We just got back from a simply fantastic stay at Las Brisas Hotel in Ixtapa. We can not say enough about the service we received from every single person at this hotel. From the men who welcomed us at the entrance and also called for taxis when we needed one, to the check-in personnel, to the waiters at all the restaurants and finally but not least to the cleaning maids. The food was outstanding, the room was very clean with fantastic views. The bed was firm but very comfortable. About the only negative thing I can think of would be a noisy ceiling fan!
The hotel is not on the main street where all the other hotels are located so we took a taxi everywhere we went. The highest fare would be to Zihua which was 60 pesos, about $4.80 one way. Everytime you take a taxi the driver and/or the hotel personnel will tell you exactly how much the fare will be. They have a system of no fare meter just a set fare to every location you wish to go to. There also are micro buses which travel up and down the main road through Ixtapa and onto Zihua and I believe they are about 35 cents. But you have a bit of a walk from the hotel to where the buses run. Also the hotel is not your typical Cancun type of hotel. You won't find a listing of activities at the hotel such as volley ball, bingo etc as you find at other hotels. We did attend a Mexican Fiesta at the Hotel Barcelo and we noticed that at this hotel they had a listing of activities. So if that is what you are looking for, then don't stay at Las Brisas. This hotel is more for relaxation and quiet romantic evenings. We were there in June and there may be more activities during the busy season of Oct-Dec.
Aside from the hotel I would highly recommend La Perla restaurant in Zihua for lunch and the Beccofino and the Villa de la Selva for dinners. The latter 2 are expensive but well worth the price.
Also unless you are a highly skilled swimmer I would not recommend swimming on the beach at the hotel. The beach faces directly into the Pacific and the waves are pretty strong with a strong undertow. Although it is great for just sitting out there under the Palapas (straw umbrellas) and either getting snacks or drinks from the snack bar and liquor bar on the beach. For beach swimming you should go to either the Playa de la Ropa or the Playa Las Gatas. The hotel does have 4 swimming pools including one for children and one just for adults. Also the beach and the pool have life guards at all times that they are open.
The market in Zihua has some unique shops and the flea market in Ixtapa has some very reasonable prices although it was pretty hot in there when we went.
Overall our experience in these towns and hotel was very memorable and I would highly recommend anyone to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled into the side of a mountain and surrounded by tropical vegetation on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Pacific Riviera is where you will find this secluded tropical paradise that offers the perfect balance between recreation and relaxation. A private hilltop entrance leads into a stone courtyard with dramatic fountain, where porters escort new arrivals to the open-air reception area. Bright colors, high ceilings, and keyhole views of the Pacific Ocean highlight hotel's striking architecture. Las Brisas Ixtapa is a particular favorite of honeymooners for its romantic setting and rooms with private terraces, all with ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Brisas Resort Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Brisas Resort
- Las Brisas Hotel Ixtapa
- Brisas Ixtapa
- Las Brisas Ixtapa Mexico