We stayed at Las Brisas 12/23-30 2005. It was our 5th time to this resort over the past 10 years. It was not our first choice for this holiday vacation. That was Cancun at the Fiesta Americana Aqua, which was destroyed by Wilma. Luckily, Las Brisas had openings so we booked there.
The primary hesitation we had about going back to Las Brisas (which by the way is the only place we would consider staying in Ixtapa) was the room condition. We knew they needed updating. So -- at check in -- I had the idea to upgrade to a junior suite to make up the difference. The room was still tired, but worth it. We had a double size room/balcony with a hot tub on the balcony. Very nice! Now we are spoiled...
In terms of hotel notes:
Everyone on our Apple Vacation tour had entry to their rooms at check in which was early as our plane arrived at 10:30 AM.
With every room you receive a beautiful ocean view with a large balcony.
Hotel/rooms were kept very clean.
Staff was friendly.
Happy hour 6:00 - 7:00 in the lobby was wonderful with a live piano player. Good place to meet other guests. Reymundo (spelling?) -- one of the bar servers -- is a gentleman and very nice. Get to know him and treat him well as a person.
We called for housekeeping service each day before leaving to the beach/pool and our room was cleaned upon our return each day.
Taxies were readily available and very affordable.
There was an adult pool (we don't have children). Could always find chairs in shade or sun.
The rooms are tired and need to be re-done.
The beds were ok. Not terrible as some past reviews indicated. Pillows were fine.
The gym is average. Some cardio equipment (competitive to get at in the A.M.) and very limited weight equipment. We elected to go to Ixtapa Palace each day to work out. Cost was $5.00 US dollars per person per day. It is a fully equiped gym in terms of weights. Not the cleanest place we've been, but when you want to work out, you want to work out.
There was an odor in our bathroom each day, but not all the time -- typically early morning and end of day. Sorry to say -- but like human waste -- as some others have mentioned in the reviews. If we turned the shower on it seemed to go away a bit. Because we saw this mentioned multiple times in earlier reviews we elected not to request a room change (situation could be similar elsewhere).
Food at the hotel was not good or cost reasonable -- consistent with many other reviews. Eat dinner and breakfast outside the hotel. A couple pool lunches were good -- burgers and shrimp tacos. Not pizza.
In terms of restaurant notes:
Villa de la Selva was outstanding. Request in advance a table overlooking the ocean. The filet was great as was the house salad. Every place in Ixtapa is casual, but this is a place to dress up for a bit.
Fishers located at the Ixtapa marina was also outstanding. It opened in 2005 and is casual. We had the best oysters rockefeller ever. The lobster or shrimp tacos were also great. The food prices are reasonable, but drink prices can be pricy. Very clean place -- you can see the kitchen working with no worries.
The Golden Cookie Shop is a bakery located upstairs in Ixtapa in Los Patios Plaza. We ordered subs and took them to the hotel for lunch. Very clean place.
Momma Norma & Deborah in Ixtapa was just ok.
El Galeon at the Ixtapa Marina was just ok. They brought our dinners at different times which was odd.
Coconuts was just ok.
Los Morelas in Ixtapa was also just ok. When I asked for tarter sauce to go with my shrimp I had the manager and assistant manager at my table telling me that was not possbile and would upset the chef as it came with a mango sauce. They were serious.
We ate at Las Brisas Christmas Eve buffet. Yikes -- not again!
Overall other comments:
The hotel "rules" say no outside food/beverages are allowed in. They don't seem to enforce this as people clearly brought in bags of items from the local stores. We did the same. Brought a fold-up cooler with us and kept it on ice on the balcony. We carried most of our items in with back-packs just to be sure. Bring water to the pool/beach as it is hot in Ixtapa. The bar tender will bring you a bucket of ice to place water in.
There was clearly an increase of time share folks in Ixtapa as we walked around. They can be annoying -- starting with a hello then a personal question. Don't tell them where you are staying and just keep walking -- wave them off.
The hotel allows rafts of all sorts in the pools so bring one if you want. You can purcahse boogie boards at the local Ixtapa Super Market.
The area is casual -- no need for more than one or two dress-up outfits (if any).
While we didn't do any specific Apple Vacation excursions this trip -- in the past-- horse back riding on the beach and the local dance show were good (but don't eat at the dance show buffet -- below average food and I was ill for three months after!).
Always check for t.p. in restaurant bathrooms outside the hotel before entering in...
During the times we've been to Ixtapa the weather has been very consistent -- sunny and no rain :)
Have a great time! There is not a lot to do, so you need to be in the mood to relax!
- 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