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Hotel Suites Ixtapa Plaza 2.5

Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

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Pros

  • In Ixtapa, a seven-minute walk to Playa el Palmar
  • Clean rooms with powerful air-conditioning; some with full kitchens
  • Rooftop pool with moderately sized terrace and a few chairs
  • Dominos Pizza located near the lobby for casual American fare
  • Free parking in an adjacent lot
  • A handful of common areas for guests to socialize in
  • A moderately sized elevator available for guests to use
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Cons

  • Spotty Wi-Fi in some rooms
  • No breakfast served
  • Some street and bar noise is heard from some rooms

Bottom Line

Located along a popular tourist road, the two-pearl Hotel Suites Ixtapa Plaza is within easy walking distance of Ixtapa’s restaurants and shops, and a seven-minute walk to Playa el Palmar. The 17 rooms are simple and basic, ranging in size from tiny to spacious. The rooms have simple amenities of flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and work tables. Features consist of a pleasant rooftop pool and a handful of common areas. This value option is ideal for those wanting a starting point for exploring Ixtapa and its sister city Zihuatanejo; but those wanting a little more action and amenity choices should consider Park Royal Hotel -- it’s a more sophisticated, but pricier alternative.

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Scene

Open-air value hotel with a relaxed and laid-back ambience and a few casual common areas

The Hotel Suites Ixtapa Plaza packs lots of Mexican charm into a small package. Those familiar with traditional Mexican decor will not surprised by the open-air common areas, the stucco walls, and the minimalist furniture. Expect to see plenty of concrete built-in banquet couches, vibrant tropical flowers, and sculptures. An elevator is on-hand for the second floor. While the laid-back and tranquil hotel doesn’t have much of a social scene, it is located above several restaurants and bars, and within easy walking distance of popular shops and beaches in Ixtapa. The hotel features a lovely rooftop pool, which is usually empty and has nice views of Ixtapa. The relaxed hotel is popular with leisure travelers, couples, and locals. 

Location

In downtown Ixtapa, a seven-minute walk to the beach, and a 25-minute drive to the airport

Hotel Suites Ixtapa Plaza is located on a well-trafficked road that runs through the small resort town of Ixtapa. The road receives steady traffic, but has wide sidewalks and plenty of crosswalks for easy pedestrian access to and from stores, restaurants, grocery stores, and beaches. The white sands of the bustling Playa el Palmar are a seven-minute walk from the hotel. 

The city center of the sister town, Zihuanatejo, is a 25-minute drive and is home to lots of popular restaurants, the busy Mercado, and traditional Mexican street food. Paseo del Pescador, the walkway bordering Playa La Madera, is a 20-minute drive from the hotel and has plenty of restaurants with lovely views of Zihuatanejo Bay. The quieter Playa La Ropa is a 20-minute drive from the hotel and has a handful of beachfront restaurants. Allow 25 minutes of travel time to drive to the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Airport.

Rooms

Simple rooms, some with full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, and air-conditioning

There is a disparity between the rooms at the Hotel Suites Ixtapa Plaza. Some are tiny and simple, while others are spacious and more modern -- but all are impeccably clean. Rooms feature free (but spotty) Wi-Fi, work desks, flat-screen TVs, and powerful air-conditioning. The higher level rooms have separate bedrooms, kitchenettes or full kitchens, and balconies. Colors skew towards blues, white, and brown. Rooms come with king or double-size beds made with patterned bedspreads. The furniture varies, but mostly consists of rattan or wicker headboards, simple couches, and concrete work desks. The Master Suite is an especially nice upgrade with plenty of walking room, a separate living room, and massive balcony.

Bathrooms are similarly simple, featuring standing showers, a few towels, and toiletries. The vibrant mosaic tile sinks add a welcome pop of color in the basic bathrooms. Most bathrooms have separate sinks, adding a little more room to the small rooms. Soap and shampoo are provided.

Features

Ample rooftop pool terrace, tranquil common areas, free parking, and free Wi-Fi

Hotel Suites Ixtapa Plaza offers few amenities, but there is an ample pool terrace and tranquil common areas which add a welcome upmarket dash for a two-pearl hotel. The rooftop pool is clean and features a spacious terrace with a few chairs and tropical flowers. A Dominos Pizza is located adjacent to the lobby and serves a casual lunch and dinner to the hotel and outside guests. Breakfast is not available on-site. There is plenty of free parking in the lot adjacent to the hotel, and some street parking is available as well. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, though it can be spotty in some of the rooms.

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Address

Boulevard Paseo Ixtapa Manzana 1 Lote, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico

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