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Las Brisas Acapulco 4.5

Acapulco, Guerrero, Pacific Coast

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Pros

  • Large rooms feature terraces with views of Acapulco Bay or Pacific Ocean
  • All rooms include private or semi-private plunge pools
  • Two gigantic saltwater pools and freshwater pool with swim-up bar
  • Restaurants and bars offer gorgeous views over the bay and ocean
  • Free continental breakfast delivered in rooms
  • Some rooms feature bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and step-down baths
  • Retro ambience and a long history of celebrity guests
  • Relaxing spa with private treatment rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free shuttles provide transportation around the property
  • Modern fitness center with attractive views over the hilly surroundings
  • Many room categories include a free bottle of wine and canapés

Cons

  • Daily resort fee
  • No direct beach access
  • Few dining options within walking distance
  • Pools located at separate beach club accessible via shuttle

Bottom Line

Las Brisas Acapulco is a four-and-a-half pearl hotel set in the hills overlooking Acapulco Bay. Its 263 bungalow-style rooms and facilities are well-maintained but also pay homage to the hotel’s 60-year heritage with retro-chic touches. The property is designed to highlight its stunning hillside views over the surrounding bay and ocean. Each of the rooms includes terraces with private or semi-private pools; however, there are no beaches within walking distance and guests need to take a short shuttle ride to reach the common pools. Continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and a fitness center are free, but there's a daily resort fee. For direct access to a beach and pools, consider the Pierre Mundo Imperial -- but know that its views aren't as spectacular and its rooms aren't as nice.

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Scene

Iconic 1950s hotel with an approachable yet upscale atmosphere

Constructed in the 1957, Las Brisas has become a local institution over the decades as well as a symbol of Acapulco’s Golden Era glamour. Past guests at the hotel have included everyone from Frank Sinatra and Natalie Wood, to John Travolta and Denzel Washington. Many of the hotel’s celebrity guests are immortalized in the lobby, their handprints set in pink cement and framed on the walls. 

Despite its substantial history, the hotel doesn’t feel like some stuffy old grand dame. Instead it exudes a laid-back whimsy with its pink-and-white color scheme and retro-chic style. Wicker chairs are topped with pink cushions and placed on stone floors in the lobby. Staff dressed in pink-and-white uniforms whiz around in matching jeeps, shuttling guests across the 40-acre property or delivering room service orders -- deftly balancing platters out of jeep windows on one hand while driving with the other.

The property is located in the hills above Acapulco Bay, and every area is designed to make the most of the exceptional views. The hotel is built on a former Mexican fort, with stone walls lining the hillside and antique cannons can be spotted here and there. Rooms that can accommodate children are clustered in a single area of the property, helping to preserve the calm, romantic ambience elsewhere for couples.

Location

Out-of-the-way hilltop location on the southern edge of the city

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Las Brisas is set in a relatively isolated location, a 20-minute drive from Acapulco’s main tourist strip. Its neighbors include other hotels and restaurants, but few are within walking distance of one another. After five miles, the same road transforms into busy Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán, which is packed with restaurants, bars, and shops.

The beaches of Playa Puerto Marques and Playa Condesa are located about a 20-minute drive away in opposite directions. Acapulco International Airport can be reached in a 20-minute drive. The Chapel of Peace viewpoint is less than half a mile away from the hotel. 

Rooms

Bright, elegant rooms cleverly balance modern amenities with hints of nostalgia

Guest rooms at Las Brisas feature the hotel’s signature pink-and-white color scheme. Plantation shutters, wicker chairs, and pink-trimmed pillows impart a ‘50s ambience, which is balanced by modern flat-screen TVs and clean-lined furniture. Wet bars are found in wall-to-wall closets, or in cabinets out on the terrace. Rock-tiled walls and lamps made from driftwood add an intriguing earthy element.

This earthy theme is picked up by the neutral-toned marble lining the walls and floors of the large bathrooms. All bathrooms include basic showers and Neutrogena bath products. Some suites feature rainfall showerheads and step-down baths, along with additional rock wall tiling that creates a secret grotto-like feeling.

All rooms offer terraces with private or semi-private plunge pools (semi-privates are shared with one to three neighboring rooms). Housekeepers sprinkle hibiscus blossoms into the pool water daily, and all terraces face towards Acapulco Bay or the Pacific Ocean. The area is furnished with pairs of loungers as well as tables and chairs shaded by simple tents. Terraces in some suites include large outdoor seating areas and jetted tubs. 

Features

Private beach club with three large pools, restaurants and bars with striking panoramic views, and free continental breakfast delivered in-room

Las Brisas has luxurious features that are in keeping with the rooms and views. On-demand shuttles transport guests to the hotel’s La Concha Beach Club, which is located less than a five-minute drive down the road. The club encompasses two enormous saltwater pools (one of which was closed for renovation during our visit), which face Acapulco Bay, as well as a freeform freshwater pool. There’s a swim-up bar in the freshwater pool, in addition to a small snack shack. The club also usually offers dining at La Concha restaurant, but it was closed during our visit. The pool area is surrounded by a concrete deck dotted with soft lounge chairs shaded by white beach umbrellas. The whole space is large enough that it rarely feels crowded, even when the hotel is busy.

Tiny open-air Sunset Bar is open for a few hours each evening during sunset. There are some high-top chairs set along the small bar, but most seats are lined up to face toward the Pacific Ocean. The views are equally spectacular on the large terrace of Bellavista Restaurant, which overlooks Acapulco Bay. Open for dinner and drinks, the chic interior area of the restaurant features large windows that take advantage of the beautiful views. Breakfast is typically offered at El Tulipan, but the restaurant was closed during our visit. Bellavista offered breakfast service in its place.

Room rates include a daily continental breakfast of coffee and sweet rolls. Breakfast is delivered to the magic box, a small two-door compartment outside the casita that allows guests to pick-up deliveries at their convenience and without having to speak to staff. Many room rates also include a welcome bottle of wine as well as hors d’oeuvres delivered to the magic box at the evening of arrival. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, and the hotel’s meeting spaces can accommodate groups ranging from 10 to 280 people.

There’s a moderate-size business center with leather couches, a few personal computers, and printing facilities.The hotel’s cozy little spa offers facials, massages, and body treatments. Next to the spa is a modern fitness center with a universal gym, cardio machines, and lovely views over the surrounding hills.

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Address

Carr. Escenica No. 5255, Fraccionamiento Las Brisas, Acapulco, Guerrero 39867, Mexico

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