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Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco 3.5

Acapulco, Guerrero, Pacific Coast

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Pros

  • Tidy guest rooms include mini-fridges and coffeemakers
  • Central location in the city’s Golden Zone is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and shops
  • Enormous, beautiful pools overlook Acapulco Bay
  • Direct beach access
  • Some suites offer separate living areas and full kitchens
  • Several on-site dining venues open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; some offer views of the coast
  • Large, modern fitness center on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Guest room decor is bland and does not live up to four-star rating
  • Beach is small and busy
  • Restaurant food is average
  • Some guests complain of noise traveling from the neighboring bars
  • Fee to access the fitness center

Bottom Line

Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco is an upper-middle-range hotel located in Acapulco’s Golden Zone. The hotel is set in a prime location on Playa Condesa, within a five-minute walk of the many dining and entertainment options found along Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman. Its 324 simple guest rooms offer private balconies with ocean views and bathrooms with shower/tub combos. Pools are large and include some intriguing decorative features, but the beach is crowded and the on-site restaurants are dull. Consider the Fairmont Pierre Marques for a quieter beach and higher-quality restaurants.

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Scene

This buzzing hotel is ideal for guests interested in animated beaches and high-energy nightlife.

It’s the people rather than the decor that define the atmosphere at Fiesta Americana. The hotel itself is forgettable but if you’ve come to Acapulco looking for a party, you’ve found it. Fiesta Americana attracts a mix of singles and groups. There are plenty of adults clinking beers in the pool, but a playground, shallow area of the pool, and Kids’ Club help to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere.

The airy lobby and sprawling pool area keep things from feeling overcrowded. The beach is the exception, jam-packed with wall-to-wall lounge chairs. The energy wanes in the restaurants, which were virtually deserted during our visit. The food is unexceptional and there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, so it’s no surprise that most guests choose to dine elsewhere.

Aside from some clever pool features, the hotel looks undeniably basic overall.  Guest rooms and facilities are appealing enough, but there’s little to differentiate it from the many other hotels lined along the Costera.

Location

Convenient location on popular Playa Condesa 

Fiesta Americana is located in Acapulco’s Golden Zone on Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman. It’s an overdeveloped stretch of road, high on traffic and noise, but it’s also the city’s primary tourist hub. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops found in either direction, right outside the hotel. 

The hotel backs onto lively Playa Condesa, one of Acapulco’s busiest beaches. It’s an excellent base for water sports, but the sands tend to be crowded and there are a lot of persistent vendors passing by. Slightly quieter Playa Icacos is found two-and-a-half miles down the coast.

It’s a 12-minute walk to the shops of Galerias Diana, and CICI Waterpark is less than a five-minute drive away. Zocalo and La Quebrada can be reached in a 20-minute drive, and Acapulco International Airport is a little over 30 minutes away.

Rooms

Cheerful, albeit simple, guest rooms feature furnished balconies with partial ocean views.

Rooms at Fiesta Americana are bright and modern enough. Sand-colored walls and bed runners complement deep blue artwork and sofas to create a mellow, beachy ambiance. Flat-panel TVs sit atop light-wood dressers and pairs of chairs are set beside small, glass-topped tables. All rooms include mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Narrow balconies with full or partial ocean views are furnished with plastic tables and chairs.

Bathrooms look a touch less polished with their drab tiling and off-brand toiletries. Long countertops with wall-mounted hairdryers are set outside rooms containing the toilets and shower/tub combos. Guest rooms here are inviting overall, but lack the wow factor you might expect from an upper-mid-range hotel. Larger suites include jetted tubs and microwaves, and some feature full kitchens and separate living areas.

Features

Eye-catching pools, a busy beach, and several generic restaurants

The hotel’s main pool is visually interesting with a winding layout, drops in elevation, and some infinity edges. Curved wooden bridges stretch across the pool and there are a few pretty rock and garden features. Large square shelters shade most of the beige loungers and daybeds surrounding the pool. A few sets of loungers are set directly in the shallower waters, creating a floating effect.

A flight of stairs towards the back of the main pool leads down to a smaller curved pool surrounded by more rows of lounge chairs, as well as a palapa snack bar. From here, the path continues to the hotel’s small, congested beach. The beach is packed with vendors and tourists, which makes it a challenge to find a spot without umbrellas and chairs blocking the view of the bay.

The main poolside restaurant is Maima, a plain open-air restaurant that offers snacks during the afternoon. The other two restaurants, Chula Vista and La Crespolina, are equally unremarkable, in terms of both decor and food. Chula Vista does offer pleasant views over the coast, but its partial-open-air layout doesn’t allow for much breeze and the interior can get quite stuffy and hot. Chula Vista normally serves breakfast and lunch while La Crespolina serves dinner, but the two had inexplicably switched roles during our visit. There’s also a lackluster Lobby Bar with a pool table and a few TVs that are usually tuned to sports.

The hotel’s business center is set within one corner of a variety shop. Despite the slightly odd location, it’s an attractive center with dividers providing privacy between the stations. The hotel also offers a large, impressive fitness center, but there’s a daily fee to use the facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there’s also a playground and Kids’ Club on-site.

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Address

Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman 97, Acapulco, Guerrero 39690, Mexico

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