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Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Ixtapa
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“Good overall”
Reviewed 26 March 2006

I rely on these postings every year when we plan our trip. This is our second time in Ixtapa, our last visit was 2003. We stayed at the Radisson the first time and do prefer the Dorado overall. The pool is more spread out and has lots of organized activities. Great swim up bar. The location is right in the heart of Ixtapa so there are plenty of stores and restaurants right across the street. If you use the bank next door to exchange money, plan on about a half hour wait in line.....we did twice. Love walking the nice long stretch of beach in Ixtapa in 2 directions. Beach massages and parasailing are very inexpensive, about $20 US.

The downside is the size of the room and limited ocean view (from the room we had). We traveled with a 14 year old son and needed a rollaway because the beds are small doubles. The rollaway was very used with big indents but worked for us. Rooms at the Radisson are larger but the bathrooms are not as nice as the Dorado. Our limited oceanview was on the side opposite from the construction but we would have preferred the sunset view that comes from that side. Great happy hour with 2 for one at the inside bar. As a previous post indicated, you can definitely hear the piano bar through your door but it does stop about 11:00 pm.

We ate lunch by the pool which was very good and reasonably priced. Don't hesitate to venture out for dinner, especially in Zihuatanejo. It is only a 50 peso cab ride (5 US), get off at the Marina and stroll along many locally-owned restaurants for great fresh fish. Daniel's is very good, inexpensive and consistent. Try the Spanish coffee! Il Mare Ristorante on a cliff (literally) overlooking Zihuatanejo in the La Ropa area is well worth a few more pesos (150 to 300) for dinner and has a spectacular sunset/nightlight view of Zihuatanejo bay. It was the highlight of our trip. Make reservations around 6:30 to catch it all. Zihuatanejo also has an extensive local market area, located by the Marina.

We went to Las Gatas this time and visited Ixtapa Island on our first trip. Don't sign up for tours......just take a cab and buy your tickets at the Marina in Zihua for Las Gatas, or Playa Linda for Ixtapa Island to come and go on your own schedule. Both offer the same type of experience.

Overall, a great vacation in Ixtapa/Zihua and we would return to the Dorado Pacifico.

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Reviewed 26 March 2006

My friend and I stayed at the Dorado for Spring Break. Overall we both loved the hotel.

We stayed in a room on the side of the hotel that the construction was on. The noise wasn't too bad, but our hospitality suite on the last day was on the opposite side of the hotel overlooking the Emporio's pool. The bathroom seemed updated (nicer tiles than in our room) and, of course, it was quiter as it was away from the construction site. If it wasn't for the piano bar I would totally stay here again.

Pro's:
-location (walking distance to restaurants & shopping)
-pool area was a good size & there was a waterslide, & swim up bar
-playground for kids
-great activities coordinator poolside with lots of fun things for guests to enjoy
-WONDERFUL & friendly staff
-hotel is clean
-security & lifeguard at pool/beach area
-good food & drinks
-food/drink credit of $15 a day

Con's:
-piano bar noise at night (usually between 7-11pm)
-construction noise (which should be finished soon)

As you can see the Pro's outweight the con's ... it just depends on what you are looking for on your vacation. Really for the price - the Dorado is a great deal. You do also need to get up early to get a good spot by the pool, but there are so many fun things to do in Ixtapa, that we only spent a few days lounging around the pool & didn't mind getting up early to find a spot on the days we stuck around the hotel. Definitely get out & enjoy the tours!!!

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Reviewed 20 March 2006

This was my 6th time to Ixtapa and first time at the Dorado. We were there for 10 days. Overall the Dorado is a good hotel. Like most of the hotels in Ixtapa a little old and very basic but good clean rooms. Across the street from the restaurants, good service, strong security on the beach, lifeguard, but there are some crucial minuses. The hotel is set up with all the rooms facing inside and looking down on the lobby. Be prepared for lound music that sounds like its outside your room no matter what floor you are on till late at night. The chair saving was taken to a level I have never experienced in all my years of traveling to Mexico. I never once saw any towels or items removed from chairs even though they sat there for upwards of 6 hours (I'm not joking). If you want a chair be out there no later then 6:30. I had no problem with any of the food we got at the hotel, all excellent as are all the restaurants in town. Please, Please be careful of the water, it is rough. We saw two people taken away on back boards while we were there. I am happy to say I was greatly impressed how quickly the lifeguards (from the Dorado and other hotel) responded to both incidents. The new building they are building wasnt really a bother, we were out of the room when they were working on it anyway. If you asked for a King Bed dont be suprized if you dont get it. There arent that many and if you dont want to be on the side of the new building you may need to take a room with 2 doubles. We visted other hotels who didnt seem nearly as crowed. But I'm assuming others got the good deal we got! If you get a good deal and are prepared to rise and shine early and take earplugs you will have a good time here otherwise I would look at other hotels.

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Reviewed 14 March 2006

We just arrived back from our first trip to Ixtapa. We stayed at the Dorrado and were very happy with it.

LOCATION: fabulous! I loved being able to run across the street to grab lunch and a gelato. It is right across from the main shopping and restaurant area.

ROOMS: The rooms could use a little updating, so if you are looking for a really luxurious hotel you won't want to stay there. We don't spend that much time in the room when we are vacationing, so it didn't bother us. They were clean, no bugs, with very good housekeeping. We arrived and could not get our sliding door open, but called and they came at some point that evening to fix it. Also one of our reading lights near the beds was not working well and was the socket would "sizzle" a bit when turning it on, not very safe sounding. We asked that someone come look at it but we never did get it fixed, but we didn't have it on that much so it wasn't a big deal. Our room had a huge bathroom, and it was equipped with a hair dryer. Mini bars are also in the rooms, but I would recommend going across the street to the supermarket and buying your own beverages - MUCH cheaper.

DINING: We didn't eat much in the hotel since there are so many great little restaurants across the street, but we did have a couple lunches by the pool at the snack bar and it was very good and reasonably priced. They have a restaurant at night right on their beach that was a beautiful setting. Also a breakfast buffet that we did not eat but looked very good, but a little pricey in my opinion at $16 US pp.

POOL: Nice pool area, very clean, with ample shade and sunny areas. They could use some updating of their lounge chairs, nany were cracked/broken and their cushions could use some updating as well. FAIR WARNING - If you want a pool chair you better get out early and throw a towel or something on them. Our first day we walked out at 8:00 a.m. and the only chairs available were by the kids pool. From then on our I got out there by 6:30 each morning, to find many already reserved, but at that time we were able to get the same ones we liked each day. We found the bar service around the pool to be a bit slow - they could make much more money if they moved a little quicker.

Happy hour at the piano bar from 6 to 8 every day with 2 for 1 drinks - you can't beat it.

If you want a reasonably priced nice standard hotel in a great location with good service, this a a perfect place to stay. I would stay there again

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Reviewed 7 March 2006

My wife and I just got back from Ixtapa and really had a great time. It didnt start out like we had hoped since we asked for a high floor room with a king size bed. We got the 5th floor over looking a balcony(bad view).The next day we did get(with some pushyness)the 15th floor and a nice parcial view of the ocean. There is new construction that will block most of the view on one side of the hotel. Another bad thing was dont leave any thing of value for saving pool or beach seats before 7:00 AM. I left a pair of older shoes, a shirt, and a book on the beach chairs at about 5:00 AM to reserve them,talked to security who saw me do this and when I went down there at 7:30 AM they were gone and nowhere to be found again. If you want to reserve chairs you must be there untill 7:00 AM. They do hold to their strict enforcement of holding chairs when the hotel is crowded. All in all the food and sevice is great.

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Napa, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2006

We just returned from a week at the Dorado Pacifico. The hotel and its' staff were wonderful. We did upgrade our room to a junior suite which gave us an ocean front. We recommend this decision. They are building a new hotel next door, so if you get one of the basic rooms that are on the wrong side of the hotel, you will be looking at a construction sight instead of the ocean.
The best food at the hotel was at the sunset bar, the shrimp and/or fish tacos were great!
The hotel is very convenient to stores and shops, which are right across the street. Taxi and bus service were always available. We suggest using the money exchange at the bank across the street. The exchange right next door always had a long line, plus the rate was a little lower.
All in all, it was a wonderful stay, we are looking forward to returning.

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Reviewed 13 February 2006

We just returned from Ixtapa and the Dorado Pacifico and can not wait to go back!
The Dorado's location is wonderful....easy to walk to many great restaurants, shops and in the center of the beach area.
The staff was attentive to our every need and spoke English very well.
The maids did a great job. We had towels transformed into adorable sculptures on our bed every day and turned down bedding every night with a sweet treat as well. (We did tip a little each day....$2 to $5)
The beach as well as the pool area were maintained daily and both were beautiful. (Though the surf was designated with a black flag every day.) Para sailing, bananas rides, wave runners and sand volleyball were on our beach or were just steps away.
The swim up bar was awesome with cold cervezas, great specialty drinks and delicious chips, salsa and guacamole for a reasonable price.
The piano bar was fun.
The staff at the concierge desk was very helpful...we did the countryside tour and the sunset cruise on the Dancer and both were wonderful in their own way. One of my pieces of luggage did not make our connecting flight and they were very helpful in helping locate it. It was delivered to my room 2 days after we arrived.
If you are interested in the silver jewelry, one night a week they have a Mexican fiesta and several booths are set up with jewelry and other gifts. We did most of our souvenir shopping there as the hotel recommended the vendors as reputable. We were not able to go to the fiesta but it seemed like everyone had a great time at it. We will do that next time.
We rented a safety deposit box at the front desk and that worked out great.
We truly had a wonderful time and would highly recommend the Dorado!

Stayed February 2006
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Property: Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa
Address: Paseo de Ixtapa s/n | Lote 3-A, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40884, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Zihuatanejo > Ixtapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ixtapa
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ixtapa
#6 Spa Hotel in Ixtapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa 4*
Number of rooms: 285
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort offers families, couples and singles an Unlimited-Fun® escape. Each of the 285 guest rooms and suites, located in the 11-story tower, offers a private, furnished balcony with stunning ocean views.The Unlimited-Fun®, vibrant getaway begins with one shimmering pools with two waterslides and a swim-up bar, an Explorer’s Club with a playground, gourmet restaurants, relaxing bars serving premium brands and tons of daily activities. Ideally situated just 10 minutes away from the town of Zihuatanejo, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fantastic golfing, shopping and nightlife for all ages and interests. ... more   less 
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