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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Hotel Dorado Pacifico
- Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa