In the "you get what you pay for" category- I was on a vacation, and staying in many costly hotels around Mexico, so I tried to cut corners for a few nights to balance it out, and stayed at the Romano Palace. While the staff is well intentioned, I think even they must realize it is a sub-standard hotel.
I expected a plain,basic room, and that's what it was.The location is very central, and one easily has many dining options within a few minutes that are priced very reasonably. The beach is right across the street, as are some of the most popular nightspots.
Problem # 1- this is Acapulco. It is VERY hot. When the air conditioner in your room is barely blowing out a puff of luke warm air-- you KNOW you are in trouble. Even with the fan I requested ( apparently- the ONLY one in the hotel, as they said I got the 1 fan they have) , it was barely liveable. Nights were somewhat bearable once the sun went down, but still not what you want for a "vacation". 4 cold showers a day was not enough to stop me from sweating--INSIDE the room.
Problem # 2- Room on the 16th floor-on the front and not side of the hotel- with a beautiful view of the bay, main boulevard (Costera Aleman), disco's, bungee jump, etc. Gorgeous view of Acapulco.....as long as you don't mind the thumping of disco music as you try to sleep anytime. With the glass doors shut-- it was literally as loud as being in the back of a club--until about 5 AM. If you have any plans to sleep at all, I would seriously avoid this hotel (the Crowne Plaza just down the street is on the beach side-- much more of a complete "hotel"-with all the amenities you would want- nice big pool area--comfortable rooms--decent air conditioning- service desk - variety of restaurants, etc,,,,at typically almost the same price).
Problem # 3- The elevators. I had read the bad reviews--but not until I experienced it 1st hand did I understand completely (most buttons missing- 1 of 2 elevators out frequently- elevator malfunctioning and stopping on every floor-- finally stopping and heading back UP again for no reason-- while you sweat inside with 10 other people and the 80 degree stifling heat inside, etc etc etc).... that was after you waited maybe 10 full minutes for it to arrive. #nightmare
Had it not been for those 3 items-- the small somewhat clean pool area, the 1 overpriced restaurant, the non working room phones, the no towels or soap on arrival until a request is made,rock hard mattress, etc) might have been bearable as a cost savings measure.
Do yourself a favor and stay at the Crowne Plaza, and enjoy your vacation much more. We finally left the hotel 2 days early, and felt back in vacation mode again.
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