elcano several times and we all liked this hotel.
Despite of being an old building it is really well maintained, clean (not even one cocroach in the room+bathroom!), nice atmosphere, friendly staff (whoever was not, after getting some tip he became very much so...). All the rooms have an ocean view. The smaller ones (doubles) have no balcony but can open the huge glass panorama-door as if it was a balcony. Beds are big and comfortable. Food is delicious, breakfast is abundant, even on those days when it is not buffet (when hotel is not full enough). Drinks are good, too, but prices are a bit high. Beach is nice, but you should know that Acapulco beach is not as nice as e.g. Cancun (sand is not so white, water is colder and sometimes waves are big). Bus is cheap and can take you along the main avenue of Acapulco, but there are many bars, restaurants and some shops nearby at walking distance. Aquapark and swimming with dolphins is available very near, too. I have tried different hotels in Acapulco and must say that Elcano seems to be far the best one among them. Not a luxury class, but almost. You can go there and will definitely enjoy it! (I used to work as a tour leader, travelled the world, so believe me, I know if a hotel is good or not - we return to Elcano with our friends, as I did like it sooo much.) If you go to a sight-seeing tour of Acapulco, choose the one with sitting places and drinks at "La quebrada", it is much more comfortable to watch the rock-jumpers this way.
Paradise on the beach
My stay at El Cano was nothing but paradise. The hotel itself is beautiful and very clean. The rooms were very good in size and had a beautiful view of the ocean. The pool and bar area is very exotic and has a enjoyable atmosphere. El Cano is right on the ocean and has the most beautiful piece of beach Acapulco has to offer. I strongly suggest staying at El Cano!
Before I left I tried to find some reviews on this hotel and I could not find any. I still booked with my friend anyways because it was listed as a 4* and it was worth the chance. This was my fourth time visiting Acapulco and what an experience. This hotel was absolutely phenomenal!!!! When we first checked in, I was certain there were going to be problems because they told us that we would have to change rooms the next day because our room was not ready and all they had availible was a junior suite (we were supposed to have a standard room). Anyways, I told them that they had over 12 hours to prepare our room and that they were not going to inconvenience me on my vacation. We got the room for the week...no problem. Just be advised though, that if you are thinking of getting a junior suite do not bother, the rooms are identical, except for a couch and a massive closet. The hotel was spotless, the staff were absolutely marvelous and the food was great. Also, take note not to take the all inclusive because there is such a great variety of restaurants on the strip that you can save the $200 and spend it on clubs and food! The pool is fantastic, clean and beautiful and a 2 foot walk from the beach. It was a very quiet hotel, because it is a hidden secret and it was super. I really do not know what else to say except that it was great and now my friend and I are planning on looking into buying a place there!
El Cano was a beautiful hotel to stay at. The hotel is very clean with good large rooms and a great view. The staff were excellent. Food was great.
Great location, close to everything.
Beautiful pool area and a few steps to the beach. Very tropical setting.
I would highly recommend this hotel. I would return to it in a heartbeat. Hope you enjoy!
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